Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Thank you all for your kind messages and emails. Some days are just harder than others. I do realize that I am blessed to have my sweet girl and she is what helps me keep going.

However, my pity party is over. For now.
 
So, our Halloween recap...And please, dear friends, it's HAlloween, NOT HOlloween. As far as I know, Holloween is not a word.

We started off our Halloween party on Sunday with a party at my grandma's house. Lainey hated her costume so I let her wear her Cinderella dress and take her Cinderella baby.

We had a great time. Bobby and I got to judge the pumpkin carving contest. It was such a good time for the kiddos.

Yesterday we dressed Lainey up as Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street. She loves Abby! Not necessarily the show -- she doesn't get to watch much TV -- but she has an Abby baby that she adores.
We had a fun time, but only took her to two houses in our neighborhood. It's not like she's going to eat the candy, plus, I really wanted to stop by my brother's football game for a few minutes.
She wore her costume to the game. I can't get over how my brother is so "grown up". He's a junior in high school and it kills me! He's such a sweet boy...I just love him.

our pictures are REALLY out of order but Blogger and my internet are sucking big right now. It took me 53 minutes just to upload these, so, I guess, you get whatcha get.
With daddy, not sure what to think!

With mommy

All dressed up!!


This was actually last weekend at the Pumkin Patch

SUCH a daddy's girl! I love it.

 



Sweet baby.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I'm not pregnant.

I was hesitant to post this but it's what's on my heart and mind today, so here it goes...

I'm not pregnant. I know, a lot of people aren't and it's a strange thing to say. But I'm not pregnant. This weighs on my heart like a ton of bricks and it makes me sad. Daily.

Getting pregnant with Lainey was really easy. I had an easy pregnancy, for the most part. My delivery was tough but it was successful. After almost 51 hours of labor, I had a happy, healthy baby and I survived. What more could you ask for?

I took that all for granted.

I assumed having another would be easy. We've only been trying since July, going on month #5, but I am not where I thought I would be. I thought that I would be announcing on Facebook, planning for my anatomy scan and excited to make Lainey a big sister.

I found out I was pregnant at the end of July. It happened so quickly but in the blink of an eye, I was rushed into emergency surgery and my baby was gone. (read about that here)

My heart aches for the baby I lost and it longs to have another baby to love. Not to replace it, just...I don't really know how to explain it.

I know so many people who have had difficulties, honestly, before having Lainey, I had a feeling I would be one. After having her, I knew getting pregnant and having a baby would be easy.

Why would I ever think that?

Who ever would assume getting pregnant is easy?

You never know how the words "when are you having more?" can sting. You never think about that kind of thing until you or a friend goes through it. I had a friend who had a struggle finally getting pregnant with her sweet boy and it wasn't until her that I thought to keep my "When are you having babies?" to myself. But to constantly hear "it's time for another" and "When are you going to make Lainey a big sister?" sucks.

Lainey is incredible. She is absolutely the best thing to ever happen to me, the best thing in my life. Thinking about how much I adore her completely overjoys me. I don't discount her or feel that she isn't enough.

She is enough.

But it doesn't change the fact that I want more, or that I will never meet the one I lost.

It's still hard.

Pinsday, Giveaway Winner and a SWEET deal!

Ok, ok. I get it. I'm a little out of control with the ridiculous Pinterest-related post titles but I just can't help it. If you read this post, I finally tried it!





Ingredients:


1 lb. raw shrimp, deveined and peeled (I pull the tails off beforehand too)



4 cloves garlic, minced


2 Tbsp. white wine (I used Pino Grigio, I feel like it's a great cooking wine with shirmp, and I chose Cul-de-Sac because it was on sale for $2.60!)



salt and pepper (I never use salt and pepper. I use Paula Deen's House Seasoning found HERE)

1/4 cup (4 Tbsp.) melted butter


1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs (I was out so I substitured regular Italian bread crumbs)


2 Tbsp. fresh Italian-leaf parsley, chopped


half of a lemon (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a bowl, combine the shrimp, garlic, and white wine. Stir to combine, then pour into a baking dish. Spread out evenly, and then season with salt and pepper.


In another bowl, use a fork to mix melted butter, Panko, and parsley until well combined. With your fingers, sprinkle the mixture evenly in the baking dish over the shrimp.
Transfer dish to oven and bake until the shrimp are pink and opaque, about 15-18 minutes.



My supa cheap wine
 For the pasta


I boiled regular spaghetti noodles and seasoned with a bit of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, a pinch of parsley, a pinch of bread crumbs and some more of PD's House Seasoning. Here is a similar Pinterest Recipe.



For dessert...I made this. I'm not really sure what it's called. I've been making it since I was in high school. I will share the recipe later if y'all need it.

Congrats to Bethany Holte! Please email me your mailing address and I will get those super cute legwarmes out to you!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Delicious Treats!

First, let me begin this post by apologizing. I found this recipe on Pinterst, the blogger warned that it's addicting, yet I paid no mind.

I tried it, as will you; I became addicted, as will you.

Homemade Doughnuts!

These were incredibly delicious!


Here is what you need:
canned biscuits (anything BUT the flakey layer kind)
Melted butter in a shallow bowl(4 tbls per 8 biscuits give or take
Sugar & Cinnamon in a shallow bowl (Mixed together in your favorite proportions but adding too much sugar will make for a messy, messy doughnut)
Veggie oil to fill your pan up to about 1/2in or so.  



Here is what to do:
Heat up oil for a few minutes on medium heat
While it is heating up, cut holes in the donuts with a cookie cutter or some other circular object -- I found it easier just to cut circles with a knife. It was quick and easy and I got the right size.



When one side is golden brown, flip with tongs. When that side is golden remove from oil and place on a paper towel lined pan or plate.



When the donuts have cooled enough to handle...using your fingers dip one side in the melted butter, let the excess drip off, dip in cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Get it nice and coated. Flip over and repeat for the other side.


You can see here, the ones that are oddly shapped, I used a cutter, the perfect donut looking ones, I cut the center out with a knife.

I even made doughnut holes!


And Lainey got to enjoy some as well!

Enjoy, friends!


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Pinspired

Ahh. Pinterest. It's like crack. I love it, I need it, I really don't know how I loved without it. 

Do you ever do any of the things you Pin? It's extremely rare that I do. But, that's all about to change!

I just left the grocery, where, for the first time I ever, I meal planned! 

I pulled some of my favorite Pins and decided to go for it! I'm super excited to share with you how they go! Tonight, we are having BBQ Chicken sandwiches since I've already pulled the stuff out, but tomorrow, it's on! 

I'm thinking of starting with this lovely dish.



Have you made this?

What are some of your Pinspired recipes? 

Find me on Pinterst and let's connect! I'd love to see what you're creating and eating!

And, because I'm sucker and can't resist...
Her first taste of Smoothie King!

In line to vote!

What I've been working on. :)


Sunday, October 28, 2012

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