- I love Jesus, my husband, being a stay at home mom to my little boy, New Orleans, crafting, cooking, fitness, nutrition, homemaking, hospitality, being outside, black coffee, chai tea, reading, journaling, thrifting, and deep conversation. Food is my love language; through food I savor memories, create traditions, and serve others.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
I wanted to try something a little new and different so I took my "go to" breakfast casserole recipe and changed it up by replacing the whole wheat bread cubes with hashbrowns, and making a few other changes (the addition of dijon mustard was quite tasty!). We both really liked this, and Jeremy said he liked it even better than the original. You could easily use ham or bacon in place of the sausage, and add in any veggies (onions and peppers maybe) into the mix also. This is one of those that is easy to make the night before, refrigerate overnight then pop in the oven the next morning. And it is definitely a hearty breakfast for dinner for us also.
-1 (30 oz) bag frozen shredded hashbrowns, thawed
-1 lb turkey breakfast sausage, cooked and crumbled
-2 c shredded cheddar cheese
-2 c skim milk
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper
-1 Tbsp dijon mustard
Combine hashbrowns, sausage, and cheddar in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spread into a greased 13x9 pan. In the same bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients and pour over potato mixture. Bake at 350 45-60 minutes, until set and edges begin to brown.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I've been eyeing and wanting to try recipes for Texas Sheet Cake for a while now. I was intrigued by the idea of a moist chocolate cake, with a warm glaze-like icing poured over and melted into the warm cake. It was worth the wait; Jeremy, his mom, his dad, and me all enjoyed this cake. I used this recipe for the cake, but used hot coffee in place of the boiling water, and yogurt in place of the buttermilk. I baked as directed, and then topped with the entire batch of icing from this recipe, prepared as directed. I will definitely make this cake again, it's a great casual/ everyday sort of cake recipe that is fuss free.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I made this lasagna with turkey sausage by Ina Garten. The changes that I made were to use whole wheat noodles, part-skim ricotta, and part-skim mozzarella. Other than that, I followed the recipe as is, and was quite pleased with the results. I really like the addition of goat cheese in this lasagna, and the extra flavor it adds. Per Jeremy's request, this will be my new "go to" lasagna recipe.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Here is what is going on with Elisha this week according to babycenter.com;
Your baby can now support some of her weight on her legs, and she loves to bounce — something that can strengthen her muscles for walking later on. Hold her under her arms and help her stand up on the floor or on your lap.
You may need to help her start moving by lifting her off the ground (or your lap) but once she starts, just watch her go! Be ready for lots of giggles.
Your baby's fine motor skills are coming along. By now she can probably scoop things up with one hand and transfer an object from one hand to the other fairly easily. Fine motor skills involve small, precise thumb, finger, hand, and wrist movements and are used for actions like picking up things between the thumb and finger.
Gross motor skills are required for activities like crawling, which use large muscles such as those in the arm, leg, or feet or the entire body. To encourage your baby's development of these skills, place a toy just out of your baby's reach and watch her try to get it. If she cries because she can't quite reach it, give her encouragement — but not the toy. She's just venting frustration and will become more physically confident more quickly if you don't make everything easy for her.
After a few tries, she'll be able to lean forward to grab the toy and then straighten herself again. Before long, she'll be rocking back and forth on her hands and knees or maybe creeping (pushing herself around on her belly) or even repeatedly rolling over to move about the room. Help her move around easily by dressing her in loose, comfortable clothes.
Your baby's also showing an interest in small parts and the details of the objects around her. Her ways of exploring are growing beyond banging and gumming, although those are still part of every toy interaction. As she explores, be sure to keep buttons, coins, safety pins, balloons, rocks, and other choking hazards out of reach.
Elisha is still doing great.
He continues to amaze me at just how happy and laid back he is.
He's still nursing every 3ish hours and eating solid foods 1-2 times a day. As of now he has happily tried every food that I have given him. So far we've done rice cereal, banana, avocado, yogurt, sweet potato, and carrots.
He is definitely getting more mobile. Now if I put him down in the middle of the room within seconds I will find him on the other side of the room against a wall. He rolls over and over in the same direction until he hits a road block. He makes some attempts to scoot, but isn't very successful at it. His best move other than rolling is when he lies on his back and scoots himself by quickly turning his head from side to side and pushing with both legs at the same time.
After a several month hiatus in sleeping through the night, he has started to sleep through the night again this week. He has gone several days in a row of sleeping from 8 pm-ish to almost 6 am each day. This makes this mama VERY happy. Once I have him doing this for over a week, I think I'll be ready to move him from his current bedroom (the living room) to his crib in Noah's room. He's also taking 2-3 additional naps during the day at about an hour or less each.
One of Elisha's favorite things to do is to go grocery shopping. I wear him in the baby Bjorn carrier as we walk around the store and he faces out watching everything, and everyone. His hands hang at the perfect height for him to grab onto the grocery car handle and he grasps it tightly as we walk around the store. It's quite adorable, it looks like he is pushing the cart.
Here was Noah at 28 weeks.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This is another recipe from the book Bread & Wine. If I wasn't holding a book/ cooking club for this book I never would have tried this recipe... it seemed a little too eclectic for my tastes (shredded coconut, and raisins in a curry?). But I'm glad I did try it because it was very good. I think I still prefer a Thai and coconut milk based curry over this one, but I enjoyed it, and will very likely make it again.
Mango Chicken Curry
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 lbs chicken breasts
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- Chicken broth (4-5 cups)
- 1/4 cups currants or raisins
- 2 roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 mango, pitted and diced
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 3 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- 3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
- 3 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1Mix together flour, curry powder, salt and pepper. Cut chicken into small pieces, and toss with mixture.
- 2Cook chicken until browned. Set aside.
- 3Combine garlic, onion, ginger and red pepper in pan with olive oil. Cook until onion is softened (about 4 min)
- 4Add chicken. Lower heat.
- 5Add 4.5 cups chicken broth. Reduce broth by 1/4. Add raisins, tomatoes, and mango. Heat through. Remove from heat, and add lime, cilantro basil and coconut.
- 6Serve over rice.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I made this Chocolate Cobbler, following the recipe exactly. I thought it was really good, but can you go wrong with warm gooey chocolate and melty ice cream? Jeremy really liked the pudding/ sauce, but didn't love the flavor of the cobbler topping. So I'm not sure I'll be rushing to make this again, but it is quick to whip up and I always have the ingredients on hand, so I'm sure we'll do a repeat eventually. I also like the fact the it is intended for an 8x8 pan. Most desserts and cakes are so huge that it takes forever for our little family to eat them, this is a great size to serve us for 2ish days for just our family, or maybe one night if we had company.