Monday, November 18, 2013

Pumpkin Applesauce :)

I never in a million years thought I would be one of those mommas who made their babies food and took the time to cook and steam the veggies before pureeing and chopping them up. It just never crossed my mind. That is until the day I realized my little girl had special dietary needs. She is allergic to milk protein (i.e all dairy is out) and to wheat/grains (i.e. no Gluten either).

So here we were shopping in the baby food isle for something other than plain carrots or green beans...BORING and there is NOTHING!!! Okay there are like two things...One was Turkey and Cranberry which she liked pretty well and the other was chicken and peas which she tolerated. At that moment I knew I had to do something. My daughter was not going to starve to death because of the little food selection the local grocery store carried for dairy and gluten intolerant infants. That's when I seen it.....The saving grace of the baby food dilemma!

THE BABY BULLET :)

And I became an addict!!! I have made Em's food ever since and she absolutely LOVES it!! We enjoy meal time again and we are up to three meals a day FINALLY! She is doing so much better and I cannot tell you the money this thing has saved me!!

With it being the holiday season I thought I would share with you one of her favorites right now. It is delicious (yes I tried it!!) and perfect for this time of year.

In this recipe I used canned pumpkin puree, but you could always make your own. If you buy the canned make sure you buy 100% pumpkin puree and check the ingredients to ensure that the only ingredient is pumpkin! :)


Pumpkin Applesauce

Ingredients

100% Pumpkin Puree
2 Apples
1 tbsp Cinnamon

Directions

Completely Core apples. Pour cinnamon in center 'cored' hole and place in a oven safe dish. Place 1/3 cup water in dish (just enough to cover the bottom of the dish). Place in the oven at 305 degrees for about 45 minutes. 

Cut apple into 4 pieces and place in baby bullet along with 1/2 can 100% pumpkin puree. Blend until desired consistency. 


And VOILA! Yes it is that easy! And by far her favorite recipe yet.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Latte and a Linkup Party :)

Welcome to this (RE-VAMPED) edition of....


Mouthwatering Mondays



I along with a couple other ladies have joined forces to bring you this exciting weekly linkup. Every week we will have a theme to follow. The schedule for the coming weeks will be posted at the bottom of the linkup so you can plan out your posts in advance. Find your favorite recipes to go along with the theme and be sure to take lots of pictures!!

There are only a couple rules to play by!


1. Follow all your beautiful Hosts!

Image Map


The Campbells

Babies, Bosses, & Boyfriends
Lost In Boston


The Semler Life
Bailey Dailies





2. Grab a button, place it on your blog, and link up your post for your favorite recipe following the weekly theme!
Mouthwatering Mondays


3. Check out some of the other fantastic links & Have a blast!

And it is as easy as that! So get your favorite recipe book out and practice up! NO strings attached just a fun and friendly weekly linkup for working moms, single moms, Stay at home moms, housewives, young married couples, or even the single lady looking for a great idea!!



Favorite Drink Recipe:

I LOVE FALLLL!!! Everything about the season...from the smell in the air to the costumes on Halloween. From the beautiful leaves to the pumpkin flavoring in EVERYTHING!! But my absolute favorite thing about this time of year is the Pumpkin Spice Latte :)

Pumpkin Spice Latte 

Ingredients

2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup hot brewed coffee 
Dash pumpkin pie spice
2 cinnamon sticks  
 
Whipped Cream
 

Directions

1 In 2-quart saucepan, heat milk, pumpkin and sugar over medium heat until hot (do not boil). Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, the vanilla and coffee.
2 Pour into 2 large mugs. Garnish each with whipped cream, dash pumpkin pie spice and a cinnamon stick.

 


The schedule for the coming weeks:
September 30: Favorite Beverage (ex: coffee, tea, adult beverage, punch, etc..)

 Link up your recipe below!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mouthwhtering Mondays & My Favorite Recipe EVER!!!

Welcome to this (RE-VAMPED) edition of....


Mouthwatering Mondays



I along with a couple other ladies have joined forces to bring you this exciting weekly linkup. Every week we will have a theme to follow. The schedule for the coming weeks will be posted at the bottom of the linkup so you can plan out your posts in advance. Find your favorite recipes to go along with the theme and be sure to take lots of pictures!!

There are only a couple rules to play by!


1. Follow all your beautiful Hosts!

Image Map


The Campbells

Babies, Bosses, & Boyfriends
Lost In Boston











Spatulas on Parade

The Semler Life
Bailey Dailies





2. Grab a button, place it on your blog, and link up your post for your favorite recipe following the weekly theme!
Mouthwatering Mondays


3. Check out some of the other fantastic links & Have a blast!

And it is as easy as that! So get your favorite recipe book out and practice up! NO strings attached just a fun and friendly weekly linkup for working moms, single moms, Stay at home moms, housewives, young married couples, or even the single lady looking for a great idea!!



Want to know my FAVORITE RECIPE EVER?????

Well here it is:

 

Strawberry Banana Pudding Trifle


Ingredients

2 3/4 Cups Milk
1 Pkg (5.1 ounces) Instant Vanilla Pudding
1 Can (14 ounces) Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Carton (12 ounces) Frozen Whipped Cream (Thawed)
4 Cups Vanilla Wafers (Crushed)
1 Pint Fresh Strawberries (Sliced)
4 Whole Bananas (Sliced)
1 Whole Angel Food Cake (Cut into cubes, approx. 6 cups)
  • 1 In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 mins. Let stand for 15 minutes; fold in condensed milk. Fold in whipped cream topping into pudding mixture (**Set aside 2 tbsp’s of whipped cream and 4 tbsp’s of wafer crumbs for top layer decorating**).
 
  • 2 In a 3 quart serving bowl, layer a third of the strawberries, bananas, wafer crumbs, angel food cake cubes and pudding mixture. Repeat layers twice. Sprinkle with reserved wafer crumbs and whipped cream topping. Refrigerate until serving.
 
  • 3 Refrigerate. Servings: 12 - 14
 
 
 
AND VOILA!!! You have the best dessert I have ever tasted in my life!!!



The schedule for the coming weeks:

September 23: Favorite Recipe EVER
September 30: Favorite Beverage (ex: coffee, tea, adult beverage, punch, etc..)

 Link up your recipe below!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Chili {Guest Post}



In most households with kids, quick and easy recipes are the way to go. Moms are on constantly hectic schedules and keeping up with your kids all day doesn’t always allow for much time to think about dinner! So as we head into fall, there’s one particular food that every busy parent looking to save time in the kitchen should become very familiar with, and that food is chili.

Don’t know how to make chili? Don’t worry about it. Chili is one of the easiest meals out there, and is the perfect hearty fall meal to please a crowd, adults and kids alike. Since it’s usually made with pantry staples like ground beef, chicken, tomato sauce and beans, you won’t have to spend a fortune on fancy ingredients. Chili recipes also don’t get too much more complex than stirring everything together until it’s hot—even the most novice cooks will be able to handle chili! And best of all, chili makes a nutritious, protein-packed meal.

This buffalo chicken chili is great to make throughout the cooler months, whether you’re feeding a crowd during Sunday afternoon football games or just looking for a quick weeknight dinner on nights when you don’t have time for meal planning. It’s ready in just thirty short minutes and calls for basic ingredients, but tastes like you’ve been slaving away on it all day long!
If you’re more of a spicy food fan than your kids, go easy on the pepper sauce and simply add more into your own bowl at the end of the recipe. Enjoy and have fun making and eating your favorite easy chili recipes all fall long!

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Serves: 6



Total Time: 30 minutes

·         PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
·         1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
·         1-1/2 cups sliced celery
·         1 can (15 oz. each) Rosarita® Premium Whole Black Beans, drained, rinsed
·         1 can (14.5 oz. each) Hunt's® Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Garlic, undrained
·         1 can (8 oz. each) Hunt's® Tomato Sauce
·         2 tablespoons red pepper sauce
·         1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Spray a large saucepan or Dutch oven with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add chicken and celery; cook for 5-7 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans, undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce and pepper sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is tender and flavors are blended. Top each serving with blue cheese and more pepper sauce, if you want it a little spicier.

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of ReadySetEat. For more quick and easy recipes for dinner, visit www.readyseteat.com.

Mouthwaterig Mondays makes its Comeback!

Welcome to this (RE-VAMPED) edition of....


Mouthwatering Mondays



I along with a couple other ladies have joined forces to bring you this exciting weekly linkup. Every week we will have a theme to follow. The schedule for the coming weeks will be posted at the bottom of the linkup so you can plan out your posts in advance. Find your favorite recipes to go along with the theme and be sure to take lots of pictures!!

There are only a couple rules to play by!


1. Follow all your beautiful Hosts!

Image Map


The Campbells

Babies, Bosses, & Boyfriends
Lost In Boston











Spatulas on Parade

The Semler Life
Bailey Dailies





2. Grab a button, place it on your blog, and link up your post for your favorite recipe following the weekly theme!
Mouthwatering Mondays


3. Check out some of the other fantastic links & Have a blast!

And it is as easy as that! So get your favorite recipe book out and practice up! NO strings attached just a fun and friendly weekly linkup for working moms, single moms, Stay at home moms, housewives, young married couples, or even the single lady looking for a great idea!!

The schedule for the coming weeks:

September 16: Favorite Fall Recipe
September 23: Favorite Recipe EVER
September 30: Favorite Beverage (ex: coffee, tea, adult beverage, punch, etc..)

 Link up your recipe below!!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

100th Post and a Thirty-One Giveaway :)

In honor of my 100th post and the fact that I have just become a new Thirty-One rep I will be giving away a fabulous gift to one lucky winner! :)



Haven't heard of Thirty-One? Well it is your lucky day!

Ten years ago, Thirty-One was formed with a goal of helping women by giving them an opportunity to own their own business. Through God's strength, we've built a family of individuals who feel women deserve to treat themselves and those around them to something special. That mission is at the center of everything we do as a company.

Seriously that mission statement though......For real what an amazing company and opportunity!  I feel privileged to get to work with such an outstanding group of ladies and to be able to offer you the best products for home and life around!

Still not convinced...here is a little giveaway I have constructed...

Enter using the rafflecopter below :)

I am giving away $25 worth of Thirty-One Product to the lucky winner. You choose the item and trust me there are PLENTY to choose from. here are a couple of my favorites!







I have always loved Thirty-one or anything monogrammed for that matter...Over the years I have collected several items that I use continually. When Em was born I got A LOT of cute Utility Totes and Bins to Decorate and organize her nursery.

Now it is your turn!!

I have an open Catalog party going on until September 12 also. Here is how to Shop and Order.


Select My Parties
Choose Shop Now next to Catalog Party – Kick Off.

Giveaway will close on September 10th.

Want to host a party for all your friends? Send me a message and I will open a catalog party just for you!OR if you live in East Tennessee I can come do a party :)

Have a great Weekend!!! 


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Monday, August 26, 2013

Mouthwatering Mondays {Linkup #7}

Welcome to this edition of....


Mouthwatering Mondays

I along with 8 other ladies have joined forces to bring you this exciting weekly linkup. Every week we will have a theme to follow. The schedule for the coming weeks will be posted at the bottom of the linkup so you can plan out your posts in advance. Find your favorite recipes to go along with the theme and be sure to take lots of pictures!!

There are only a couple rules to play by!

1. Follow all your beautiful Hosts using at least one of the methods provided below.

Babies Bosses & Boyfriends: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter
Rhyme and Ribbons: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter
A Beauty Moment: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter
Bailey Dailies: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter
The Active spirit: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter
The Campbell's: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter
Well Worn Soles: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter
Caravan Sonnet: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter
Lost in Boston: Blog / Bloglovin / Twitter

2. Grab a button, place it on your blog, and link up your post for your favorite recipe following the weekly theme!
Mouthwatering Mondays


3. Check out some of the other fantastic links & Have a blast!

And it is as easy as that! So get your favorite recipe book out and practice up! NO strings attached just a fun and friendly weekly linkup for working moms, single moms, Stay at home moms, housewives, or even the single lady looking for a great idea!!

The schedule for the coming weeks:
  • Aug 26: Healthy Meal (Ex: Gluten Free) 
***NOTE: COMING SOON Mouthwatering Mondays will be revamped and revised!! 

If you are interested in becoming a host or have any ideas on new weekly recipe topics please let me know!! :)

Pineapple Chicken Salad Pitas



Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 cup matchstick-cut carrots
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, drained
  • 4 (6-inch) whole wheat pitas, each cut in half
  • 8 Romaine lettuce leaves

Preparation

  1. Combine first 11 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well. Line each pita half with 1 lettuce leaf; fill each half with 1/3 cup chicken mixture.

 


Link up your recipe below!!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Our Seemingly Endless battle....

Most of you may not know the struggles we have faced since birth with our now 5.5 month old angel because I tend to keep it private, but I am about to let it all out. I have been bottling up so much emotion since the day she got here that I am about to explode so watch out....

Here is a brief synopsis of her birth story located Here, Here, & Here....Yes I know a three part Birth story but that first week of life was a whirlwind!!It goes like this......She was born at a healthy 7.4 lbs at 10:12 AM on March 2, 2013. We were both doing great with no problems to speak of (other than a little jaundice that should pass). We go home on Monday and return for her checkup on Tuesday only to be sent to the Hospital for Jaundice and blood tests. At 3:30 on Tuesday afternoon I got a phone call that rocked my world! Em's sodium levels were so high she was near brain damage. If she did not get to the ER as soon as possible it could affect the rest of her life. SO we rushed to Children's were they immediately put an IV in her head and placed her under the jaundice lights (her billirubin levels were elevated too) After 4 days in the Hospital and forcing her to eat even 1/2 oz every 4 hours she finally begin to eat and the levels began dropping. We were released from the hospital and she begin sleeping and eating VERY well!


We thought this was the end of the problems, but turns out it was only the start!

Two weeks later we go back for a weight check and she is right at birth weight! Amazing considering what she had been through....two more weeks (1month checkup) and she has only gained 3 oz....we worried a little but we would re-check in two weeks. We go back for another check in mid April and still not much gain. By this point she is spitting with every feed and nothing she is eating is staying down. She was diagnosed with reflux and put on some Zantac.

For a month after she was placed on Zantac she did pretty well. She gained up to 11.7 lbs by the beginning of May and we were pleased! Then all of a sudden it stopped working. They upped the dosage and still nothing....we were referred to a GI specialist and her appointment was at the end of July. When we went to the Dr she weighed 11.7 (the exact same as she did at the beginning of May!) and she gave her another medicine to take along with the Zantac and ordered an anatomy scan and some stool tests.


Just this week we went back to the Dr to get the results and they weighed her again. I bet you can't guess how much she weighed?? Yea that's right 11.7!!  She had not gained an ounce in over 3 months. Lab tests confirmed she is allergic to dairy and either I have to be on a strict dairy free diet or she will have to be on a special (very expensive) formula.




So that was all fine and dandy and we were willing to do whatever we needed to do to help get her healthy and back on track....and then she threw in this curveball from left field....Here were her words to me....

"Additional test will need to be ordered due to her Failure to Thrive. The first and most important of which is a sodium chloride test to check for cystic fibrosis."

UMMMMM excuse me?? Did you just tell me that my daughter may have a life threatening genetic disorder?? I lost it. I didn't hear much of anything else, but basically they are doing every test known to man to see why in the world she has not gained a single ounce or grown even a couple CM in 3 months.

I remember asking the Doctor if the Milk allergy could not be the cause of everything and that if she gets on this formula it will fix it all....she said that even babies with Milk allergies should be growing ever so slightly. She would be completely shocked if that was the ONLY reason she was not growing. 

To put it lightly I am a nervous wreck...We go tomorrow to have the tests run and we will not get the results for two weeks. Talk about the longest 2 weeks of someones life....

I praise God every day that she is living breathing and seemingly thriving in this life. I know it could be so much worse, but to all you Mommas out there you know the heartache and pain you feel when you don't have answers for why your baby is suffering you know the hurt I am feeling right now. Please pray for my baby girl as she endures the lab work and tests tomorrow and that everything will come back normal!