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.