On a side note its been day #2 of heartburn. There's hope my baby won't be bald!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
On a side note its been day #2 of heartburn. There's hope my baby won't be bald!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
A funny thing about frogs in relation to our son. Steve and I watch this Japanese Anime and one of the characters name is Jiraiya. He's a funny old ninja with... an army of toads. He's referred to respectfully as the "Toad Sage" I guess you could say Jiraiya kind of led us towards the name for our boy. We liked the name it sounded cool and maybe even biblical? So we researched it and we found Jeriah which means "Jehovah has seen" . We didn't have to think or look anymore we had our baby boy's name. He would be Jeriah. Our little toad sage seen by Our Lord and watched over by an army of cuddly frogs(that will grow in number quickly at the rate we're going!)
I find myself pretty excited at this idea of a little froggy boy. There's something special about little boys. Their enthusiasm and impish faces. Their desire to make mud pies and play with worms. At the moment all I can think about is a squishy little baby so tiny with a smooshy little face for me to kiss and tiny little toes for me to tickle. I can't wait to snuggle him against me! Its funny how deeply I've fallen in love with this little boy over the last week of knowing who he is. And the journey is only beginning... Ribbit Ribbit
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Who are you little one... I realized yesterday that I can't wait to have a name for the child that is making me nauseous and or causing me to grab my tummy after a sharp little jolt of pain! It would be nice to start this whole discipline thing early ya know...Emma Grace don't make mommy's tummy twinge like that or Jeriah Daniel Mommy will eat a graham cracker in just a minute be patient. Sometimes I'm sad that it won't be a surprise but I'm accepting and seeing some benefit to knowing who's in there. I'm afraid to think one way or the other who it is I'm afraid I'll be disappointed which is silly because I wouldn't be disappointed either way. A Sweet Emma would mean cute frilly clothes and a baking partner for mommy. She would mean hair to braid and a niece for Uncle Andy and Uncle Ryan! I would get to teach her to be a big sister and give her my most treasured baby doll! A little Jeriah would mean overalls and super Mario t-shirts he would be a little gaming buddy for his Daddy and a little brother figure for Izaiah which would be good. He would be upholding The Goble Family tradition of first born boys! How could I possibly be disappointed at either outcome.
Sometimes I think I feel my munchkin in there when I'm laying in bed. It feels like their doing aerobics moving so fast that can't be right... can it? Or I feel like the faintest tiniest little bitty thumps? That could all be in my head. Sometimes I'll put my hand on my tummy and think I feel things then I realize ohh that's my own heartbeat! I should be feel something soon and know for sure that my baby is playing with my insides! Maybe I have been for a month and I'm just afraid to believe that it really is my baby dancing inside me! I'm kind of eager for this experience to be a little more real a little more tangible. I think most of the time I forget I'm pregnant cuz I don't really feel or look pregnant. ( so long as I've had a snack) That stage where I hate all of my clothes and feel fat and self conscious is fast approaching! (Dear Santa for Christmas may I have a new pair or 2 of pants and a black and white bella band? ) My husband still tells me I'm beautiful! I love him! :) Other people too tell me I look good I'm gonna store it up for when I really do feel fat and ugly! I don't think you'd know it to look at me that I'm 5 months pregnant. I haven't taken a single picture cuz when I look in the mirror I still see myself. I wanna take pictures and see my baby and me! I wanna be able to look back someday and show my baby see that's when you were in mommy's tummy! :)
I've been reading too much... too much about Breast feeding, cloth diapering, home birthing and too much about vaccinations! With so many ideas and opinions it's so easy to get confused or question what is right. There are things I know for sure... I know I will breastfeed for as long as I can and my baby wants to! I know I will use cloth diapers cuz they're cute and we'll save so much money and it seems like the right thing to do! I know someday I would like to have a baby at home if I'm able! Vaccinations well that might require more reading and prayer...
In one more week we'll know and my world will never be the same... It hasn't been the same since I peed on 4 sticks one Sunday morning :) There's something about knowing though. We can't wait to know who God is knitting together in my belly! That will be a joyous thing! My baby can hear me soon and I can't wait to sing to it. I can't wait to sit on the couch and hold my big belly and sing to it about My Father's love! I can't wait to stop calling the poor kid IT!!!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Broccoli Bake... As long as I can remember my mom has made this for Christmas, Thanksgiving or both its ridiculously simple ridiculously easy and ridiculously horrible, fattening and bad for you to eat... but on holidays we're supposed to indulge right? :) I craved this non-stop for a week before Thanksgiving and pregnancy had nothing to do with it. I wanted the cheesy gooey crunchy broccoli goodness baked up and spooned on my plate. Broccoli is very very good for you afterall hehehe! Steve who's previous favorite holiday food was always Green Bean Casserole will now willingly confess the Broccoli Bake is #1 since he met me! Now onto the recipe:
4 pkg frozen chopped Broccoli (about 40 oz)
1 lb loaf Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
40-50 Ritz crackers, crushed ( sometimes I'll put crushed in the casserole and whole cracker on top to be pretty and don't feel limited with 40-50)
1 stick (1/2 c.)Butter, melted
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) In a saucepan cook Broccoli until hot, then stir in Velveeta and stir to coat its not necessary that all the cheese melts just so that that Broccoli is coated and saucy. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir in half of the crushed Ritz Crackers. Spread into a greased baking dish (13"x9") and top with remaining crackers then pour melted butter over top. Bake for 30 min until hot and bubbly.
I hope someone will try it and love it as much as we do... Oh and if anyone sees a blog giveaway for a Le Creuset Dutch oven... let me know as that would resolve Culinary desire #2 tee hee!
Friday, November 6, 2009
• My body feels like my body but also like someone else's. It listens to me and feels like mine but it does all these weird new things. There are new weird twinges new weird feelings new weird responses.
• I wish I had known I'd want a bra made of sand paper so I could've started crafting one together a few months back.
• I've learned green is not just a color it's also a way of describing how I physically feel...
• I've hated egg nog my entire life... but I think I just might have to drink some this Christmas season... thick creamy sweet milky stuff what could possibly be gross about that? WHAT AM I SAYING???
• My pre-pregnancy breakfast was a couple good gulps of water then I could get up get dressed and have a snack before I started work. I learned after about 3 mornings that if the first thing in my stomach isn't food I'll be late for work.
• At 14 weeks pregnant I have officially thrown up 3 times. I have felt like I was going to throw up every day for the last month.
• No amount of ginger candy, ginger tea, ginger ale or food in general seems to make the oogy green feelings go away. Sleeping and eating seem to be the only reprieves.
• Sleep... I didn't think I could love sleep any more than I already did. I wish I could get more, it seems like I never get enough and it's getting harder to sleep. I think my bladder has an alarm that goes off every 2 hours...
• Water, How do I love thee fair water! My water bottle has never been far out of reach my whole adult life but it has never tasted so sweet so satisfying I feel like I'm learning wonderful new things about water...
• I've rediscovered the joy of tea... (Thank you Daelynn) All tea... mint tea ginger tea fruity tea... Tea is for Dea!!!
• This one is quite shocking... I Deaira Lynn Goble have almost entirely lost any desire to cook... I still love cooking mentally I still love food but actually cooking eh... I hope this is only temporary... Thanksgiving is coming soon and that's my favorite day all year!
• Weirdest cravings to date... Fish sticks, frozen nasty crunchy salty little fish sticks you feed to 5 yr olds the epitome of garbage to this foodie girl and yet I craved those... I've never voluntarily eaten a fish stick in my life! Thankfully this craving went unfulfilled and passed! I have also craved fast food like never before Taco Bell and McDonalds. The fast food you eat out of desperation I wanted it I needed it Steve reluctantly took me to McD's but he jumped at the chance to have Taco Bell.
• My favorite foods since becoming pregnant: Salad crunchy wet fresh luscious salad with salty dressing! I have also craved anything salty and meaty... Hot Dogs ( I can eat them I'm so excited!) and pepperoni... French fries and potatoes also to a lesser degree.
• I have almost completely lost my sweet tooth which is unusual for me. I will see desserts or candy but I can pass it by with little interest unless I take a bite then it's as delicious as ever.
• So far as of my last Dr. appointment I have lost 5lbs. The way I see it if I have to gain 15-20 better to start out having lost 5 :)
• I don't think I'm showing yet at all... I ditched my regular jeans a month or more ago not because they didn't fit they just weren't comfy anymore... and all of my dress slacks and other pants still fit. Steve however thinks my tummy looks rounder and cute. I have looked at myself in the mirror and thought hey wow I look good I look like I've lost weight!
• We officially don't care if it's a boy or a girl... The only time I ever have any sort of opinion about what I have is when I'm looking at baby clothes... saw the most adorable sweater dress in hot pink red orange and brown I would've snatched it up if I was willing to spend $40 on an article of clothing my child would outgrow in less than a month... I'm also far too talented with a crochet hook to put up with that nonsense.
• I've been going to CafeMom.com trying to figure out what my tagline should say... By the provision of God a stay at home mommy that believes in natural childbirth breast feeding cloth diapering baby wearing home schooling spanking giver??? that's a lot of various qualifications to give oneself... and that's not even half of it. People identify themselves on Cafe Mom like they do in personal ads!
• A shout out to my mommy who in true mommy fashion has mothered me by helping me clean my house from time to time when all I wanna do is cuddle up on the couch and feel green.
I'm sure I could think of additional observations and lessons but this is a pretty long list for now Maybe I can reference it next time I'm pregnant.... Except none of this will be normal next time and I still have to convince Steve that we'll want to do this a 2nd... 3rd.... etc time. Its also possible after reading this he'll claim it as his manifesto against baby # 2... 3... etc
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Now, I'd give anything to hear my grandma's voice again I miss her nearly every day and I can only imagine what she'd have to say about the possibility of a new baby for her to love. She loved babies she loved being a Grandma! My grandma made me feel like I was her favorite grand kid. I'm sure she didn't have favorites but she really made me feel like I was it. I was always Grandma's girl. She told me this, she'd hold me and hug me when I cried and say "Be Grandma's big girl Deaira." When I was with Grandma I didn't feel like a little kid I felt like her buddy.
Grandma had other wisdom too... She was around quite often when I was growing up. I'm thankful for that! The wisdom I've heard repeatedly in my head the last 2 weeks... "Just throw it all up Deaira you'll feel better" Now really what kind of advice is that? Who likes throwing up ever... Grandma was generally right tho I'd throw up after hearing her encouragement 100 times and then she'd bring me 7 up and tuck a sniffling sick little me into bed and it would all be better when I woke up :) Somehow I don't think that applies to pregnancy. I fear if I were to listen to Grandma's voice inside my head it would start a horrific cycle of toilet hugging I'd really like to avoid... FOREVER!
I think I've decided the best thing for me to do is just remain horizontal as much as possible which is convenient cuz napping seems to be my new favorite pass time...
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
The most beautiful blanket I think I've seen so far is that one at the very top. I found it around the time we found out we were expecting... I love the simplicity of it I love the colors ( safe for either sex) to me its just the most beautiful simple thing but so colorful and fun. Still i don't quite know if its special enough to be the blankie from mommy! :)
I'M GONNA BE A MOMMY!!! wheee hehee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Praise God I have not puked once yet...and Praise God even if I do... but I really don't want to! He is creating a wondrous work inside my body!
I'm in a complaining mood lol... like how is it fair that all I wanna do is sleep like sleeping 10 hours a night seems to be the greatest thing ever and then that buys me about 6 hours of energy before I want a 2 hour nap. This is not conducive to a business environment or a normal work week! Ya know what else isn't working with work... eating 6 small meals a day! First off I'm having a hard time adjusting to eating more than like 2 meals a day add in the fact that my breaks at work are only 10 min long which is barely enough time to pee refill my water bottle and text my husband to tell him I love him let alone eat a banana or something... so I've been eating about 3 meals a day with a reasonable sized snack in the evening. I'm really wondering how I'm going to keep this up. Every day I get home from work and want to go to bed but I still need to cook dinner, spend time with my darling husband, read all this info and books about pregnancy and stuff, finish my Christmas crocheting, keep my house clean, pack lunches, do laundry and feed my neighbors cats while she's away... Its so true that a woman's work is never done. I'll take being tired and the PAIN that comes from my body preparing to feed my little Sugar Bean (when I say it that way it sounds much better than describing how I yelp if I lean against something the wrong way...) over vomit and dizziness any day. I shouldn't complain too much I should be grateful I can still work, grateful I can still function and restructure my day even more to allow for 10 hours of sleep and a nap in the middle of work while trying to squeeze in another 2-3 small meals... LOL
Haha in truth I really can't complain about being pregnant so far... compared to some... My sister is anxiously waiting to hear that I've spent some Quality time hugging the toilet ( she'll be hopping mad if I make it thru 9 months of pregnancy without puking)... and Steve's co-workers have him so afraid that I haven't been sick he wishes I would vomit at least once a week just to re-assure him and them that everything is fine... LOL
7 weeks tomorrow... and counting... I love my little Sugar Bean already tho... but we have a journey ahead of us still yet..
Saturday, September 5, 2009
My dear sweet coffee fix... I miss you already every morning when I wake up and realize my wake up drink is a juice box... I miss your rich warmth. The nutty roasted flavor that fills my whole mouth. I'll miss my first sip of a caramel macchiato how its rich bitter coffee mixes with thick buttery caramel... Oh yes it may be awhile dear coffee before we're reacquainted again but I will always love you.... (don't worry I want no part of your evil cousin de-caf) there's a winter full of hot cider, tea and cocoa for me!
My all American treat... Hot dogs... salty garlicky tubes of meaty goodness in a soft bun with mustard. The perfect grab and eat lunch. I have so many sweet feelings about you dear hot dogs, like before I got married when I was living with Daddy and he'd make hot dogs at midnight... ah yes... supposedly you're safe piping steaming hot and maybe if I buy the all natural kosher beef I can eat one or 2 of you now and again.. Know you'll be missed. I'm putting my Dad on high alert to eat my share of hot dogs.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Don't forget all that shredded pork! There is so much potential there! For us those containers of shredded pork became....
Pulled pork sandwiches: Stir some of your favorite BBQ sauce into the pork heat it up and serve on a toasted bun with a side salad or tater tots I think we usually had corn on the cob from the farmer's market.
Shredded Pork Tacos and Burritos: saute half an onion til tender and some chopped garlic add in the pork with 1/2 cup of water and taco seasoning or cumin and chili powder let the meat simmer and re-heat in all those yummy flavors... fold into giant tortillas with rice and re-fried beans etc or stuff into tacos with lettuce and cheese tomatoes or fresh salsa. I made these Burritos tonight and my sweet husband proclaimed them "Restaurant good"
Ideas for next time...
-Stir in some kind of stir fry sauce (Teriyaki or Hoisin) into the pork with steamed veggies serve over rice or Asian noodles (Ramen anyone?) could be a tasty Asian rice/noodle bowl.
-Chile Verde stir in a bottle of green chile sauce and diced green chilies allow to simmer serve with warm corn tortillas... I can't wait to try this one!
-If you're adventurous like me... make tamales masa is super cheap and masa dough is a cinch to make you can even buy it premade somtimes. Season the pork like you do for burritos or chile verde and wrap em into tamales with corn husks, Steam for an hour or so and you will think every minute you spent wrapping tamales was worth the first bite! :)
- Would barely require 1/2 cup of pork maybe... with some BBQ sauce stirred in with some red onion and green pepper maybe some pineapple and cheese... arrange on a frozen cheese pizza or fresh pizza crust and you have... BBQ pork Pizza.
There you have it 7 (or more) meals for $15-20. Next time I think we're gonna try this with a more expensive beef chuck roast and make some beef and vegetable soup instead of beans and we'll see how we do :)
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Thankfulness Thankfulness is what I long for!
Thankfulness is what I need!
Thankfulness Thankfulness is what you want from me!
No, I did not lose my job... and where I work its easier most days to get fired than it is to keep your job. I'm just thinking ya know reflecting perhaps on the current state of things. We all know at least one person who's out of work or recently lost a job. I'd be willing to bet we know more than one. ( I can think of 5 off the top of my head) We just heard today that one of Steve's relatives lost his job after 30+ years with the same company. I hear this and I'm sad of course thinking of the impact this has on my friends and my family and then it comes that little knock knock of the Holy Spirit and my ungrateful wicked self is CONVICTED!
I wake up every morning grumbling dragging myself into the shower with a moaning groaning attitude because I have to go to work. I've decided the highlight of my morning ( after kissing my husband) is the coffee pot. (Folger's sure had it right with that slogan except maybe the Folger's part) I long and I pray for the day God allows me to stay home barefoot and pregnant chasing baby Gobles ( yes I know you've heard this song and dance) or at least maybe work from home. I daydream about this not having to rush in the morning about having 2 or 3 or 10 cups of coffee. Even if I have to feed clothe wash and change babies that are screaming ( I say this now... these words will come back to bite me...) anything so that I don't have to walk into a building run by politics, red tape and a time clock. Everyday there's some new form of tedious stupidity like paperwork that must be filled out on every phone call in addition to clicking a web page at least twice per call and signing in and out to go to the restroom and "Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination" some days its like kindergarten. Most days the load feels so heavy one more "required task" and the pile could topple over. Some days I wish for unemployment. If I could stay home and search for a job online or find someway of learning new skills to get a better job. My house would always be clean. I'd never have laundry piled up. Even in the worthwhile things like a clean house it all boils down to an ungrateful discontent sinful ME!
See how easy it is for me to complain to spill out all of the ugliness instead of embracing the simple peaceful knowledge that "This is where God has me" and "This is what God wants me to be doing" Why can't I be content with that. I see the blessings of it I see God's provision in it. I have God with me all day feeding me holding me close to him providing for my stress giving me what I need in each moment even when I don't see him even when my bad attitude gets in the way He's still there... I need a grateful heart! I need a grateful attitude! I need a spirit of Thankfulness!
p.s. I'm gonna need some more help with this Lord!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
In large saucepan, combine sugar, milk, cocoa, salt, and butter and mix well. Bring to a boil and cover saucepan for 30 seconds to allow steam to wash sugar crystals down sides of pan. Stir mixture and bring it to a boil that can't be stirred down for 1 minute. Then remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth. Add oatmeal and mix well. Do not use regular or instant oatmeal; quick-cooking oatmeal is essential to the success of this recipe.
Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the oatmeal absorb some of the liquid.
Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or parchment lined baking sheets. Let cool until you can touch the mixture; then reshape the cookies to make them more a ball shape. Let cool completely; store at room temperature. You can also pour this mixture into a 9" square pan that has been greased with unsalted butter, let cool, then cut into squares.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Chicken salad with grapes
1 Cooked chicken, cooled, cut into cubes (I bought a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store but you could roast or poach your own)
2-3 stalks of celery, finely diced
4-6 green onions, sliced
2 apples seeded and diced ( I used golden delicous, but a more tart granny smith would be good)
1/4 c toasted pecans, chopped
salt and pepper and garlic powder to taste
1-2 cloves chopped fresh garlic
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
1 cup Mayonaise (approxiamately i just add it by the spoonful until its coated)
Red seedless grapes, as many as you want they're my fave part!
Mix everything together except the chicken and grapes then when it is combined fold the grapes and chicken in.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I hugged these things close sending my love in a box to Michigan to keep these sweet boys warm.... I didn't forget Gabe either he'll have his very own bright colorful blanket to snuggle up in.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I realized something walking around the store today so many people in this country don't cook really don't cook. It got me thinking ya know when Steve and I go to the store we kind of stick to the perimeter where the whole real foods are we occasionally drift down the aisles for the odd canned vegetable or bag of rice, beans or flour. But on the whole I hope we don't do too badly when it comes to the choices in our shopping cart.
My pantry isn't perfect. I have cake mixes and pre-made cake frosting. There is always a brownie mix or 2 in there also the odd side dish helper. The top shelf has lunch stuff and popcorn more of the junk food things we seem to never eat but that's besides the point. I confess to some pre-packaged convenience food short cuts on occasion!!! However, overall I think it would be fair to say that I don't really cook with that stuff.
I was noticing carts around me at the store tonight with piles of tv dinners stacked like tall buildings cushioned by pillowy potato chip bags on a foundation of diet pop the biggest irony of all... (I do confess an abiding love for pepsi and a stubborn reluctance to even consider its removal or reduction in my life...is a 12 oz can a day really that horrific?? I try not to think about it...I drink like a gallon of water a day lol ok I'm going to stop justifying my horrible behavior now) I couldn't imagine dinner being whatever I could pull out of the fridge/freezer and then microwave into existence or wait whoa some of them even work in a skillet... mmm yummy....
Good REAL food doesn't take more time it doesn't take more money( I promise I'm CHEAP) it doesn't even take a lot of skill... all it takes primarily is just a little thought. The ability to handle a knife and a decent spice cabinet can help you along the way too.
I'd like to teach the world to cook...
Thursday, June 25, 2009
*I searched high and low for a silly pattern to crochet a stuffed turtle for nephew #3 Asher Levine Southwell who will be born on July 8, 2009 when I finally found a pattern I liked the woman wanted $8 for the pattern so I looked at her picture very carefully and invented my own... Pictures will follow as soon as the sweet squirt is stitched together (the turtle not the baby)
* The veggie soup I made way back whenever probably around the time of my last random post is still stupendously delicious after its long sojourn in the freezer and is especially soothing to the sore throats that are currently visiting the Gobles this week... silly allergies! We hope its allergies is anyone else sick?
* That banana picture reminds me of the 5-6 blackened bananas sitting in my freezer waiting to be delicious banana bread... My friend Jessica said she freezes banana's when they get too soft I adopted this idea and think of you every time I freeze them Jess! :)
* I had some really great chicken salad this weekend when we took my Dad out for Father's day. My Mayo-cautious husband even agreed it was delicious and agreed I could try concocting my own delicious chicken salad!
*I miss the rain! Lord please bring back the rain it was delicious perfect weather the house was cool... Now its too hot to cuddle my husband at night and that makes us sad!
* I saw the most beautiful blog about a loaf of bread complete with a gorgeous picture made me miss the sensation of kneading dough being up to my elbows in it and creating soft pillowy bread warm from the oven with honey drizzled on it... Someday Lord can I stay home and raise my children in the fear and admonition of you and bake bread?
* Speaking of children all these babies popping up everywhere sure makes a girl think about being a mommy... sometimes I cuddle Izaiah and nuzzle his soft little head and wish it was my turn soon... I hear about books that are helpful and things and wonder if maybe I shouldn't start researching and reading up on this stuff... beyond passing decisions about natural labor, doulas and cloth diapers....
*Several crochet projects I've seen recently have required buttons I wish I had my grandma's button collection it'd be so handy... I miss my Grandma more than her buttons tho.
*My birthday is coming up soon and my sweet husband has been putting money away to treat me to a delicious dinner... I think right now its a tie between a fancy dinner at the Bistro Napa or Sushi and dessert at the Chocolate Bar...
*Do I ever talk about anything not related to yarn, food or my Steve?
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
They're simple to make there's really only a few simple steps
1. Buy the potatoes we buy one per person but you could buy a big one and share.
2.Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
3. Rinse your sweet potates and place them on a cookie sheet
4. Bake potatoes for one hour-90 min or until knife inserted goes in easily.
5. remove from oven and split the same as a baked potato.
We eat them with some butter and a drizzle of honey but they're just as delicious with some salt and pepper or experiment with your spice cabinet see how they taste with a pinch of curry powder or cinnamon...
Sweet Potatoes aren't just for holidays anymore.. but if you must have marshmallow once finished split open add a bit of butter a sprikle of brown sugar your desired amount of marshmallows and return to oven for 5 min...
Friday, May 22, 2009
The meaning of the name Izaiah is God Is Salvation
Izaiah Adrien Elwell was born at 3:50am on May 14 2009
weighing 6lbs 3.5 oz and 20 inches long
That little face has so much personality it almost seems like too much for such a tiny person. You look like your Great Grandma Elwell (at least in this picture) I dunno if anyone else sees it but I do and, since I supposedly look like her in a round about way I guess that means you look like me. You look like your your Uncle Bubba sometimes too except for that nose I dunno where that came from but its a cute nose its yours. I get to see you tomorrow for the first time outside the hospital, I'm very excited. Its been a week since I saw you last. I hate working I hate that my hours are so crazy and that I couldn't come see you I've missed you very much. I feel like I've missed so much of your short life it makes me sad. I'm itching to hold and kiss you to kiss your sweet baby feet and kiss the soft fluff of hair on your head. I don't want to rush these sweet precious days when you're so small and soft still new and tiny. I am however very anxious for smiles and giggles toothy grins but you can stay this tiny for a year or so I know its not possible I know someday all too soon I'll be re-reading this page marveling at how quickly time has gone by...but today I'll savor your first trip to Auntie Dea's house...
Monday, May 18, 2009
Grandma Elwell's Hot Slaw
1 head of Green Cabbage, julienned
1 stick of butter
2 eggs, beaten
1/4c Apple Cider or Rice Wine Vinegar
season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder
In a big frying pan melt the butter down over high heat until its browned watch closely so it doesn't burn. Once its browned and frothy dump in the cabbage and toss you're going to wilt the cabbage and brown it. Cook the cabbage to the desired done-ness. My grandma liked to flash fry it in a hot ban brown it up let the heat kiss the cabbage and finish it off I cook it down some more so the stalkier bits of cabbage still have some crunch but the leafier parts get soft and tender. Pour the egg over the cabbage and toss until the egg is cooked it will look like little bits of scrambled egg clinging to the cabbage. then just before you turn off the heat pour the vinegar over the whole pan and stir to combine. Eat and enjoy... I'm sure you could cut back on the butter and replace it with a healthier fat like olive oil or go 50/50 I think the trick would be to not add the olive oil until the butter browned... Try it i hope you liked it....When you're proficient with this try adding some ground pork fresh garlic ginger green onion soy sauce and wrap it in gyoza for delicious potstickers!!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Come see us soon baby boy screaming healthy and strong...
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Tomorrow is dear sweet Jamie's baby shower and I've been slowly working on little gifts for her since I found out she was pregnant and since my fingers could once again tangle with yarn and make things I got creative :) Here's a small sampling... A very heavy blanket that will keep Haddon warm well into age 7.... a sweet little bear that rattles... I was scared to death to crochet a teddy bear I reserved all of tonight for the purpose of stuffing and stitching that bear and it came together in 1 hr and 15 min... ( all the body parts were crocheted individually throughout the week) We also have a cute pair of hiking booties and a lumberjack hat.. :) I've never posted a completed project on here I don't think... so I figured my first crocheted stuffed animal was a good excuse...
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
2 cup graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
24 ounces cream cheese (3 8 oz pkgs)
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
Make the Crust: Stir all ingredients with fork and press into 8-inch springform pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Make the filling: Allow the cream cheese and eggs to sit out for about 1 hour before mixing. Mix the cream cheese and sugar in a mixer on low speed. Add the eggs 1 at a time; then add the vanilla.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake at 275 degrees F for 90 minutes. Turn the oven off but do not open the oven door for 3 hours. Refrigerate for 8 hours before removing from the pan.
Serve and enjoy! I haven't tried modifying this recipe just yet i imagine it would be very easy to stir some chocolate chips in and of course you can always top with fresh fruit or compote.... i can't think of a reason you couldn't get creative tho...
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I'm as corny as Kansas in August, High as a flag on the Fourth of July! If you'll excuse an expression I use,I'm in love, I'm in love,I'm in love, I'm in love,I'm in love with a wonderful guy!
I'm in love I'm in love I'm in love I'm in love... *sigh* and now i will waltz off to bed where that wonderful guy has been so sweet to preheat the sheets!! :) Marriage by the way is the best thing to happen in the last 3 years hands down....
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
6 oz of good semi sweet chocolate chips ( my fave Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet) 3/4 c. heavy whipping cream
10-12 Reese Peanut butter cups, chopped fine you can leave some whole for garnish if you like
Start by creaming together the cream cheese, Peanut butter, the powdered and granulated sugars, the salt and the vanilla. This mixture should be pretty thick taste it to make sure it has enough Peanut butter flavor for you if not add some more. Also if it isn't sweet enough add more granulated sugar. Fold** 1/4 of the cool whip into the Peanut butter mixture until fully incorporated then fold in another 1/4. Now fold in 1/2 of the crushed Reeses and spread the filling into the pie crust. Cover with plastic wrap or the inverted lid and refrigerate at least an hour. When your pie is chilled take your prepared Chocolate Ganache *** and pour it over the top of the peanut butter filling forming a layer of rich chocolatey goodness refrigerate once again. Before serving fold the remaining crushed peanut butter cups into the remaining cool whip and spread on top of pie.
Peanut butter perfection!!! :)
**For help folding one ingredient into a batter check out this video Fold-Egg-Whites-Into-Batter
***To Prepare the Chocolate Ganache:
In a med size bowl heat the whipping cream in the microwave on high 2-3 min until it is bubbling hot. Pour in the chocolate chips and allow to sit for 1-2 min then whisk the mixture until it becomes a thick velvety chocolate sauce. You can pour this on anything you wanna make rich and chocolatey use it as chocolate fondue pour it on cake ice cream whatever you like! Any leftovers can be put in the fridge for about a week and or frozen for at least 2 months. This is the rich decadent good stuff!!! This is also the foundation for chocolate truffles which would make a great future blog...
Thursday, February 19, 2009
This one is for you Jess... :)
It happens sometimes the evening is wearing on but its not quite bedtime yet dinner is a delicious but faded memory you're enjoying your night time routine and you want dessert...This usually happens when we'recuddling up on the couch watching TV or playing Animal Crossing... Sometimes I'll crochet. Now in all honesty our go to dessert is a cake or brownie mix... who objects to a house filled with the smell of gooey chocolate brownies not me that's for sure. I will put aside all of my snobby foodie airs and admit I love the simplicity of a brownie mix...(I do hate that we can eat a whole pan in a day so I try to avoid this) Sometimes its fun to make something not chocolaty ( can't say why really but sometimes...) So I picked this up from my Aunt Lillian in Texas... I'm not really sure what to call it...
Fruit and dumplings or Stove-Top Cobbler...
1 29 oz can sliced Peaches in heavy syrup (you could use other fruit I just haven't)
Cinnamon and Nutmeg to taste I'd say 1/2 tsp of each would be a good guesstimate
1 cup + 2 Tbsp Bisquick
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/3 cup milk
whipped cream/ice cream on top... if you like...
Pour the fruit into a pot (that has a lid) and add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste you can also add sugar or some butter if you like make it taste like peach pie... bring it to a boil. While that's cooking combine the Bisquick, milk, sugar, vanilla and more cinnamon and nutmeg. It should form a thick paste-like dough ( this is really simple on the fly. I just cut the dumpling recipe on the Bisquick box in half and add sugar and spices) Drop spoonfuls of the dough into the boiling fruit turn the heat down to medium. DON'T STIR!!! Put the lid on and cook for 5 min or so... Spoon into bowls and serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
serves 2-4 and I bet leftovers would be great the next morning for breakfast! Ours never last that long... :)