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My Beautiful Boy

April 26th, 2014 · 20 Comments


My heart exploded this morning.  I don’t think I’ve ever felt more happy and grateful than I do at this moment.

Welcome to the world, baby Bear.  We love you with our whole hearts already.

Dylan Bear Atlas, born April 26, 2014, at 7:01 a.m.  Seven pounds, three ounces.

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moving right along…

March 25th, 2014 · 3 Comments

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My pre-baby To Do List is getting dangerously short.

The nursery will be finished today.  (!!!)

The baby monitor is in place, his clothes are hung, and everything is put away. 

My thank you notes are written, our taxes are filed, and every major purchase has been completed.

Our freezer is stocked with double batches of easy recipes, so Chad does not starve when I stop cooking for two or three weeks. 

(There will also be lots of take-out involved.)

My hospital bag is packed, at least to the extent that it can be, given that I will inevitably need my camera and makeup and cell phone charger between now and April.

And yesterday, after work, I managed to have time to pick up a bunch of fresh flowers and paint my nails.  (The pink shade is OPI from a fashion week gift bag, and the sparkly shade is Butter London ‘Anorak.’)

I am almost (almost) ready for this baby to arrive. 

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homemade blueberry pancakes

August 7th, 2013 · 3 Comments


Honestly, sometimes on Saturday mornings, it’s like inspiration hits me. This weekend was no exception — I woke up and thought about our options for breakfast (bagels, oatmeal, going out), and one jumped out. Like, one of them blew all the others away, hands down, no question.

Because really, when homemade blueberry pancakes jump into your brain, there isn’t much room left for bagels.

Pancakes are actually surprisingly tricky to make, especially with a really substantial filling, but my big advice is to worry more about your pan than about the ingredients or even the temperature. I made three pancakes on a terrible stainless steel saute pan before realizing that I was better off with my workhorse nonstick skillet — and voila! Perfect pancakes.

As an unrelated side note, I had a funny moment that emphasized what a true Texan I’ve become. I’m heading to New York on Sunday for Mark’s 10 Year Anniversary part (I can’t wait), and when I checked the weather, it said that New York was at 77 degress. My immediate, gut reaction? That is freezing cold! But I’ll enjoy breaking out my jean jacket and escaping the 100+ degree heat for a few days!


Homemade Blueberry Pancakes

1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour (it mostly behaves like white flour, but has the whole wheat healthiness!)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup fresh blueberries


In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Beat in the egg, butter and milk.  Fold in the blueberries and set aside for 20 minutes.

Heat a lightly oiled skillet or griddle over medium heat. Pour the batter onto the skillet, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve warm, with butter and maple syrup.


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