Mallory's One Year Update

Our girl is ONE! We aren't huge birthday people, so nothing Pinterest worthy here. ;) We kept thing simple with cake for breakfast and a few birthday toys. Mallory typically prefers savory over sweet foods but certainly had a ball with her cake! She didn't eat much but it was so fun watching her play in it. Schatzi and LT were grateful for the mess. 

At her one year check up Mallory weighed in at 22 pounds and measured 29 inches tall. Not much weight gain, but her doctor gave her rolls a little pinch and said she is doing juuuuussst fine. ;) Mally still only has 6 teeth but is definitely working on a molar or two...

Mal still isn't walking but her confidence is growing by the day! (Her mom and dad are in no hurry for her to meet this milestone...) She loves standing, using her walker and walking along furniture, but the power crawl is still her go to. In the clothing department not much has changed since last month. Still in size 4 diapers and 12-18 month clothing.

Major changes this month in the sleep and eating department. Not only is she sleeping in her own bed AND napping, but she is no longer breastfeeding! (I think i've finally stopped crying over the no breast feeding part.) "Real" food is now her primary source of nutrition and she is quite pleased with that. We have enough of a freezer stash for her to continue having at least a bottle or two of breast milk for the next month or so. I'm working on writing up our co-sleeping to crib experience soon!

Mallory has made great strides in the vocabulary department lately! She now says : Mama, Dada, Nana, "og"- dog, yes, this, that, "ook" (either book or look, we'll get back to you on that) shakes her head no, waves hello and bye-bye, and points at anything she wants! Still sounds like she is speaking a foreign language when she is babbling and frequently looks at us like we are crazy for not understanding her. Who knew that look started so young?!

We love you Mallory Susan! 

Hopes & Plans {Link Up}

Welcome to the "Hopes & Plans" link up! Any hopeful or goal-oriented post is welcome! It can be your life's dreams, aspirations, monthly goals or simply your chore list. Share with us! I hope for this to be a place where we can come to be inspired and motivated by the things other people have in the works. The possibilities are endless! Most things in life begin by first having a hope and then some kind of plan.

Happy Monday! 

Lets take a look at last week's hopes & plans...

|| Continue sleep training with Mally. We've kept up with things pretty well. She still doesn't go to sleep as well for me as she does with Kyle, but thankful Kyle has been willingly picking up a night shift here and there if needed.

|| Schedule my tire change overAlright, so I did things Kyle's way and got the tires changed over before the first snow and still had to jump through my ass to get it done. ERRRR!

|| Schedule Mallory's 1 year appointmentScheduled and executed! I will be sharing all about that and her first birthday later on this week. But here is a sneak peak... :)

|| Get off my behind.  Ehhhhh. The house isn't a total disaster... that halfway counts, right?

This Week's Hopes & Plans :

one || Create my shopping list. Nordstrom's Beauty Event is just around the corner and I pretty much have Nov. 1st booked solid at their various beauty counters. Kyle is penciled in for baby duty so, I should have both hands free to boot!  (Army if you mess this up for me; I'll be pissed. LOL) Everyone seems to offer a gift with purchase that day, thus a shopping list is required to prevent things from getting out of hand. 

two || Wake up earlier. Now that Mal is sleeping on her own and in a semi regular fashion, I want to start waking up a bit earlier. A few quite, alone minutes with my coffee before the day gets started sounds nice..

three || Pack for our trip more than ten minutes prior to leaving for the airport. Mallory and I leave later this week for Milwaukee. Somehow I always find myself scrabbling like a crazy person as we are trying to get out the door. Why do I do that to myself?!

Your turn!

Copycat Recipe || Chipotle Burrito Bowl

One of the biggest (and probably only) complaints Kyle has about living in Alaska is the lack of Chipotle locations. Zero, zip zilch! Chipotle's steak burrito bowls are a favorite of both of ours. Thankfully, another military spouse whose family was also having to do without the coveted burrito bowl, shared her homemade chipotle bowl recipe. We frequently make a slightly tweaked version of this recipe and only recently nailed down the perfect homemade Chipotle rice to go with it. So, for those of you who are living in a place where you are denied access to Chipotle, here is the next best thing!


Ingredients ::

- 1 pound steak (we just buy cubes for stew then cut them into even smaller chunks)
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- black pepper to taste (we use about 1/2 tsp)
- 1.5 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cheyenne pepper (adjust if you like a bit more kick)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- salt to taste (we use about 1 teaspoon)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup water

Directions ::

- In a small bowl, mix oregano, pepper, chili powder, cheyenne pepper, garlic, cumin and salt. Add your water and olive oil then combine.

- Cube steak.

- Combine your marinade and steak in a large pyrex container. (Ziplock baggies work fine as well.) Shake until your steak is well coated in marinade.

- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

- Cook in a skillet over medium heat.

Now for the cilantro lime rice!

copycat recipe

Ingredients ::
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter 

Directions ::
- in saucepan melt butter 
- put uncooked rice in saucepan with butter and mix until rice is well coated
- cook for 2 minutes over medium heat stirring regularly
- combine water, cilantro, lime juice and salt in your rice cooker
- add buttery rice
- cook rice
- stir rice before serving

Now you have the staples for your steak Chipotle bowl! Don't forget to include your favorite toppings. We make sure to have shredded parmesan cheese, black beans, sour cream, lettuce and salsa on hand for ours. Kyle even insists on creating his bowl in the correct Chipotle order! Like, pretends he is in the restaurant, "black or pinto beans" style.

The copycat steak chipotle bowl is even Mallory approved!