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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Interested in Guest Posting?

hiya!
i'm looking to see if anyone is interested in
guest posting/hosting mangia mondays!
i need some time to relax with my new itty bitty
& would love it if you would help run
mangia mondays for a bit! :D

if you're interested,
please email me at:
delightfully dowling @ gmail . com
{minus all those spaces, of course!}.

thank you so much!
until next time,
dowlings, out!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

mangia mondays 68: 9 month cupcake

hello there!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with the super incredible
lisa from shine your light.

sooo... technically speaking
i don't have a food post to share this week.
BUT
i do have something a whole lot better:
my 9 month cupcake!


my sweet charlotte olivia -
or cupcake, as i lovingly nicknamed her
when she was super tiny & lived in my tummy!








 i baked my little cupcake for 9 months!
38 weeks & 5 days, to be exact. :)
hubs & i put lots of love into this little girl
& we're so excited she's finally here.

we love being able to hold her
& listen to the silliest things...
{who knew gas could be so cute?!}
watching her sleep,
even though we know that's when we should be sleeping.
everything has changed,
but we're elated.



 i love her more than anything
& can't wait to watch her grow
{or bake ;) }
some more.
what a wonderful gift we've been given!

now it's your turn!
link up those recipes & food posts!

until next time,
dowlings, out!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

baby charlotte!

charlotte olivia
was born
tuesday, june 19, 2012
at 3:13 pm.
she weighed 7 pounds, 15.8 ounces
& was 20.25 inches long. 

about an hour after sweet baby was born!

ink stained feetsies have never looked this cute

charlotte has a full head of hair!

mommy, daddy & charlotte's first picture!

mommy & charli

finally at home with the cutest baby ever!

little feet in a carseat!

on our way to her first doctor's appointment!

we're so so happy to be home
& just filled to the brim with love
for this little princess.

she's amazing in every way.

until next time,
dowlings out!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

mangia mondays 67: apple oatmeal breakfast cookies

howdy, ya'll!
welcome to
a foodie blog hop i co-host each week
with my absolutely wonderful blog-friend
lisa from shine your light

welp, still no charlotte!
we're anxiously awaiting her arrival...
so keep your fingers crossed that she'll be here
sometime this week!
mama can't handle the swollen feet & ankles
for very much longer.

in the mean time,
i've kept myself busy by making 

apple oatmeal breakfast cookies
 
1 C vegetable shortening
3/4 C brown sugar
1/2 C granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 C oats
1 C apple, chopped

1. preheat oven to 350 f. line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. in the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together shortening & sugars until smooth. add eggs & vanilla & beat until combined.

3. in a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda & salt. gradually add this mixture to the sugar mixture & mix until well combined. add oats & stir in the apple chunks.

4. drop by rounded tablespoons onto the lined baking sheet & bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

i love these cookies -
they're quick, simple, delicious,
& especially easy to grab & eat on the go.
i've also decided that these would be amazing
as part of an ice cream sandwich.
YUMMMM!

now it's your turn -
link up those recipes & food posts!

how mangia mondays work:
. add a link to your recipe or food post & visit some others who have linked up before you .
. link back to mangia mondays anywhere on your blog .
. thanks for not linking up to giveaways or items you're selling .
. help spread the word about mangia mondays by sharing this post with others .

until next time,
dowlings out!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

mangia mondays 66: peanut butter, banana & nutella icebox pie

hello, friends!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with the superb
lisa from shine your light

this week i'm sharing
peanut butter, banana & nutella icebox pie

1 pkg chocolate sandwich cookies, cream removed
6 TBS butter, melted
1 C heavy whipping cream
1 C smooth peanut butter
8 oz cream cheese
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice
nutella
3 bananas, sliced

1. blend chocolate cookies in a food processor or blender until fine crumbs are formed. combine with melted butter & transfer to a large pie pan. press crust firmly into an even layer over bottom & sides of the pie pan. set aside in the freezer while you prepare the filling.

2. whip the heavy cream until light, fluffy, & stiff peaks have formed. transfer to a small bowl & set aside in the refrigerator.

3. beat peanut butter & cream cheese until combined & smooth. gradually beat in the powdered sugar until smooth, then add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla & lemon juice. beat until well combined. set aside.

4. spread a layer of nutella over the bottom of the crust & top with the bananas.

5. fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture 1/3 at a time. pour the mixture over the bananas & spread evenly. return to the freezer to set up for an hour or so, then transfer to the refrigerator.

{this pie will *melt* quickly in the summer if not kept VERY cold. :)
it was delicious right out of the freezer, but a little tough to cut!}


this may be one of our new favorite summertime desserts.
it's easy to assemble
{& you can make it even easier by using a
pre-made crust & whipped topping!}
& SUPER delicious.

now it's your turn -
link up those recipes & food posts!

how mangia mondays work:
. add a link to your recipe or food post & visit some others who have linked up before you .
. link back to mangia mondays anywhere on your blog .
. thanks for not linking up to giveaways or items you're selling .
. help spread the word about mangia mondays by sharing this post with others .

until next time,
dowlings out!


Monday, June 4, 2012

mangia mondays 65

sorry this is going up so late, guys!
no, i haven't had baby yet...
just a nasty case of strep throat.
it's really taken its toll.

even though it's 90+ degrees here,
i'm going to heat up some
lay on the couch,
& try to get some sleep.
{try being the key word, there.}

this is, however,
a blog hop i host each week with lovely
lisa from shine your light.

so link up all of your awesomeness
so i can ooh & ahh over it.
seriously.
:)

how mangia mondays work:
. add a link to your recipe or food post & visit some others who have linked up before you .
. link back to mangia mondays anywhere on your blog .
. thanks for not linking up to giveaways or items you're selling .
. help spread the word about mangia mondays by sharing this post with others .

until next time,
dowlings out!

Friday, June 1, 2012

baby bump: week 36



how far along?
36 weeks. yay for being in the 9th month!

baby size: 
i'm going to say between 7-7 1/2 pounds.
she's about the size of a small watermelon!

total weight gain:
33 pounds...
& i can feel every stinkin' ounce.
trying to get up has been a challenge.

maternity clothes? 
NOTHING FITS.
i wear jammies at home
& when i HAVE to go somewhere,
it's all about the maxi dress.

stretch marks?
not yet.

sleep:
since being on bed rest, my legs have
started cramping up pretty bad...
plus, charlotte really likes sitting on my sciatic nerve.
sleep has been pretty much non-existent.
PLUS, i have strep throat.
yay me!

best moment this week:
getting the rest of the stuff we needed from our registry,
& being SO close to finishing her nursery!
thank goodness...

miss anything?
um, a not sore throat.
this thing is kicking my butt right now.
it's making it awfully hard to get all of the fluids
i need because it's so hard to swallow that i don't
want to drink anything.

movement:
i think she's a zumba instructor.
;) 

food cravings:
pizza.
like,
all.the.time.
which is weird...
pizza was totally NOT my thing
before i got pregnant.

anything making you queasy or sick:
nope.

gender:
sweet little girl

labor signs:
still having those pesky braxton hicks contractions,
but that's it!

symptoms:
those leg cramps i mentioned earlier have really been
the worst.
other than that, the normal back pain,
& some swelling in my feet/ankles,
which can be uncomfortable.

belly button in or out?
it's an arnold palmer...
;) hahaha!

wedding rings on or off?
still off.
lame sauce.

mood:
happy, but i can cry at the drop of a hat.
and also miserable from this icky-sicky thing i've
got going on.
but mostly happy.

looking forward to:
being full term next week!
yippee!