Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Taking life for granted

I get so wrapped up in everyday life I don't really think about what life would be like if things were different. Tonight I was slapped in the face with what could be (and is) anyones reality. What would life be like with out Pumpkin?

I love her so much. Sometimes I forget how much because life is so hectic.

Tonight I read a blog of a mother who lost her son to SIDS. It was beyond heartbreaking. I sobbed through two pages of posts. All I could think is what if that were me? What if my life was absolutely shattered from losing my beautiful daughter?

Life can be so unpredictable and I don't want to take my time on earth with my fiance or daughter for granted. I want to enjoy and cherish every little second.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Playing Catch Up

I know, I know. I have been super absent. Being absent here means being very busy in real life!

On the 8th my parents came for a visit. Dad had to go back to work, but Mom got to stay a few more days. It was sooo nice having the extra help, AND seeing her interact with Pumpkin. At times like that I wish they lived much closer so Pumpkin could see them all of the time like I was able to with my Mimi and Papa.

While Mom was here I had a Pure Romance party planned. Janie and I made chocolate dipped strawberries and margarita punch. It was a BLAST. And it didn't hurt that I got $59 worth of free products due to the amount of sales!

Pumpkin has since turned 6 months old. Yes...6 months old. I cannot believe it. Really, I cannot believe it. Didn't I just give birth to her yesterday? What a wonderful little girl she has blossomed into. Her 6 month check up went very well. She weighed in at 16 pounds 7 ounces and is 25.5 inches long! Almost a total of 11 pounds since birth...incredible. At this point she is eating about 30 oz in formula a day. Her pediatrician told me to start more solids, so here we go. She already eats like a champ now, I just have to up the amount so she isn't eating every two hours!

I am cracking the whip when it comes to working out. I am so determined to shed some weight. This morning Pumpkin and I went for a walk. It was so nice out. We're going to try to walk every morning to jump start our day. I hope I can stick with it!


Sunday, June 13, 2010

I don't mean to toot my own horn...

But I made THE BEST dinner tonight. TOOT TOOT!!!!!!

Last week while we were grocery shopping Scot grabbed huge sweet potatoes. I kept asking myself what on earth I was going to do with them.

I decided to make twice baked sweet potatoes. I am a huge fan of twice baked potatoes so I figured I had to at least give it a try.

What you need:
Sweet potatoes (I used 2 large ones, and it was waaay to much for two of us. So if you're using large potatoes, keep in mind how many people you're feeding)
1 pkg cream cheese, softened (adjust the amount if you're using less than 2 lg sweet potatoes)
1/2 a stick of butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon and nutmeg to taste

What you need to do:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Wash your sweet potatoes and prick all over with a fork.
3. Bake for 45-60 mins for med. sized potatoes and 1 hr and 20 mins for large potatoes.
4. Once baked, pull out of oven and cut in half. Scoop out the potato leaving some intact so the outside holds up. Put in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mash until smooth.
5. Fill the sweet potato shells and place back in the oven for 5 mins or until warmed through.

Along with the sweet potatoes I made an apple pork chop and cabbage tomato slaw...DELICIOUS!

Apple Pork Chops
What you need:
4 pork chops
1 tbsp butter
1 cup apple juice, divided
2 tsp corn starch

What you need to do:
1. In a skillet brown chops in melted butter.
2. Pour in 3/4 cup of apple juice into pan and turn heat to low. Simme for 13-15 mins or until meat is no longer pink.
3. Remove chops and keep warm. Mix corn starch and remaining apple juice and pour into pan. Turn the heat up and allow to thicken.
4. Pour over pork chops.

Cabbage Tomato Slaw
What you need:
coleslaw mix
1 roma tomato, chopped
1/2 cup miracle whip
2 tbsp mayo
2 tbsp horseradish
2 tsp honey
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

What you need to do:
1. In a bowl combine miracle whip, mayo, horseradish, honey, milk, and apple cider vinegar. Set aside.
2. In a med. size bowl combine slaw and tomato. Pour dressing over and mix until coated. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Chill in fridge for 30 mins before serving.

Needless to say, Scot devoured his plate in 5 mins. A job well done ;)


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Shutter Love Tuesday!

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

8GB Apple Ipod Touch giveaway!!!

I don't know about you, but I would love to have a new Ipod Touch!! Go on over to UnexpectedBliss and enter the giveaway!! Good luck!


Dirty Secret Saturday

I have been thinking about this for a few weeks now. I think Dirty Secret Saturday would be a fun way to get your harmless dirty little secrets out! Just leave a comment on the post with your dirty secret! If the turn out is well, I'll make a button to share!

My dirty little secret:
my laundry hardly ever makes it to the closet or drawers...it usually stays in the basket or piled up on the floor. Scot hates it! I always get Pumpkin's laundry done and put away, and by the time I get to mine... I'm pooped!