Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I pass this award onto Dana at Just Talk for having a fun blog that reminds me that life still exists beyond breast feeding and baby wearing!
and now for my recipe of the week.......
Pork Tenderloin with Onions and Dried Cranberries
I found this recipe a couple of years ago in a Cooking Light magazine and it was so awesome that my husband requests it on a regular basis. It is super easy and you can change the flavor just by varrying the types of beer and dried fruit that you use (don't worry all of the alcohal gets cooked off). My usual beer of choice is Yuengling but that is only because that is what you can usually find in our fridge!
2 (1lb) pork tenderloins, trimmed
(I usually use boneless pork chops. They work well and cook in less time)
1 tsp salt, divided
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 tblsp. olive oil
3 cups (1/4 inch thinck) sliced onions - about 3 med. onions
1 cup light beer
1 cup ff, less sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup cranberries
1. Sprinkle pork with 3/4 tsp salt and pepper. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over med-high heat. Add pork, cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan. Add onions to pan, reduce heat, and cook 8 min. or until browned. Remove onion from pan; sprinkle with remaining salt, and set aside. Add beer to pan; cook 1 min. over high heat or until reduced to 1/3 cup.
2. Return pork and onions to pan; add broth, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 min. Stir in cranberries, cover and cook 30 minutes or until pork is tender. remove from heat. Place pork on a cutting board, cover and let stand 5 minutes. Cut each tenderloin into 12 slices. Serve with onion mixture. Yield: 8 servings (3 pork slices and 1/4 onion mixture)
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I know that I am ranting and probably making no sense at all. It's just that every time we go to the library lately I end up getting completely flustered and find myself starting to go less and less. Our typical trip to the library starts with me loading Madison into the car and occasionally letting her in on where we are going. She is so excited and tells me she can't wait to pick out some books and how she'll be a good listener. We arrive and I slyly distract Madison so she doesn't see the huge Dunkin' Donuts right at the entrance. We then pick out a book or two for me first (so far so good) and then head to the children's section. No matter what time of day we attempt this there are always 3-4 moms sipping on some sort of coffee concoction chatting about one thing or another while their kids run around screaming and playing with a huge amount of toys that would put Toys 'R Us to shame. No books to be seen in any little hands. This is not to say that there are no other moms trying to use a library for what is meant to be used for but we are generally out numbreed. I try to get Madison interested in different books but there is no book in the world that is more interesting to a 3 year old than a bunch of kids and new toys. Within minutes she is off and playing completely ignoring me and my desire to read to her. I quickly select a few books that I know she'll enjoy at home and then try to round her up. By now she has spotted at least one donut or juice and has informed me how hungry/thirsty she is (to the point of seeming to be starved). It takes another 20 minutes or so to actually get her out of the library and back to the car many times resulting in her/I or both of us having a temper tantrum. Either way it is not a pretty sight. Once we finally get loaded into the car I'm usually completely drained and left wondering why I insist on doing this to myself. I guess my question to anyone who cares to respond is am I in the right for wanting the library to be what it once was or should I just get over it and join in with the other mommies leaving story time for home? What are your thoughts. Can;t wait to hear your comments.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Madison informed me this morning that she needed to sing her ABC's so I could put in on the 'puter. She is very proud of knowing her ABC's and will be so excited when she wakes up from her nap (over 2 hours so far not sure what I did to deserve it) and sees herself on my monitor. Enjoy!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Blue Cheese Pasta (it makes a creamy red sauce and does not look scary at all to most picky eaters)
3 tbl. olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped (more if you like to kick things up)
1 15 oz. can peeled tomatoes
1 15 oz. crushed tomatoes
1 tbl. basil (or more especially if you use fresh)
1 stick butter, softened
6-8 oz. gorgonzola or blue cheese ( I usually use 8 oz. of blue because we like the sauce creamier and more pungent)
1 lb. pasta (I use penne or rigatoni)
1. Saute onion & garlic in oil about 8 minutes.
2. Stir in tomatoes and basil. Simmer 20 minutes
3. Mix butter and cheese in bowl. Add gradually to tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile boil pasta according to directions on the box
5. Pour sauce over pasta and stir.
***If you have a family that requires some sort of meat in their dinner shrimp or chicken taste great added to this dish****
Monday, April 21, 2008
Piles of Laundry are not for folding they are for running onto, jumping off of or making a "cool bed"
Washing dishes are not a hastle but an excuse to splash in sudsy water
Naptime is made bearable by reading two books before hand
Getting a bath is always fun, it is the hair washing that poses a problem
Light up Cinderella shoes go great with any outfit
No music is needed to dance
A baby in utero hears, eats and drinks through Mommy's bellybutton
Any drink tastes better in a princess cup
Pink is always in fashion
Mommy's kisses make everything better
Ketchup goes with everything from french fries to strawberries and cucumbers too!(as an adult I find this one particularly gross)
I could go on and on with plenty more but these are just a few of my favorites. I also have my Meme posted from New Mommy Rant. Enjoy and feel free to add a few thoughts that you have learned from your child(ren)!
Are you a proud parent? Yes!
how many kids do you have?one and a half
what are the ages? 3years and a new one due this summer
boy(s) or girl(s)?2 girls
how old were you when you had your first child?25
was it planned?Nope she was a HUGE SUPRISE!
do you regret it?not in a million years
who do your kid(s) look like?Madison has my husband's coloring but more of my facial features
When were your kid(s) born? Madison was born January 21, 2005 and Stella will probably be born July 31, 2008
do you plan on having more?Yes- probably
do you have more than one baby daddy/momma?NOPE
do you love your baby daddy/mommaYes
are you still with this person?Yes
are you married to this person?Yes- 4 years next month
is this person a good parent to your kid(s)?The Best!!!
do you live with this person?yes
do you have a happy family?Very Happy
do your kid(s) look like you or the dad/mom? Both
do your kids have proud grandparents? Great Grandparents too
what did you want your kid(s) first words to be?D Madison was Duck now I'ld be happy with occasional quiet time
what was their first words? Duck
is being a parent hard?The hardest job in the world bu tnothing worthwhile is easy
do you put your kid(s) before everything?Absolutely
do you have a job?I am a teacher
is your child in school or grown up? Pre-school
if you plan to have more will it be with a previous baby daddy/momma?
is that person the love of your life?Yes
do you have a momma's boy or a daddy's little girl? momma's girl although she is quickly becoming just as attached to Daddy
are you looking forward to being a grandparent someday?Hopefully not for a long, long time
Baby's Name?Madison Elizabeth and Stella Mackenzie
Birthday?1/21/05 and 7/31/08
Where was he/she born?Community Medical Center
What time were they born?8:19pm
Weight/length at birth?8lbs. 9oz. 20 1/2in
Age as you're typing this survey:29
Are you a paranoid mom...?No, more of a go with the flow mom
Do you sterilize everything (like boil nipples or wash every toy)?Nope
Do you buy "sensitive skin" wipes because they're "better" for baby's skin? when the baby is a newborn
Do you worry that your baby will stop breathing in his/her sleep?past that with Madison but I'm sure I'll do it again with Stella
Will it ever end? You never stop worrying about your kids in one way or another
Do you freak out if they happen to doze off during tummy time? (SIDS!!)Never happened with Madison but if Stella does I'll be right there the whole time so probably not
Do you overdress your baby, whether it's warm or cold?no, lately we've been doind layers because the temp. varies so much throughout the day
Do you wash your baby's clothing in Dreft or other baby detergent?For Madison we used Dreft for the first year there are more options now so I'm not sure what we'll wash Stella's clothes in
Do you refuse to dress baby in anything with buttons (choking hazard)?no
Do you watch (and critique) when someone else changes baby's diaper?nope, just happy to have a break
Did you buy all of their furniture (crib, changing table, stroller) NEW?Yes, will reuse most for Stella
Do you have to wash a pacifier that fell on the floor before giving to baby?yes
Do you worry about anyone else holding your baby?depends on the person
When you leave baby with a sitter, is all you do worry about baby?Yep and Madison is not even a baby anymore
Do you jump out of bed the second baby starts fussing during the night?no.
Do you worry about making baby bleed when clipping his/her fingernails? The first time I clipped Madison's nails
Do you call your pediatrician at least once a week? Nope Never
Do you cancel play dates because your baby has a runny nose & coughed once?yes!
Do you refuse to go shopping without a shopping cart cover?Past that Point
Do you worry about toxoplasmosis? Not really
Is your baby allowed anywhere near your pets? she was when we had our dog
Do you only feed your baby organic baby foods out of fear of preservatives? I did when she was an infant but have become somewhat more leniant
Do you think you are or ever have been a paranoid new mom? Maybe a little at first but not now
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I had both a level two ultrasound and a checkup yesterday. The good news....
- I'm now 24 weeks
- Baby Stella is developing perfectly and weighs about 1 lb. 7 oz.
- I've lost yet another pound (total now is 19 lbs.) but the baby is healthy so the doctor didn't flip out especially since she caught me stuffing a banana in my face while I was waiting for her. She feels that for some reason my metabolism has really sped up during this pregnancy and the fact that I'm always eating is a good sign!
Now here is where the venting comes in. I'll try to cut the story as short as possible but there are a lot of factors that go along with it. Madison was a c-section and I was hoping for a VBAC earlier in my pregnancy. There are only 2 doctors in the practice that I go to that perform VBAC's so I've only been seeing the two of them. Both have been super nice but one has always seemed a little more like a doctor (the other one seems like a friend that I would have gone out partying with back in the day). Anyway at my first ob appt. I opted for the integrated screening for Downs syndrome which was not readily available when I had Madison. I was told that it included a blood test and an ultrasound at 13 weeks. At that visit I also had my 9 week ultrasound done. This ultrasound was done by a tech in my doctor's office and she warned me that the perinatologyst that I would be seeing for the integrated screening would try to schedule me for the 20 week also but there was no need because I could have it done right in my ob's office. I called the perinate's office and made my appointment. The receptionist who was VERY RUDE kept pushing me to schedule another ultrasound for 20 weeks, 24 weeks and 32 weeks. I told her that they were not necessary and she told me whoever gave me that information didn't know what they were talking about because they were necessary for my insurance to pick up the integrated. Before scheduling the next 3 ultrasounds (not a huge fan anyway because of the varying opinions on the affects they have on the fetus) I spoke to the doctor who was more like a friend (I'll call her party doc from now on). She told me to just go ahead and schedule them because she knew at least the 20 week was part of the integrated. I had the 13 week and 20 week done and was less than comfortable with the whole experience (perinatologyst and staff). It seemed more like a money making business than a doctor's office who was concerned about the baby's and my well being. At my next ob appt. I saw the party doc again. I told her how uncomfortable I was with the perinatologyst and asked her if I cold cancel the next 2 ultra's. Her response was that I was the only mommy-to-be that she ever met who didn't want to see her baby as much as possible and that the perinate has just been super busy so the vibe I was getting was probably just them being overworked. She asked me to give them another try. She also felt that it was important to keep a close eye on the baby through ultrasounds because of my lack of weight gain. I left the office that day feeling like an overly sensitive pregnant women who was overreacting to nothing so I just kept my appointments.
Did I loose you yet? If not fast forward to yesterday. My 24 week ultrasound was scheduled at 8:45. I was in an out in 10 minutes. Pretty much uneventful besides the tech's need to shake my belly in order to have little Stella open her hands so the tech could count the number of fingers she has. Like any mother I want a perfect baby but last time I checked the number of fingers a baby has is not life threatening so I really saw no need for the obsession. More concerned about shaken baby in the womb. Don't think its possible but the thought went through my mind. At 10:00 I had my o.b. appointment down the street. I got there early and was seen pretty much immediately by my doctor (not party doc). She asked me if I had my level 2 yet because there was no information in my file on it. I explained yes and that I actually just came from yet another one. She asked if there was anything wrong with the baby that would have made me need another one and I explained the whole perinate/party doc. situation. The anger in my doc's eyes was obvious and she kept saying over and over again how "frustrated" she was. Considering she is a professional I thought this choice of words got her point across clearly without crossing the doctor/patient line. She then asked me what the perinate discussed with me after the ultrasound and I explained that I hadn't seen him at my last two appointments. Just the ultrasounds and then I was done. This infuriated her even more because she explained that we are paying to see a specialist every time we go there not just to get an ultrasound. Basically the perinate is committing fraud (my words not hers) because everytime a patient goes to his office he is sending a claim into the insurance company for being seen when he really isn't. Ahhhhhh!!!!!
By the end of my appt. my doctor told me to go home and immediately cancel the next ultrasound that was scheduled. At this point there is no need for anymore and if the need arises her office is perfectly capable of handling it. Needless to say I love this doctor and will give birth on whatever day she chooses as long as she performs the c-section. She is the first medical professional that has made me feel like I was not an overly sensitive pregnant woman and that my intuition about the perinate was correct. I know your head is probably spinning because I've just rambled on and on. I wish I had a point to this story but the truth is I just needed to rant. Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tilapia with Coconut, Mint and Chive Relish
1 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
3/4 tsp salt, divided
3/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/2 cup chopped sweetened flaked coconut
2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 jalapenos, seeded and minced (I like spice but not too hot so I usually only use 1/2 of one jalapeno)
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. peanut oil
1 tsp. mustard seeds
2 tsp. grated lime rind
1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. peanut oil
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
6 (6 oz.) tilapia or red snapper fillets
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
6 lime wedges
1. To prepare relish, place cucumber in a colander; sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt. Toss well. Drain 30 minutes. Rinse and drain. Pat dry.
2. Preheat boiler
3. Combine all relish ingredients except peanut oil and mustard seed. Heat 1 tsp. oil in skillet over med. high heat. Add mustard seeds and saute for about 30 seconds (until seeds start to pop). Add to relish.
4. To prepare fish, combine rind and next 4 ingredients; rub evenly over cut sides of fillets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
5. Place fish skin sides down (if there are skins), on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; cook 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with relish and lime wedges.
Yields 6 servings (1 fillet, 1/3 cup relish, 1 lime wedge)
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Last nigth after eating an oh so delicious hibatchi dinner and walking around Pier Village, Justin, a couple of friend's and I decided to stop in a restaurant/bar for a couple of cocktails before heading home. Don't worry just water with lemon for me.
I was enjoying myself but was just the slightest bit board being the only completely sober one so my eyes starting roaming around as my thoughts drifted to what my next blog would be about. Wouldn't you know that my next topic was right in front of me! On the door along with all the restaurant's other accolades was a sticker exactly like the button to the left of this blog! It was boasting that the restaurant that I was now in was a member of the Green restaurant Association. Naturally this peaked my interst becuaw I have never hear of this association before. As soon as I got home my fingers started typing away and before long I found the site!
What is Green Restaurant Association you ask? It is a non-profit, national environmental organization founded in 1990. Its mission is to "help restaurants and customers become more environmentally sustainable in ways that are convenient and cost effective". The components that make up this organization include: research, environmental consulting, education, public relations and marketing, community organizing and consumer activism. It also happens to be the world's largest database of environmental solutions for the restaurant industry.
There are a number of restaurants in the U.S. and Canada that are currently members. In order for a restaurant to be a memeber they must:
- use a comprehensive recycling system for all products that are accepted by local recycling companies
- be free of polysterene foam (styrofoam)
- commit to completing 4 environmental steps per year of member ship(refer to environmental guidelines on the site)
- complete at least one environmental step after joining the GRA
I have yet to do more research about this organization than to read its brief overview but the concept at least sound very interesting to me. After spending years in the restaurant buisness while in college, I know how much waste is produced by just one restaurant. By getting more restaurants invloved with this organization or one like it I'm sure a considerable impact would be made towards helping our environment. If you or someone you know is in the restaurant field it couldn't hurt to check this site out even if just to get some ideas on how to make your place a little more green.
Unfortunately there are currently only 3 restaurants who are members of the GRA in New Jersey. They are. . .
- McLoone's at Favorites Fords, New Jersey
- McLoone's Rum Runner SeaBright, New JErsey
- McLoone's Pier House Pier Village Long Branch, New Jersey
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I was going through some old pics last night and came across these pics of our Newfie puppy's first trip to the local dog beach taken last year. They brought back so many fond memories that I couln't choose just one. Sadly, Murphy was diagnosed with terminal cancer about 7 weeks ago and had to be put to sleep. He was only 15 months old. If anyone can learn anything from my mistake it is that you NEED to do as much homework as humanly possible when looking for a reputable breeder. Long story short, I thought I did but she has been less than proffesional about the whole situation. Just one more reason that our next pup will more than likely come from a shelter!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Confetti Corn Cakes
Makes 6 servings
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. dry basil
1/4tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp ground pepper
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/3 cups fat-free buttermilk
1(7 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 scallions, finely chopped
1 cup nonfat sour cream
1. Combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, basil, baking soda, and ground pepper in a large bowl. Combine the eggs and buttermilk in another bowl. Stir the egg mixture just until blended. Stir in the corn, bell pepper and scallions.
2. Spray a nonstick skillet or griddle w/ nonstick spray; set over med. heat until a drop of water sizzles. Pour the batter by 1/4 cup measures into the skillet. Cook just until bubbles begin to appear at the edges of the corn cakes, 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook 2 minutes longer. Repeat with the remaining batter, making a total of 12 corn cakes. Serve with sour cream.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Could this be a stage that she is going through? Absolutely! I'm not a psychiatrist or a person that knows this child very well so I'm not saying that it is anyhting more than that. However, between the whole pregnant man thing, having a family member recently out himself as a transvestite and now this it made me want to learn more about Gender Identity Disorder. The definition of Gender Identity Disorder from Psychology Today is the "strong, persistant feelings of indentification with the opposite gender and discomfort with one's own assigned sex". This disorder does currently have diagnosis criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) although some people in the transgender community are trying to have the criteria removed from the manual. To learn more about Gender Identity Disorder check out Gender Identity Disorder Sanctuary or "Born with the Wrong Body"
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I was just checking out one of my favorite blogs Green and Clean Mom and I learned about this great new contest going on at The Soft Landing. Please check it out for a chance to win either a beginning solids or advanced BPA free fedding kit. Hurry up though 'cause the contest ends in two days. Good Luck!
Anyway here are my 5 things Meme . . .
5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago
- Getting through my 2nd semester at Fairleigh Dickinson University
- Just starting to date Justin
- Hanging out w/ my college pal Melissa
- Deciding where I wanted to go to college the following year 'cause I wasn't happy at FDU
- Driving around in a 1987 Ford Tempo
5 Things on my to do List Today
- Food Shoppping (or eat at Mom & Dad's House)
- Motivate Justin to paint the last wall of our bedroom (tall ceiling my pregnant self should not be climbing scaffolding)
- Clean the bathroom & Madison's room
- Fold laundry or just continue to let it pile up on the couch in the den
- Lesson Plans (aka lock myself in my room and take a nap while the family thinks I'm working)
5 of my favorite Snacks
- Watermelon (can not get enough even if it is currently $25.00 per lb.)
- Carrot Sticks and ranch dressing
- Pita Chips and Hummus
- Just about anyhting covered in cheese
5 Things I would do if I were a millionaire
- Open a funky little bead shop that holds inexpensive classes
- Help Justin start his dream charity that would benefit sick and underprivelaged kids (sorry don't want to jinx it by giving away too many details right now)
- Take all of my friends and family on a well deserved vacation
- Golf lessons for myself so I can be the one that disappears for the whole day to go play a round of golf
5 Bad Habits
- Impulse shopping
- Lack of Patience
- I'll fet back to you with more
5 Places I Have Lived
- Manchester, New Jersey
- Livingston, New Jersey
- Lavallette, New Jersey
- Sorry that is it!
5 Jobs that I Have Had
- Beach Badge Checker
- ShopRite Cashier
- Tanning Salon Attendent
- Financial Advisor
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I've seen them in the L.L. Bean catelog and read about them at New Mommy Rant yesterday. Now I want to let you in on how you can win one ! Click on the link below for details. Make sure to read all of the ways that you can increase your chances of winning. The contest closes on April 8th. Good luck!
- Several months ago while in Dunkin' Donuts on a Sunday morning a very rotund man comes walking in an Madison in her very loud, proud to be a big, smart girl voice says "Mommy, Daddy that man is BIG!". We explain that yes he is large but we don't need to tell everyone and her response again very loudly is "But he is really, really BIG!"
- Last month at my ob. appointment I was making my next appointment with a rather deep voiced woman. Right then and there Madison decides to tell me "Mommy, that lady is a man!" I told her no honey it is a lady and explain to the receptionist that she gets men and woman confused but Madison response it "She sounds like my Daddy and Uncle Corey!"
- This one thank goodness is not nearly as embarrasing because we were at home among family. I had just finished making a comfort food dinner (mashed potatoes and gravy with Swiss Steak). My husband dished it up in a less than appetizing manner and Madison announced "I can't eat that it looks like poop!".
I'm sure this is just the beginning of more embarrasing times to come. Please share some of the things that your children or children you know have said that have made you want to run for the hills!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Last summer friends of mine and Justin's got engaged. They asked Justin to be the best man, our daughter Madison to be the flower girl and me to be one of the bridesmaids. We said yes of course to all three although deep down wondered why. We knew Justin would be asked because he has been best friends with the groom since he was 8 years old. Although I really like the bride we don't spend time together other than when we get together as couples and they already had a niece as a flower girl so they really didn't need a 2nd one. I also let them now immediatly that we were trying for another baby so a maternity dress may be needed.
Fast foward to now. The dresses have been ordered, the shower planning has begun and we are already quickly approaching the $1,000.00 mark for money spent on this wedding. We have yet to pay for dress alterations, Justin's tux, shoes, hair, two nights at an upscale hotel, bachelor party (the groom has high hopes of a weekend of golf in Myrtle Beach, guess he thinks we hit the lottery or something), wedding gifts and other incidentals. By the time the wedding hits I will also most likely be a stay at home mom (other than my Mary Kay buisness that I am building) with a new 7 week old baby added to the mix.
Now maybe it is because I'm not one for a traditional wedding (hubby and I had a destination wedding in Mexico) or maybe it is because I'm not really close to the bride. Then again maybe it is because there are only 3 bridesmaids that are throwing a very pricey shower at an upscale B&B at the Jersey shore or because I will soon be out of a steady income but I find myself questioning my choice of gifts for the shower. The other two girls in the bridal party want to do their own thing for a gift instead of all chipping in together for one nice gift. This leaves me in limbo. Do I get a gift on my own, do I chip in with my mom or do I say screw it your wedding (2nd by the way) is already costing more money and more aggravation than my own so the shower and all the little extra touches that I've added are your gift. I can't help but think that if this were one of my truly close friends or if the crazy future sister-in-law who calls me on the daily left me alone, I'ld be a little less bitter. So my question to you is what would you do and am I making a big deal over nothing? Can't wait to hear your advice and as always any stories of similar situations that you have found yourself in.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Makes approx 20 empanadas (average adult can eat between 2-3)
approx 3 lbs. ground beef
1/2 - 1 green bell pepper
2tsp cumin powder or Goya Adobo w/cumin
1 tsp oregano
1-2 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
2 10 count packages of discos para empanadas (La Fe cook the best but Goya work to. They can be found in the ethnic food freezer section)
2 chopped hard boiled eggs (optional)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped olives
Vegetable or Canola Oil
***This is the first written version of this recipe so all of the measurements are approximations. Feel free to adjust any of the amounts!***
You can save the meat to make empanadas another day or just let it cool enough so your hands don't get burned when you handle it. Roll one of the empanada discs out to about 6 inches in diameter. Place 2-3 TBSP. of meat mixture on the lower half of the disc. Fold the disc over and crimp edges with a fork. Repeat with all of the discs. Fry in your choice of oil until golden brown on each side or bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!
****In my family everybody likes/dislikes different ingredients in their empanadas. My mom used to wait to add the eggs, olives and raisins until she was about to close the pastry disc. She would then make our first initial and place it on the empanada made for us with a cut up piece of pastry disc. This is always on option but more time consuming. At my house everyone gets the same and none of them have eggs because I don't like them!****
Anyway as my about me section mentions, I'm expecting my second daughter this summer. My due date is August 6th but it is looking like she will be a scheduled c-section around July 31. I was really hoping for a Vbac but my docs feel that my lack of progression (only 2 cm after more than a day) and the size of my first daughter (8lbs. 9oz.) the chances of me having a successful labor is very slim and they would feel much better if I opted for another c-section. Although I'm not 100% sold on another c-section, right now it is not on the top of my list for concerns.
My current concern is my weight gain or more so my lack there of. Tomorrow I will officially be 22 weeks pregnant and have yet to gain a pound! During my first pregnancy I gained a more than healthy 38 pounds and never quite lost it all. When I got pregnant this time I already had weight to lose and started off being very cautious with what I ate. Throughout the first trimester I dealt with some morning, noon and night sickness but a ton of food aversions. Besides that I also had 2 rounds of asthmatic bronchitis (no I don't typically have asthma) and 1 case of sinusitis. Needless to say eating was not high up on my list of things to do and I ended up losing 15 pounds. This led to me visiting my ob every 2 weeks and receiving warnings that if I did not stop losing I would find myself in the hospital. Hello, don't you think I wanted to eat????
Fast forward two more months. I've now lost a total of 18 pounds but baby girl #2 is estimated to be a very healthy 1 lb. 2 oz. The weight loss has pretty much stopped and I have been eating everything within arms length for the past week or so. I've become so paranoid about my lack of weight gain that I step on the scale a minimum of 5 times a day. I didn't realize how bad it had gotten until my daughter started following in suit and hopping on to "see how big she is" every time she passes the bathroom. This is not at all an issue that I want embedded into my child at any age let alone 3 years old! So I guess my question to anyone who is willing to comment is do you think the number on the scale should matter if the baby and I are both healthy (I'll post some pictures soon but even a blind person can see that I'm pregnant at this point. Okay maybe not a blind person but you know what I mean). I'd also love to hear anyone else's weight gain/loss stories from their pregnancies just so that I know I'm not the only one out there!
Promise to blog again soon,
P.S. I know my site is UGLY at this point. I'll be working on that in the weeks to come too!