Monday, September 27, 2010

The Date

The c-section has been scheduled.
Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 9am we get to meet our little President.

I am still measuring one week ahead of schedule, but that is normal.

Babies heart rate is 160.

My blood pressure was 94/62, kinda low.
They told me that since my blood pressure is low,
I am prone to fainting spells.
For some reason it made me laugh when she said that.
So now when I say, I'm sorry I just can't do that do to "my condition".
I have a real reason besides being pregnant.
I have to make sure that I am very hydrated to avoid such episodes.

I have gained the same amount of weight at the same point as I did with Lincoln.

I haven't talked about names very much.


What do you think of Tyler for a boy?


What do you all think of McKinley for a girl?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

In my dreams

Tim informed me yesterday that for two days
I have been talking in my sleep about shepherd's pie.
I have never eaten shepherd's pie, but I do remember dreaming about pies.
Blueberry, marionberry, peach & apple pies.....but not shepherd's pie.

I plan on making a roast for dinner tomorrow and with the left overs I think I will make this Paula Deen creation.

Shepherd's Pie from Leftover Beef Roast and Mashed Potatoes


  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 14 tablespoons butter, divided (1 stick plus 3/4 stick)
  • 1 1/2 pounds leftover pot roast, cubed
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 8 to 10 medium red new potatoes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups instant biscuit mix
  • 1 1/2 cups niblet corn or mixed vegetables, prepared according to package dire


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pot Roast Layer:

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute onion in 2 tablespoons butter. Add pot roast and cook until browned. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

Potato Layer:

Peel and slice potatoes 1/4-inch thick. Place in a saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain potatoes and transfer to a mixing bowl. Whip potatoes with an electric mixer, mixing until moderately smooth. Don't over beat them; a few lumps are nice. Add 1/2 cup heated milk, 1 stick butter, and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Whip again until mixed. Adjust thickness by adding more milk, if desired.

Biscuit Layer:

Combine biscuit mix and 1 1/2 cups of milk. The mix should be thinner than that of normal biscuit mix but not runny.

Spray a 9 by 9 by 2-inch pan (or any similar casserole dish) with cooking spray. Layer mashed potatoes halfway up the sides of the dish. Next, spread a layer of corn or mixed vegetables on top of the potatoes. Then add the layer of pot roast and onions with gravy. Pour the biscuit mix over the meat. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over top. Bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

All in a days work

I made this and this today.

I'm so tired.

That is why the t.v. is on.

I must clear table so the kids can set it.

Just found water on the floor....dishwasher is leaking.....ughhh.

There is only so much a pregnant lady can handle.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My award winning chili recipe

Go grab a pen or print this puppy out because yes, it is that me!!!

1 lb of ground beef or steak chunks (that is how Tim prefers it)
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of dark kidney beans - drained
1 can of garbanzo beans- drained
1 can of red beans - drained
1 can of corn or frozen corn - drained
1 can of tomato sauce
3 tsp of chili powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
crushed red pepper to your liking

In a large sauce cook ground beef or steak chunks, onion, and garlic until meat is brown.
Stir in
un-drained tomatoes.
Add the rest of the beans drained and tomato sauce.
You can also add different beans if you like to make it your own.
Add all the seasoning and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat & cover for 20 min.

Serve with corn bread to complete this delicious fall meal.

I have made this for several chili cook offs and have won almost every time.

Tim doesn't like beans, so I will make it without the beans and with the steak chunks and it still tastes really good (we call this MAN Chili). You can also go the other route by not adding any meat and have a vegetarian chili.

I wonder if it would taste good if I made it with shrimp & crab for a seafood chili, or would I have to use a completely different recipe?

Monday, September 13, 2010


Since the baby is due December 17th, I think I am going to start decorating for Christmas now. The kids love Christmas and always are sad when the decorations come down and it will be easier on me to decorate now than try to rush it after Thanksgiving.

Thank you to those that voted for the kids, neither one won but they had fun being featured.

I love today, the cleaning lady came this morning and my house is beautiful, every bed is made, every toilet is clean and dinner smells yummy!! Plus last night we got all the laundry done, folded and put away.....I wish everyday could feel like this :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Photo Contest

Tillamook Cheese Photo Contest --This is a picture of Reagan eating an ice cream cone. This is what I need your help with. If you have facebook, please click on the link, Like Tillamook Cheese and then "like" her specific photo. She probably isn't going to win but I told her I would try to drum up some votes for her. If she wins, she wins ice cream for a year and a big bowl of 38 flavors of ice cream....super fun!!

Statesman Journal State Fair Photo Contest -- Please vote for Aug. 28, that is the picture at the very bottom of the page and its a picture of Lincoln riding the mechanical bull. Anyone can vote for this. Please help Lincoln win. Although I might have to borrow his prize, its an ipod shuffle.
I can't believe both kids are in different photo contests at the same time. I didn't plan this but at least they both feel special. Thank you friends and family for supporting the kids :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

First day of school

Both of them started school today.
Reagan in 1st grade and Lincoln in
Tim took the picture's this morning and the kids had fun for their photo shoot.

Where does the time go?

Look at our little man. He was so excited and cheerful, he is not usually our morning person.

Holding hands on the way in.

He couldn't get rid of us fast enough. He is so ready to be in school and I can't wait to hear about his first day!

These three friends have been in school together for the past 3 years, and they have known each other since they were babies. For a long time Reagan was betrothed to Ian, and Ian didn't even know it ;)

I go and pick up Mr. Lincoln in about 20 minutes. The only thing I have done in this time is catch up on facebook and write this blog. For more first day of school photos click on the flickr link over on the right side of the page.

Tomorrow I'm going to ask you all to vote for Reagan in a photo contest that she is a finalist in, so please be watching for that!

Friday, September 3, 2010

25 weeks preggers profile picture.

25 weeks preggers profile picture. I currently am sick with a cold so please excuse the way I look.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

What am I doing right now?

This is what I am doing right now.

I am cooking.

I love making this dish because,

a.) I'm not Italian and I have mastered it.

b.) My husband loves it and I love making food for him that he LOVES!!!

What are you making for dinner?