This girl is one year old! I feel like most of this year has been kind of a blur. We’re always so busy and life seems so much more hectic when you have more than one kid.
This little love of mine is just the most precious thing and I couldn’t be more obsessed with her! We went to a baseball game on her birthday and then gave her our gifts and of course, had cake.
We had a little family party for her later in the week. It always makes me feel a little sad that my family can’t be a part of their birthday parties since they all live on the east coast, but Natalie still had a great time. She doesn’t seem to love cake all that much, but she does enjoy mashing it up into millions of crumbs and smashing the frosting all over the place!
She started walking about a week before she turned 1. It was like she just got up one day and started walking and within an hour, she was basically running. She loves this new skill and her favorite thing to do is to go outside and just walk, walk, and walk.
I don’t really remember the weather this time of year last year, but in our second year in Orange County, the weather has been nothing but amazing lately.
It’s been in the upper 60’s/low 70’s which is so perfect. The cooler mornings have been making me want extra cups of coffee every day.
And if you give a girl extra coffee, she’s going to wish she had coffee cake to eat with it!
I love coffee cake, I mean looooveeee it! My favorite part is the crumb topping. Heck, I could just eat the crumb topping and just be so incredibly happy!
Coffee cake is not known for being very healthy though so I rarely eat it. I had a serious craving for it a couple of weeks ago and made this lighter version packed with fresh blueberries and of course, some of that dreamy crumb topping!
You know that really good rice you get at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that rice for quite some time. It’s so simple, yet so flavorful!
I tried making my own recently and have been pleasantly surprised how easy it actually is to make myself! It’s a good thing to because it’s a dish my whole family loves including the girls. Natalie eats it by the handfuls. There was just one condition set by my husband – it had to be plain with no “chunks” of anything added. That sort-of-thing breaks his food rules!
Raise your hand if you are one of those people that goes to the store and forgets if you already have an item at home, so you buy it just in case, go home and see that you actually already have at least 3 of that item? You guys can’t see me, but both of my hands are raised!
I always try to keep our pantry stocked with a variety of beans, broth, diced tomatoes, etc..Chickpeas are one of my favorite things to eat and so I have to have them on hand at all times! So of course, I always buy too many cans. My pantry was so full a few weeks ago, it could fit no more things. I made these amazing crispy roasted chick peas to make room and they are so addicting!
Like most families with toddlers, whenever my husband and I pour ourselves a drink of anything, we’ve got two little girls tugging on us for a sip. “What do you have in that cup, Daddy?”. Same with food. My husband can’t eat anything without Maddie chasing after him. He often has to use some stealth ninja moves to sneak things by her, probably because the two of them have the same taste in food. I don’t drink soda, but my husband sometimes buys some and I really don’t want the girls to have it. I made these soda floats the other day for Maddie. They use club soda which is pretty harmless! These strawberry soda floats are a fun and fruity twist to the classic root beer float! I actually first made these like 6 years ago on the blog, but I’ve been trying to go back and remake a number of recipes and redo the photos and I’ve had these soda floats on my list for some time! With it starting to feel more like spring, it was finally time!
Welcome to Eat. Drink. Love.! My name is Stephanie. Here you will find healthy and easy recipes with a few indulgences thrown in for good measure! Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!