Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ouch!! SPD

It's official. I've been diagnosed with SPD (symphasis pubis dysfunction).

Basically, my pelvis is separating...OUCH! So I've been given work restrictions (down to part time) and have been ordered to rest the next few weeks, and hopefully it will fix itself. (Fingers crossed!!!)

Lots of time while sitting on the couch to search for projects I want to do, but not a lot of time to do them since I can't get up too much! Kind of a bummer... :( could be worse! Hopefully a few weeks from now I'll be back to my usual, productive self!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Half-Homemade Chicken Enchilada Pie

I should've made this when my oldest son was here...he would've LOVED it!

I found a recipe online and tweaked and changed it up to suit our family and the things we like! I love doing that!!

What I DIDN'T do was take a picture! I've been TERRIBLE about including pictures lately, and even worse about remembering to take pictures of our food before we eat it all up!

I'll get better at that...I'll work on it. Promise.

Chicken Enchilada Pie

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 eight inch tortilla shells
Tostitos Zesty Bean & Cheese dip
Salsa (I only use Pace Thick & Chunky - Medium)
2 cups Shredded Cheddar

1. Cook and shred chicken breasts. (Season to taste while cooking.)
2. Spray the inside of an 8" spring-form pan with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Place one tortilla shell in the bottom of the pan. Layer bean dip, chicken, salsa and cheese on top of the shell. Top with another shell.
4. Repeat with the remainder of the shells.
5. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.
6. Remove the sides of the spring-form pan and cut the pie into wedges. Serve with sour cream and corn chips! YUMMY!!

This was SUPER quick and so easy. The kids LOVED it (which is always awesome for me)!! It will definitely be a keeper in our arsenal of family recipes!!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

23 Weeks...and Projects Coming Up!

I'm giving the 23 Week Update a couple days early...technically, I'm not 23 weeks until Tuesday.

I've been having some pretty severe pelvic pain (as in, pain actually IN the bone...or so it feels like) so I will be making an OB appointment for this week, and hopefully they can do something for me. I talked to the nurse last week and she thought it was probably round ligament pain. I've done this a few times though, and know round ligament pain when I feel it. (Although, I will say I have noticed much more round ligament pain this time than with the other pregnancies.) This is different, new to me, and not "normal". Standing or walking for extended periods of time is getting harder and harder, so that's not fun. I've done some research on what the problem could be...but I'll wait until I see the doctor and see what he says.

On a happy note, little Mister Man has been squirming and kicking up a storm! That is fun for his older brothers who have been able to feel his kicks! :)

According to baby center, little dude is almost a foot long and is starting to recognize loud noises that we hear the dogs barking (or dirt bikes!!) Fun!

On NON-baby notes...RUMMAGE SALE SEASON has begun!! (Ok...I guess that's baby related too because I'm always on the lookout for cute clothes and great deals on baby stuff!) The man and I hate a few around town this past weekend and scored a chest freezer (which we NEEDED) for $25!! Nice!! AND, this was our first time yard sale-ing in our new MINIVAN!! That's right...I've crossed over to the dark side, and I'm loving every minute of it! :)

As for upcoming projects, as promised, we'll be starting the kids rooms soon and will have lots to share on our progress! I've been researching lots and am excited to start some canvas art for their rooms!! I also want to make a weekly menu board...just something to keep myself organized, and the family informed of what momma will be serving up that week! Those are the couple things close on horizon, so be watching for those. OH! And I will have a new recipe to share this week...YUMMY!

Alrighty folks...I gotta try to get some sleep. (Getting harder and harder these days...)


Monday, April 5, 2010

Half Homemade Carrot Cake! Mmmm!

Dear Carrot Cake,

I love you so. You are spicy and sweet and delightful. I love you so much that instead of waiting for you to cool, I frosted you a little bit warm. I think I love you even more when you're warm.


PS...I love you so much I want to share you with the masses. I shall do that now. :)

Half Homemade Carrot Cake

1 box carrot cake mix
1 cup crushed canned pineapple - undrained
1 cup sweetened flake coconut
1 cup raisins
1 individual serving size cup cinnamon applesauce (Know what I mean? Like the snack-pack of applesauce??)
1/2 cup water
3 eggs
Cinnamon to taste

1. Mix all ingredients with an electric mixer on medium speed for approximately 2 minutes.
2. Pour into pan or muffin cups and bake per package directions.
3. If you can wait for it to cool, do so, and then frost (I recommend cream cheese icing. Normally I'd make it myself, but I wasn't in the mood, so I just bought a can...delish!)

  • I used applesauce in place of one cup of oil. If you so choose, you could use oil. I'll stick with the applesauce. (I do this in almost ALL cakes I make.)
  • If you think you have raisins and you don't, don't be afraid to dump out an entire box of raisin bran and pick the raisins out. Don't ask me why I had to figure that one out.
  • If you don't have crushed pineapple, toss some pineapple chunks in the food processor and pulse for a few seconds. Easy peasy.

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