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Pan Fried Pork Chops

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When I think about how Christmas is next week it kinda freaks me out! It has really snuck up on me this year, maybe because I’ve been slightly distracted with the cuteness going on in our home. Look who turned 1 month on Sunday….
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We had so much fun doing a little photo shoot with Everly. It is amazing how much she has changed in only 1 month. She is so aware of her surroundings and stays awake in the mornings and late afternoons for a few hours and we play and do tummy time…it is so much fun. Her Aunt Katie and Uncle Chris came by to see her too and she really enjoyed spending time with them and sleeping in their arms!
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Now that I’m starting to get the hang of having a newborn in the house I have started cooking again every once in a while. I made these yummy pan-fried pork chops the other day. I usually do my Great Grandmothers recipe every time I cook pork chops but decided to spice things up a little bit and do something different. Rex really liked them and they were really easy to cook.

Pan Fried Pork Chops

Pan Fried Pork Chops

Pan Fried Pork Chops

What you need:
- 4 Boneless Pork Chops
- 1 cup flour
- 1 T Season Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
- olive oil
- salt and pepper

In a large pan heat a few Tablespoons of olive oil to medium high heat. On a plate mix flour, season salt, cayenne and 1/4 tsp. of black pepper and set aside. Pound pork chops to 1/4 inch thick. Season them with salt and pepper on both sides and dip pork chops in flour mixture. Make sure chops are completely covered and then shake off any extra flour. Gently place them in the pan. When they start to look golden on the edges flip and cook on the other side (about 4 minutes on each side). Once pork chops are cooked remove from pan and place on paper towels to soak up any extra oil. Serve and enjoy!

Happy Chewing!

Preparing for Baby Evie

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Freezer Meals

Freezer Meals

Being in my 35th week we are fast approaching the arrival of Everly Mae. Especially since my doctor’s appointment last Thursday showed this little booger is still breech and if she doesn’t turn in the next week and a half I will go ahead and schedule a C-section on week 39. I don’t know if it is nesting or what, but I have been a little crazy when it comes to getting things done around the house. I just want the place to be perfect for when she gets here. I spent 2 hours on Friday taking everything out of the kitchen pantry, cleaning the shelves, PAINTING the shelves and then putting everything back. Yes, you read that right….I painted the shelves in our pantry…who does that?! Then Saturday I spent the morning on my hands and knees wiping down all the base boards. There was something driving me crazy about seeing the previous home owner’s dust and dog hair along the bottom of the walls…GROSS! Even though Everly will probably never know that I went a little nuts and did these things, it made me feel a lot better. The other thing I have been working on as we prepare for our sweet little girl is I have been making frozen meals! I have about 10 different meals in the freezer that we will be able to cook and eat from for the first couple weeks she is here. This will allow Rex and I to spend our time bonding and taking care of Everly and not having to worry about what we are going to eat for dinner. Also, it saves us from having to result to pizza every night and we will have healthy, home cooked meals…now that makes me a happy girl!

I decided to freeze some favorite meals of ours and some new ones. I have listed them below with links to the recipes. If they are new recipes, I will add the link when I cook and post about that specific dinner. Almost everything listed is a Crock Pot Meal (luckily it will be winter time). For the soups I put all the ingredients except for the chicken broth in the bags. That way all you have to do is add the broth when you put it in the crock pot and you are good to go. It didn’t make sense to me to cook a meal and then freeze it, so everything, except for the Broccoli Cheddar Soup is cut up raw vegetables and meat and just needs to be thawed and cooked before you eat it. DSC00971

Freezer Meals

- Dad’s Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Sausage Balls
- Corn Bread Muffins
- Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
- Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
- Spicy Chickpea Soup
- Polish Kraut and Apples
- Buttermilk Herb Chicken
- Honey Soy Pork Chops

Italian Stuffed Peppers

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Welcome Home

It isn’t a secret that I’ve been missing in action the last couple of weeks, but I promise I have a good excuse (have I said that before?) Rex and I have been busy little bees moving into our very first home! You might think I’m a little crazy or maybe it was my nesting kicking into gear, but my schedule the last 2 weeks was insane and I can’t believe I survived! We moved from our apartment to our new home on a Saturday. The next day Rex and my Dad tore out all the countertops and old backsplash in our kitchen to get ready for our new ones to be installed. I got a little nervous when they started this project because as my mom and I unpacked boxes I would hear loud bangs, whispering and then laughter coming from the kitchen. That never is a good sign. I would peak around the corner and Rex and Dad were putting holes in the walls! Luckily they figured it out and did a great job of demoing our kitchen. We did learn that you should NEVER vacuum drywall dust with a regular vacuum in the process though. Monday and Tuesday I continued to unpack boxes and organize but without counters or a sink in the kitchen…that was interesting. Wednesday the granite people came and put in our new sink and granite countertops…YAY! I didn’t get to enjoy the new kitchen very long because on Thursday morning I woke up at 4:30 am to head to the airport for a work trip to New York for 5 days. While in New York I experienced my first round of pregnancy swelling. My feet were out of control and I resulted to wearing the same pair of shoes (the only ones that fit) the entire trip! Thinking I’m crazy yet? Well the one smart thing I did before I left for New York was give my mom a house key. While I was out of town and Rex was busy at work she would come over and finish unpacking boxes, decorate, organize, and make everything perfect for when I arrived back. Rex, Mom and Dad were absolute rock stars while I was away. They all worked so hard…hanging drapes, painting, setting out fall decorations, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc. When I walked into our new home after a hectic 2 weeks of disorganization and traveling I was overwhelmed with joy…the house was absolutely perfect and clean! Thank you so much Rex, Mom and Dad for all your hard work and manual labor….Lord knows it would have taken this pregnant lady months to do it on my own! You all are serious life savers and I feel blessed that without any hesitation my parents put in so much hard work, time and effort to make our first home a beautiful and perfect place. Want to see the new home?
Living Room

Living Room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Everly's Nursery

Everly’s Nursery

Everly's Nursery

Everly’s Nursery

Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom

Family Room

Family Room

Once I got back and settled into the new place I was REALLY excited to cook our first meal in our brand new kitchen! I made these delicious stuffed peppers. The recipe makes about double of the filling than you need for 4 peppers. So you could do 8 peppers and use all the filling or do what I did and save the extra filling and eat that for lunches throughout the week. I had so much fun cooking and moving around out new kitchen, I know that there will be many wonderful family meals made here.

Italian Stuffed Peppers

Italian Stuffed Peppers

Italian Stuffed Peppers

What you need:
- 4 Red Peppers, tops and insides removed
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 can italian seasoned tomatoes
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 T balsamic vinegar
- 1 T olive oil
- shredded cheddar cheese

Remove the tops and seeds of the bell peppers and back in the oven (empty) for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, brown turkey meat in large skillet. Add onion and saute for about 5 minutes. Add cooked quinoa, spices, tomatoes and oil and vinegar. Mix well and let simmer for a few minutes. Spoon the precooked peppers with filling and top with shredded cheddar cheese. Cover with foil and return to oven to bake for another 25 minutes. I served ours over a bed of spinach. Enjoy!

Happy Chewing!

Protein Energy Balls

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Protein Energy Balls

Protein Energy Balls


If you live in Colorado you know it has been a crazy last few days. The rain here has been out of control and I started to think we were living in Seattle. Roads in and out of cities have been closed, homes have been destroyed and sadly lives have been lost. My heart and prayers go out to the families dealing with the floods. On Saturday Rex and I thought the worst was over when we woke up to clear skies. We decided to go to the Oktoberfest in Parker. We met up with some friends, listened to some polka music and enjoyed Brats and beer (okay, only Rex had beer). The clouds started to roll in but it didn’t look like it would be so bad….it was kinda nice and cooled us off. Then, out of nowhere it started to pour. We took cover under a little pavilion for over an hour! It rained and hailed and the lighting really started to scare us. We were next to a playground and watched as it quickly began to flood. After waiting patiently for it to slow down or stop, we realized there was no end in sight, So we made a run for the car. We were drenched and freezing and this pregnant lady was excited to get home and cuddle in. Sunday I spent the entire day in the kitchen cooking. I made so many fun things and stocked up on recipes to post for the week! I had to start with this recipe for energy balls that I found on Pinterest. These things are DELISH! I changed the recipe a little bit and made a batch of about 40 balls. I divided them into smaller bags of 3 so Rex (and I) can quickly grab them as a healthy snack for the day.DSC00821

Protein Energy Balls

What you need:
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1 cup shredded coconut (I used sweetened but might try unsweetened next time)
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tsp vanilla

Mix all the ingredients together and press into small balls. Please balls on a cookie sheet/cutting board and freeze for at least 1 hour. Remove balls from sheet and place in ziplock bag and store in freezer. To eat, let thaw at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.

Farmer’s Breakfast Casserole

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It is time to celebrate….Friday is here! Not only that, we have a nice long weekend ahead. Do you have any fun plans for Labor Day weekend? We will probably be taking it easy and doing a little planning for the new house. But Labor day is a great reminder that Summer is coming to a close, so get out, BBQ, lay by the pool, and do all those fun Summer activities before the cool weather starts heading our way.
I made this Farmer’s Casserole last weekend for breakfast and Rex loved it! He was able to eat the leftovers until Tuesday and I even got a text message one morning saying “That farmer’s casserole is SO good”. It is really easy to assemble, and I cooked the sausage the day before to make it really quick. The only problem was I underestimated how long it would cook in the oven. It ended up taking double the time I thought and we were extremely hungry by the time it was fully cooked. It ended up being worth the wait…it was really good!

Farmer's Breakfast Casserole

Farmer’s Breakfast Casserole

Farmer’s Breakfast Casserole

What you need:

- 1 bag of premade hash browns (you can find them in the section by the eggs and cheese)
- 5 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups of milk (I used 2%)
- 1/2 red pepper, chopped
- 1/8 cup of onion, chopped
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 lb. turkey breakfast sausage, cooked
- salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a 13×7 casserole dish. In the bottom of the pan add hash browns. Top hash browns with pepper, onion, cooked sausage and cheese and set aside. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture in pan and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes. Check that eggs are fully cooked in the middle of the pan with a knife and serve!

Happy chewing!

25 Week Baby Bump

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Week 25

25 Week Baby Bump

25 Week Baby Bump

How far along are you? 25 weeks. Can’t believe I am in my 6th month!
What’s happening with baby? She weighs about 2 lbs! Her eyes, which until now were developing under fused eyelids, are starting to open. Her brain is more developed and sophisticated and she knows when we are talking to her (especially her daddy).
Total weight gain: 13.5 lbs. Baby girl has doublded in size (and weight) the past couple weeks, and so has my belly!
Maternity clothes? Oh yeah…comfort is key!
Stretch Marks? NOPE
Sleep: Some nights are good and some nights not so good. I get really uncomfortable at night.
Best moment this week: Read below under movement…
Miss Anything? Sleeping all the way through the night. I know it’s only going to get worse, especially when she is here.
Movement: Oh my goodness, we have a mover and shaker. I can’t get over how much my bump moves now. It shakes from side to side when she is moving around and I can see entire sections of my belly jump….it is crazy but I love it!
Food Cravings: Salads…but I think that is because it is SO hot outside.
Anything making you queasy or sick? No
Gender: GIRL
Symptoms: My belly has been very itchy and I get SO uncomfortable in the evenings. I feel like my stomach is being stretched to the max.
Belly button in or out: In, but starting to look shallow and feel a little weird on the top.
Wedding rings on or off: ON
Looking forward to: Rex and I feel extremely blessed. I don’t know if it is the hormones or what, but everytime I think about her I start to get teary eyed. Just last night I started crying out of the blue listening to Rex talk to my belly. We are SO excited for her to be here!

Sausage and Egg Boats

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Sausage and Egg Boat

Sausage and Egg Boat

Woo hoo, it is Friday! It has been a busy week. I started my baby registry on Wednesday and let me just say….it isn’t as fun as you would think. Maybe because I’m a first time mom and have NO clue what anything is, but it was the most overwhelming and exhausting experience of my life. I ended up crying twice that night (mainly because I was so tired). Luckily, I had my mom with me and a great sales person who helped explain what everything is used for to get me through the long day of picking out necessities for Baby J. It wasn’t until I asked a simple questions and the sales person said “Oh, you can’t do that with an infant” that I realized I have no idea what I’m doing. It freaked me out and I am on a mission to learn as much as I can before sweet baby girl gets here. I don’t want to hurt my baby! I’m hoping that motherly instincts will kick in when she makes her grand entrance into the world.
This weekend Rex and I are very excited to spend it in the mountains with some friends. A little hiking and relaxing in the cool mountain air is just what I need. That is one thing I love about Colorado, we are just a short drive to beautiful landscapes and fun outdoor activities. Bring on the fun weekend!

I made this delicious Sausage and Egg Boat last weekend and Rex really liked it. This would be a great, eye-popping dish to bring to a brunch or a great Holiday morning breakfast. Maybe you could make this for your family this weekend!DSC00707

What you need:

- 1 french bread loaf
- 1/2 lb. breakfast sausage (I used maple)
- 5 eggs
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3/4 cup of sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Hollow out the center of the french bread loaf, leaving about an inch on all sides so nothing spills out. In a skillet brown sausage, drain and set aside. Place french bread loaf on a cookie sheet. In a large bowl whisk the 5 eggs and milk together. Add the cooked sausage and half of the cheese and gently pour into french bread loaf. Top with remaining cheese and bake in the oven for about 35 minutes or until eggs are cooked in the middle.

Happy Chewing!

23 Week Baby Bump

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Week 23

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How far along are you? 23 weeks
What’s happening with baby? Baby Girl weighs over a pound and is the size of a grapefruit. In the next 3 weeks she will double in size! That means she will grow the same amount in the next 3 weeks as she grew from weeks 1 to week 23…..I better get ready! She is developing blood vessels and is now starting to resemble her mommy and daddy!
Total weight gain: 10 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Yes. I still wear my regular sun dresses, but am enjoying the comfort of maternity shirts and shorts too.
Stretch Marks? NOPE
Sleep: Sleeping great.
Best moment this week: Going under contract on our first home! I can picture bringing her home and enjoying the holidays in our new place. I can’t wait to make some wonderful memories with Baby girl in our new place!
Miss Anything? No.
Movement: Oh My she is a little kicker. Every day she gets stronger and stronger. She really likes to move around after I eat and when her daddy talks to her.
Food Cravings: Cereal and dark chocolate peanut M&M’s.
Anything making you queasy or sick? No
Gender: GIRL
Symptoms: I get really uncomfortable at the end of the day. My belly feels really full and stretched and my back starts to hurt.
Belly button in or out: IN
Wedding rings on or off: ON
Looking forward to: Figuring out the nursery in our new home!

Warm Black Bean Dip

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Warm Black Bean Dip

Warm Black Bean Dip

It has been very busy the last couple of weeks. If Rex and I have had any free time it has been used to search for a new home. Right now is a very hard time to buy a house. We looked at over 40 homes and lost out on a few because the minute a good house would go on the market it would be under contract the next day. We became very discouraged and decided we would stop looking and make our 1 bedroom apartment work somehow even with Baby J on the way. Then the day after our gender reveal party as Rex and I were glowing with excitement and enjoying our morning coffee he turned to me and said “We need a better place for OUR baby girl.” My heart completely melted! Little does Baby J know that she already has her daddy wrapped around her finger….or maybe she does know….every time Rex talks and whispers sweet nothings to her she starts to kick like crazy. So we spent almost every moment we had the last couple of weeks looking at new listings in search for the perfect place that we could call Our First Home. I’m happy to share that we are officially under contract with a wonderful house that I know we can make into our perfect new home! Let the nursery planning begin!!

This weekend as we celebrated the great news I made this fun dip for us to chow down on. Football season has begun and I can barely contain my excitement for the Fall. As you probably know, FALL IS MY FAVORITE! I love everything about it….so it is only natural that I started to prepare by making soups and fun party dips the past week. A girl has to be ready to host some football parties with us being in a new place. I made this warm black bean dip and it was delicious and HEALTHY! I will definitely be making this for any type of get together because it was really easy to make and had a lot of flavor. I also like to have some healthy alternatives to some of the high calorie dips that get served around the holidays. I hope you enjoy!

Warm Black Bean Dip

Warm Black Bean Dip

Warm Black Bean Dip

What you need:
- 2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup canned jalapeno, chopped
- 1/8 cup sweet onion, finely diced
- 2 heaping T of plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease an 8×8 baking dish. In the dish put 3/4 of the black beans in and mash with fork. Mix in the rest of the beans, tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, yogurt, spices and 1/2 of the cheese. Once mixed and spread out evenly in the pan top with the remaining cheese and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

20 Week Baby Bump

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Week 20

Hooray, I have made it to the halfway point! 20 weeks down and only 20 more weeks to go. I am happy to say that the second trimester has been treating me really well and I have been feeling great. I can eat, sleep, workout, and really enjoy everyday without being sick or tired. I have been waiting to post this week FOREVER! Not only because I have made it through half of the journey, but because in 3 short days we finally get to find out what Baby J is at our gender reveal party. I have had SO MUCH fun planning the gender reveal and I’m very excited to post all the little things I have made for it. Rex and I will have our entire family in town and be surrounded by friends when we finally get to know….Boy or Girl??? I have come up with a quick list of some of the Old Wives Tales, it seems to be pretty even…..what do you think Baby J is?!?!

Old Wives Tales
Carrying High (Girl) or Carrying Low (Boy): I think I am carrying low…BOY
Heart rate over 140 (Girl) or Heart rate under 140 (Boy): Heart rate has been high 140′s….GIRL
Craving Sweets (Girl) or Craving Salty (Boy): SALTY…BOY
Chinese Gender Predictor (Mother’s age and Month of Conception): Predicts BOY
Myan Predictor (Mother’s age and Year of Conception): Predicts GIRL
Acne (Girl) No acne (Boy): I definitely had some acne going on….still do :( GIRL
Ring Test (Holding a ring over my belly if it swings back/forth (Girl) or in a circle (Boy): BOY
Morning Sickness (Girl) or Little to None (Boy): BOY

20 Week Baby Bump

20 Week Baby Bump

How far along are you? 20 weeks YAY Half way!
What’s happening with baby? Baby J is the size of a small cantaloupe. He/She is swallowing several ounces of amniotic fluid each day- not only for hydration and nutrition but also to practice swallowing and digesting. The taste of the amniotic fluid differs depending on what I eat and Baby will remember these tastes when it is born. I better start eating more broccoli!
Total weight gain: 6 lbs. and feel like I look great for the half way point!
Maternity clothes? I have worn a couple of maternity shirts….I love how long they are!
Stretch Marks? Nope, and won’t be expecting any since my mom didn’t get them.
Sleep: Sleeping like a baby (no pun intended) because of my body pillow! It never leaves my side…It’s kind of a problem :)
Best moment this week: Keep reading below…..
Miss Anything? Sushi. It’s really the only thing I have completely eliminated from my diet and California rolls just don’t cut it.
Movement: YES! All those little feelings I was having the last few weeks were definitely baby J and I can now say I can really feel him/her! Baby J really likes to make him/herself known at night and Rex even got to feel those sweet little kicks and punches from the outside of my belly. It brought a tear to my eye to see Rex’s face when he got to feel our darling baby move. Looking forward to more!
Food Cravings: Potato Chips
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing right now.
Gender prediction: Alright…..My official guess is…..BOY. In a couple short days we will finally know what Baby J is and I CAN’T WAIT! We will be truly overjoyed either way!
Symptoms: I still get itchy legs sometimes, but besides that I’m feeling amazing!
Belly button in or out: IN
Wedding rings on or off: ON
Looking forward to: My gender ultra sound tomorrow. Don’t worry I won’t be peeking to see what the baby is but I am looking forward to seeing how our little one has grown (it’s been 2 months since I last got to see him/her). Then Saturday for our gender reveal party. Next weeks post the world will know…is Baby J Boy or Girl?! What do you think?

19 Week Baby Bump

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Week 19

19 Week Baby Bump

19 Week Baby Bump

How far along are you? 19 weeks
What’s happening with baby? Baby J is the size of a large mango and cartilage throughout the body is turning into bone giving baby more control over limb movements. The hair on his/her scalp is starting to sprout too!
Total weight gain: 5 lbs. I lost a few pounds because I had the flu.
Maternity clothes? I bought a belly band and a couple maternity shirts but I haven’t worn them yet….YET!
Stretch Marks? Nope
Sleep: Hallelujah for the body pillow!!! You wouldn’t think that a long pillow would make such a difference but I swear they were sent straight from heaven….I have been sleeping right through the night!
Best moment this week: I went into my first maternity store and that was fun. Also, I learned that Rex will be great when our kids get sick…he took such good care of me, I’m a lucky girl :)
Miss Anything? Not really.
Movement: I’m still going to say No. I sometimes feel these light “muscle spasm” feeling in my low belly, but it is so random and light that I’m still not ready to say I feel baby J.
Food Cravings: Nothing in particular this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Yes, anything I ate on Sunday when I got the flu…Ugh….not fun!
Gender prediction: Oh my goodness….Only 10 more days and we will know!!
Symptoms: My belly is starting to show a little but I’m ready for it to POP!
Belly button in or out: IN
Wedding rings on or off: ON
Looking forward to: This last week of not knowing what baby J is….I think the anticipation has made it even more special!

Sesame Chicken and Udon Noodles

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Sesame Chicken and Udon Noodles

Sesame Chicken and Udon Noodles


Oh boy has it been a rough couple of days. Sunday evening I came down with the 24 hour flu and let’s just say….It wasn’t pretty. I’ve never had a stomach bug like that before, and being pregnant on top of it made it even worse. This stomach bug literally came, beat the crap out of me and left. Thankfully, Rex was there to take great care of me. He made runs to the drug store for Gatorade, saltines and chicken noodle soup. He cleared my “puke bowl” after each episode (and there was at least 10), brought me cold rags for my head and rubbed my back as I cried for it to stop. He is the best and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have survived without him, thanks babe! I spent all day yesterday with body aches and the chills as my body tried to recover and figure out what the heck had just happened. I’m finally starting to feel better, thank goodness! Now don’t worry, this recipe is not what I ate to get me back on my feet. I resulted to dry toast and crackers pretty much all day yesterday. This recipe for Sesame Chicken and udon Noodles was something I cooked the last week for dinner that was a big hit in our house. It was easy and healthy and a great dinner to make when you are craving chinese food but not wanting to end up with a belly bomb. You could easily make this vegetarian by switching the tofu for chicken. DSC00503

Sesame Chicken and Udon Noodles

What you need:

- 1 lb. chicken strips
- 1 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 T ginger, minced
- 1/3 cup green onion, chopped
- 1 bell peppers, sliced
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots, sliced
- 1 package of udon noodles (found in the Asian food aisle)
- 3 T sesame oil
- 2 T honey
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 2 T soy sauce

In a ziplock bag combine chicken with honey, rice vinegar and soy sauce. Let marinate in the fridge for 1 hour. In a large skillet heat sesame oil and saute ginger, pepper, carrot and zucchini. Stir in chicken and saute until cooked through. Add udon noodles and a little bit of soy sauce. Top with cilantro and green onions and serve.

Happy Chewing!

18 Week Baby Bump

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18 Week Baby Bump

18 Week Baby Bump


How far along are you? 18 weeks
What’s happening with baby? Baby J is the size of a sweet potato and mastering the art of the yawn! He/She is kicking up a storm, twisting, rolling and punching. Baby’s nervous system is forming more complex connections, and those in the brain are further specializing into the ones that serve the sense of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing.
Total weight gain: 6 lbs.
Maternity clothes? No, but I might be buying a belly band soon so I don’t have to button my pants ;)
Stretch Marks? Nope
Sleep: I’ve noticed that when I lay on my back for too long my hands and legs start to go numb. I’ve been trying to stay on my side through the night, which turns into a lot of tossing and turning in bed.
Best moment this week: Rex and I spent a lot of time with fellow pregnant friends over the holiday weekend! I love talking pregnancy and babies with our besties that are going through the same thing I am.
Miss Anything? No, I’m thoroughly enjoying my second trimester and I feel amazing!
Movement: I’ve had two or three moments where I think I might have felt something. It was very quick, so I’m not ready to call it yet. I’ll say NO for this week.
Food Cravings: Cereal! I’m OBSESSED and have been eating it for snacks and even dinner when I’m not very hungry.
Anything making you queasy or sick? No
Gender prediction: I keep referring to baby as “He”, but still go back and forth.
Symptoms: Back aches at the end of the day and itchy red bumps all over my legs. Not really sure what that is about, but i could literally scratch my skin off.
Belly button in or out: IN
Wedding rings on or off: ON
Looking forward to: Feeling Baby J move. I know that it will be any day now and I can’t wait feel all those kicks and spins in my belly.

Strawberry, Feta and Spinach Salad

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DSC00421Happy 4th of July everyone!! This is a holiday I always look forward to. I love gathering with friends, cooking and hanging out outside and watching fireworks light up the night sky. This year, Rex and I will be celebrating America’s Independence at our friends mom’s house. She has a pool and a volleyball net set up so we will be out and enjoying the summer day! I’ve made so many recipes that would be great for a 4th of July BBQ….a lot of them I posted on my Memorial day weekend post. I have been obsessed with this Strawberry, Feta and Spinach salad lately and eat it almost everyday for lunch. It is perfect for Summer time because it is so refreshing and the best part….you can throw almost anything in this salad! It is SO healthy and I love how colorful it is! I was tempted to call it the red, white and blue salad because blueberries would be delicious in this too! Instead of serving or bringing a tub of potato or macaroni salad from the grocery store…EWWW….you can throw this healthy and yummy salad together in seconds and everyone will be digging in! I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

Strawberry, Feta and Spinach Salad

Strawberry, Feta and Spinach Salad

Strawberry, Feta and Spinach Salad

What you need:

-Spinach
-Strawberries, diced
-Feta Cheese
-Black Beans, rinsed and drained
-Avocado, diced
-Mushrooms, diced
-Olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Throw everything together. You can eyeball how much to make based on how many you are serving. I sometimes add blueberries or chicken. Edamame is great in this too. Have fun with it!

Happy Chewing!

17 Week Baby Bump

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17 Week Baby Bump

17 Week Baby Bump


How far along are you? 17 weeks
What’s happening with baby? Baby is about the size of my open hand and starting to accumulate baby fat. He/She can now hear loud noises (barking dogs, doorbell, etc.) and can be startled by them. The pads on baby’s fingertips and toes are adorned with completely individual swirls and creases…aka fingerprints!
Total weight gain: 5 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Nope
Stretch Marks? Nope
Sleep: Some night are better than others. My tossing and turning as made Rex sleep on the couch a couple of nights :(
Best moment this week: My doctor’s appointment! I got to hear Baby J’s sweet little heartbeat which was in the high 140′s and my Dr. showed me where my moving uterus is now. Kinda cool to feel that! (Sorry dudes that are reading this) I also scheduled my gender scan ultra sound and have the date set for our Gender Reveal where Rex and I will find out what we are having with friends and family!!
Miss Anything? Not really. I feel really good!
Movement: Still nothing. Come on Baby J, mommy wants to feel you wiggle and boogie down!
Food Cravings: Fruit and cottage cheese. You should see the tub of cottage cheese I bought the other day. MMM….
Anything making you queasy or sick? I’ve been really turned off to cooked fish and shrimp.
Gender prediction: Keep going back and forth….I seriously can’t wait to find out….it’s pretty much all I talk about!!
Symptoms: Sleepless nights and vivid dreams when I do finally get to sleep.
Belly button in or out: IN
Wedding rings on or off: ON
Looking forward to: Our Gender Reveal get together. Maybe the planning of it will distract me the next few weeks as I patiently (OKAY…Impatiently) wait.