Saturday, February 28, 2009

Eli's FIRST Birthday!

To give you the rundown...Eli LOVED his party! He devoured his "little" piece of cake (I have no doubt that he could have eaten the entire thing.) I ordered a special cake just for him to match the big one. His reaction when I brought the "real" thing was priceless. I thought he was going to fall out of his high chair, he was bouncing so much from the excitement contained in his little body.
Then came the presents and he knew just what to do with them. He opened them up like a pro. Thanks to Aunt Bobbi and Aunt Michelle...he loves his new fire-truck-push bike. Everyone couldn't stop talking about how cute and smart he was with his reaction to the cake. He knew exactly what was going on and he loved every minute of it.

How do they grow so fast? A whole year has gone by since I held you for the first time, Eli. I will never forget that special moment when I looked into your eyes, Daddy was sitting on the couch right behind you and laughed, your little ears perked up and you turned your head to see who it was who made that familiar sound. I knew right then that you were special! I'd never seen a baby, only minutes old, react like that before! You are precious! Happy First Birthday, my son!

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Cutest Baby in the World is Named Eli

....Okay, so maybe I'm biased...I am his mother, for heaven's sake. But I honestly don't think that anyone would argue with me about him being even a little on the cute side.

These adorable pictures were taken fairly recently. I hope you enjoy them. My favorite is the one of him "talking" on the phone. Gotta love those baby blues! What do you think, should I enter him in that Baby Talk Contest coming up? I admit I have been thinking about it.

Thanks, Aunt Valerie for the cool phone! It was an early 1st Birthday present. Is he really almost a year?? Where does the time go?

We love you, Eli! It is so good to see you plump and healthy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cafe Rio's Sweet Pork

This was one of the best recipes I've ever made and it is super easy. I wish I had a picture to show you...maybe next time. I'm sure we'll make it again soon.
Kevin came home the other day with this recipe that his dear co-worker Kathleen gave him. Thank you, Kathleen, I hope she doesn't mind that I share the goodness with all of you. But what's the use of a good recipe if you can't share with everyone??

Cafe Rio's Sweet Pork

abt a 3 lb Pork Roast (any variety)
1 Cup Salsa
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Salt

Mix the ingredients together in the bottom of the crock pot. Sear the roast and then place it in the pot and roll it around in the mixture so it's covered. Cook on low for about 6-8 hours, until the pork is tender and falls apart. Then shred the pork and mix in with the sauce and cook for another 30-60 min.
Serve wrapped in warm tortillas with rice and beans.
*Optional- add a can of Coke to the sauce. (I hear that is what Cafe Rio does. We didn't use it and it was still amazing!)

Enjoy! It's so stink'n good!