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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies for Valentine’s Day

February 5, 2013 duchessoffork 5

In my book, Valentine’s Day is all about the sweets. A dozen roses are nice, but bring me a dozen Reese’s hearts and I know you really love me. I threw together the easiest Red Velvet cake mix cookies and they turned out so cute for Valentine’s Day. I adorne …

Julia is 18 Months!

February 4, 2013 duchessoffork 4

My sweet girl, I blinked my eye and you’re now a year and a half old. How did that happen?! You are so full of life and are the happiest girl in the world. You’re constantly laughing, especially at yourself. You crack yourself up all the time! One of your favorite …

This Time Around {Pregnancy Differences}

January 30, 2013 duchessoffork 9

This pregnancy has been very similar to my first pregnancy in many ways, yet it’s been very different. A lot of women say the gender of their child determined how their pregnancy was (sick with a boy, not sick with a girl, acne with a girl, no acne with a boy, etc.). I …

Weekly Eats

January 28, 2013 duchessoffork 3

Cooking in my new kitchen has been wonderful! We suffered with an electric stove in our rental for the last two and a half years, and having gas is like a dream. Here’s a look at what we’ve been eating. MONDAY: Mom’s chicken and sausage gumbo with brown rice …

Bump Update: 32 Weeks

January 25, 2013 duchessoffork 6

How far along? 32 weeks Size of baby: Around 4 lbs (which is crazy!) and the size of a large jicama Total weight gain: +23 pounds. I was 14 pounds heavier at this exact stage in pregnancy with Julia. I guess I burn a lot of calories chasing after that wild child. Gender: No …

The Nursery: Revisited

January 24, 2013 duchessoffork 5

When I first decided not to find out the gender of this baby, I had grand dreams of a lovely taupe and cream gender neutral nursery. Easier said than done! I’ve spent countless hours looking for bedding, but I couldn’t decide on anything. If I did come across some …

Tuesday Brain Dump

January 22, 2013 duchessoffork 6

I have a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head these days, so here’s a little word vomit for your Tuesday. 1. It just hit me like a ton of bricks that Julia won’t be my only child for much longer. I’m obviously excited about our new addition, but I̵ …

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Burritos

January 18, 2013 duchessoffork 2

My mother-in-law makes the best casserole type dishes. They’re usually ooey and gooey and not at all healthy, but they sure taste good! One of my very favorites is her creamy green chile burritos. I’ve put my own spin on them to slim them down just a bit. I love m …

Our New Home

January 16, 2013 duchessoffork 43

We’ve been in the new house for nearly three weeks now and we seem to be settling in pretty well. Not everything is 100% unpacked and decorated, but it’s good enough for now. This weekend I managed to snap some photos of the house, so I thought I’d take you …