Wednesday, October 22, 2014

19 Weeks

I've been slacking on the blog this week, but it's all for good reason. 

I've spent my evenings this week cleaning our new house so we can be ready to move in Saturday!

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 19 weeks
Size of baby: Baby H is the size of a mango or zucchini depending on who you read.
Maternity Clothes: All maternity pants and bras, and Piko tops.
Gender: Boy
Movement: Friday it felt like I had a popcorn popper in my stomach, then I drank too much water the other night and the baby's movement made it super obvious. 
Sleep: My hips hurt, and I couldn't get my arms comfotable one night. 
What I miss: Nothing this week.
Cravings: Super cold water, it's too hot down here.
Symptoms: heartburn & minor nausea

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Shortcut Cinnamon Rolls

Now before we even get into this recipe I'm going to warn you, it isn't exact. 

Not every recipe is meant to be exact, so don't shoot me for sharing. This really came to me a few weekends ago when I just wanted to make a fun Saturday breakfast without some overnight yeast dough. 

Not everything has to be a from scratch yeast dough to be good. 

My grandmother's recipe from the chocolate rolls gave me the idea to go this route with them. Pioneer Baking mix is obviously a gift from God that should be used accordingly. 

If only they'd make it whole wheat my life could be complete. 

I managed to steal all my ideas from this from every cinnamon rolls I've ever made from scratch. In real life I'm a taste as you go cook, typically when the blog isn't involved there are no exact measurements. 

So take this non recipe for what it is, taste as you go, change the filling, change the frosting. Make yourself happy with it and claim it as your own. 

Shortcut Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls - 
3 cups of Pioneer Baking Mix (or other baking mix)
1 cup of milk (I used almond milk)
1/2 stick of butter, melted

2 cups of powdered sugar
1/4 maple flavored extract
strong coffee
2 tbsp melted butter

Preheat over to 375 & grease a 13x9 baking pan. Combine baking mix with milk until it forms a dough. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead a few times. Roll out into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Brush melted 1/2 stick of butter onto the dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar as desired. Roll dough from the long side and seal edges. Cut dough into about 1 inch pieces, I use string to do this usually or unscented floss. Place dough into baking dish and bush tops with any extra butter. Bake for 25-35 minutes until golden brown. 

For the frosting, in a mixing bowl combine melted butter, maple flavored extract, and powdered sugar. Slowly add in coffee and milk to achieve your desired thickness and taste. Start off with 1/4 cup and gradually increase liquids. 

When rolls come out of the oven immediately frost and serve warm.

**Like I said this is not exact, you can easily change the filling or frosting depending on what you like. Leave out the coffee if you don't like it. We're just coffee people. Add more butter. Just be sure to taste as you go along so the frosting is how you'd like it. You can always add more sugar to correct overdoing the liquid. More frosting never killed anyone. 

What's your favorite food to make for Saturday morning breakfast? 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I Heart Pinterest Wednesday

I'd like to start this sentence with "so," but after telling multiple kids not to start a sentence of that way I'll hold off from doing so. 

We're closing on a house this week. 

Oh we're moving into it you assume. 

Not at all. That would make too much sense. 

Instead I'll just self soothe with some Pinterest while I wait on these people to move the mess out. 

I made this today, crazy easy. Plus I'm positive my current inhabitatent was grateful for it as well. This child is going to learn what pumpkin and apple spie spice are at a young age. 


Let's just go ahead and add these rustic looking salt & pepper shakers to the long list of things I'll make when I finally get to move in.

This is close to the best idea I've ever seen on the internet. Butterfinger anything is heaven.

I spent Saturday sending my sister random memes. Enjoy.

This perfectly describes Ellie. I kid you not, Jeremy brought home cracklins and Ellie acted like I was ending her life ever single time I took one out of the bag and stuck it in my mouth instead of hers. Then again this is the same dog that has a walled eyed hissy fit if Jeremy and I make any contact what so ever, as in hugging or speaking to each other. She must have all attention. 

Bless his heart. 

This just seems like a really good idea. 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Weeks 17 & 18

I'm starting to realize the babyness hides well under a flowy shirt, none of which can be hidden in a tshirt. 

We did hit a few fun things at week 17, like picking out a first name and someone actually asking just how far along I was. As opposed to assuming I got chunky in one spot. 

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 18 weeks
Size of baby: Baby H is the size of a sweet potato, and apparently my uterus is the size of a cantaloupe
Maternity Clothes: All maternity pants and bras, and Piko tops.
Gender: Boy, I'll tell the name on here once all the IRL people know:)
Movement: Nothing I can tell is specifically movement. I've had a lot of digestive problems though so it's probably disguising it. 
Sleep: I've learned I can't eat certain things for dinner or it ruins my sleep. As in broccoli and cauliflower. 
What I miss: A big mid rare steak. Jeremy makes me eat my food cooked through. But he hasn't protested deli meat yet. 
Cravings: Apple and cold fresh veggies with vinegar. I don't exactly hate chips and potatoes though either:)
Symptoms: heartburn, I've never had it in my life and it's so stinking weird. I've had a slight bit of nausea but I think it was due to no sleep and weird digestive stuff. Plus Jeremy shoved the dog and her hot breath in my face and it make me gag. 

In other life event news, we are closing on a house this week! PTL this is happening before I get so huge that packing is worse than it is now. 

I did have a funny moment last week when that made me realize that this child has killed my ab muscles. Ellie took something under the bed and I tried to take it back, well the only way to reach her was to lay flat on my stomach on the floor. I got it back, but getting up was a chore. 

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Shrimp & Corn Soup

If Jeremy hadn't been working out lately to prep for the Warrior Dash this weekend I wouldn't have heard a word about this dish making him fat. 

However, if there is anything you need to know at our house his disdain for what I cook is directly related to what "thing" is coming up. Albiet, while he was training for the marathon a few years ago I couldn't keep weight on the man. 

I did lighten this up just a smidge for the man, and when I say lighten up I don't at all mean it wasn't still super heavy. 

Don't look at this for a moment and think this is healthy, it's only good for you if you fall into the calf category and have a need for high amounts of milk fat. 

But it's dang good and that's what matters. 

Shrimp & Corn Soup

1 stick of butter
1 small onion
1 small bell pepper
1 can of cream of potato soup
1 large russet potato, cubed and cooked through
2 cans of corn (14 oz ish)
1 lb peeled shrimp
2 pints of half and half
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 small package of cream cheese
3 green onions, plus extra for topping
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Cajun Seasoning and Pepper to taste

Melt butter. Saute bell pepper, garlic, and onion. When onion and pepper are nearly done add in the cubed potato. Add in cream cheese, half and half, and soups. When cream cheese is nearly melted, add in shrimp and corn. Bring to a low boil and stir frequently. Cook 10 minutes or until shrimp is done. Season with pepper and Cajun seasoning to taste.

*I didn't actually use butter in mine, I was completely out. I opted for grape seed oil because I had it on hand and it worked out fine. So if you don't want all the butter go for olive oil or another you keep stocked. Also, if you aren't in the mood to chop and want this to go even faster, buy a bag of seasoning blend and small bag of cubed hash brown potatoes. 

As per the usual with Nanny's recipes there aren't a ton of directions. This actual recipe was emailed from my Pop's sister Frances. I have quite a few recipes in this collection though that have come from recipes they've tried and emailed out to their siblings.

I didn't go too heavy on the Cajun Seasoning in the soup, I left that mainly to be added to individual servings. Not everyone likes the same amount of spice and salt around here!

What's your favorite soup to make in the fall? 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

I Heart Pinterest Wednesday!

It's still Wednesday, even though Tuesday felt like it should have been Tuesday and I'm not totally sure what today feels like.

I did have to rush this evening when I realized tomorrow was a test day and I had yet to create a test. I live in the world of slacker, yes I knew what would be on the test exactly, but typing it up exactly how I wanted it to look had yet to happen.

And that with said, let's enjoy our weekly Pinterest therapy session.

I saw this recipe for Groaning Cake and am really intrigued. Has anyone tried a similar recipe before? Trust me I'm willing to do placenta encapsulation crunchy at times so this seems like a dream concept if it actually helps with milk supply and post baby-ness. 

I had to pin this for one simple reason, my 6 year old crockpot needs it desperately. I'm honestly surprised the thing hasn't grown arms and pinned this itself. 

Y'all are going to get really sick of me this holiday season, but we are closing on a house next week and for the first time in 3 years we will have room for a Christmas tree! I'm dying over Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas right now!!

Jeremy is building this, he may not know it, but he is. Especially since he hates how my bathroom counter always looks, this will solve that issue. So when you read this in a month Jeremy, make this. I'll even take it as a Christmas present. 

I've said it for ages, but the end goal with our table is to get benches for either side and a nice tufted chair on each end. Until then, and after having drug down all of our dining room chairs from the attic, we are just going to pain them all the same color so they somewhat match. As long as it looks country chic and not garage sale cheap we are good to go. 

I did this kettle bell workout the other day and loved it! Granted I modified it a bit, and did lower weights than I normally would, but it was a fun short workout to tack on at the end of my usual weight lifting. 

Target currently has these in black and tan, I'm going to need both colors. Right after I donate a huge load of shoes to Goodwill, moving means purging what I don't wear ever right?

What were some of your favorite pins form this week?

Monday, October 06, 2014

Meal Pinning Monday

This week doesn't have any pins, but it's because I'm making other items this week. As in, one of my grandmother's recipes made it onto the menu.

So you'll be seeing those recipes very soon.

[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Wednesday - Spaghetti & Meatballs
I found the most amazing sauce recipe and have played with it a bit. It started off as as bread dip, but it's too good not to double and make spaghetti out of. Plus it's super simple to make. 

Thursday - Friday -  Nanny's Shrimp and Corn Soup

Saturday - Warrior Dash for Jeremy - so I'm eating out with my parents:)
Sunday - Eating out

What are y'all cooking this week?
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