Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My Baby Bump Collage

I have not posted on my blog much lately.  I was too busy working, going to dr appointments, being pregnant, etc.  After I had her I was too busy working, commuting, and spending time with her.  So, now I am finally posting this.  She will be 8 months old Saturday.  I got this idea from Pinterest, before I even knew I was pregnant. When I did get pregnant, I had my husband take pictures every week or so.  He did it every time, with no complaint, not counting a few eye rolls.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Litter box, turned into a storage box.

I have some clutter in my living room, that was really bothering me.  A few magazines, crochet patterns, and a mess of resumes.  I needed a neat place to put them, besides the floor, but also keep them close at hand when I need them.  I'm not much for sitting and zoning out at the tv, which is pretty much what my husband does after work.  So, I spend quality time next to him, crocheting, flipping through a magazine, working on my resume, or playing on the IPhone while sometimes watching tv.  I really don't like wasting time.  I went into my craft room, searching for some type of storage or an empty box I could convert to storage.  I found an almost empty box of cat litter.  The cats live outside now, so the litter is just taking up space.  So, I dumped what was left in a bag (I might need it for something later!).  I cut the top of the box off, then cleaned the inside out with a damp paper towel.

Empty cat litter box

I took the box outside, with black spray paint.  I love this spray paint.  I repainted some ugly blue storage containers my husband brought home for me with this paint.  They are styling now!

This paint is Krylon Fusion for Plastic in Black Gloss.  It works great on cardboard too!

If you miss any spots, you can always touch up with a black permanent marker.  Which is what I did.

Next, I got a piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper.  I cut off 3 inches of each end, making it 9x9 inches.  I took the square piece and spray glued it to the center of the front.  I glued the other 2 pieces to the sides.  I left the back blank, but you can put paper on it also.

Front of litter box

One side of litter box

My other side of the box was shorter, because of the opening/pour spout of the litter box, so my shorter piece of paper fit it just right.  I just forgot to take a picture of it.

I hope you try this simple revamp of any old sturdy box.  Great storage, and super cute!!

Crispy Chicken Legs in the oven

Every time I make chicken, my step daughter and husband grab for the chicken legs.  So, this time I bought a package of chicken legs.  This recipe is simple, crunchy, lots of flavor, and was ate up by everyone!  I just can't beat that.

The Ingredients:
8-10    chicken legs
1 c       buttermilk
3 tbsps butter melted
1 c       flour
1/4 c    Italian bread crumbs (plain would work also)
1 tsp    salt
1 pkg   Italian salad dressing mix

Put your chicken legs in a bowl or ziplock bag.  Add buttermilk and melted butter and let soak for at least 15 minutes.  Your butter may get clumpy if your chicken legs are really cold.  This is ok.  I just like the extra flavor and juices of the butter.

Pre heat oven to 425F

Mix your flour, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and salt in a baggy.  Drop your chicken in & shake until covered.  Place your chicken in a baking dish lined with tinfoil that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

I baked mine for 1 hour & 15 minutes, turning halfway through.  Always check your chicken is not pink, and runs clear.  Your chicken may cook quicker, so double check it after about 50 minutes.  My family will not eat pink chicken!

We also had green beans and "Atomic Buffalo  Turds", which I cooked with the chicken.  I stuck them in about halfway through the chicken cooking process.  They are awesome!  Check out their link, they have directions for oven, grill, and smoker.
Today I am 23 weeks and 6 days pregnant.  About to hit the 3rd trimester!!

I am not the best Blogger out there, it has been awhile!  I've even been laid off, and still have not got around to blogging.  Searching for a job is a lot of work, but I finally got a job offer yesterday.  I must say, I am proud of myself getting a good job with my baby bump!

Everything is going great with the pregnancy.  We had the 20 week ultrasound, and now we know it's a girl!!  Her name will be Ragan Marie.  She is progressing just the way she should.  I'm so proud of her!  Here's a couple of her ultrasound pictures.
She looks like my step daughter, Kennedy in this one!!

Here I am!  Baby bump at 20 weeks.

This is Kennedy, when we told her it was a girl!  She was so happy.
She's ready for bed, we got home pretty late after 2 doctors appointments
in OKC (a three hour drive for us)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Today I am 19 weeks and 4 days pregnant!  Next week we will find out if it's a boy or girl.  I have an appointment with my OB dr, and the high risk Dr.  Dr Smith (high risk) will do the ultrasound, to check for abnormalties, the progress of the baby, and the gender.  We can't wait!  Here's my belly change so far.  I did this on my phone, I will do something much cuter once I get closer, or until the baby is here.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Zucchini Bread & Muffins

I found this recipe on ""  The title is "Mom's Zucchini Bread" by v monte.  I could only find one bread pan, so I decided to make 6 muffins out of the other half of the batter.  I also changed the recipe just a tiny bit.  Ignore my messy kitchen in the background.  Was canning pickles that day too.

3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsps ground cinnamon (I used 2, my husband is allergic, and it was still too much)
3 eggs
1 cup of vegetable oil (I used melted butter instead, yum!  Sinful!)
2 1/4 cups white sugar
3 tsps vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts (I used 1/2 cup, because I was low on walnuts)

Preheat oven 325 degrees F

Grease bread pan & muffin pan (I used cute paper muffin cups instead for the muffins)

Beat eggs, oil (or butter), vanilla and sugar together in a large bowl.  Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder & cinnamon to creamed mixture and beat well.  It will be a thick mixture, not runny like cake.  Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined.

I put half the mixture in the bread pan.  Then divided the other half between the 6 muffins.   The muffins were almost full to the top.

Place in oven

Cook muffins 30-35 minutes
Cook bread 40-60 minutes.

Everyone's oven is different.  I start checking my goods about 5 minutes before the time posted on a recipe.  Just to be safe.

Lab results for defects

Tuesday, July 17th I got the call from the Genetics Counselor that our lab work came back good.  No problems detected!  I don't know all the lab they ran, but I do know they ran testing for:

Down's Syndrome
Trisomy 18
Neural tube Defects (NTDs)

Yay Baby!!