by Melanie

Welcome Sweet Baby Carson!

August 19, 2014 in Baby, Big News, Family Life by Melanie

As I’m sure you all already know, our SWEET baby has arrived!

Carson Spencer Banner was born Sunday August 17, 2014 at 4:27 PM and he is just as sweet as he can be!

New baby Carson

He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

We are all absolutely IN LOVE with him!!  He has been such a joy and blessing to our family already.  The kids LOVE holding him and would hold him all day long if I let them…

Ty and baby Carson

Brooklyn and Jacob with Carson

Derek and Carson

Ben and Baby Carson

Kev’s enjoyed some snuggle time with him too…

Kev and Carson sleeping

And I’ve been busy taking pictures of him every 2 seconds…

Sweet Baby Carson

Jimmer (the dog) has been extremely worried, yet overprotective of the new baby.  I don’t think he knows quite what to think…

Jimmer with Carson

Well, I’m definitely very worn out and sleep deprived, so I won’t be able to blog as often as I like for the next little bit.  When I get some time, I’ll fill you in on a little more of the details of his birth story.

I want to thank all of you for your sweet comments and support.  You are all wonderful!  I love you all.  xoxo

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by Melanie

Getting Ready to Have Baby!

August 17, 2014 in Family Life, Pregnancy, Uncategorized by Melanie

Well,  I’m blogging to you from my phone in my hospital bed this morning!

Me in my hospital bed

Yay!

We got to the hospital around 7:00 this morning and followed the little pink and blue footprints to Labor and Delivery.

going to the hospital to have baby

Yes, I’m carrying my Caboodle that I’ve had since I was 14.  It’s the best!

I had Kev take my “official” 40 weeks pregnant picture when I got here.

getting ready to have baby

No more pregnant progress pictures for me!  Yay!

Look at that cute empty baby crib behind me.  I can’t wait to meet our sweet babe!  For now, I’m just hanging out in bed getting some antibiotics for Group B Strep for the next few hours.

We’ll see how it goes after that.

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We had a nice relaxing weekend.  We decided to go out on a fun “family date” Friday night.  We picked up some pizzas and headed over to the park.

pizza at the park with the famThe kids had fun playing on the playground and running around afterward.

I “attempted” to push my kiddos on the “Merry-Go-Round” thing, but my four year old wasn’t impressed.

pushing the boys at the park

He said, “Mom, you’re supposed to push faster than that and run too!”

Sigh.

Sooooo, Kev hooked them up!

Kev playing with the kids at the park

They were happy ’bout that. ;-)

I was able to successfully push my baby on the swing though!

pushing Jake on the swing at the park

The big boys had fun on the swings too…

kev and the boys on the swings

They also enjoyed throwing the football and frisbee around for a bit.

boys playing at the parkIt was a fun night!  We decided we want to do monthly “Family Dates” from now on.

Well I better end this and get ready to have a baby!  Yay!  Stay tuned….

 

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The BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!

August 15, 2014 in Recipe by Melanie

Happy Friday everyone!!!

I figured since it IS Friday and I AM VERY pregnant and tired, it’s the perfect time to post one of my favorite mental health recipes! (i.e. not healthy at all, but so dang yummy and very good at lifting the spirits!)

Ha.

This recipe is for the best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!  Oh, and they’re topped with Cream Cheese Frosting too.  I’m SO SERIOUS when I say they are the best ever guys!  I got this recipe from my friend Judy and she is FAMOUS for it.

Sooooo, here ya go!

Pumpkin Chocoalte Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes 36 cookies

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter; softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Cookie Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Set aside.
In medium bowl, cream butter, sugar and egg together.
Add pumpkin and beat until creamy.
Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix until well combined.
Add vanilla and Chocolate Chips.  Mix.

Drop by spoonful onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or coated with cooking spray.)

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

After cookies are cooled, top with frosting.

Frosting Ingredients

(This makes a LOT of frosting.  You could either half the recipe or save the leftover frosting for something else):

  • 1/2 cup butter; softened
  • 1 8 oz. container cream cheese; softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting Directions:

Cream butter and cream cheese together.  Add sugar and vanilla and mix well.

Top cooled cookies with frosting!

Cream Cheese Frosting for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Enjoy!

I hope you guys LOVE these cookies and I hope y’all have a fabulous weekend!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 36
  • Serving size: 1 cookie with frosting
  • Calories: 129
  • Fat: 5
  • Carbohydrates: 20
  • Sugar: 13
  • Sodium: 120
  • Fiber: .5
  • Protein: 2
  • Cholesterol: 19
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
I got this recipe from my friend Judy and she is FAMOUS for it! They are the best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies on the planet!
Ingredients
  • Cookie Ingredients:
  • ½ cup butter; softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • ½ cup butter; softened
  • 1 8 oz. container cream cheese; softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Cookie Instructions:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In medium bowl, cream butter, sugar and egg together.
  5. Add pumpkin and beat until creamy.
  6. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix until well combined.
  7. Add vanilla and Chocolate Chips. Mix.
  8. Drop by spoonful onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or coated with cooking spray.)
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through.
  10. Frosting Instructions:
  11. Cream butter and cream cheese together.
  12. Add sugar and vanilla and mix well.
  13. Top cooled cookies with frosting!

 

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