Thursday, July 30, 2009

Can you tell?

People ask me all the time if I think Wesley and Max look a like. To me they have their similarities but they don't look a like. I went back and tried to find some similar pictures of them to see if you can tell who is who. Which is Max and which is Wesley?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Birthday Sunday

Sunday was my older sister Alicia's 32 birthday. We had her special birthday lunch after church and the had cake. Max thinks every birthday deserves a party! We then enjoyed a wonderful evening at Hudson's 2nd birthday party. They had a horse to ride and a goat to pet. There was swimming but it was way too cold for Wesley and I but it didn't stop Max. Wesley had fun with all the pushing and riding toys. It was the perfect weather for an outside birthday! Happy Birthday to Aunt Shia and Hudson!

The birthday girl with the cake I made her.

Aunt Shia and the boys.

Trampoline fun!

Wesley loves his new riding toy Aunt Shia got him for his birthday!

Max and Wesley. I actually let Wesley ride with Max because it didn't go too fast.

Wesley and Hudson. Hudson was actually a good driver.

Max on the horse.

Hudson's cake I made, Jen added the grass and animals.

Wesley did get in the baby pool for about 5 minutes.

As you can see here, he started shivering.

Max with arm floaties, a ring, and two noodles. Who knew you needed so much to float?!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Focaccia Mediterranean Pizza

I love Shlotsky's Deli. We don't have one in Chattanooga but a couple are left in the surrounding area. My favorite thing to eat there is the Mediterranean Pizza. It is wonderful. I have been craving one for a while so tonight I made my own version. I love trying to recreate the food I love to eat in restaurants at home.

Focaccia Mediterranean Pizza
1 round of Focaccia Bread (found in the bakery section of your supermarket)
1 small tomato chopped
1/4 cup black olives chopped
1 small red onion chopped
1 jar prepared Basil pesto or your own home made recipe
1 container crumbled Feta Cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or Italian blend shreds

Cut loaf of Focaccia in half. Lay both pieces with cut side up on a pizza pan. Spread pesto on bread. Top pesto with shredded cheese. Add tomato, olives, and onion in amount you desire. Top with Feta Crumbles, again in the amount you desire. Bake on 425 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. I did mine in two batches on a 12 inch stoneware circle. Cut into wedges and enjoy.

This one was really close. I couldn't recreate their signature sour dough crust but the focaccia has a very similar texture and taste. If you have never had Shlotsky's try it anyone and let me know what you think! Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Birthdy post

Check out older posts. I have been working on Wesley's birthday post for a couple of days and it posted on Sunday's date when I published it today. Didn't want you to miss it! :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

So fun to be 1!

Wesley turned one year old on Saturday, July 11th. I still can't believe he is one. It seems like only yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital. How can a year fly by in a flash?

We celebrated Wesley's birthday at our church with some friends and family. I started planning when he was about 7 months old. I love birthdays and love to go all out for birthdays. I really go the extra mile for their first birthday because it is so special and they really won't remember their first birthday.

I chose a cupcake pattern I fell in love with online and everything just fell into place from there. I stayed up many late nights making all the invitations, candle favors, favor bags, and centerpieces for the tables.

When I started looking for the perfect cake, I found a giant cupcake pan from Wilton and knew I had to have it for the smash cake. I decided to match the rest of the cake to the napkins and plates. After many long hours of baking and decorating it came out just like I had envisioned. It was a lot of hard work and stress but it was so worth it in the end. I can see now why someone priced me the cake at $75. All those classes did pay off in the end!

We had a really good time. The turn out was not as good as I was expecting but that happens sometimes. We had lots of riding toys and pop up play huts for the kids to play in. We had lots of food and tons of cake! Wesley seemed to have a blast and all the effort was it worth for my sweet baby boy.

This boy loves his coozy car.

Emma and Belle playing on the roller coaster.

Someone was sleepy before he got his cake.

Make a wish Wesley!

I had to take all the fondant dots off because he was only eating them and not the cake.

This boy is always pointing at something.

Can I really do this?

He sucked on the icing for several minutes. He got chocked at one point he sucked in so much icing. He only ate a tiny bit of cake but had tons of icing. No wonder he wasn't sleepy anymore once he had his cake.

He kept his little feet crossed like this the whole time.

That is one cute face covered in icing.

Wesley wanted to share with Nana's.

He actually sat with me while we opened presents. He didn't care too much about the paper and pulling things from the bags. He really liked the cards. He wanted to open them all and look at them.

Abby and Neely playing on Wesley's new ride Aunt Shia got him.

This is fun! He loves this car already. We have taken a stroll around the property every evening since his birthday.

Favor station.

On Sunday after church, we had another little celebration. My grandmother made my sisters and I all a small yellow cake with chocolate icing when we turned one. Mom carried on the tradition with my boys. My parents moved last year and mom still hasn't found everything so his cake was a little bit big but we all enjoyed it.

Like I said, he is always pointing.

My big boy in his birthday outfit.

Pointing, again.

One finger eating, yes it's fun!

Yes, another pointing one!

Max had to take a lick, too.

Again, I get to do this again!!

There's nothing like a face covered in chocolate icing.

Dirty boys need baths in Nana's sink.