Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello my lovelies! How I have missed you and this blog. I've been rather quiet lately and not baking much. I think I did so much with the cookbook that I haven't felt like doing much else. I didn't even bake Christmas cookies this past holiday. I feel somewhat unmotivated and drained. I know that will change and I'll be excited to get back in the kitchen again. Until then, I just wanted to share a few things with you. 

Above is our impromptu Christmas picture taken in our jammies on Christmas evening. It's not at all what I had planned or what I envisioned, but I love it. 

Just last Sunday, Hayden got hist first haircut! He was such a good boy, but it helps that we are close friends with our barber, who also makes house-calls. She is so great with him. We kept his gorgeous curls, but trimmed it all up and evened it out. 

While I haven't necessarily been baking, I have been cooking and enjoying delicious treats from Ghirardelli. Look at this amazing box of chocolates they sent for Valentine's Day! If you haven't seen these in person, get to your local store and pick some up. They really are so pretty and great for everyone on your Valentine love list. I'll be sharing with my family this weekend. 

The details in these chocolates are well done and understated, which differs from the big heart shaped box of chocolates you usually see with mediocre chocolates. These Valentine Impressions are beautiful and delicious and come in an array of dark, milk and white chocolates. They did not pay me to say any of this. I'm just sharing what I like and saying "thank you" in the process. Thank you Ghirardelli!

Also got a sweet little package from the peeps at Peeps! To be honest, these have never been my favorite at Easter-time or any other time, but I have to tell you, the strawberry Peeps are delicious! I haven't tried the chocolate mousse bears yet because I'm saving those for Hayden and my little cousin, But the vanilla and chocolate covered raspberry are next on my list. I think I'll make a chocolate layer cake decorated with Peeps for Valentine's Day. 

Aren't these the cutest chocolate bears?! Don't wait, go get them before they sell out. Thank you Peeps for converting me into a Peep lover!

And one more thank you to Pillsbury, Smuckers and Jif for this box of deliciousness. I can't wait to try out that Salted Caramel Hazelnut spread! All these are new products, look for them!


Unknown said...

I love the Christmas photo and the new blog header!! I'm glad you all are doing okay :). I would love to see Hayden with his new do! :)

Take care, mi amiga.

My Recent Favorite Books said...

I love the family Christmas photo, and the photo of your Son getting his hair cut is so precious!

I have been wondering how you are! =) Glad to hear you are doing well.

Mona Baroody said...

What a lovely post!

Gloria Fernandes said...

Such a lovely post..beautiful pics

debbie said...

Thanks for posting those lovely pics of your family. I love seeing pics of fellow bloggers! I haven't been posting much or baking much either lately. Thought I had my blogging mojo back but I guessed wrong. It's nice to know though that I can just pick it up again when I want to. It's there and waiting!

Terry said...

I've missed your postings so I hope we will be seeing more of you soon. I follow you on Instagram ~ the pic of Hayden's 1st haircut was so cute!!

Anonymous said...

How would one go about getting hooked up with the Peeps people or Pillsbury to get products to review or use to promote their products? I have a food blog and would like to get involved with working with companies like this! Thanks and Happy Valentine's Day!

Pat Cahill said...

Happy Valentines Day Also to you. Your baking looks beautiful, I'm hoping to try them out someday.

Keep Blogging, you are good at it.

Pat Dubosky

Chelbell said...

Hi Monica, my name is Chelsea and I am also a SAHM. I live in North Carolina but used to spend my summers in Central Texas (Wimberley area). I just stumbled upon the pizza puffs recipe on Facebook and was wondering if you have any other recipes that you would recommend for 2 & 3 year olds. My boys are 15 months apart and usually it's a struggle to get the food from their plates to their mouths. Thanks so much! :)

Hannah said...

Awesome! We spent our days in Philippines during Valentines. Hope you had a blast!

Anonymous said...

I hope everything is okay!

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