Growing up.

The older I get, the faster time seems to fly. I can't believe it's half way into November and approaching the end of the year already...didn't we just have Halloween? And wasn't it just summer not too long ago?

It seems like yesterday, I was holding my precious newborn babies wondering what life would be like when they could walk, talk, play, and sing. Those days I have been dreaming about seems to be passing by just as fast as they have been approaching and a part of me is scared. a little anxious. a lot excited. Mommyhood has been a blessing and a trial...the hardest thing and the best thing that has ever happened to me.

My little ones, as you grow up, please remember, that mommy has and will always love you. Be there for you and with you every step of the way. Cry with you, laugh with you, learn and grow with you.

I love you...

to the moon and back.


Cream Cheese Cookies.


3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 stick (8Tbsp) butter, room temp
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp lemon juice

1. Using a handmixer, cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, and mix well. Stir in the flour using a spoon or spatula, just until incorporated.

2. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Space them out 1 1/2 inches apart from each other, as they will spread just a little. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes until edges are crispy and golden brown. *tip: edges burn pretty easily depending on oven and baking sheet, so keep a close eye on your first batch and adjust accordingly...[For the Ghost cookies (Halloween post), I used about a tablespoon and a half and shaped/flattened the dough right on the baking sheet. I used dried blueberries for the eyes, but chocolate chips would work great too!]

These cookies are creamy, tangy, sweet, chewy, and yummy. I hope you'll give them a try!



I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Halloween, now my son's "favrite" holiday. This year we had a blast with our candy-loving sugar monsters -- being able to actually enjoy trick-or-treating without feeling like the greedy adults using their kids as an excuse to get lots of candy. If you can't guess what they were, N was a hobo by day, selling his little trick monkey brother to get lots of candy, and of course, Batman by night. My sweet mom overnighted this Batman costume for N after he told her what he really wanted to be this year for Halloween. I know, we're cheap horrible parents. But thank goodness for awesome grandparents :)

Lastly, make sure to check out how I made the Ghost cream cheese cookies in this post!

and with that....