Pinterest Cooking

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Made a few fun things lately.. random this and that kind of stuff. New fun favorites, some healthier options, homemade options, tasty goodies and another list of stuff to try this week.

Homemade Coffee Creamer- This is delicious, can’t wait to experiment with different flavors. http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415663563/

Baked Monte Cristo’s- Oh these were lovely, so impressive and took just a few minutes to throw together! http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415304004/

Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce- So my husband loves the Tostitos jar stuff and I thought we needed a better version, it was soo good and easy to boot! http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415843383/

Cilantro Chicken- Easy, Tasty and perfect to bring to a friend that had surgery (thats what I did this week!) I changed it up a bit but my info is on there! http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415751920/

Apple Chips- I should have followed the comments and not the directions on the recipe, the temp was too high and I burned mine, but when I tried them before they burnt they were delish! http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415284118/

Yogurt Melts- Couldn’t be simplier, next time I want to mix in some greek yogurt in with the yogurt! http://pinterest.com/pin/157344580701337615/

To Try This Week-

Chubby Hubby Bars, for home group 🙂 http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415741995/

Creamy Cool Corn Dip, my inlaws are visiting and my MIL loves corn dishes, so will give this a try for a snack! http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415637214/

Spicy Honey Chicken- Thinking about making them kebob style instead! http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415763739/

Mexican Empandas- Serve along side some spanish rice and a nice salad, yumm! http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415272860/

Happy Cooking Friends!!!

This and That

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Just some fun, random, and off the wall things going on around here.

Ever since my hubby arranged to have my house clean I have felt such a weight off my shoulders. It felt daunting each day/week to get it all done and seemed to never stay clean enough. But since … ahh I can breathe so much better. I have been able to keep up with the house. At first I was like you are paying what?? I can get a better deal, but then realized I needed to let go, accept his gift to me and not take over, so darn hard for me! What I really wanted is him to take the kids for the whole day so I could tackle it and then take the money the next day and go shopping.. lol. But where is he going to go for a whole day, just not in the cards!

I am loving our new bath/laundry room. Still searching for the right towels, got to order the shower and laundry door, and do the molding. But its functional and fabulous!!!

Poor hubby has had a quite a work week, alot of extra work got dumped on his plate. He worked 16 hours on Monday, each day a little less thankfully. But he is an amazing attribute to his company. He showed up Thurs night with flowers to say he appreciated my support this week and got Justice a little treat too! What a guy 🙂

Justice-

Earlier in the week he says “When I get bigger and get married I am going to work in the sound booth like daddy”

Later in the week, as we are on a walk, he blurts out “I don’t want to get married!” I reassure him that is fine and he doesn’t have to… lol

He just had a birthday party and he is obsessed with his birthday now and we are already planning the next one. It is going to be a firefighter party at Pump It Up. Can’t hurt to plan ahead right!??

In his room having quiet time I heard him playing the guitar and singing a song to Jesus. He comes out of his room and plays me the song he wrote “Jesus I want my friends to have you in their heart” was what he played and sung. Blessed this mommy’s heart something big, we called Daddy and sang it to him over the phone too!

He asked if he could speak at Nana and Papa’s church as we are going their for Easter and they are sharing their testimony. I told him well probably not its just going to be Nana and Papa.. but if you could what would you say? With his  shoulders shrugged and his eye brows raised and a question in his voice ” I guess I would say God loves them!?” He was super sweet and had such an innocence in his voice.

Addison-

Blowing kisses with more passion, still mainly to Daddy and Justice has gotten a few as well.

Is falling deeply in love with her babies, she pats their back and squeezes them tightly.

While nursing tonight she was playing peek a boo and would stop to laugh the most adorable sweetest little giggle ever!

Saying Bye Bye and Daddy, says brothers name comes out sounding like Justey.

You can get her latest hip update here.

 

Bathroom Remodel

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Just a quick few pictures to show you how our little remodel is going. Usually the saying goes, “Jack of all trades, master of none,” not in my husbands case, he is pretty much the master of ALL! Its crazy how talented he is. We are fortunate to be able to use those skills as to pay someone to do what we were doing would be completely out of budget and we would never be fixing anything up around here.. thank you to our tax refund we are finishing the job. We still have a little ways to go but we are getting there!!!

The floor ready to be tiled

Laying down the tile.. what a stud

Grout drying!

Shower, still needs to be grouted (getting done this week!)

Floor is in, so is toilet and pedestal sink (that we scored for $20.00!)

Then in our fabulous bathroom, we put in a space for a laundry room that was previously just my washer and dryer out in the garage! So nice not to have it inside the house and have a pretty space to make functional and pretty. I still have a few things to do in this space. I got the idea off pinterest and ran with it. I want to hang up some special hooks that will hold my dust mop and broom on the side, few cute things hanging on the wall for color, and touching up my labels, organizing a bit more to be perfectly functional. But so far so good and I am pretty happy. We will also be putting in bi-fold doors.

My favorite part!!! Inspired by Pinterest, http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415524591/

 

Oh be still my heart, I love this space!!!! My hubby hung up 3 shelves and we put in a pole to hang up laundry.

 

Happy 1st Birthday Addison

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Oh dear, are we really sure its time to celebrate her first birthday?? Its gone faster than I could have imagined. Maybe with each kid it goes faster? Everyone else was in shock when I was updating my status on facebook that my little girl was almost 1 and I was really having an emotional time with it. I didn’t expect to be so sad. I thought it was kinda funny when other people felt that way, with Justice I was so excited for him to be 1 and each year after to celebrate. But with Addison I felt like I got robbed of time and it just was stolen from me. Anyhow, thrilled to be the Mom of both of my kids and truly blessed!!

Addison is just a gem. She is a happy, content and sweet girl. She has the cutest laugh when tickled, adores her brother, has Daddy wrapped around her finger, Mommy’s sidekick, lover of food and nursing, loves to wave at people, hugs her dollies, only blows kisses to Daddy (hoping that stay the same till she is 25!), and talking up a storm.

She goes in for her 1 year check up next week and will get her stats, but she is very healthy and has the best cubby cheeks ever!!

Love you so much baby girl, you are my sweet daughter and I pray that we always have the sweet relationship we have now! Mommy and Daddy are so proud of the precious girl you are! We Love You!!!

Pretty Princess

Pretty Princess

Happy 4th Birthday to Our Little Man

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4 sounds so grownup. Its super close to 5 and being old enough to go to school, craziness. Justice almost seems older though. He is so inquisitive and is just too smart for his own good. Highly aware of his feelings these days and doesn’t hesitate to share them.

He is full of life, energy, social butterfly, loves Jesus and asking alot of serious questions these days, wants to go somewhere and do something fun every day, hilarious as I’ll get out, is a great date, has a huge soft spot for his sister, is his dad’s shadow, mommy’s helper and someone we are very proud of.

We love you buddy!

Helping Papa and Daddy put in our carpet!

Update on Addison

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First of all a huge Thank You from the bottom of our hearts for all your emails, texts, phone calls, hugs and support this last week. We are so truly blessed with amazing family and friends! Its so nice when life is hard to know that along with Jesus you have others you can turn too and that support and believe with you.

We went in for Addi’s appt on Wednesday and left with cast on her cute little body. We didn’t get the miracle we had prayed and hoped for, but we were thankful that they didn’t have to do surgery and that we are taking care of the problem now and in a few months she can live hip issue free and be able to run, jump and play like she was made too!!

We have been spoiled with meals set up, flowers delivered, gift basket of fun for Addi and Justice, lots of offers to help and prayers. So we continue to trust Jesus that He knows what is best and will heal her this way.

I have decided to start a blog to journal/document/share our journey during this process to be able to help others out there as its not a very fun or easy process. So if you wanna check her progress, feel free to. http://www.letstalkhips.wordpress.com

Believing for Big Things!!!

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Health, its such a wonderful thing. But when you or family members aren’t healthy then life sometimes isn’t so fun! We have dealt with Justice’s asthma/bronchitis issue since he was just 1 years old. He has been on an inhaler ever since… but not any more.!!! Wooohoo, thank you Jesus for an answered prayers. I have tried expanding my horizons a bit and trying to think outside the box, sometimes conventional medicine is needed, but sometimes you gotta figure out another option too. I remembered a friend mentioning a fabulous vitamin her family started using to build up immune systems after her little guy was in the Childrens Hospital at OHSU for sometime. So I got the info from her and ordered it immediately. Justice use to get a cold just from looking at a kid with a cold from across the room I swear.. then we would be up all hours of the night doing breathing treatments as his asthma would flare up. In the fall our Doctor increased his inhaler dosage and not that long after I started him on the immune support vitamin drops. Then I noticed he was dealing with colds much better, not needing the nebulizer.. hooray! His colds would also not last as long and not be such a big deal. So I slowly started doing the inhaler once a day instead of twice. I had considered talking him off his inhaler after cold season was over. Then we were about to go out of town and his inhaler ran out, which would mean spending $50 and getting to the pharmacy before we left town. But I decided not too, yep right in the middle of winter, why not just go off it. I felt peace about it and went without it. We all got nasty colds in January and thought okay will see what happens. Monitored him closely would check his breathing and almost held our breaths wondering how his body was going to react. Not one breath was out of wack, he even had a croupy cough during one night and still was strong and great! We have been so amazed and thankful that God took our little man’s asthma away.

Just in case you are looking for an amazing vitamin to build up your immune system, thought I would pass the info along! (not saying to go off any meds you or your kids are on, just FYI) Justice takes it once a day on a normal basis along with his regular multivitamin and then if any signs of a cold approaching I up it to 3 times a day which is actually what they suggest everyday. (same friend passed along that tid bit too.. smart lady, thank you Julie Everett!!)

http://www.amazon.com/Source-Naturals-Wellness-Herbal-4-Ounce/dp/B00185VKRI/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1329083387&sr=8-5 Also if you subscribe and save its just 9.35 to have it sent, and then it gets delivered to your door as often as you want it too, which I do it every 2 months!

So with one miracle already answered this year, we got 2 more to go. Addison goes up to OHSU Doernbecher’s Hospital on Wednesday and we are expecting a fabulous report and that her hip is strong, healthy and in the right spot. Then once we get through that we will continue to pray with great passion for the Hubby/Dad in the house for his headaches, neck, jaw and joint pain to be healed and be gone forever more.

One day closer to a miracle..

11 months, SAY WHAT???

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Okay enough is enough, stop time, freeze it, whatever we can do to slow down!!! We are almost at the year mark, not okay at all. As much as I love seeing her change and grow its all happening way too soon. I vowed this time to take it all in more and savor each moment, but I want her to be a newborn again and just lay on me and snuggle. Now there are plenty of advantages to her being older, feeding herself, nursing less (actually weaning wonderfully!), sleeping great (which she has been a pretty great sleeper from the beginning), seeing her scoot, crawl and grow. She is so mobile and getting into EVERYTHING right now I feel like my job just tripled to make sure she isn’t into things she shouldn’t be, already having to say no and start training her, oh dear. She is changing day to day right now even physically its crazy, they grow during naps I think!? Seeing her and Justice together just melts my heart! If she gets in the bath so does he, they can’t be apart very much. In fact Justice had a playdate at friends for the whole day and he wanted to take her with, when he got home he told us how much he missed us.. precious!!

I could type on and on about how much I love her, adore her and can hardly get enough of her (though I do appreciate a break!). I do just melt when she lays on my chest and snuggles in before naps and bedtime, again trying to savor it. Justice is still cuddly so hope she will be too!

What’s she up too..

Crawling

Into Everything

Wants so share whatever food I am eating

Loves to look out the window into our backyard (she is gonna have so much fun out there this spring/summer!)

Morning/Afternoon Nap

Loves to play in her kitchen and brothers room

Enjoys going to the store with me

Trying out nursery in church so Mom can somewhat attend church (short periods of time, not quite sure about it all)

Starting to talk more

Time for Food!

Snack time at the grocery store

Playing in the tupperware drawer while I cook

 

Planning Meals

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Baby is sleeping, Justice is at a friends house and I just finished lunch, watching a movie and planning some meals. Planning food, grocery shopping, cooking, eating, they are all my favorite things to do. If you have joined Pinterest, like me, the food and recipes have been a fun inspiration. I get stuck in ruts and need to go out of my usuals to fix.

On the food agenda this week..

BBQ Pulled Pork, Sweet Potatoes and Sauteed Green Beans, inspired by Klyn’s Blog

Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese w/ Salad (making a double batch as a friend had a baby) inspired by Giada (i use rigatoni, no ham, a mixture of italian cheeses, you don’t even cook the sauce you just throw it together, amazing and so easy!!! )

New Recipe off Pinterest- Cashew Chicken, Steamed Rice, with a side dish??

Spinach Mozzarella Ravioli (thank you Costco), Grilled Chicken,  some veggie dish?

Carne Asada (bought at a mexican grocery store) Spanish Rice & Refried Beans (made big batches and pulling from the freezer)

Pan Fried Cube Steak (my recipe), Roasted Potatoes and Salad

Dishes on the Horizon to try..

http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415239061/

http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415445485/

http://pinterest.com/pin/212161832415437241/

Any good recipes I gotta try out there?

 

 

 

9 months old

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Okay so I am a little behind in posting this, but nevertheless!! Well this month has came with alot of adjustments and been a bit more challenging. I can tell her brain is learning so many new things, adjusting her routine, got a nasty snotty nose/cold, scooting around on her bottom (not crawling, but wanting too but hoping she doesn’t figure that out soon, more on that later). She still lights up the room with her sweet smile, can now wave and flirt up a storm! She recently figured out that she has a bow on her head and can take it off.. silly girl!

She is pretty attached to me and can get a little fiesty if I walk out of the room and/or reach for me if someone else is holding her, so special that she loves me so much but hard to have a break sometimes!!

The Stats:

18.5 pounds

27.75 inches tall

9-12 month clothes

morning and afternoon nap

11ish hours at night

So in the past I might have briefly mentioned that she has had a minor issue with her hip and has been in a brace off and on since she was 2 months. Not easy, but manageable. We had finally been given a good report and that her hip was deeper into the socket and looking good! But we just had a follow up appt where they took an x-ray to confirm all was great.. well it was not! Very disappointing and heart breaking. So now we have to move on to bigger and harder things. So right now we are awaiting insurance approval to set an appt for a procedure to be done (hoping to avoid surgery). They have to put her out (aahhhhhhh not cool) and play around with her hip and socket, insert some dye so they can see if something is causing all to not work properly as of right now her right side is all alighned correctly but not her left side its off by about 14 degrees. If its still minor then they will be putting a spica cast on for 3 long and miserable months and have it changed and xrayed 1/2 way in. If they find other problems then they will do surgery right then as well and still proceed to cast. For something so minor this has not been a minor emotional thing at all. Not looking forward to the next month, but praying diligently, doing some fasting and expecting God to come through and do a miracle for our sweet baby girl! So when I said I don’t really want her to figure out how to crawl right now that is why as it will be taken away from her from quite awhile if she is casted as planned. Any and all prayers appreciated! 

Otherwise she is perfectly healthy and overall the apple of my eye!! 

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