Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Dinner 2014

This was our first attempt at making ham and it turned out great. Next year we are def getting a 4 lb ham instead of a 6 lb ham. We had ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, and brown sugar bacon Brussel sprouts!

Christmas Eve Surf N Turf

Christmas Eve surf n turf with grilled pineapple and a twice baked potato.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

10 Healthy/Beauty Pregnancy Must Haves

1. Tums - I couldn't survive my third trimester without these!

2. Simple Foam Face Wash - Pregnancy Acne Relief that has approved ingredients.

3. Palmers Spray Lotion - Easier to apply and much faster.

4. Tucks - Hemorrhoids.

5. Cottenelle Wet Wipes - Same as above.

6. Simple Face Wipes - I use these periodically during the day to prevent acne.

7. Lansinoh Lanolin Cream - best ever for breast dryness.

8. Bees Mint Body Wash - smell helps with morning sickness

9. Eos Mint Chapstick - same as above.

10. Decaf Lipton Black Tea - helps with morning sickness.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Peanut Butter Chex Mix

1/2 Cup + 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil
1/2 Cup + 1 Tbsp Creamy Peanut Butter

In a large wok, heat the above on low until creamy. Once smooth remove from heat.

2 Tbsp Worcestershire
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp garlic powder

Site in the above seasonings to the PB mixture.

6-8 cups rice Chex
2-3 cups pretzels

Mix until well coated. Spread on foil covered cookie sheet. Bake at 250 stirring every 10-15 mins.

Store in store tight container.

Allie's Christmas Ornament Gifts

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Shrimp Caesar Salad

I love LOVE Bravo shrimp caesar salads! The problem is I'm really picky with my dressings. I finally found a store bought caesar dressing that is close to Bravo's that doesn't taste like crap. Marzetti Supreme Caesar Salad Dressing is the answer!

So I combined romaine lettuce, caesar croutons, parmesan cheese, shrimp, and the dressing in a large bowl and tossed it together.

Super yummy and as close to bravo you can get without buying one :)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Click here for recipe.

This made 47 cookies. We made some with the kisses pushed in bc it is my Hubby's tradition to make them look like belly buttons.

2014 Cookie Fest

This year I significantly deceased my cookie baking. Baking cookies while being 9 months pregnant is harder than I expected.

We made:

32 Cheesy Puppy Cookies
72 Cut Out Cookies
47 Peanut Butter Blossoms
3 lbs Peanut Butter Fudge
15 Top Secret Sugar Cookies (for my Sister for watching Allie while we are at the hospital)

Totaling or to be 166 cookies plus 3 lbs of fudge. Didn't hit my goal of 300 but I think I rocked pregnancy baking ;0)

Thanks to my hubby and poodle for always helping me!

Cheesy Puppy Cookies

2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Grated Cheese (we used parmesan)
2 Tbsp melted butter
3/4 Cup Milk (I needed an addition 2 tsp to get my dough to all stick)

Mix all of the above together. Roll out on a floured surface. Use fun puppy cookie cutters (we used a bone and a poodle) to cut out dough. Place on a ungreased cookie sheet. Bake on 375 for 17 minutes. Store in fridge in an air tight container for 2 weeks.

Allie loves these special puppy christmas cookies.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Top 10 Pregnancy Must Haves for Me

1. 2 Body Pillows - you need two.  One for your front and one for your back.


2. Modal Pants from Gap - so comfy and fit at all stages.


3. Tanks from Old Navy - perfect for lounging and sleeping, fits at all stages.


4. Basics Bravado Nursing Sleeper Bras - a must have in order to sleep comfortably.


5. Pedicures - No explanation needed.

6. Palmers Coco Butter Stretch Mark lotion - my belly gets really tight and this lotion helps with the tight feeling.


7. Anytime Tee Shirt Nursing Bralet by Bella Materna - yes you need these before you need to breast feed, the comfort factor is amazing.


8. Gaiam Prenatal Yoga - so great for sore muscles and flexability.


9. Exercise Ball - sit on this when you have lower back and hip pain.


10. Motherhood Maternity Hipster Underwear - I love these!  They don't ride up and are comfy.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Broccoli Cheese Soup

1 white onion, chopped
2  10 oz bags frozen broccoli, thawed and cut up in bite size pieces
4 chicken bouillon cubes
1 cup of water

Combine above in a large pot and cook until onion and broccoli break down and become very soft.

4 Tbsp butter
3 heaping Tbsp flour
1 quart of milk

Melt butter in small pot.  Add flour and stir. Slowly add milk while stirring constantly. Stir until milk mixture has gotten slightly thicker. Add milk mixture to broccoli mixture and stir.

1 cup + cubed velvetta

Add velvetta, stirring constantly until melted. Keep adding velvetta until desired taste.

Serve hot with rolls.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Turkey Casserole

2 1/2 cups prepared mashed potatoes
2 cups shredded/chopped turkey
12 oz jar Heinz turkey gravy
1 cup prepared stuffing

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine gravy and turkey and heat through. Add stuffing.

Put potatoes on bottom of 2 quart casserole pan. Put the stuffing combination on top. Heat for 30 mins.

Serve hot.

Monday, November 24, 2014

What to Pack in your Hospital Bag

BAG FOR BIRTH
Birth Plan (10 copies)
Goodie basket for nurses - give when you give them your birth plan
Insurance Card and License
Money for Vending Machine
Sugar Free Candy
Phone Charger
Camera/Charger/Extra SD Card
Baby Book
Eye Mask
Pictures I want after birth list

BAG FOR MOMMY
Call List for after birth
Folder and Pen for Baby Documents
Flip Flops
Slippers
Socks x 2
Robe
Button down top of PJs
Sleeping Nursing Bra
Regular Nursing Bra
Nursing Pads
Bobby
Pump
Going Home Outfit
Plastic Bag for dirty clothes
Reusable bag for extra hospital items you get (in car trunk)
Glasses and Case
Make Up
Shampoo
Conditioner
Lip Balm
Body Wash
Razor
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Floss
Listerine
Lotion
Face Cleanser Wipes
Q-tips
Hair Ties
Brush
Comb
Hair dryer
Curl Cream
Deodorant
Perfume
Sparkling Cider

BAG FOR BABY
Going Home Baby Outfit
Photo Shoot Baby Outfits
Receiving Blanket
Car Seat & Instruction Manual

BAG FOR DADDY
Snacks for Daddy
Toothbrush
Deodorant
Hair Gel
Comb
Change of clothes
Bathing Suit
Flip flops
Birth Class Notes
IBUProfin
Listerine Strips
MP3/Speakers/Music
Kindle
Nook





Friday, November 21, 2014

Kim's Roast

My friend Kim gave me this recipe and we are in love with it!  The sauce this makes is soooo good over egg noodles.

3 - 5 lb roast
1 can of tomoato soup, concentrate
1 packet of onion soup mix, dry
a little water

***note if you do not use slow cooker bags like I do - make sure to spray your crock with non stick spray before hand***

In a 4 quart crock pot, put your roast in.  Mix the tomato soup concentrate and dry onion soup mix together.  Place on top of roast. Pour one can of water over top.  Cook on High for 6 hours. Keep an eye on the roast - make sure that there water in there and isn't burning.

Serve hot pieces of roast over top of egg noodles.  Put some of the sauce from the crock pot over top too!  This sauce is soooooo amazing!  I also served mine with rolls and my hubby ended up using the rolls to clean his sauce all up!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Apple Pie Filling

15 apples, cored and peeled and chopped
3 Tbsp Lemon juice

Combine the above in a large bowl. Set aside.

6 cups water
4 cups sugar
1 cup corn starch
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt

Combine all in a large pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 mins stirring constantly. It will get thick.

Add apples to pot. On low heat, let simmer for 8-10 mins until apples are tender.

Scoop enough into a freezer ziploc bag to fill a pie pan.

This made 2 deep dish size pies and about 2 extra cups for ice cream topping.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Banana Bread

I used the recipe in my Betty Crocker Cook Book. It turned out so yummy :) These are easy to freeze.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Applesauce Bread

1/2 cup softened Butter
1 large Egg
1 cup Sugar
1-1/2 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla
1-1/2 cups Flour
1-1/2 cups Applesauce

Preheat oven to 350. Take one bread pan and line with parchment paper.

Mix butter, egg and sugar together. Add baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. Slowly add flour.  Add applesauce until combined.

Put in bread pan.  Bake for 1hr 10 mins.

These freeze really well.


Homemade Applesauce

10 Apples, peeled and cored and sliced
1.5 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Vanilla
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Water

Combine all the above in a large crock pot.  Cook on low 6 hours.  Mashing occasionally with a hand potato masher.

This is great to freeze!

It's awesome hot on top of ice cream :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin seeds with a kick

3 Cups Pumpkin seeds, rinsed and colander semi dry
4 tsp melted butter
3 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 300. Combine all of the above in a bowl. Once coated, place the seeds on a cookie sheet and put in oven. Every 15 mins for one hour, stir. Once they are done they are a golden color.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Chili

1 lb Ground Meat
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
1 14.5oz can crushed tomatoes
1 6oz can of tomato paste
1/4 cup sugar
Chili Powder

Brown meat in large pot.  Season with garlic salt, onion salt, and pepper. Add kidney beans, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste.  Bring to a boil.  Add sugar and chili powder to taste. Serve hot with corn bread.