Gingerbreadman Cookies in a Time Crunch!

It is that time of year again when the smells of gingerbread wafts through kitchen. Time right now doesn't allow me to roll out dough, cut it out then decorate those yummy men of molasses and ginger. So I did the next best thing, ginger molasses cookies. Just mix the ingredients to make the dough, roll the dough into balls then into white sugar then bake for 10 minutes. You get the taste of gingerbread men but saving TONS of time. 
So grab your ingredients and lets make the cookie thereby accomplishing two tasks, making your house smell absolutely delish and giving you and your family a sweet treat!
To make the cookies, you need 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup molasses, 2 cups flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. 
*The original recipe calls for double of all the ingredients. I halved the recipe and it made plenty of cookies.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In your mixing bowl, cream the butter. 

(yup I just gave you two photos of butter!)

Add in the brown and white sugar then mix the ingredients. 

Add in the molasses and egg. 

Now you add in the dry ingredients, the flour, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon. 

Once the cookie dough is completely mixed, roll the dough into balls then roll them around in white sugar then place on the cookie sheet. 

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. 
Enjoy the cookies by themselves or with a mug of hot chocolate! You deserve it, you saved some time by making these cookies instead of the traditional gingerbread men but still get the same great taste!


I think (fingers crossed) it is officially fall

That means boots, sweaters and jackets, which is inspiring me to make another fall outfit inspired post. Now this means that I actually get to wear these great fall outfits instead of day dreaming about them and having to wait several more weeks.
Do I have all of these items to recreate this outfit? Yes I do. Consider it done!

How about this outfit? Yup, I have leopard flats and a black and white checkered top in my closet.

This outfit scream fall perfection. Now all you need to a Starbucks red cup to accompany the outfit.

Oh fall, I love how we get to wear sweaters and boots without a heavy overcoat. Your weather allows us to wear great outfits while carry a cup of chai, a latte or tea to warm our fingers.
I think fall you are my favorite season!


Keep those pearly whites smooth and healthy!

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Colgate. I 
received a product sample for this review and a promotional item to thank me for 

You have heard it before how important teeth are to our smile and to our health overall. Usually the first thing people will notice about you is your smile. Want to keep that smile of yours bright and white? Keep that enamel on your teeth healthy and smooth. Enamel is what covers our teeth that can be stained from wine, coffee and acidic foods to name a few thing. Enamel is the hard outer shell and you need to do everything you can to protect it. Why? Once enamel is gone from your teeth it is gone for good. It is the hardest substance in the body but needs nurturing and caring for that enamel to make it last. 

How do you protect that precious enamel? Do you brush after every morning? When you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night? Be pro-active now about protecting your enamel and your teeth and dentist will thank you!

Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste helps to smooth your enamel. Smooth enamel prevents erosion, which if occurs making cracks and chips of your teeth more likely. Smooth enamel is polished making germs less likely stick which contributes to erosion. 

I bought the Colgate Enamel Health whitening toothpaste and immediately went home and brushed my teeth because after all who doesn't love that freshly brushed feeling of your teeth! The toothpaste wasn't gritty, it brushed nicely, and definitely left my enamel feeling protected against erosion by acid invaders and germs. 

Want to experience Colgate Enamel Health for yourself? I knew you would! Then head to your local Walgreens this Saturday, November 15, for their Saturdate event with Colgate. Beauty advisors at Walgreens will be on hand to answer questions about enamel, protecting it and Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste. 

So this Saturday while you are out running errands, going out for lunch or whatever your plans, check out Walgreen's Saturdate event. Beauty advisors will be in the story from 10am-5pm to provide complimentary samples, answer any questions and educate you on protecting your enamel. Don't delay any longer in protecting your enamel, your teeth and smile will thank you for it. 


what motherhood means to me

A few months ago I mentioned from time to time I would write about what motherhood means to me and where I am in this journey with Caleb.

Last Monday, Caleb turned 9 months old. That day separation anxiety hit with the combination of hardly napping on Sunday coupled with the time change. Monday and Tuesday were rough days for both of us. Caleb wanted to be held all day, I could barely set him down to get anything done and when I could set him down, I wouldn't be able to leave his sight. I'll admit I might have handed him over to Sean as soon as he came home from work. I needed A LOT of grace and patience during those days. By Friday I needed a babysitter, for an hour, so I could browse the mall and to get a little bit of sanity and found this little number.

I need to remember that while Caleb is wanting me more that there will be one day that he will claim his independence away from him. I need to remember that during the hard days one day he will move out of the house and be on his own. 

With each laugh Caleb gives me it makes those hard days melt away. With each smile, each funny facial expression he provides, he reminds me that even though motherhood is hard, he makes it worth it. God has given me a special boy, a calm boy, an even-tempered boy with a sweet demeanor. 
And look who is standing up on his own!

Motherhood is enjoyable, motherhood is hard, motherhood is special and motherhood is something I would never trade for my old life. 


a letter to my 9 month old

Dear Caleb, 
Yesterday you turned 9 months. NINE whole months. 9 months in and 9 months out. Wow. It has been incredible to watch you grow, learn new things each day and start to recognize words like hi and bye and wave to people when you hear those words. 

You are definitely exploring and discovering your world on your own, crawling to get to things you have been watching and observing over the past 9 months. Now you realize you can get to them under your own power and boy are you fast! You show such determination when you want to get somewhere! 

You are such a joy to your dad and I and to everyone who notices you. Strangers stop and comment on your dimples, your cute smile and even say how much you have made their day. 
We thank God every day how He answered our request to make you an easy going, even tempered baby and except when you are tired or hungry you pretty much are the case. 

It is hard to believe that only 9 months ago we were welcoming you into this world. It is hard to believe because we can't imagine life without you in it now. How did we spent those Friday nights babyless? Did we sleep in on Saturdays? I'm pretty sure we did but those Saturdays are long past but you have provided us so much joy sleeping in on Saturdays doesn't even compare. 

I am in a bit of disbelief that in 3 short months we will be celebrating your first birthday. You will at that point no longer but a baby but a toddler and the first year of your precious life will be behind us. 
I don't wish for those three months to hurry along any but to take their time and allow us to soak up every babyness from you.

These 9 month photo were quite difficult to get from you but we managed the best we could :-)


finally feel like fall!!

So this blog has been pretty silent and I didn't intent it to be. I intent to connect with all of you because I love it, it helps keeps me me and it has become a place of memories that I want to make sure gets written down. 
I got caught up in my daily life that this little blog got forgotten and my creativity juices were running low. But fear not! I am back, my creative juices are running high and I have some wonderful posts coming at you. 
Last Friday was Halloween and it was the first day that felt like fall here in California. It was a jacket wearing day with a cool, crisp overcast morning. It was a perfect morning to head to the pumpkin patch, complete a corn maze and take some fun family photos amongst the pumpkins, Indian corn and gourds.
At the corn maze, we had to find four cut-outs and each one had a number on it. We had to find the 4 digit code to open two doors to get to the second corn maze and find doors again with numbers on them to exit the corn maze. 

Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween and it is November, welcome to the last two months of the year!


seven weddings

7 weddings, that is the number of weddings we have been to since mid-May but that is just the number of weddings we would actually attend. We had to turn down a few weddings because we already had a wedding to attend. So 7, 1 in May, 2 in June, 2 in July, 1 in September and then 1 on Sunday. Have I created a ranking system based on the weddings after attending so many? Yes indeed I have it and it centers around the most important part of the wedding, cake! Except the wedding we attended on Sunday couldn't compete in my very scientific ranking system because they had donuts at their wedding. Delicious pillows of fluffy, fried dough and because it is October they were pumpkin donuts. 

Now these donuts aren't just any donuts, they are Donut Man donuts, a college 4am food run staple. Google Donut Man strawberry donuts, they are legendary and was even featured on 
Food Network, l-e-g-e-n-d-a-r-y.

Oh and then this wedding might top ALL of the other weddings for the sole fact that they hired the In-n-Out truck to cater their wedding. Yup In-n-Out delicious cheeseburgers. 

Obviously I am so focused on the food that I haven't even told you who got married, it was my friend Alice, who I have known since college and we were both political science nerds who got married David. 

Some other details of the wedding:

The toss bouquet

And with that we wrap up the 2014 wedding season for the Hennings at least. Please friends wait at least until 2016 to get married so I can recover from all the wedding fun-ness.
What is the most number of weddings you have attended in one year?