Friday, June 29, 2012

The Movies

So yesterday my Mom, Liv, Kellen and I all went to the movies.
It was Livs first time going. She was beyond excited.
All day we had been talking about it and when I went to wake her up
from her nap the first thing she said was "movies.'

When we got there she was fascinated with the popcorn popper.
She kept saying, "mmm, that's good and tasty!"

We watched the movie Brave, which I highly recommend.
My mom had been dying to take her to see it.



Liv with her snacks 


Kellen even enjoyed it! He never made a peep through the whole thing.




Afterwards Mom gave her the horse and girl from the movie :)

I can't wait to take her again! Her great grandparents have already asked
to take her to see Madagascar!

When we got home from the movies I was in a rush to make dinner so I grabbed a
recipe I had been wanting to try and that I knew was fast.
I think I had it on the table in about 20 minutes.
I found it in a Krafts food magazine a couple of years back and had never tried it.
Joe took 3 helpings if that tells you anything!
I forgot to take a picture but next time I do I will add it on here.


Speedy Chicken Stir Fry
8 oz angel hair pasta
2 cups broccoli florets
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup Kraft Asian toasted Sesame Dressing
2 T. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper.

Cook pasta according to directions, adding broccoli to the boiling water for the last 3 minutes of the cooking time.

Meanwhile, spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 6-8 minutes or until cooked through, stirring occasionaly. Stir in dressing, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper; cook 1 minutes stirring occasionally.

Drain pasta/broccoli and add it to the chicken mixture and toss together.


It was a really easy dinner and one I will definitley put in the rotation.
You could you any kind of vegetables you wanted in place of the broccoli.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday Weigh Day

One week down!
I haven't exercised yet, so that is my goal this
next week is to incorporate that into my routine.
The eating part has not been bad at all.
I think the hardest thing for me is cooking for Liv and Joe.
If it were up to me I would eat the same thing for dinner for a couple of nights in a row.
But that's not an option.
So I have been trying to find some healthy alternatives to our everyday menu.

So the total weight loss for the week is 13 lbs!
Not to shabby :)
I knew I would have a big number the first week.
I know it's a long journey, but I'm off to a great start!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ryker and cookies

My cousin Ryker got into town a couple of weeks ago.
It's kind of a tradition that we always try out a new recipe together.
Usually it's some sort of a cookie or cake, I wasn't sure what we would be
able to make since I'm trying to eat good.
I came across the recipe a while back, I'm not sure where, I 
think a magazine and I have been wanting to try it.
I was definitely hesitant on this recipe for the sheer fact that the main ingredient was
chickpeas!
But we decided to forge ahead and try them anyway.
So....how did they turn out?......
They were really good! I was absolutely shocked!
You definitley have to eat them straight out of the oven or heat up in
the microwave because cold they weren't that great.
I will definitely make these again!


Chocolate Chip Cookie Fakes
Ingredients

1 1/4 cups canned chickpeas, well-rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (165 grams) natural peanut butter
1/4 cup (80 grams) honey
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt if your peanut butter doesn't have salt in it
1/2 cup (90 grams) chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Combine all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until very smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides and the top to get the little chunks of chickpeas and process again until they're combined. Put in the chocolate chips and stir it if you can, or pulse it once or twice. The mixture will be very thick. Form into 1 1/2" balls. Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you want them to look more like normal cookies, press down slightly on the balls. They don't do much rising. Bake for about 10 minutes. Yields about fourteen 1 1/2" cookie dough balls.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Swimming and Baked Oatmeal

I can't believe it's already Sunday!
When Joe works on Saturdays it feels like our weekend is over before it starts!

Yesterday evening we took the kids swimming.
It was Livs first swim of the summer and Kellens first ever swim.


Liv really enjoyed jumping off the side of the pool.


Kellen joyed the water too.


I loved his swim trunks!


I think Liv and Daddy's favorite part was the ice cream though ;)


For Sunday morning I thought I would try some baked oatmeal that I have been
seeing on Pinterest lately. I looked at quite a few recipe and since I was out of
many of the ingredients they called for I made up my own recipe.
Liv loved it!
It was a nice change form the typical oatmeal we eat.


Here is my recipe. You could change the nuts and berries based on what you like.
Or even add more bananas and applesauce if you wanted.
The oatmeal is not super sweet so you could add some sugar or double the
maple syrup if you're wanting something sweeter.

Baked  Fruit and Nut Oatmeal

Ingredients
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup sliced almonds, divided
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 T. maple syrup
1 cup skim milk
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 banana, sliced
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup berries, divided (I used a mixture of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries that were frozen)

Preheat oven to 375F.

Lightly grease a 9 inch square baking dish.

In a bowl mix the oats, half of the almonds, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a measuring cup mix the milk, egg, maple syrup and vanilla.

Lay the banana slices in the bottom of the baking dish. Then spoon the applesauce over the top. Next add about half of the berries. Take the oat mixture and spinkle it over the berries in an even layer.

Now take the liquid mixture and pour it all over the oats, finish off the dish by sprinkling the remaining half cup of berries and half of the almonds on top.

I baked mine for 35 minutes till it was lightly browned on the edges.








Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday Weigh Day

Today is the day.
I have been needing to start my weight loss journey for a while now.
Since I had Kellen I have just kept putting it off but now it's time.
So every Wednesday I'll come on here and hopefully tell how much weight I lost
for the week and any other neat tidbit of information I may have.
Perhaps some really good healthy recipe or anything
else I have come across that has helped me. 

When I was pregnant with Kellen I only gained 7 lbs. and I think a lot of it
had to do with the fact that I was accountable to someone.
Every month I would have to come in and weigh and I knew that they were
keeping track of it and I really didn't want to face them if I gained a ton.
So I watched what I ate and kept my weight gain really low.

So that is kind of the same concept I'm going for here.
I'm hoping that by doing this every week and making it known how I'm doing,
I will be more likely to stick with it and succeed.
I've also got a class reunion at the end of next month and I'm
hoping to be down at least 20 lbs. by then.

So if anyone has any tips or wants to join me in this journey feel free to comment!
I'll see you next week with hopefully a loss to tell you about!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cake Decorating


For the past year I have been trying a bit of cake decorating.
There have been some hits and misses, but below are
some of my favorites so far.





Monday, June 18, 2012

Family Reunion

Wow! What a weekend!
We were suppose to leave the house Thursday night to head on down to my
family's reunion. But Joe ended up having to work, so we left Friday.
We always have a golf tournament on Friday but this year, since
I just had Kellen, I decided to sit it out. Joe was going to play but ended up working
late and missed it. So instead of being rushed that morning we took our time
getting down there and it was really nice.
Liv went on down Thursday night with my parents, so it was just
Joe, Kellen and I.

Friday night we had a big family dinner at the "lodge."
I would say there was around 60 family members that attended this year.
I'm really blessed to be apart of a family that does this.
I've been going to it since I was born and its so neat to be able to keep in
touch with all these family members.

I swear Liv is going through a growth spurt because she ate nonstop the whole weekend!

Saturday, for those who wanted to, there is a float trip.
Joe and I opted out with two small kids, but I know it won't be long
till we are all four loaded up in a canoe together.
So instead my parents, Joe, and I all took Liv
on her first boat ride.
I wasn't quite sure what she would think of it.
She loves to sit in the boat and honk the horn but going 30 mph on the lake is a little different.
I'm happy to say she absolutely loved it!
I would have been shocked if she didn't though, since boating and fishing is in our blood!






Kellen took many baths in the sink, how cute is he?





Liv spent a lot of time looking out at the lake.

Joe and Liv

View from our cabin.

Liv went to feed the fish.



The fish were huge and very hungry!

Kellen and I.


Sunday we had "chapel" with our Uncle Bones officiating.
It's always nice to get together one last time and have a church service and reflect on the weekend.
Joe and I (for the first year) were in no hurry to get home,
so we took our time packing and let Liv play at the playground one last time before we set off.
We had such a fun time this year. 
 We also had to get some pictures for Fathers Day.
I'm truly blessed with a wonderful husband and father to our children!


Happy Fathers Day!




Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Enchiladas


I did end up making enchiladas for dinner last night.
I have tried many different recipes over the years but
this one is my new favorite.
I came across it a while back on the Pioneer Woman's website.
Usually I grab some chicken breasts from the store
and then stick them in the oven
for an hour to cook, but this time I was trying to
save a little bit of money and I got a whole chicken to boil.
I will definitely start doing this from now on!
For one thing the chicken was so much more
tender when I boiled it.
And it wasn't near as much work as I expected.



White Chicken Enchiladas

From the Pioneer Woman
Prep Time
Cook Time  


Ingredients
  • 2-½ cups Cooked, Shredded Chicken
  • 2 cups Reserved Broth From Chicken
  • 3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 12 whole Corn Tortillas
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 3 whole 4 Oz Cans Whole Green Chilies, Diced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Seeded And Finely Diced
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2-½ cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • Picante Sauce (optional)
  • Cilantro, Chopped

Preparation Instructions

Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Fry tortillas for no longer than 20 seconds, just to soften (do not allow to become crisp.) Place tortillas on a large towel or stack of paper towels to drain.
Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in separate skillet over medium heat. Add onions and jalapenos and saute for 1 minute, just to start the cooking process. Add chicken, half of the green chilies, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Stir together. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and stir. Add cream and stir, allowing mixture to bubble and get hot. Turn off heat and set aside.
In a separate large skillet, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together and cook over medium heat for one minute. Pour in 1 1/2 cups chicken broth. Whisk together and cook for another minute or two. Stir in the other half of the chilies. Reduce heat, then stir in sour cream. Add 1 1/2 cups grated cheese and stir to melt. Add 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
To assemble, spoon chicken mixture on top of tortillas, one by one. Top with plenty of cheese and roll up. Place seam side down in a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
Pour cheese mixture all over the top of the tortillas. Top with extra cheese if you’d like, then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle generously with chopped cilantro.
Serve with picante sauce, if desired.
Faint. Repeat as needed.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Weekend

Pretty quite weekend. Joe worked all day Saturday.
I finished my cake early Saturday morning.


Sunday was pretty laid back.
Our town put on a free firework show and luckily we could watch
the majority of it from our balcony.

I will try to post more this week.
Tonight I'm making enchiladas for dinner and possibly some brownies I've
been seeing on Pinterest. I'll let you know how they turn out!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Sleep over

Thursday night Liv went to spend the night with Joe's parents, Nay Nay and Paw Paw.
I love when Liv helps me pack her bag.
After I had all of her clothes in it I always ask her if there are any toys she wants to take.
It's always a surprise to see what she comes back with.
For this trip she had 3 stuffed animals (frog, fox, and horse), a light up bracelet,
princess crown, Rex flashlight, and corn on the cob.



 Liv was so excited to go.


 It was nice to have some time with just Kellen and I.
I know he doesn't get near the attention Liv did when she was little.
But I guess that's expected when you have more than one child.

Kellen and I made a quick detour over at my parents house, where Poppy got lots smiles.
Then we were off to the store where I had to get some last minute
 ingredients for a birthday cake I have to make today.
I'll be sure and let you know how it turns out!

Monday, June 4, 2012

The River


Finally after many weeks of Joe working all weekend we were all able to relax and enjoy some time together. Usually on the weekends I am still trying to clean the house and do laundry but this weekend I decided I would not worry about it till Monday and just enjoy the time we had. I am so glad I did! I think from now on I will be vowing no house work on Saturdays and only some laundry on Sundays :)

Saturday we just lounged around the house. I have started reading a book called "Into the Wilderness" by Sara Donati, which is really good. My mom got me a Kindle for Mothers Day and I have been reading nonstop. I wasn't sure I would like a Kindle because I really like having a "real" book but I have found it to be wonderful. So if you're trying to decide whether to get one of not I would highly recommend it.

Sunday afternoon we decided to load up the kids and head to the river. Liv was beyond excited. She kept talking about how she wanted to "throw rocks in the pond."


Kellen on the other hand was pretty content to just hang out in the pack-n-play. Now how cute is this kid?



We also ate hot dogs, roasted marshmallows, and blew bubbles.
So much fun but very exhausting with two little ones.



Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Beginning

Well, I finally did it. I have wanted to start a blog for so long but for some reason or another it just never happened. I think the hardest part for me was trying to come up with a name. You see all the cute, catchy, and unique names but I could not come up with anything. I really think I spent the better part of 6 months trying to think of the title. So here I am, and here it is...Pie in Pearls. Not the most unique name, but it will do for now!


I tried out a new recipe today for a Giant Chocolate Chip cookie. You can tell from the picture, some people were overly excited to try it before I had time to snap a few. I saw the recipe featured on the Pioneer Woman's site called "Tasty Kitchen." I didn't have an 8 inch cast iron skillet so I just used a large Le Creuset pan and it worked out great. I also doubled the recipe as my pan was probably closer to 12 inches.

We all really liked it but I think next time some vanilla ice cream would top it off! Mine definitely turned out more like a chocolate chip blondie than a cookie. Here is the link http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2012/05/dark-chocolate-chunk-skillet-cookie/

This post will be short and sweet today because I'm just trying to get this whole "blog" scene figured out. But you can expect lots of recipes, cute pictures, fun projects, and maybe some other things along the way!