Wee One Wednesday


Our little man is on the move and busy as can be! He is walking all the time now and is so interactive...playing peek a boo, clapping, waving goodbye, playing "chase", signing "all done". He still only says a few words, but just like his big brother, is physical as can be. We sure are enjoying this little guy!

Ten on Tuesday - 10 Favorite Christmas Memories

~ Enjoying all things new through the eyes of Noah. Watching him take in the beauty of the lights on the tree, unwrapping gifts and playing with his new toys was just so much fun.



~ A super fun and fancy Christmas party/dinner with our Sunday school class. 



~ 3 light viewing trips out with the family. We found one amazing house this year that we made 2 trips to. (About 20 minutes away from our house. It was THAT good!)

~ Spending Christmas day with our family and dear friends.

~ Having my kids home for almost 3 whole weeks with the added in snow days/delays.




~ Christmas Eve service with our church family.

~ Lots and lots of Christmas baking.




~ Playing a ton of cards with my hubby and girls. The girls learned an old favorite of mine (Rummy) and have been loving playing together and with me.

~ Joel taking the week off between Christmas and New Years. We had a wonderful week together.

~ Watching some fun (and sometimes cheesy) Christmas movies. 


It all went by way too fast, as always. But it was a beautiful, wonderful, blessed Christmas season. 


Recipe Monday - Instant Pot Korean Beef

I got an Instant Pot for Christmas! It was on my wish list for many months. Now that I have it, I am a bit overwhelmed with getting started, but am hoping to give this recipe a try this week. (As well as some beef stew.) I think the Instant Pot could be such a helpful tool in my kitchen, so I hope I can learn to use it well.
Here is a link to my Instant Pot.
Author: Cookies & Cups
Serves: serves 6
  • 4 pounds bottom roast, cut into cubes
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 pear or Granny Smith apple peeled and chopped
  • juice or one large orange or 2 small
  1. Season the cubed roast liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat Instant Pot to saute. Once the pan is hot coat the pan with the olive oil and in batches brown the meat on all the sides. Transfer meat to a plate while you’re working.
  3. Once all the meat is browned de-glaze the pan with the beef broth, scraping up all the browned bits.
  4. Pour in the soy sauce and stir to combine.
  5. Return all the meat back to the pan and then place the garlic, ginger and pear on top of the meat, stirring lightly to slightly combine.
  6. Finally add in the orange juice.
  7. Place the lid on your Instant Pot and using the manual button on high pressure set to 45 minutes. Make sure the valve is closed.
  8. Once the pot is done, release the steam and shred meat using a fork.
  9. Serve over rice
To make this recipe in the slow cooker follow all the steps 1-7. Slow cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.

Recipe Monday - Christmas "Crack"

I have heard of this yummy deliciousness and had it a few times without knowing it's funny nickname. It is also called saltine toffee candy. No matter it's name, its yummmmmmy!



  • 4 oz saltine crackers
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups dark chocolate morsels
  • 3/4 cup chopped toasted pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Link cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat mat.
  2. Combine sugar and butter in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Let boil for 3 minutes. Pour immediately over saltines making sure all the crackers are completely covered.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees F for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate morsels over the top. Let sit for 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate and top with roasted chopped nuts. Refrigerate toffee for 2 hours. Once set, break into pieces. Enjoy!


Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or stored in the freezer for 2-3 months.

Wee One Wednesday

Noah was baptized this past Sunday, which was really special. He didn't cry, but I did. ;)

Let's just say it all wore him out...


(More and better photos to come...)


(Also - Little Mister is SOOO close to walking. He takes several steps between furniture and often will just let go of the couch and stand there. So I am guessing by the time he turns 11 months, he will be off and walking! (Just like his brother.)