Fun With My Cousins

March 1, 2010

Cousins Wm

We had some visitors yesterday......
My nephews Ashton and Aidan came over to spend the afternoon with us. As you can see, Sarah was thrilled to have her cousins in the house!!

Sarah and Aidan Goofing WM

After my Sister left it took a little while for Aidan to warm up..... he was missing his Mommy, so I tried to distract him and we went upstairs to Sarah's room to see if we could find some new and intersting toys to bring downstairs.

**Notice the missing eye on the teddy bear? Another thing victimized by our dog Rudy. If any of you follow me on FB you saw what he did to the barbie doll. It is a bad habit.

Sarah and Aidan Yelling WM

One thing led to another and next thing you know, the two of them were beginning to jump on the bed. What you can't see is that little Ashton was sitting up there too {I was using my 50mm lens so I couldn't get that much in the frame} so I quickly ended their fun for fear that one of the three would end up on the floor with a broken arm or leg. It took some convincing, but they finally caved when I told them they could pick out a snack from the pantry if they came down.

Aidan led the pack to the kitchen and he was the first one to declare his snack choice. The other two were happy to oblige. Can anyone guess what he picked?

Ashton Cheezy WM

Maybe this little cheesey grin and fingers bowl will give it away......
They picked Doritos!! One of Nick's favorite snacks!! We buy the baked ones so they are not quite as bad for you, but they are still kind of messy. Actually Ashton was eating Doritos and Goldfish mixed together.....YUMMMM.... what a combinations!

Aidan Cheezy WM

Within minutes they were all complaining that their hands were sticky and cheesey..... I went to grab a wet papertowel and before I could clean them up........

Aidan and Rudy WM

Somebody else did the cleaning for me......
I don't know who was laughing harder, me or the kids. Aidan was giggling as Rudy licked his fingers clean!!

My wet papertowel was not going to do the trick after Rudy spread his doggie germs...... we needed to do some serious scrubbing with soap:)

After I got them all De-Cheesed, they played in the family room while I worked on dinner. Gotta love a kitchen that opens to the family room. I can get so much done and still keep an eye on them.

Chicken Pot Pie the table WM

Chicken Pot Pie
Recipe Courtesy of The Barefoot Contessa
Click HERE for the printable recipe.

Chicken Pot Pie Served WM

I made this last year and it was awesome, so I decided to give it a whirl again. {BTW, not an easy food to photograph} The recipe called to make it into 4 separate serving dishes or ramekins. I made one large casserole dish and two little ramekins. It made so much!! It was SO SINFULLY GOOD and very hearty. Although I felt awfully guilty eating it after I saw everything that went in it..... Butter and Shortening in the dough for the crust and another stick and half of butter and some heavy cream in the chicken mixture...... WOWZA!!! I don't even want to think about the calories consumed in this baby. No dessert needed after that kind of meal.

Well, it is Monday Morning and I am getting ready to head to work.......
Hope everyone has a great day!!

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fleur de lis cottage said...

They are just cute and fun little cousins. And, your pot pie looks amazing! I can taste it through the monitor!!!!!

Love Letters To China said...

You are one brave woman to have taken on three little ones for the day. It looks like they had a blast together!

That chicken pot pie looks delicious! I really like her recipes... she never skimps with her ingredients. Might have to try that one real soon.

Have a great Monday!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Great pictures and what a fun day with cousins. Chicken pot pie works delish, you have my mouth watering. Have a wonderful Monday!

Jodee said...

It looks like Sarah had a blast with her cousins! Cute pictures!

Your pot pie looks fabulous! It's one of my favorite winter foods!

Hope you have a great week!

Wanda said...

What a fun and messy day. The best kind of day, I think.

And yum - this recipe looks fab. Love the pictures, of course. And I'm with you on the kitchen opening up onto the family room. That's the reason for our folly right now. I can't wait to be busy in the kitchen while the kiddos are within eyeshot, playing,doing homework or watching TV. Can't wait.

Have a great day!!


Chasing Dreams Photography said...

well this looks yummy!!!! We love chicken pot pie!!!! I will have to make this...thank for playing this month : )
spam word is stork...hey, what's that supposed to mean : 0

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

My BEST childhood memories always, always, involve my cousins. There is nothing on earth like them.

The pic with the dog is amazing.

And, that pot pie looks delicious.

Have a good week.


Kim said...

There is just something about cousins. And chicken pot pie. Suddenly feeling homesick.
Another beautiful post with delicious photos!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

Gail said...

There's not a whole lot better than playing with cousins...I should know, I have 16! Wonderful memories growing up with them. LOVE these pics Lisa, you really captured the fun moments. Hey Rudy had a great time too, didn't he? hee hee. ;)

And the pot pie looks absolutely decadant...yum!!!!

Jboo said...

Fun times with the cousins -- they look so cute together!

That pot pie -- looks divine!! YUM!

Hope you have a great week!


redmaryjanes said...

Very cute family photos. Love the dog licking the food fingers :)

Dita said...

Love these pictures...and the adorable story that went with them. Sounds like the perfect afternoon with all these little angels! The picture of Rudy licking the fingers was PRICELESS...

That pot pie looks beyond sinful! Mmmmmmmmm! We are a big pot pie family here and we are going to add that one to our repertoire.

Thank you so much for EVERYTHING this weekend. I really, really, really appreciate all your help!


Patricia said...

GREAT photos!!! What cuties!!! Sounds like they all had a wonderful time! And boy, am I glad I am not the only mom on the planet who is not a fan of jumping on the bed! ;)

Love the dog licking the evidence! ;)

Girl...that chicken pot pie...YUMMMM!!!!

Have a fabulous week! It's MARCH!!! 3 weeks closer to SPRING!!

Kim said...

LOVE the photos.. looks like the kids had a great time..
YUMMY.. that chicken pot pie looks way better then mine..
I will have to try it..
Have a great week

day by day said...

awww...they are adorable together. One of the boys(Aiden?) has such beautiful eye lashes...oh, my! Very cute!

Happy Monday to you!! Do you think we can get through a week here with no snow? Here's hoping! : )


Amandalynn said...

Beautiful photos, as usual! I love the light in your home!

kerri said...

What fun, love the pictures!!The one of Rudy licking the fingers, priceless!
Your chicken pot pie, well let's just say I'm thinking of luch right about now, LOL!!

Lourie said...

I guessed Cheet-ohs. I love Dorritos they are my weakness in the chip family. The pictures are great!

Christy said...

I love the new layout! You're pictures are always so great, and it looks like yall had a wonderful time!

I have a suprise for you at my blog :-)

paige said...

love the pink & red header!
what sweet sweet faces
& nothing like doritoes fingers, huh?

girl, you have quite the talent in both cooking & photographing your cooking!

Sharon said...

That seriously looks SO delicious. I love the pictures and you are so right about the how wonderful it is to be able to cook and see the kids. Our house a really open floor plan and I absolutely love it. It's perfect for having a family. Our other house had the formal living room, formal dining room, family room separate from the was just a bad floor plan for us.

jenbusymom said...

Looks like a fun and adventurous day! I love how they cleaned their fingers!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

It's always fun when cousins come to play. My kids love to jump on the beds also and also the furniture. It always makes them giggle.

Briana's Mom said...

What a fun time with cousins! I love the shot of the dog licking the fingers - priceless! Great post!!!

Lisa said...

Your nephews are ADORABLE! Looks like you guys had a GREAT time! : )

Jo said...

What a wonderful way to spend a day ~ love the photos!

The children are adorable and you can tell how much fun they're having by their faces.


Shelly and Family said...

Hi Lisa...Looks like you had a fun weekend with a house full of kiddos (just the way I like it)!

Hope you have a great week ahead and so looking forward to B&W Wednesday!


Michelle R Photography said...

What a house full of cuteness!! I know I love it when my nephews and niece are over. The giggles are endless.

Have a great week!!

Marla said...

LOVE all the pics of the kids. What cute cousins!! LOL @ the messy Doritos. My crew likes anything that leaves cheese on their fingers.

The chicken pot pie looks delish, all that butter, YUMMMMM!!

Cindi said...

Sure makes me miss Ahna's many cousins! They live far away and we rarely see them. :-(

Looks like they had a fabulous day!

LOVE your new header!

Kim said...

I love the picture of Rudy liking your nephews hand, so cute! The chicken pot pie looks amazing I am sure it tasted as good as you said too. Making me hungry!

Bailey said...

Wow! The recipe looks amazing. This kids though, are just adorable. I love where the dog is licking the fingers off... brings back memories. Looks like you all enjoyed a fun day!

Virginia said...

Adorable photos! Looks like they had a lot of fun. Love the pic of the doggie cleaning up those little messy fingers.

Gin =)

ellieshine said...

Great photos! I love the dog-licking fingers pictures too :) Seriously you are amazing at food photography - but how do you get your family to wait while you take the photos?! This looks delicious!

3 Peanuts said...

Okay...I don't even like chicken pot pie and here I sit CRAVING it! Seriously Lisa, I think you could quit your job and go to work as a food stylist/photographer. All of your photography is excellent....but you can photograph food like nobody's business.

Adele said...

The chicken pot pie looks scrumptious! It is one of my favorite comfort foods. I, too, love Barefoot Contessa recipes! You can never go wrong with her! Love all of the other pics. You are such a wonderful photographer.

Unknown said...

I was looking at this on my phone tonight and I laughed so hard at the finger licking picture. : ) Sweetness for sure! The pot pie looks amazing.

Lucy said...

Looked like a fun and wild day with the three of them! I'm so jealous you have a dog to help "clean." I think I wipe up our floors 10 times a day with our baby and often wonder why we don't have a dog to help me out!!! Love all your photographs, I think the fingers getting licked is my fave though! Yum recipe, love Ina, need to come back soon for that recipe. I will also have to come back to look at how you processed your b/w...without my two at my feet! Take care!

Jeni said...

You sure have some cute nephews! That picture with the dog is too funny...his tongue!

I am going to check out that recipe..sounds good right not...wish I had energy to's been a long day here.