Baby At 40

January 28, 2014 by  
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I have been away for awhile, simply because I have been enjoying our newest addition to the family.  Outside of the enjoyment, I have been just dragging my tail a bit after the birth of my third child.  Having a baby at 40, is a lot harder than when I had the boys at 33.  Things hurt, that I didn’t think were possible in areas that I didn’t even know I had.

This pregnancy was a real surprise in a lot of ways.  I didn’t really get to go into labor with the boys because I had been on bed rest with them for 16 weeks, I had a cerclage, and my water was leaking at 34 weeks, 5 days, and in order to pull the stitch I had an epidural, long before delivering them naturally.  So, I never felt a thing.

With this little bundle, I was never on bed rest, went into full blown labor at 33 weeks 5 days, baby was breech, and I had an emergency c-section!  I thought I was dying shortly after, but I prevailed and we have a beautiful baby girl to show for it all.  I guess I haven’t been here as much because I have been drinking up every single moment with our daughter and boys, and trying to figure out the logistics of dividing my time between school, the boys and the baby and all the other household stuff.  I can say, that I missed my blogging interaction, but I have always told myself that being a mom was first and foremost and this was always secondary.

Having a little girl has been an absolute dream for me.  My husband is worried he won’t know what to do with her and I am just thrilled that I get to dress her up, by girl stuff in general and looking forward to having that mother daughter bond that I thought was surely out of reach as the years passed and we tossed around the idea of having another.  Time was running out, and life has a way of surprising you.  I thank God every day for the gift of having this lucky experience.  I can now say I have the best of both worlds.  Even if she weren’t a she, I am so lucky to have what I have.

I hope to be writing more, as I miss it.  For now the baby is asleep, the boys have a project and laundry is multiplying like dust bunnies.  What are you up to?

 

 

 

November Is National Bread Month!

November 18, 2012 by  
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Bread is a staple in our house.  We can sometimes go through up to four loaves of bread in a week.  My husband likes to eat bread plain, toasted, and with sandwiches and I am always making sandwiches for the boys to pack in their lunch.  Bread is one of those things that can be versatile in meals and even recipes.  In fact, it is a primary ingredient used to stuff our Thanksgiving turkey with.

Bread is one of those things that we don’t think much about, since it has sort of been around for a very long time. This year marks the 250th anniversary of the sandwich.  History has it that in 1762, Sir John Montagu – the 4th Earl of Sandwich – requested his dinner meat be served between two slices of bread and thus, the sandwich was born.  Besides the history, sandwiches are one of America’s favorite things to eat.

A recent survey  by the Grain Foods Foundation and conducted online by Harris Interactive® indicates that more than a third (41%) of American adults eat sandwiches up to six times a week, and more than 60% of American adults eat a sandwich at least once per week.  I personally love eating sandwiches, they can be eaten cold or warm and is a really great comfort food.  With my children, it is one of the most asked for things when it comes to packing their lunch, whether it is a peanut butter and jelly or my favorite a ham sandwich.

 

About the Grain Foods Foundation

The Grain Foods Foundation, a joint venture of members of the milling, baking and allied industries formed in 2004, is dedicated to advancing the public’s understanding of the beneficial role grain-based foods play in the human diet and a healthy lifestyle. Directed by a board of trustees, funding for the Foundation is provided through voluntary donations from grain-based food companies and is supplemented by industry associations.  For more information about the Grain Foods Foundation, visit gowiththegrain.org, facebook.com/gowiththegrain or twitter.com/gowiththegrain.

But, besides just being yummy, bread contains whole grains which are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates and is low in fat.  Enriched grains are also a good source of complex carbohydrates and are one of the major sources for iron and folic acid in our diets.

To help celebrate National Bread Month, Celebrity Chef Bryan Voltaggio has created some delicious recipe creations.  Sandwiches such as Banana, PB, and Honey, or the Pastrami Reuben are just a few of the recipes featured.  Some of my most favorite sandwiches are the turkey, avocado and provolone panini.  Since becoming pregnant, I crave a good hot sandwich at least twice a week.  However you like to eat your bread, it is one of those foods that is essential to the American diet, and is a great contributor to a well balanced diet.  I can’t imagine a life without it either, whether it finds itself in a recipe, or just being devoured in something as simple as jelly and toast.

What’s your favorite sandwich recipe?  Create something new to celebrate National Bread Month

 

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

 

 

 

 

Not A Typical Where Have I Been Post

November 15, 2012 by  
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I guess it has been awhile since I have posted anything personal on my blog.  Life has been crazy over the past months, and I honestly don’t know where to begin.  The boys started school, so that has had me running a whole lot more than I am used to.  It seems like once they start school you are running to a classroom event, here and there and then plopping down at the table to look at some form of homework.

With all of that though, I must say I am enjoying seeing what they are doing and how much they are learning.  I keep their art work, and love when they talk about their day.  Kids tend to see the world with a much greater enthusiasm.

I turned 39 back in February, and I honestly didn’t feel much older.  I also can say, that I am not one of the typical people that dread turning 40.  I guess it is because my children are still young, so I have to keep the old lady blues out of my repertoire.  This year has brought a really nice surprise with it however.  I am happy to say that doublebugs is growing, and not going to be so double anymore!  Sometime in May, we will be welcoming our third child into our family!  And even more exciting, is that we are having a little girl.  Before finding out I was pregnant, I could only dream about all the pink ruffles, bows, and shop for everyone else who had a girl.  Now, I am in seventh heaven because not only do I get to shop, I get to experience that special relationship between mom and daughter.  It was a chance that I didn’t think I would have.

I hope to be updating you more as the time goes by.  I abandoned my blog for a little while because I mostly had my head in the toilet but for good reason.  I can’t wait for you to meet our little girl.

 

 

Crock Pot Pork Roast Recipe Using Costco Pork Sirloin Tip Roast

October 12, 2012 by  
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Costco is running a great deal on pork this month and as part of a project to promote the National Pork Board I am posting one of my favorite recipes using my trusty crock pot and a Sirloin Tip Roast from Costco. Pork is considered the “other white meat” and it is relatively easy to prepare. I recently made a trip to my local Costco to pick up the things I needed to make a really great dinner for my family using pork.

Costco has a lot of great products that I buy on a regular basis. I was able to pick up the canned mushroom soup I needed, fresh organic Ceasar salad mix, rolls, and organic broccoli, pre made mashed potatoes and four pork sirloin tip roasts. As a busy mom, I typically make a lot of things in my crock pot because it is convenient. Usually what happens, is that I get busier as my day progresses, and by the time dinner rolls around, I am very short on time to come up with something to make on short notice. The crock pot is ideal because I can throw everything in there in the morning and just let it go for the day. When dinner rolls around, I can make up a few side items and dinner is pretty much ready to go.

Pork is relatively easy to prepare for the crock pot. You can make lots of great things, like pulled pork, and roasts that simply melt in your mouth by the time they have been in the crock pot for hours. My favorite is super easy and versatile for making sandwiches, Sunday dinner, or shredding up the pork roast for later use like egg rolls, or serving over rice. Recipe to follow.

Get your roasts at Costco!

Get the roast ready for browning

Brown the roast evenly on all sides

Deglaze the pan and put into the crock pot.  It’s looking pretty already!

Add all the other ingredients, beef broth, soup mix, mushroom soup, and mushrooms and let the crock pot do its job

These were the mashed potatoes that I used that were on sample at Costco the weekend I went.  Who knew pre-packaged mashed potatoes could taste so good!

I know this looks all lumped together on the plate, but this is the best dinner ever!  The roast will just melt in your mouth!  Yum!

Crock Pot Pork Roast

1 2-3 lb Pork Sirloin Tip Roast

Olive Oil for browning

Flour

1 pouch of lipton onion mushroom soup

1 can of campbells cream of mushroom soup

3-4 cups of beef broth

Kosher Salt

Pepper

Can of sliced mushrooms if desire

White cooking wine for deglazing the pan

Directions:   Rinse and pat the pork roast dry.  Then sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper.  I just kind of eye ball it, I really don’t have a set amount.  Heat 2-3 Tbs of olive oil in a skillet, and coat the pork roast in flour.  Brown it in the skillet, and remove the roast and put it into the crock pot set on high.  After I have browned the roast, I usually deglaze the pan with a little white cooking wine, it gets all the good stuff left behind from browning the roast and I toss it in the crock pot.  Add the lipton soup mix, cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms and beef broth over the top of the roast and put the lid on and let it go on high for 6-7 hours.  If you will be gone longer you can cook on low for 8-10 hours.  If you like potatoes or carrots, you can add these too about half way through the cooking process.  At the end of cooking, I will sometimes add a little cornstarch mixed with water to thicken up the sauce for a gravy.

I served broccoli, rolls, salad, and mashed potatoes this time around.

So, as you can see pork can be as simple or as complicated as you want for meal preparation.  This is by far my favorite recipe and the leftovers make really great sandwiches.

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Costco and The National Pork Board through The Motherhood.

 

Costco Offering Great Deals On Pork This Month $50 Costco Cash Giveaway

October 9, 2012 by  
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I used to be intimidated by making pork of any kind, although I  have always liked when my Mom made  pork roasts for family dinners.  They are so good and aren’t nearly as dry as eating a beef roast.  After I got married, I started experimenting with different cuts of pork throughout our marriage and eventually I came up with a few of our favorites.  My most favorite recipe is one that I toss in the crock pot and let it go.  Now that I am pregnant, it makes it an even easier go to recipe for my family.

This month Costco is offering discounts on top pork cuts from chops and roasts to pork tenderloin and boneless loins with savings of $2-$2.50 on various cuts.  One of my favorite cuts for the crock pot, the Sirloin Tip Roast is on sale now between October 8 and October 14.  I was able to pick up a package this weekend that had four 2-3 pound pork sirloin tip roasts for $16 before the discount was even applied.  That will feed our family for four meals!

With the holidays coming up this a perfect opportunity to offer a variety of foods at your gathering.  I can think of some great pulled pork recipes in the crock pot for sandwiches, that can be great crowd pleasers. And if you are unsure of how to prepare pork, there are a ton of recipes out there.  And if you are uncertain about temperature and cooking guidelines, The USDA reduced the temperature guideline for pork loins, chops and roasts from 160 to 145 degrees F, with a three minute rest. Ground pork, like all ground meat, should be cooked to 160 degrees.  This will help take the guess work out of how to make cuts of meat you might be unfamiliar with.

The following is a great video and recipe using slow cooked pork!

 

 
If you steer clear of pork because you just don’t know what to do with it, I will be posting a great and simple recipe using a sirloin tip roast from Costco. They offering a really great deal on them! To help you make a fabulous pork meal, I am offering one lucky reader a $50 Costco cash card. You can co and stock up on these great deals and more for meals and holiday gatherings. 

 

 

Here’s what you gotta do!

Watch the video in this post and share your favorite part of the video in the comments.  And that’s it!

Giveaway starts October 10, 2012 and Ends October 24, 2012

Good Luck!

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Costco and The National Pork Board through The Motherhood.

Fresh From The Garden

June 11, 2012 by  
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With this crazy lack of rain, I wasn’t sure that I could grow much of anything this year.  My pepper plants are still looking a little sad, they are growing peppers but the plant isn’t growing upwards. This year we planted some carrots, celery (which the rabbits have eaten), broccoli, three types of tomatoes, potatoes, basil, thyme, and watermelon!  I also planted pear trees.  We have had bad luck with our planting of trees, and they affectionately turn into “the stick.”

My Seckel Pear tree started dropping and leaves and I thought it was doomed, but it has stopped and appears to be thriving.  The Anjou pear tree hasn’t gotten any pears yet, but I am thinking their pears start a tad bit later.

One of my favorites though, is the tomato, and I can hardly wait to eat the first of the season.  What do you have in the garden this year??  Here is my broccoli, it will be going in stir fry!

Summer Is Busy

June 1, 2012 by  
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I have been one very busy mama, and that means I rarely sit down in the Summer months.  There is so much happening with our family, and all really fun and exciting stuff.

Summer is one of my favorite times.  The warmer weather means we head outdoors as a family and rarely see the inside of the house until the sun goes down.  I have been tending the vegetable garden, we have potatoes growing, broccoli, celery, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, watermelon, and lettuce.  We also planted two pear trees that will be growing Anjou and Seckel Pears.  I have been to the strawberry fields twice, and made 24 jars of strawberry jam which I have handed out to close friends, neighbors and family.  I froze a couple of bags for jam making and desserts later in the year.

I have been busy inside as well, our home office is getting a makeover with new furniture and paint, we have new couches arriving very soon, and a new patio going in.  So, there is lots on the agenda.  Later in July, there will be blackberries to pick, farmer’s markets to go to, the boys 6th birthday, and lots more in between.

I hope to have some really cool news to share later this Summer, but until then, tell me what your Summer plans are?

 

 

Seasoned

May 1, 2012 by  
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I can remember when I used to freak out when the boys got hurt.  One time when they were toddlers, one of the boys pulled a chair down on them and a goose egg grew the size of a golf ball out of his head.  I can remember sitting on the floor next the freezer with a bag of frozen peas hysterical.  I think I was crying just as much as he was, of course I think it was the ice on his forehead more than the bump.  I think you hate to see your babies getting hurt.

The first two years, I went into states of panic whenever I heard that blood curdling scream that was a telltale sign they were hurt.  I lost most of my ability to think relatively straight and was in a motherly state of distress.  Year three, was a little better, I still ran like I was in a marathon to get to them, and my heart felt like it would pound out of my chest.

Parenting, seems to season you though, like a well marinated steak.  Now that the boys are 5, I don’t tend to run in a state of panic when they skin a knee.  I stop and survey the situation, get the injured inside and arm myself with Batman or Phineas and Ferb band aids.  I no longer go into cardiac arrest and I hardly ever cry and in a matter of a minute, the boys are off playing again.  But, even still, as a Mom, I always have that flutter of anxiety always waiting to surface, for the big things, but thankfully I don’t go all sorts of crazy at the normal bumps and bruises anymore.  It’s amazing what five mommy years can do to you!

 

 

Where have I been?

March 14, 2012 by  
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I am popping in to tell you all hi, I am deep in the throws of remodeling our laundry room.  I got a wild hair and decided to throw some paint on the walls in the house in several rooms including the laundry room.  I have been spending way to much time on pinterest and as a result I am reorganizing most of my house.

In the last week I have added shelving in our coat closet and put all the hats gloves, umbrellas etc in their designated baskets off to the left side.  Before I started, there were things smacking me in the head and I feared for a person’s life if they opened up my closet!  Here is a picture just to give you an idea.  The shelves give me a much more feasible option for storing our things, and the boys can reach for their own hats and gloves, because before I needed to get them up on the top shelf.  Now I can store our surplus toiled paper and paper towels up there, and I still have mostly and empty shelf for more storage, but I kind of like the emptiness!

 

So you can see its a nice addition for my sewing things, and picnic throws etc that we will be needing soon enough!  I will have to share my laundry room redo.  Right now everything is a disaster with laundry baskets, sorter, shelves, paint buckets, and tools everywhere in there.  I can’t wait to have a nice new place to do my dreaded laundry since I feel like I live in the laundry room.  It is a major thoroughfare for everyone.  We go from the garage through the laundry room to the rest of the house, so its get a lot of traffic.  Currently the floor is turning yellow after 10 years of walking on it and that doesn’t come off.  It is the cheap sheet linoleum that is paper thin, so I will be laying a nice new floating tile floor.  I can hardly wait.  The white walls will be getting a splash of color, I will be hanging cabinets above the washer and dryer and possibly putting a folding station in.

So, if you are wondering where my blogging has gone, its all in my laundry room and house at the moment.  Hopefully I will be sharing my projects soon!

 

Caffeine

March 8, 2012 by  
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I am not a regular drinker of caffeine.  I mostly drink some Sprite, water or milk.  I was driving to the grocery store yesterday and have been feeling particularly sluggish when it dawned on me that the problem may be the caffeine.  I have been drinking a regular coke here and there, probably more than I should, and I am thinking the caffeine is making me tired!  After I drink it, it rampls me up for a few hours, but coming down from that, I feel horribly sluggish.  I am almost convinced that this drug makes you want more just to keep up the high of being alert.

After reading about it on wikipedia, I no longer think I want to have much of it.

Caffeine is a bitter, white crystallinexanthinealkaloid that acts as a stimulant drug. Caffeine is found in varying quantities in the seeds, leaves, and fruit of some plants, where it acts as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kills certain insects feeding on the plants. It is most commonly consumed by humans in infusions extracted from the seed of the coffee plant and the leaves of the tea bush, as well as from various foods and drinks containing products derived from the kola nut.

Does this sound all that good for us?  I  hear every day that someone needs their morning coffee to get going or otherwise their day isn’t going to go so well.  At the same rate, it’s no wonder that we are a bunch of addicts because we are all workaholics too.  We work more than most people in the whole country, and get no vacation.  I wonder if we were a more rested society, if we would have so many caffeine addicted people?

In humans, caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant, temporarily warding off drowsiness and restoring alertness. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug, but, unlike many other psychoactive substances, it is both legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world. Beverages containing caffeine, such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, and energy drinks, enjoy great popularity; in North America, 90% of adults consume caffeine daily.

Withdrawal symptoms—including headache, irritability, inability to concentrate, drowsiness, insomnia, and pain in the stomach, upper body, and joints—may appear within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuation of caffeine intake, peak at roughly 48 hours, and usually last from one to five days.    *source wikipedia*

I probably will still enjoy my occasional bottled coke, but will lay off the caffeine in general.  I think it just makes me feel a million times worse than the initial burst of energy I get from drinking it.  Do you drink caffeine every day?

 

 

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