Monday, January 10, 2011

All The Fun Stuff

Yes, I am still excited.
Yes, I cannot wait.
And yes, I have been sick and tired and that has kinda tempered the situation...
... but only slightly!

Food used to be one of my favorite things... hence the blog that has mostly consisted of recipes thus far, but lately I am afraid to open my fridge. Just the sight of some foods can make me ill.
Especially green olives... I bought a huge jar of garlic stuffed green olives at Sams Club 4 days before I found out I was pregnant and then 2 days later I had to ask Karl to move them to the back of the fridge so that I couldn't see them. Yuck! I thought it was particularly ironic when I found out that this week (week 9) my baby is the size of a green olive. Great! Thanks! ;) I think I'll just say he (or she) is the size of a grape instead. Much less gag-inducing!

But back on the subject of food and my picky stomach. My favorite foods lately include oranges, cheese sticks, salt and vinegar kettle chips, and blueberry bagels. My poor, poor husband has been fending for himself food-wise as of late... lots of easily prepared meals. Hopefully I'll be okay soon and can get back into the kitchen!

I have to say, we have got to be one of the most prepared couples. Due to my awesome job I was able to get a great deal on a infant car seat and stroller and one of those convenient pack and play things. Saved about $250.00 and I'm only 9 weeks along. I've always liked to be prepared but this is a little extreme even for me... but you have to take advantage of deals I guess.

Anyways... that is my life as of late. I am looking forward to my first appointment later this month. We'll get to hear our baby's heartbeat! Can't wait!

Thank you for continuing to read! The comments are really appreciated!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Our Christmas Surprise (aka my excuse for ignoring MHDSR)

Some of you probably already know this, but for those of you who don't...
we found out about a week before Christmas that...
We Are PREGNANT!

It was a nice Christmas surprise for our families! And though we had our suspicions, it was nice to know for sure!

So now we're just rejoicing in each email update I get telling us how big our baby is this week (week 8 and the size of a raspberry!), counting down the days until we get to meet our little boy or girl, and I'm dealing with being perpetually tired and fairly sick at almost every hour of the day!

Sometimes it's still so hard to believe that I'm going to be a MOMMY!!! God is so good! :)

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I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas and are enjoying the hopes and dreams of this coming New Year!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Art of Stacking Dishes

I have never in my life owned a dish rack... and as far as I know neither has my mother or grandmother. We have always just spread a dish towel on the counter and stacked the dishes there to dry.
It can be kinda hazardous and precarious if not done correctly... so here are some guidelines:

~Bowls are set to lean against the back splash in two rows (3 if needed), and plates lean against them.
~Glasses and mugs upside down in two rows to the left of the bowls and plates.
~Silverware a grouped together and set with the bowl of the spoon facing downward so they drain properly!
~Pot lids lean against plates and the pots themselves get stacked one inside the other and set on top of the bowls

That's how it's done... it takes awhile to perfect the art ;) but I love not having a dish rack to clutter up my precious counter space!

After draining for about 2 or 3 hours they're all dry and ready for the cupboard.

Sometimes I don't get to it right away and Karl will need a bowl (in the rare case that we run out of the ones in the cupboard) from underneath the pile, and I am proud to say that I can usually get a bowl out from the mountain of dry (or drying) dishes without upsetting the delicate architecture of the stack! Try it sometime... it is quite a feat! :DP.S.
My rings and hairband always come off my finger and wrist (respectively) before my hands enter soapy water... I'm just picky like that! ;)












Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My "Secret" Recipe for Chili

My mom taught me how to make chili.

And we never used a recipe. But to be able to pass it on to all of you wonderful people I put it in a recipe form.... but please, don't use exact measurements... it's so much better when you wing it!

And for tradition's sake please make 4x what you plan to eat in one day... 'cause that's what we've always done. Make so much that you are either forced to eat it everyday for a week (which Karl thankfully likes to do) or freeze some for later. That is the tradition when it comes to chili.... ;)

My Mom's Chili~ yields a big old pot full

Begin by chopping up at least 3 medium sized onions and mincing 3 or 4 garlic cloves. Add these to a pot with just a splash of olive oil (enough to keep them from sticking to the pot) and 2 tablespoon of chili powder. Mix until the onions are nicely coated in chili powder and then saute until just tender.
At this point add about 3 pounds of lean ground beef, although we have made it with ground turkey or ground venison and it turns out just as good! Cook until the meat is browned and some lovely juice begins to collect at the bottom of the pan.

Now it becomes imperative to add 3 cans of sliced stewed tomatoes and all the juice that come with them. Also add 2 (or 3 if you like beans) cans of dark red kidney beans, but please drain and rinse them first!
I usually add about 2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and paprika (to give it a sweet and spicy flavor)! But you can adjust these ingredients to taste... experiment and have fun! :)

We usually eat about half a bowl with a spoon and the other half gets scooped up with tortilla chips... YUM!

We are currently on our 4th (or possibly 5th day) of eating this most recent batch of chili (which tells you how long I've delayed this post) and neither of us are sick of it yet! When the weather is cold and snowy, like it's been here in Fargo, ND, Chili is the perfect remedy... it warms you right up! :)

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Thank you for all of the good luck wishes on my new job! It is going very well, although I have a different position than I stated with... one that I like much, much better as I no longer have to get up at 6 am! I am not and never will be a morning person! :)

Thank you for stopping to look here today... I'll hopefully be posting more regularly now that I've got in the swing of thing! Thank you for your patience!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

My Promise

In the next week I promise to post my recipe for chili... I PROMISE!!!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I will be back soon!
Thank you for you patience!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sorry...

I am a bad, bad person for not posting in forever... please forgive me...
I start my new job today and after I get settled in there I hope to get back to posting regularly!
Thank you for your patience!
See you soon!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Crepes

One of my favorite memories of my brother-in-law Erik (who went to heaven this past February after battling Neuroblastoma since he was a 6 year old) is when he made all of us crepes when he was home for Christmas this past year. I will never forget that wonderful morning... we had tons of different toppings and the crepes just kept coming, hot off the griddle. I will never make these without thinking about Erik. He is greatly missed!


1 1/2 c. flour
1 T. sugar

1 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

2 c. milk

2 T. oil

1/2 t. vanilla extract
2 eggs


Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt
together in a bowl and then whisk in the milk, oil, vanilla and the eggs until thoroughly combined. Yeah, it's that simple...

Plop a small pad of butter into a large skillet and heat over med-high heat until butter is bubbly. Pour about a half a cup of batter into the skillet and cook until slightly browned on one side and flip over and cook until slightly browned on the other side. Repeat until batter is gone.

And now for the fun part... top the crepes with your favorite toppings. I went with some vanilla yogurt, orange marmalade, dried cranberries and a sprinkling of cinnamon! Karl did vanilla yogurt,
strawberry jam and a heavy dusting of powdered sugar!




Monday, October 25, 2010

It's the Little Things That Matter

Rainy days (like today) when I can stay in my flannel pants.

A cup of tea that is just the right temperature.

A book that I just can't bear to put down.

Two lovely kitties to cuddle with.

Really, really cute finds on Etsy.com.

My Husband...

... who will be home in 2 hours and 48 minutes. (not that anyone's counting)

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What are the little things that matter in your life?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Going to the Dentist....

It's no big deal... just a cleaning, but I HATE going to the dentist with a passion!
I hate the smell of the dentist office, the metal scraping against my teeth during a cleaning, people asking me questions when their hands are in my mouth and the little cards they make you bite down on when they take ex-rays.
But I do love how clean my teeth feel afterward. And so I suffer through it...

And that makes me wonder... What is it that you hate doing, but have to do anyways?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

a Day in the Life of Our Cats: Part 1

Meet Misty...
And Stormy...
... our lovely kittens!

They start out their morning by eating the same breakfast day after day... Cat Chow... YUM!
And then the follow me into the bathroom and watch me brush my teeth and hair and put my makeup on.
Clearly they think I'm fascinating... ;)

And then it's time to play in the sunlight that streams through our porch door.

Their favorite toys include a hacky sack and an old ethernet cable! They are so easily amused!

Directly following the playing in the sunlight comes the resting in the sunlight... sometimes it's difficult to determine where one pastime ends and the other begins!


Here is Stormy staring at the fridge. Why? Do not ask me! She's crazy like that!


Sometimes they curl up together on the floor or couch...


... but most of the time they sleep separately...
... insanely cute... right?


a Day in the Life of Our Cats: Part 2 coming soon!

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Hope you enjoyed this first day of my PhotoBlog! This is something I hope to do periodically in addition to my regular recipe posts! I take a bazillion pictures a day anyway and so I figured that I should do something with them beside just letting the sit idle on my hard drive! Hope this is something that will interest you... let me know what you think!