Tuesday, March 19, 2013


I just pulled some beautiful, deliious chocolate chip pumpkin muffins out of the oven! YUM- warm out of the oven muffins! 

Tomorrow is our last day of Bible study and we're having a brunch. I'm bringing muffins and bagels. I decided to take the easy out since I'm feeling VERY pregnant these days.

I know three people who have had baby boys in the last week and a half and that's making me so giddy to meet MY boy! Not to mention the back pain, leg cramps, etc. HA!

Our desk is now in our bedroom and Emmett's room is, for all intents and purposes, ready. Clothes and blankets are washed, folded, and put up. Just a few more little touches then I'll post pictures.

It's like a blizzard outside today but I am hopeful that after this last bit of yuck, we'll be working our way into nicer weather. After all, tomorrow is the first day of spring!

I'm working on a couple of great blog posts that I think you'll find encouraging and uplifting but it seems like all I do in my spare time is sleep lately so it's a bit slow going. I hope to have at least one of them done for you in the next couple of days!

Have a great week and be blessed!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Two New Recipes for You!

I feel like I didn't cook much this week but I will share with you what I did for dinner each night...

Sunday was pizza at the in laws. They do this almost every week and it's something I really look forward to- oftentimes, it's the highlight of my week.

Monday night, the boys were at their dads and I knew Tuesday night was going to be crazy so I made this delicious corn chowder in the crock pot using leftover ham from last week. That was perfect for Dan and I for dinner and then we ate it again on Tuesday.

Wednesday, we went to my nephew's wrestling meet and my sister & her husband were there. I didn't have much planned for dinner, was thinking maybe soup or something pasta. But, I ended up inviting my sister and her family over for Chinese takeout. LOVED spending time with them and the food was YUM!

Tonight, I was going to make crock pot no boil manicotti but instead decided to just make it the usual way. I love the idea of just putting it all together and letting it cook, though. BUT I would have had to do that at the exact time I was picking Aidan up from running club, so the timing of it all didn't work out.

Tomorrow night, the boys will be gone so Dan and I will likely scrounge for leftovers and hopefully Saturday, we'll go out. Another highlight of my week. Hmmm.... I'm seeing a connection here. I think I like food too much! And notice neither of the meals are ones I prepared. HA!

Well, I know that wasn't very exciting but it's at least two recipes that you can try out. If you do, leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Messy Monday

Good morning and Happy Monday! What's everyone got going on this week? We have a busy and exciting week here in our house!

This weekend, we started moving furniture and got a crib and dresser so this week, we're going to finish moving furniture (desk into our bedroom) and assemble a crib and dresser! Yippee!!! I'm so excited. After this is done, we'll be ready for baby who I'm fully expecting to make his appearance before his due date which is only NINE weeks away. (I'm hoping for April 16, which is just SIX weeks away!)

Tomorrow night is our busiest- Running Club for one kid, parent teacher conferences for both, and then soccer for the other. Bam, Bam, Bam. Going until we get home at almost 7:30. Plus, they both bring homework home on Tuesdays. Fun night. Actually, now that I think about it, I think I'll leave them home with hubby while I go to conferences. He can feed them and do homework with them and get Connor ready for soccer. Me and my bright ideas!

Saturday, I'm doing a freezer meal workshop with my girlfriend and our very favorite Tastefully Simple consultant, Veronica Redder. It's going to be awesome. I paid for all the Tastefully Simple products, which she will bring to the workshop and then I have to buy some groceries then we'll assemble all of the meals together. I will have at least 10 meals for the freezer (some can be split up into smaller for smaller families/ families with young kids) at $2.50 or less per serving. This is going to be wonderful for after I have Emmett!

I have gotten in the habit of letting the house "go" on the weekends. We're busy playing and enjoying being together and I usually just don't mess with it. If you know me, you know that this is very uncharacteristic of me. I like a tidy house and there was a day when I would drive myself crazy trying to keep it picked up after everyone. Now, I just wait until Monday and then whip it back into shape when every one's gone. Same usually goes for the weeknights- leave it until morning and do a quick tidy. Sometimes it bugs me out to look at the mess but I'm getting used to it. And really, the time that we spend together instead of me running around like a mad woman is so much more valuable! Here's our mess from this weekend:

I suppose I'd better get crackin'! Thanks for listening while I ramble about some of the 100 things going on in my head. Later this week, I'll post something more inspiring and encouraging. Maybe even a week's worth of dinner ideas if I get organized enough.  Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Need Help? Just Ask!

Much as I'd like for him to be, my husband is not a mind reader. I'm going to take a stab in the dark and guess that yours isn't, either.

And for some reason, they don't see the things we think they should see that need done.

In the past, I would have gotten upset that my husband wasn't a mind reader or didn't just SEE that something needed to be done and DO it. I have learned, however, that he is more than willing to help me if I need it. If he's not doing something I think he should be doing or would like for him to do, all I have to do is ask.

In my case, he works outside of the home and I do not so I try to keep this to a minimum but when I'm trying to get the last minute touches on dinner and I'm about ready to lose my mind, it doesn't kill me or him to ask him to open up the can of veggies or plate the main dish. After the kids go to bed and I'm dying to unwind with him, he's more than happy to help me clean up the kitchen so that we can chill together sooner.

While it can be a very humbling experience to ask for help, it's a lesson well learned and everyone is happier than if I choose to not ask for help and instead stew about not getting it.