Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Entertaining A 14 Month Old Baby With... Leaves? Part 2

Last week, we stuck our feet in the leaves and jumped right into Fall. Let's continue the excitement with a nature centerpiece- full of fun Fall finds!

Then we will move on to a family dinner of acorn squash, brussels sprouts, green beans, and a pumpkin-apple tart! That's the way we get into Fall around here!

Disclaimer: This is another Cora overload post.

Another one of the suggestions in my 365 Games Smart Babies Play book was a nature centerpiece.

The idea is to take a walk in nature and collect different things that you see. So, we went to the park.

Cora found some sticks to put in the bag.

She managed to find a few leaves.

She hid in the leaves.

She ate some leaves. 

She found a couple huge sticks for the bag. 

She went down the slide. 

She went down the slide again. 

Then she held on tightly to the slide in case we tried to make her leave it. 

Spoiler alert: We did make her leave it.
We headed home and made our glorious nature centerpiece.
I tied a little ribbon to that bad boy because that is how you make something festive.

And that is how we entertained our baby with leaves!

If you are looking for other ways to entertain your baby or your babytoddler check out this post.

Scott made us some delicious Fall food which consisted of acorn squash, green beans, brussels sprouts, and an apple-pumpkin tart. (Some of these things may not be considered Fall foods but just go with it).

Now, I would like to introduce you to a new segment called: Cookin' With Chris!
Scott's real name is Christopher Scott, but he goes by Scott. In college, he and a couple of friends recorded Scott cooking and called it Cookin' With Chris. Scott, did I get that right?

Cookin' With Chris!

I had Scott write down the recipes for the food he made. I didn't have much to work with. So, here it is.

Green Beans

They were frozen. So, Scott just added a little salt and olive oil and stuck them in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Acorn Squash

It was delicious!!! Mmmmmm sooo good! I think Scott cut them in half and microwaved them for a while. Then, he added the ingredients and put them in the oven. 


  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parmesan cheese

I guess you are going to have to figure out how much of each and what to do with them.

Brussels Sprouts (ps who knew that is was Brussels not Brussel?)

He just threw some Brussels Sprouts Steamers into the microwave, threw some parmesan cheese on them, and ta-da! They were done.

Apple-Pumpkin Tart

Tart Dough:

  • 1 egg
  • water
  • butter
  • flour
  • baking powder
Cut up some apples and heat them on a pan with a little butter.

  • cinnamon
  • 5 spice
  • honey
  • pumpkin
  • walnuts

Put some granola on top. Then serve with pumpkin yogurt.

Hopefully, if Cookin' With Chris partners up with Never Listless again the recipes will be a bit more detailed and the writing will be a bit more Scott-like.

And the answer to The Grocery Guessing Game from the other day is...


The big winner is... Dr. Becca Price with $37.50 (even though Louise tried to pike her answer by making it just a dollar more).
Congratulations, Becca! It must have been the birthday week magic that won it for you!

And now... The Would You Rather Question of the day!

WYR... spend the rest of your life living in the White House as the president's personal chef. (Your immediate family can live there too. You get paid 3/4 of your current salary and get average benefits).

continue working the job you work now and living in your current house but you get a 15% increase?

I hope I get some answers on this WYR. I know it is a random one, but I'm curious what people think. 


  1. Such a cute Blog today!!! Love the Cora pics!!
    Love Scott's recipes..I've never heard of "Backing" powder though ;). in my current house with 15% increase...The White House is haunted and you know me...I would be too scared!!

    1. Oops! I will give that a little fix-aroony!
      Yes, if someone mentions the word ghost you go running (to the TV to watch ghost stories!!!).

  2. This is a GREAT BLOG!!!
    Love the photos of Cora,Mommy & Daddy. The one of her hugging the slide is precious....sigh!

    I can't believe I lost the grocery bill contest. I originally had $35.95 and changed it. Good Job Scott and congrats Becca.
    That is a magnificant center piece, do you see how you get into these seasonal decorating modes, you do it for your children!
    That meal look delicious, as are all of Scott's meals.

    WYR: How long do I have to work at my current job?

    1. haha of course you love this post.
      hmmm good question. I guess you have to work at your job for 15 more years.

  3. wyr: Definitely do NOT want to work for 15 more years so I guess it's the WH for me.

  4. Current job with a 15% increase FOR SURE!

    1. Are you sure? I would like to come visit you at the WH!