Homemade butter

This recipe is so easy, and rewarding to make. All you need is a glass jar with a lid and some heavy whipping cream. Any size jar will do. I’m not a big measurer, and this recipe doesn’t really require measurements. Basically, for x amount of cream you use, expect about half of that to be butter.

Fill your jar halfway with cream. You want to leave room for the cream to move around.

Now, start shaking the jar. Up and down, so the cream hits the lid and the bottom of the jar. Pretend you’re shaking the maracas. I hope you’re well rested. :)

At first, you’ll hear the cream sloshing around in the jar. Then, the noise will stop. This is whipped cream forming. Resist the temptation to open the jar and taste. Well, you could if you wanted to make whipped cream. If you want to make butter, keep shaking!

Soon, you’ll hear a solid lump sloshing around in liquid. Trust me, you’ll know when it happens. If in doubt, keep shaking (The whole process took about 15 minutes for me).

When you hear the solid form, you’re done shaking. Carefully open the jar. It should look like this:

Pour the white liquid into a bowl. This is buttermilk. You can save it for another recipe or dump it out. It’s up to you.

Add some cold tap water to the jar. Swirl the butter around in the water, and drain. Repeat until the drained water is clear.

Dump the butter onto a board.

Use your hands or a spoon to squeeze any remaining buttermilk from the butter.

You’re done! Enjoy right away on some bread, or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This is unsalted, obviously.

Nakie baby!

I just had to take these. And I didn’t want to spam facebook with naked baby photos, so I’m putting them here. I love her chubby cheeks! Err … I’m talking about the ones on her face. :)

Oh, and she did roll over two days ago! Hasn’t done it since then, but it’s a start. Notice how insulted she is that I put her on her stomach.

Sleep, rolling over (or not) and moving

There’s a lot going on in the Fike household!

Most of you probably know by now that we’re moving to Maryland. Harry got a job with Garrett College. It’ll be a nice change for us – closer to famly, fewer hours for Harry. A chance for both of us to freelance, and I could get some work, if I wanted it. The downside: we have no place to live. That’s right, in about three weeks, we’re going to be homeless.

We were trying to buy a house, but our budget is tight and the places we can afford aren’t that great. Seriously, some of it was pretty scary. We did find an ADORABLE little home that was just remodeled, but it’s a 50 minute drive for Harry to get to work, so I think we’re going to have to turn it down. :(

I’ve been feeling discouraged about the whole thing. I try to tell myself that God will provide, but it’s so hard to believe that sometimes.

My parents found a couple of cute apartments today. They’re run by the government, which means we have to meet certain income requirements to live there (ie – you can’t make more than x amount per year). Apparently not too poor though, because my mom said they looked really nice. Brick walls, clean interiors, playgrounds, etc. So, we’re going to look into it. It would be nice if we could get something like this. We could move in, relax for a year and continue to look for a house. It would give us time to find a place we really like, instead of feeling pressured to buy a house just because we’re moving in three weeks. If I need to get a job to get a nice home, it would give me time to do that too. We’ll see. I’m just hoping we find something soon. It’s hard to be excited about moving when you don’t know where you’re going to move to.

Evelyn is getting so big. It makes me want to cry sometimes. She’s growing into a little person right before my eyes. I was “nom-ing” her belly tonight and she giggled for the first time, it was the most adorable thing! She did it a few times, but when we got out the flip camera she stopped. :)

She’s supposed to be rolling over soon, but I don’t see any signs of that happening. She’ll tolerate being on her tummy for a few minutes, but she doesn’t seem to be interested in rolling anywhere. She does like to kick her feet, sit up and stand (while I hold her for balance). I guess she’ll get to rolling over in her own good time.

The question people always ask me is “How is she sleeping?” Well, she’s actually sleeping really well. Generally, she’ll go to bed around 10 or 10:30 and sleep until 9 or 10 the next day.

Oh, and she’s officially a thumb sucker. She started it last week and hasn’t stopped ever since. It’s cute.

We had a family reunion this weekend, and my husband took a few photos. This is my cousin’s wife. We had our babies on the same day, just 12 hours apart.

Second cousins meeting for the first time.

Dipping her toes into great-grandma and great-grandpap’s pond.

Resting in the pack-n-play.

Cuddling with Pap-pap.

Daddy’s teaching her about soccer.

She loves her Aunt Megan!

Dear readers,

There are probably only two or three of you. :) I apologize for basically abandoning my blog. I feel like I don’t have much to talk about anymore! I could go on and on about my day – you know, get up, nurse, change a diaper, nurse, change a diaper, nurse … you get the idea. It’s not that “exciting” to the average person.

I’m opening this up for some topic suggestions. If you have any questions for a new mommy, or if there are any topics you’d like to see me talk about, feel free to ask! You can leave a comment here or shoot me an email. As you probably notice, I’m pretty open with my life, so don’t feel your question is too personal. If it is, well, I just won’t answer it. But I won’t judge you for asking. :)

Here are some 3 month photos of Evie. She was a Miss Grumpy-Pants during this shoot, so there were only a couple of decent ones. But she’s still cute!

she found her fingers…

Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I feel like weaning a kid from finger sucking might be more difficult than weaning them from a pacifier. She’s never been much for a pacifier. She’ll take it if she’s desperate enough, but she spits it out as soon as we let go of it.

For the past week she’s been sucking at her fist a lot. Tonight she was being extra noisy, so I looked over and she had both her fingers in her mouth. Looks like she’s taking after her mama in this area. :)

Planning Ahead

I’m planning ahead for Evie’s 3 month shots. I like how her 2 month photos turned out, but I’m thinking of doing the next ones outside in the grass. Maybe at the park or something.

Anyway, I’m trying to think of something cute she can wear. Maybe a headband or hat?

What do you think? :)

Two Months

She is growing like a weed! I seriously didn’t understand that phrase until I had a baby. Last night we went to visit some friends of ours who had a one week old and HOLY CRAP. She was tiny! I couldn’t get over the difference between her and Evie. It makes me want to cherish the moments I have with Evie even more.