January 31, 2009
January 30, 2009
-caught up on Grey's (1 episode)
-almost caught up on Desparate Housewives (2 down, 1 to go)
- spent a lot of time on the internet- Google Reader, Facebook, email
- watched several episodes of Friends
- Slept in 2 days
- taken 1 nap
- made dinner every night except Wednesday
- cleaned the highchair
- played/hung out with the boys
- made waffles 2 mornings and egg sandwiches 1 morning
- took a walk on Monday before all the ice. Sorry team, that's the only day I hit 10,000 steps :(
- played Wii bowling, tennis, and guitar hero
- walked around the mall
-talked to my mom on the phone
- a little Mary kay work
-finished a book
January 29, 2009
January 27, 2009
My nose is doing well! Not as sore today. I'm taking good care of it with my H2Ocean spray. It's a piercing aftercare spray. I'm to use it 3-5 times a day. I just spray the piercing and the swab around it with a q-tip. It's sterile purified ocean salt water.
Today I tried a crockpot recipe from a friend at school, Laura. It was SO good! The best part was how easy it was! I'm going to post it below. We had Jiffy corn muffins with it and I made some of Cara's famous guacamole for me. Too bad no one else in my family will touch the stuff! This recipe will be made again!!
Crockpot Mexican Chili
2 frozen chicken breasts - I buy Market Day ChicNSteakes - they can change your life!!!
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
1 jar salsa - My fave: Garden Fresh Gourment from Meijer - Jack's Special Mild Salsa
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
Put frozen chicken breasts in crockpot. Dump other ingredients in and stir. Cook on high 5 hours. Mine was on high for about 2 hours then I turned it to low. At the end of the 5 hours the chicken was falling apart. Take two forks and shred the chicken on a cutting board. Place shredded chicken back in crockpot and stir. I served this in a bowl with shredded mexican cheese on top. You could add sour cream or green onions too. Serve with cornbread or tortilla chips.
Stay tuned for Snow Day #5 tomorrow!! When will we ever return to school?!
January 26, 2009
Big news about Ty! He rolled over twice tonight! But was so worn out from all his hard work that he couldn't do it a 3rd time when we had the camera out. We'll get it posted soon! He's such a big boy!
January 25, 2009
1. my new favorite jeans
2. best lotion - my skin stays moisturized until my next shower - no more itchy dry skin!
3. I gave up on expensive shower gel from the mall. Now I just use Suave Exhale body wash! I think it's less than 3bucks!
My old faves include MK make-up, MK hand lotion, diet dr pepper, twix, caramel lattes from Panera (skim milk + no whipped cream), massages from Andy, bubble baths, cozy pants and fuzzy socks, cooking, blogging, reading, shopping, songs on my ipod, sleeping in, hanging out at home with the family, trying new recipes, frozen mango margaritas + chips and salsa from Chili's, I could keep going but I don't want to bore you too much longer!
Andy knows how far I've come to have a list of favorites- I haven't always! It used to be too hard for me to choose 1 favorite thing. Not anymore. I'm 30 ya know.
January 24, 2009
-I woke up to find two cards made by Wilson and Luke. Wilson had WRITTEN Happy Birthday Mommy Love Wilson!! Luke had drawn me a nice picture.
- Went to school and my teammates had hung a Happy Birthday banner on my bulletin board in the hallway and a sign on my door frame. There was a birthday cake in the lounge that was delicious and they ordered in lunch to celebrate my b-day! I chose sandwiches from LB.
- Last night Andy and I went to eat at a local restaurant SG and LOVED it! I loved the atmosphere, the food, everything! I want to go back already. My sister was keeping the boys...so I thought!! After dinner we went to pick up the boys and there was a surprise party at Cara's! There were tons of friends and family there and it was wonderful to see everyone. I felt really loved!
All in all it was a GREAT day! Andy let me sleep in this morning so that was heavenly. I can handle 30! I'm so happy with where I am in life and know that there are tons more wonderful things to look forward too! Thank you for making my day so special!
January 17, 2009
One of my favorite foods of all time has been my Paw-Paw's Chili. Over the last 2-3 years I have tried my hand at making his chili. I finally have figured out how to apapt his reciple slightly to make it work in my own kitchen. I typed the recipe up tonight after making it for dinner so I wouldn't forget. For me chili isn't chili without spaghetti! I also decided to make cheese muffins from the Pioneer Woman Cook's blog. They were delicious! They went well with the chili. You can find her recipe here. She has helpful step by step directions and photos! They were so simple to make and turned out very tasty. I made a double batch since Mimi and Poppy, Stephanie, Meg, Lily and Trey came over for dinner. If you try the chili, let me know how it turns out!
4 ½ - 5 lbs lean ground beef
2 T vinegar
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
3 onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 T garlic salt
1 t cinnamon
4 T cumin
4 T chili powder
1 t black pepper
2-3 cans red beans – OPTIONAL
29 oz can tomato puree
46 oz can tomato juice
4 cups water, divided
Toppings: shredded cheese, Tabasco, chili powder, crackers
Brown ground beef on medium heat. Drain. Add vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Mix in onions and garlic. Cook on low (so the meat doesn’t burn) for 20 minutes. Add spices (next 5 ingredients) and 2 cups water. Turn heat back to medium and cook 30 minutes, adding an additional cup of water when necessary to keep the meat from burning to the bottom of the pan. Next, add puree, tomato juice and 1 more cup of water. Stir and turn heat to medium high. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. Serve over cooked spaghetti with toppings of your choice. I leave the beans out of mine.
January 16, 2009
4 Month Old Check-Up
Our biggest baby ever had his check-up this week too! He is happy and healthy and Dr. I was thrilled with our report from CCH. He had already gotten a report as well. Tyler wasn't as lucky as his brothers. He had 3 shots but handled them well! With those thunder thighs maybe it wasn't as bad. Ty is 27" long (96th percentile) and weighed 18lbs 12 oz (96th percentile)! He's a big boy! Tyler is still waking up to eat every three hours day or night. It is KILLING me to wake up this much every night when my alarm goes off so early. Andy has started helping me the last few days with giving Ty a bottle before he goes to bed. This means I've gotten up to feed him 1 time instead of 2. Dr. I said we could try cereal in the evening to see if it helps him sleep longer. Not sure if I want to start it this early or not. We waited till 6 months with both of the others. His head circumference is in the 88th percentile. In the picture Tyler was really eyeing my cheesecake!! These boys might eat us out of house and home as they get older!
January 14, 2009
January 13, 2009
January 10, 2009
January 7, 2009
January 6, 2009
Oh, and by the way Tyler weighed 18 lbs, 11oz. And has his first ear infection. So one of the dr's gave him his first prescription.
January 5, 2009
Oven Roasted Veggies
Source: Danielle Deskins
1 whole head garlic
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 red pepper
1 or 2 red potatoes
1/2 head of cauliflower
Handful of baby carrots
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 425. Remove a few of the paper layers from the garlic, but not enough that you expose the cloves. Cut off the very tip of the garlic so that you can barely see the tops of the cloves. Put the head in the middle of a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Bring the sides up like you're making a package. Put the whole thing in the oven for 30-45 minutes. You can cook this while you are cooking the veggies. Chop all the veggies into bite-size pieces (about 1 inch). Throw in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper to taste. Spread all the veggies on a single layer on a cookie sheet (line it with parchment paper for easy removal and clean up). Roast in oven for about 30 minutes, stirring about halfway through, or until vegetables are tender. Remove veggies and garlic. Let the garlic cool and put the veggies in a bowl. Once the garlic is cooled, squeeze the garlic on top of the veggies. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar on the veggies and toss to coat.
January 4, 2009
*I told the boys who lost treats this morning due to fighting, wrestling, and generally not listening to their mama it was a shame b/c I made the best chocolate chip cookies ever!
* We go to CCH on Tuesday. Tyler's appts are at 12:45 and 3pm. Hopefully we'll have some news about his birthmark then.
January 3, 2009
- name brand
- don't take too much at one time
And now I'm a step ahead for the consignment sales at our local churches! I've already got the stuff in the tubs. Will just have to hang, label, price etc.
January 2, 2009
January 1, 2009
Here is Tyler sitting in his Bumbo. He is just now able to sit in there for a few minutes at a time. He's got a big head to hold up. He's now wearing 6-9month clothes and is really begining to love toys! Tomorrow he'll be 16 weeks old. Time flies! His mommy didn't check the 6-9 month clothing tub until last night. It was then that I realized it was all summer clothes except for 3 things...we're going shopping today. Thankfully he did get several outfits for Christmas from family!