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Pinterest Cookies

Thank you all for the love and support of Baby Carlson! Such a fun time, I loved reading your encouraging words and congratulations! Thank you!!

Sten was out in Geneva last night and I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest the other day and wanted to give it a try. I've never strayed away from Mama Prints chocolate chip cookies, but these claimed to be the "softest, chewiest" cookies ever, so I wanted to give them a try. I must say.... I was NOT disappointed! Not quite as sweet as my usual recipe but definitely soft, fluffy and chewy- and they held their shape perfectly. They look straight out of a bakery. I will most likely make these again! 

Recipe: Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies from Apple a Day Ingredients: 3/4 C butter 3/4 Cbrown sugar 1/4 C Sugar 1egg 2tsp.vanilla extract 2 C Flour 2tsp.cornstarch 1tsp.baking soda 1/2tsp.salt 1 C Chocolate Chips (I used mini) Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugars, add egg and vanilla. Mix together dry ingredients, add to butter mixt…

Oh Baby!

Since all major life events get documented on my blog, I felt this should be no different.

In case the title and the picture didn't give it away: I'm Pregnant!

Sten and I are thrilled beyond words and can't wait for September!

Sten is the best partner to enter parenthood with, and I can't wait to embark on this adventure together. And what an adventure it will be! On top of graduation, there will most likely be a move after graduation, a new job, a new town, new friends and a baby....

We have had so much fun telling family and friends, and I know without a doubt this baby is already loved beyond measure.

xo. Erica

Zebra Cake

Phew. Saturday. Hasn't felt this good in a long time. This was an unusually long week. I don't know if it was because the CTA was under construction, or if it was because Sten was under some major stress with all the stuff he needed to do, or if it was just an off week, but I was so glad when 4:30p rolled around yesterday.
We had some friends over for dinner and I made Thai Chicken Pizza. Which is always a Carlson fam favorite. We played some games and then had cake for Andrew's birthday!
I was a little bummed about the way this cake turned out. I was pretty excited about it when I found the recipe, however, it was kind of dry and wasn't very sweet. I don't know what I did wrong. It looks pretty awesome, so I still wanted to post the recipe. I think next time I made this type of cake, I would use a different batter/ frosting. This recipe came from Bakergirl.

Sten is in a Seminary seminar all day today. I have quite the agenda for myself this morning and then I am h…

Delicious Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake.

This recipe is a keeper. It turned out beautifully, and was so tasty. I found it on

Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Coffee Cake.
- 1 C sour cream (I used light)
- 3/4 C Butter
- 1 1/2 C Sugar
- 2 1/2 C Flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 1 Tbls cinnamon
- 1/8 C white sugar
- 1/8 C brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350
 Grease one 10in bundt pan.
Cream 1 1/2 C sugar and butter, add sour cream, eggs, and vanilla.
Mix together flour, soda, and powder.
Add to wet ingredients. Mix.
Mix together sugars and cinnamon.
Pour half the batter into prepared pan.  sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar mixture. Cover with remaining cake batter.
Bake 35-40 minutes.

After cooling, I topped with a little butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon glaze and p. sugar... :)


We're supposed to get another big snow here tonight... Why oh why??! I am very much over the winter and crave some warm temps and the bright sun. I thought the grou…


I can't believe my Birthday has come and gone and it's March 3rd. What a crazy time of year this is. My Birthday was a success with a great brunch with friends, cake with Sten's family and a trip to MN to visit my sis and Amos. A very Happy Birthday indeed!
 Didn't take ANY picture of my friends at brunch. BLUNDER.  This sign greeted me as I walked into my mother-in-law's house on Sunday.  Ugh, I love this boy.

Below was my 26 list I did pretty well:

1. Eat less sugar. -didn't happen. 2. Go camping.
3. Drink more water and less other beverages.
4. Go see and take pictures with the Chicago river when they dye it green. Such a fun memory! 5. Hold my new baby niece and nephew until they fall asleep. Love those little ones. 6. Go to a concert. Dierks Bently 7. Run a half or full marathon.Did BOTH! 8. Save lots of money for a new house some day. We did a good job of saving this year. 9. Unplug once a month. didn't happen 10 .Go to a Chicago sporting event. idk if I did th…