Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Diaper Booty!




Friday, March 25, 2011

Facebook Friday!


A Dollop of My Life is hosting Facebook Friday so I thought I would give it a whirl....

Here are some of my status updates from this past week!

"I told Matt that Fletcher preferred his Mozart Baby Einstein video over the Da Vinci one and he said "Oh, I do too...it is so much easier to follow!" I didn't know Baby Einstein was hard to follow, Matt. Ha!"

"I am already getting hungry for Some Guys!" (a pizza place!)

"I was teasing Matt and said "I am not having sex tonight" and he said "I don't want to anyway" so I said "yeaaaaaaaah right" and he said "well, I was trying to use reverse psychology" to which I replied "that has to be believable to work". I win. "

"Fletcher just said "Mom" and "Mama" on video!"


That is actually kind of fun! I will have to do it again next week along with Five Question Friday!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Way To Go Fletch!

When I was pregnant with Fletcher I thought he would be in his crib by the time he was a month old. That isn't what happened. We put him in our room in his pack 'n play and it just stayed that way. It worked well for us, and I really enjoyed being able to wake up and take care of Fletcher, or just gaze at him while he slept. I decided I loved "co-sleeping". 

He didn't sleep in our bed (besides when I had to take him in the guest room), but he did sleep in our room. It was honestly one of the best things we have done and I plan to do it with my other children in the future. It seemed to bring an even closer bond between us. 

Until until a couple of weeks ago it worked out well, and then he started to get really restless at night and he knew Mommy was nearby to fulfill all of his needs. Needs that he didn't necessarily need, but just wanted. He was old enough now to not need multiple bottles at night, but he was still wanting them. Any movement by Matt or I would wake him up, so he wasn't resting as well. I decided it was time for his crib, he was weaning himself. Exactly what I wanted, for him to start to wean himself, and he was.

Last night was the first full night in his crib, and he did amazing! He did wake up twice, but it was only for a few minutes and then happily went back to sleep. I am so proud of him! The transition is going smoothly, and I am happy that I had the months prior to have him close by me. 

It is a win, win in my book. I love that little boy. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Typical Family Shot.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Recipe Review: Lasagna Roll-Ups

I have been drooling over a recipe that my friend at I Haz no Skillz posted, and decided to give it a try! I changed it a bit to suit my family, but the original recipe looked delicious as well! 


The original recipe calls for crab, which I love, but my husband is not a fan. So, I decided to make it with chicken instead. 

Ingredients:

6 Lasagna Noodles, cooked (I did 8 since I had extra)
16 oz Cottage Cheese
6 Chicken Tenderloins (it is what I had)
2 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
2 Tablespoon Parsley Flakes
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Power
1/2 teaspoon Basil
1 teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes (not on original recipe)



Sauce Ingredients:

I decided to use a different Alfredo sauce because I had leftover cream cheese to use up. 

1/2 cup of butter
8 ounce package of cream cheese
2 Tablespoons of Garlic Powder
1 cup of Milk
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 cups of grated Parmesan
1/8 teaspoon of black pepper

Melt butter in saucepan. Once melted add cream cheese and allow it to melt and then add the garlic powder. After that melts add the milk a little at a time. Make sure to use a whisk to smooth out lumps. Once smooth add the parmesan cheese and pepper. If sauce is too think add more milk. Heat until desired consistency. Take off of the heat. 

Now it is time for the meal to come together...


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven is preheating cook lasagna noodles according to what it says on the box. Once the noodles are cooked lay them out flat. Mix together cooked chicken (I did mine in a little oil on top of the stove and chunked), cottage cheese and seasoning in a large bowl. Once throughly cooked spread 1/2 cup of mixture onto flat noodle.  Roll noodle up and place in a greased baking dish. Cover with Alfredo sauce and place in preheated oven covered for 30-40 minutes. With five minutes remaining I topped the dish with a three cheese parmesan blend and placed it back in the oven.






After it is cooked set aside for 5-10 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Enjoy! 
Thanks Katie for this awesome recipe! 



It was so good my husband took a bite before I could take a picture!



7 Months!

Fletcher you are now SEVEN months old! My-oh-my how time has started to fly by! I remember you just turning three months, but now you are seven. I can't believe it! 



This month you have seemed to change SO much. You have started to have quite the personality! You are FUNNY! You have officially said your first words, and I think you want to make Mommy's heart mush, because whenever you say "Mama" that is exactly what happens. At first I thought it was a coincidence, but sweet boy you have started saying it looking straight at me and when you want me to do something. I love it and I love you sweet boy!




You are still in size three diapers, but after this pack I think we are going to move up to size fours. You are growing SO fast! You wear size 12 month clothes, but some 18 month onesies fit. You have a really long torso! 

You still have that big appetite that you have had since birth. You are currently eating three meals of solids a day, and a 6-8 ounce bottle in between. By the time morning comes you are starving (or so you think ;). Now, if we could just get you to stop blowing raspberries with a mouth full of food! You think you are SO funny, and Fletch, you are. 

It is hard to put you on the floor without you moving all over the place. You have started doing a bit of an army crawl, but you still prefer to roll everywhere. I don't think it will be long before you are full on crawling. It is a bit harder for you because you are SO long. You can sit up great, but it is hard for you to sit still long. You have always been a mover and a shaker! I love that about you! You can catch balls if thrown at you, so I think you are on the road to being one hell of a goaltender! 



Sleeping has gotten a little bit easier, so I want to thank you Fletcher for not giving Mommy anymore white hairs. You no longer scream for an hour at nap time, but have started talking to yourself or your "glow worm". You still wake up throughout the night, but not nearly as much as you were. You are just not much of a sleeper. I can't blame you babe, you get that from your Mommy. 



This last month you have been to Brown County where Mommy lugged you around in your carrier. You love being in that thing, and I love having you that close to me. I get to smell your sweet hair and give your head as many kisses as I want. Speaking of sweet things, you shared your fist vanilla ice cream cone with Mommy. Saying you loved it would be an understatement! We also stayed in a hotel in Ohio where you swam for the first time. You are going to be a water baby, because you did not want to get out of that pool. It was so fun watching you kick your little legs! In less than a month we are going to visit your Grandparents in Minnesota, and they can't wait to love on you!





I think you are going to get your Daddy's smarts, because look baby you are already studying Engineering! 




Everyone loves you baby boy, and you have made life so much more enjoyable. Your Daddy and I can't get enough of you so thank you for giving us so much sweetness!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Food Day: Mexican Style!

I gave my husband the choice between Italian or Mexican food tonight, and he picked Mexican (surprise surprise) so I decided to make Enchiladas and Spanish Rice. 

Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients:

  • Four boneless chicken breast (shredded or cubed, I shredded)
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1/2 pint sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons of cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of both salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 ounce cap of green chilies
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 8 (12 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 can enchiladas sauce
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I cooked the chicken all day, using my salsa chicken recipe. I like how easily the chicken shreds afterwards. Cubing and cooking on stove top works well too. Once cooked, put chicken in skillet, and add onion, garlic, cheddar cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, oregano, pepper. Heat until the cheese melts. Stir in salt, salsa (I didn't need to because I used salsa chicken which already had salsa in it) chili powder, parsley, and green chilies. Roll even amounts of mixture onto tortillas. Arrange evenly in a 9x13 baking dish. Cover with enchilada sauce and 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving. 







Spanish Rice

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups of chicken broth

Heat oil in large pan and add onion. Cook until it starts to soften and add rice, stirring consistently until puffed and golden. While rice is cooking sprinkle with cumin and salt. Stir in tomato sauce and chicken broth, bringing to a boil. Lower heat to simmer and cover for 20-25 minutes. Fluff with a fork.



Now you are all done, and I instruct you to eat this delicious Mexican meal! 



Fletcher says Mama!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fletcher's First Word (sort of)...

Fletcher has been saying "hi" for a couple of months, but he officially is now saying "Mom" & "Mama". Can you say I am proud?

Why, yes you can! This melts my heart! He says it when looking at me and he sucks in his bottom lip while saying it so he looks like an old man. 

Now, how do I get it on video? That is the next step! 

Five Question Friday!

1. Have you ever testified in court? For what?

I haven't, although I testified in my principle's office when I was in 6th grade. That felt like court, so does that count? My gym teacher at the time was being a pervert and would have the girls hike the football and touch them inappropriately. I was one of the girls who had to talk to the principle about it, and he promptly was fired!

2. Do you still have your wedding dress?

Wedding dress? What wedding dress? I wore a Colts jersey. Yep, you heard me right, an Indianapolis Colts jersey. Awesome, eh? 

3. Is there a special place you like to go when you're happy, sad, stressed, etc.?

Target. I love that place and it puts me in a good mood. Probably because I always buy something for Fletcher there, and that makes me the happiest. 

4. If you have kids, do they sleep with you? If you don't have kids...will you let your kids sleep with you when/if you have them?

Yes, Fletcher still sleeps in our room at night. I dig the whole co-sleeping thing, although he doesn't sleep in our bed. I was going to do it until one, but he is kind of weening himself and doing great at naps in his room. Once we are back from Minnesota we are going to start him in there. I loved having him with us though. I plan to do it when the rest of our kiddos. I really am into the attachment parenting style. It works for us.


5. Do you watch late night TV?

If late night is 10 pm, then why yes I do! That is about as late as I can go anymore. There are rare nights where Matt and I will stay up late, but overall, sleep wins. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Food Day: Kac's Goulash!

I grew up eating this simple, delicious meal. It is one of those meals that you always have the ingredients in your pantry, probably because it calls for such few ingredients! Kids love this meal because it is easy to eat, and tastes similar to spaghetti! 

Kac's Easy Goulash

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef
  • 2 cups of macaroni noodles (cooked)
  • 1 1/2 cans of tomato soup (I used one can tomato and half tomato bisque)
  • 1/2 onion, minced (or dried onion works well too)
  • Salt & Pepper

Brown ground beef and add onion while browning. While the ground beef is browning preheat your oven to 350 degrees and boil your noodles. Once the beef is browned, drain. When noodles are cooked to al dente, drain. Add noodles, meat, tomato soup, and salt and pepper to your liking. Mix together and place all ingredients in a baking dish. Cook at 350 for 30 minutes uncovered. Easy as that and it is done and ready to eat! 





My husband's review: He said he would have sex with this meal. Um, okay babe. I am glad you liked it...I think. :)


Note: Adding parmesan to the dish after it is done adds extra deliciousness! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Although becoming a mom has made me stop celebrating St. Patty's Day like I used to, I still had to dress Fletcher up in a bit 'o green! I didn't buy him an entire Irish outfit, but his little sockies are pretty cute!



Pretty cute little Irish boy, and this is coming from a Scottish girl. :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Food Day: Salsa Chicken!

 I have been slacking on my food day posts, but I have a new two week menu planned so getting my recipes on here should be much easier! 

I am trying a new, simple recipe tonight, that has a Mexican flare to it. We are trying Salsa Chicken. I am pretty excited to give this one a whirl, because this girl loves anything with salsa. I did change it up a bit and decided to use my crockpot. With a baby on board it is easiest to do things that way some days. 

Salsa Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 teaspoons of taco seasoning (I am making my own and will post below)
  • 1 cup of salsa
  • 1 cup (give or take, I say give) of cheddar cheese
  • Chunk of cream cheese (Thanks Tina for the suggestion!)
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream. This is optional and since my husband doesn't enjoy sour cream I will use both tablespoons on mine. Yum!



    Put a thin layer of salsa on the bottom of the crockpot. Add chicken that has been sprinkled with taco seasoning and top with the rest of the salsa. I used a bit more than a cup because I like it to remain moist. Cook on high for four hours or low for eight. Before serving sprinkle with cheese and put cover back on to melt, this is also when you can add your hunk of cream cheese. 





    I decided to shred my chicken up after cooking and put it into quesadillas for a real Mexican feast! My husband said it was really delicious, and I have to agree!







    Note: Additional toppings added would be delicious! JalapeƱos, onion, black olives, tomatoes...you get the picture!

    Taco Seasoning

    I found my taco seasoning here, and I really love it! It has just the right amount of spice!

    Ingredients:
    • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano 
    • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon of salt
    • 1 teaspoon of pepper

    Mix together in a bowl and store in an airtight container. It is great for tacos, sprinkled on chicken and LOTS more! 





    Wordless Wednesday: Helping Daddy Study!




    Bath Time!

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Weekend Away

    This weekend we decided to get away for Matt's birthday. We headed to Cincinnati to a hotel to just hangout and relax. That wasn't exactly what happened, but that was the plan. 

    We arrived in Cincy around 3 and checked into the hotel. Fletcher was glad to stretch out!




    We decided to go to IKEA since everyone who was there loves that store. I mean who doesn't like cheap home goods? I know I do!


    Fletcher is always really good in public and he didn't disappoint at IKEA. He was all smiles, grunts (because he thinks he is funny) and I am pretty sure he said "hi" to a number of people. Mommy's little outgoing boy! Before we left we were waiting for Cyndi and Ryan to checkout (Matt and I actually went to IKEA and didn't buy a thing) so we got some treats. Matt had a cinnamon roll and Fletcher and I shared a vanilla ice cream cone. That boy was in LOVE! 


    After each bite he would proudly say "Mmm" and then curl his hands into a fist and if I wasn't fast enough to get him another bite he would raise his fists in the air and let out a little scream. It was adorable, but he needs to learn patience. Maybe that will be taught at seven months. Ha! 

    After IKEA we went and picked up some local pizza, which was delicious! We were going to go swimming but our lovely neighbors were being super loud and always out in the hall so we decided to hangout in our room, have a couple of drinks and socialize. Our neighbors who were probably 19, were smoking who knows what, drinking and being extremely loud. It was now after eleven. Fletcher had finally fell asleep and I was not about to have that little boy woken up by some drunken teenagers. Matt called them in on a noise complaint (do you feel like a Daddy now?) and it must have been enough for the desk because they promptly kicked them out of the hotel. Finally, some peace, or at least I thought. We were just settling into bed around one and we had a knock on our door. I didn't answer, but then a minute later we had another knock on the door. I was livid so I went to answer the door and it was some kid looking for the party. I was happy to let him know that they were kicked out. Matt and I were so lucky that Fletcher was in a deep sleep and didn't wake up through it all!

    Morning came and we had our hotel breakfast (which sucked) and then we headed to the pool. Fletcher was finally getting his time to go swimming! He loved it! I didn't love the bazillion kids that decided to show up and splash right when we got there. Fletcher still had a great time! He loves water and I can't wait until this summer so I can get him a baby pool! 



    He was so excited into looking at all of the other kids in the pool that he didn't look at Daddy while he was taking a picture. He still had fun kicking his little legs. Mommy was SO happy! 

    After that it was time to head home. Even though the trip wasn't exactly what we had planned it was still nice to get away. I think Matt and I are going to try a do-over day at a hotel with Fletch-man. Maybe we should go on a Tuesday night?