Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A cloth adventure!

I'm always up for a new adventure!  Life is more fun that way!  So today while perusing Facebook I came across a post in one of the Swaps for cloth diapers and inserts.  It got me thinking.  Why not?  If it saves us money, and saves the environment...why not try it!  So after some discussion with the hubbs we decided to go for it!

The start of my stash

Friday, December 25, 2015

Week 25! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!!  It's hiccup week!  During this week Guppy's nose is no longer plugged up and her vocal cords are functioning so I could feel her hiccuping soon!!  She is likely over 13 inches and is at or over a pound and a half!  Another fun fact this week, she will hopefully be turning over from the breach position that most babies are in early in pregnancy...I think she has been feet down because most of her kicks and punches have been "below the belt" thus far!  We shall see if she does turn now or later!  She is a fan of kicking daddy just a little then moving around until she is curled up in his hand.  A Daddy's Girl already!!!

Photo from Pregnology.com

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Breasts...there I said it

Breastfeeding has become a "hot topic" as of late and we live in a society where breasts are used as marketing ploys...hello Carl's Jr, Hardee's, Victoria Secret, etc...and let's face it, sex sells.  And until that changes we can expect to see images like these plastered all over TV, and the internet.  And on the flip side we will have mom's shamed for breastfeeding in public.

Monday, December 21, 2015

What if?

This blog post appeared on Peg's Pantry and is being published with permission from the author.

Since I relented and let Joel get Tara, I have been wondering about this.  If you read this blog, I am curious to know your thoughts.Let me know what you think.

What if we treated our spouses more like a pampered pet?

Friday, December 18, 2015

Week 24!

I have been noticing that when I sing my little Guppy starts dancing!  And with it being the Christmas Season I am singing a LOT!  I love Christmas music!!!  I can also feel her move when I am standing which is a change from the usual sitting or laying down of weeks past!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Dr appointment update and more

So my bestie Sara is back stateside for a visit and she brought the cutest dress for my little Guppy!  I just have to share it!

Our visit with the doctor went GREAT!  The Dr I met with looked over my birth preferences and said there was no reason they could not accommodate my wishes, of course the IV is a must, although they will allow a saline lock, and as long as my Group B Strep test comes back negative later in pregnancy then I won't be required to have fluids & antibiotics.  Some of the items on my preferences list will have to be addressed by the pediatrician as my OB only handles the delivery and postpartum care!

Hearing this has helped my anxiety regarding birth.  By a LOT.  On another note.  Little Guppy's heart rate was a solid 154, and I have gained 14 pounds so far so I am on track even though I feel very LARGE and over sized.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Cooking enough for an army.

Maybe it's the time of year, or maybe it's just me being pregnant and knowing that in a few months I'm not going to want to do much cooking....but I have started putting together some freezer meals that can just be pulled out and cooked, or reheated.  I'm also making some to take up to a neighbor that has recently had her first child.  Pinterest is full of yummy recipes, and I am starting to re-organize my "food stuffs" board into categories like Poultry, Beef, Pork and Venison.  Today I am making Slow Cooker Kalua Pig which when done will give me several servings to eat, and to freeze!  This recipe is also from the Paleo diet if that matters to anyone.

Week 23! 6 months and counting!

I know as pregnancy progresses I will be gaining weight.  That doesn't stop me from a bit of panic every time I step on a scale.  I worry about eating too much, or not enough, or eating the wrong things.  This week I feel like I took a huge jump up in pounds, especially since my appetite has got me eating constantly, well it feels like constantly. And it's no surprise, my little Guppy is about a foot in length, and weighs around a pound and a quarter!

Photo from Pregnology.com

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Baby is really moving now!

Daddy was finally able to for sure feel our little Guppy move last night just after 10 pm while we were laying in bed!  After kicking him good she bumped around until she was curled up against his hand and just snuggled there till he moved.  It was such a wonderful moment for me, and I had the hardest time falling asleep after that!

She is more and more active and bumps around every time I sit down.  It is such an exciting time! Before long we will be able to see her move and bump around in my belly!!!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Week 22!

Baby Fish is becoming more active.  Those little kicks and movements are getting more intense, and make me laugh because they are still so unexpected!  It is one of the things I never thought I would get to experience, and make me grateful (even when she wakes me up at night) that I get to experience this miracle.  Most of the pregnancy sources say that this week my wee one will reach a whole pound this week, and measures anywhere from 8-12 inches from crown to toes!  When our little one gets here in April and bats those baby blues she will be sporting lashes that she will develop this week!  Also developing this week are her senses, touch, sight, taste and hearing.  So we are sure to continue to talk to her, laugh a lot, and I am trying to make sure my diet is mostly good things.  My cravings have started to become more sugary, but I am still wanting the fruits and veggies I have been wanting since the beginning!  If you could take a peek at my bean today, you would see her itty bitty fingernails on those itty bitty fingers!

Photo from pregnology.com

Sunday, November 29, 2015

While the weather is (was) nice, lets work on the crib!

In shopping for Baby Fish I was having a hard time finding the just right crib that was exactly what I want for the nursery.  The bedroom we are using is already painted dark chocolate brown.  So a dark wood crib is not really what we I want.

We were fortunate enough find a crib on a swap shop for a decent price, and it was the style we I wanted, a 2 in 1 crib.  So it will go from a crib to a toddler bed, and then we can put the full size bed we already have back in the room when she is old enough for a big bed!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Never too much turkey!

This time of year everyone overeats and gets waaayyy too much turkey.  I however LOVE turkey, but never think to make it any other time of the year.  And we usually end up at one or both of our parents houses so there aren't many leftovers to bring home.  So this year after my husband mentioned how much he LOVES dressing, and my chicken dressing casserole I decided to get a small turkey and make a meal for the two of us, so we get a lot of leftovers!!!  Well, a lot of turkey leftovers anyway!

Our menu is:
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Green Bean Casserole
Deviled Eggs
Pumpkin Pie (my MIL made pie for us)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Week 21!

As I posted last week measurements on the size of my little Guppy are unknown right now just because we didn't get her length during our appointment, nor can they tell me what that is when I called a few days later, and she was a bit ahead of the game weighing in at 11 oz two weeks ago.  We can assume that she weighs around 13 to 14 ounces, because babies gain around 3 ounces between weeks 20-21....and knowing she is longer than normal we can guess she could be around 9-10 inches long....It's a guessing game really at this point until I get back to the doctor in December and ask.  The main thing is that she is healthy.  And for that I am grateful!  If you could see my baby girl this week she would look something like this....

Photo from Pregnology.com

From this point on most of the changes will be weight gain, and growing in length!  We won't see her again until our 3D ultrasound in early January! By then she will be easier to see via ultrasound and we will have a small idea of what she may look like when she is born in April!

She is kicking/moving more regularly but Daddy still hasn't been able to feel her movements yet because the placenta is up front and it's like trying to feel bumps through a pillow!  I certainly can feel her a lot tho, and she has a lot of fun early in the morning, and at night when I'm laying down, or sitting up.  There is a chance this week he will not only be able to feel her movements finally, but also be able to see them.  Depends on where she kicks/elbows/head butts vs where the placenta is.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It's 'da bomb!

I have been wanting to do a bacon bomb for quite a while now.  Just never took the time to do one.  Until now!  This is a fairly simple process, and you can put whatever you want in one.  I have a pound of hamburger thawed, and about 2/3 of a pound of ground pork that is begging for something spectacular....So I decided to do a Smoky Applewood bomb with cheese!

Monday, November 23, 2015

We love sausage!

On Friday my husband got his first deer of the season.  Super exciting!  I did a post last year about dressing out our his deer.  This year we did it just the two of us, which was interesting because I'm 5 months pregnant, and his deer this year was a gut shot.  If you have ever dealt with a gut shot deer then you know how stinky it can be....and being pregnant with a super sniffer....I posted and laughed about it on Facebook.  Also new this year, instead of making burger out of the entire deer we I wanted some actual cuts, so I found a YouTube video on processing a deer which I am including because I really like the way this guy explains everything.

We kept the loin, tenderloins, ball roast and rump roast, the rest went into bags in a cooler to be put on ice till the next day.  It was almost 10pm when we finished with the carcass...fast forward to Saturday morning....after breakfast we cleared off the counters and got two stations set up for removing silver-skin and connective tissues.  My husband set his station up with a stool...I did tease him about making his pregnant wife stand, so he gave me the spot with the seat.  Such a sweetie.  It took us all day (it felt like all day) several hours to trim everything up, and about an hour more to grind it up.  Two pounds of ground went into a vac seal bag destined for chili, 2 lbs is in a bag in the fridge for the Bulk Venison Breakfast Sausage and 3 lbs is in another bag in the fridge for the Venison Summer Sausage

Because the summer sausage takes over 24 hours to make I am starting with that.  Well I was going to start with that!  Our deep freezer is nice and full of meat right now.  We went in with our neighbors and got 1/4 side of beef.  So I am using a pound of the hamburger for this recipe.  Course the packages we reiceved have two pounds per in the hamburger, so I will make something else with the extra pound, after it has thawed.  I got it out last night and left it in the fridge overnight, and it's still frozen solid....gonna leave it on the counter while I move on to the Breakfast Sausage....

My first step today was to put on my new apron...it's super cute, and lots of pockets!  Thank you Sharon over at MS Purses for whipping it up for me!  She makes purses mostly, but she is a very talented seamstress!!!!

Gotta protect that bump!
None of the components for the breakfast sausage are frozen so I can just dive right in!  I got the smallest package of pork that I could, but there was still more than I needed, I'm sure I will find something else to do with it....so gather your ingredients and lets get started!  I want to note that we opted to make a partial batch of the sausage until we know if we like it or not.  There is nothing worse than making something in bulk only to find out it's not that great!

Then measure out your ingredients....

And remove any jewelry then dig in with both hands, it's cold, but it's the best method.  I didn't get any pictures because my hands were covered in stuff....after you have it mixed you can use a scale or just eyeball it out into 1 lb packages.

 We didn't do a full recipe so we ended up with 2-2/3 lbs of breakfast sausage.  Two pounds got sealed up with my handy vacuum sealer!  I LOVE this thing!!!!!

The vacuum packages are headed to the freezer, and the leftover chunk is going to be made into biscuits and gravy soon!

The hamburger is FINALLY thawed out so I can now make the summer sausage.  We are doing a full recipe of this because it never lasts around our families.  So as always, gather everything you need.

Combine everything in a big bowl, I couldn't find my onion powder, so I used chopped onions and increased it to 2 teaspoons

dig in with your hands and get it all mixed up!

Once it is all combined you can start the sausage making process!

Divide it out, I chose to do 1 pound sausages

Form a log packing it as tightly as you can, then wrap with foil, shiny side in.  I like to give my ends a little twist to help pack the sausage even tighter,  don't twist too tight or you risk ripping the foil.  Then it goes in the fridge for 24 hours....

Once the 24 hours has passed you preheat the oven, and pierce the underside of the sausage and put them in a broiler rack, or in my case a large sheet pan with a wire rack on top, and they cook for an hour and a half...now is when I wish I could let y'all smell the wonderfulness!

We went to Cabela's today and saw the summer sausage casings, which is a bit too late for this batch, but maybe next time I can put it in a casing instead of foil.  Enjoy!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

DIY heaven!

Pinterest is full of DIY clothes and other cute things for little girls.  So I decided to drag out my fabric stash and try one!  I will link to the sites where the tutorials or instructions are, so I'm just going to post the finished garment!  Let's have some fun!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

It's a cold day, great for soup!

I don't think the temperature here has gotten over 50 degrees today, and it's been cloudy all day.  The weather is supposed to really turn icky tomorrow.  My husband has been out hunting all day and he finally got one!!!  Don't worry, no pictures this year, although we will be processing it when he gets home.  I wanted something warm, but wasn't exactly sure what.  So I threw together a quick pot of Potato Soup!  Cheater style...chop up some bacon and brown it up

Then toss in about a half a bag of potatoes o'brian and let them brown up a bit and thaw

After it's browned up add about a tablespoon of chicken soup base.

The cube up about 8 oz of Velveeta, I just happened to have the queso blanco open so that is what I used.

And pour some milk on it and let the cheese melt, and the milk warm up, but don't let it scald!  Taste it and add some fresh cracked black pepper to taste!

Pair it with some bread and you have a meal!


Week 20!

Hey there Baby Fish!  This week she is between 6 - 9.8 inches long and weighs over 11 ounces!  I don't know exactly how much weight she will pack on in the coming weeks, but she is long and weighs more than the growth charts say!  From this point on babies will all develop at a different rate, but my little one will be growing about ten times the size she is now before April!  And starting next week the measurements will be from crown to toes instead of crown to rump...Baby Fish was measuring a bit "Big" for last week when we had our anatomy scan, at a whopping 11 oz, but they did not change our due date, she is still due in April!  And on a fun note, she is no longer a bobble head!  Her limbs have reached the correct proportions, and if you could see her now she is sprouting eyelashes and eyebrows.  Cute huh?  We have also reached a milestone, I'm officially at the halfway point!

Photo from Pregnology.com

While I have been out shopping for maternity stuff there was a discussion as to what month I am in, it is the second trimester, and according to What to Expect I am in the 5th month which goes from about week 18 to week 22.

5 month bump!

Now that we know that Baby Fish is a baby girl I have started "cracking out" on little girl stuff.  And being the crafty person I am have been searching Pinterest for DIY projects...here is one little outfit I have started!  With more to come (and a blog post I'm sure)!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Anatomy scan day!

It is the day we have all been waiting for so prepare yourself for a LOT of ultrasound pictures!!!!!  The scan took about an half hour, cause baby was cooperating! Baby Fish weighs around 11 ounces now!!!

We got to see  eyes...



Really long legs...

A cute little face...

And drum roll please.....

Friday, November 13, 2015

Week 19!

Our anatomy scan is just around the corner!  I will be posting pictures and the big announcement sometime on Monday AFTER we have called our families!

This week besides the exciting ultrasound, we are almost to the halfway point in the pregnancy!  And in other exciting developments Baby Fish's adult teeth start to form this week!  Not to mention Guppy has hit a growth spurt, and is anywhere from 6 -8 inches this week and weighs a whopping 7 to 8.8 ounces, depending on which source you look at!  If Guppy has hair at birth now is when that mop starts to grow.

I have been feeling the internal movement for weeks now, but recently I have felt some from the outside!  Hopefully Daddy can be able to feel tiny kicks this week so it is hands off the bump for everyone else until he does!  I just want to make sure he is the first to feel it, he has been hands on every day just waiting.  I'm sure y'all can understand!  I will let everyone know as soon as it's hands back on! :)

On a more personal note, and a TMI, I did the "squeeze" test a few days ago and I was excited to see a drop of colostrum!!!  It's the little things...although I won't do it anymore because I need to save that liquid gold for my little one!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Recipes are guidelines, right?

I've said it before.  I hardly ever follow a recipe exactly.  Even when baking I add more spices than required because I love flavors!  Tonight my pregnant self decided to try a new recipe I found on Pinterest.  The name of the blog that featured this yummy photo is Bacon, Butter, Cheese & Garlic.  The recipe?  Baked Italian Chicken And let me tell you, the picture is SUPER enticing! See?


You want to make it now too don't you?  And remember I'm pregnant, duh, so any blog that features some of my favorite ingredients must be a hit!  The only issue I had with this when I started gathering my ingredients was that I noticed that the recipe doesn't include bacon....an oversight I'm sure!  I also switched out minced garlic for the garlic powder.

The artichokes are being drained...hence the reason they are not pictured

So I decided to add bacon!  It is a common pairing with chicken (at least in my house), so why not?

While the bacon was starting to cook I got to chopping....onions and tomatoes

The onions go into the pan with the bacon and the mushrooms (I got the pre-sliced)

While those are cooking I put the chicken in a pan...

And melted the cream cheese and mixed in everything else, and ran out of room in my bowl to add the spinach, so I just covered the chicken with it...

Then topped it with the cheesy-bacony-yummy sauce!

And popped it in the oven at 350, for 30 minutes...I think it is going to take a lot longer than 30 minutes, I checked it halfway through and the chicken is still VERY raw looking.....we shall see...in the meantime I am having a VERY hard time not eating the other half of the Italian bread I purchased to go on the side....VERY hard....

Once I determined we would actually be able to eat this meal sometime tonight...I started the Linguine I am serving the chicken on. And put the garlic bread in the oven.   And sprinkled the shredded cheese all over the top of the dish!

Next time I am going to brown the chicken in whatever is leftover from the bacon onion and mushroom pan....give it a head-start to cooking!  But this time, I'm just going to chow down, because I'm hungry and this smells soooooo good!!!!