last thursday we had jacks 16 month cardiologist appointment.  oh man do those appointments give me anxiety.  a lot of late night thinking about all the possibilities of what they will say. a lot of thinking and dwelling on the time he was in the hospital.  its always a tough few weeks.  this appointment was going to tell us a lot about what the future should hold.  normally a baby with tapvr would have their asd closed during their open heart surgery.  jack couldn’t because the pressure in his heart was too high.  he had pulmonary hypertension which is not normal for tapvr babies but since he was sick for those first two weeks undiagnosed he had more complications than normal.  seeing those ekg wires on him really brings me back to all the wires and tubes at the hospital.  i had to take a picture of ivan taking off the little stickies that hold the wires on.  they are so dang sticky look at his skin being pulled up.  poor guy.

how sweet does he look wrapped in that little hospital blanket getting his echo.  watching baby einstein and eating his sucker.  this is the hardest age to make them lay there.  he doesn’t care about tv and the last thing he wants to do is lay on his back while a lady rubs jelly on his chest, but he did it and he did awesome.  she was quick which anyone who’s baby has had an echo knows is the greatest thing ever.  we’ve had some slow ones and its not fun.  i brought a lot of treats to keep him happy.  he discovered lollipops the week before and they were a life saver during his visit.  the visits can drag on weight, height, waiting, vitals, ekg, waiting, echo, more waiting then finally the doctor.  we made our way through 3 suckers and by the end we were both so sticky.  his doctor came in and said let me start off by saying i love appointments where everything is amazing.  he’s great, his asd is almost completely closed and his confluence where the veins are attached is growing.  he couldn’t be better!  I’m thrilled, his doctors thrilled and jacks thrilled that we don’t have to go back for a whole year.  a whole year!!  i can’t believe we already get to space his appointments out a year.  best news ever!

^^^see what i mean about sticky?! he kept touching his hands together and pulling them apart.  he thought it was funny that they stuck together.  and look at all that slobber, yep very sticky.




waffle trucks are on every corner these days.  the waffles are really good but the lines are really long and it costs me a small fortune to feed my family waffles.  so after finding several ideas I came up with a recipe.  it’s super easy and tastes identical to what you can buy at the truck.

line up of ingredients

what your yeast mixture should look like

dough after everything is combined

cover and let rise


3/4 cup heavy cream (heated)
2 T. warm water
1 1/2 t. sugar (for yeast mixture)
2 t. instant yeast
1 cup butter (softened)
2 T. sugar
1 T. brown sugar
2 eggs
3 T. honey
3 t. vanilla
4 cups flour
1 box pearl sugar (i get the sugar from ikea but its swedish and a little smaller you can order the belgian on amazon)

heat cream in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes until hot, let cool until warm to the touch.  add 1 1/2 t. sugar, water and yeast to the cream.  stir to combine and let yeast rest until it foams up.

in another bowl beat butter and sugars.  add eggs, vanilla and honey. beat together then add yeast mixture.  place in kitchen aid using dough hook and add flour 2 cups at a time.  cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for at least 3 hours up to 24 hours.  knead in pearl sugar. separate into 12 balls and cook until golden brown.

we top ours with cookie butter, berries and a spoonful of homemade whipped cream.  i make the dough and leave it on the counter overnight and cook them up in the morning to make breakfast time quick and easy.  my kids think i’m the greatest when i make these.



I haven’t been cooking much lately.  Between my stinky diet and it being so hot the last thing I want to do is cook.  I grew up on simple meals.  Chicken, salad, chicken, salad.  In that rotation.  Then I got married and he grew up on a gourmet 5 course meal every night of his life.  That’s a lot to live up to for a girl who considered tater tots an acceptable dinner.  If you know my mother in law or her family you know everything they make is amazing.  My mother in law owns a bakery and her sister a catering company.  The food is delicious and not complicated.  Over the years I’ve learned to really love to cook and bake.  I enjoying making good food and I enjoy feeding that good food to family and friends.  So I thought I ‘d share what I made for dinner last night.  Its not a family recipe.  Just a super easy taco recipe I whipped up before I headed to my trainer.  Best part was the kids LOVED them, they haven’t stopped talking about them.  They came home from school and asked if I’d make them burritos with the left over chicken. 
I put two chicken breasts in a crock pot with a small can of diced green chilies.  Then poured about 2 cups of chicken stock over the top and the some garlic salt.  Turned it on high for 4 or 5 hours and once I could shred it I turned it to low to keep it warm until dinner.  If it seem dry at any point add a little more chicken stock.  I then shredded cheese and cut up our favorite veggies.  Have you tried the green olives in the can from Trader Joe’s?  They’re similar to black olives but better!  Ive been making a big batch of salsa every Sunday so we have it throughout the week.
The salsa recipe is adapted from my father in law.  I don’t measure, just throw in what I like.  In a food processor put about 1/4 of an onion, 2 jalapeños, cilantro, 1/2 cup tomato juice.  Blend that up. In another bowl I put a 27 oz can of diced tomatoes, another cup of tomato juice, 3 green onions diced.  Pour the blended mix in the bowl.  Add garlic salt, salt and pepper to taste.  I really like cilantro so I rough chop a little more and toss it in.  This recipe is super simple and the best salsa I’ve ever tasted.  Add more of what you like and less of what you don’t.
For dessert we had Joe Joe’s (Trader Joe’s version of an Oreo) and chocolate milk. This was Jacks first time and he thought they were pretty great.  I mean come on, he pulled it apart and ate it like a pro!
Chicken Tacos
2 chicken breasts
1 small can green chilies
2 cups chicken broth
garlic salt
1/4 of an onion
2 jalapeno’s (more if you like it spicier)
1/2 cup tomato juice
27 oz. can of diced tomatoes
3 green onions
garlic salt to taste
salt and pepper to taste


Saturdays are for playing in the hose and having a bike wash.  Santa brought us this Cadillac for Henri’s first Christmas.  You know, not the one he was born on but the one he turned a year old on. We had to replaced the battery but other than that its been great.  Aside from the fact that it looks like its been through it.  The kids decided to clean up their toys and take them for a spin.  Jack loves being outside but with it being so hot we rarely make it out there.  So this was a real treat for him.  Its hard to convince him to come back inside when there is so much fun going on outside.
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