Finished Object ~ Fern Lace Cowl

Oh, hello there! Long time, no see. While hubby is away, time just gets away from me and seemingly this blog is always the one that falls to the wayside. Since he’s back, I was finally able to finish my Follow Your Arrow MKAL shawl (post to come later when mother nature decides to let the sun come out)!

Mug Cozy

In the meantime, I was able to knit up this mug cozy, which I was in love with… until I blocked it and then it was too big for my mug! It was a small skein of yarn to begin with and I didn’t want this soft squishy baby camel! yarn to just sit around unused. I decided to frog the cozy and make a cowl instead.

Fern Lace Cowl
Fern Lace Cowl knit in MEAN GIRLS Inspired Hand Dyed Extra Fine Merino/Camel Worsted Weight Yarn, “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” 109 yards

I went with the Fern Lace Cowl (please excuse the blurry photo, toddlers do not sit still). This was a really quick knit! The lace pattern is very easy to memorize and alternates with knit rows in the round. After blocking the lace really opened up and it turned out to be much more drapy than stiff.

The yarn I used is from Neeley’s Knits, who I have to give a huge shout out to! I met the shop owner, Ashley, on Ravelry through a group for mom’s of babies born in Aug 2012. She recently started dying her own yarns inspired by movies & tv shows. Her colorways are absolutely beautiful and we’ll just say, my bank account loves her! Please check out her shop and buy some yarn!

xoxo Katie

Quick & Easy Breakfast Burritos

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Now that my lovely 7 month old daughter is crawling and all over the place, I’m finding less time for preparing myself breakfast (or lunch for that matter). I wanted something that was hot, quick, and easy to prepare while I chase my little one around the floor. I’ve made breakfast burritos before, but never thought of freezing them. Then again, there are tons of frozen breakfast foods, so why not? I have made full fat versions before, but opted for a lower carb, lower fat version this time around.

Here is my quick and easy recipe (along with some optional additions) for breakfast burritos:

Breakfast Burritos for Freezing

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Jimmy Dean’s reduced fat pork sausage
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 4 oz can of chopped jalapenos
  • 16 medium soft tortillas
  • 16 slices of sharp cheddar made with skim milk (I used Kraft brand)
  • 1 bag of shredded hash browns (optional… I did not use this, but have before)

Directions:

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat, or an electrical skillet over 375. Brown the sausage, and drain on a paper towel. Set aside.
  2. OPTIONAL: If you decide to use hash browns, cook them now on med-high heat on the skillet or 450 on an electric skillet as the package directions dictate.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt & pepper
  4. If you used hash browns, leave them in the pan. If not, your pan or skillet will be empty. Add back in the sausage, then pour the egg mixture over the top. Add the jalepenos and mix. Lower the heat to medium-low to evenly cook the eggs. Cook as if you were cooking scrambled eggs, by scraping the pan every few minutes until eggs are cooked all the way through. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Take 1 tortilla and add about 1/3 cup of the egg mixture, top with 1 slice of cheese, then roll up into a burrito.
  6. Wrap each burrito individually with Saran Wrap, then place into a large freezer bag for freezing.

Reheating Instructions:

  1. Remove your burrito from the Saran Wrap and wrap in a paper towel. 
  2. Microwave for 45 seconds on high
  3. Flip the burrito on to the other side and cook for an additional 45 seconds.

That’s it! Enjoy!

~Katie

Sleep Regression… or just a boob obsession?

Miss Lachlyn is 4 months old… also known for the notorious 4-month sleep regression. I thought this was just a myth… like the Terrible Two’s… are all babies really terrible at age 2? For us, month 4 started out great; our bedtime routine seemed to have set a pattern. Bath time was at 7 pm, then we’d read a few books and by 8 pm she was nursing. She would fall asleep while nursing, I’d unlatch her and swaddle, rock her a few times and she’d be out by 8:30 – 9:00 pm. Life was good!

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Starting about 3 days ago, things have changed. Our little bedtime routine went to hell. Still, bath time around 7 pm, read a few books, nurse her and she’d start to fall asleep. On goes the swaddle and next thing I know, she is crying soo hard her face turns red. Woah! This isn’t normal… for her. Okay, let’s switch positions and stand up to talk around. Nope, she doesn’t like being cradled while walking. Okay, lets hold her vertically, maybe she’ll get sleepy and lay her head on my chest. Nope, wide awake. Hmm… I know she’s tired. She’s been yawning and was rubbing her eyes before I swaddled her. I place her in her crib and turn on her seahorse. She stares at it, laying there. The song ends and she’s still wide awake… okay, let’s turn it on again. She doesn’t even make it half way through before fussing because she doesn’t like laying on her back. Pick her back up. I should probably note here that Lachlyn is not a pacifier kind of gal. She just doesn’t like sucking on one.

Hmm… what should I do now? I rotate through the moves again, all while she is either crying/screaming or quiet, but wide eyed. Usually by now 1.5-2 hours has gone by with nothing. I try nursing her again… with a little fussing, she finally falls asleep. I unlatch and place her in the crib. She sometimes stirs after 30 mins needing a few mins of rocking, sometimes not.

How can I get this baby to fall asleep on her own without nursing??? I mean this is a 3 question mark kind of question! I have been reading the No Cry Sleep Solution, by the way… will be trying the Pantley method.

Any suggestions, give them to me!

A Review on Baby Carriers vs Stroller

I will start off by saying that I’m a huge fan of baby wearing. Anything I can do to avoid pushing around a large, clunky stroller is the way to go. I’ve always been the type of person that will load up my arms as much as possible so that I don’t have to push a shopping cart.

In order to get myself back in shape I started talking walks with Lachlyn. Her car seat snaps into the stroller and in an effort to make her like the car seat more, I decided to take the stroller out.

Stroller

 

We were given a Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System. Nothing beats free, am I right? The stroller is functional, however not my ideal stroller for exercise type walking/jogging.  The turning radius is just not there and it is rather bulky.

Next I tried talking her out in our Ergo.

Ergo Carrier

 

While I love the Ergo and it is super comfortable to wear, Lachlyn just does not want to be facing inward. She is curious and interested in seeing the world and the Ergo’s inability to have her forward facing made this exercise trip difficult. She strained the whole time trying to look out and around. At the furthest point of our walk she had a complete meltdown. One thing I do love about the Ergo, I was easily able to loosen the straps a little and get her into a nursing position. She nursed the entire walk back home and the Ergo easily conceals everything. Major points there!

As far as other baby carriers, I completely love our Baby K’Tan. It was perfect when she was a newborn and she loves facing out in this carrier. I use it exclusively for shopping. The only downside is that is just doesn’t have the padding I need for my shoulders to be able to wear this out for exercise.

I’m still on the lookout for a forward facing carrier that has enough support for walking long distances. What is your experience with baby carriers?