ten on tuesday.

1. B-Ro turns two on Friday. It is simultaneously the only thing on my mind and the furthest thing from my mind. How is that possible?

2. Speaking of birthdays, today is my Dad’s. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!! I love you. =)

3. I think I’ve found the perfect Christmas gift for my slightly neurotic oldest child. It’s a visual timer and it’s currently in my Amazon shopping cart. I used to have one when I taught kindergarten and it was the perfect thing for those kids who just needed to know how much time was left in whatever project we were working on. Sarah will think she’s died and gone to heaven with this timer, mark my words.

4. Speaking of heaven, Sarah asked me today how long it would take us to drive to Heaven. I told her that no one really knew where heaven was because we don’t get to find out until we die and go to be with Jesus. She asks me this type of thing a lot. After a few seconds of silence she sadly spoke from the backseat, “If I die and go to heaven before Daddy, I will really miss him.” First and foremost, I can’t even stand her speaking such things. And second, what about me?!    😉

5. We’re in the thick of the holiday rush with our business. Last year I remember feeling like I would never make it and this year I feel strangely okay. Feeling like I was drowning daily in the cr*p of our household, I seriously considered hiring a housekeeper last October, November and December but never got up the nerve to actually do it. This year I think we’ve found a system that is actually working for us and is keeping my insanity at bay. Every Sunday night for the last month we’ve finished up dinner, turned on some music and set to work cleaning the entire house. All four of us. Brent and I clean and scrub the kitchen, floors, and bathrooms while Sarah straightens up all the toys and miscellaneous plastic cr*p that has invaded the living spaces. Beds are made, rooms are picked up, and some level of order is found when the dust settles. B-Ro helps us out by watching Cars or occasionally helping Sarah sop up all the spray from the glass on our dining table. Granted our house is still not immaculate and I wouldn’t eat off the floor (wait, who am I kidding – sometimes I do) but we start Monday off in a calm and organized house which really sets the tone for the week. I’m liking it.

6. There are many things I get emails about – photography, paint colors, diapers, business – but lately one topic has risen to the top of the pile: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bars. I’ve alluded to them several times and linked to them on Susie’s blog but apparently that era on her blog has become password protected and the recipe has been hidden. Many, many of you have been sent into a tailspin by this and, believeyoume, I understand. The bars are heavenly and to have them and then not have them would be too much for me to bear as well. So here you go. Don’t say I don’t love you:

Susie’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars:
2 cups flour
1 T. pumpkin pie spice OR 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ginger and 1/2 tsp. nutmet
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 cups chocolate chips
 
Preheat oven to 350. Grease or spray 13×9 pan.
 
Whisk together dry ingredients. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin puree (mixture may appear curdled). Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
 
Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and toothpick inserted in center comes out just a few moist crumbs attached, 35-40 minutes.
 
7. I’ve been getting lots of Facebook friend requests lately from names and faces I don’t recognize. My hunch is that they’re people who read my blog but since I don’t know that for sure I tend to just pass. If you want to add me as a friend on Facebook just be sure to add a little note with your friend request so I at least know you’re from here! I’m happy to add you! While you’re at it, if you want to become a fan of Erin Cobb Photography I’d love you for it. =)
 
8. Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve confessed my undying love for Grow Alabama so I figure it’s time for me to gush again. Can I just say that it’s mid-November and we’re STILL getting loads of produce every week. This week’s list? Cabbage, pole beans, lettuce, sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini, apples, oranges and cucumbers. And mustard greens if we wanted them, which we don’t. Blech. Can you even believe all of that? All grown in Alabama and many grown purely based on the demand that Grow Alabama customers provide. I love it.
 
9. I just ordered our turkey from Grow Alabama and it will be my first time to ever cook a fresh (not frozen!) turkey. Apparently the big guys are still waddling around (free-range-like!) somewhere in South Alabama munching on organic whatever-turkeys-eat. Now that’s fresh! Shirley at GA told me this morning that they’ll take turkey orders up until Friday as far as she knows and you don’t have to be a regular GA customer to order one. So if you’re local click on their site and inquire or email me and I’ll hook you up!
 
10. Finally, one of my blog sponsors – Amanda of Queen Bee Designs – is gearing up for her holiday rush with a giveaway! Amanda’s hand-stamped silver charms were featured in Wondertime magazine last year and are showing up everywhere! Here’s a look at the charm Amanda is giving away today:
 
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And here’s what Amanda has to say about it:
 
“family**  For most of us it is our everything. Being a stay at home mom, my family is my passion as well as my “job” and wearing this design tells everyone I meet just that. This piece was created using our new lowercase letters and hand-crafted flowers. With its snazzed edges and field of flowers it suits just about everyone. Wishing all of you and your families a blessed holiday season.”
 
Now here’s something kind of cool that warms my heart toward Amanda. When I posted early in the summer about my little friend Ally and her battle with leukemia Amanda headed right over to their blog and started posting comments. Encouraging, kind, loving comments. She and Janel (Ally’s mom) have become “friends” and Amanda even did a fundraiser of her own to benefit Ally’s Light the Night Walk last month. Very, very cool. So as a nod to Amanda’s kindness as well as in an effort to continue encouraging Ally, her mom Janel, and their entire family I’m asking you to head over to their blog to entire today’s giveaway. Simply post a word of encouragement for their family (it’s been a loooong and painful fall for them), mentioning that you were sent by me so I’ll know which comments to count and I’ll check in tomorrow to let random.org choose a winner. Sound good? Head to Ally’s blog now.  
AmandaNovember 17, 2009 - 2:04 pm

Oh Erin, I write this with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. How awesome is it to send the comments Janel’s way? YOU are a kind, loving and giving woman and mommy. The absolute best! Once Ally is better I think we need to meet face to face, the three of us.

Amanda

JanelNovember 17, 2009 - 2:23 pm

Ally’s mom is right here and thanking all of you. Amanda, Erin…my two loving blogger friends. What can I say other than thank you for your friendship and constant encouragement. May the best commenter win.

JenniferNovember 17, 2009 - 2:32 pm

Erin,

How exactly does Grow Alabama work? I’d love to get fresh produce and meats but I can’t exactly figure out how to sign up or how much it is. Am I missing something?!?!

Thanks!
Jennifer

DanielleNovember 17, 2009 - 2:38 pm

Oh how I love your blog!
#1 I can totally understand – my daughter turns 3 at the end of the month and am having the same feelings!
#4 – how sweet is that and something my daughter would say and something that would make me feel the same!
#5 what a great idea – I am going to have to copy since I am in the cleaning funk right now…
#6 thanks for the recipe again – I made them and overdosed on them so it’s great that it’ll still be available once I start craving them again!
#7 joined your group!
#8 we have the same sort of idea here in my hometown – I’ve been using it for 4 years now and LOVE it! It really makes you use what is seasonal and I found I even learned about produce I had never thought of buying in the past.

adminNovember 17, 2009 - 2:43 pm

Amanda and Janel – BIG HEART! =)

Jennifer, here is the best page for the info you’re looking for:

http://growalabama.com/order.php

We started with the gold share but are going to try the silver share for a while because we just couldn’t eat all of the veggies we got! We also add a dozen eggs every week. A while back they were giving away a free week’s box if you tell them you were referred by someone. Not sure if they’re still doing that but it might be worth asking. You could get your first week free! There’s no commitment or contract either which I really, really like. If you’re interested in the turkeys I don’t think you’ll find them on the site but just contact them and ask. They’re super nice!

Danielle – Thanks for making me feel more normal with all our “alikeness”!

nickiNovember 17, 2009 - 3:09 pm

Thanks Erin, for being you :-).

Lorena MoraNovember 17, 2009 - 5:16 pm

How do you manage to be a great mom and photographer and then encourage us all to just give someone a few words of encouragement? You are a wonderful person and your little ones are lucky to have a mom like you. I went over to Ally’s blog and read it all with tears in my eyes. Beautiful little girl and I will have her in my prayers.

SusieNovember 17, 2009 - 7:29 pm

Hmm, I had no idea my blocking my old site would block the new site’s archives. I really didn’t mean to hide the recipe- but I’m so glad so many people are enjoying it this fall 🙂

Love that necklace by Amanda, may have to purchase one anyway!

MeganNovember 17, 2009 - 9:03 pm

That’s funny that Sarah said that about missing her daddy. Jeremiah wrote Mazie a note in her lunch last week (something that I do every single day) and all he wrote was “I love you, Dad”. She gushed over that note like it was the greatest thing ever written. It hurts sometimes when you are the one with them all the time…

I also always use a fresh turkey. In my opinion, they cook better! I hope you love it.

CarrieNovember 18, 2009 - 5:25 am

yes my little one who is 3 had the same heaven chat with me the other day. Strange how they come up with these things. Love the necklace and all that you did for Ally

Heather in OHNovember 18, 2009 - 5:42 am

Erin,
Those pumpkin choc. chip bars are to-die-for! Hubby says they are the best dessert I have EVER made! Thanks for sharing the recipe again! And Happy Birthday to Mr. E!
Heather in OH

Paula HNovember 18, 2009 - 7:06 am

I am a stalker on here that have friended you on facebook.

AmyNovember 18, 2009 - 2:56 pm

You’re so awesome! 🙂

Meridith S.November 18, 2009 - 6:39 pm

So sweet of you to send love to Janel. I have followed her blog since you first mentioned her. What a sweet family. I am sure there are many like me who read and pray without letting her know. I am going to try to do better about giving little shout outs to let her know Ally’s Army is alive down here in the south.

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