2.29.2012

Baby Baker Nursery Inspirations...

I promise not to turn this blog into a nursery blog...

But, I do have some fun ideas for the nursery that I wanted to share with you!  Plus, you might also have some good ideas for me!

I love campaign dressers, but what I really love about this is the fact that I can make one of my many "available" dressers into a changing area, and still have a place for storage.

Mom- get ready to make a changing pad cover!  In several colors!
I love the owl lamp too... wish I knew where to find one just like that!
Here is another example of the dresser/changing area.

And I loved this nursery... and even purchased the same crib!  Jenny Lind cribs are my favorite.  Vintage, yet simple and just perfect for the look I'm going for.

Is it crazy we already have our crib?  I think not.  I was so excited to order SOMETHING. 

I love the Amy Butler fabric she used with the crib.  And the vintage side table, and the tiered basket for essential diaper changing items!  So darling!


And I loved this nursery because it reminds me a little bit of our layout.  We have windows surrounded by bookshelves (ours are to the ceiling...) but it makes me think of all the fun things we can do with those bookshelves.  I also love the simple white crib, and the mix of vintage furniture and toys, along with newer items like the super comfy looking glider.  I also love the stripes on the wall, but I'm not about to tackle that...

So those are my current inspirations for the nursery.  I'm really not letting myself go much past this, as I don't want to do too much work on it before we know if we're having a little prince or princess.

I can't wait to find out. Just 23 more days.  Ahhhhh!


2.27.2012

Something fun baking in the oven...

I have some fun news...


Our family is about to grow to three!

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. - Psalm 139:13


I can't believe there's a baby in my tummy...

I've been dying to share this news with all of you.  I'm officially 13 weeks today.  And so far, little Baby Baker has a strong heartbeat and we pray that continues.  Our prayer is for this child to grow healthy and strong and for this pregnancy to be an easy one. (and so far, it has been!)  I am showing quite a bit, but I've decided it's because I'm short and it has no where to go.


We could not be more excited to announce this new little life inside of me.  This little one is so loved and we cannot wait for you to meet him or her!  For now, little Baby Baker is in the oven cooking until September 6th. 


Poor Stephen.  I subjected him to this photo shoot.  Complete with props.  He's such a good sport though.  Look at him. 

A neighbor came over and asked what in the world we were doing.  Ha.  "Just working on a blog announcement."  I don't think he understood why there were flags, an owl and a lantern involved. 

But you people know.  Because it's fun and silly and... fun.

(PS- the owl is from my sweet Sasha.  I love owls... and it's so soft and perfect for little Baby Baker!  Love it!)


I made this little baby book to document little things about the pregnancy, to write little updates to the baby, and to keep the sweet cards we've received in.  I've enjoyed making little notes and can't wait to show the baby all that went on while it was growing in my tummy!


This baby could not be more loved all ready.  We are busy making plans to get ready for the baby and can't wait until we find out if we're having a little baby boy Baker or baby girl Baker. 

Only the Lord knows at this point.  But in 4 weeks, we'll find out!

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; - Jeremiah 1:5


Our prayer for this child is just that.  That they will know that they have been set apart.  This child was known long before it was a thought in our mind.  This child's life is going to have great meaning and purpose and most importantly, they will grow to know and love the Lord.

We covet your prayers and will keep you updated with the latest! 

Excited seems to be an understatement, but we are SO EXCITED!




2.23.2012

In Christ Alone...

I love how hymns, no matter how old they are, or when they were written, can speak to you.  In the same way, there are new hymns being written that I think are just as powerful as those written long ago.

One of my favorites is In Christ Alone.  I've had it stuck in my head all morning.  It's considered a new Irish hymn.  It's wonderful and I wanted to share the lyrics with you as I feel it is so appropriate for this time of the year, especially.  In these days of Lent, or the 40 days before Easter, we prepare for Christ's resurrection, and I think this hymn speaks perfectly to the life, death and resurrection of Christ.

In Christ Alone
By Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. 

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my Light my strength my song
This Cornerstone this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love what depths of peace
When fears are stilled when strivings cease
My Comforter my all in all,
Here in the love of Christ I stand


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In Christ alone who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
'Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live


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There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ


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No guilt in life no fear in death
this is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
'Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand


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My favorite line from this hymn is that no power of hell and no scheme of man can ever EVER pluck me from his hand.  I am forever HIS.  Is that not the most comforting truth? 

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. - John 10:29

Have a blessed day knowing how loved you are, that He died for you.  And He lives today.  Praise be to God.

If you want to listen to this hymn, I recommend this link... this is the couple that wrote the hymn.



2.16.2012

Easiest Tortillia Soup in minutes...

I'm not kidding.  This is so easy and it you can make it several different ways.  Cheater way or home cook way.  You decide.  I'm a cheater mostly.  I love recipes that involve lots of canned goods. And no measuring.

Start with a big pot, and add a can of black beans (drained), and a can of fire roasted tomatoes (don't drain).  You can use regular tomatoes, but I like the fire roasted.  Makes it look more rustic.  And who doesn't love rustic?


Pour in a can of corn, a can of enchilada sauce, and a box of chicken broth.  (Actually read the sodium label.  Some are so bad for you.  Low sodium is defined very differently among brands).  You can always add salt.  You can't take it away.

Get a roasted chicken.  (You know the drill at our house. Remove skin, give it to your husband.)

Shred chicken meant.  Place in pot.  (You can do this entire recipe in the crockpot with frozen (yes, frozen) chicken breasts.  Works just as well.  I didn't want to do the crock pot all day (maybe I forgot, ok?) and putting everything into a pot on the stove, it's ready in minutes.



Now, once you have everything in the pot... add your spices.  We do dashes.  Very specific amount, I know.  You can do whatever you want here.  We add cumin, salt, garlic, and other spices.  You can do what you feel like.  We've done all sorts of combos and it all tastes good.

We added Cavenders to this latest batch (I know, it's blurry, but you get the picture.)  And it's Greek... I know.  It works.  Don't ask questions.


I love these spice bottles.


Now, let it cook until you're ready to eat.  Nothing really has to cook that long in this.  Just eat when ready.

But first, fry up some tortillas.  You can do it.  ( I know, this may seem like a complicated step. You could buy tortilla strips at the store, but once you make these, you won't do that again.)

Pour peanut oil in a large skillet.  (speaking from experience, make sure moisture hasn't gotten into your skillet before you do this.  I'm just saying.  There will popping and oil everywhere if it's not dry.  You're welcome).



Corn Tortillas.  Cut into strips.  Place in hot oil.  You don't need that much oil.  Maybe a fourth of a cup?  Depends on how many delicious strips you're making.  It just needs to coat the skillet so the strips can fry ;)  We made quite a few because they're so good.



Be sure and turn them as they cook so they don't burn.  When they are starting to get the crispy goodness look, put them on a plate with paper towels to get all the oil off.  Sprinkle with some Tonys and salt. 




You don't even know how good these are.

Now, pour your soup in a bowl, and top with some sliced avocado, a dollop of sour cream and some grated mexican cheese.  And strips of course.


Little squirt of lime and you're done!  Aside from the sour cream, cheese and strips, it's very healthy.  But life is too short.  We went with it.  And it was goooooood.

And get ready for some really good leftovers!


Enjoy!

2.15.2012

Love in the mail...

Love is in the air... Air mail that is.


Now, I can't show you what was in this darling package from my always-perfect-gift-giver-best friend, as it's going to be another blog all together... but I also got a care package from my parents.  They were sending Stephen and me some Valentines Love!

Check out how fabulous their gift was:

Rice crispy treats (which I've been dying to make lately!)  homemade brownies, dark mint chocolate, pink and white m&m's and hazelnut truffles.  Could it get any better?


My mom made this cute little basket. And all the cute tags.  Love it!

(My mom got the tag downloads from Heather Bullard's website.  Do you love Heather Bullard?  I do. My mom does.  Therefore, you should also.)




I will never get tired of a handwritten card.  I love handwriting and seeing my mothers perfect penmanship.  She was a teacher so everything is perfect.  Even her S's.  Those are hard. 


Heart shaped brownies.  Could you have better shaped brownies?


And she remembered Stephen's favorite candy.  He immediately broke those open, and I forced him to re-tie the bow so I could take a picture.  Oh the life of the husband to a blogger.  "Tie that back!  I haven't taken a picture!"  Poor thing.

I just love all the personal touches and how she added vintage Valentine labels to each treat.

Such a treat for us... and so much fun to have a little dessert after dinner.  And lunch.  And as a snack in the afternoon. 

I'm trying to ration some of it so we can sneak it into a movie or something.  But the rice crispy treats are gone.  Those were the first to go.  And Stephen's candy.  There was no stopping that train. 

2.10.2012

You are so loved...

Just a little reminder for this Friday...


via Katie Daisy

I've always loved this saying.  You are so loved...

When I was in 7th grade, I was a camper at Super Summer, at OBU in Oklahoma.  We had a very dynamic speaker, and his name was Dave Busby.  I still remember his voice, his passion for Christ, and his drive to live despite his health conditions living with cystic fibrosis, heart disease and polio.  After his sermon, I went down to meet him and he signed in my Bible, "You are so loved".  I've always remembered that moment.  I am so loved.

I hope you also know how much you are loved!

"The more we go to Jesus as a lifestyle, the more we discover that He will fill us up with His presence to the point of overflowing.  The more we receive and depend, the more we will spill over." Dave Busby
 
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 Happy Friday!  We are so blessed and I hope you never forget that you are so loved!


2.08.2012

Butcher Block Countertops...

You know my kitchen dilemma.  It involves an oven from the 1940's, Formica countertops, and a linoleum floor that I'm really actually sad I'll have to part with.  Nothing breaks when you drop things.  Crucial in my life)

Anyway.  It's a small kitchen and lets be honest, we'll only fit in this house for so long.  (I won't think about the day that we won't fit, as I'll be so sad to leave this precious cottage.)

So, in an effort to re-do, but not spend a fortune, I've looked into something I think would be so perfect for our house.

Butcher block countertops.


I love how you can stain them as light or dark as you'd like!


Looks great with white cabinets... which is what we want to do.

I love it paired with white subway tile.



Guess what the best part is?  They're from IKEA and you can cut them down to size.  They're really affordable, and I'm 99% positive I can have them shipped to my house.

Examples of other bloggers that have done this.  (most pictures above are from their blogs or googling butcher block ikea countertops)

Ashley Ann
This and That blog
Stillwater Story

And here's the link to the IKEA countertops these girls used:  IKEA Butcher block Countertops

I can't even tell you how much money we'll save versus doing granite or other stones.  And honestly, I think the butcher blocks are more "us". 

Don't you think?