Here Comes Santa Claus

December 2, 2012


Mom was excited to try my French toast – on Apple Scrapple bread!! It was heavenly.

Freshly milled 100% whole wheat with apples embedded throughout and a touch of sweetness on top


2 eggs




A bit of buttah and let ‘er go


I put a banana in alongside and some peanut butter underneath



Maze got lots of breakfast attention!


Then we all went outside for the Hillsborough Christmas Parade. My parents have been hosting a get together on their steps for years and years.


I saw my old middle school band, my high school, dance school and all of Hillsborough’s traditions


Maze had a good time being passed through the church ladies


“Mom do I really have to wear this silly hat!?” (It was used to be mine!)


It was actually a really warm day and we were all shedding layers.


He got a football from a float and some candy


“Can I pul-lease eat the candy cane!?”


I ate one of these also tossed from a float!


THERE HE IS!!! Sannnnnnnnnnta!


M was tuckered out and took a long nap after the parade, so mom told the three of us kids to walk downtown for a fast lunch while she babysat


We went to Gulf Rim (my fav) and Larbs and I shared a salad + fish tacos


All put together:


When we got back, M was ready to nurse. My friend Becca came over with her little girl and we talked for a long time while Uncle Matt played with M. And then he fell asleep in my arms – such a sweet afternoon.


Late in the afternoon, the Monson family came over to visit! Matt’s uncle, aunt and cousins were excited to meet M.


Do they look alike!?


Mom, dad and I had a neighborhood popcorn party to attend in the evening.


Popcorn everywhere!


You know you’re in North Carolina when..


But we all know which is the better team : )


I had the honor of meeting noted author Lee Smith! She lives down the street down from my parents and was so lovely to meet. I’ve read a few of her books – she writes wonderful Southern historical novels.


My mom’s hair twin!


Maze slept in his carrier for a good 1.5 hours and then I fed him up in a bedroom before we headed home.

I had filled up on popcorn, trail mix and a cookie and wasn’t too hungry for dinner, but I felt I should have something healthy before bed, so I made a smashed avocado and smoked gouda sandwich with a clementine on the side.


It was a nice “dessert” : )


AND THEN MAZEN SLEPT FOR 7 HOURS STRAIGHT!! He must really love it here.

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1 Elise @ Expeditions of Elise December 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Avocado on a sandwich makes everything better! I like to mash one up and spread it on toast for breakfast :)

Sounds like you had a great Saturday!


2 The Many Thoughts of a Reader December 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

yummmm that sandwich looks good!


3 Allison k December 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Anderson slept like that at three months! One night we had 9.5 hours! And then 4 months hit and its never gone back. Now he does 3-4 hour chunks. I am 100% anti-sleep training at this age though, so I don’t complain…it’s the choice I made.


4 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

What a fun weekend!! It looks like you guys are really enjoying the weekend wit your family. Too bad Matt couldn’t have joined.


5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

That’s so great that Maze got to experience your family tradition, and a POPCORN PARTY!?!?! Um, sign me up!


6 Michelle (Peachy Palate) December 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Avocado on toast…always a winner! Sounds like amazing bread for the French toast! Love the little hat on Maze! Glad to hear your getting in some shut eye :)


7 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio December 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

So fun! I love y’all’s traditions!


8 Lindsay's List December 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

(go heels) 😉


9 Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

What a fun-filled day!


10 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

LOVE that hat! What a gem – seriously too cute…love it!

And the French toast – on Apple Scrapple bread – yes, heavenly indeed! Fun day for you guys!


11 Kayla December 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I just love the way you eat!! Colour, texture, flavour! So beautiful.


12 KathEats December 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm
13 Birdie December 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I’ve never heard of a popcorn party. Do you serve different types? Or do folks add toppings to popcorn like an ice cream sundae party? Either way, sounds like it would be a fun accompaniment to a film. Enjoy your family – the days fly too fast when your child is small.


14 KathEats December 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

There were different types!


15 Amy @ Eat Workout Succeed December 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Well done M for the 7 hour stretch!! Kath… i bet you were ready to explode when he woke up!! (the only downside to breastfeeding and long stretches of sleep)! LOL :)


16 KathEats December 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Exactly! It’s bittersweet


17 Karen H December 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

What a fun weekend! How cute that Mazen wore your hat. :)


18 Justeen December 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I love your super simple, delicious, and healthy French toast method. I use to make it very rarely, but I have it all the time now! Also, Apple Scrapple is quickly becoming one of my favorite GH breads. I used it to make your awesome bread pudding oats. SO GOOD!!


19 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) December 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Maze is Mr. Popular, I think. 😉 He is just too cute and he’s growing so fast!

Your sandwich looks delicious!


20 sara p @ fitcupcaker December 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Your pictures of food inspire me!


21 Heather Chantelau December 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

The Goetze’s of the candy company used to live behind me growing up. I think I ate too many as a child. It looks like you had a great visit. Enjoy your holidays, they change so much with a little one.


22 natasha December 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm

A popcorn party sounds like fun, I may have to copy that!!

Love the retro hat. Ones with ear flaps are hard to find these days. I did find one for my babe this year from Ralph Lauren that has ear flaps, although it’s not as cute as Maze’s!


23 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian December 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I love smashed avocado on toast!


24 Claire December 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Wow. Sounds like a fun, busy weekend!


25 SmA033 December 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Your French toast always looks so good! How d’you make it?


26 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm

What type of smoked gouda do you use?

Just food for thought: If you auctioned off your baked goods from the bakery you could make a pretty decent income 😉 Or give them away. Tis the season for giving! haha.


27 KathEats December 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm


I don’t know the brand… It was just in their fridge


28 Briana F December 2, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Mmmm French toast with PB is the best! We add maple syrup to ours too.
There’s something so comforting about a parent’s (aka grandma & grandpa) house. Very relaxing! :)


29 Katie @ SkinnyMinnieMoves December 3, 2012 at 1:03 am

I love your town! I often dream I live in it!


30 Mom December 3, 2012 at 7:13 am

We’d love to have you!


31 deb December 3, 2012 at 2:03 am

Are you concerned about toting Mazen to all these social events during cold/flu season while he is still so young? I am probably just being overly nervous, but it seems like he is out and about in big crowds of people quite often.
This comment is not coming from a judgemental place…as a new mom myself, maybe you can talk *me* of the ledge so I won’t be so nervous about taking my newborn out this time of year.


32 KathEats December 3, 2012 at 2:30 am

Yes I am a little concerned but mostly with physical contact and not with him just being out in the same room. It’s read easy to keep him tucked away from strangers, but harder with family and close friends, so we’re just encouraging lots of hand washing in that case.


33 Jackie December 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Deb, you’re not being overly nervous. My daughter (healthy, full term) got RSV bronchiolitis at three months old and spent four nights in the hospital. It’s common and horribly scary. I was very cautious where I took her but she got sick anyway. I’d be especially nervous about the gym day care with all the older kids. Anytime you have your baby in an enclosed space with lots of people they can get sick. Virus germs can spread ten feet from coughs and colds.


34 [email protected] December 3, 2012 at 6:13 am

Looks like a fun day! In our town, the fire department brings Santa around each year. Probably next weekend. Can’t wait!


35 Liz @ iheartvegetables December 3, 2012 at 7:39 am

Yummm that bread sounds so delicious!!


36 Ray December 3, 2012 at 7:45 am

Remarkable amount of sleep for Mazen! You must feel great. Can you replicate the environment when you get home to see if he can sleep that long a stretch at home? Example, was grandparents house warmer or cooler? Was the room darker or lighter? House noisier or quieter?


37 Logan December 3, 2012 at 9:58 am

Many years ago, when I had an infant, she always slept so much better when we were visiting my parents. What’s up with that, I wonder? Of course, I always seem to sleep much better at my parent’s house too!
So nice that you could surprise your mom and have a good visit with them.


38 Hope December 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

I love that hat!! The little ear covers are adorable! And YAY for 7 hours!


39 Sami December 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

I thought of you this weekend! :) My husband and a few of the guys who were friends from high school and in our wedding went to NC to watch Duke play Saturday afternoon and UNC play Saturday evening!


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