Saturday, June 30, 2012

Baby Playdate

My little bird had her first baby playdate with her cousin Noah. He was born 24 hrs & 4 mins before her, but was a month before his due date, which is why she makes him looks itty bitty.

At birth she was 7lbs 5oz, and little Noah was only 4lbs 6oz.

My cousin John & Noah and my mom & Amelia

Friday, June 22, 2012

I love my sister

My mom & sister came on Thursday to visit since my sister hasn't gotten a chance to meet her niece yet. On Sunday were heading back to NY! Yay! I cannot wait for homemade ice cream & real pizza! My mom brought bagels down for me too! You seriously can not get a good bagel here!

Yesterday we went to get a kiddie pool from walmart, and it wasn't until we checked out that we realized we drove a car. Fail! So my sister & I strapped it up tight & off we went... For about half a mile before it blew off. Fail again! All the bungees were still there perfectly though. Lol.

My brilliant and hysterical sister proceeds to fold the pool in half and shove it in the front seat with us since the baby & my mom were in the backseat.

And this is how you get a pool home if you don't have a truck... :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sweet Summertime

Swingers baby!

She posted this on the local support page that I help my neighbor out with! Someone is awfully daring to put this out there like this! Lol

Fresh blueberries :)

I posted before about my score at the local produce stand and my fresh blueberries. Love them! My dad got me a tree for Easter & I can't wait til it gets big enough to produce fruit!

Anywho... I used some of my blueberries to make blueberry crumb cake using a pioneer woman recipe:

I am NOT a baker! I learned to cook by watching my mom & grandma who follow the Italian style of not measuring anything. Following a recipe exactly is not my thing... Sadly I did not put enough sugar into the actual cake part, but thankfully there was enough sugar in the topping that it still came out tasting yummy! I'm def going to have to go back & get more blueberries so I can try again.

Sorry I'm a fatty & ate some before I snapped a pic! Lol.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I love...

The look on people's faces when they see me driving my husbands truck! Lol

They definitely don't expect a little blonde chick behind the wheel of this dirty beast!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Oh Moby

Some days, this is the only way I manage to get anything done...

Monday, June 11, 2012

I love fresh produce!

My farmers market stash:
-4 white peaches
-1/2 dozen ears of corn
-2 green tomatoes (that I can't wait to fry! Yum)
-1/2 bag of green beans
-3 big zucchini
-quart of blueberries

Grand total: $12.95

I love having a huge produce stand less than 5 miles away. I do not have a green thumb, so I'm glad I can get farm fresh veggies for way cheaper than at the super market.

Anyone else cook their corn in the microwave? I learned the trick from my momma. Instead of lugging out a pot & boiling water, you just wrap it in cling wrap, and pop it in the microwave for 8-10 minutes. Soooo much easier... Although I still prefer it cooked on the grill, but it's too wet for that here :/

Tex-Mex Chicken Stew

My mom sent me this recipe from the book "Slow Cooker Revolution," and I adapted it a little. I have a smaller size crock pot, so I make this in a 12q stock pot on the stove. I like to have extra for the hubs to take to work.

1. Dice up a few Vidalia onions (I used 3 small) and sauté them with a little bit of oil on med/low until soft.

2. Throw in some diced jalapeños... The recipe calls for 2 fresh ones, but I'm lazy, so I got the pre-diced nacho type.

3. Throw in some minced garlic (recipe calls for 6 cloves, again I used pre-minced) and some chili powder.

4. Once the onions are tender, toss in a can of diced tomatoes w/chilis (I used 2) a tablespoon of tomato paste (I skipped this part bc I knew I'd end up not using the rest of the can & throwing it away) and 2 cans/1 box of chicken stock (I always do low sodium) you also are supposed to add 1/4c of minute tapioca and a tsp of light brown sugar, but I'm sure you could skip them (I didn't)

5. Take 6 or so chicken thighs and push them down into the broth... It says to salt & pepper them but I didn't bother since I didn't use the yicky skin.

6. Cook on low for 4 hrs or so until your chicken is done. Pull it out & shred it, then toss it back in, minus the skin/bones/cartilage

7. Add a can of black beans, drained (I used 2), a can of chipoltes in adobo sauce (diced) and 2 cups of frozen corn (I also added mushrooms)

8. Cook another 10 minutes or so until the corn is done on medium

9. I add minute rice to mine as well. You only need a cup more or less bc it will obviously expand! Take it off the heat & let it stand, covered for 10 more minutes for the rice to cook

10. Top with cilantro & shredded cheddar

11. Enjoy :)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

If you have a baby... have got to have a ceiling fan! She thinks it's pretty darn entertaining :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Someone REALLY should have warned me

Good God is taking care of a baby a lot of work!

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, I've been held hostage by this little demon spawn:

Awe, you think she's cute? Me too! But don't let her fool you, she's a rat fink! 

When I was pregnant, the hubs talked about the baby co-sleeping with us. I gave him a big heck no! For starters, he sleeps like the dead, and has elbow-dropped me to the face multiple times in his sleep. We also have four dogs who sleep in bed with us. Well, along she came, and heaven forbid this child sleep in her bassinet or crib for more than 15 minutes. I finally had to give in to the co-sleeping for fear of my sanity. You never realize how much you miss sleep until you're not getting any! Thankfully, if she sleeps in my arms, we can normally sleep from 22:00-07:00 with a quick feeding around 02:30. I know co-sleeping is not in her best interest, but its the only way she'll stay asleep through the night. I'm seriously hoping she grows out of it, but seeing as I co-slept with my mom until I was a toddler, I have a feeling this is God's revenge on me.

Same goes for taking a nap. Sure, she'll nap... if I'm holding her, but put her down in her swing, and the little eyes pop back open. I've tried letting her scream it out, but she's got lungs of steel, and there is no stopping the tirade, unless she gets picked back up & snuggled. I'm currently typing this with her snuggled up asleep in my lap. My left arm is half numb from her laying on it, but I'm bound and determined to post something today. It's been far too long.

Usually, I can count on one good nap in her swing, where I run around like a mad woman trying to get my house in order. Normally, I can manage to unload/load the dishwasher, run a load in the washing machine, and sweep the floor. I try and prep dinner as well. For a while, the poor hubs was coming home usually around 19:00, after a long day at work, and having to make his own dinner, while I fed the baby. I finally found some crockpot recipes that I could throw together during her nap, and have ready when he came home. I've gotten most of my recipes from THIS website.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE this little baby. She's absolutely adorable and has such a personality. As much as I can't wait for her to get a little bigger/more independent, I am loving that she wants to be with me 24/7. Thankfully, the regular school year doesn't end until this week, so I still have an entire summer to stay at home and love on her. I lucked out with having her born so close to the end of the school year, but it is going to make going back next year pure torture for me!

I'm going to try and make time for blogging, even if it is just something quick from my phone. Being a stay at home mommy isn't the most exciting adventure, and I'd hate to bore you all to tears with our day to day routine (if there is even anybody who stuck around since I've been MIA for 2 months) but I've tried some yummy recipes and crafts that I need to share when I get some more time.

Until then, I'll leave you with a few of my favorite pictures of the little stinker so far.