This Week at the Brennan’s This Week at the Brennan’s

I’m starting a new series on my blog called “This week at the Brennan’s”. Super original title, I know.

Basically, I want to start journaling so I can remember week to week the highlights of what happened. Of course, I document the fun trips we take and all the delicious recipes I make, but I want to start keeping track of the smaller, not so memorable memories. Feel free to read…or not! I love looking back to see just how big my kids have grown!!

French Toast Pigs in a Blanket French Toast Pigs in a Blanket

Weekday mornings at my house are madness. Getting the little people dressed and fed, diapers changed, lunches made, oldest to the bus stop etc. etc. is not my favorite thing in the world.
Those little people of mine certainly like to forget how to put pants on. *sigh*

I was reading a blog post the other day on a fancier breakfast item {read: waffles} and the author stated that she always likes to make a big breakfast for her family, like waffles, every morning. Sounds wonderful, but that would never and could never happen at my house. We are a cold-cereal-minute-oatmeal-and-maybe-cream-of-wheat-if-I’m-feeling-fancy kind of family. I suppose I went through a pancake phase, but that was 1 1/2 years and one less kid ago. Times have changed!

Baby’s First Birthday! Baby’s First Birthday!

We celebrated Eddie’s first birthday this past weekend {on the 28th} and oh my heavens, it was a fun day! I can’t believe Edward is one. I mean, I can; It’s been a hard year; I’m not sure if it’s because he’s the third child or because he just came out not wanting to sleep {ever} or because we moved, or because I work a lot….or a combination of all the above. But man oh man, I’m sort of glad to be moving away from the baby stage and more towards the toddler stage. Of course I’ll miss those small pockets of time when I was cuddling a sleeping teeny tiny baby, or nursing said teeny tiny baby, but, I’m happy to look forward to the next year and see all the milestones he has yet to hit.

Even though you have been my hardest baby, Ed, you always bring a smile to my face with your funny faces, your happy demeanor, your hilarious impressions of daddy’s sounds, your willingness to eat anything and your addiction to me {even if you *still* don’t say ‘mama’ to my face}.

Here are some photos from our day celebrating with our sweet son. Be sure to scroll down to read about his 12 month baby update.

Valentine’s Day Brownies Valentine’s Day Brownies
How to Make Stromboli How to Make Stromboli
Warm Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Dip Warm Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Dip

Warm cinnamon rolls and cheesecake made a baby and this is that love child.

Sometimes I wonder why I’ve been given this evil gift of recipe development.

Usually it’s a good thing. No, a great thing! Because I can come up with delicious dinners with very little food in my pantry. However, sometimes I come up with these kinds of ridiculous concoctions that I can’t NOT eat and they do absolutely nothing for my figure.

It’s literally the only hazard of this blogging job. Maybe I should start paying myself hazard pay. Can I even do that? Would I need OSHA to come out and inspect my…..kitchen? Recipes? –>these are the things I think about late at night when I type these posts out.

I’ll check with my accountant and report back. You’re welcome.

Garlic Herb Steak Garlic Herb Steak

Garlic and herbs on a steak is one of my new favorite things….along with my fruit punch spark, caramello bars and dream feedings.

Explanation? Ok!

I have low iron and the iron pills I’m taking are doing, well, nothing, so ALL THE BEEF is coming into my mouth. {See fun video below!}

Also, the Spark is for a little kick in the morning because I am NOT a morning person. Never have been, never will be. Aaaand, my late night blog post writing habit is 7-years strong. You’re welcome.
Caramello bars are for sanity. And I always like to keep my thighs well stocked incase there’s a famine or something.

The dream feedings keep Eddie asleep all the way through the night. He used to wake up between 3 and 4am and scream because that skinny little boy was starving. Now I feed him a bottle around 11 when he’s really groggy and now he sleeps all the way until 6. Sometimes 6:30 if I’m lucky. That’s 12 hours, folks. And it’s glorious.
Probably would be more glorious if I went to bed earlier and got up earlier.

Fail-Proof Pizza Dough and Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks {just like in restaurants!} Fail-Proof Pizza Dough and Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks {just like in restaurants!}
Morning Glory Muffins Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins are what’s HOT right now at my house!

I’m traveling for work and am hurrying to post this amazing recipe before I have to run off to another meeting. I was going to hold off on posting, but you guys, this is a recipe worth making {and not just because you can get your kids to eat veggies too! Mwahahaha!}

This recipe is based on my mom’s carrot muffin recipe, but I added in a bunch of fun goodies like walnuts and shredded coconut and took out a lot of the processed sugar and replaced it with maple syrup. I also added in zucchini too because….why not?!