Thursday, October 30, 2014

Copy Cat Orange Julius

When we were kids Saturday morning was always the favorite day of the week. 

We watch Saturday morning cartoons, which included my favorite book turned show "Fudge" as well as orange juice smoothies. 


There was a packet of stuff you could use to make orange juice smoothies that was pretty good, but not nearly as good as an Orange Julius. Mom loved a good Orange Julius. 

In a fit of pregnancy hormones a few weeks ago I started using what I had around the house to try and come up with an easy recipe, most of the recipes I've used over the years called for orange juice concentrate and I didn't exactly feel like leaving the house. 

Hence the recipe I came up with that night and have drank two entire bottles of orange juice by myself making these every day. 


Copy Cat Orange Julius

serves 1 (or 2 if you like to share)
Ingredients::
1 packets of granulated stevia (essentially 2 tsp)
3 tbsp half and half
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of Simply Orange Orange Juice (low pulp)

Directions::
Add all of the ingredients to a mason jar and shake well, serve over ice. Or you can freeze some of the orange juice and make this in a blender if you prefer frozen. 


What was your favorite drink growing up? 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I Heart Pinterest Wednesday

After a long week of unpacking and doing little handy man chores it's high time for some Pinterest therapy. 

Y'all I kid you not our bed hates us, don't ever buy a bed from Ashley Furniture. 
We bought ours 5 years ago and it has collased for no reason once a year every year. 
Last night it finally bit the dust. 


High Key photo tips, not exactly food friendly, but fun to learn. 


I haven't gone fall decorating crazy around here, but I did buy a pumpkin. Maybe by Christmas I can be in full holiday decorating mode!


Love it!


Banana Bread just smells like Saturday morning growing up, that and an Orange Julius. These are bound to be divine. 


Here's my little semi homemade recipe I shared a few weeks ago, I plan on making them again when my parents are in town while J is off with the guys. 


I made these a few years ago and the bowl was nearly licked clean by Jeremy. That is proof it's good. The man doesn't get excited about too many things. He just doesn't love food like I love food. 


I love this idea, especially since we have to keep a guest room if we ever want visitors. Thanks living over 3 hours away from family. This is a great use for any sample size items you get, especially since I tend to forget everything when I travel anywhere. 


I love a good simmering potpourri, and since Jeremy is sick of smelling the Williams Sonoma one with rosemary this will have to be my winter smell. Side note... these are great for people with allergies. While my Scentsy and candles make me sneeze, this kind of stuff never does. 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

20 Weeks

We've hit the halfway point! 

The Piko tops tend to hide the bigness, but trust me it's there. I feel like this week is a large and in charge kind of belly week. The kids have started picking on me, in a good way. I turned around in the lunch line to see a few of my boys standing behind me sticking their bellies out.


Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 20 weeks
Size of baby: Baby H is the size of a banana.
Maternity Clothes: All maternity pants and bras, and Piko tops. I had to venture into maternity nursing sleep bras this week. The tatas are out of control. 
Gender: Boy
Movement: A little if I eat something sugary. I've had so much digestive stuff it's hard to tell if it's him or me. 
Sleep: Decent, but we are adjusting to the new house so it's weird and doesn't feel like home yet.
What I miss: Nothing this week.
Cravings: Super cold water and really cold raw fruit and veggies.
Symptoms: heartburn & minor nausea, my feet are a little puffy. I think my body just isn't use to carrying this much weight or weight that goes in this direction.


I haven't given a Dad update in a good while - he's doing well. He's been home a few weeks now and they are looking into how they'd like to finish off cancer treatment. We thought for a second they'd do radiation, but it seems they would rather get his strength up and do surgery.

We are awfully lucky to have him doing so well, the doctor commented that he's not seen anyone recover from this as quickly as he did. Which basically means he survived it. Thank God for giving us more years with the crazy old man either way:)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Meal Pinning Monday

We're finally in the new house and today begins cooking in my new much larger kitchen.

That can only be described with Whoo Hoo!



[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 - West African Chicken Peanut Stew

Tuesday - Leftovers

Wednesday - Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Deconstructed Samosa and Bombay Sweet Potatoes


Saturday - date night

Sunday - eating out

What I'm packing for lunch - Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins

If I don't have something sweet I tend to lose my brain that day, thank's pregnancy. So I'm trying to go slightly better than ice cream and make this for the week - Pumpkin Fluff

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

Ingredients:
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
cinnamon
sugar

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

Directions:
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. 


Amen.


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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