Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Recap

It feels like 2012 has just zoomed by! Probably because my little man has taken up all my time (which I love). It's crazy to think about this year! Seriously, cRAziNess!

January 2012: 
Surviving with a newborn... barely.

Feburary 2012: 
Start shopping for our first home.

March 2012:

April 2012:
Easter.

May 2012: 

June 2012: 

July 2012: 
Many friends and family visit. 

August 2012: 
My mum comes to visit. 
Jonah's first trip to the zoo.

September 2012: 
A very un-fun month of shift work for Justin. 

October 2012: 

November 2012: 
Jonah's first trip to Dollywood. 

December 2012: 
Christmas in Michigan.

Wow. 2012 has been so blessed. I can't wait to see what God has in store for 2013!

Our Very Merry Christmas Recap

I already gave y'all a quick sneak peek at a bit of our Christmas, but I figured I'd finished that up (again quickly), so we can move on to 2013 and a new year! Woot!

We went to Michigan to visit our families again this year. We are so blessed that we only have to visit one town to see all three of our families! I guess that's one of the perks of being high school sweethearts.

So from December 22 until the 30th we were back in our hometown.

Before we left for Michigan, we had our our little Christmas morning so Jonah could get his presents from us.
Playing with his favorite gift from us:
RC from Toy Story with a little people Woody figurine!

December 23rd all of Justin's family went to the annual Zehnders Chicken Dinner. As usual it was good! Here is the 'we ate too much picture' in front of the Zehnders fireplace.
Hastily taken family photo.

December 24th we spent the afternoon with my Dad, and then went to the Christmas Eve service at the church we grew up in.

December 25th we started the day out at my Mom's house and had fun opening presents over there. Then we dropped Jonah Bear off at my Dad's house, and went to see Les Mis with Justin's family. After that we spent the evening with Justin's parents and opened even more gifts!
Flying with Uncle Adam

Silly boy would not move a muscle in his step-grandpa's chair! He was so comfy!

Opening presents at Nana's house Christmas morning.

Riding his new rocking Bullseye from Grandma and Grandpa Biddle!
Now he can be just like Woody!
December 26th we had yet another Christmas celebration with my Mom's side of the family.
My Papa made Jonah rocking horse!
He's a bit big for it now, but it's just so incredible!

Here we are opening another toy my Papa made for Jo: A wooden train set!
The 27th we saw a few friends from high school. It's strange to be planning get togethers around our children's naptimes! I guess we are growing up! Also got to spend some nice time with Justin's paternal grandparents, and visited a couple Amish stores.

The 28th we met up with my Dad's side of the family.
This year Jonah was able to get his picture taken with  ALL of his great-grandparents! How neat is that!
The 29th we spent packing and having Jonah's one year photos taken. I can't wait to share those with y'all.

The 30th the longest car trip home... ever. It was crazy. But we finally made it home!

Hope you all had a spectacular Christmas just like we did!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Favorite Pecan Pie

This is yet another recipe that I don't want to lose. It's my father-in-law's favorite pecan pie recipe. (Yes, he told me that in front of his wife!)

There are so many different ways to make pecan pie. My favorite way is when there are chopped pecans all the way though the pie. I hate the pie that is just the gel-sugar mess with a few pecans thrown on top (That's basically a chess pie with pecan garnish people!). If you're going to make a pecan pie, buy those darn expensive nuts and do it right! (Rant is over... sorry.)

This is yet another Martha Stewart magazine recipe from that fated (once lost, but now found) November 2009 issue. Just giving props where they are due! (In my words with my notes)

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Pecan Pie
Makes one 9 inch pie

10 ounces pecan halves (2 1/4 cups)
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pate Brisee Pie Crust

Preheat your oven to 325* and set aside a small handful of pecans to make the pie pretty with. Chop the remaining nuts. Mix together teh eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt in a bowl. (I use my Kitchen Aid mixer.) Make sure everything is well mixed. Last, mix in chopped pecans.

Pour mixture into prepared piecrust. Gently lay the small handful of uncropped pecans in a pretty pattern on the top of the mixture. (I usually make a little flower in the center with about five nut halves, and then use the rest around the rim of the pie.)

Place pie on a baking sheet unless you really enjoy cleaning your oven. Bake (rotating half way though) until the pie is just set. About 90 minutes. Let cool completely.
(Pie can be stored at room temperature for about 24 hours.)

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Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Sneak Peek

I will actually post more about our Christmas a little later, but I just had to show a sneak peek!

Cuddling with Daddy... it's COLD!

Flying with Uncle Adam

Opening a few presents.

Somebody got a rocking Bullseye for Christmas! Yeehaw!
Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, and I'll be posting again soon!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Insta-Friday

I've decided to jump into this fun link-up this week and show off a few of my insta-gram photos from this past week.

Taking our annual lights drive.
Watching "Despicable Me" on the computer... silly boys.
Helping Daddy play the guitar, and giving mama the evil eye for taking yet ANOTHER picture!

I love cuddling with my little man when he is just waking up!
Nothing like resting your face on that sweet fuzzy hair.
Christmas Cookies! Yum!
life rearranged
Happy Friday Y'all!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Lights Drive

Justin and I both grew up taking annual Christmas lights drives with our families. So when we were married, that was a no-brainer tradition we were going to keep up. We have done it every year... including this year!

It was fun taking Jonah with us this year because he LOVES Christmas lights. Something about the flashing pretty lights keeps his attention. Ha ha. But really, even when he was first born the best way to calm him down was to stand by the Christmas tree and sway so he could watch the lights until he fell asleep.

This year mama tried to make the drive special. Justin got an eggnog milkshake from McDonalds (the man is crazy for that nasty stuff), I got a Starbucks hot chocolate, and Jonah Bear got water and special animal crackers (his first time trying them).
Our special Christmas-y drinks.
Then we drove to this crazy house in town. They have their own radio station frequency during Christmas and they DECK OUT their house. Then set it to music, and every night have a continuous show. Yep, one of those houses. Here is a quick Youtube video of the same house just a couple years ago (couldn't find one for this year...)
Then we drove to a rather um...nice neighborhood in town to see their Christmas lights. They were beautiful. One of my favorites was when you drove over a hill, and there at the end of the court this amazing house looms into view. They had it all decked out like a gingerbread house! It was incredible! I actually tried to snap a picture with my phone as we drove by...
Sorry for the blurriness... iphone+moving car=not great pic
After that I just told Justin we should go home. Jo was getting a little tired of being in the car, and there was no way to top that house!

It was a wonderful night. I can't wait to do it again next year!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Card 2012



To all those I was unable to send a Christmas card too... Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

My Little Man is ONE!

On December 8th, Jonah, my sweet baby, turned one year old! Whew! Time has flown!

We started off his special day with a gift from mama and daddy. A fisher-price zoo!
His first sight of the zoo.
 He loved his gift, and plays with it constantly; but nothing compares to wrestling with daddy!

After his morning nap, we went to a frozen yogurt place in town to celebrate since we already did the whole cake thing after Thanksgiving.
YUM! I don't think he could be opening his mouth any wider!
He got banana and pineapple flavored.
Plus a few sprinkles since it was his special day!
We didn't do too much for his actual birthday, but I don't think Jonah minded. He had fun anyway!
Happy Birthday Jonah Bear!

{p.s. Nothing stats wise has changed since 11 months. Other than adding a few more words.}

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas at the Biddle House

Just wanted to pop in and show off some of our pretty Christmas decor! It's not too fancy this year since we just bought the house, and well, we have a one year old crawling around creating mayhem.

When you walk into our house this is the first thing you see. Our garland and tree!
Once you get to the top of the stairs, you get a view of this crazy 9 foot tree! I think it's my husband's favorite decoration... unless it's what's under it...

His Toy Story Lego Train that he rigged up to actually follow a track around the tree! Yes, we have an awful time keeping Jonah away!

I think this Santa is super sweet. He's adoring baby Jesus.

Speaking of baby Jesus, our mantel! I'm so excited to actually have one this year! This turned out to be the perfect spot for our nativity because there is no way Jo can touch it! I painted the background, and Justin poked Christmas lights for stars though it. We also have our Bose playing Christmas music hiding behind it! 
I love this nativity. 
My wreath I whipped up real quick.
Hope you enjoyed the rather quick tour of our Christmas decor!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Grandma's Gingerbread Cookies


I already have a recipe on this blog for 85 Calorie Gingerbread Cookies. But lets be honest... a cookie that is a little more than 85 calories probably tastes a lot better.

This recipe is my Grandma Joanie's, she's the one that taught me how to bake back when I needed a chair to see the top of her counter. So many fun memories watching her Kitchen Aid mixer go around and around. I love my grandma. She mailed me this recipe when I first moved to Tennessee so I could make it myself.

I use is the recipe that I use almost every Christmas, and I usually get a lot of requests for it. So to make things easier, I'm posting it here. (It's also a plus that now I can't lose it which I have a history of doing...)

Grandma's Gingerbread Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen... about.

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg 

1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¾ sticks unsalted butter
½ cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 large egg 

¾ cup unsulfured molasses

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and molasses.

Add flour mixture; mix just until combined. Divide dough in half; flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic (I prefer tin foil), and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Can be over night if needed.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out to 1/8 inch thick, dusting lightly with flour as needed. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, and brush off any excess flour. Transfer to baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool.

*For the frosting on top, just mix about 3 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon meringue powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a enough milk to get the desired consistency. I like mine kinda runny so I can just swirl the frosting on top instead of trying to make them super pretty.

Let me know if you need any tips! These cookies can be a little temperamental if baked too long. Enjoy!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Coffee Date: Birthdays and Christmas

Hello Y'all! I'm joining up again with Rags to Stitches for her Coffee Date Link Up. I had so much fun last week, and I decided to make myself look silly again!

This week there was no prompt, so I'm talking about my Jonah Bear's 1st Birthday, and my new favorite Christmas CD.


Please feel welcome to comment below, I'd love to hear from you!

To view other's Coffee Dates, click on the picture below.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Few New Disney Video Clips

As y'all probably know already, I am a HUGE Disney fan. Like, it may be a sickness. Any-who  I came across a few (two to be exact) videos that Disney has put on YouTube recently and I just have to share them with someone! Seriously, that awesome/cute.


First, a dragon has been sighted at Disney World! It's actually a little plane they decked out, but it looks real to me! Sadly, this dragon only appeared last night to celebrate the opening of new Fantasyland.

Second, Belle and Beast and finally found their own home in the new Fantasyland! I thought this video Disney did was so cute! I loved House Hunters when we had cable.

Happy Viewing!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Five Random Things...

Five Random Things about me: Megan Rae Biddle.

1. I hate my middle name: Rae. It means female deer. So I am a "Great, Female Deer." Lets just say that I put a lot of thought into my children's names...

2. I can handle pain no problem. After seven leg surgeries, more times with crutches/casts than I can remember, and giving birth... I can say with confidence that pain doesn't faze me. Getting sick? That's another story. I'm a big baby when I'm sick. Ask the hubby.

3. One of my favorite colors to wear or even decorate with is mustard yellow. I just plain love it!

4. I am a HUGE Disney fan. Like, it may be an obsession people. Our master suite is decorated in all things Disney, we have been to Disney World SIX times since we were married in May of 2009, and I can quote almost every Disney movie.
A frame on our bookshelf.
A FEW of the many Disney photos in our bedroom.
5. I was a vegetarian for eight years.


Well, that's it! Five super random things about moi.


Monday, December 3, 2012

The Monotony, The Routine...The Excitement?

Do you ever get those days (or weeks) when you are just tired of the monotony, the routine, the days you feel like you are living through over and over again? As a stay-at-home mom I visit that place, sometimes camp out there. It is so easy for me to become un-grateful for the everyday. I sometimes go to bed totally UN-excited for (sometimes dreading) the next day. Dealing with Jonah, making dinner, listening to Justin talk about work...etc. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Last week I was bummed about having just come home from Thanksgiving and leaving all the fun we had had. Focusing on how I wasn't on vacation now. I was reading my #shereadstruth Thanksgiving Bible plan, and it was like a fog was lifted. I should be so so so very thankful for the blessed life that I live! Not everyone has a hubby with a good job! Good enough that I get to stay home with my precious little boy that I prayed to God I could have! I have a food in my house that I get to buy and prepare for my family. The house! God provided a house for us to buy! The more I thought about all the blessings my God has given me, the more ashamed I was that I was feeling ungrateful and tired of my life right now. But there was something more...

The more I thought about my blessings, and thanked God for them, the more excited I got about my current everyday. This is where God has me right now, and it's amazing. Yes, it's a bit repetitive, but it's all good, and my God gave it all to me! I should be going through my repetitive days being grateful, and doing all the things for Him!

I'm sure someday soon my days won't be so similar, they won't be so laid back. Someday soon I will have two little boys... maybe, someday, even three kids. My days will be even more full, busy, and probably anything but repetitive.

I am grateful for where God has me now.
I am excited for where God has me now.