Monthly Archives: December 2012

Kicked Up Sandwiches for NYE w/Emeril and #SundaySupper

SundaySupperMy favorite time of the week!! #SundaySupper time! When this weeks theme came up I think I may have been the first one with their hand up to be a part of this awesome party! With the holidays being crazy busy and us in the middle of the biggest move of our life I knew committing to this event would be difficult but I had to! It’s Emeril! I was more than thrilled when I received a copy of his Serious Sandwiches book because most of my kitchen stuff is packed and well Sandwiches was exactly what I had on my mind. As I made my way through the book not only did my mouth start watering but I couldn’t believe how many sandwiches could really be a “whole meal!!!” I love sandwiches, I always have, but just like every other person out there I get sick of them, but this book……….you are going to want to try this one because you can make every one of these sandwiches a meal and then some!

Our founder of #SundaySupper, Isabel over at Family Foodie has personally met Emeril, interviewed Emeril, and has made many many of Emeril’s recipes before! I for one am hopping on the band wagon and joining her on this journey because there is nothing I enjoy more than cooking recipes from any successful chef out there. I have to admit when I first started cooking I duplicated, whipped up, conjured many of famous chef’s recipes, then I got more into blogging and started to make my fellow blogger’s recipes, now I need to find a middle ground because I miss my favorite chef’s! I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about this sandwich but it was a busy day at my house and we needed something filling but quick…..I was VERY happy with the lunch we had that day! Even my husband said, “this is a good sandwich!” I toasted the bread and it just made the sandwich!

Join me and the #SundaySupper crew as we create some of Emeril’s recipes from two of his hit cookbooks! One, Emeril’s Pot Luck, and the one I received, Emeril’s Serious Sandwiches! Click directly on the picture for a link to buy one or both of these books! You are not going to want to miss our chat this week because if your there, you could win one of these amazing books and cook right along with us!

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Have you ever made a recipe from Emeril?  Please join on us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper on December 30th.  In the evening we will meet at 7pm EST for our #SundaySupper to talk about these fabulous cookbooks and Emeril himself.  We are so excited to have you join us.  All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat. Please feel free to share with us and our followers your favorite Emeril recipe on our #SundaySupper Pinterest Board.  We are excited to have you Around the Family table this week!

Columbia Street Grinder
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, Emeril’s Kicked-up Sandwiches, William Morrow Publishers, New York, 2012

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Ingredients

  • Four 6-inch loaves Portuguese stick bread, or Italian or French loaves
  • 8 ounces sliced provolone cheese
  • 8 ounces sliced mortadella
  • 8 ounces sliced spicy ham, such as capicola
  • 8 ounces sliced salami
  • 1 large ripe tomato, cut into eight 1/4 inch-thick slices
  • 12 thin onion slices
  • 12 jarred hot or sweet cherry peppers, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups torn green-leaf lettuce

Balsamic-Herb Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

1. Cut the loaves of bread in half lengthwise, and arrange them in a single layer, cut sides up. Liberally brush the bread with the vinaigrette. On the bottom half of each loaf, evenly layer one-quarter of the provolone, followed by one-quarter of the mortadella, one-quarter of the spicy ham, and one-quarter of the salami. Top with 2 slices of tomatoes and 3 slices of onion. Divide the cherry peppers among the sandwiches. Stir the vinaigrette and generously drizzle it over the onion and tomato.

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2. In a small bowl, toss the torn lettuce with some of the remaining vinaigrette. Divide the lettuce among the four sandwiches, top with the other halves of the bread, and serve.

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25 Bloggers will be giving away 25 copies of Emeril’s Cookbooks!* You don’t want to miss this special Celebration!

Sunday Supper NYE Potluck Drinks:

Sunday Supper NYE Potluck Starters:

Sunday Supper NYE Potluck Dishes and Sandwiches:  

Sunday Supper NYE Desserts:

What’s New Momma? Sneak Peak!

Well if you haven’t noticed I’ve been MIA…..again!! I am getting my stomach back, some energy back even, however Miss Madison keeps me on my toes that’s for sure, between that and moving I haven’t had much time for Momma’s Meals :( Don’t worry though, I’m missing it enough that once I’m settled in my new home I’ll be back at full force for 2013!! I don’t see it taking more than a few weeks to get settled, I’m one of those obsessed people, can’t have boxes laying around and things not in there places! Especially when I’ve been staring at boxes for weeks upon weeks now!

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There is literally boxes in every corner of the house! Look at my dining room!

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What else, well I know I haven’t written to my dear daughter, I’m actually due to today since it’s the 27th, I just don’t seem to have the time these days, I used to do a lot of writing at night and these last few months I’ve been in bed shortly after putting my little one down! On the days she goes to daycare I’ve been packing and all that good stuff getting ready to move! UGH crappy job but I guess someone has to do it.

Now that I’m in my second trimester I’m physically feeling better but there still doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day! I got a bunch of new kitchen things for my kitchen that I CAN NOT wait to dive into! I got a Crock Pot appetizer server, never even heard of it but leave it to my husband to find it and purchase it!

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I got a new marble rolling pin, that may help my ginger bread cookies come next holiday season!! I got a hand blender so plan on some nice soups coming our way in the near future, and last but not least the Kitchen Aid mixer!!!! I literally cried when I opened that gift because I was not expecting it, my husband and I have a budget we stick to and well………….he failed!! :) You think I was a happy Momma Christmas morning?

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Here are a few shots of my boo enjoying her Christmas morning, gosh she was so fun this year, she loved the lights, the trees, she was great at opening gifts…….

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Then there was Christmas Eve at my Mother-in-Law’s…..more gifts for my spoiled girl.

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Then Christmas morning with TT, Nunny and Memere! Here she is with TT opening up their backpacks together!!

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Then Christmas night at my cousin’s house with my mom’s side of the family………..but nope, she’s not spoiled!

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It was a fun filled holiday that’s for sure, 7 more days and we close on our dream house! The day after Christmas we got to see our little peanut………this just never gets old, I could look at my baby everyday all day long! We should know in about six weeks what this little bambino is………a boy or a girl!! Any bets? I can’t wait to give this little one a name. :)

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Let’s see what else……….oh yes……….Sunday!!!! #SundaySupper, this is one event you are not going to want to miss! Come join us and get some new recipes to kick off your New Years!

You have to join us for our chat because their is a good chance you can win a copy of one of these fabulous cook books! I received the Kicked Up Sandwiches, and I still haven’t even been through the whole book yet! Who would have thought Sandwiches would have been so much fun! Well they are! Come back tomorrow to see which one I made up and what my fellow #SundaySupper friends made from their book!

Stay tuned my faithful followers I have a great round of Featured Friday’s coming up, I know I had to take some days off but here is a sneak peak for Jan & Feb of 2013!! I have a great line up, some are my #SundaySupper friends we even have our first daddy blogger joining us!! Thanks for your patience while my family and I make this big step!

1/18/13 – The Meltaways

1/25/12 – Stephs Bite by Bites

2/1/12 – Mom’s Test Kitchen

2/8/13 – Daddy Knows Less

2/15/13 – girlichef

Corn and Green Chili Chowder Crock Pot Style

I found this recipe via Pinterest! Surprise surprise! I wanted a crock pot recipe and I loved loved loved the addition of the green chili’s!! I changed it around a little bit because I like my corn chowder thick, it reminds me of my grandmothers that she used to make! I never even liked corn chowder until I had her recipe! Her secret addition was the bacon, so the bacon is a must for us! The green chili’s don’t really make it spicy so don’t be afraid, just leave our the hot pepper if you don’t want it too hot. My husband proceeded to add red pepper flakes on top of his, yikes!!! Not me!! If you don’t like your chowder thick you can leave out the potato flakes, the half and half and creamed corn thicken it a bit, it just wasn’t enough for me so I added the flakes until I got it to the consistency I wanted :)

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Corn and Green Chile Chowder in the Crock Pot
Serves: 6-8
Recipe Adapted From: Prudence Pennywise
6 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
3 cups corn kernels, fresh, frozen, or canned
1 (7 ounce) can green chiles, drained
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, minced
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of cayenne (or however you like, we like more!)
1/2 Cup – 1 Cup of Potato Flakes
1 (14 ounce) can creamed corn
1 cup half and half, whole milk, or evaporated milk
Cup of cooked bacon, diced (optional)
Pour broth and flour into crock pot. Whisk until smooth and all flour pockets are gone. Add all ingredients except creamed corn and half and half.
Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours. (I cooked mine on low for 6) Add creamed corn, half and half, and potato flakes, mix well, and cook just until warmed through, about thirty minutes on low.

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Garnish soup with croutons, cilantro, bacon bits, or green onions and lots of freshly ground pepper.

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Paying Tribute to the Real Hero’s for #bloggersforsandyhook

What has our world come to when someone can actually be sick enough to walk into an elementary school and gun down five year olds? So many questions, questions that will probably never be answered. Even if we did have the answers, would we feel better. The parents that lost their little ones, will the answers make them feel better? Will the answers take their pain away?

There is just so many things wrong with this situation, and I’m not sitting here in my living room writing about it, taking time away from my own family to talk about those things. I’m here to talk about the poor lives that were lost. The innocent children that won’t get to grow up and be children. The teachers that died doing what they loved everyday, trying to make a difference in these children’s lives. The hero’s, the people that went in and saw this horrible site. The people that risked their lives to get in there and stop this person from destroying more lives. The chief of police even stated that this is a site that they don’t see everyday, this is a day those people will never be able to forget, a site that will always be in their minds when they close their eyes. Those are the people we need to talk about. The parents who will be burying their children instead of celebrating the holiday like the rest of us.

Then life goes on, sure we remember the shooting at Virginia Tech, Columbine, and of course 9/11, but life goes on, it has to, we try to learn from these situations and do things about them, some high schools have gotten metal detectors, laws have been enforced, boarding a plane has become an all day event, but has it changed anything?? Has it really avoided anything?? I don’t even know anymore. I can’t wrap my mind around this one. Maybe it’s because in the past few years I’ve become a mother, I’m not saying if your not a mother you don’t feel or have empathy, however, I can sympathize, I can relate. As my husband says, “I have the Mother worry in me now.”

This whole thing has opened my eyes to so much. It’s made me sad for so many reasons, mostly sad for those poor families, but sad that this is what our world has come to. I hate hearing that certain mental disorders are the reasons for these brutalities. It’s the mothers fault, it’s the fathers fault, it’s always someones fault, it has to be doesn’t it? I know from my own experiences that when you loose someone you love you want reasons, you want answers, you want someone to blame. I’ve also learnt that even with that, it doesn’t take the pain away any sooner.

I, like many of you out there, has stopped listening to the news, stopped reading articles on-line or in the newspapers, when my husband tells me more that he has read, I kindly tell him “no more please.” I can only take so much. I did come across this article a few days ago that really struck a cord with me. It made me see that maybe we shouldn’t be discussing the laws of owning guns, that we should be discussing Medical issues instead. This article made me cry for many reasons, as a mother we love our children no matter what is wrong with them, this mother wrote about her son that suffers from many medical problems and how those problems can some day lead to the horrific events that happened last week.

sandy hook 120 x 300 A week ago tonight so many lives were destroyed. As a community we want to help. We want to come together and help in   any way that we possible can. When others are hurting we want to lend a hand, bake a dish, donate money. Well a group of bloggers got together to bake and craft in honor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School. I had big plans for this event. I even cancelled my Featured Friday for today because I wanted to take part in this event so badly. So here I am , 6:30 at night, finally getting to sit down and write about it.  The Christmas season got a hold of me, we are moving in 2 weeks, I had teachers gifts to make for daycare, I then came down with a cold this morning, all of these things got in my way, but as I sit here, I thank god I have the Christmas Season, the big move ahead, gifts to make, sicknesses to beat, I’m thankful that I have all of these things in my life as some now do not. I attempted baking cookies twice this week, I’ll come straight out and admit it, I’m not the best baker in the world, the dough for my gingerbread cookies, came out horrible, I wanted to bake 26 cookies, one for each angel that lost their lives a week ago today. I then attempted simple sugar cookie, again the cookies won and I did not. I then ran out of time with all of the festivities going on, so instead I decided to share with you all of the goodies that I made for my daughters daycare teachers. A Christmas basket, a thank you for all that they do, for all that they have given for my daughter in the past year, her last day will be next week and in the past week I’ve come to realize just how important their jobs are. For the past few weeks I’ve made homemade BBQ sauce, salsa’s, jams, steak seasonings, soup in jars, chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered cookies, party mix, oh a bunch of stuff. I sat back after making these baskets and bags of goodies and all I could think of was it just didn’t seem like enough. For all that they do, for all they give, this Momma thanks all you teachers out there!

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Thank you Brianne from Cupcakes and Kale Chips for introducing me to this fabulous event. Here is a link you can check out if you’d like to give more to the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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In Honor

I’d also like to thank this special group who made this event possible:  Hezzi-D’s Books and CooksThe Red Headed BakerReal HousemomsCrazy for CrustSomething SwankyLife After LaundryTwo Kids CookingFrugal Foodie MamaThe Doctorate HousewifeHeather’s French PressOperation DinnertimeLovely Pantry, What’s Cooking Love?Cupcakes and Kale ChipsOccasionally CraftyPint Sized BakerPineapple and CoconutWine & GlueLemonsforluluA Sweet Baker, Mom On TimeoutThe Freshman Cook, Sweet Twist of BloggingA Family FeastJulie’s Eats & TreatsEat at Allie’sHere Comes the SunThe Kitchen is My PlaygroundJust My Crazy KitchenThe Sweet Chick,  The Tasty ForkWholly Delicious Dishes,  Chocolate, Chocolate and more , Yours and Mine ARE Ours,  Kitchen Meets GirlDaily Dish RecipesSweet Bella Roos.

American Chop Suey

My original plan with this recipe was to make it like my mom always did when I was a kid growing up. It didn’t go as planned because I was missing one ingredient and of course I had to spice it up a bit because my husband and I both like a little kick. You’ll have to wait until the end to see what the missing ingredient was!!

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American Chop Suey
Serves: 6

Ingredients:

1 lb of ground turkey (I use ground turkey to make it a tad bit healthier)
1 green pepper, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 chili pepper, diced
2 cans of diced tomatoes
1 can of tomato soup
Salt & Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
1 box of elbow macaroni (this is the pasta my mom always used, I buy the hidden veggie kind for my picky daughter)

What to do:

Dice the peppers and put aside. Brown the turkey using salt, pepper and red flakes (if using).

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While that is browning add the diced peppers and diced tomatoes into the crock pot. Add the meat once it’s browned through. Stir to combine.

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Cook on low for 7-8 hours. During the last hour add the tomato soup, pasta and a little water if it seems dry.

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Stir to combine and cook for one hour, until the pasta is tender.

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Top with your favorite parmesan cheese and enjoy! This is a freezer friendly meal without a doubt too! The missing ingredient makes the difference, it makes it creamier and thicker which I love, next time I’ll update my pictures when I have the tomato soup! :) Enjoy!!

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With Saddened Hearts…..

 

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Raspberry Hot Chocolate for a #SundaySupper Holiday Party

It’s that time of year when everyone gets together to see their loved ones for the holidays. Or even those fantastic work holiday parties that your company may hold, believe it or not I miss going to a company holiday party! Well why not host your own holiday gathering! Connie from The Foodie Army Wife is hosting this fabulous party and the #SundaySupper group has gotten together to provide you with some amazing appetizer and drink recipes for your next party!!

I decided to make a drink, as I was searching for what to make, I drooled over the holiday alcoholic ones, I then thought  maybe I’m better off making an appetizer because I can’t have alcohol this holiday season because of my little bambino, but there is always next year! Then I came across this awesome recipe for Raspberry Hot Cocoa, I knew this would be something my husband and I would enjoy some cold wintry night!

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Raspberry Hot Cocoa

  • Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Recipe From: Taste of Home

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Imperial Sugar® / Dixie Crystals® Granulated Sugar
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate curls

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Directions:

  • In a small saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan (do not boil).
  • Place the raspberries, chocolate and sugar in a blender; cover. While processing, gradually add hot milk in a steady stream. Strain; discard seeds. Serve in mugs; top with whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

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Nutritional Facts:

1 cup (calculated without toppings) equals 325 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 10 g protein.

 Now lets go check out what everyone else has made for this wonderful party we are holding!

Holiday Cocktails

Holiday Appetizers or Hors d’oeuvres

Our normal 7PM tweet chat has been canceled for this evening. I’d like to use this moment to say a special prayer for the victims of such a horrific tragedy that took place in CT on Friday, December 14th. A special thank you to the hero’s who risked their lives for those innocent children. I bow my head for those missing at their own Sunday Supper Dinner Table

We’d also love to feature your recipe for holiday parties on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board to share them with all of our followers, too.

Featured Friday – Storybook Reality

Happy Friday everyone!!! Another special day over here at Momma’s Meals, I’m entering my 12 week so let me say with A LOT of excitement, goodbye first trimester and hello to you my second trimester, I’m so happy to see you!!! Whew, I hope that means more time in my kitchen, my new kitchen that is, will be in store for this Momma!!

So let me introduce you to this weeks Co-Host……..Laura!! Laura runs a cute blog called Storybook Reality. She loves the blogging world just as much as any other blogger out their, she finds peace within when reading other people’s personal stories. She was born and raised in Kentucky, got her Psychology degree (another dream of mine), she moved to South Carolina for a job, met her husband, fell in love, married her love, had two boys with her love. Laura blogs about a little of everything, she even writes to her sons like I do. Here is her latest to her 7 mth old, I think its just a fabulous idea to do this, the thought of my children reading these letters someday just puts so much joy into my heart. Here Laura talks about a project she did called “The Thankfulness Tree” LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea, I battle being negative a lot, but lately I’ve had soooo much to be thankful for so staying positive has really helped my outlook, I’m putting this on my list to do with my daughter next Thanksgiving! Here is a good post I found from Laura on a great reading list, I love to read, I never have enough time to read however since being pregnant, I’ve found more time since I don’t have much energy to do anything else! I want to look into a few of these books she has on her list. Before I move onto the foodie posts I’ve found that I’d like to give a go from Laura, here is one more Parenting one, Christmas for 0-12 mths. Great gift ideas for your little ones up to a year!

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Once again I had a hard time choosing a recipe to make. There were a few I wanted to try, another reason why these amazing women become friends of mine, because I always go back to their sites when I want to make a new dish! I’m actually going to try Laura’s Asian Flank Steak very soon, like hopefully this weekend! I’m always looking for a new way to make a steak since my husband loves it and I like to make things “differently”. I almost chose to make her Mixed Berry Cobbler, I’ve never made a Cobbler before, so this one is on my to do list. Her Oatmeal Scotchies were in the running too because they seem like they’d be a great snack in my family. I’ve also been dying to make my own Tomato Soup so Laura’s Roasted Tomato Soup looks like it would be a good try!! These are just a few, so go make sure you check out the rest of her site!

But now onto what I did make!! I chose a Pasta dish, not sure why this one, but I liked that it seems easy, we love sausage, and I have never had Marcarpone Cheese, crazy right!! I know it’s a Giada recipe too!

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Pasta with Sausage
Serves: 6-8

1 pound small pasta (I used shells too Laura!)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 pound turkey sausage (casings removed)
1 small onion, chopped
15 oz can cannellini beans (Great Northern Beans) drained & rinsed
2 T chopped oregano
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

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Cook your pasta and reserve 1 cup of the cooking water when you drain it.  Laura suggested only making 1/2 or 3/4 of the 1 lb. box.  I took her recommendation and made the whole box, but reserved 1/4 of it for my daughter for the week since it’s all she seems to eat these days.

In a large skillet warm the olive oil and saute your chopped onion and sausage.  The recipe calls for 1/2 a pound of sausage but Laura used a whole pound.  I agree with Laura on this one, and I used the whole pound too!

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When you take the sausage out of the casing you’ll need to break it up with your spatula or wooden spoon into more bite sized pieces.  Cook under the onion is tender.

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Add the beans and oregano.  Cook for two minutes.  Add the reserved pasta water and stir.  Add the mascarpone and stir.  I actually ended up using a whole cup of the cheese, the recipe called for half of the container I had, and didn’t seem creamy enough for me so I added the rest! We love cheese in this family! Add the salt, pepper and pasta.  Stir and serve!

I LOVED this dish, my husband LOVED this dish, I was kind of hesitant about adding beans into the pasta, I’ve never put beans with pasta before, but I’m so glad I followed through with the recipe because it just went with the creaminess of the dish! It really did. If you don’t like beans, no biggie, omit them. If you want a meatless dish, add more beans and take out the sausage! Next time I think I’ll add in some peas too!! :)

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Oh and I had so much leftover, I decided to freeze it, since we are going to be packing up our kitchen soon and getting ready to move we will need some ready made meals to pull out and eat so I think this is a perfect one to pull out, heat up and instant awesome yummy dinner!!

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Thank you again Laura for Co-Hosting with me, as always, a fun time getting to know you and your site!! Now go visit Laura over at Storybook Reality  now!! Make sure you tell her this Momma sent you!

Dear Baby F.

 

Week 4

This is the week, this is the very day that mommy found out about you. You are already a blessing. I thought when I found out I was pregnant that I would be sad, sad that my time alone with your big sister will now be limited. Sad, that now I’m going to have to spread my love even more. I thought I’d be scared that we are still in a 1000 sq. foot condo and don’t have the extra room yet. Scared that I’ll suffer from post partum again. I thought I’d be scared with the idea of being pregnant, tired and sick with a toddler running around that needs so much of me right now. Well that one does still scare me a bit but I know it’s only for a matter of time. Instead I feel happy, I feel different already, I feel like I’m glowing again. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the two lines on that test, I was only one day late but a part of me thought I felt different, like before. I couldn’t wait to tell your daddy. I wanted to put the test in a box and give it to him when he got home from work and tell him, it’s the last of his birthday gifts, but I couldn’t. I thought of sending him a video of me watching the test turn positive, but I couldn’t. Instead I called him at 7am and just blurted it out!! You see my little one, we weren’t not trying, but weren’t actively trying! You are already a little blessing, you were already meant to be!

I can’t wait for you to meet your big sister, she will love you with all of her heart. Our little family is slowly growing and I can’t wait to experience so much more with you. I found out about you on the exact day your big sister was due, how ironic, but no she decided to come until 5 days after.

This week you are the size of an Apple Seed!! That means a teeny .13 inches — your gearing up for much more growth. In fact, in the next week, you’ll almost double in size.

You don’t look like much more than a tadpole right now, but your already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). Grow baby, grow! I’m a bit overwhelmed can you tell??!! I’ll need to wait some time to tell anyone about you, I need some time to really enjoy it alone with daddy. Let it sink in that our little family is growing! I’m already busting at the seems, I wonder how long I’ll be able to hold it in.

Week 11

Hi my lil peanut!!

Here we are finishing up our second trimester. So much has changed in only 7 short weeks! The major two are we did find a home to move to so we will have more room as a family. We are more than excited to make that move. Secondly, we’ve told the world about you!!! I waited a whole 10.5 weeks, that’s good!! LOL :)

Most of my fears have subsided. I’m not worried about not having enough love to spread around because, well, I’m a mommy and we are just born with all of the love in the world. I’m not sad about my alone time coming to an end with your big sister because I will always make that alone time with her, I feel that’s important. I’m not overwhelmed with being sick and tired with a toddler running around because, well I’m doing it!!!! It sure is different than the first time around! Mommy wasn’t so sick with Madison, she was tired but I was able to come home and go to bed, I can’t do that now. I hate feeling sick all the time but I keep reminding myself that it just means you are growing and becoming healthy, it means that I will take the sickness for you any day so you can be well. That’s what mommies do.

Boy or girl we will love you with all of our hearts. Like before, it hasn’t quite hit daddy too much yet, usually doesn’t until mommy shows her baby bump, though my baby bump is totally there, it still hasn’t hit him yet. Not sure if it’s a daddy thing or just a your daddy thing, he doesn’t worry about too much until it happens. It’s kind of what I love about him :) he already loves you though, he won’t discuss girl names with me, he says your a boy, but don’t worry he secretly knows your a girl (he says he was born to have girls LOL) 8 more weeks and we will be able to give you a beautiful name.

Madison doesn’t know that her life is about to change but she will get it when you are here!! She LOVES LOVES LOVES babies right now. She lays on the floor with her palms in her hands and just watches and says “bebe” “bebe” it’s the most adorable thing. I know she is going to make a great big sister, she will be your very best friend I just know it.

I already can’t wait to hold you in my arms, I can’t wait to feel you kick so I know you are happy and healthy. Soon my love, very soon.

I love you already.
Mommy

What’s Up Momma? Party Snack Mix-Crock Pot Style

What is up with this Momma? Oh A LOT. Packing, Christmas decorating, Christmas shopping, searching for a new daycare, and all of the other lovely daily activities us Momma’s do! Since the holidays are here, I’m trying my hardest to keep my aches, pains and complaints to myself (well and my lucky husband of course!) I did NOT want to drag out Christmas decorations while we were in the middle of packing up our condo, however I have a two year old here, she MUST learn what the holidays are all about so we do what we have to do as parents. Boy was it worth it because seeing her face when we opened up the box of tree lights and ornaments was worth any aggravation I will have packing it up within a week before moving time! Madison is so much more fun this year, and I know it’s just going to get more and more fun as the years go on, she put all of the ornaments on the same branch, she thinks people’s front lights are Christmas lights and Santa………well we are still working on that one!

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I’m now working on twelve weeks into my pregnancy. I’ve gained a little energy back, but still not enough for me! I’m still feeling sick off and on most days and I think we are finally over a few weeks of sicknesses over here. I hope at least. Madison’s vocabulary is slowly starting to increase, it’s actually cracking us up. She belts out full sentences that blow us off our feet! I couldn’t be more proud! The packing is underway, I feel like I’ve packed up ALOT of stuff, I have at least 5 stacks of boxes in corners, we are running out of corners but I look around and it doesn’t feel like I’ve even put a dent in it! We have to rent out our condo soon so I guess I better get on it! I’ll probably be up until midnight Christmas Eve wrapping at this point! UGH……..

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I apologize for not keeping up with Momma’s Meals the way I was, or the way I’d like to, it’s just last on my list these days, sad to say, it is one of the things I do for myself and well……..I don’t do much for myself these days as my energy runs out come dinner time. I’m so sick of take out that I actually asked my husband for a salad tonight for dinner!! Thank you my hunny it was AWESOME! After this week we have three weeks left until move time!! AH! So excited, my husband and I have waited 3 years for this! Well as he says, all his life, but I was so happy here until we had our daughter. But stay tuned because I do have some great plans for 2013!! As you can see I added a new tab at the top called “Dear Baby F.” I will be writing to my new little peanut very soon and early February, Baby F. will have a name of his/her own :)

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So this past weekend, thanks to my mom and my sister taking my daughter, I was able to do what I’ve wanted to do all holiday season! Make homemade gifts! I’ve been wanting to make some baskets for my daughters daycare and a friend of mine that is expecting her first child. I just haven’t had the energy or time to do any of it! Luckily I was able to get to a lot of it this weekend, and I had to share this one with you all because I think it makes a fabulous gift! I popped it in a basket I gave my girlfriend this weekend, and gave my mom a bag (who loves party mix). I changed the recipe a bit from this batch I made, so the numbers and measurements below is how I made it for my second batch. I guess that is how we truly learn!!

Party Snack Mix – Crock Pot Style
Recipe Adapted By: Southern Food
Serves: 4 gift bags

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Ingredients:

  • 10 cups assorted cereal (oat, rice, wheat in various shapes)
  • 1 cup peanuts, pecans, cashews, or mixed nuts
  • 1 cup mini pretzels
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • dash hot pepper sauce, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt

Party Mix

Preparation:

Combine cereals, nuts and pretzels in slow cooker.
Mix melted butter with remaining ingredients and seasonings; pour over the cereal mixture, tossing to coat.
Cook, uncovered on HIGH for 1 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Turn to low and cook another 4 hours, stirring every hour. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 6 cups.

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