Jul 26, 2013

I don't have time or It's not a priority?!

For the few minutes I was in Relief Society on Sunday,
something was said that has stuck with
and then resonated with me on Tuesday and again this morning.
I don't really remember how we got to this point,
but a few women mentioned that the more you read youR scriptures the firmer your faith is.
Not only that but you need to show your children that reading the scriptures is important as well
and the best way to do that is right in front of them.
Before Royce was born, I never had the 'nesting' feeling so speak.
Instead of 'nesting' physically and around the home, I feel like I was attempting to 'nest' spiritually.
I had this strong urge and desire to want to read Conference Talks and Scriptures and
listen to and read anything spiritual.
Well, like regular 'nesting', my 'spiritual' nesting came to an end.
I have wanted to get back to that.
I want to read my scriptures every day.
I want to study and disect the Conference Talks.
I want to feel the spirit more in my every day life.
During that lesson on Sunday, I had the strong desire again to spiritual 'nest'.
I have this feeling Royce needs me to do that.
On Tuesday I got this email from The Redheaded Hostess.
(I subscribe to her blog because I LOVE all her posts
but never have the time to stalk my blogger feed.)
Her post reminded me again about the feeling I had on Sunday.
The title of the post is How A Busy Mom CAN Study Her Scriptures.
I printed it out.
I want to become better and I'm going to try some of these ideas.
So, in an effort to try and feel the spirit more during my day,
I listened to The Mormon Channel on my 30 minute commute to grandma's and work this morning.
The episode that was playing was Tech Savvy and
about how blogging is a great way to share your testimony.
Then Mormon Channel Daily came on.
It was about Priceless Gifts You Can Give and it was the end that brought it all home.
They talked about the phrase that seems to be the theme of my life lately.
I don't have time.
But what caught me off guard was what you are really telling yourself 
or someone else when you say 'I don't have time'.
You are really saying...
That is not a priority.
I don't have time to read my scriptures.
I don't have time to exercise.
I don't have time... blah blah blah
I don't think I ever want to hear that phrase again!!!!
I'm making a commitment right now!
I may not have the time to actually sit down and read the Scriptures or Conference Talks 
but I CAN keep doing what I did today and listen them on my commute to and from work!!!
And I'm going to try and stop using the phrase.... I don't have time! :)
I hope you guys have a great day!

Jul 16, 2013

No more room...

I really don't like it when there are gaps in my postings :(
I've got a lot going on right now and it seems like my plate is so full that there is no room for dessert.
And that is a travisty!!!
Especially when there is chocolate involved :)
In this case, the dessert, would be me time or any time for that matter.
My husband was almost out of work for the summer.
Last minute a guy stepped in and begged them to build his house.
I say begged because the commute is an hour and a half ONE way!!!
They took the job.
We talked about it and knew there would be a lot of sacrifices.
Less family time.
Less us time.
Less me time.
More stress....
It was either all of that or run out of money.
Can I just say that I hate how the world revolves around money and we can't ever make enough?
I encouraged Marvin.
I supported Marvin.
This is what our family needed to stay afloat.
I was ready to be strong and be the independent Super-Mom/Wife.
I was ready to take on the WORLD!!!!!
I stayed home from church two weeks ago because I had really bad allergies and Royce
had woke up at 3:30 am sceaming.
Come to find out he broke his first tooth!!
Marvin stayed home with me until the last hour of church when he had to
go and teach the young men. 
He comes home and sits on the exercise ball next to the couch and looks at me and says,
"You're gonna have to get use to being without me even more."
"I got called as the Young Men's President."
(Okay... I do have to back track and say that I knew this was coming at some point. I have always known since Marvin's brother lived with us that we would be working with young men.
It's just bad timing.
But I guess the Lords timing is not our timing right?)
My typical day starts at 4:45am.
Running between Grandma's, work, Grandma's and home again.
Then I'm struggling to feed Royce, entertain him and make dinner all before Marvin comes home
so we can eat before 7.
Then it's bath-time and bed time is always a struggle lately.
I was so exhausted last night that I thought Royce slept through the night.
Thank goodness Heavenly Father let me sleep and woke Marvin up :)
The point of this was not to complain, though it does feel kind of nice to get it all off my chest.
The point was to tell you that I'm trying.
I'm trying to be encouraging of Marvin.
I'm trying to be supportive of Marvin.
I'm trying to find a less stressful part time job.
I'm trying to keep my house decent.
I'm trying to be the best mom for Royce.
I'm simply trying...
And right now, I'm sad to say, this blog is not a priority on my 'I'm trying list...'
I will come back.
I have some ideas.
They will still be sporatic but I will be back.
I love and I appreciate all your encouragement and support.
If you would like to email you can click on the 'Wanna Share?'
I'm also on facebook :)

I'm also a contributing blogger over at Mormon Mommy Blogs and try and write for them once a month.

Jun 5, 2013

{wednesday weekly meal} Chocolate Cake Cups with Raspberry Filling

So last week I shared with you a great microwave dinner called Microwave Pasta Primavera.
I had mentioned that while Marvin was making dinner, I made a new dessert concoction!
The dessert I made was for a Pampered Chef Cooking Show I was doing and I wanted to use my new Mini Muffin Pan and my new Mini Tart Shaper.
I made chocolate cake cups and put Home-made Raspberry Jam in the cups.
So in essence it's a mini travel size version of my famous Chocolate Raspberry Cake that I just realized I haven't ever posted about.
I made Chocolate-Raspberry Fudge Cream Cheese cupcakes for my nieces baby blessing day a few years ago and that also is another mini version of my famous Chocolate Raspberry Cake.
So I think I'm going to have to make one and get that posted!
My new dessert concoction was sooooo easy.
There are just a few tricks :)
Devils Food Cake Box Mix
Raspberry Jam
Preheat oven as box directs*
Mix togther the box mix as directed
Fill the mini muffin cups 1/2 full
Bake as box directs
As soon as they come out of the oven, dip and cover one end of the mini tart shaper in flour and press firmly but gently in each muffin cup, re-dipping in flour for each cup
Let cool
Add small scoop of jam to cup :)
Cook's Tips
*With this pan, you have to reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees and reduce cook time by 10-15 minutes since it's a dark and very unique pan
The reason to re-dip the tart shaper after press is to keep the cake from sticking to the shaper

May 22, 2013

{wednesday weekly meal} Microwave Pasta Primavera :)

I feel guilty.
I feel bad that I dropped the ball yet again.
I recently signed to be an Independent Consultant with The Pampered Chef
and that kind of took over my life for a while and I never seem to have time to find, let a lone make a new recipe.
I have been so busy over the last few months trying to balance my life.
Between a full time job, trying to maintain wife & motherhood responsibilities and starting a business...
It’s been heck-tick to say the least.
Some days I wonder what I got myself into…
In preparing for cooking shows though, I do have a whole new slew of recipes to learn and I found a perfect one for summer!!!
It’s a microwave recipe and you’d think that it wouldn’t exactly be that good right?
You might be thinking it’s going to kind of be like a freezer dinner right?
It was pretty dang good and I was super impressed how well everything came together in the microwave.
I was busy making dessert for a friend of ours that come over for dinner when we made this so my husband was the one who actually made the meal.
(Dessert was a new concoction too that I’ll have to share sometime.)
The trick with this recipe is the dish it was cooked in.
I know that most of you won’t have this dish, but I still wanted to share how amazing this recipe was.
We got this dish as a wedding present and this was the first time that we’ve used it.
I didn’t know what to use if for or how to cook in it until I found this recipe.
The recipe came out of the Spring/Summer Catalog for Pampered Chef
but you can also find it in on the Pampered Chef Website. 
It's called Pasta Primavera.
This would be the perfect summer recipe when it’s just too hot to use the oven!!!
8 oz uncooked Spaghetti Noodles
2 1/4 cups Chicken Broth
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
4 Garlice cloves, pressed
1 tbsp Lemon Pepper Rub
2 medium Carrots, peeled*
1 medium Red Bell Pepper*
2 oz Cream Cheese, softened
2 oz Parmesan Cheese, grated & divided
2 cups fresh small Broccoli florets
1 cup Sugar Snap Peas, trimmed (or frozen)
2 tbsp chopped Fresh Parsley
Break Noodles in Half
Break noodles in half
Combine noddles, broth, cream, garlic and lemon peper rub in the Deep Covered Baker
Microwave, covered on HIGH 14-17 minutes or until noodles are tender, stiring once half way thru
Cut carrots into julieene strips and cut bell pepper lengthwise into strips (1 inch pieces)
Carefully remove baker from microwaving using oven mitts
Add cream cheese and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan Cheese to baker, mix well
Stire in carrots, bell pepper, broccoli, pease and parsley
Microwave covered on HIGH 1-2 minutes or until heated through
Serve with remaining Parmesan Cheese
Cook's Tips (from TPC Website Recipe)
If desired, store-bought lemon-pepper seasoning can be substituted for the Lemon Pepper Rub available through The Pampered Chef.

Apr 16, 2013

{Spiritual Feasting}

I know this is a little late.
I’m working on getting better… I promise!
I’m going to be honest here. I feel like I can be honest with you guys and not be judge for it.
I’m really struggling today.
I’m a working momma and it’s killing me.
All my life I have only ever wanted to be a stay at home mom. My husband knows that and we talk about it often.
Today is a harder day than most.
We have a plan though which is good!!!!
We just have to pay off some of our debt and then I can stay home.
Right now the projected date would be the end of August and that’s only if something drastic doesn’t happen between now and then. But we all know what happens when we make plans right? Heavenly Father always seems to have something else in mind. Right now, I’m hoping that our goals are relatively similar and that nothing too drastic will come in the way.
Over the weekend we had our Stake Women’s Conference.
(That is when all the Women over the age of 18 in our area meet together for a day of Spiritual Feasting and Sisterhood.)
I didn’t get the go to the whole thing. In fact I only went to one class because we had a lot that we needed to get on Saturday that can’t be done during the week since both of us work.
The class that I went to was a short discussion about finding balance between your kids and your husband and ironically my parents were teaching the glass. They had called me and asked me what I remember that we did together as a family to create that balance and I told them about a few things that I remembered… But I also told them about a few things that I wish I had known before we had our sweet angel!
I wish I had known that my expectations were too high!
I had this idea of everything I wanted to get done on maternity leave and when I would talk about it, people would only laugh. No advise was given or anything. It was ‘you just wait and see’ kind of thing. Now, when expecting mothers ask me what it’s like, I’m honest. I don’t just laugh. I let them know the truth and encourage them. I let them know I’m here to help.

I wish I had known that the whole ‘Molly Mormon’ persona was incredibly fake and in no way real.
We are not perfect women (though we like to think we are) and there is no way that we can clean the house, have the laundry done and dinner ready all on time and be perfectly sane and happy. In the short 3 months I has home on maternity leave I was lucky to even shower some days and lucky to even want to make dinner. And now, for the few hours I have with my son in evening, I spend that time with him on the floor and our house is a mess!

I wish I had known that my time with my husband would be more precious than before and very limited.
Again, I had this expectation that my sweet baby would go to bed early and we’d have an hour or two together at night to spend time together and talk or even have at least one night a week where we could cook together like we used to. But we’re lucky to get maybe 5 minutes to stare into each other’s faces as I’m falling asleep or 5 minutes to cuddle and talk because we need to discuss something. Most nights I’m crawling into bed around 9-930 regardless of whether Royce is asleep or not because I have to get up at 445. Marvin is the best husband ever and I appreciate him so much. He will stay up with Royce until he falls asleep AND he gets up with him in the middle of the night. Most nights Marvin will sit in bed and read the news on the iPad as I fall asleep since he’s not ready for bed yet so that we’re at least in bed together and I can snuggle him as I fall asleep. But other nights, I unfortunately have to go to bed alone which makes for rough nights for me because I generally have nightmares or wake up feeling all out of whack. I miss those nights where we’d stay up late talking.

I wish I had known that not every baby is the same and some natural tendencies are NOT natural for all.
Everyone I talked to buttered up the idea of nursing and how precious that bonding time is and that I would love the experience. Well, I never got to nurse Royce. He never latched on and pumping was the most painful thing in the world. I didn’t even have colostrum for him until a few days AFTER we got home from the hospital. Four or five days after Royce was born, I had a serve emotional and mention break down because I felt like I failed as a mother. I wasn’t producing any milk and my son didn’t know how to latch and I felt like I was in more pain then labor pain (which is pretty bad). I was also severely sleep deprived as the lactation consultant wanted us up every two hours to simulate breast feeding with a syringe and it was a two person job. Again, my wonderful husband stepped in and told me that night that he was taking Royce all night and was giving him a bottle. This wasn’t worth the struggle I was going through. Royce has been a bottle fed baby since 4-5 days old and formula fed since birth with whatever I could supplement in with breast milk until I ran out of milk around 6 weeks. My baby is perfectly healthy and has gained weight just fine on formula. After the fact, some women but mostly their husbands, would let me know I wasn’t alone. It was nice to hear even if it was after the fact.

And last but not least,

I wish I had known motherhood is not easy. That you will never be the perfect mother but striving is enough.
Like I said today is a rough day for me. In my parents’ class, they said the best thing you can do is choose the better option.
Examples: You’re child is sick and you have a test to study for… be with your child, they need their mother.
The house is a mess… spend time with your little one, those moments will pass quickly and the house will never be perfectly clean.
There is laundry to fold and you’re 2 weeks behind… spend time with your little one better yet, throw then in the laundry pile and make a game of it.
I am trying my best to choose the better option every day. But my messy house and piled up laundry gets to me and sometimes, I have to step aside and let my husband help balance me out. Every evening when I get home from work, I spend all my time with Royce while Marvin makes dinner and cleans up the kitchen. Every evening Marvin gives Royce a bath while I fold laundry, pack the diaper bag for tomorrow or straighten up the house. When all of that is done, then I can put my feet in the tub water and hang out during bath time (like I did last night.) Then we have our family time of reading stories and scriptures before it’s time for a bottle and bed (which isn’t always perfect like I described.) But I’m trying. I’m trying to let everything else go and just spend what time I do have with my little one. I have to remember to be patient with myself and remember that I am striving and that is all I can do.
It’s definitely not easy.
That’s for sure.
But now that I’ve share with you my struggles and my ‘what I wish I had known’ moments, I do feel a lot better.
I know that there are those of you out there who know exactly what I’m going through, and seeing your imperfect pictures in your blog posts reminds me that I’m doing just fine. It’s helpful for me and I’m grateful for your honesty in showing that no one is perfect despite what we want to believe!

Thank you for letting me share, and even though this post isn’t exactly spiritual, it has help to ease my spiritual burdens knowing that imperfection = perfection to those who love you!

Apr 10, 2013

{wednesday weekly meal} English-Muffin Egg Pizza

My husband is too funny!
I got back on FaceBook after a 2 year hiatus due to small businesses that I’m starting up.
I was on FaceBook checking on a few things and Marvin says ‘I miss you being on Pinterest all the time.’
I sat there alittle dumbfounded and then he finished his thought with ‘I miss you finding new recipes to try.’ Again I was dumbfounded!
This blog is more than just a blog.
It was and is a place for us to spend time together.
It was our excuse for ‘date night’ once a week where we would find something new and learn it together and spend time together in the kitchen.
I was surprised to hear that he missed it as much as I was missing it.
One day he went looking around on some recipe sites and found this cute little recipe for Egg Pizza’s.
It seems a little weird at first but after eating it…
I think that we should make it a traditional Sunday Snack.
You’ll have to try it out and let me know what you think.

4 English Muffins*
Olive Oil
Tomato Slices
2 Hard-boiled Eggs, sliced*
Mozzarella Cheese, grated
(*or as many as you want to eat and share)

Make hard-boiled eggs
Toast the English-Muffin halves and put on cookie sheet
Drizzle each half with olive oil
Layer on the tomato, egg, and mozzarella
Sprinkle with oregano & salt
Broil for 5 minutes or until cheese melts


Apr 8, 2013

{Spiritual Feasting} General Conference April 2013

I know this is a day late, but I did start writing it yesterday.
Royce wanted lots of attention so I couldn't finish it.
General Conference was amazing!!!!!
There were so many amazing quotes that I wasn't quite sure what to do. 
As conference was going on I kept checking Facebook and Pinterest to see the quotes that were coming up from other feeds and boards that I follow so that I could share them and re-pin them for later use.
There were lots of funny stories and jokes and an amazing talk about marriage that I REALLY loved.

As you can see from my notes I couldn't write enough down.
I can hardly wait until the talks come out in the Ensign so that I can read them again and high-lite all the parts I missed.
We also had our traditional Coffee Cake
I made a mistake when I was making it. I was so upset! I will tell you though, if you ever forget to mix the crisco in the dry ingredients first don't worry, it will still turn out just fine. Just smash it so its cream-like and then blend in at the end. 
Still tasted amazing!!!

Here are a few of my favorite quotes... 
I still haven't quite figured out how to do work with the HTML coding.
Some day I'll figure out it out so all these posts look better.
I hope you all have a great Monday and a great week!

Apr 3, 2013

{wednesday weekly meal} Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes

For Easter dinnerwe didn’t really try any new recipes.
We remade some old favorites and made a new dessert!!
We made a different ham from last year but it came with its own glaze.
We also made 2B or Not 2B Casserole, Garlic Brussel Sprouts and my mom made a turkey for family members who can’t have ham and we made a little bit of rice for those who couldn’t have potatoes.
There was a TON of food!
After we got home from church everyone was hungry, so we had dessert first!!!
Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling
I follow The Pampered Chef fan page on Facebook and they posted the recipe so we thought we’d give it a try!
They were delicious!!
(Best part… NOT a box mix, it’s all from scratch. It’s been so long since I made a dessert from scratch.)
I would want them a little lighter and with more lemon but they were still great!!
(Turns out after I wrote up the recipe, that I saw I missed adding in some extract. Oops!)
Let us know what you think.

1 Lemon
¾ cups Sugar
3 tbsp Canola Oil
1/3 cups +  2 tbsp Plain Nonfat Yogurt
1/3 cup 2% Milk (we used Whole Milk)
1 tbsp + 1 ½ tspLemon Extract (I forgot the tsp part)
1 ¼ cups All Purpose Flour
¾ tsp Baking Soda
¼ tsp Salt
2 Egg Whites, room temperature
¼ cup Raspberry Pastry Filling
(Pastry Filling is sold in jars, or you can use ¼ cup jam and 1 tsp cornstarch)

 Ganache & Garnish
3 squares White Chocolate for baking, chopped (1 oz for each square)
2 tbsp Plain Nonfat Yogurt
1 ½ tsp Lemon Extract
12 Fresh Raspberries

Preheat oven to350*
Place cupcake liners in your cupcake pan
Zest your lemon so you have 1 tbsp of zest
Combine sugar and oil and whisk well
Add zest, yogurt, milk and extract and whisk until blended
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a separate blow and mix well
Sift flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until blended
Clean whisk and whisk egg whites vigorously for 1 minute or until very foamy and fold into batter
Scoop batter into liners about 1/3 full
Place about 1 tsp of Pasty filling on the batter and push down gently with back of your utensil
Bake 15-17 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly pressed
Let cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove to cooling rack

 For Ganache…
Place chocolate in microwave save bowl and microwave for 45-60 seconds or until almost melted
Stir until smooth
Stir in yogurt and extract
Dip tops of cupcakes into ganache coating tops evenly
Garnish with Raspberries!

 Yields: 12 servings

Royce had to help! He didn't want to be in his jumper and kept whining. So I put him in his carrier and he just observed. He was very well behaved! I can hardly wait until he can help too!!!

Apr 2, 2013

Oh How I Miss You Guys!!!

Dear Fellow Bloggers,
I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA over the last few months.
A lot has happened.
I went back to work on January 28th L.
(That wasn’t exactly the best day or week for me.)
Life has been crazy ever since.
I don’t get home until close to 5pm and then it’s time to feed Royce and then make dinner.
We don’t have a lot of spare time anymore or the money to do a lot of things right now.
In fact, there was one week I think we had cereal or eggs 3 days in a row!!
When we can and we do have time, we do make new recipes. It just hasn’t been as often as we would like. I do have several recipes that we need and want to share with you.
The other day Marvin was so sweet. I was venting about how frustrated I was that I don’t have time to blog anymore and he said ‘teach me how to blog and I’ll do it for you so you can spend time with Royce.’
That was so sweet of him to offer! But, we haven’t had time for me to teach him.
Maybe this Saturday during General Conference?
I also wanted to explain that another reason why we haven’t been posting is because I became an Independent Consultant with The Pampered Chef and part of their policy is that we can’t use personal blogs for self promotion. So over the last 2 months we have making their recipes and using their products so that I have everything put together for cooking shows and I can’t post about any of that without running the risk of losing my contract as a consultant. I recently contacted them and they said they are working on revising policy so we may be able to start posting more often soon. There are a few recipes in the mean time that I’m going to try and post.
(I'm also on FaceBook now. I not sure how to add that icon to my blog at the moment but I'll get there. Come find me so you can keep up with what's going on while I get back into the swing of blogging again!)
 It’s just still an adjustment finding the time with a full time job and being a new momma and I’m sure there are those of you out there who know what I’m talking about! J
I also wanted to share my Easter experience with you. I know that I haven’t done very well with my Spiritual Feasting posts and I want to work on getting better at that.
I know that it’s Tuesday and usually it’s ‘tip day’ (which I need to get better at that too) but we’re going to change the schedule up a bit and have Spiritual Feasting today.

 Sunday was GORGEOUS!!!!!!!
Blue skies and about 62*
I sang in church.
The Bishop pulled me aside about 2 weeks ago after singing with a group of sisters in Relief Society and asked me if I would sing on Easter Sunday. I was super excited! I LOVE singing.
(We have been in this ward since August and I have done pretty well of staying under the radar with my ‘hidden’ talent, but now the cat’s out of the bag.)
So I went home and started looking up songs.
The one that I chose is called “I Have Not Seen, Yet I Believe” by Sally Deford.
My mom and I practiced for two weeks. It’s a beautiful song and over the last two weeks it has really become a part of my testimony about the Saviors Atonement. It gave me goose bumps every time we practiced.
On Sunday morning as we were practicing before church, I had this feeling that I wasn’t going to make it through the song. All my life, whenever I hear stories or watch movies about the Crucifixion I cry. I’ve always felt like I had a close personal relationship with our Savior.
Well, I should have heeded the prompting that I had…
I should have tried to separate myself from the song a little better.
I lost it in the middle of the third verse.
I couldn’t make it through the rest of the song.
I spoke the remainder of the song as could not stop crying enough to sing.
Here are the lyrics…

They heard his voice; they saw his face
The promised Savior come to earth in days long past
They saw him heal the sick and cause the lame to stand
They watched as wind and waves were stilled at his command
And though I did not see him calm the raging seas
His hand has calmed my troubled heart
And I believe

They heard his voice; they saw his face
They heard his teachings of forgiveness, love and faith
He blessed their little ones; he taught them how to pray;
He fed the multitudes who hungered by the way
And though I did not taste the bread he bade them eat
His word is manna to my soul
And I believe

They saw him scourged and mocked to scorn
They heard the angry crowd, they saw him crowned with thorns
They watched him bend beneath our burden in the streets
They saw the bitter nails that pierced his hands and feet
And though I was not there to watch with them at Calvary
My spirit weeps
I have not seen
Yet I believe

They heard his voice; they saw his face
The risen Jesus, crowned with vict'ry o'er the grave
And though I did not see his triumph over death
Though I did not see him draw immortal breath
I know he lived and died and lives again for me
My faith is sure
I have not seen
Yet I believe

 I was so mortified that I had messed up and couldn’t hold it together.
As I sat down and finished crying, Marvin said there really wasn’t a dry eye left in the room.
Everyone pretty much echoed what he said after the meeting and that even though I didn’t sing the song as perfectly as I had intended, the Spirit was present and strong and they enjoyed how my testimony shown through.
I have never before had the experience of truly feeling the Spirit through song and it was an amazing experience.
I can say now, that I do have a testimony of the Atonement and of the price the Savior paid for our sins and that I’m ever so grateful for his Sacrifice for us.
The rest of our Easter was spent with my family as we made them dinner and it was really, the perfect day and weekend!
I hope that you all had a marvelous Easter weekend!!!
And I have to mention that this weekend is General Conference.
For those who don’t know what that is, it’s when the leaders of our Church speak to all the members throughout the world via broadcast and offer advice and encouragement to continue on in our daily lives and endure to the end. It’s a wonderful weekend full of amazing Spiritual Feasting and I may, if I can, have to do a double post on Saturday and Sunday to share what I’ve felt, heard and learned! I hope that you have all have a great week!!!


Feb 13, 2013

{wednesday weekly meal} Garlic Brussel Sprouts

Welcome to another Wednesday!
Can I just say that I love Wednesdays?
Wednesday means that you're half way through week!!!
That means that no matter how awful, or how good, your week started it can only get better from here!!
I want to wish you all an early Happy Valentines Day!!!
We don't really do anything terribly exciting and romantic for Valentines Day.
Just cards but this year I have a little surprise for my husband.
I'll have to share it with you next week just incase Marvin decides to get on here for some reason!
Okay, so onto our recipe for the day!!!!
How many of like veggies?
I'm not a super fan of them. I have my favorites
Peas, Brussel Sprouts, Peas
Okay, so I LOVE peas but I'll eat almost any veggie.
I have loved Brussel Sprouts since I was a kid. We usually drown them in butter.  :)
Well Marvin got creative and decided to saute the Brussel Sprouts.
I have found a recipe on Pinterest and we finally tried it and I LOVE them this way.
I hope that you'll like them as much as we do.
2 lb Brussel Sprouts
4 tbsp Olive Oil
5 cloves of Glaric, minced
1Lemon, juiced and zested*
3 tbsp Asiago Cheese**
(*we did not use the lemon)
(**the recipe calls for Gruyer)
Clean the Brussel Sporuts by timming off ends and peeling the off the outter leaf layer
Cut them in half
Heat Olive Oil in a large skillet on medium to high heat
Once heated add the halved Brussel Sprouts to the pan and saute them for about 7-8 minutes on each side so the outside is carmelized and the inside is soft and fully cooked
Add the garlic half way thru the cooking
Reduce the heat to low and add the lemon zest/juice with the salt and pepper
(*again we left out the lemon juice)
Sitre to combine the taste and add more seasoning if desired
Top with cheese and serve

Feb 6, 2013

{wednesday weekly meal} Breakfast Burritos

Happy Wednesday!!!!
I really wish that it was Friday.
I've been back to work for a week and a half now and it's killing me. I get up way to early and I miss my little man so much during the day. It's certainately been an adventure and I'm excited to keep going. I'll have to update you guys more later on how our life has changed, but for now, here is a great breakfast idea that we found.
Now we love breakfast burriots. We used to have them a lot when I was pregnant because I loved having salsa. All we would do is eggs and sauge with salsa. Pretty easy right?
Well here is recipe that we found that has more flavor and color to and we enjoyed it.
The best part is, was there were instructions for freezing and re-heat!!!!!
I was way excited for that part because then there is instant breakfast, or another dinner another night!!!!
So with out further adu, here is the recipe.
1 lb Sausage
1 1/2 cups frozen, cubed Has Brown Potatoes
1/4 cup Diced Green or Red Pepper
4 eggs, lightly beaten**
12 flour Tortillas (8 inches), warmed*
1/2 cup Shredded CHeddar Cheese
Picante Sauce and Sour Cream*
*size or ingredient optional
**I used 5 eggs and there was not enough egg. Either decrease the Sauge or increase the egg.
In a large skillet cook the sausage so its no longer pink
Drain and then add the potatoes and pepper, cook until tender about 6-8 min
Add slightly beaten eggs and cook/stir until set
Spoon filling into each tortilla, sprinkle with cheese, wrap and enjoy

To Freeze and Reheat
Wrap each burrito in waxed paper and foil.
Microwave on high for 2- 2 1/4 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 65* turning burrito over once.
Let stand for 20-30 seconds
Can freeze for up to a month


Jan 30, 2013

{Wednesday weekly meal} Berry Crepes

These crepes were delicious!!!!

I think I would rather them as a dessert than breakfast but either way we were pleasantly surprised by how delicious they were.


1-1/2 cups fresh Raspberries*
1-1/2 cups fresh Blackberries*
1 cup (8oz) Daisy Brand Sour Cream
1/2 cup confectioners' Sugar
1 carton (6oz) Orange Creme Yogurt
1tbsp Lime Juice
1-1/2 tsp grated Lime Peel*
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/8 tsp Salt
8 prepared crepes (or so)*
(*measuerment or quantity optional, we used a package of strawberries and I don't remember how many crepes we had)

In a large bowl prepare your fruit

Mix together sour cream and sugar until smooth

Stir in yogurt, lime juice, lime peel*, vanilla and  salt

Serve to your specifications!!!



Jan 23, 2013

{wednesday weekly meal} Avocado Egg Salad

Happy Wednesday everyone!!!

Sorry this post is so late today. I didn't realize that I was out of the pre-scheduled posts from before I had my baby. But you're in luck!

I was cruising around Pinterest the other and I found a great and rather tasty healthy lunch! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. I'm so glad that I have a healthy recipe to take with me when I go back to work.
 (Going back to work is a touchy subject right now, but being healthy is important to me  to help me loose the last remaining weight.)

4 Hard Boiled Eggs
1-2 Avocados, depending on the size
2 tbsp Mayo (or desired condiment)
Curry to taste (optional)

Jan 16, 2013

{wednesday weekly meal} 'Forgotten Chicken'

I feel like a genius when it comes to this recipe. :)
I found it online and was super excited to try it for a Sunday dinner. 
The reason that it's called 'Forgotten Chicken' is because you simply put it all together, throw it in the oven and 'forget' about it for a few hours and enjoy!
Now, we have a gas oven and I really didn't want leave my oven on for a long time let alone unattended while we were at church. 
I took this simple oven recipe and made it even easier and made it a slow cooker dinner. 
I was so excited when we got home from church and dinner was ready and smelled good and I felt so proud of myself that I took a chance and came out with something successful and delicious.
(I'm posting this as an oven dish and I'll explain the slow cooking dish at the end.)

Boneless skinless chicken breast
2 cups Minute Rice (uncooked)
1 pkg Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can Cream of Celery Soup
1 can of Water

Mix together "cream of" soups, water and the uncooked minute rice
Pour into a buttered casserole dish
Lay chicken breast on top of rice mixture and sprinkle onion soup mix on top
Cover with tin foil
Cook at 250*-275* for about 3 hours
Cook at 350*-375* for about 1 1/2 hours
The outsides of the rice will be brown and crispy but the inside and the chicken will be perfect!!

NOW for the Slow Cooker Portion...

Clean the chicken (I like to get the extra fat off)

Place the "cream of" soups and rice in the bottom of the crock pot and mix together

Place the chicken on top of the mixture

Sprinkle the Lipton Onion Soup Mix on top

Set the timer for about 4 hours

Serve with your favorite veggies

This was spectacular! I loved how easy it was and how cool my house still felt after it was made!!
I hope you love this as much as we did!!!!!

Jan 9, 2013

{wednesday weekly meal} French Bread Pizza

I used to love love love freezer pizza. 
We always have frozen pizza in our freezer and it is always a great go to when I don't want to make dinner or something comes up last minute and we don't have time to cook anything. 
But, at the beginning of my pregnancy and right as our oven broke, we made a freezer pizza and it didn't get cooked all the way through.
It was disgusting and doughy and well, even thinking about frozen pizza makes my stomach churn.

Since we can't afford to have pizza all the time I found a rather perfect alternative and it may even be cheaper than a frozen pizza depending on if you already have the ingredients on hand or not.
So enjoy the recipe I found.
(sorry there are no pictures for this one)

1-2 loaves of French Bread
1-2 jar of Pizza Sauce
Any Toppings
Pepperoni, Green Peppers, Olives, Tomatoes
1-2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
(1 loaf is plenty for two people)

Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees

Cut French Bread in half length wise

Place halves on cookie sheets open faced

Spread 1/4 of the jar on each side

Place your favorite toppings on the French Bread

Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread slightly brown

Cut into strips and serve

Jan 2, 2013

{wednesday weekly meal} Stove Top Roasted Red Potatos

There have been several Red Potato Recipes floating around Pinterest and I wanted to try them out. 
Unfortunately, when I found them was when my oven broke and well, most if not all the recipes called for some oven use.
So I got on Google and did a search for stove top red potato recipes and I found this one. 
It was perfect and I know it's been a while but as you've noticed I've finally found time to update my blog.
(Serves 4)

6 large Red Potatoes
3 tbsp Butter
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
3/4 tsp Dried Parsley
1/2 tsp Dried Basil
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder

We used a few more than 6 potatoes since ours were on the smallish side

Wash the potatoes well, slice into bit-sized pieces

Put them into a glass microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10 minutes

Remove from microwave and allow to cool for a few minutes

Heat a skillet onto medium heat and add butter

Sauté potatoes and add the seasonings to taste

Cook for about 6-8 minutes or until the potatoes are softened and browned.


They were so delicious. We looked at the recipe, figured out how many potatoes we wanted and then did the rest off of taste. I don't think we measure the seasonings at all. 
They cook a lot faster then you might think so if you're preparing something else with it like a meat, make sure this is closer to the end of the preparation processes.