Saturday, November 10, 2012

30 Days of Thanks

As the month nears an end, I expect that the "30 days of thanks" posts on Facebook are going to get... interesting.

I have a lot to be thankful for, and I try to maintain that attitude on a daily basis. It can be easy to get caught up in a bad day, but it's important to remember that things could always be worse. I guess that's why, while I find these Facebook posts cute, we should put more effort into being thankful more often, and not just in November.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Food Friday

Now that the boys are mobile, and starting to eat more and more of what we cook for meals, Seth and I are constantly on the lookout for, and trying, new and easy/quick recipes. I'm going to start putting links and reviews of these different recipes.

The following recipes are Pinterest finds. I love and loathe the site at the very same time.

Enchiladas Supreme:

This was a relatively easy meal. Nearly all of the ingredients are pre-packaged, which can be good or bad depending on where you stand with processed foods. We've made a pledge to try and stay away from processed foods as much as possible, so I'm sure that mindset impacted my review of the meal at least slightly. But, we were both hungry and it was a late night. My husband scarfed down the enchiladas, claiming them to be a success. I, on the other hand, wasn't extremely impressed. To put it into perspective, my husband will eat practically anything (his own words) and I worked at an authentic Mexican restaurant. I will say that the leftovers tasted much better then when they were fresh out of the oven. If we make them again, I'm going to try and make enchilada sauce, and we're going to try adding refried beans.

You can find the link here

Cajun Chicken Stuffed with Pepper Jack Cheese and Spinach

This was another easy to put together meal. I added in some extra spices (we like spicy food) and we paired it with rice. The flavor was nice, it was a light meal and the leftovers were really good. The potential combinations of seasonings for the coating and cheese to stuff the chicken with put this meal on the "make again" list.

The link for this recipe is here

Spinach Burgers

These.are.delicious. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good these were. I've made it a habit to try more new foods, and for once, my husband was hesitant to try this recipe. We've made them three times now and stick pretty close to the recipe. We prefer them with cheddar cheese, but tried them with mozzarella and they weren't nearly as good. I don't put red pepper flakes in them because we feed them to the boys for meals and we don't want to give them hot spices. Once for a pasta dinner, I made "meat" balls out of the recipe and they were good, but difficult to cook. We plan on making a few big batches and freezing them to have convenient, healthy go to snacks. They're relatively low in calories (about 112 per patty) but have a lot of vitamins because of the spinach. They don't taste like meat, but they taste just as great as real burgers when they're paired with toppings - ketchup, mustard and pickles, or my favorite, hot sauces and ranch. Yum.

Make sure to bookmark the recipe here

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Gotta love fall!

The boys have had their first successful Halloween! We had two adorable little pieces of sushi crawling around.

Dezmond (L) & Rourke (R)

I look forward to next year, when the boys are older, and will be able to walk around in their costumes. We're saving some of the best for that time - superheroes, Mario and Luigi, The McManus brothers, and the list goes on and on.

With Halloween over, we're quickly running out of first holidays for the boys.. only Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years left until the boys have their first birthday! But no worries, anyone who knows me knows that I've been brain storming birthday themes for months. But before that happens, I am truly looking forward to our first Thanksgiving as a family, we'll all be trying Colcannon together, and for having the boys' first Christmas. Sometime soon I'll be sewing their stockings, and I found a pattern to crochet them santa hats. And, as much as I'm not a fan of the snow, I can't wait to take the boys outside and let them experience it for the first time. Everything really is more exciting when you're a parent.

Friday, October 19, 2012

It feels like every time I post in the blog, I talk about how fast time goes. But it's true. Even when the days seem to drag on, I wake up the next morning and can't believe that my boys are one day older. One day closer to being 1 year old. It's bittersweet, really. I think about them being "fresh" babies, visiting them in the NICU and finally being able to bring them home. I think about the hours and hours I spent nursing them, the late nights, and early mornings and total lack of sleep. I think about how much I love my kids and how I wouldn't change a thing that's happened.

It's incredible seeing the boys develop alongside each other. Sometimes it seems like they're competing to see who wins a certain task first. Rourke was the first to sit up, as well as stand, but Dezmond was the first to roll over and to crawl. Now that we have two teeth per baby, and they are standing unassisted, it's only a matter of time before they walk.

Because I'm obviously feeling nostalgic, I'll mention that next month, Seth and I have been married 1 1/2 years. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing little family <3

Saturday, October 6, 2012

It's been months since I've updated the blog. I think I've mentioned how horrible I am at remembering to do so. I'll blame it on having twins; I forget lots of things these days.

Because it's been so long, I'll give a recap of everything that's happened since this summer. Even though I know few people read this, I'd like to keep it up so that it can be a record for me later on down the road.

Where to start...

The boys are almost 9 months old. I know, right? Time seems to have escaped me. It feels like last week I was holding itty bitty babies. And today, they're sitting in front of me (literally, they learned that trick not that long ago) having a conversation, playing and crawling everywhere. We're in the thralls of teething and I hope it ends very soon. Otherwise, the boys could not be happier, or healthier. They are already practicing eating us out of house and home, sure to grow up and be just like their dad. At their last doctors appointment, they were 2 feet 3 inches and 20 pounds each, with huge freaking heads (89%) - their height and head circumference are the same, and they're only about 4oz apart for weight. I keep telling them they're trying too hard to do the "twin thing". I hopped on the scale with them the other day and it looks like they've gained 3+ pounds since then. Woah, big guys, slow down!

I am officially finished with college. My last term was supposed to be this past winter, but after dropping a class I was 4 credits short. I started said class in May and finished at the end of August. I'm waiting to get my diploma in the mail! I've learned how much time went into classes now that I'm not in them, and I've used that spare time to start quilting, embroidering and my favorite, decorating for Halloween!

This is by far my favorite time of the year. I've been thinking about this Halloween (the boys' first) since I found out I was pregnant, thinking about the perfect, epic, first Halloween costume for them/us. There are so many choices, I'll need to be picking soon so I have time to craft them. The decorations are almost complete, and it's times like these that while being broke, having a Cricut comes in so handy. Our annual Halloween party is slated for the weekend before, and I am so excited. I hope our friends will be able to make it :)

It looks like it's just about nap time, so I need to be going. I'll leave you with some pictures from the boys' 6 month photo shoot.



Monday, April 23, 2012

Don't Count Your Calories Quiche!

It's been a while so I figured I would share my first recipe. I have a habit of taking multiple recipes from other sources and combining them, adding and subtracting ingredients as I see fit when I make the dish.

This is the best quiche I've ever had (not tooting my own horn, I'm a very picky quiche eater) and have successfully eaten on one my own.


Two 9" glass pie pans
Non-stick cooking spray
Two medium mixing bowls
Measuring Cups

Two 9" pie crusts
1 pint of heavy cream
7 eggs
Swiss Cheese - 1 C shredded
Monterey Jack Cheese - 1 C shredded
Bacon - 6 strips, cooked and crumbled
Frozen Baby Spinach - 1/2 C, thawed and drained
Other veggies - 1 C (I like to use mushrooms and onions, sautéed)

Preheat the oven to 375. In one mixing bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and eggs. In the other mixing bowl, mix together your filler ingredients (not including the cheese) - bacon, spinach and other veggies. Put the pie crusts in the pans. Sprinkle half of each of the cheeses onto the bottom of the pie crusts, then divide your filling between the two pans and add the remaining cheeses on the top, remembering to do half of each again. Slowly pour the egg mixture over the top and you're done! Just put into the oven for about 25 minutes.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

From my family to yours:

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!