Fudgelet Food: Part 1

I guess Wednesdays could have a “WFAWs” (What Fudgelet Ate Wednesdays) series? As the Fudgelet neared his 6 month mark, we started him on solid food. Today’s post I will share his first foods and first reactions. It’s been fun for all of us, although also a learning curve for everyone.

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Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

During the many times that K and I eat tacos, or taco salads, we discovered that tortilla chips are extremely addicting. Sometimes we have some guacamole leftover, or maybe some salsa…either way, K started buying lots of tortilla chips. I am not saying that we will stop buying them, now that I have this recipe, but I will say that it can be nice for a day when I don’t feel like running to the store for chips, or if we have leftover tortillas (which happens occasionally). It can also be nice for a day when I want a healthier treat…yep. Sometimes I go for healthy, even if my title of “Fudging Ahead” doesn’t make you think that.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: The Fudgelet is 7 Months Old!

Officially, he will be 7 months tomorrow, but of course I have pictures to show in the meantime. This month started off slowly. It didn’t seem like he had many milestones to work on, but then vroom! Along came sitting, almost-crawling, and lots of consonants. The other awesome bit of news from last month is the Fudgelet had his 6 month checkup, and although his weight stayed in the same percentile, and his head remained large (they had to measure it 3 times because they didn’t think it could possibly be that big), his height shot up! He is now in the 52nd percentile, which considering his parents (ahem), is impressive. Of course, most of that height could be head size, haha.

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Chicken and Coconut Soup with Mushrooms

K has requested soup, but he never has ideas for what soup he wants. So, I had most of the ingredients for this soup, and I made a few additions based on what I thought would taste good. It came together really easily, especially because I had the chopping done ahead of time.

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Friday Favorites 2

If you were here last Friday, then you saw I started a new series on the blog called Friday Favorites where I will share some favorites with you. On Fridays. I know, such a creative title–haha. Anyway, I have some more favorites to share. I am writing this while waiting for the Fudgelet to wake up from a nap, before we go for a walk. It is actually beautiful weather today. It’s supposed to become rainy in a couple days, and then last for a week. So, I am trying to make the most of this nice sunny weather.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. K and I aren’t necessarily traditional with our celebrations. We definitely take turns with gifts, and whatever we do is more spontaneous. Last year, we weren’t going to go out to eat but I left work wanting to go somewhere, so we went to a local fish restaurant and had a blast. This year, I know we will be staying in, but I just might make him some more hot chocolate with Kahlua, using the idea from a recipe I shared last week. He really liked it, and I can easily make a double recipe of the hot chocolate before spiking his cup. :) In honor of the holiday, I am sharing some cozy, chocolatey, splurge recipes. And a cute baby picture. Just because. *Heart*

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No Valentine’s Day pictures, unfortunately, because I couldn’t find a single outfit I liked at the stores. They had the hipster mustaches on a bunch (weird), tacky messages on others….and then the best ones were the girl outfits. Why can’t they make more cute boy clothes? Maybe I should have just put him in a dress. I’m sure he wouldn’t be upset 18 years from now, right?

So, instead, a picture of him staring into your eyes. Soulfully.

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  1. This skillet cookie sounds good. I mean, brown butter and chocolate baked into a giant cookie? Yes. Definitely yes. There is something fun about taking recipes and baking them in a skillet.
  2. Maybe this particular recipe doesn’t make you think cozy and romantic, but we love Indian food, especially eating it at home. Fresh puffy bread to eat with it? That sounds like a great idea. I’ve made naan before, and I would like to try this style.
  3. Last week I talked about how I could share a chocolate and peanut butter recipe every week. Well, here is one for this week. A mug cake that would allow me to satisfy my craving with just a few minutes of notice.
  4. Italian food, even if it is Americanized Italian food is always romantic for us. Especially the Americanized variety since we love pizza and had it on our first date. So, that makes stromboli a perfect date night meal. I’ve never made it before, and I’m not entirely certain I’ve eaten it. I’ve had calzones, but maybe not this bread/cheese type of meal?
  5. Speaking of hot chocolate, I want to make this recipe, maybe with the Kahlua mentioned above, and pretend like we are back in NYC clutching a Jacques Torres hot chocolate, while eating one of his cookies, and holding hands with my sweetie.

Hot Chocolate Panna Cotta for Two

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! I recently made a dinner that required 1 cup of heavy cream. This can be exciting, because it means I have 1 cup remaining in my pint container for something else….but what to make? You could double the original dinner recipe, but that wasn’t necessary. Also, many recipes require 2 cups of cream. In fact, this recipe originally did. But, the recipe (with 2 cups) would make more than we could eat before the panna cotta would start to be less yummy (according to Dorie). So, halving the recipe would be great! In general, it was easy, although some ingredient amounts got fudged a bit (haha). But, it is such a good recipe, that it didn’t even matter. It really does taste like cold hot chocolate, and the version I am sharing is perfect to whip up during a baby’s 30 minute nap, and then eat it with your husband when he comes home that night. You know, if you’re me. Otherwise, you could make it whenever you like, just know it needs a few hours to set.

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After reading other blogs for awhile, I realized I enjoy seeing what other people have found and enjoy on the internet. Other recipes, funny jokes, inspirational quotes, etc. This might be something I do regularly, or not. It might get more structured in the future, or not. I just know that I would like to share some other interesting sites with you, and this is an easy way to do it! Hopefully you enjoy it.

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Check out the personality in this kid! He loves playing with his dad when he comes home from work. So many laughs! (I’m jealous, buuuuut he has been babbling “mom” over and over, so I can’t be too jealous, haha.)

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  1. These cookies with cookie butter sound tasty (bits of graham flavor? mmm) and I like that they don’t require refrigeration for those days when I want to just whip up some cookies and eat them almost immediately. (Which, honestly, is most days.)
  2. I could probably feature a chocolate and peanut butter recipe every week. They are always winners in my book. These bars drew my attention with the simple ingredient list and simple steps. It’s a very succinct way of getting your chocolate and peanut butter cravings satisfied.
  3. I feel like I should make this drink for K soon, especially with the homemade Kahlua I made him!
  4. This dish inspires me to make something similar with ground chicken. The eggs are mandatory.
  5. I’ve been reading every post from this blog. I finally got caught up. It’s fun seeing someone’s impressions of ATK and CI’s recipes.