A Day in the Life of Me and Mine

Wife. Mom. Ambitious Crafter and Cook.

My Baby is One! August 28, 2012

Filed under: Life — cmcoker1 @ 10:28 am

When we found out we were pregnant, we were ecstatic!  We had only been married for 5 months, but we were ready to start our family.  This was the first peek we had at our little peanut.  I was convinced it was a girl, but I was corrected a few weeks later when we discovered we were pregnant with a little boy.

I immediately started thinking about all of the fun we would have playing outside, watching him play sports, and the new wardrobe of cargo khakis and Tevas I would need to buy for myself.

(23 weeks)

I really loved being pregnant.  I had a wonderful pregnancy, and I loved loved loved maternity clothes.  That elastic panel is genius.

(32 weeks)

Eric was so wonderful while I was pregnant. He let me complain, sleep in til noon, and eat everything in sight.  It was so fun when he could finally feel the Little Guy start to move around.

(34 weeks)

Then the big day came.  On August 28, 2011, I was introduced to my sweet baby boy.  When the doctor put him up on my chest, I was more in love than I ever thought possible.

We knew our lives would never be the same again.  We were parents.  Whoa.

Happy 1st Birthday, Reese Daniel!!  I love you so so much.

And thank you, Daddy, for my wonderful birthday sprinkle pancakes!



What I Made Today: Homemade Cheese-its August 24, 2012

Filed under: Food,What I Made Today — cmcoker1 @ 11:45 am

I have a very unhealthy relationship with Cheez-its.  I could eat them all day, every day.  So when I found this recipe for Homemade Cheez-its on Pinterest, I just HAD to make them.

Homemade Cheez-its (adapted from Robin at “A Chow Life”)


8oz sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded

4Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4tsp salt

1cup all-purpose flour

2Tbsp ice water


Start by placing cheese, butter, and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer.  With the paddle attachment, mix until thoroughly combined.


Add flour and mix on low until combined.  The mixture should resemble the consistency of sand.


Slowly add ice water until a soft dough ball is formed.  *If your dough is not coming together, add more water in TINY increments until the dough forms a ball.*


Form your dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.  This step chills the dough so that it is more manageable for our next step.   Use this time to tidy up the kitchen, take a shower, or eat the rest of your block of cheese…


After an hour, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Remove dough from fridge and divide into 2 equal parts.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough until 1/8″ thick.  Using a sharp knife, pastry cutter, or pizza cutter, cut your dough into 1″x1″ squares.  Poke a hole in the center of each square with a skewer or toothpick.  Transfer your cute little squares to the lined baking sheets, putting a little space between them.


Bake 1 batch at a time for 13-15 minutes.  Due to the high fat content of the cheese and butter, the bottoms can burn quickly.  I would suggest looking at the crackers after 10  minutes to make sure this doesn’t happen.  If you are worried, err on the side of being under-cooked!


Remove from oven and place directly onto a cooling rack.  If desired, sprinkle with a little salt while still warm.  Go ahead and try one…I know you want to!


Pretty good, right??  I love the smoky flavor of baked cheese. Yum.  If you have any left, store in an airtight container.


These cost me about $2 to make, and I actually prefer them over the ones in the red box.  I know…blasphemy.  But they have a softer texture and are just delish!  Believe me, I am a woman of convenience, but it’s fun to make things at home to see just what you are capable of.




Baby Shower August 19, 2012

Filed under: Parties — cmcoker1 @ 8:49 pm

I, along with some wonderful and talented friends, just threw a baby shower for my best friend.  She is having a baby girl, and it was so fun to celebrate this new life with a girly shower.

The theme was centered on a color palette of purple and pink.  We had a lovely sit down luncheon, cake and iced coffee on vintage crystal snack plates, and a wonderful time chatting and chatting…and chatting:)

Here are a few pics of the decor. Looking for a different way to use your tissue paper pom poms?  Hang them in a vertical grouping.  Using a glittery ribbon and a handmade label will jazz up any glass container.  Flowers can be expensive, so think of other alternatives.  Using a wooden dowel and some fabric or paper, make your own flowers!  Placing the invitation in a picture frame allows your usual decor to transform your party.  The purple cloth napkins added a pop of color to the table setting.  Place cards are an easy and inexpensive way to personalize a dinner.  Questions in each place card were a great way for everyone to learn more about the Mom-to-Be.

I wish I had more pictures of the actual shower, but I guess it’s easier to take pictures of the decorating!  O, yeah, did I mention the power went out right before the shower?!  Well, a bag full of tea lights added a special ambiance 🙂



Complaints August 10, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — cmcoker1 @ 4:02 pm

I apologize for my lack of posts this week! I have been kicking it in high gear this week.  When the Little Mister goes down for his morning nap, I don my gloves and get to scrubbing: baseboard, windows, cabinets…You name it, I’ve cleaned it.  It truly amazes me how many “stains” can be removed with a little elbow grease.  Wow, we’ve lived here for 2 years…eek.  But I have been super proud of myself for really sticking with it.  I reward myself with ice cream every night as we watch the Olympics:)

The house is now spic and span! O, did I mention our A/C died Wednesday night?! So I, on the other hand, am a tad stinky.  I have been waiting ALL.  DAY.  LONG. for the UPS guy to deliver the part that we need to fix the unit.  But, alas, I have been waiting and waiting, and no sign of the brown truck.  Everything that drives by sounds like a UPS truck…

Well, our weekend company should be landing in just a few minutes.  If only they knew what we have in store for them!! 😉



The Epitome of Comfort August 6, 2012

Filed under: Food — cmcoker1 @ 8:00 pm

It rained cats and dogs today, so when it was time to fix dinner, I was in the mood for something comforting.  After a quick scour of my fridge and pantry, here’s what I came up with.  Enjoy!

Grown Up Mac-n-Cheese


8oz macaroni

3Tbsp butter

3Tbsp flour

1tsp salt

2c. milk

2c. cheddar cheese, shredded

1lb ground beef

1/4c. chopped onion

1/4c. chopped peppers (I used yellow and red bell peppers)

1Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2c. bread crumbs

Boil pasta according to package directions.  Drain.  In a small sauce pan, melt 3 Tbsp butter.  Mix flour and salt together and add to melted butter.  Whisk until combined…mixture will be thick.  Add 2 cups of milk, increasing heat to medium high.  Cook until thickened, stirring occasionally.  Once the mixture has thickened, add 1 and 1/2 cup shredded cheddar and turn down heat to medium. Stir until cheese has melted.  Add cooked pasta to cheese mixture, stir, place the lid on and remove from heat.

Brown ground beef in a skillet with onions and peppers until cooked through and vegetables tender.  Add worcestershire sauce, place lid on, and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.  Drain.  Pour pasta and cheese mixture into skillet and stir until combined.  Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish.  Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese.  Sprinkle bread crumbs over cheese.  Dot the top with a few pads of butter.  Call me fat, but this will enhance the crusty factor of the bread crumbs and make you happier.

Finish your evening off with some Texas Sheet Cake like we’re doing:)



Olympic Snack August 2, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — cmcoker1 @ 10:59 pm


I don’t know about you guys, but the Big Mister and I have been watching the Olympics non-stop.  Actually, Little Mister forgot how to sleep and has been staying up between the hours of 10pm and 12am to watch with us.  But no matter what the hour, we watch, we enjoy, and we snack while we watch and enjoy.  Well, I have the perfect snack for you to make as you watch Team USA.

Caramel Corn.  Yum.


2 bags microwave popcorn, popped (or 1/3 cup kernels, popped)

3/4 c. light brown sugar, lightly packed

6 Tbsp. butter

3 Tbsp. light corn syrup

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. vanilla


Pop the popcorn. Pour into large baking dish, removing any unpopped kernels…a foil roaster works great.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees and put popcorn in the oven to keep warm while you make the caramel. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup over medium heat until thoroughly incorporated, stirring continuously.  Bring mixture to a steady boil and continue to cook for 5 minutes without stirring.  Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla.  Pour caramel over popcorn, stirring carefully to coat.  Place back in 300 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Remove and stir. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.  Remove popcorn from oven and pour onto buttered foil or wax paper.  Cool completely and store in airtight container.  




Nothing but the TRUTH August 1, 2012

Filed under: Bible — cmcoker1 @ 9:24 am

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and the bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:10-11

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.  But this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.  This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.  Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.  We are from God.  Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us.  By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God , because God is love.” – I John 4:1-8

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.”
– I Corinthians 13:4-8a

“Let love be genuine.  Abhor what is evil, hold fast to what is good.” – Romans 12:9

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled.” – Hebrews 13:4

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?  But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.  Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.  For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.” – I Peter 3:13-17


Stand up with and support those who are actively upholding the Truth!

Eat More Chikin…nuff said.

– care


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