Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bump Update- So ready to be done!

Welcome to 35 weeks and 5 days. I so called it when, at the beginning of this pregnancy, I said I would probably end up being miserable at the end... I am! Just kidding (sort of). It's still been a fairly easy and uneventful pregnancy, and I really probably have no right to be complaining.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bolognese Sauce

I am generally not at ALL a fan of meat sauce. I don't even like spaghetti sauce with meat. However, my Father-in-Law makes the BEST bolognese sauce. I had a craving for it a few weeks ago and my darling husband made it for me while I was away. I came home to a fully prepared, delicious dinner. It fed us for a few meals and we still have a container in the freezer. (I'm saving that baby for when we need quick, simple meals come a month from now!). 

This is the perfect meal for a fall Sunday!

Check out the recipe below:

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Gender Reveal Party

So, I know this is like wayyy late, but I figured better late than never to share! Back in June we had our Gender Reveal party for little Everleigh Kate.

The plan was this... we had an ultrasound appointment scheduled for Thursday, June 7th. The party was planned for Saturday, June 9th. I was under the assumption, that the way in which these parties worked, was that everyone found out the gender together. However, I think perhaps I was wrong. When I told everyone that we were waiting to find out on Saturday, they were all surprised.... (Isn't that the way it was supposed to work... I didn't know!). Anyway, my mother-in-law, the morning of, planted in my head that we could still find out and just not tell anyone... hm. My husband already wanted to find out, so I thought... OK, sure... let's do it!

So, not quite the original plan, but it was still a great little shindig. The color theme was grey and yellow... I'm not a huge fan of pink and blue. Check out some of the photos below!

The Voting Station: We had a list of names which we displayed for everyone to vote on. We already had a few of our favorites picked out... but we wanted to see what everyone else's votes were too! 

For the board I simply used a piece of foam board that I covered in fabric and then printed up the names and cut them out, then taped them to the board. For the titles I used a coordinating scrapbook paper with letter stickers.

These cute little envelopes I purchased at A.C. Moore. I got enough so that everyone could vote for their favorite girl name, and boy name. I used clear acrylic stamps to spell out "girl" and "boy" and then stamped the front of each envelope. 

This is an old cookie jar that was my grandmothers. I keep it around for random uses... such as this! These cute little chalkboard labels I found on Etsy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Brownies... Homemade, but just as good as boxed!

I have been on the lookout for a brownie recipe that is just as good as the boxed kind for a long time! Most recipes I have found for homemade brownies left me with bricks... dry and super heavy baked goods. I was not a fan. However, I came across this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.

My hubby actually made them for me, as I was in the mood for something chocolate, but didn't feel like making them. The perk of being pregnant I suppose! (He actually completely forgot to put the brown sugar in them and they were still very good, however, they would have been fabulous with that little bit more of sugar!)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Etsy Shop Spotlight: Waterpath Designs

I wanted to share with you an Etsy shop that I've recently come across called Waterpath Designs. It's run by a mother-daughter duo from Oklahoma who both grew up sewing their way through life.

They make the most gorgeous, vintage modern, clean-looking clutches and bags! I love their style and choice of fabrics. They even sell them in sets for weddings so you can give them as gifts to all of your bridesmaids- I love that idea!

You can find their website HERE

I have this one on my wish list. I love the colors and the way they've sewn the clutch to highlight the different patterns in the fabric- gorgeous! I highly suggest checking out their shop... a girl can never have too many clutches!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Jell-O Frosting Cupcakes

I came across this recipe from Coleen's Recipes on Pinterest. I was very intrigued by the fact that someone found a way to use Jell-O as a frosting... hm. I decided to try it because, if it was good, I would be able to make some pretty cool combinations of cupcakes and frosting!

Jell-O Frosting

3 ounce pkg. of Jello (favorite flavor)

2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla


Place the above ingredients in a large GLASS OR METAL mixing bowl (OF A STAND MIXER). Turn the mixer on high just as you add ½ cup of boiling water. Whip on high for about five minutes. The result will be a beautifully whipped, smooth frosting. 

MY OPINION: The flavor was truly that of the Jell-O of your choosing. It was very odd to me to eat what I usually have as a gelatin treat on a cupcake. But, I figure the kiddos would probably love it. 

I was thrilled with the texture of the frosting when I first piped it onto the cupcakes. However, the next day, when these pictures were taken, you can see all of the little air bubbles that appeared throughout the frosting. I hadn't been a huge fan of the flavor combination to begin with ("strawberry" Jell-O and vanilla cupcake) so the next day, when the texture went from smooth and creamy to air bubbly I had lost all interest. These literally sat in my refrigerator for over a week. That NEVER happens with baked goods!

My husband picked at them throughout the week, he seemed to like them more than I. I think kids would love them, but I just couldn't get my pallet wrapped around the gelatin Jell-O and cake combination!

Try them out on your family and see what they think!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Belly Bump Update- my lovely lady lumps... or was that a foot?

32 weeks 6 days

There she is... Everleigh Kate has certainly taken up residence inside of my belly! I can't believe I am just 5 weeks away from maternity leave, and 7 weeks away from meeting our little girl!

BELLY BUMP: I swear, my belly is growing by the hour at this point! I feel like I could be rolled around from place to place. How do people who have multiples do it? You are all my heroes! I am proud to report, I have yet to have any stretch marks. I think it's thanks to this wonderful Bella B Tummy Honey Butter.

I have been using since about 10 weeks. I found it on Amazon and read lots of reviews looking for the best option. It does leave quite a greasy feel, but I usually put it on before bed, so I don't mind... and clearly it's for a reason! I usually use it every other day and a regular cream, like Curel in between. Everligh is still moving a lot. She tends to be most active after my morning snack, my lunch and right before bedtime. Sometimes I think she tries to do a complete 360- that can be painful!

SWELLING: I thought, just as I did with morning sickness, that this was going to pass me by. However, I went to put on my riding boots today after work and I couldn't zip them up. GASP. Now, I think I tend to have larger calves, so there wasn't tons of room to start with, but still. I was like... hmm... I guess I do have some swelling! Welcome to the end of pregnancy.

BRAXTON HICKS: I still am trying to determine if I've had these yet or not... I would say, yes, I have. My abdomen gets super tight for 10-20 seconds and then slowly releases. However, I thought I would have SOME pain, but I have none (at least not from Braxton Hicks). 

CRAVINGS: I haven't really had any "cravings" lately, however, I have been eating a lot more desserts. I really tried to keep this under control in the beginning because this was my downfall pre-pregnancy. In the beginning of my pregnancy I gained five pounds from one appointment to the next, four weeks apart. At that appointment, my doctor pointed out that 20 pounds was considered to be "healthy" now-a-days for a pregnancy. I had always read, and been told, 25-35 pounds was average. Clearly he was a little concerned I had gained five pounds in one month! However, I am happy to report that as of this morning, at week 33, I have gained 19.6 pounds. I don't quite think I'll be able to stay at the 20 pound mark my doctor had mentioned, but I'd say 25 should be feasable!

My next task is to put the last touches on the nursery. There will be some things that will have to wait. I just can't figure out what to do with one of the walls (decor wise). I also need to pack my hospital bag! We're headed towards the home stretch now. I have to be honest, I'm starting to get a little anxious about labor!

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Great Blog... That You Should Most Definitely Visit!

I am always looking for new blogs to read, and although working full-time, and far from home can eat up a lot of my time, I love to visit these creative little niches as much as I can. I usually find new blogs, via blogs I already read, links on Pinterest, or websites I frequently visit. One of my new favorites is called "Six Sisters' Stuff". It's a blog that was started by six sisters as they grew up, and were no longer living under the same roof. They used it as a way to share recipes, craft ideas, entertainment ideas for the kiddos and just a way to keep in touch.

I have always wanted a sister, so I thought this was about the greatest thing ever... blogging, sisterly love and all of the other things I love under one web address... SCORE! The website is absolutely amazing. It is packed full of goodies and it so visually appealing... it's just pretty to look at... don't you think?!

By the way... I will be making these pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies shortly... I can just image that they are to die for!

I think you should all go check out their website... I can get lost there for hours finding all sorts of good ideas!

You can also find them in other places, like:

Happy Monday, I hope it's as gorgeous where you are as it is in Skippack, PA this fall-like evening!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Four Cheese Chicken Naan Pizza

Looking for a quick and delicious weeknight meal? These Four Cheese Chicken Naan Pizzas were my husband's idea one night we had a last minute change of heart for dinner. We didn't know exactly what we wanted, but we also knew, whatever it was, it would have to come from our own refrigerator and pantry!

We basically just threw whatever cheese we had left onto a pizza, along with some leftover chicken and were pleasantly surprised by the absolute deliscousness of it!

Check out the recipe below!