Persnickety Baby: Capturing the First Year

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All opinions are 100% mine.

I can’t even believe that my itty bitty baby is nearly 10 months old. Before I had a baby, I never (ever, ever) thought I would miss having a newborn. I used to think I didn’t even like babies until they got to around 6 months, but looking back at pictures and videos, I miss my snuggly, sleepy little baby. She gets more fun every day, but I love scrolling through my phone and computer and looking at all the pictures I’ve taken. My phone’s SD card is nearing 5,000 pictures. When I say I like pictures, I’m not kidding. My picture taking started right after I got the positive result with my bump shots. I took one every Friday in my office bathroom (glamorous). Here is right after I found out versus close to the end at 35 weeks. Capturing Memories - 5 weeks pregnant vs 35 weeks pregnant | Persnickety Plates

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Making cilantro lime rice at home is nearly as easy as ordering it at your favorite Mexican restaurant! | Persnickety Plates

Cilantro Lime Rice

 Making cilantro lime rice at home is nearly as easy as ordering it at your favorite Mexican restaurant!

Taco Bell copycat Mexican Pizza made with ground turkey and refried black beans! | Persnickety Plates

Mexican Pizza

Copycat Mexican Pizza made with ground turkey and refried black beans! Do you like Taco Bell? Personally, I’m not much of a fan. If anything, I usually get nachos & cheese (lame), but my husband loves it. I consider most fast food mystery meat (no offense. ha) so I try to avoid it but when…

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4 ingredient shortbread cookies perfect for cutting out shapes then dipping in dark chocolate. A Trader Joe's copycat! | Persnickety Plates

Dark Chocolate Stars

Simple shortbread cookies dipped in dark chocolate and topped with sprinkles. A Trader Joe’s copycat! Let’s pretend that these don’t have Christmas colored sprinkles on them. Let’s ignore the fact that I made them before Christmas and had every intention of sharing them before Christmas, but got so busy that I didn’t get around to it….

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I rounded up your favorites, now here are MY favorite posts of 2014 | Persnickety Plates

My Top 10 Favorite Posts of 2014

Yesterday I gave you YOUR top 10 favorite posts (most clicked) but today I’m going to give you MY favorite posts from 2014.

Persnickety Plates Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014

The top 10 most popular (i.e. most viewed) posts on Persnickety Plates in 2014!

PersnicketyPlates Christmas card

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas & all the best in the new year!!


Happy Baby Happy Holidays

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Happy Family Products . All opinions are 100% mine. Obviously, I like to cook, so I knew I wanted to make baby food. We started with avocado just before six months and have been trying new foods ever since. Along with the avocado, our…

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Chocolate Mocha Swirl Cookies | Persnickety Plates

Chocolate Mocha Swirl Cookies

 Chocolate and mocha swirled together in a pretty pinwheel cookie. It’s time for the 3rd annual Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap! Julie of White Lights on Wednesday puts the swap together each year and I’ve had fun each time. The first year I made Fiesta Fudge Cookies and last year I made French Sables Korova Cookies.

Christmasdoodles - the classic snickerdoodle made festive with red & green sugar! | Persnickety Plates

Christmasdoodles aka Christmas Snickerdoodles

A classic snickerdoodle but red and green sugar give them a festive twist. It’s time for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap reveal! This was my second year participating and I think I had even more fun this year.

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread | Persnickety Plates

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

Thank you to Pompeian for sponsoring today’s post. As always, all opinions are my own.  Not much is better than fresh baked bread. Especially this light and flavorful Rosemary Olive Oil Bread.

Green Bean Casserole (without the canned soup!) - perfect for the holidays or as a weeknight side dish! | Persnickety Plates

Green Bean Casserole (without the canned soup) + Baby’s Dream Giveaway

Green Bean Casserole without the canned soup! Great for the holidays or as a weeknight side dish. Two things before we get started with today’s recipe. First – Thanksgiving is in three days. Holy cow. I’m very much looking forward to my favorite holiday and the 2.5 day workweek that comes with it. Second –…

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Super simple, semi-homemade, Spinach Ravioli Lasagna | Persnickety Plates

Quick & Easy Spinach Ravioli Lasagna

It doesn’t get easier than this semi-homemade Spinach Ravioli Lasagna! You guys. Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Did it sneak up on you as much as it did me? If you’re busy with menu planning and holiday prep, this idea for dinner doesn’t get any easier.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugared Candied Almonds - better than the mall! | Persnickety Plates

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Candied Almonds

Sweet and crunchy cinnamon sugar candied almonds just like you get from the mall or a festival but made right in your slow cooker! Over the weekend I was browsing through Pinterest and saw this recipe in my feed. I had other things to do but I knew I wanted to try it out immediately….

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