Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Redneck Turtle Burgers

Redneck Turtle Burgers
for your 4th of July Bar B Q!

Here's a new twist on how
to serve burgers at your next BBQ

Handmade ground beef patties, topped with sharp cheddar cheese, wrapped in a bacon weave,
(use the cheese to keep the bacon shell on)

Next step: Add hot dogs pieces as the heads and legs with slits for toes and shape a tail. If ya really wanna get artistic you can carve a hot dog head with eyes and a mouth slit!

Next Step: Place gently on your grill and cover with an aluminum foil dome and only turn once or if it's a raining' you can place yer turtles on an oven rack, covered loosely with foil dome and baked for 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees.

A little crispy, not too crunchy!

Just how a turtle should be, right?

Slap them Turtles in a
hamburger bun and serve!

(see if your guests eat'em head or tail first)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Phone Fun Friday

Addison brought home artwork from school this week.

Photo taken with my HTC EVO

Monday, June 20, 2011

Gender Reveal...

It's a BOY!!!

Heartbeat was 140bpm, he had hiccups, growth is right on target and he was moving all around. Brian didn't get to go to the U/S but my Mom and Addison went. We had the tech not tell us the gender and they sealed the pics. We also got a CD with over 40 pics and a DVD of the entire session. When Brian got home from work last night he got to see the DVD of the baby moving and we all found out the gender at the same time. It's so surreal and I'm still trying to absorb it all. I'm trying to figure out how to upload the video...if I get it figured out I will definitely post it.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wordish Wednesday

Here's a couple pics my brother sent me of Emerson having her first taste of food. Hard to believe she's 6 months old already!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

16 Weeks

How far along? 16 Weeks
Weight gain/loss:
4 pounds gained so far

Maternity clothes?
Maternity Pants – Yes
Maternity Shirts - No

Stretch marks?

Sleep is sporadic. I know I’m supposed to be sleeping on my sides but I keep waking up in the middle of the night on my back.

Best moment this week?
Feeling a small kick

Food cravings:

Find out June 18th!!

Belly button in or out?

Felt the first small kick on Tuesday while at work.

What I miss?
Having energy, eating oysters, feta cheese.

What I'm looking forward to:
Finding out the gender

Can’t believe I’m 4 months pregnant already. I’m excited to find out the gender so I can start planning…clothes, bedding, etc. I was also happy at my Dr. appt that I have only gained 4lbs so far. I told the Dr. I am determined not to gain as much weight as I did with Addison (50lbs…yikes!!)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Weekend Recap

Friday I had my 15 week checkup. My weight is good, blood pressure was good but my urine sample came back with higher than normal levels of blood. The Dr. was concerned and asked me several times if I’ve had any bleeding. My answer was repeatedly “No” (WARNING: TMI)I explained to her that back in college when I was seeing a gastroenterologist that they found microscopic traces of blood whenever I went to the bathroom and they believed this was causing my lifelong anemia. The OB/Gyn didn’t seem convinced and stated in my first urine sample in April there was some blood (not visible to the eye) but a low level. She stated that I need to be drinking 64oz water a day and after I have this baby I need to see a urologist and have a scope done of my bladder…fun times!

It took her awhile to find the baby on the Doppler but once she did the heartbeat was strong and the baby kept moving and rolling away from the Doppler. I go back in 4 weeks for another checkup, then two weeks after that for the gender ultrasound.

Since we are excited to know the sex of this baby and don’t want to wait 6 more weeks for the Dr.’s office to do it, we have booked a separate appointment at an ultrasound spa to find out the sex on June 18th. (The day after my b-day and the day before Father’s Day) We are super excited!!

We chose a package that includes:
• 25 minute 3D/4D ultrasound session
• 1 DVD video of your session set to soothing lullaby music ~ Great for family movie night!
• 1 CD with up to 100 pictures perfect for printing, emailing and facebooking
• 10 photos 3D prints
• Gender determination (100% accuracy)
• Listen to your baby's heartbeat
• Diaper Bag with baby sample products and an exclusive 15% OFF Babies R Us coupon
• Sonostream LIVE availability (Only $12.95). We can broadcast your ultrasound live privately across the internet with anyone in the world!
• Bring up to 7 guests to share your experience with you. Kids are welcome!

We have a few names picked out but probably won’t reveal the name until the birth this time around.

After the Doctor appointment Mom, Addison and I headed to Orlando. I had a work related event to attend on Saturday so we got a hotel in Orlando on Friday night. Friday afternoon Addison was really clingy and tired. She threw up Friday evening at the hotel (only the 2nd time ever) She wouldn’t eat or drink anything for 24 hours and had a high fever. Friday night in the middle of the night she threw up a second time. I didn’t sleep well because I was worried about her. I felt bad leaving her Saturday morning for the work event but I knew Mom would take care of her. On our way back from Orlando Addison’s fever spiked again and she was totally lethargic. We took her to the pediatric urgent care on our way home and she has strep throat, so now she’s on antibiotic for 10 days. After 2 doses of her antibiotic she was back to normal and seemed 100% improved.

One a happy note Addison didn’t cry yesterday or today when I dropped her off at daycare!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Raspberry Swirl Frozen Dessert


Recipe and Image Source

2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
5 teaspoons sugar

3 eggs, separated
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon water, divided
1 cup sugar, divided
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
1-1/2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping
1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened raspberries, thawed

In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Press into an 11-in. x 7-in. dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, for filling, in a small heavy saucepan, combine the egg yolks, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Set aside.

In a small heavy saucepan over low heat, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar and remaining water and sugar. With a portable mixer, beat on low speed until mixture reaches 160°. Transfer to a small bowl; beat on high until soft peaks form.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in egg yolk mixture. Fold in whipped topping, then egg white mixture. Drain raspberries, reserving 3 tablespoons juice. In a small bowl, crush half of berries with 1 tablespoon juice. Set remaining berries and juice aside.
Spread a third of cream cheese mixture over crust; spoon half of crushed berry mixture over the top. Repeat layers. Cut through with a knife to swirl raspberries.

Top with remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with reserved berries and drizzle with remaining juice. Cover and freeze for 5 hours or until firm. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before cutting

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Daycare Updates

Tuesday was Addison’s first day at her new school. As expected it was a rough transition. The first day as we arrived she was mixed between excitement of all the new toys and shyness due to not knowing anyone. She would start playing then run back to me ensuring that I was still there. After about 30 minutes I decided to leave and head to work. I had told her that I would be leaving so she expected it but I snuck out while she was playing. As I walked to the car I had started to cry. I felt like I was leaving her at daycare for the 1st time all over again. I felt sad that she was in a place in which she knew no one and nothing was familiar to her.

As soon as I got to work I vented to my friend about it and started tearing up again. She reassured me that everything would be fine and that Addison would adjust to the new environment. After relying on her several times throughout the day for support she had me laughing so hard with her stories of Addison attempting to escape daycare on one of the tricycles, riding home and showing up in the driveway saying “I’m not going back Mommy. That daycare is not for me”

I called around 11a to see how she was doing. The teacher was very honest and said that Addison was having a rough morning and had been crying a lot but had found a favorite teacher already and had snuggled up in her lap all morning…while pointing to the door saying “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy”…tears started again. My motherly instinct was to leave work and go get her but I knew that this is part of the transition and it will eventually get better. The teacher did say that at snack time and outside play time that she did perk up and participate.

I called again after nap time and they told me that she slept for about 1.5 hours and woke up perfectly fine. Her little personality emerged after her nap and she was playing, talking and engaged. What a relief!! I was counting down the hours until I could get off work and pick her up.

As 5 o’clock rolled around I was off work and headed to pick up Addison. Murphy’s Law intervened and on my way to pick her up I was re-routed because of wildfires. So instead of getting there on time to pick her up on her first day I was late and she was only one of 3 kids left. As I pulled up they were outside playing. She didn’t notice me pull up but as soon as she heard my heels on the sidewalk she looked up and saw me and said “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy” She was beyond excited.

Once we got home she was full of energy. She was so excited to see Nanny (she’s renamed Nana to Nanny). She was running back and forth between me and Mom giving us hugs and showing off. She actually sat at the table and ate her entire dinner. We talked about school and I said to her “I told you Mommy would come back and pick you up” So all night all she would say is “Mommy will come back” It was her reassurance that I wasn’t leaving her somewhere and I told her I would always come back and get her.

To celebrate her first day at school we decided to make Ice Cream Sundaes but she decided that her Italian genes wanted Italian ice instead(her Daddy was so proud…lol) After eating some of the Italian ice she laid on the floor and said “I’m tired” THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED. Usually I’m trying to get her to go to bed for at least 30 minutes. She was exhausted. She went to bed and went straight to sleep and I even had to wake her up yesterday morning because she wasn’t awake by the time she usually gets up.

Wednesday morning she cried initially when I handed her over to her teacher but I told her Mommy would be back after work. When I called later in the day they said she only cried for a couple minutes after I left but was great all day. When I picked her up she was playing outside on the playground. She came running when she saw me and gave me a big hug. As soon as I picked her up she said "Where's Nanny. Go see Nanny." Once again last night she was exhausted and ready for bed. She even went to bed without trying to pull her usual delays by telling me "I'm hungry, I'm thirsty."

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