Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Just a thought...


Today Mommy is 34 weeks pregnant with you. That means that in a mere three weeks you will be considered a full term baby should you decide to grace us with your presence. I have a big conversation coming up with my Doctor concerning your arrival and when it should take place for the health and safety of me and the fact I have Crohns disease. I swore up and down that I would allow nature to take it's course for your arrival. I wanted you to come when you were ready and when my body was fully prepared for it to happen but now I must take into consideration whether you need a healthy Mommy or risk ending up with a sick Mommy. So many decisions I have had to make over the course of these last eight months pertaining to your well being and so many more that are yet to come. I have already started putting your needs in front of my own. Money that was gifted to me over the holidays has been spent on you and I don't regret it for a second...I only wish I could do more for you as I am sure most all parents feel.

I am starting to drive Daddy a little on the crazy side. Even though your nursery still hasn't been completed I can't help but walk by and open up the door and just stand there in awe of what it is about to become and the countless hours you and I will spend in there just gazing upon one another. He quickly walks by and shuts the door not understanding my need to keep the door open. You are the light of my life already and I can't even begin to understand how much that will grow once I have you in my arms.

You have so many people anxiously awaiting your arrival. Your Aunt Nikki and Aunt Heather are just as excited as we are and your Uncle Matt and Uncle Steve, well they have become very protective of you already. I think Aunt Megan is just excited to share your arrival with all of her friends and shout proudly from the roof tops that she is an Aunt...silly teenagers!

We won't even begin to discuss how your Grandparents are doing. Your Grandpa Blankenship no longer cares about my well being, it's "how is my Granddaughter doing, you keep her safe". Grandma B is just as excited, she is stocking up for your arrival and I fear that she may snatch you one day and not give you back. She proudly showed off the bumpers for your cradle and the quilt that a friend made for her, all that is to be kept at her house, on Christmas. And she kept saying she wanted a boy, I think she has gotten over that rather nicely. Your Papaw takes pride in reminding me that I am carrying precious cargo...or "his" granddaughter as he says. There was great debate on Christmas about what your nickname would be. Dylan is currently going by pickle, and Mya, your soon to be cousin goes by peanut...he informed me that you would go by pumpkin. I guess we have a letter p thing going on here and in true fashion it must revolve around food.

Your Daddy is slowly coming around. Deep down inside he's excited, he just doesn't show it. I think it's a man thing and he says it will all change the minute he sees you for the first time. After the few short seconds you will be laid upon my chest at birth you will be going straight to your Daddy's arms. I will have gotten to hold you for the past nine months at that point so it's only fair that he gets his turn and that it takes place after I have kicked the few people that will be in the room out on their fannies...hopefully Grandma B, Aunt Nikki, and Aunt Heather will understand.

Daddy has now compared you to your four legged brothers and sadly it's somewhat true. The boys know when it's time to be fed, they harass you and run around like crazed animals until you give in and just feed them already. After they have full tummies they are out for the count, curled up like precious bundles scattered around the living room. It's those moments of peace that Mommy treasures...those few hours that I don't want to skin them alive for destroying something. Sadly Addison, you are the same way. When its time to eat you slowly start moving about in my tummy and during the time in which I am feeding the both of us, you grow more fierce in your movements to the point Mommy is in pain and can barely eat. Shortly after finishing though you settle down nicely until we must start the process all over again. At least your nice to Mommy when it's lights out, you must like your sleep like I do. Please continue with that after your arrival!

Anyway, I just wanted to remind you how loved you are and how excited we are to finally meet you. Life for everyone is about to change for the better in just a few short weeks.

Love Always,

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Momma's on a roll!

Today was a very good shopping today at the Blankenship homestead. Not only did I save about $100 on Addison's car seat/stroller but I also saved $60 on her baby swing.

Our next baby shower is on January 10th which will be here before I know it. I still can't believe how close we are to meeting our little girl. A few more things to buy and we should be all set.

Friday, December 25, 2009

33 Weeks and counting!

Here I am below at 33 weeks pregnant . I can't believe that in seven weeks I will be holding my little bundle of joy.

Until then take a look at this little bundle of joy...I could just eat him up he's so darn cute!

He was way to busy to smile for the camera in that last picture. His priority at the time was chewing on his fingers and watching TV.

Hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas. Ours was wonderful and full of family, more family tomorrow which is great.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Well the cookie thing didn't go as planned as I am sure you all can tell. I did make several of the cookies but I just never got around to actually blogging about them. It's been a very stressful week at our house and the enthusiasm that I had for my holiday baking was flushed down the toilet along with my vehicle.

Yes, my vehicle has temporarily been sent to it's maker...quite literally, it's sitting at the Chevy dealership as we speak. Due to stupidity on our part my three year old vehicle with only 30,000 miles on it has to have a complete engine overhaul at the tune of $5000. Like most families right now $5000 might as well be a million dollars. The money is available if we need it thanks to our 401K's but I refuse to touch that money unless we absolutely have to as we can't really afford the interest payments or having that extra money taken out of our paychecks each month to pay it back. Thankfully my in-laws have a car that they have graciously allowed us to use while we weigh our options and Daniel is hoping that by some miracle he and a few of the others boys will be able to fix the motor without having to replace the entire thing. The problem is the vehicle is going to be stored at my Uncle Dan and Aunt Robins and with these guys working full time, fixing our vehicle will be a weekend project only. The day the news was delivered to us was a very, very bad day but since then we have come to terms with the Equinox's fate and after having a much needed conversation about monetary expenses we have come up with ways to save money that will begin right after Christmas.

The first being no carpet for the babies room. She isn't exactly going to be in there just yet so we're cleaning up the ceramic tile that is in there currently and buying an area rug just to help our poor feet when we are in the there changing diapers. I guess the former owners laid carpet down over the tile for a reason...can you imagine if we just had the bare concrete. The second cost saving measure is groceries! The one joy I had and it's being taken from There are going to be a lot of casseroles in our future and we are going to start shopping at Aldi's in order to reduce our costs. Farewell Jungle Jim's...I will be back one day!

It is on that note that I have decided to take a bit of a break from the food blogging world. Sure I will have the occasional post since one of the new groceries rules is no more store bought baked goods, they are cheaper to make at home and provide us with a lot more for our buck. Another reason is the little girl currently growing in my belly. Our due date isn't until February 10th but the way my body is currently reacting it appears that she may make her appearance sometime next month. She is already head down and face down and trust me when I say body is gearing up for the delivery...I can barely walk because of all of the changes "down there". The fact I am a Crohns patient is another reason why I fear an early delivery. Allowing this child to go to term can do some serious damage to my insides from pushing, so I may not be allowed to go all the way into February. The goal is not to have a c-section however because of my health issue the longer I go, the greater my chances of having one are.

I look at the drama we have had this past week along with the upcoming, possible early arrival of our daughter and I am well aware that things could be much worse even though I felt like throwing in the towel at the time.

Who cares that I can't just go to the grocery whenever I want or that I have to get a second job once the baby is here and then stress about having a c-section. I have a roof over my head, a job that allows me to pay our bills...just not the new engine, and even with a c-section...a healthy baby that I will get to love for the rest of my time here on earth. Christmas isn't just about the gifts. It's about stepping back and realizing that in the grand scheme of things, life can be much worse. I have a wonderful husband (even though we have our days of turmoil), a supportive and loving family who is generous beyond their means, wonderful friends and co-workers, and most importantly, a child who I thought I would never be blessed with who is busting at my seams ready to come out and join this party! How can a person ever be miserable with all of that?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to each of every one of my blogging buddies. May God bless each and every one of you with good health, a happy home, and wonderful people to fill that home with! If I am not back with new recipes in the next month or so you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be back with a big announcement and a picture of a very loved little lady who will be all mine...and Daniels I guess since he did help to create her!

Oh yeah...get your oil changed! That has now become my new motto since all of this engine crap started. If I can save you $5000 then I will sleep better at night! :) It makes me feel a little like Bob Barker/Drew Carey when they say, "don't forget...have your pet spayed or neutered...good bye everybody!"

Monday, December 14, 2009


Can you tell these past few weeks haven't been very eventful...haven't posted since November. I apologize Uncle Dan...I'm a bad baby updater!

Anyway, I have had two ultrasounds since and an appointment or two since my last post so I guess it's about time I share some information.

Everything remains good, my blood pressure is excellent and swelling is relatively minor at this point in the game. The only thing that seems to be swelling are my feet/ankles and I only notice it at the end of the day. I blame it on having to sit at a desk for eight hours a day with little to no movement unless I am getting up to use the ladies room or grabbing something off of the printer. I should really move around more!

Anyway, I passed my glucose test with an 84, 140 being the cut off before they start looking at you for gestational diabetes, so that was pretty awesome. I have had my RhoGAM shot so that is over and done with. It wasn't so bad, before I knew it the nurse was slapping on a band-aid and the sucker didn't even leave a mark. It still cracks me up how nervous I get about needles, you would think I would be a pro by now but they still bother me a little bit. It was worse this time since it had been awhile since I have had a shot, actually it's been a long while, try freshman year of college, so even though they say the needles stuck in you for blood draws or my infusions are worse, I was still somewhat panicked about it and would have much rather had my blood drawn.

*Ultrsound pic from November 11th I don't think I ever shared with you. Today was yet another ultrasound and the little lady is once again measuring with a delivery date of February 10th, gee I wonder why my Doctor won't listen to me. She still says my due date is the 18th, I guess my dates and all of the ultrasounds aren't proof enough. We are actually prepping ourselves for a January delivery, not sure why, but I just have this gut feeling that she will be here at the end of January sometime. Not that it really matters what I feel or the tech determines by ultrasound, I figure she will come when she is good and ready and just to be stubborn she will probably come right on the 18th to make her Mother look foolish. She comes from a very long line of stubborn ass' so I wouldn't expect any different...LOL.

She is measuring right on track with a weight just under four pounds. I still can't believe I have something inside of me that large...then she knocks me in the bladder and I remember that yes, I do have something that large inside of me. She is head down and face down so she is ready to go...I wonder if she realizes she has another eight weeks yet...who knows what her rush is (once again the whole January delivery flashes in my mind)! Maybe it's because it's Christmas and she isn't to thrilled about missing out on the festivities. Or could it be because Daddy selfishly mentioned that her arrival before the 31st would be nice because we could claim her on our taxes? I have forbidden her from coming until the carpet is down in her room and the crib is put together and ready to go...we will see who she listens to...Mom or Dad. On another cute note, she has hair and what the ultrasound tech said appears to be lots. The tech asked me, "do you see all of those squiggly, fuzzy lines around her head?", "yes" I replied, "that's her hair" she pointed out. That is very reassuring since both her Mom and Dad had lots of hair that stood on end when born. In fact Daniel's Mom mentioned that if this baby was born with no hair and it didn't stand up on end, then Daniel wasn't the father...LOL. Further proof that yes folks, my husband is the father of my unborn child.

Her heartbeat was a good 153 but unfortunately due to her size and the lack of space she has left we were unable to get any really good pictures. We didn't even get a glance at her face since she was head down. I thought it was really cute when the tech stopped the probe for the ultrasound right over top of her head. You could actually see Addison rotate her head back and forth in my cervix. It was like she had an itch and she was rubbing her nose to relieve it. Just like her younger brother I tell you. Lennon has a bad habit of scratching his nose by rubbing it back and forth on the couch, it appeared that she was doing the same.

So there we go, oh wait, I have not gained anymore weight since the nine pound event in November. The Doctor said it wasn't unusual to have a large increase like that and since I hadn't gained any since then chances are it was most likely water retention.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cookie #2

I know, I know, I'm a little behind with this cooking baking deal that I promised everyone but honestly did you expect any differently? Procrastination...isn't it wonderful? Anyway, here is cookie number two and it is really yummy.

Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles~

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.

I got a little under three dozen cookies out of this batch which means lots of snickerdoodles to munch on during the week!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

We tried out another new recipe this week and I must say it was pretty tasty. Another one of Daniel's favorite is fish. He'll eat just about any fish there is and unfortunately having not grown up being served fish I don't cook much of it. We have both agreed that when Addison is old enough to start eating big kid food she will be forced to try different things, she may not like it but she needs to at least try it. We don't want her to be afraid to try new and exotic things when she's older. Since I married Daniel I will admit my tastes have improved because he has forced me to try things I wouldn't have touched before...can somebody say fried I don't want my daughter to be 26 years old before she tries something so we're starting her off early.

Like I said he loves fish and I have slowly been trying my hardest to incorporate it more into our meals. Thursday I made this broiled tilapia parmesan and I actually enjoyed it. I always know when Daniel enjoyed something because when he does he always tells me "good dinner". This is definitely going to be going into rotation!

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan~

1/2 C. parmesan cheese
1/4 C. butter, softened
3 tbsp. mayo
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 garlic power*
1-2 dashs hot sauce*
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. celery salt
2 lbs. tilapia fillets

1.) Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.

In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.

Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

*Were my own little additions!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

BBQ Pulled Chickenx2

Today I made the most wonderful pulled chicken in the slow cooker that I have ever tasted and what makes it even better is there is enough for two very different meals. Tonight we are just eating pulled chicken sandwiches but tomorrow...oh my goodness tomorrow...we are trying it a new way and I can't wait to share it with you.

Anyway, this was so simple and the best slow cooker did the majority of the work. I filled the sucker up at 11:30 and by 4:30 the chicken was so tender it was breaking apart when I was spooning it out to shred. The juice it created was another story...was it wrong of me to take a couple of sips and save a glass for later. BBQ sauce and mashed potatoes are so good, but than again that may just be one of my weird things.

Katie's Pulled BBQ Chicken~

2 bottles BBQ sauce*
6 md. to lg. pieces of frozen chicken...yes frozen!
1 cup water
1 lg. onion thinly sliced in half

1.) Pour some BBQ sauce into the bottom of your slow cooker and then layer chicken, onion, and more BBQ sauce. Add water. Only use one bottle of sauce for this step.
2.) Turn slow cooker to high and allow to cook for 4 hours.
3.) Remove chicken and 3/4 of your onions from sauce and shred. Set aside half of your chicken and store for later making sure to add a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid to help keep it most.
4.) Add one to two cups of rice to remaining juices, cover and allow to cook on high until rice has absorbed liquid, it took about 10 minutes for mine. Keep your eye on the rice to prevent it from burning!! Once liquid is fully absorbed add a handful of shredded cheese and mix to allow the cheese to melt.
5.) Add about a half a cup or so of extra BBQ sauce from the second bottle to chicken and mix. Serve on bun of your choice with rice and a nice green salad as your sides.

* I used two 18 ounce bottles of regular Budweiser BBQ sauce. I allowed my husband to pick it out, can you tell??

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Katie's Smothered Porkchops

I enjoy pork chops however I seem to be in rut when cooking them. I pretty much just season them up and brown in some butter and call it a day. I don't think Daniel could take eating another pork chop cooked this way so I thought it was about time I try something different. I did a mental scan of everything I had stocked in the pantry and this is what I came up with. These were awesome served over pasta but can you imagine if it was served with a side of garlic mashed potatoes. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off of the keyboard! Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

Katie's Smothered Pork Chops~

4-6 boneless pork chops
6 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 md. onion, thinly sliced in half
1 pint of baby bella mushrooms
1/3 C. beer
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder

1.) In a large skillet add 3 tbsp. butter and begin browning pork chops seasoned to your liking.
2.) Remove pork chops from skillet once browned on each side, add onion and mushrooms to pan along with the remainder of the butter. Allow onions and mushrooms to soften. Add beer and seasonings.
3.) Allow beer to cook down for roughly ten minutes and then add crushed tomatoes.
4.) Add pork chops back to sauce and simmer for thirty minutes allowing all of the flavors to blend together.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cookie #1

Cookie number one has been baked and is ready to go. I must say for as simple as this cookie is it packs a powerful flavor punch. For those of you who like lemon anything this is the cookie for you. The downfall is that people will know when you have had one because the powdered sugar drops all over your "girls", or wait...maybe that is a problem that only I have...LOL.

Lemon Coolers~

1 (18.25 oz.) package lemon cake mix
1 (8 oz) whipped topping, thawed
1 egg
2 cups powdered sugar, I only needed about one cup.

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix together cake mix, whipped topping and egg. Drop by teaspoonfuls into bowl of confectioners' sugar and coat. Shape into balls. (Putting dough in the freezer for a few minutes really helps)
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not brown.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tis' the Season

I absolutely adore this time of year. I think it has something to do with the Christmas carols, decorations, and the sense of family that seems so strong during these times. Another one of my favorite things about the Christmas season are cookies, lots and lots of cookies, and I think my husband couldn't agree more.

I am going to branch out of just doing cookies and hopefully incorporate quick breads to go along with all of the other baked goodness in our home. I am excited for our 2nd annual cookie exchange as well as baking for gifts and those just because moments.

I have compiled a list of items I hope to make during the next 24 days. Thank goodness my MIL Sue stocked piled our freezer with butter, I do believe I will use every last pound over the course of these next few weeks. The goal is to make two to three different kinds each week, I will be more than happy if I can knock out one. I have listed each cookie that will be made for each week but in true Katie fashion, please do not hold this to me as things change with my moods daily...LOL. For all I know I may not feel like snickerdoodles on snickerdoodle day and instead throw together some peanut butter cookies...who knows, it's all a part of the fun!

Week One:

Festive Shortbread- Can you go wrong with shortbread?

Lemon Coolers- My sister Nikki loves lemon and this seemed really refreshing.

Double Chocolate Cookies by Eagle Brand- Double chocolate...enough said!

Week Two:

Dutch Apple Loaf- I have a bushel of apples coming my way, need recipes to use them up in.

Snickerdoodles- Simple and easy to make, what child doesn't love cinnamon and sugar combined?

Peppermint Cookies- Cookies with a nice little crunch.

Week Three:

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies- The family favorite which I have never made all by myself.

Traditional Christmas Sugar Cookie- Because everyone needs to decorate cookies at least once during the season!!

Strawberry Bread- I love strawberries and who can resist a layer of cream cheese goodness in between layers?

I am still deciding if week one will start this week or if I will push it off until next Monday. If that is the case I will do my best to knock one recipe out this week that may or may not be listed above. That will also mean some additions for the week of Christmas. Here are a few more that I would like to include but we will see how far I get. I wanted to share them just in case they float your boat further than the items listed above!

Muddy Buddies- Something sweet to munch on without having to babysit the oven!

Holiday Tree Brownies- For those of us that don't necessarily have to bake from scratch to enjoy a good treat. I will save these for the cookie exchange since we all sit around and decorate then!

Holiday Thumbprints- These are most definitely going into rotation, it's a just matter of when.

I wonder if I have bitten off more than I can chew? My kitchen aid is definitaly going to get a workout this month and can I let you in on a little secret? I can't wait!!!!!

What are some of your favorite holiday baked goods that you find yourself making year after year? Feel free to share the links or the actual recipe so that everyone else can enjoy!

Here are some of the sites I stumbled upon the recipes at! For those of you with young children or who are young at heart like myself...whoever said Santa doesn't exist needs to be whipped, here is a great site to visit.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Stuffed Mushrooms

This post is going to be short and sweet and unfortunately without a picture. I made these stuffed mushrooms for Thanksgiving and didn't get an opportunity to take a picture before sending all of the leftovers home with Uncle Dan. I am not a mushroom fan so I can't tell you if they were good or not. Uncle Dan thought they were awesome and Aunt Robin who normally wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole actually ate one and said they were pretty good. They made a great appetizer for the holiday and would be great at any party or event you might be attending or even throwing!

Katie's Stuffed Mushrooms~

2 doz. mushrooms
1 lb. ground sausage, browned and drained
1 C. Italian bread crumbs
1/2 onion, diced
1 8oz. block cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.) In a skillet over medium heat brown sausage and diced onion.
3.) To sausage mixture add bread crumbs, salt, and pepper.
4.) Remove from heat and add cream cheese and Parmesan cheese until evenly mixed.
5.) Scoop about 1 tbsp. of sausage mixture to each mushroom that has been cleaned with a damp towel. Sprinkle top of each mushroom with mozzarella cheese. Repeat until all mushrooms are filled.
6.) Bake for 30-40 minutes are until cheese has browned and mushrooms is soft.

New Bedding

Note to self, do not share with anyone your bedding selection that has been chosen for your baby to be's nursery until bedding has actually been purchased or has been received.

Remember the bedding I showed you a week or so ago? Yeah, well, it was a big flop, damn e-bayers, needless to say it's going bye-bye so something else had to be picked. Once again my MIL stepped up to the plate and agreed to split the cost of bedding with us so that we could have something nice. She ordered it today and it should be here within the next two to four weeks. Does anyone else out there love their MIL's? I have always been curious because it seems like most could live without them.

Anyway, here is the new bedding. It's not in hand yet so don't be surprised if some major event means we have to pick something else but I am confident with this one so please keep your fingers crossed!

Daniel wouldn't allow all girly colors in the nursery so I couldn't paint all of the walls pink. We also both wanted a farm theme. I think this bedding was a nice compromise don't you?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Vodka Sauce Re-Run

We all know my love of pasta is never ending so after letting almost a year go by since having made this particular dish I figured it was about time to whip up another batch. Daniel didn't get to enjoy this feast the first time I made it so it was his first time.

Did he enjoy it you ask?

Why yes he did!

Would you like to know how I knew without having to ask him?

He went back for seconds!

I am reposting this again for those of you who weren't around the first time but as you can see I threw in a new picture for those of you who will be viewing it for a second time. It's all about mixing it up here at Katie's Korner! :)

Here is the original post.

Here is the recipe along with a new photo of the dish.
Katie's Vodka Sauce~
1 Chicken Breast, diced and browned ( I used two the second time around)
1/2 Lg. Onion, chopped finely
1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes (Accidentally used tomato sauce instead of the crushed this time...tasted just fine)
3 Cloves of Garlic, chopped finely
1 C. Heavy Cream
1/2 C. Vodka
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
1 tsp. Dried Basil
1 tsp. Dried Oregano
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pasta of your choice

1.) Begin by cutting your chicken breast up into small pieces, saute in pan with tablespoon of butter/margarine and tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Cook until brown. Set aside in small bowl.

2.) Add two tablespoons of butter/margarine along with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to same pan and add onion and garlic. Add a teaspoon of black pepper and salt to the onion/garlic mix.

3.) Cook onion and garlic mix until translucent. Add vodka and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.

4.) Add crushed tomatoes.

5.) Add heavy cream and gently stir together.

6.) Add basil and oregano.

7.) Add chicken back into sauce mixture and stir.

8.) Allow sauce to simmer on low heat for a half hour.

9.) Add sauce to your favorite pasta. For this meal I used Tubetti by De Cecco and topped it off with Parmesan cheese.

Anyone else get a kick out of how many steps I turned the directions into last December? Did I really need nine different steps on how to create the sauce? I think steps 5-8 could easily be combined into one line...LOL.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mongolian Beef and Veggie Egg Rolls

Friday nights at our house are usually our go out to eat nights. The one day off I allow myself from the kitchen. Since Thanksgiving is Thursday and because peanut oil for the deep fryer is $30 a jug, we decided to stay at home to save a few bucks this past Friday.

Daniel loves Chinese food!! I am one of those people who can take it or leave it and most times I choose to leave it. Since it's all about making my hubby happy though I am trying to incorporate more Chinese friendly dishes into our rotation at home. I stumbled upon this recipe and tweaked it a time or two and I must say it turned out really well. It went really well with the egg rolls we made to go along with it. They weren't the prettiest things...I have to work on my rolling skills...but they were actually pretty delicious...more so than what I can say about the egg rolls that get delivered from the professionals.

Katie's Mongolian Beef~

1/2 lb. beef (Not sure what cut we used, but it was flat and very, very thin which I then cut into strips)

1/4 C. soy sauce

1 tbsp. hoison sauce

2 tsp. sugar

1 tbsp. garlic, finely diced

1 tbsp. red pepper flakes

1 tbsp. teriyaki sauce

Extra virgin olive oil

2 green onions, diced on the diagonal

1 C. cooked white rice*


1.) In a medium mixing bowl whisk together your soy sauce, hoison sauce, sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes, teriyaki sauce, and a few drizzles of extra virgin olive oil. Add your strips of beef and marinate for two to four hours.

2.) In a large skillet heat over medium high heat. Add strips of beef along with any extra sauce left in the bowl. Cook until brown on both sides and then throw in green onions, toss around and then lower heat to low for five minutes ensuring that beef is cooked through. Serve over white rice.

*Whenever I cook white rice for dishes such as this one, I always add a teaspoon of red paper flakes to the water to boil. This addition gives the rice a nice little kick.

Veggie Egg Rolls~

1 C. cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 shredded carrots
2 green onions, thinly sliced
teriyaki sauce
6 egg roll wrappers

1.) Begin warming your oil. (We use our fry daddy, but you could easily do yours in a pan on the stove, use enough oil to cover half of the egg roll.)

2.) Take one egg roll wrapper and add cabbage, carrots, and green onion. Enough to fill your wrapper but leaving you with enough to fill each additional wrapper. Drizzle your filling with a little bit of teriyaki sauce. Proceed to roll*. You may need to dab a little bit of water where the wrapper ends to form a seal. Repeat this step for each egg roll.

3.) Gently place each egg roll in your oil. Lightly brown each may have to flip the egg roll to brown the opposite side. If your oil is warm enough this should take two to three minutes or so. Place on a paper towel to drain.

4.) Serve with either duck sauce or soy sauce!

*Most packages containing the wrappers give you a set of instructions on how to fill and roll them. If not, place one corner near you and horizontally add your filling, roll upward once and then tuck in each side, continue to roll until you get a perfect shaped egg roll.


Peanut...good news, we passed our glucose test with flying colors. I am a little concerned though, when I asked the nurse whether she thought the 45 minute delay that took place Friday could affect my results her comment was..."you're the one".

Why do I get the feeling my ordeal was the topic of conversation for a day or so afterwards...LOL. I did ask if I should redo it just to make sure we were all right but she said that I was fine. YAY, now we just have to get through the big shot in the rear on the 7th.

Broccoli Salad

We get this particular salad all of the time from a local grocery store around our neck of the woods. The store itself is pretty expensive and not meant to do your everyday shopping unless you have more money than you know what to do with. Daniel and I like going there for specialty items and stuff like this when we feel like pampering ourselves. You know you're a foodie when going to a high end grocery store is your way of pampering

Anyway, we both really enjoy it and it's a good way to get broccoli into your system. This time, instead of spending way to much money on it I spent less but got more by making it myself.

Broccoli Salad~
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 1 head fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (I omitted)
  1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the broccoli, onion and raisins. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar and mayonnaise. Pour over broccoli mixture, and toss until well mixed. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
  3. Before serving, toss with crumbled bacon and sunflower seeds.

As you can see from the picture this salad goes great at lunch paired with a sandwich and a handful of potato chips.

Monday, November 23, 2009

More Awards...

I have received a few awards over these past few weeks and I thought maybe it was about time to blog about them and pass them forward.

First up from my friend Polly over at The 5th Sister;

The rule is if you are tagged you must list 5 things that make you a true, authentic mom and then pass along the tag to 5 other deserving bloggers.

Technically I am not a Mom yet however Polly was gracious enough to award it to me anyway. Personally I think you become a Mom the minute you can't keep your Cheerios down...what we do for our children! Coming up with five things is somewhat difficult for me but here are some things that I think are going to make me a wonderful Mom as long as I follow through.

1.) I plan on telling my children everyday that I love them no matter how many times they have been sent to the naughty chair or talked back to me. I want them to know that there is absolutely nothing in this world that would ever make me question my love for them nor do I ever want them to question whether I do because I haven't said it enough.

2.) I plan on beating my children. Just joking, I don't really plan on beating my children but I do want them to know the difference between right and wrong and if that means a swat on the fanny once and again then so be it. I got the swat a few times and you know what...I have lived to tell about it and am grateful my parents did it. Obviously spankings will only be used for certain actions but I want my children to know there are consequences to their negative actions that will help teach them to not do it again.

3.) My goal when it comes to parenting is to be the sort of parent that a child can come to about anything and everything but still have respect for. I don't want to be your best friend, I want to be your Mother, but having said that I want them to come to me when they have those typical life questions. I for sure do not want them getting their facts about the birds and the bees or knowledge about drugs that can't be found in my medicine cabinet from their friends or teachers. I am their main teacher in life and feel that information should come from me.

4.) Christmas Eve at our house will be new pajama night for Santa's arrival...I have almost bought Addison her first pair for next year on more than one occasion. I really need to take a breather.

5.) I see a Katie's Krafty Korner in my future. I want to be a hand's on Mom who can get down, dirty, and creative when it comes to school projects, classroom Mom stuff, and passing the time projects...I can't wait!!

Now enough about me here are my five nominees:

Cassie over at Cassie Craves and Life Ensues. She's hands down a pretty cool Mom and since she already has one toddler with a baby on the way she really deserves an award...can somebody say patience?

Heidi over at Tried-and-True Cooking with Heidi, take a look at some of her snacks that she creates for her children...that alone deserves this honor. Growing up it was fix your own snack at my house.

MamaKeith over at the domestic mama, she made jack-0-lantern brownies for Halloween, cool Mama in my book! You must check them out for all of your Halloween events for next year.

Su over at This Stop Willoughby, read this post of hers and then you will know why I tagged her.

And lastly Lisaloo who has several blogs but this is the one I picked due to the nature of this award, Krafting with Kids. Please see #5 of this post and that should be a very good indication of why I picked her. Seriously, high five to the Mommy's that go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to doing stuff with their kids.

Now I know a few of you ladies may have already received this award so obviously you don't have to redo it on your blogs, for those of you who haven't received it though, spread it around!

It's official...

I told you you would love Thanksgiving and if your movement Saturday afternoon after our first meal was any LOVED it!!! You were all over the place and beating the heck out of your Mommy. The good news though is that since you were so excited after having had turkey and Grandma's stuffing, Daddy FINALLY got to feel you kick for the first time. You also gave Aunt Megan a nice little kick as well although I don't think she was quite as excited as your Father was. Oh how Mommy loves feeling you roll around like a monkey in her belly, I think I am going to miss having that once you arrive but at least once you're here that means I can snuggle and love on you in person. It's getting closer and closer!

Friday, November 20, 2009

28 week appointment...

Daughter, would you mind explaining to your Mother why she has gained 9 lbs. in 4 weeks? I realize it's winter but you are not a squirrel...please stop storing food for your winter hibernation.

I had another dream this morning about you and you came out with these perfectly round cheeks, maybe you have squirrel tendencies after all.

Any who, we had another decent appointment I guess you could say. Your heart rate was 150 and my blood pressure and urine were once again clean. It was after those announcements that the appointment went south of the border.

Do you know why they call the glucose test a one hour glucose test?

It's because one hour from the time you drink your lovely orange beverage they are supposed to take your blood. Not one hour and forty five minutes later as was the case today. How they manage to misplace your file and then proceed to forget about you is beyond me but they did. It didn't help that I was dehydrated which meant trying to get blood was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Four nurses and five sticks later they finally found blood. This was after they all had to argue about who was going to do it and then proceed to ignore my request to just redo the test at another time when we were all better prepared. I was actually pretty proud of myself though. Needle sticks #3 and #4 were done after I pretty much told them to have at it. For anyone that knows me and the chore it is to get blood from my veins this is a new thing. Normally after the second one I wave the white flag and tell them to back the hell away before anyone gets hurt. It didn't even get dizzy from all of the commotion. I think Mommy has finally put on a pair of her big girl underwear...YAY!!

Hopefully they are able to use the blood and not force us to deal with it again. You didn't move much this morning and I knew why. Mommy hadn't fed you since around 7 o'clock last night so her lil' peanut was just hungry and tired of all the bull crap. I just fed you a single with cheese from Wendy's and you haven't stopped moving since. I guess since I have gained (gulp) 9 lbs. in such a short period of time that maybe a burger from Wendy's wasn't the greatest of ideas but I was in a rush to get home, feed your brothers, and then get back to work since I had been gone since 9:15 this morning. Hell...let's be honest, the cheeseburger probably wasn't smart but the thought of even considering going on a diet is just a joke. Our first Thanksgiving dinner is tomorrow followed by at least one more and then we head into the Christmas season which means Christmas parties, our holiday bake off, Christmas Eve, and then Christmas day. By then you will be a month away from joining us in the real world so why make myself suffer? Not only that but what kind of mother would I be if I didn't allow to you participate in all of the wonderful food during this season?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Antipasto Kabobs

Here is yet another baby shower appetizer...they were really yummy...minus the olives. I am not an olive fan if you couldn't!

Anitpasto Kabobs~

1 pkg. refrigerated cheese tortellini
40 black olives
40 green olives
2/3 C. Italian dressing
40 slices of pepperoni
20 slices of hard salami, halved
20 wooden kabobs

1.) Cook tortellini according to package, drain and rinse in cold water.
2.) In a resealable plastic bad, add tortellini, olives, and dressing. Refrigerate for four hours or overnight.
3.) Drain and discard dressing.
4.) On each kabob, thread one of each olive, two slices of pepperoni, slice of salami, cheese tortellini. You may choose whatever order you would like for them to go in.

*Kathy also added little cubes of cheese to each of her kabobs since her kabob sticks were on the longer side. The cheese was a nice addition especially for this mother to be who needs her calcium!!

These were very yummy and one of my favorite items, without the olives of course!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Salami Roll Ups

As some of you may know, our first baby shower was held this past weekend. My step-dad Jim and his girlfriend Kathy were kind enough to host it in our honor. We received lots of wonderful presents including the wholesale box of diapers that my Grandparents got us. This box literally contains probably ten or so packages of diapers. They should go lovely with the presents they gave to Daniel. Only my Grandpa would be able to give hospital packaged gloves and surgical masks, those items go with the safety goggles, jumbo sized tweezers, and clothes pins. What they don't realize is that gift probably should have gone to me instead. I am definitely not looking forward to dirty diaper duty in our house, Daniel is much better with foul odors than what I am.

Anyway, now that the talk of dirty diapers make you think of, here is one to share with you. My step-dad was on drink duty for the party while Kathy was the foodie. She made several different appetizers and she made enough to feed a small army. I will be sharing a few of the recipes here over the next few days since any of these items would be great for all of your holiday functions.

Kathy's Salami Roll Ups

40-45 slices of salami
1 8oz. block cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sour cream
4-5 green onions, finely chopped

1.) Mix the cream cheese, sour cream, and green onions.
2.) Spoon onto each slice of salami and roll using a little of the mixture to "seal" the salami.
3.) Refrigerate for an hour or so to allow the mixture to firm up. (This is my suggestion)

I hope you enjoy and by the way...the salami rolls are shown on the second tier of the above picture. I thought I would point that out for those of you who might mistake the fruit kabobs for

Thanks again Father and Kathy...we had a wonderful time!

Happy Thanksgiving...gobble, gobble!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hamburger Hash

Quick post tonight. I stumbled upon this recipe over at Three on Food posted by Kathy who found it over on Heidi's blog. Daniel actually liked this after he added some on the other hand could live without it. We both agreed that next time we make it we will use sausage and mild salsa instead of hamburger and the diced tomatoes. I threw mine in the oven for a little while to brown the top which is why my cheese is a little browner.

Cheesy Hamburger Hash~

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 bag frozen O'brien diced potatoes, the kind with onions and peppers
1 can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, undrained
2 Tbsp parsley (we did a little less)
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder (we added fresh garlic)
1 - 2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Cook ground beef, then drain but leave a small amount of the fat in the pan to cook the potatoes in. Heat remaining fat in pan on medium heat. Add frozen potatoes, cover and cook 10 minutes; stir occasionally. Season potatoes with salt and pepper to taste. To the potatoes, add beef, tomatoes, parsley and garlic powder; stir well. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Stir and pat mixture down. Sprinkle with cheese and cover and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Do you like Pink? you like pink? As in the color pink?

If not then I am sorry. You have more pink clothing than I know what to do with. This is not entirely my fault, I swear. Just about everything that has been purchased for you is either all pink or has hints of pink through out.

Would you prefer purple, maybe a suttle shade of orange instead? You just let Mommy know okay dear!

I painted your room yellow, does that help a little bit? Of course the bedding Mommy bought you last night has pink all over it so once again, do you like pink? I sure hope you do, because if not, then I don't know what to tell you girlfriend!

We were going to remain neutral and do your room in a farm theme but I found your new bedding on e-bay for much, much cheaper. I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it. See last week when I was starting to realize we probably wouldn't be able to afford your farm bedding, I started drawing up butterflies and lady bugs to paint on each of your walls. Little did I know that while surfing on e-bay last night for a cheaper version of the farm bedding that I would stumble upon the bedding I actually bought for you. The butterflies and lady bugs were almost identical to the ones that I had been drawing for you. I feel that it must have been fate that I stumbled upon it with less than two minutes to go before the end of the auction.

I really hope you like it. I am pretty sure you won't really care but I hope you like it just the same.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Baby Shower #1

This afternoon was our first baby shower. It also happened to be co-ed and kid friendly. We had so much fun and there was sooooo much food. Here are some pictures to enjoy including my latest belly shot.

All of the yummy food

The presents!

The cake, wouldn't know if it was yummy or not, my tummy wasn't cooperating later in the evening so I didn't get to try it out.

Whose belly is bigger??

Some of the siblings and me.

And lastly, my almost 28 week belly shot.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Another ultrasound (Revised)

We had another ultrasound today and honestly, I don't think I will ever tire of seeing my daughter on the big screen. They confirmed that yes she was in fact still a girl, not sure how I would have broken the news to our family had she have suddenly grown an extra part. She is still wonderful and healthy and is weighing in at 2lbs. 1oz., with a heart rate of 156. She has a nice round tummy and I believe she is going to have her Daddy's nose and her Mommy's lips. We finally got a nice profile shot of her today which I will try to post sometime tomorrow, it's quite entertaining. She had her right arm over her forehead as if she was having the worst day ever and people, if her top lip was stuck out any further it might swallow her bottom lip whole. My little peanut...I cannot wait until she is finally here so that I can snuggle and love on her in person!
~As promised I added the picture to the post. My sister said she looked just like her...I think she is going to look like her Daddy. I guess we will have to wait and see.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Potato Skins...but Twiced Baked!

It's been a rough day at the old homestead today. My day started to go south last night during dinner preparations and continued to get worse until I had hit rock bottom at lunch today, if you would like to know more please head on over to my baby blog for a more in depth description.

I am fine now, just had a little pregnancy melt down that was way over due and I feel much better. Daniel was fine until he got to work, we are blessed in the fact he has a job to go to but there are days he would really like to just tell them to kiss off, please excuse my french...LOL. I knew we were in trouble when he arrived home and proceeded to drop his lunch box. Instead of picking it back up he gracefully kicked it across the living room and then proceeded to throw the trash cans back into the was trash day. I think it's going to be an early night for us, we of course have to stay up to watch Visitors though.

Anyway, dinner for tonight was altered some as I completely forgot to set out the chicken to thaw because of all of the drama. Hopefully I can make the chicken recipe I had planned to sometime in the future. I did get to make these potato skins which aren't really potato skins since I stuffed them like a twice baked potato but they hold all of the ingredients that a typical potato skin from a restaurant includes, call them what you may. We really enjoyed them which for me was a given but potatoes are something Daniel eats cautiously, he is the only person I know who doesn't like mashed potatoes or baked potatoes. I knew the only way I was going to get these in his belly is if I stuffed them full of some of his favorite baked potato toppings...he's got to load them up if he is going to eat them.

Potato Skins...but twice baked

5 sm. to md. baking potatoes
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. salt
dash of garlic powder
dash or two of black pepper
1/3 cup bacon pieces
2/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Cayenne pepper

1.) Scrub potatoes and baked in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for on hour. Allow to cool and then cut in half carefully scraping out all of the potato innards make sure that you don't tear the outer shell.
2.) In a small bowl add the potato innards, sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix well.
3.) Carefully add mixture back into each empty potato skin and bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Sprinkle a little bit of cayenne pepper to the top of each potato, this addition can be omitted but it gives the potato a nice little kick. Cook potatoes until heated through and slightly browned on top, about a half an hour or so.

I wish we would have had some green onions to sprinkle on top but we were fresh out which is unusual at our house, green onions are normally a staple at our house.

I hope you enjoy these! They were actually pretty easy to do and will definitely be done again.

Emotional...I think not!!

I know that being overly emotional is a part of being pregnant but I would like to think I have been rather "normal" during this pregnancy. Normal meaning no worse than what I was before pregnancy, so sorry that I am unable to control my emotions during "Extreme Home Makeover" people (a.k.a. Daniel), when that darn Ty Pennington starts to cry I just can't control myself anymore!

I felt the firestorm of emotional fury start last night. I have absolutely no idea what brought it on but I swear one second I was fine and the next I felt like a train waiting to derail. I first noticed it while making dinner, for the life of me I could not get the Frisco Melts that I was making for Daniel to turn out right, instead of just giving up and retreating to my bedroom at 6:00 in the evening like I did last Thursday night, I stayed strong and kept on trucking only to be relieved when my wonderful husband ate two and then praised me on Facebook for making them. It's amazing what a little praise will do to a woman's spirit when she is down. We made it through the rest of dinner, Daniel was kind enough to put everything away for me, and I thought all was better. I still couldn't figure out why I was filling all funky to begin with though.

Daniel was the first to wave the white flag last night, he was in bed at 8:30. Someone had a busy day of hanging gutters on Sunday and then another draining day at work on Monday so he was tired. I jumped on the computer; my husband says I am addicted so it's only fair I keep up my addiction for his sake and that's when I noticed it...I couldn't breath. I was breathing as if I was a sixty year old chain smoker who needed to be hooked up to her portable oxygen tank, it was horrible and actually somewhat scary when you can't get a good breath in. Of course this brought on the thoughts of being eight months pregnant with an oxygen tank strapped to my back while walking around Babies R Us which did not help in the least.
I somehow managed to stay up until about 10:30 or so which is highly unusual for this chick since becoming pregnant and woke this morning in my usual groggy mood. I mean come on...who actually enjoys getting up by the sound of an alarm screaming in your ear only to have to force yourself to get dressed so that you can go to work?? Just me!! Well it's not because of the pregnancy because this was my typical morning before the start of my baby.

Anyway, skip ahead a few hours and I get home at lunch to let the dogs out and to be fed. I go to put my key in the door when I hear a noise, it almost sounded like a dish breaking but not quite and I couldn't figure out what it was so I cautiously opened the door hoping that it was just my imagination when to my horror I discover what the sound was. Lennon, our dear sweet Lennon; the same dog that has cost almost $5,000 in surgeries since March...of this YEAR, who ate my entire bottle of Tums Halloween weekend, who torments the absolute hell out of poor Bandit, who wakes us up at all hours of the morning when he wants on the couch but nobody else will get off, who has made it so that Animal Planet cannot be watched in peace at our home, who enjoys eating the rinds from pineapples straight out of the garbage, who slurps peanut oil out of his Dads turkey fryer, likes kicking back with a good magazine only to destroy it later, who must sit in your lap at all times, who tries to get in the tub while you are showering so that he can get a drink of water, and who finds it entertaining to lay in the middle of the kitchen floor so quietly that Mom doesn't realize he is there until she and everything in her hand go flying in the air after turning around and tripping over him. Yes my friends, that sweet and innocent Great Dane who is the apple of his Fathers eye, the one currently in discussion.

That sweet little boy was the cause for the noise I heard while unlocking the front door, the noise that sent me over the edge...that caused my train to derail! There laying before me was the following; a bag of cotton balls, used primarily to clean Bandits ears was torn to shreds with cotton balls layering the floor of the entire living room, it looked like it had rained golf ball sized hail in that room. A piece of wood that I had already taken from him once, splintered into a hundred pieces of smaller wood, something that was black and now resembles a chunk missing from a ladies wig...I still don't know what it started this life out as. A bag of Halls lozenges...I hope for his sake his throat feels better! A tube of neosporin with puncture holes all over it, sort of reminded me of the tube of baby butt cream my Mom always kept on hand for my little sister when she was a baby, our Great Danes then always somehow managed to get a hold of the tubes and would always leave puncture marks and cream oozing out of the bottom, ah memories! The bag of candy cane ornaments that my MIL purchased for me to hang on our Christmas tree this year (those are what made the noise I heard, dogs shuffling them across the floor while they worked their way to the front door.) And my absolute horror I saw it...a picture, not just any picture, a picture of one of my Mom's horses. For a quick second I scanned my brain to figure out where it came from, where I had stored it to keep safe from harms way and then it hit me. It had come from the hard back leather covered photo album I bought last year that I painstakingly added picture after picture to, all in the appropriate date order. He had torn it to shreds, SHREDS people, piece after piece of leather scattered all over the living room. Page after page of photos torn from it's binding, some intact others ripped in half.

It was then that I felt it, the first tear drop, the first sense of range and utter disbelief, the first crack in the dam that I had built up during this pregnancy. I refused to be an emotional roller coaster during this journey and for almost seven months I had succeeded only to be broken by a one year old Great Dane who had destroyed what is most precious to photos.
Ask anyone that knows me, my camera goes everywhere with me, I take picture after picture for safe keeping, to allow my past to be brought with me to my future and this retarded dog had destroyed it and destroyed my dam of emotional strength. I cried...I cried hard, I cried long, I cried loudly, I cried to the point of nausea, to the point of snot bubbles and a damp shirt, to the point of questioning whether I even wanted to feed them. I cried while I swept up the mess, pulling each and every salvageable picture from the wreckage, I cried while I posted on Facebook that I hated my dogs, I cried when getting their food bowls, I cried when I took said food bowl and hit Lennon in the ass with it, I cried when I realized I couldn't afford another album and new pictures because I had to buy Christmas presents instead, and I cried when I left to come back to work after seeing Lennon curled up in a ball on the couch sound asleep with no idea of what he had just done to me.

I ask you; is this a face of an innocent, a face of complete guilt, and the reason for his Mothers emotional and hormonal breakdown at lunch?
Damn's the eyes I tell you and that stupid pink nose, curse the nose and those floppy ears to go with it. How can I go from rage with this dog one second to one of love and understanding the next? To hit his tush with his food bowl and then feel complete guilt afterwards knowing that it didn't even hurt him and then to question why I didn't make it hurt and then feel bad for thinking that.

And then I look at this picture, the one saved right next to the above one on my computer,

and I realize, I am going to have to smack this tush to and then feel complete and utter guilt about it when she comes to me with tears down her little chubby cheeks wanting to be consoled. I will have to remind myself I had to do it and to not let her sense my defeat and guilt for her demise. I have to teach her right from wrong and help ensure that she grows up to be a responsible adult and as much as it pains me, that is going to require a pop on the fanny a time or two.

Lord help me, this parenting craps going to be tough sometimes!

On a good note though, I am hoping today's emotional breakdown equals no more for at least another seven months but lets hope and pray Daniel doesn't come home and ask what happened or why I am not in a talkative mood. I can't guarantee that I will be able to hold back the waterworks for a second time and lord knows he can't handle tears so then I will have to control my hormonal rage for a second time and not tell him to fix his own blessed dinner! Maybe I should text him ahead of time with a warning, what do you think?

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Operation paint the nursery has begun. We picked a lovely shade of yellow to slap on the bare white walls and I must say it's turning out rather pretty. We have gone with a lovely shade of apricot mousse since we threw green out the window because our bedroom is green as well as Dylan's nursery so we wanted peanut's room to be different.

We have less than one week to get that room cleared out completely and ready to go because Saturday is the first baby shower. I am so excited I can't see straight. Hopefully we will have lots of pictures to share!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Taco Mac & Cheese

I stumbled upon a recipe similar to this one a few weeks ago and without writing down the recipe I became a fan of the persons blog thinking I would just go back and grab it when I needed it. Never did I think that the blog would become inactive so when it came time to make this dish I had to scramble for a way to throw it together. It turned out pretty good, Daniel had two plate fulls. I do think next time I will also add some salsa as it seemed sort of dry for my taste.

Taco Mac & Cheese~
1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups of vegetable juice
1 box of Kraft Mac and Cheese, not the the cheap box
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3 green onions, diced
1 cup shredded cheese, I used sharp cheddar
1 cup of mild salsa, I didn't use but highly suggest to keep the dish moist

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.) In a skillet brown ground beef and then add taco seasoning along with the water required on the back of the package and diced onion.
3.) In a separate pot boil enough water to cook your macaroni noodles, fix the macaroni and cheese according to box.
4.) Combine, ground beef with vegetable juice and allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes.
5.) Add ground beef mixture to macaroni and cheese and combine. Add to 8x8 baking dish (sprayed so that it won't stick), add one cup of shredded cheddar to top.
6.) Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until cheese is melted and bubbly.
7.) Garnish with green onions and serve.

Monday, November 2, 2009

100 days and couting...

Peanut, I can hardly believe it but today is the last day that there will be three numbers shown on our little ticker. Tomorrow starts 99 days until your estimated arrival date and Mommy is getting very, very anxious. I tried taking your cousin Dylan home with me on Saturday but Aunt Nikki was being a pooper and wouldn't let me, even after I told her it would only be until my little lady gets here she kept saying no. I think it probably has something to do with the whole breast feeding dilemma. Anyway, keep baking away, I got the run down for some of the Thanksgiving events for one side of the family this morning and let me tell you, you won't know what to do with yourself in about two and a half weeks. Hopefully next year at this time you will be old enough that we can at least feed you some soft foods that way you really get to enjoy the festivities!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Toby says Happy Halloween!

He along with Lennon decided to eat my bottle of Tums today, silly children!
That will be all of the candy they will receive.