A while ago I shared on Instagram that I wanted to start blogging my baking adventures but that was a big fail because I'm awful at blogging. Since this time last year I used heart shaped cookies (very poorly decorated might I add) is when I told Michael we we're going to have a baby, I wanted to make some again now that we have a cute little baby boy with us! This time I did a more simpler recipe since my hands are full taking care of our baby boy who is now 3.5 months!
The cookies I made last year. I used sprinkles and spelled out Dad, Mom, and B!
This recipe is my go to shortbread cookie that is SO easy. If you can't bake try this recipe. I made them into hearts which took extra work but these can simply be rolled into small balls. They are made of mostly butter so make sure you have a napkin while eating because they are very greasy!
*Photos are taken from my iphone so they are a little darker and grainier than my usual work
You can use any butter you'd like but I've only made them with Irish butter and it definitely creates a much sweeter and more rich flavor that I think is the best for making these cookies.
These cookies DO spread out (This was my first time making them flat instead of balls) so I didn't realize how much they spread out. I'd suggest making them thicker so they aren't so thin although it does make them extra crispy. Depending on how you like your cookies determines how long you should keep them in the oven. I like mine crispy so I keep them in the oven a little longer.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1¾ cups flour
- Preheat oven to 375 F degrees
- Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla in mixing bowl until smooth and creamy.
- Add in flour and mix until combined.
- Place mixture in plastic wrap, flatten slightly, and place in fridge for one hour.
- Take dough out, roll out to a quarter inch.
- Use cookie cutter to create shapes for the cookies. Roll out extra dough again to make more molds.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, give or take on how you like your cookies.
Original recipe found here: http://cakescottage.com/2015/12/14/hersheys-secret-kisses-cookies/
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It's been 6 weeks since our baby boy, David Noah came into this world. Like usual, things definitely didn't go as planned and although I am okay with everything now, it was a huge emotional (and physical) adjustment the days after David was born. Our little guy does not like to be put down (he loves to be close to mommy and held 99% of the time unless he's sleeping and I'm not complaining :) so I haven't had much time to sit down and blog, let alone be on my computer at all, so this is why it took 6 weeks to write a blog post and share a little about my birth story and life after his birth!
I had such a great and healthy pregnancy I had never anticipated having to have a cesarean section, especially since no one else in my family ever had issues delivering babies (my family is quite good at the whole fertility and delivering babies thing!). After 23 hours of labor, and 1.5 of pushing, baby D was not progressing (plus I had an infection from having had my water broke for 18 hours), so with much discouragement, but ready to meet my baby, it was best to go along with a c-section.
About an hour later, David Noah came into the world at 12:22 AM on October 22, 2016. I didn't get to see him immediately like I had been dreaming of for months. I had to wait about 10 minutes to get to see him which seriously felt like forever. I finally got to see him for the first time, daddy introducing us. I was in quite a bit of pain as they were putting me back together (my c-section was definitely no easy way out, it was pretty awful, don't let anyone tell you it's easy or painless, not true although I don't remember any of the pain now thankfully, just that there was a lot!) so I couldn't take in the moment like I had imagined until we we're sent to the recovery room although I do remember his cute face and seeing his dark hair for the first time.
This was where I first got to hold my baby, skin to skin and take in all of him. Looking at all his little details and taking in his scent.
We spent the next few days in the hospital as both Michael and I adjusted to having this little baby. I am so thankful for all the help we received while in the hospital from all the nurses and doctors, We finally went home Monday evening and once home although I was happy to be there, it was a whole new learning experience with much sleep deprivation and limited mobility due to the c-section.
I started to feel better and more like myself not long after being home and it just got better and better with time. Michael was such a huge help as a new daddy. Having him there for me was a huge blessing to our marriage and I think God definitely used that to help us grow even closer as a married couple.
Six weeks into mommyhood and I love it so much. I could use a bunch of big fancy words to try and describe it but there's no need because it's simply wonderful. He gets cuter every day and my love for him grows more and more. I look forward to all of our firsts as parents and seeing David grow. He's now starting to smile for real and it's just the cutest!
And here are a few favorites from our first family photoshoot photographed by Eden Day Photography! David was two weeks old here!
If you follow my social media posts, the last update was around 21 weeks when we shared our gender reveal photos! If you didn't know already , we are having a little boy! The gender reveal photos turned out super cute, and I'm thankful for Mary Taylor Photography for capturing those for us :) I'll share those below as well!
Sorry for not sharing more updates but I'll try to keep most updates as I get closer and closer to my due date! Baby Delgado (Name is remaining a secret until he makes his entrance) is due October 15th, although I've been told most first babies arrive as many as TEN days late! He's already measuring slightly big, either because he's further along, or just a large baby. My guess is he's just a large baby due to the fact that I was a big baby, my brother in law was a big baby, and my grandma (on my dads side) said my uncle was a big baby. So basically we have a history of big babies in the family. The chunkier, the better, and believe me, I will post lots of his chunky self when he enters this side of earth :D
A lot of people have asked me along the way how I've been feeling and how the baby is doing and thankfully I've been able to continue with a, "I feel great!" and, "We're both healthy!". So I definitely want to continuing praising God for that! I'm thankful things have been going well for us so far and hope for your prayers for things to continue to be healthy for both of us!
This pregnancy is going by WAY too fast. I love carrying him so close with me and these moments of kicks throughout the day. He seems to already be camera shy because whenever he's super active and I pull out the phone to video his movements he stops! He has no idea what's coming for him picture wise once he's born so he can stay camera shy for now but not much longer!
Here's to the last week of my 2nd trimester, I hope my 3rd is as nice as my second!
San Diego's Rising Tide Collaborate Shoot in Coronado
I’m excited to share the images from this wonderful shoot that was put together by such lovely creative in San Diego! Over the course of a year, I have gotten to know so many wonderful ladies through the Rising Tide Society. This group has been a huge encouragement for myself, and my business. Each month there is a meeting to go over certain topics relating our small businesses. All around the country and some parts of the world, small groups gather to do the same thing and this shoot was part of that!
Each group around the country/world had different vendors come together to create a shoot that represented their town and group of people. Since we are based out of San Diego, our group went with a Mexican/Boho theme on the beach (Because when you think of San Diego the Beach most likely comes to mind)! This Beach (Coronado) also happens to be my favorite San Diego beach!
Not only did this collaborative shoot give us all an opportunity to display our work for others to see our creativity and what we have to offer to the industry, we we’re able to get to know others even more, and connect with each other. I’m so thankful for all the people I have met and most importantly, am able to connect with people in a non-competitive environment. This is the motivation behind what the Rising Tide Society stands for, and if you haven’t seen the popular hashtag “CommunityOverCompetition yet, be on the lookout because this mindset is growing continually and you should definitely jump on board! “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats”
Vendors who participated in this shoot!
TuesdaysTogether Leader: Idealust
Creative Director + Event Stylist: Empire Design Events
Gifting: Gaspara Flora
Tablescape: Not My Dish
Florist: Janna Hatch Floral Design
Floral Design: Studio2053
Stationery: October and Rum Creative
Handmade Paper Flowers: Paper Ave
Paper Artist: Brittani Rose Paper
Handcrafted Jewelry: Champagne and Glitter
Handmade Turban: Wild Hearts and Halos
Custom Laser Cut Party Goods: Jenn and Jules Designs
Wedding + Event Coordinator: Baldwin Bridal
To view other photographers works who were involved in this shoot, check them out below!
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Last month while we were visiting family and friends on the East Coast, we met up with our friend and wedding photographer for an anniversary session. We love the photos and it was a perfect time to do them to show off my little baby bump as well! Rebecca Shivers Photography
As most of you know, I recently moved to San Diego to marry my best friend. Love and serving the Lord often come with sacrifices, change, and giving up comforts. The West Coast is still an adjustment for me and as someone whose favorite season is fall; I’ve been experiencing a major environmental change. Fall is my favorite season, so having 85-95 degree weather in late September/early October was not what I had in mind for fall.
I have definitely felt the sadness that comes from homesickness and a change in environment. We have a sign on our deck that says “Bloom where you’re planted”. Sounds cliché` and a bit cheesy but this quote has been encouraging for this time in my life. As with anything, it has helped to talk with close friends when I miss “home”. The other week I was talking to my good friend Megan about my love for fall and how I miss it living here. Well she took the initiative to bless me in an incredible way. She got together a bunch of fall nick-knacks and foods, placed them in a box, and shipped them all the way from Virginia!
The box was a huge surprise and had the most wonderful stuff! I seriously cannot express how thankful I am for this friendship! When I opened the box and began to go through all the wonderful things, I remembered a blog I read recently from a famous blogger who put together a box of food for a friend to bless them at a critical time in their life. Though this situation is a different, it made me want to blog this small blessing to encourage others!
Of course, it isn't always the things given to you that are the most special, it’s the thought that went into them and knowing that they thought of you when buying or making you those things.
Michael and I saw these pumpkin cheesecake cookies in the store and thought they looked so delicious! It was such a surprise to get these yummy cookies as a sweet treat in my box of fall!
Behind all the cute fall leafs, mini pumpkins, and acorns, you'll notice a miniature hay bale! I was oohing and ahhing over what a cute little touch that was. What a great idea to make a teeny tiny hay bale for decoration. When I went to college in PA a few of the barn parties (They're actually a ton of fun!)I went to had hay bale throwing contests to see who could thrown them the farthest.. I'm pretty sure I would win throwing this one...
If you know me, scented candles are the way to my heart. I just love having candles lit. Of course my favorite candles are holiday candles, holiday anything is usually the best! I can't wait to light this new candle!
As I was pulling each item out of the box, I didn't realize that the pie crust, pumpkin pure, and Reese's pieces we're a part of a recipe Megan had found and included in the box. What a fun idea! This is such a cute idea you could do for any holiday or occasion to bless somebody.
Such a sweet card that I now have on display in our kitchen next to two other fall cards I was given :)
I hope you were able to experience joy while reading my post! Let this post be a great encouragement for you to bless others in your life.