Friday, February 27, 2015

10 Things to Smile about February

I'm a day late and a dollar short... but that's okay, I'm still liking up with EmmyMom on her monthly mem about 10 things to Smile about February! Because I can and why not! All the cool kids are!

1. I'm still plugging away on my 365 project. No one is really rooting me on, although when I post my daily picture on facebook/instagram I do have people who are rooting for me when they like it. Just makes me feel good and I keep plugging away! Sunday I'll post all the pics from February but here are the pictures from January...

2. We celebrated my grandma's birthday at Red Lobster. It's become a yearly tradition. Grandma passed away in 2007 but we still celebrate her birthday every year. My SIL had her baby that same day.

3. I finally made something to display my tickets stubs in after how many years....

4. The little things like smiling because I know it was the wind that closed the gate, but thinking it could be grandpa...

5. Valentine's Day and seeing friends in time of need (visitations/funerals) and hanging out with other friends. Finally ending the day with my love.

6. Baby girl had her first snow day.

7. Homemade Chicken and Noodles

8. I finally got my Basset Hound!!!

9. Baby girl turned 8 months old. While that makes me sad she's growing so fast I'm sooo happy that she's growing!

10. Baby girl started crawling! Now please hold that thought while I go chase her! :)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Peanut Post - Month 8


Stats: The scale says 17lb. I'm not really sure how tall she is though...

Wearing: You get by with 3-6 month onesies that are stretchy otherwise you're in 6 month outfits. When it comes to footed jammies you're in 9 month to get the length to factor in. Diapers are a size 3. You don't like shoes still but you have some that are a 2 which still fit, your water shoes (yes you've tried them on, no you haven't gotten in the water with them) and your boots. Otherwise all the 2's are too small for your feet.

Sleep: We still stick to the 4 B's before bed: bath (shower), bottle, burp, bed. You hate going to sleep and you fight it. You hate nap time and you fight it. One minute you're fighting it and the next your zonked. It's cute although I could do without the fighting it. As of late, you haven't slept through the night very well, you wake up, you worm around, you even get up to play but you're fairly easy to get back to sleep (knock on wood I didn't just screw that up!)

Behavior: You like to babble. I think we're getting close to our first words and could almost say it was dada but you don't call him that all the time so I'm just not sure. In the truck you like to screech a lot. It's the weirdest thing and I'm not sure if it is because the acoustics are different or what because you just typically babble in my car. You prefer to stand over sit. you prefer to sit over lay. You still like the baby in the mirror but I think that you have maybe learned you're looking at yourself? You don't like the walker at the house, you prefer the one at the dive shop. You love the activity center at grandma and grandpas.

Eating: You eat a bottle 4-5 times per day. 6-8 oz depending on the feeding and how hungry you seem. You also eat pureed food at least once or twice per day. We have also started trying soft foods, so far you've tried the bread at Outback, mandarin oranges, mango, noodles (from homemade Chicken and noodles), mashed potatoes, Fettuccine Alfredo, Lasagna, French Onion Soup and that's just what I can remember.

Appearance: You have GORGEOUS blue eyes! and most days your hair looks blonde, every now and again it looks strawberry blonde. Your attitude changes every time we put your hair up in pigtails.

Likes: You like to sit. You like to walk. You like to play. You like to be held. You like to talk. You like the baby in the mirror. You like baths (you've had a few lately). You like to watch the animals and pull the cats tail (she doesn't like it). You like your activity saucer. You like to be mobile. You like to crawl on the floor as long as someone is sitting with you on the floor.

Dislikes: You don't like pureed green beans. You don't like beards on men. You don't like shoes still. You don't like socks still. You don't care for nap time. You don't like to be alone.

Milestones: You're officially crawling!

Mommy: We've had our first colds in the house and it makes us all sad! None of us have felt very good the last couple weeks, you included. Mommy just absolutely adores you and misses you when you aren't with her. I feel so very blessed to have such a beautiful, wonderful baby as you. I hate when you start crying and I want to break down and cry with you.

Daddy: Daddy loves snuggling with baby. He gets upset when you don't feel good and he doesn't know how to help. He loves having your deep conversations. He really doesn't know what to do when you won't sleep though, when you start fighting. He absolutely loves being home on weekends so he can spend extra time with smiling, happy baby.

Other: Well we've had our first cold in the house. Yuck! Now if we could all get rid of it we'd all be better off!

Letter: 

Dear baby girl,

I'm sorry that you have that raspy cough. If I could take it away I would in a heart beat. You smell soooooo good by the way. I can do without you pulling my hair though! I have a lot of new growing in hair because of you. I thank God every day that you are my baby and I wouldn't change you. You're upset at me right now so I better keep this short and just know that mommy and daddy love you to pieces!

Love,
Mommy

Apparently the monkey said something funny....

And that's a rap, we're outta here.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

7 Month Photos

A Portrait

New Mannerisms

Siblings

Playtime

Bath Time


Squeaky Clean-Baby

Favorite Toy

A New Trick

A Picture with Mom

A Picture with Dad

New Experience



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Public Speaking is not my Forte

Circa 2003 Queen Pageant - I was Miss Congeniality
I would have to say we all have downfalls, and one of mine is public speaking. I freeze up. Now I must admit that being in FFA for 4 years in high school did something to change some of that, but I still froze even then.

My freshman year of high school I joined FFA. One thing that FFA does is work on public speaking through many different forms from making you say the Creed in front of the class to actually joining public speaking contests. I never could do it. Nope, I was shy! I did however in the spring that year join a judging team. I wanted to be on the horse judging but if you go to state with any judging team, you can't go any other year. They wanted me to be on that team later in my career so they convinced me to judge dairy cattle.

I knew absolutely NOTHING about dairy cattle except that milk comes from them and there were Holsteins. From there I knew nothing. Now, I'm not going to toot my horn or anything but I learned a lot and I was pretty darn good at it. The worst part was taking a test and reasons. Reasons are where you go to a person and tell them why you placed a class of cattle the way you did. I could place classes 45/50 or higher (top points is 50) most of the time but to tell someone... nope... I got 20's on reasons scores (out of 50 again).

Now I have to laugh here because my senior year I was on the livestock judging team. One of the advisors though found out that I didn't go to state on the dairy cattle team and they didn't have enough people to make a team so he convinced me to judge dairy cattle at the district contest that year as well. Um... yeah I smoked them, even the people on the team who had studied all season long. And the best part was, the advisor I had my freshman year (she left our department after my sophomore year) was one of the reasons takers I had to give reasons to. Now I didn't study for any of this my senior year because I was hit up 1 week before district contest to do this... yeah my old advisor was like, dang, you've really improved. ha!

Anyway another example of my not being able to talk in public, my junior year I wanted to be on the horse judging team. 4 people make up a team and there were 5 of us trying for 4 spots. I got into my own head and couldn't give a set of reasons to save my life and didn't make the team. I could out place any of them but I always lost it giving my reasons why.

They removed the stress of it and I smoked all of them on reasons scores. My advisor asked me where that Nicole was the whole time.

Yup, I'm not a public speaker.

And I have no idea why I'm typing this particular topic today other than I am. I was thinking about it on my drive to class last night. In classes I tend to be reserved. I'm always afraid of sounding stupid so I don't like to talk in class. Yet especially now you have to as part of your grade so it's really pushing me to get out of my comfort zone. I survive and sometimes do sound dumb but I can talk.

Truthfully I don't like to talk in a group of my friends at times because I get so tongue tied and they love to tease me about it. I laugh it off although always feel dumb! I think the one I get teased about the most is saying
I May have been born last night but it wasn't at night
instead of...
I may have been born at night but it wasn't last night.
Woops! But just because I'm not a good public speaker, I do try! A lot. I put myself in situations to overcome my fear every day.

So happy Tuesday, I'm going to go read The Lais of Marie de France now for class. Wish me luck, I have to talk about it tonight in class. ugh!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Newest Family Member

On facebook there are many different groups you can be a member of, MANY! So I signed up on a couple of the give and take groups around the area and now I get notifications. Yesterday while I was making Chicken and Noodles for Sunday Night Dinner I jumped on my phone to check facebook (my MIL had baby girl asleep so I didn't know what to do with myself). I got a notification that a gal I'm friends with on facebook posted in a group Basset Hound Puppies for sale, $20. WAIT, WHAT? I've always wanted a Basset Hound so I showed hubby and he told me to contact her. an hour later... we had our newest family member. Now I'm off to clean his dog crate and hopefully get him to quit howling at me. Btw, he needs a name!



Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Saturday Post {89}

Top 5 Posts of the Week
1. Shortstop Grill & Giant Ice Cream Cones - Garfield, AR

2. Our First Snow Day

3. Weekend in a Nut Shell

4. Valentine's Day Part 1

5. Valentine's Day Part 2

This Weeks Posts
Our First Snow Day
Valentine's Day Part 1
Valentine's Day Part 2
When the weather outside is frightful....

Blast from the Past
2014 - There wasn't one
2013 - Pineapple Tidbits
           Red Onion Cafe - Joplin, MO
2012 - Eetz all Beezness
           Guest Posting
2011 - Notta
2010 - Notta

Recipes made from the Blog This Week
Bacon Green Bean Hors d'Oeurve  

Mardi Gras King Cake 

Homemade Chicken & Noodles & Carrots

Week's Happenings
++This has been a stressful week at times.
++I think baby girl is trying to cut teeth.
++I really don't remember much from this week right now, and that's why I love doing this portion is so I remember.


Friday, February 20, 2015

When the weather outside is frightful....

Chicken & Noodles with Midwestern at Heart
and the fire is so delightful... When there's no place to go, let it snow let it snow let it snow!

So that is what my front yard looks like and I hear there's more of this stuff/rain (and cold weather) in the forecast. Then I got a text from hubby yesterday that said he wasn't feeling the best and baby girl has a snotty nose and ugh! So we made Homemade Chicken and Noodles for Dinner. Oh and Carrots. Those carrots, they're to die for! Well maybe not die but they are pretty dang good!
Chicken & Noodles with Midwestern at Heart
Chicken & Noodles with Midwestern at Heart
Chicken & Noodles with Midwestern at Heart
Chicken & Noodles with Midwestern at Heart
Chicken & Noodles with Midwestern at Heart

Oh so you're asking how I made this? I'm so glad you asked:
Chicken & Noodles with Midwestern at Heart

Cook the chicken:
I did 1 chicken breast per person. Place the Chicken breasts (2 breasts per measurement) in 4 cups of water. Season. I used hubby's mix which who knows what's in it but make sure you use salt and pepper. Then 1/2 onion, I grated mine in just so it was incorporated real well. Cook the chicken for about 30 minutes or until it is cooked through. Then pull it out and shred it.

While the chicken is cooking, make the Noodles:
1 egg whisked in with 1 tsp salt. Then add 1 cup flour. Mix well and add 1-3 tbsp (options: cream, milk, water, we used a combination of water & milk). Spread flour on the counter. Knead until it is smooth then roll out cardboard thin. Like as thin as you can. It comes out to around 14" long and wide... mine was longer than wide. Now cover the noodle dough in flour. Then fold in half and then in quarters then roll up like you would a cinnamon roll. From there cut into 1/4" strips. Now grandma says from here give 1/2 day to a full day to let them dry... just kidding. She said truthfully it would be better but you don't need to.

Once the chicken is done and the noodles are done, then place the noodles in the water that you cooked the chicken in. I wound up adding about 1 1/2 cups water back in... maybe just 1 cup water so you don't have to cook down as much.

So the noodles will be covered in flour, that's okay, put the noodles/flour in the water and cook. You can add the chicken back in at this time as well, but make sure you're around to continually stir it, otherwise it will go to the bottom and stick. If you aren't going to be able to constantly monitor, wait until the last 5 minutes or so and then add the chicken back in. Cook the noodles for about 30 minutes on medium-low to medium heat.

The sauce will thicken up. If the sauce doesn't taste "chickeny" enough for you, add chicken bouillon to the water and that will help. You can also cook all of this is Chicken Stock/broth in a box if you don't want to use the water you cooked the chicken in or if you bought a rotisserie chicken from the store.

And as an added perk, make these carrots! YUM!

Ok so these were the baby carrots but you can use whole carrots. Put them in water with a couple tbsp of sugar. Cook 15 minutes at a rolling boil or until they are tender. Then put butter, salt and pepper in a skillet and saute the carrots the last 10 minutes. YUM!

You're welcome!

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