Archive for November, 2011

Stinkin’ Good Leftover Pie

I’m sure you’re part of the millions who have been eating leftovers since turkey day ended.  We didn’t get into ours right away because we have been on the go with my folks in town which means a few meal out.  Last night, PJ put the leftovers to use and seriously blew my socks off with this recipe.  I realize this comes a bit late for most since you’re probably happy not to see the sight of leftovers in your fridge anymore, but pocket this one for next year.  It’s incredible.

We’re big fans of Mark Schlereth’s Stinkin’ Good Green Chili.

You can find it at King Soopers in the frozen section and it’s amazing in it’s own right.  PJ found a recipe on his website about what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers.  And his suggestion?  Make a pie of course!  I was skeptical, but here’s what you need:

2 unbaked pie crusts
2 cups diced turkey meat
1 cup mashed potatoes
1 cup stuffing
1 cup grated jack or cheddar cheese (optional)
1 15oz. container or “Stinkin” Good Green Chile VEGETARIAN
Preheat oven and baking sheet to 375 degrees

Mix turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cheese and Green Chile in bowl.  Pour mix into pie shell and spread out evenly, cover with second pie crust, crimp together and slit crust with knife several times.  Place onto baking sheet in oven and cook for 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown.  **NOTE: We had to cook ours for about an hour since the crust just didn’t look done**

What you have is this (I know it’s all the same color, but trust me on this…it’s good!):

we were so hungry I didn't get a photo before we dug in

And then this (yes those are tums peeking out from behind my water bottle.  We’re a match made in heaven these days):

licked my plate clean

It was incredible and I went on to have it for lunch today too.  Now, I’m officially turkey’d out!  Baby D likes it though!  Kicking up a storm, but what’s new these days.



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PJ pulled our Christmas bins out of storage today!

I LOVE Christmas SO much!  You can then imagine just how excited I was to start decorating today!  PJ is not quite on board yet.  He doesn’t like to start celebrating until after his Dec. 7th birthday.  Bah humbug baby.

We had to do some rearranging of our living room to make room for a tree (which we don’t have just yet) but I think what we did will work and will still give us room to entertain.  Say hello to our tiny room.  Had to get creative.

Notice where the tree will be located.

Even Baby D has a Santa!  I really need to get a real photo in that frame.

I’m not quite done yet, but I got pretty good start today.  Next up, we need a tree and PJ get’s to put up some lights outside.  How do you like this for a hint?

Happy Sunday!  Have a good start to the week!

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Gobble Gobble

The year has once again sped by and here we are talking about Thanksgiving!  The past few years we’ve traveled to Michigan to enjoy a mini vacation and the Turkey Day festivities, but because Baby D’s arrival is very soon, I can’t fly so we’re staying put.  This means that my parents came to town instead!  They arrived Tuesday after a long drive from the lake and I’m ecstatic that they are here!  Every year I feel like our plans change just a little more at the holidays, so here’s how we spent our Thanksgiving holiday:

Thanksgiving Day Schedule:

  • Breakfast at our place with my folks
  • Bloody Mary’s at the Hockemeier’s!
  • To the Downey’s for Dinner!
  • To the couch because I’ll be exhausted after all of this!

My folks spent Thanksgiving at my brother’s place along with his girlfriend and her family in town from Durango.  PJ and I were at the Downey’s with Ted and Lindsey too!

Thanksgiving Menu:

On Wednesday, my Mom and I are spent most of the day in the kitchen whipping up a festive food frenzie!  Most of this can be made ahead of time so we’re getting a jump on things.  Here’s what we made for the big day:


  • Monkey Bread & Cheese Strada (forgot to get that pic)


Artichoke Dip


Apple and Pomegranate Cranberry Salsa

  • FAIL...I didn't even bring it. It was gross


Pecan Praline Mashed Sweet Potatoes



So those are the things we made, but here area  few other pics from the day.  Unfortunately I was messing around with our new camera settings and it died before we even ate so I’m missing a bunch of family pictures I would have loved to have gotten!

**camera dead…FAIL**

Hope you all had a wonderful Turkey day!  I know PJ and I both have so much to be thankful for this year!

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Week 35: Baby Honeydew

If you take a look off to the right hand side of this post, you’ll see the new countdown ticker!  35 days left and those days are counting down quickly!

So Baby D is the size of a honeydew this week.  Awww, our little honeydew.

The baby should be almost full length by this week (19-20 inches) and weighs in at about 5 1/4 lbs.  That sounds about right considering my size.

How I’m feeling:  Still good but fatigued easily.  My back is starting to ache pretty good when I’ve been sitting too long (Read: at work) so I’m trying to compensate for that.

Exercise: still nada

Baby D’s Movements: with so little space in this belly for him or her, I can’t believe I’m still getting the strong kicks I get.  Last night was a doozy.  The baby likes to kick in the same place over and over again just under my rib cage on the right.  After enough hits I feel like I’m bruised and I put my hand there to keep that foot from protruding out.  You can see it happening and sometimes, this mama doesn’t enjoy it!  Overall though, love those movements of any kind.  Keep ’em comin’

What I’m eating: not too much difference from last week other than I’m mentally preparing how I’m going to consume Thanksgiving dinner without exploding.  Doesn’t take much food to fill me up these days, since the baby is compressing every major organ it feels like.

Belly Update: here you go!

Week 35

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow everyone!  We have a lot to be thankful for this year!

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Christmas Come Early!

This arrived on our doorstep on Friday!  I could barely contain my excitement.  EEEEEE!!!!

Wanna know what it is?  Do ya?

Hello lover!  A new camera!  Oh my goodness I’m so excited to use it!  While I love the iPhone, this camera is going to be amazing as long as we can figure out how to use it.

And in other news, we got the car seat installed!  And by “we”, I mean PJ.  I just stood by with the manual in case it was needed.

Baby D has a safe place to ride!  We just need to run by the fire station to have them give the A-OK that we did it right.

And, before some of you comment that we should probably put the car seat in the middle, we can’t.  One of my favorite features of my new car, has now slightly backfired.  Our seats in the second row are bucket seats with a center console/seat addition if you need it.  This means that there’s not enough room to have the base sit flat, nor do we have the safety clips that the right and left passenger seat have.  I’m perfectly fine with having the baby right behind me though.  There’s enough room for both of us and once we get the mirror installed on the headrest, I’ll be able to see him/her easily in my rear view mirror.

This is all becoming so real now that we have this done (though for the next 39 days I won’t be driving around with an empty car seat).

Yes, 39 days to the due date…holy crap.


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Deal of the week

PJ and I have really been conflicted about what type of baby carrier we wanted to buy.  We originally registered for the Baby Bjorn simply because we knew it was popular and well known.  After talking more with our friends though, I started thinking that maybe the Bjorn wasn’t the way to go.  We started hearing more about the Baby Ergo, so I really started paying attention to reviews and what people had to say about it.  It’s a more expensive purchase (we didn’t get it off our registry) and we wanted to make sure we made the right one.  Here’s our thoughts on both:

Baby Bjorn:

Pros:  The baby can ride front facing or outward facing.  Has an adjustable strap on the back to transfer weight off the shoulders (for mom) and can hold a newborn up to 25 lbs.

Cons: Expensive (we were looking at the $125 model) and only holds a newborn up to 25 lbs.

Baby Ergo:

Pros:  Baby can ride front facing, outward facing and rear facing.  Holds a child up to 40 lbs.  Weight is distributed towards the hips which is better for mom.  Comes with a hoodie in case the weather is bad or cold or the baby is just napping.

Cons:  We didn’t find any that were cons to us other than again, the price ($115)


So after all the hymning and hawing over the carrier, we really started to wonder if we would be baby carrying parents.  I mean seriously, some people buy these and NEVER use them.  The thought of wasting that much money makes me crazy so I really started to contemplate buying one…at least initially.  PJ had started looking into some other carrier models and came across the Infantino brand.  They had a good reviews on the sites we checked and the price was nearly 1/2 of the others ($50).  We thought this would be a good way to go so we weren’t out a bunch of money if we hated it, or if we never used it.

So the other day, I’m at TJ Maxx Home Goods looking at some baby stuff and trying to stay out of trouble, when there it was. There on the shelf was a lone Infantino baby carrier.  ONE LEFT!  I was so shocked that I just sort of stood there and started at it.  Then I picked it up to look at the price and holy jackpot, it was $15.  Fifteen dollars!  There wasn’t a second thought of course, so I threw it in my cart and headed for checkout.  PJ was very happy to see my deal of the week and and so now we just need a baby to put in it and we’ll give it a whirl.


Pros:  It was $15…do I really have to say more?  You can carry front or back and the baby can be inward our outward facing.  There’s also a cute detachable bib that will catch all that lovely drool.  Adjustable back straps just like Bjorn and holds a baby up to 35 lbs.

Cons:  If we hate it we’ll be buying something else.

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Week 34: Baby Canteloupe

For those of you who don’t know, the people at the baby websites like to associate fruit and veggies with the size of your baby for the weekly updates they send out.  So each week we’ve been able to see, generally, just how big baby D should be.  We started as small as a poppy-seed and have been everything from an avocado, to a cabbage to now this week, the size of a cantaloupe!  I wanted to take a picture with the cantaloupe against my belly but I’m not sure I would find one right now and I think all pregnant women go running for their lives at the site of a cantaloupe after the mass Listeria outbreak this summer/fall.  I am one of those women.

This week Baby D should be roughly 4 3/4 lbs. and nearly 18 inches long!  At our 36 week appointment we’ll know more about the actual size.  Amazing to think of our babe all curled up in there.


How I’m feeling:  Overall, pretty great!  My energy comes and goes and I often find myself hitting a wall around 5pm.  The trips to the bathroom have increased 10 fold which proves to be really annoying when I’m at work.  Constant interruption.  I’m definitely moving much slower these days and I’m starting to notice “The Waddle”.  Let’s just say that my stride is less and less graceful by the day.  Sleep hasn’t been too bad thank goodness, but I’m counting the days until I can sleep on my stomach and back again.   I’m so sick of sleeping on my left side and sleeping on my right gives me wicked heartburn.

Exercise: Zilch. Nada. Nothing.  You heard me.   I had been walking on the treadmill at work, but even that has stopped.  I’m ok with that.

Baby D’s movement:  This child is SO ACTIVE!  Today in fact, I’ve felt nothing but a ton of kicks and movement which is so reassuring that things are ok in there.  I decided that the sound of my keyboard spurs him/her into a tizzy sometimes.  Probably because my big belly is right next to it and my keyboard at the office is super loud.  Sitting on the couch or in my car prove to be an instant “stick your foot up into Mommy’s ribs” moment.  Sometimes it’s so bad I have to put my right arm up in the air and lay down just to get some relief.  Try laying down when you’re driving…not happening.

What I’m eating:  Anything and everything.  I feel like a bottomless pit again and the sweet tooth is in full effect.  I can’t get enough sweets.  I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies the other night and they are almost gone.  I buy caramel to melt so I can dip an apple into it, but the caramel hasn’t been making it to the microwave, instead I just plop down on the couch and eat them  as fast as I can unwrap them.  OH!  And my most shameful sweet yet is the Oreos.  Before becoming pregnant I don’t think I had eaten an oreo in at least 8 years, let alone buy a whole package of them.  In the past 3 weeks I have purchased 2 packages of them and I can say that I ate most of them myself.  Now, I’m not talking eating them over the course of a few weeks.  I mean days.  I can wipe out 3 rows of Oreo’s by the end of a weekend.  It’s gross really…please don’t judge.  My trans fats levels are sky rocketing I’m sure.  My poor husband things I’m trying to sabotage him by having all these sweets in the house and of course it’s not intentional but they TASTE SO GOOD!  I’m not sure he’s going to let me do the grocery shopping anymore.  I’ll have to have a secret stash!

Belly Update:  I promised you belly pictures yesterday so I’m going to be bold and share them below.  I really wish I had been better about taking them each week, so I’ll just share with you the one’s I do have.

7 Weeks

22 weeks

26 Weeks

34 Weeks

And with that, stay tuned for the next update.  We’re going to attempt to install the car seat this weekend.  Here’s hoping it’s easier than some say!  Baby D says “see ya later” with the hiccups.

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