TRENDY THURSDAY ~ Baby Name Trends 2011

“What’s in a name?”

Have you ever heard someone say that? I certainly have. I remember having my future kiddos names picked out long before I was ever pregnant. First and middle name. I wanted them to have special meaning and reflect the image of my family. I stuck with that theory until my 3rd boy. Hubby and I decided to go “trendy” on the third child. I’m so glad we did.

Here are the top “trendiest” baby names for 2011:

BOYS ~
Hayden
Atticus
Warren
Paxton
Dexter
Cullen
Miles

GIRLS ~
Bella
Ophelia
Rowan
Camellia
Aurelius
Hartley
Chloe

Topic Tuesday!

What piece of advice can you give other dads-to-be that makes the transition easier from “married couple” to “married with children”?

The Dads of IntelliGender:
“Your love for your wife is different than the love for your children. Both add to the other.”
“Remember that it’s no longer about you – it’s about the kids. And memorize these 2 words, “Yes Dear.”
“Learn to listen and learn patience! It’s no longer about you. It’s about them.”

Topic Tuesday!

What is the best Christmas present your children have ever given you?
The Dads of IntelliGender:

“My kids gave me a hand painted platter one year with all their little handprints on it. I think they were 6,4,1 and baby at the time.”

“My three boys gave me a home-made Christmas present when they were 8 (twins) and 4. Each one of them gave me a card that had been colored and decorated. They all attached a new pencil to it from the pencil machine at school.”

“The look of joy on their faces Christmas morning.”

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe…Ever!

Curl up on the couch with a snugly blanket, your favorite book and a cup of this delectable hot chocolate. AMAZING!

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch of salt
1/3 cup of boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 t. vanilla extract
1/2 cup half & half cream

Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings if you desire. Enjoy!


Foodie Friday

Scrumptious Sugar Cookies
Who can resist this classic holiday treat? Not even Santa can!

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
Makes 4 dozen cookies.