Thursday, August 1, 2013

He Is Here!!!

Cashew is here! He was born 3 weeks ago via scheduled c-section at 39 weeks.. Early in the morning too, 7:39 AM! He is a happy, healthy baby, and surprisingly my littlest baby, weighing in at 7 pounds 10 ounces and 19.5 inches long. he is gaining weight fast though and has grown 1.5 inches in 3 weeks. Breastfeeding is doing very well and he a pretty easy baby for the most part.

I stayed 3 days at the hospital before I was discharged to go home. It was a pretty nice hospital stay overall. Thank you Dr. Bossert and thank you Bergan Mercy Hospital here in Omaha! Here are some pics.

Right out of the womb
With his proud Daddy
Dada with all of our kids
Mommy and Cashew doing skin to skin
Adorable little man at 3 weeks old

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Final Weeks

I am 36 weeks pregnant now. Cashew is going to be here pretty soon! C-Section has been scheduled on July 9th, at 39 weeks. You know what? I feel like it all flew by so fast. Way too fast. So sorry I haven't updated in a little while, we moved homes and were busy unpacking. We love it here. It's the second story of a lovely house built in 1906. It's a multi dwelling home and we have just the right room for our family. I've been nesting and getting everything done lol. Got Cashew's things in the dresser, got his blankets and swaddlers, his rocker, my cousin sent me an awesome baby bathtub. All we need is a carseat and we are getting that within the next week. I need to pack a hospital bag. My husband is taking a couple weeks off to be with me at home and be Mr. Homemaker. I cannot believe the time is here, he is going to be here!

 3D pic of Cashew at 32 weeks!
Myself at 36 weeks!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Easy Five Ingredient Crockpot Cheese Beef Stronganoff

This is what we are having for dinner tonight. I just put everything in the crockpot and let it cook on low all day. Serve over noodles of your choice, or rice. Even potatoes if you wish! My family loves it and it is very easy to prepare, for busy moms like us! Serves 6.

1.5 pounds beef stew meat (I used sirloin tips)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 4-oz can mushrooms, undrained
1 8-oz block cream cheese
1 packet ranch dip mix

Spray the crock with nonstick spray. In the crock, mix together the cream of mushroom soup, undrained mushrooms and packet of ranch dip mix. Add the beef and mix everything well. Place the block of cream cheese on top.

Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5-6 hours. During the last 20 minutes, smoosh down the cream cheese and mix well till the meal has a creamy consistency. Replace lid and finish cooking.

That is all! Like I have always said, I love crockpots, a real lifesaver for busy moms (and non-parents alike!). You simply add the food in it, turn it on and it cooks itself! It's awesome for tenderizing meat, even tough cuts. Makes it fall-off -the-bone tender! About 10 points per serving.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Peach Glaze

This is easy and quick. I like to serve this with a side of veggies and some rice, noodles or potatoes of your choice. Serves 4-6.

1 pack thin sliced (or your choice) pork chops (1.5 pounds about)
1 can peaches in water or light syrup, drained
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsbp minced garlic
seasoned salt to taste
black pepper to taste

Heat olive oil on high heat in a skillet. Add the garlic and saute till lightly golden. Add the peach slices and simmer for a couple minutes.

Sprinkle seasoned salt and black pepper on both sides of the chops. Place on top of the peach slices and fry on medium.

Turn when side is golden. When both sides are done, simmer on low for about 3 minutes, covered.

Only about 7 points per serving! Family pleaser! I know my family loved it.

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

I have been making this for the family quite a few times the past few weeks, and they love it! I serve it with some mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. Makes a good, healthy meal. Serves 6.

For the patties:

1 pound lean ground beef
4 slices of bread
1/2 cup milk (or a bit more)
1 egg, beaten
1 pouch ranch dressing mix
1 tsp black pepper

For the gravy:

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 4-oz can mushrooms
1 cup milk
1 pouch onion soup/dip mix

Spray a deep skillet with nonstick spray. On medium heat, add the cream of mushroom soup. can of mushrooms including the liquid, milk and pouch of onion soup/dip mix. Stir well. Cover and simmer on low.

In a mixing bowl, soak the bread in the milk. If 1/2 cup is not enough to completely soak the bread, add a little more. Add the egg, ground beef, ranch dressing mix and black pepper. Mix well using your hands.

Head a griddle sprayed with nonstick spray. Using a serving spoon (like pictured above), scoop some of the meat mixture and form a patty in your palm, and lay it on the griddle. Make as many as would fit in the griddle.

Keep on medium heat and flip when browned on the side. Repeat till all of mixture is used. When all cooked,  place patties in the skillet with the simmering gravy. Cover the patties with gravy, cover the skillet and simmer on low for about 7-10 minutes.

Then serve. Only about 8 points per serving. Really yummy, a family mainstay for us, that's for sure! Kids always ask for thirds!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Acorn!

My baby isn't a baby anymore! How fast it all goes. Cherish every moment with your kids, they will never be this way again! They truly change from day to day, and it really is an adventure. Little Acorn was born 2 years ago and was a wonderful, very interactive baby. Now she is a very active, inquisitive toddler with a sense of humor. And so smart! She loves to dress up and loves makeup too. Getting into everything, and adores her 2 older sisters. Our smart, beautiful, fearless girl. We love you so much, Acorn! We love being your mommy and daddy!

She's a little lady!

Her 2nd Birthday Cake

Moved to Omaha, Nebraska! Family Update!

I haven't blogged in a couple of months. I have been pretty busy. We have moved from Oklahoma City to Omaha, Nebraska in the later part of February. We were deciding between Omaha and Denver, Colorado, but we have decided that Omaha was the place to go. So far everything is doing good. Husband likes his new job - actually within the same company, just a different state. Plus it is triple the pay and has less work hours. He is a plumber by trade. So, it's a no brainer. We like Omaha, it's a nice city. Not a lot of traffic, got a lot to do, lots of places to eat and shop. Don't regret it. Thinking of settling here for good, and buying a home by the end of the year. The huge plus is the 3% unemployment rate. Pretty awesome, if you ask me. It's April and still snows some. That's how it is around here, but not complaining. I prefer the cold to heat actually.

Our family at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City on the way up to Omaha

Kids are doing great too. Boy, they are getting big. Thriving and just wonderful kids. Peanut and Pecan have been into video games lately, their daddy bought them new ones recently. And Acorn is starting to talk in sentences and is real smart. Getting to be a little lady! She seems to want to do everything her two older sisters do, so sometimes she gets frustrated, but it comes with the territory. She just turned 2! They can be a handful at times, but that's just normal for kids their age. Overall, they are sweet little girls, could not ask for anything more. We love them to bits.

Now for Baby Cashew. He sure is getting bigger in there. I have a  harder time moving around. Lots of bathroom trips. LOL! Backache, Braxton-Hicks, the works. And yes, i still have constant nausea and throw up a lot still. Not surprising to me anymore, this is the third pregnancy it has happened. I am almost 28 weeks along now. So I have about 11 weeks more to go before my C-Section. Yes I have asked if it is possible for me to VBAC but unfortunately, I am not a good candidate. The combination of my history of previous shoulder dystocia and consistent macrosomic babies (aka babies weighing more than 9 pounds! and all of mine have.) prevents me from being a good candidate. He is moving a lot, especially at night. I could see my belly moving sometimes.

Cashew at 23 weeks. Look at that little face! Looks like Daddy.
27.5 weeks

Monday, February 11, 2013

We are having a...

I saw the doctor last Thursday and heard the baby's heartbeat. It was strong and steady, 158 beats per minute. My doctor is kind of on the very cautious side and informed me that my Penta test results were negative for Trisomy 21 and Trisomy 18 but positive for Neural Tube Defect. Well usually I opt out of those tests because they have a really high false positive rate, but I don't know what happened this time. I think they just went ahead and did it. The doctor wants me to go to the University Hospital for a level II ultrasound. Of course all that sounded horrible to me. I went home and asked my husband to take me to a diagnostic ultrasound clinic, which he did the next day. I just could not wait for my 20-week ultrasound in a couple weeks.

Well, lo and behold, my instincts were right. Baby is perfectly formed and very active. And...... we are having a BOY! Our first son! We are very happy baby Cashew is doing great and is healthy, we could not ask for anything more. He kicks frequently and I can totally feel him kicking now going on 18 weeks. Always very reassuring. i am thinking of buying one of those dopplers on ebay...LOL! No, really.

Here he is at 17 weeks:

You can see his profile a little clearer

We all cannot wait to meet you, little man!

And for fun...

Sitting around waiting for the doctor in his office, 17 weeks pregnant

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy Birthday to our firstborn child Peanut!

Another year has passed! How FAST! You are quickly growing and getting oh-so cheeky and smart! We are so thankful for another year for you and happily looking forward to what this year will bring to you! I still remember the first time I saw you and held you in my arms, how little you seemed. You aren't so little anymore! Thank you for giving us the privilege of being your parents! Your siblings are very happy to have you as their older sister too! Happy 5th birthday my big girl, we love you so!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Crockpot Cranberry Chicken

Made this on a whim and it wasn't bad at all! In fact, husband loved it and said it was a keeper! Kids too!
Serves 6.

1 pound chicken breasts, diced
1 can whole cranberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 envelope onion dip mix
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp soy sauce

Spray crockpot with nonstick spray. Combine cranberries, sugar, black pepper, half of the onion dip mix, onion, garlic and soy sauce. Mix well together.

In a bowl, mix together the diced chicken and the rest of the onion dip mix. Make sure to coat chicken evenly. Place chicken in the crockpot and give a final stir so everything would be incorporated. Set crockpot on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.

And done! Only 4 points per serving! I like to serve it with rice. Enjoy!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Quick Pregnancy Pics

This is my pre-pregnancy pic...

Here I am at 13 weeks (I am 14 weeks and some change now). Still haven't gained weight due to my constant nausea...

And here is the little bubba residing in that little baby bump.

We are super excited! We find out the gender in a few weeks! Will update!

Crockpot Mexican Style Chicken with Beans

This is easy to throw together and is delicious and healthy. Our kids ate it all up and my husband loved it. Serve with rice and veggies of your choice on the side. Serves 6.

1 pound chicken breasts, sliced
1 can beans of your choice, drained (I used red beans)
1 can tomatoes with green chiles
1 can sweet corn, drained (or 1 1/2 cups frozen)
1 tsp chili powder

Spray crock with nonstick spray. Add the beans, tomatoes and sweet corn, mixing everything together. In a bowl, sprinkle the chicken with the chili powder and coat well. Add the chicken into the crock, and mix everything well together. Set on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

Just done!

Serve! It's very tasty and good for you. Only 5 points per serving! Dig in!

Shown here served with buttered rice and steamed mixed veggies, and a scoop of sour cream!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Banana French Toast

This is one of my family's favorite breakfasts, hands down! Nothing like this meal served with bacon and fried eggs on the side on a Saturday morning! Easy to make too! serves 6.

12 slices of bread, your choice
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter
Your choice of syrup

In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and vanilla. Whisk well till eggs are well blended with the other ingredients. Set aside.

In a pan, melt little bits of the butter till melted and just coating the bottom. Heat on high. Dip one slice of bread into the milk mixture and lay into the pan. Repeat with however many slices of bread will fit. Turn heat down a little bit, to medium high.

Flip onto the other side when bottom is lightly golden. Place onto a plate. Before you cook a new batch of bread, melt a little bit of the butter on the bottom of the pan. Repeat till all the bread is cooked.

Top with banana slices and serve with 2 tbsps of your choice of syrup. Only 8 points per serving! Heaven!

Egg Salad Sandwich

This is a simple sandwich I make for a lunch, and it is one of my favorites. I love having it with sweet gherkin pickles! Serves 6.

6 hard boiled eggs, shelled and sliced
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp celery salt
1/2 cup french fried onions
12 slices of bread

In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, paprika, curry powder, black pepper, celery salt and french fried onions. Mix well. Throw in your sliced eggs and mash well into the mayonnaise mixture till it breaks up some. It should look like this:

Then simply spoon onto a slice of bread and spread evenly. Serve with the side of your choice. About 11 points per sandwich. It's delicious!

Been A While! Family Update.

2013! Happy New Year! I haven't updated my blog in a month! Sorry folks, we have been busy.

We moved from Del City to Midwest City. It isn't as far as it sounds, it's really only a few blocks away! But as you all know, moving is a lot of work and we tried to settle in.

Kids are doing great! Growing, growing, growing. It's all they do. That, and make messes of course! LOL!  But all in all they are doing quite well.

Baby #4 is doing splendidly too! Baby is growing as he/she should be, measuring now at just over 14 weeks, right on target! My nausea isn't going away either. I have a feeling this is going to go on till I give birth. Honestly I am still on the fence on whether or not I should VBAC, or maybe just schedule a repeat c-section. I am leaning towards repeat c-section, but I tend to flip flop a lot on that. Only time will tell. I got till July to decide! Of course I will do whatever will be best for my baby and my body, and what the doctor recommends.

So, here are some pics!

Husband and I on a date <3

Daddy with his 3 little girls

Hubby and I on his birthday with baby Acorn behind us lol