Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a time there were two little girls who used to play together...

They grew up and one moved to the big city, where the other one came to be a part of her special day...

Her two boys, her mom and Grandma all went with to celebrate...

The two boys were carted around the city in matching pink strollers...

Until they came across the lovely bride's reception...

Where they got cool sunglasses, had awesome food, danced and played!

A little time went by, and the city gal got pregnant, while the other one was pregnant with her 3rd...All this time the city gal's parents lived where she was raised.  But, with babies, they bring changes!

And the city gal's awesome parents decided that they don't want to be away from their granddaughter once she arrives...

So, their friends decided they needed to have a lunch before they moved to the big city!

At the lunch, they got a lot of practice to take care of their little wee granddaughter, being silly...

And giving comfort...

And after all of that, Chris and Kathy, got sent on their little way to join their new expanding family.  They will be missed very much, but the joy's they are going to have with their son-in-law, daughter and granddaughter will be amazing!  Take care of each other, and we look forward to hearing and seeing the new one soon!  

Much love to you all!  XOXOXOX.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

2 Month Old Finn!

I have a hard time believing Finn is already 2 months!  Goodness how time flies.  So happy he is here with us to be part of our family.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Family of {4} Pictures

August 22nd, a good friend, Debbie, was kind enough to take family pictures for us.  This is the 3rd time she has done it for us, and I love the time we have together! 

Here are a few of my favorites!  Ok, well, most of my faves!  

I know Finn hasn't even been with us for 8 weeks yet, but looking at these pictures I feel like someone is missing.  I think we need some family ones with him in them!  :)  

Happy almost November! 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Feeling Better

I feel like in these last couple of days, Finn and I have really gotten the hang of things.  I like schedules, and Finn is our 3rd child to be on a schedule.  Child to child, things can be similar or very different. 

Many people ask if Finn is a good baby.  I always find myself stumbling to answer that question and answer with a bunch of gibberish.  I remember with Carson trying to get him to burp at night and him just crying and crying because he had a gassy tummy.  I remember with Gabe trying to get him to eat at 11pm or so, and him just crying.  After several nights of this, I realized he didn't want to eat, he wanted to sleep.  But, that doesn't mean Carson and Gabe were hard babies.  I think I had a harder time with Carson because it is so new and different from just taking care of myself.

Finn eats, has a little up time (as Gabe would say), and then naps.  And as of now, right about 3 hours from when he last ate, will wake up ready to eat again.  While he is eating, if he fusses, he needs to burp.  At night when he is done on one side, and I try to get him to eat more, he starts to cry because he wants to sleep and not eat.  But, I don't want to get up within an hour or so to finish, so we work hard on getting a full feeding.

Up until Friday, Finn would fuss about 30-45 minutes before he is supposed to get up and eat.  Trever and myself would pick him up, try to burp him/comfort him, and then {try to}put him back down.  It is a bit hard to get anything done (like taking a shower, eating, laundry) when you only have 45 minutes to get things done.  So, Friday, I let him fuss.  It didn't last long, and he went back to sleep for about 30-45 more minutes.  And since then for all 3 naps, that is what he does.  He wakes up, fusses here and there and then goes back to sleep.  It is so nice to have him settle himself.  Don't get me wrong, if it is really bad, or he sounds different, we will pick him up.

I love getting the hang of things.  I think it makes for a much more peaceful home, and a bit of a more relaxed mom when she knows when she will be needing to do what with baby Finn!  And with that said, I think Finn is a great baby!  And I think that him being my 3rd has helped the both of us.  Of course there are still things we are working on, and there always will be.  But for the most part, I feel like we know what we are doing a little more this time around. 

Hope you have enjoyed my explanation of why I feel like we are starting to feel better around the Coster house!  ;)

Stay warm in this change to fall weather! Brrrr!


Thursday, October 18, 2012


Carson, Kindergarten, 2012-2013.
Taken 9.26.12.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Favorite Words

Some of my favorite sayings right now from Gabe are:

"Like 2 or a couple?"

"Is it up time?"

Where it could be?"

I love my little 3 year old!

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Three years ago there was a recipe in the Joy Magazine for pumpkin cheesecake.  I remember two things about it.  It made a lot more than what the recipe said it would, and it was so delicious!!!  My recipe somehow made it into the recycle and every year since then, I have searched all of my recipes in the off chance of finding it again.  

This year was different.  My mom had one of the magazines on her coffee table and I thought I should try to call them and see if they could get me the recipe somehow.  Guess what?  They did!!!  YAY!  I am SO excited! 

Carson, 3 years old, and his pumpkin cheesecake!

pumpkin cheesecake

Yields one 10x15 or two nine-and-a-half inch round cakes.
3 Cups flour
2 Cups brown sugar
1 pound unsalted butter
2 Cups fine chopped pecans
3 Pounds cream cheese
3 Cups sugar
2 1/2 Cups canned pumpkin
6 eggs
2 Tablespoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 Teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon ground allspice
Crust: Combine flour and sugar, then cut in butter until crumbly and toss in pecans. Set aside 1 1/2 cups for topping and press remaining crust into glass baking pan.
Filling: Beat cream cheese and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and beat until well blended. Pour over crust and sprinkle with reserved topping, then bake one hour in 325 degree oven, rotating halfway through the cooking time for consistency.
Courtesy of Susanne Glass, baker, Country Cottage Café in Jacksonville

selection & storage
When choosing pumpkin from your garden or the produce patch, select smaller pumpkins weighing between two and five pounds. Heavier pumpkins yield softer flesh while lighter and larger pumpkins offer tougher "meat" and a large hollow at the center more suited to carving than baked goods.  Once plucked from the vine, pumpkins will keep for several months in a cool dry place or cold storage. When prepared, whether baked or boiled, pumpkin should be used within 2-3 days or stored wrapped in the freezer. To use fresh pumpkin in recipes calling for canned, decrease liquid to compensate for the more runny consistency of fresh pumpkin.

Here is another recipe that was listed in the article.  I haven't made this one before.  

pumpkin roll dessert
Ingredient List
4 Eggs
1 1/3 Cups sugar
1 Cup prepared pumpkin
1 ½ Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
½ Teaspoon orange zest
1 ¼ Cup unbleached all-purpose flour
¾ Teaspoon salt
2 Teaspoons baking powder
3 Teaspoons cinnamon
1 Teaspoon each ginger and nutmeg
½ Cup finely ground nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds)
½ Cup powdered sugar
2 Cups powdered sugar
8 Ounces cream cheese (light is OK)
½ Cup butter, softened,
½ Cup whipping cream (whipped)
Prepare a rimmed cookie sheet by greasing, lining with parchment paper, then greasing again. Preheat oven to 350˚.
In a large bowl beat the eggs at high speed for 5 minutes until light and airy. Add the sugar to the eggs and beat for 1-2 minutes. Add pumpkin and orange juice and beat for another minute until combined.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, spices and nuts. Stir to blend. Combine dry flour mixture with egg mixture, then pour into prepared sheet pan and bake for 12-15 minutes until cake springs back when touched.
Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Place a dishtowel the size of the cookie sheet on a flat area and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Carefully unroll the cake from the parchment onto the towel, beginning at one end and finishing at the other. Place rolled cake seam side down in refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes.
For filling, beat together the sugar, cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Fold in the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture, incorporating well. Remove chilled cake from refrigerator and unroll it onto a flat counter. Beginning at inside end, spread filling very thickly, slowly rolling in the same direction as you did before chilling, forming a "log" as you spread. Make sure you do not spread filling all the way to the end.
Once the roll is done, seal in plastic or waxed paper and freeze overnight. Slice while frozen, sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar and allow to soften slightly before serving.
Recipe courtesy of Sandy Dowling, chef, The Willows Cooking School in Central Point

Friday, October 12, 2012


Have you ever had Canelloni?  OH MY GOODNESS!!!  It is so amazing!

Spaghetti Sauce (you can make your own, or use a jar)

Meat Filling:
4 T olive oil
1 med. chopped onion
1.5 lbs. ground beef
2 T chopped parsely
    salt and pepper to taste
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 lb mozzarella cheese, diced
1/4 lb swiss chesse, grated
1 c bread crumbs
2/3 c milk

Boil 6 qrts. canelloni (we used manacotti noodles.  You could also do lasanga), cook 5 minutes.  Run cool water over noodles.  Make meat filling by starting with browning meat in oil.  Season meat while it cooks.  Once well cooked, let cool.  Mix in eggs, cheeses, bread crumbs, and milk.

Fill noodles, refrigerate until ready to use, once ready to bake, cover bottom of dish with sauce.  Add stuffed noodles, cover with sauce.  Cover dish with aluminum foil, bake at 400* for 40 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.  Serves 8.   

Delish!  Enjoy.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sad Lip and Breakfast

I wanted to get some pictures of the 3 boys together since I hadn't done that for a while.  So, yesterday, on Finn's 1 month birthday, I got a couple of pictures taken.  And this is the one that was best!  Two happy guys, and one not so much...just after I snapped the picture though, the sad lip was gone.  I am glad I got it taken at that very second! :)

Today is my moms birthday!  Gabe, Finn, myself and Grandma went to breakfast at the all time favorite, Morning Glory!  Finn slept through his first meal out.  We had a great time!  The company was wonderful and the food delicious!  Never a let down at Morning Glory.   

On a side note, Finn has started to smile at us.  Not just above us (when he looks at his angels) or while he sleeps, but at us!  It is very exciting!  :)  And he has started to talk a tiny bit too.  Once in a while he tries very hard to get the little baby talking sounds out.  It is very cute. 

Happy Fall!  AloHa!