Monday, January 21, 2019

Bates Cook-Off Recipes

Bates family cook-off

For those who have asked about the recipes that the Bates siblings prepared for last week's Bates family cook-off, we have a couple to share. The network has posted Zach's stuffed mushroom recipe and Erin's stuffed chicken recipe (links below). For more Bates family recipes, visit our Recipes page.

Zach Bates' Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

Erin Paine's Stuffed Chicken Recipe

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Photo courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Balkas in NYC

Last week on Bringing Up Bates, Josie Bates traveled to New York City to select her dream wedding dress, and next week she will return for a final fitting. Josie Bates is now Josie Balka, and she has been married three-and-a-half months. This weekend, she and Kelton are on their way to the Big Apple for a little getaway. Have you ever been to New York City?

Kelton Balka and Josie Balka
Kelton Balka and Josie Balka

Photo courtesy of Josie Balka

Friday, January 18, 2019

Bates Kids Have Strong Opinions


"I joined up for it because I love to cook and I love to eat, and Erin joined up for it because she's an amazing cook, and we love to eat what she cooks. And then Lawson threw his name in the hat, and we're like, 'Bring him because we will beat him easily and soundly.'"

-Zach Bates

Do you think the Bates kids were a little too hard on their older siblings on last night's Bates family cook-off? What did you think of the dishes? We thought they all looked mighty tasty, but the kiddos had other thoughts.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, January 17, 2019

'A Proposal to Plan & Wedding To-Dos' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "A Proposal to Plan & Wedding To-Dos"

  • Evan meets up with Kelly and Erin at Erin’s house to make an engagement plan. “Evan is coming to Erin and my mom for advice because they’re really close to Carlin,” says Callie. “[Evan] doesn’t know everything.”
  • Zach weighs in: “I’m kind of against these guys going to all my sisters and all the women in the family and getting advice on how to do their engagement because each time the girls see one, they’re like, ‘We could go even bigger next time.’ And by the time poor Callie gets married, they’re going to have to do some kind of marriage on Mars or engagement in space, something like that, doing it in orbit.”
  • “When Carlin told him, ‘Ask Erin and ask my mom,’ I knew we were in trouble,” says Gil. “We might be just a wee bit over the top,” admits Kelly, who comes up with the idea of a Maine lighthouse backdrop.
  • Erin says the highlight of the proposal for Carlin is going to be dancing with Evan. Gil and Kelly admit that they don't do much dancing in their household, so it’s really going to be a “first dance.”
  • Next, it's time for a Bates family cook-off! “My family loves competition,” says Erin. 
  • “We love food, and if we’re going to hang out, we should eat,” says Zach. “Why not get together and have a competition about food?”
  • Lawson, Erin, and Zach compete to see who can make the best chicken dish with a veggie side, while Callie, Ellie, Judson, and Jeb judge based on taste and appearance.
  • Erin amazes everyone by coming in with her veggies “pre-diced and cut up all pretty,” as Zach puts it.
  • Zach makes stuffed mushrooms and jalapeno popper chicken. Erin prepares chicken stuffed with rainbow colored veggies. Lawson, on the other hand, is “cooking to please the judges,” says Kelly. He makes fried chicken with mac n cheese.
  • Zach comes in third with 52 points. Lawson comes in second with 66, and Erin wins with 69.
  • “These small children have never been to a fancy dinner,” states Zach. “They don’t know anything about plating.”
  • Judson’s opinion is that “the cooks should have made bacon and eggs.”
  • Later, Kelly and Josie meet with Kim at the outdoor wedding venue that they have chosen. Josie is concerned about rain, but she still really wants an outdoor wedding.
  • Soon after Zach and Whitney find out that they have miscarried their third child, Erin and Chad and the kids come over for a visit. Zach explains to the children that they are going to plant a dogwood tree to show that “life is still there, and it’s still growing. Even when it don’t look like it’s moving, you’ll come back out here in years, and that tree will be a lot bigger, and it’s going to bloom every spring with flowers and remind us of the little lives that are up there in heaven.”
  • Zach says that the miscarriage “broke Bradley’s heart.” But Bradley believes that Jesus will put another baby in Mommy's belly.
  • “The tree is just a significant reminder of, not just the bad times, but also how good God is to us,” says Whitney.

Tonight: Bates Family Togetherness

Tonight's new episode of Bringing Up Bates is just hours away. After Evan meets with some of the Bates ladies to discuss proposal plans, the Bates family hosts its first annual cooking competition. As you can imagine, it's a bit hectic, but for a clan that loves food and competition, it's the perfect event.

Bringing Up Bates cooking competition

Bringing Up Bates cooking competition

Bringing Up Bates cooking competition

Later, the Paines visit Zach and Whitney to plant a tree in memory of the baby they miscarried. It's a time for the two little families to grieve together and also celebrate God's goodness in their lives.

Chad Paine

Erin Paine and Whitney Bates

Whitney Bates miscarriage

Bringing Up Bates

Bringing Up Bates miscarriage

Bringing Up Bates planting a tree


Photos courtesy of UPtv

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Zach and Whitney's Loss


"I know for us, we realize that you never really know what people are going through until you experience it yourself."
-Whitney Bates

After receiving the devastating news of their miscarriage, Zach and Whitney Bates are visited by Erin and Chad Paine, who have also experienced the pain of losing a baby. Below is a sneak peek at tomorrow's new episode of Bringing Up Bates.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Bates Family Cook-Off


"My plate comes along, and [Judson] just passes it and says, 'ZERO.' And I said, 'What!?'"
-Lawson Bates

A new episode of Bringing Up Bates is just two days away. Aren't you glad the Bates family is back on UPtv? It sure was a long three months without them! Look below for an episode summary and sneak peek video featuring a Bates family cook-off.

Thursday, January 17
8pm: Big Decision, Bigger Opinions
8:30pm: Big Apple Bride
9pm: A Proposal to Plan & Wedding To-Dos NEW! 
Now that Evan has picked out an engagement ring for Carlin, there’s one more big thing on his to do list--figuring out a proposal plan! He meets up with Erin and Kelly Jo to brainstorm ideas on where he should pop the question to his true love. Meanwhile, Josie and Kelton have settled on an outdoor space for their wedding. But will impending rain put a damper on planning the perfect ceremony? Erin and Chad stop by Zach and Whitney’s house, after learning that Whitney had a miscarriage. The couples offer one another support and plant a tree in memory of the baby.
30 minutes


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bates Ski Trip 2019

Remember when the Bates family went skiing back in 2017, on the episode titled "Mass-a-somethin"? That was one of the first times fans met Evan Stewart, who was Carlin's "special friend" back then.

Since that adventure, the Bates have gone skiing multiple times. This week, some of the family is in Winter Park, Colorado, enjoying the snow and slopes. It's a boys' bonding trip, with Gil and some of the boys, plus a few friends, but Kelly jokes that the guys didn't want to starve, so they invited her.

Judson Bates
Ski trip 2017

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart skiing 2017
Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart
Ski trip 2017

Gil and Kelly Bates, Nathan Bates, Judson Bates, Callie Bates skiing
Gil and Kelly Bates, Nathan Bates, Judson Bates, Callie Bates
Ski trip 2017
Bates family ski trip
Bates family ski trip 2017
Gil and Kelly Bates
Gil and Kelly Bates
Ski trip 2017
Lawson Bates and Nathan Bates
Ski trip March 2018

Photos courtesy of UPtv, lawsonbates.com


Friday, January 11, 2019

Dress Shopping in NYC


Last night on Bringing Up Bates, we watched Josie Bates shop for a wedding dress in New York City with Kelly, Carlin, and Whitney. In this web exclusive, get a closer look at their time spent at the dress shop.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, January 10, 2019

'Big Apple Bride' Recap


Bringing Up Bates "Big Apple Bride"

  • It’s time to find Josie a wedding dress. She wants a flowy gown with laced longs sleeves. She found one online that she loves, but it’s in New York City. “It sounds expensive, doesn’t it?” Kelly jokes with Gil. She is up for the adventure.
  • They decide to take Whitney, since she has never been to the Big Apple. Kelly, Carlin, and Katie take a double decker bus tour of the city when they arrive. They enjoy taking in all the iconic sites like Time Square. “Whitney is over-the-top excited,” says Kelly.
  • But Josie has one thing on her mind, and that's the dress. At her dress appointment, she ends up finding "the one," making a few changes to fit her modesty standards.
  • Later, Evan and Carlin go ring shopping with Evan’s brother Ethan, Callie, and Katie. “Carlin, she wants it to be a together process,” says Kelly. Evan admits he is concerned that he is going to choose a ring that Carlin dislikes.
  • While the girls are in New York on their “money spending trip” as Gil calls it, he and some of the boys go golfing.


New Episode Airs Tonight

A brand new episode of Bringing Up Bates airs tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT on UPtv. Take a look at this sneak peek video.

I (blog author Ellie) had a baby this week, so blogging might be a little slow for the next few days while I recover. Be sure to come back to the blog tonight for my written recap of the show.




Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Monday, January 7, 2019

Allie Starts K-4

Allie Webster turns four years old in April, which means it's time to ramp up the homeschooling. Today was her first day of K-4. For those who are unfamiliar, K-4 is a preschool level that comes before Kindergarden. At this rate, it won't be long before she starts Kindergarten!

Allie Jane Webster
Allie Jane Webster

Photo courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster