Monthly Archives: October 2011

Church Baby Shower

Church Baby Shower

Last Sunday afternoon, our friends at church threw a great shower for us.  My mom, sister, and Houston family were able to attend, in addition to Matt’s mom, grandma, and Michelle.  There was a great turnout of people from church and it was just a great afternoon!  The girls did a great job with everything – even though I know it was a bit stressful keeping everything gender neutral ;).

sign-in table complete with diaper cake, “I wish” cards for guests to fill out  to baby, and baby pictures of Matt and me.

Tricia gave the most beautiful blessing as the shower was getting started. Lovely picture of me trying not to cry…

mingling and chatting

a sweet blanket my cousin Amanda made for baby M

basket of goodies from the hostesses

Matt & me after the shower…he came to say hi to everyone and load up all the gifts :)

the wonderful hostesses (missing Becky & Sheila)…y’all did an awesome job with everything!

Aja and me with sweet, little Aedan…thanks for taking pictures during the shower!

After 2 showers in one weekend, I was exhausted!  But it was so much fun to come home and go through all the gifts to show Matt what we got and think about baby M using all of the cute stuff.

Tonight’s Dinner

Tonight’s Dinner

Tonight’s dinner in one word…fabulous.

Several months ago, we started going through all of my Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, and Martha Stewart magazines to gather recipes.  We’ve been trying to cook something new each week and while none of the recipes have disappointed, tonight’s was exceptionally good.  So here what we dined on this evening while watching the Rangers game, grilled pineapple pork tenderloin, potatoes gratin, and a salad.

Pineapple Grilled Pork Tenderloin
2 pork tenderloins (I only made one and then halved the rest of the ingredients for the sauce)
1 8 oz. can pineapple slices (in juice)
2 limes
1/4 cup orange marmalade
3 tbsp. hoisin sauce (in the Asian section)
3 tbsp. soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1.  Heat grill to medium-high heat (350-400), sprinkle pork with salt and pepper.
2.  Drain pineapple, reserving juice in a saucepan.  Sprinkle in lime zest (1 tbsp.) and 1/3 cup fresh lime juice.  Add orange marmalade, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, minced or pressed garlic cloves, mustard, and ginger.
3.  Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.  Allow to boil 3-4 minutes until thickened slightly.
4.  Grill pork, covered, 10-12 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 155.  Remove from grill, baste with half of pineapple-marmalade mixture, cover with foil, & allow to rest 10 minutes.
5.  Grill pineapple slices 1-2 minutes per side.
6.  Slice tenderloin and serve with grilled pineapple and reserved pineapple-marmalade mixture.

Potatoes Gratin
1 1/2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes
1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp nutmeg
salt & pepper
3 oz. Gruyere cheese, grated

1.  Preheat oven to 375.
2.  Heat cream, milk, nutmeg, garlic, & 1 1/2 tsp. salt in saucepan over medium heat until bubbles form around the edge.  Season with pepper.  Remove from heat.
3.  Slice potatoes 1/8 inch thick (we used a mandolin) and transfer to a baking dish.  I would layer the potatoes, cream mixture, & cheese lasagna style. After adding all potatoes and cream, top with cheese.
4.  Bake until potatoes are fork tender, bubbly, and cheese has browned (45 -60 minutes)

Obviously the potatoes are not a health food…haha, but man oh man…they were delicious.   It made plenty for us to also eat them tomorrow night, so keep that in mind.

More baby posts coming soon!

Beaumont Baby Shower

Beaumont Baby Shower

Last Saturday, my family in Beaumont threw the most adorable baby shower for us and Baby M.  It was all so cute with sweet little teddy bears everywhere and lots of tasty goodies!  Most of my family was able to be there, we were only missing a few cousins who were out of town.  Cortney even drove in from Dallas for the weekend and she and her mom were there too!  It was so good to see both of them and get to share the excitement with Cortney.  We hadn’t seen each other in over a year and it was nice to catch up.

Nana made teddy bear tea cakes for the occasion!  They were as delicious as they were adorable!

centerpiece on the food table…hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers and Nana used one of the animal cracker containers shaped like a teddy bear as the vase.  So cute & creative!

Time to open gifts!  Little Jenna was my special helper for the morning and she did a great job picking which present I should open next and helping me go through all the goodies in the bags and boxes.  This little owl onesie is just downright adorable and super soft!  I can’t wait to see baby M wearing this outfit!

my mom gave us a whole bag of burp rags and little “lovey” blankets that she made!  There are some for a girl, a boy, and even some neutral ones!

Little Jenna and I with baby M’s first teddy bear!

Nana and I at the shower

Cortney and I at the end of the shower

After the shower was over, we hung out at Monica’s house for the afternoon and then headed to Nana and Papa’s house and sat by the pool enjoying the sunshine and cool breeze.  It was such the perfect day!  That night my mom, sister, and I headed back to Houston with the Tahoe literally busting at the seams.  The car was so full we couldn’t see out the back or side windows!  My family was so kind and we’re so thankful for their thoughtfulness and generosity as we prepare for baby M’s arrival!