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Happy Birthday HBear and Mushroom & Onion "Gratin" Potatoes

One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, ‘Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!’ This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. 

J.M. Barrie

I remember waiting for Christmas or my birthday and it felt like FOREVER!!!! That is how poor HBear has felt all week.

Friday night she almost had a seizure on her bed shaking so hard lol She turned to Ninja and said, 

"Finally, it is MY turn!"

I get it. She may be at the beginning of the school year but she is at the END of the year. She went through SBean's birthday and her party... and one of her besty's bday was on Friday and FINALLY it was her party on Saturday!!! She was so excited!

This is hard. Tonight was the last time I kissed her as a 5 year old!!!! OMG

On a daily basis I say,

"HBear stop growing!"

and she says,

"But Mommy I can't! I just keep growing up!"


Why is my baby girl turning 6 today? Why can't we just hit pause on life and stay right here? I wish we could because it's just going too fast...

When I look at her I see so much. I see a smart, kind, funny, generous, and beautiful little girl. I want so much for her. I wish for so much for her. I try to teach her so much so she can have the tools to be a successful in life. Life as child, a teenager, and as a woman.  

On your 6th birthday my Sweet I hope for... everything for you...

I hope you learn about other people. Listening is one of the most important skills you will ever learn. 

I hope you aren't afraid to try. Try things, try again, try your best.

I hope you love mornings. If you wake up happy it can shape your whole day.

I hope you get enough. Take what you need and pass the rest along.

I hope you laugh loudly and lots!

I hope you never forget how much your family loves you. We are behind you no matter what.

I hope you ignore high school girls. It's only a few years and then you move on.

I hope you become a Mom and experience a love like no other.

I hope you find joy in the game and in the outcome whether you win or lose.

I hope you respect yourself. If you don't no one else will either.

I hope you grow old. Surrounded by a large family full of love and good memories.

Happy 6th birthday my Sweet HoneyBear!

Love forever,

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For dinner last week I made these AH-Mazing potatoes. They are like scalloped potatoes but without the cream!!! Granted you use butter, but it is SO worth it!!! Best side dish EVER :)

Mushroom & Onion Gratin Potatoes
Adapted from Vikalinka

4-5 potatoes, sliced thinly
1 onion, chopped
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
4 sprigs parsley, chopped
¼ cup sour cream
3 tablespoons butter
Salt and Pepper
¼ cup Parmesan, grated

Preheat your oven to 350.

Pam an oven proof dish and set aside.

Heat your pan and melt a tablespoon of butter into it. I don’t use butter very often but in a simple dish like this butter is what will really give it flavor so treat yourself!

Sauté you potatoes in batches until golden, season with salt and pepper. Take them off the heat once they are nicely colored.

Sauté your mushrooms in the same pan over a medium heat adding more butter and seasoning them with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle your parsley all over mushrooms and cook 2-3 min. longer until all the liquid from the mushrooms evaporates. Set aside.

Add a bit of butter and sauté your onions.

First arrange your slices of potatoes on the bottom of your dish and scatter onions on top of them. 

Next layer mushrooms.

And then repeat all the layers one more time finishing with a thin layer of sour cream.

Finish it off with sprinkling of Parmesan and parsley.

Bake at 400 for 25 minutes or until bubbly at hot all through.



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