Showing posts from July, 2013

Updated Pics of Baby & Family

It’s been a busy week for sure around here!!  After Hannah had her little guy I took care of her girls while she spent a few days recovering.   Her and hubby came and picked them up and Sierra took some pictures of them all.  I just wanted to share them..  they are so sweet  (at least from this grandma’s point of view ;)  )
 The sisters and new baby brother
Little Will
(my favorite)
Family pics...

I thank for God His incredible blessings!! 

This Week's Menu

Monday Leftovers
Tuesday Fish sticks, mac & cheese, salad
Wednesday Lasagna, french bread, salad
Thursday Leftovers
Friday Honey mustard pork chops, rice, salad
Saturday Chili, tortilla chips, salad
Sunday Leftovers

It’s a Boy!!

Fifteen days late… little William Thomas V arrived safe and sound last night (they chose not to find out ahead of time if it was a boy or girl, so it was a lovely surprise for us all!). My daughter did an amazing job. She was sure being pressured into inducing. She kept saying, no.. they looked at her amniotic fluid levels, they were great… did a stress test on the baby, all was fine.. so we waited. As anyone who has had a very late baby you know well how hard that wait can be. She was just determined that this baby would come on God’s timetable, not the doctors.

Very early on the morning of the 15th day past her due date, she woke up to contractions and spent the next 12 hours with stop & go contractions. Finally at about 3:pm things started picking up. I arrived at her house at about 3:30. I had her try a few different positions to labor in and that seemed to really kick things into gear. Her goal was to labor at home for as long as she could. She wanted to do this b…

This Week’s Menu

I had a hard time knowing where to go this week with the menu.  We still do not have a baby.  Last week I planned an easy menu so I could be ready to drop it all and leave to help my daughter…  and my family could still eat!  LOL..  Since there was no baby I cooked anyway and made meals for my daughter’s freezer for after the baby comes.   I’m planning the same routine for this week.  I KNOW baby will be here!!  Sooo..  my meals are simple, each day there is no baby, I’ll keep cooking for Hannah’s freezer!  ~smile~
Monday Bbq chicken legs, pesto pasta, salad
Tuesday Buffalo chicken salad (we never made this last week), potato salad, french bread
Wednesday Tacos w/all the trimmings, tortilla chips & salsa
Thursday Sub sandwiches, watermelon, salad
Friday Leftovers
Saturday Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, salad
Sunday Spaghetti, french bread, salad

Homestead Moments: Hope!

This morning I woke up early. I looked outside to see it overcast and cloudy. Not really what you want to see in the middle of July. Where is the sunshine? The weather man has assured me that it will burn off and the sun will be out once again. I have some hope! :)

While out on my deck taking the above picture I saw my poor little plant. It is supposed to be an indoor plant. I’ve nearly killed it countless times since it was given to me. I do great with a garden but horrible with keeping any indoor plant alive. However despite how it has been battered and mistreated it continues to live on! I saw those beautiful blooms a sign of hope as well today! At times life can throw us all curve balls and unexpected bumps in the road will happen. Let’s never lose sight of hope!

Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.

Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.

Psalm 39:7 And n…

Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

My daughter Emily shared this recipe with me. She found it on a super neat blog. She was looking for easy, quick, healthy, frugal breakfast ideas. And I’m like.. aren’t we all?! ~smile~ . I took a look at the recipe and heard her rave reviews and gave it a try. I was very impressed!! I did make a few changes to the original recipe. As is my style.. I like to simplify everything in life.. :) Here is the link to the original instructions and links to the recipes this nice lady shares:

After reading the original recipe and then seeing what I had on hand, I made changes based on what was available to me. Here is what I made using this awesome idea…

1/4 cup oats (mine were quick cooking oats)
1/4 cup yogurt, I used flavored yogurt. I have Yoplait yogurt on hand. I used a scant 1/4 cup and was able to make 3 jars with one 6oz container of yogurt
1/4 cup fresh fruit: I had fresh blueberries and mango on hand. According to the origin…

Chicken Parmesan

This recipe is soooo good!! And not too hard. I started out with about 3lbs of boneless, skinless, chicken thighs. So adjust according to your needs. 
I began by pounding the chicken thighs until they were fairly thin. Then I beat 3 eggs in a bowl and in a separate bowl mixed about ½ cup flour with a little salt & pepper. I dipped the chicken thighs in the egg, then the flour and browned them in a frying pan using coconut oil. 
After they were nicely browned on each side I laid them on a large tray that had been greased with coconut oil and spread with a little spaghetti sauce. When they were all done I topped them with more spaghetti sauce and then laid mozzarella cheese slices on top (all in all I used just a little shy of 1 quart of sauce, a jar of store bought sauce would be about perfect).

Baked for 30 minutes at 350 and served over whole wheat spaghetti noodles and a nice green salad on the side… very yummy!!

This Week’s Menu

This week’s menu is looking a little different.  My daughter Hannah is, as of today, 6 days overdue.  So we know we are going to have a baby very soon!  I picked simple quick meals because I don’t know when I’ll be dropping everything to head to the hospital with her.  After baby comes the grandgirls will be coming back to stay with me while she recuperates.  So for the most part I picked easy simple foods this week that require a minimum amount of prep. 
Monday Fish sticks, mac & cheese, salad
Tuesday Hot dogs, chips, coleslaw
Wednesday Sub sandwiches, watermelon, veggie plate
Thursday Buffalo chicken salad w/homemade bleu cheese dressing, crockpot bean dish, french bread
Friday Chili, tortilla chips, salad
Saturday Leftovers
Sunday Pizza casserole, coleslaw

This Week’s Menu

Monday Sierra’s night to cook – Brown sugar chicken, brown rice pilaf, salad
Tuesday Crockpot chicken parmesan (a new recipe, I’ll share it if it turns out good) over spaghetti noodles, french bread, salad
Wednesday Tacos w/all the trimmings, tortilla chips & salsa
Thursday Tuna noodle casserole, salad
Friday Leftovers
Saturday Fish sticks, mac & cheese, salad
Sunday Yummy pinto beans, dinner rolls, salad

Updates From the Homestead

It has been a super nice week & weekend. On Monday Tobin & I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary. We chose not to go out and celebrate but instead stayed home and enjoyed a bbq, camp fire and swimming down by our pond with our two youngest children, Sierra & Isaac. It was the perfect evening for us and we reflected on all of God’s blessings in our life…

I’ve also spent a lot of time this last week on my garden. After I planted the garden we had over a week of rain. The weeds just exploded and the garden needed a lot of attention. We’ve now had lots of heat and sun and the garden is growing great!

Currently we are waiting patiently for Hannah’s new little one to be born. Her due date is in two days. So we are counting down the days!! Hannah seems to have taken after me and has gone past her due date both times. I was late on several of my pregnancies .. so we are ready for the possibility that this baby could be late as well.

That is all from the Homestead…

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

I’ve made these a couple times now and my family loves them! They go great with a salad, some tortilla chips and salsa. They go together even quicker if you have already cooked rice in the freezer. I make a point to have rice in the freezer at all times. Cooked chicken in the freezer would be another plus! If you have pre cooked chicken in your freezer you can sub 2 cups of chopped chicken for the “1lb boneless, skinless chicken” in the recipe.

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
10 flour tortillas
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken, cooked, chopped
2 ½ cups cooked brown rice
3 cups grated cheese (cheddar, Monterey jack or a mix), divided
3T butter
3T flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 can (4oz) chopped green chilies

In a large bowl combine chicken, brown rice, and 2 cups cheese for tortilla filling. Set aside. In a sauce pan melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and bring to a boil and cook for about a minute. Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened (…

Homemade Bug Spray

I’ve read a ton on homemade bug sprays. We have a huge mosquito problem in our area. I am totally against chemical laden bug sprays. I don’t want to slather my family or myself in DEET. So took in all the info I read and came up with a pretty simple recipe. Last night we tried out. We were having a bbq outside and used this spray.
Here is my opinion on the results. We had to spray it on often. We did get bit a couple of times. Which is way better than it has been in the past where we would be covered in bites. So it did work for us. It smelled nice too! ~smile~ … 
Here was my recipe..

Put following ingredients into a spray bottle:

½ cup water
½ cup alcohol
30 drops essential oil: lemongrass (could also use lavender, rosemary, citronella)
½ t vanilla extract

A friend of mine, Tiffani, shared a recipe on her blog the other day and shared how she had very good results with it. I did not have all the ingredients on hand to make hers but I am eager to try it out and keep experimen…