Tuesdays Recipe is……..Carrot Chips

This yummy Carrot Chip recipe is to die for and it really helped with my carrot cravings.  I know a what a strange good to crave but anything carrot is up my alley and I crave them all day long.

Ingredients:

  • Two 16 oz. bags of carrot chips/carrot coins
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter, melted
  • Garlic salt

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Prepare 2 to 3 baking sheets with cooking spray or parchment paper.
  3. Rinse the carrots.

4.  Layer the carrot chips in rows, overlapping slightly.

 

5.  Pour the melted butter over the 2 or 3 pans of carrots.

6.  Sprinkle with garlic salt to taste.

 

7. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, rotating pans in the oven at the 15 minute mark.

8. Bake the carrots more or less depending on the level of browning that you want.

Enjoy!

~God Bless,

Angela

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Breaks my Heart

Hello all, so last week while waiting for Dominic to finish up wrestling practice I took a walk down the hallways to help this baby along.  It clearly didn’t work but on my walk I came across this picture.

This photo is in the Middle School and we all know that Middle School is already an awkward and strange time for children.  There are so many changes going on with their bodies and for some communities that is when surrounding schools combined.  When I was growing up I had gone to this school and there are at least 3 schools that combine for Middle school and I remember it being stressful for me.  New people to meet, new friendships, and all that jazz.

To me this door bulletin board is doing more harm then it is doing good.  Its basically saying that getting sweets and maybe a few to many is going to cause you to grow a instant big belly.  That is setting children up to have a negative relation ship with their body and an over all poor body image.

There are so many different bulletin boards that could have been hung up instead of this one that would encourage getting more fruits and veggies or getting the body active or just a simple snowman waving to the children.   The options are endless and I found those three pictures using Pinterest in a matter of 10 minutes.  We wonder why so many children are developing a negative body image so young or Eating Disorders, this is way and it needs to stop ASAP.

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~God Bless,

Angela

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When it rains man does it pour

You know that saying When it Rains it Pours?  That has been the story of my life this week and thankfully I had off from work to be able to deal with it all.   I think knock on wood that we finally caught a break.

It all started last Friday late in the night when Dominic got sick with the flu that night, all day Saturday, and Sunday evening.  He stayed home Monday and went back to school Tuesday.  Now looking back at it he had complained that his belly hurt Tuesday through Thursday but I thought it had a little to do with having to go to school.  School has been tough for him this year more on that later.  Thursday afternoon I had received a call from the office lady with 15 minutes left of the school day and Dominic told her his belly hurt and she wanted to let me know and decide if he should ride the bus.  I went and picked him up and mind you at this time I was dealing with some 3rd trimester nauseousness that I had been going on for a few days and waddled into the school to pick up him.  He seemed just fine maybe a little sleepy and never complained to me that his belly hurt.

So that night I made sure the boys were in bed by 7:30 pm and asleep by 8:00 pm and I let Dominic sleep in tell 7:00 am instead of getting up early.  I took him to school and he said he was feeling soo much better and was grateful for the sleep.  Well long and behold I received a call around noon saying Dominic had an accident and was in need of and extra change of clothes.  I didn’t mind bringing extra clothes at all but Robbie and I were at the store getting some groceries and Robbie had a well child appointment at 1:20.  So we rushed home, grabbed two pairs of undies and pants and flew to the school.  I didn’t get their tell 12:30/12:45 ish and my poor son was sitting in his poop pants.  She never  wiped him down, he sat in those pants tell I got their and then she had the balls to say “oh great mom is finally here, she can clean you up and change you”.  So that I did and his poor legs started bleeding because the liquid poop at that point had dried onto his legs and bumper and I had to scrub it off hard.  So I’m rushing to clean him off quick and just throwing the socks, undies, and pants away in the trash and Dominic just starts crying.  I felt so bad for him and meanwhile Robbie is in the car waiting and freaking out.  By the time Dominic and I get the car Robbie stripped off his shoes and socks and was in full on screaming mode because he thought I left him.  When I had left him he was sleeping and awake #momfail.

All three of us made it to the doctors office 5 minutes late but we made it #momwin.  I was able to get Dominic seen at the same time that Robbie was seen and man that was crazy.  I decided to have Dominic seen because baby is coming Monday and I just wanted him seen and okay.  Basically she said he has a GI virus and list off two possibilities that I can’t spell but both of which are very very contagious but never said anything about me having to be concerned about baby.  He had two more runny bm’s that night but nothing else no fever and no vomiting praise the Lord.

Earlier in the week I had to make calls and run errands regarding bills that came from our old house.  We were still being charged for insurance on the house and the water bill.  Back in September I had called both places to let them know and clearly niehter company had listened to me so that was irritating but on a plus side we will get some money back from the one place.  Being an adult is fun some days isn’t it.

I was gonna start washing some towels and guess what stopped working…..the dang washer.  I almost lost it.  I have sooo much laundry to do like normal but now its paling up in more and what seems so much faster then normal.  So it looks like we will have to buy a new one because its the belt again that broke or fell off that we had fixed about 3 months ago so why stick more money into it, its a used washer. Well this morning when Robbie woke up he told me he had peed, this child has never peed his bed so I thought he was fibbing but nope he wasn’t.  It wasn’t just a little it was a lot and I lost it, not on Robbie but the universe.  I wasn’t about to pack up two kids, laundry soap, and the nasty pee sheets to fly down to the laundry mat which is only open tell 12 on Saturdays and expose others to what ever Dominic has or have him pick up some new sickness.  Thankfully I have the worlds greatest sister in law who lives in town and I asked him she would wash it for me along with Dominic’s coat and snow pants and she said yes.  Thank goodness.  She has been a life saver in this whole pregnancy and for sure today.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring I hope nothing else and I hope its smooth sailing and lots of cuddles with the boys  before the night comes and an early morning arises.

Thank You for listening and please share if your week was tough or if there were any #momfails or #momwins!!

~God Bless,

Angela

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Yummy Monster Dip

Happy Thursday!!

This weeks recipe is Monster Dip.  I found this little gem over Dominic’s Christmas vacation when he wanted some dip for the animal crackers.  I hopped onto Pinterest and went on a search.  We’ve eaten this type of dip before at daycare but I’ve never made it before because I thought it was a little hard to make but boy was I wrong.  One of the requirements you could say I had for the dip was it need little to no dairy in it.  I wanted to be able to eat some of the dip too but dairy just doesn’t agree with my stomach and a majority of the Monster Dip recipes have a TON of dairy but this one only had cream cheese and butter, I can handle that.

Ingredients:                                         Prep Time:  15 min’s                Total Time: 15 min’s

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature                           
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 + 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup M&M’s (optional)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

 

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl add in the cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter.  Beat on high until combined.
  2. Add in brown sugar, powdered sugar, salt, and quick cooking oats.  Beat on high until light and fluffy.  I used a hand held mixer which worked great.

3. Stir in the M&M’s and chocolate chips.

4.  Place the dip in the fridge for 15 minutes so the dip stays together.

5.  You can either use the same bowl or place the dip into a serving bowl and serve with pretzels.  Store in the fridge.

Notes:  You can divide the dip into to bowls\balls and place one in the freezer to save for later.  I had regular oats and I wasn’t a fan of using those oats in this dip but it was still good and everyone enjoyed it.  I also added the oatmeal in when I added the candies in and folded them together.  Maybe I should have added the oats when I was suppose to and mix them together, it might have turned out different textually.

*The bowl was almost empty by the end of the week, we made this on Wednesday.  I will for sure be making this again and having the kids help too.

 

~God Bless,

Angela

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Guess who’s back?….

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!!  I am ready to be back and sharing all the good stuff from life happenings to yummy recipes and coming soon fitness.

Who is ready to take on the New Year?  I know I am and I have all the steps ready to really enjoy this year and to make sure I do all the things I want to do and accomplish.  I will share those later.

Now that the holidays are over we have been hit with the flu.  Thankfully it has only hit one person thus far which sadly was Dominic and he had it from Friday night tell Sunday night.  He didn’t go to school on Monday and had another day of rest which is what he really needed.  I think he played a little too hard Sunday morning and then crushed that night with tiredness and puking.  This morning he was feeling way better but was sooo upset he had to get up early at 6:00 am and quickly hit to get on the bus at 6:45 am poor guy.

Robbie is doing great, still a sassy little guy who loves to play with Dinosaurs and make Jurassic Park with Dominic.  Last night while I was tucking him in, I asked him if he is ready and excited for his baby sister to come.  He didn’t respond at first so I asked again, he started to answer me in a crying voice and said “I don’t like babies and when baby comes I’m going to run far away.”  He said it in a such a serious voice and then continued to cry.  That had broken my heart and I reassured him that I’ll love him just the same as I love baby and that I love everyone (I named everyone off)  the same amount and very much.  That didn’t seem to set it so I changed the subject.  This is the first time he has every said this and if I would have known sooner that he felt this way I would have been proactive about it.  Now we only have a short time tell she arrives but I have faith that it will all work out and I plan on making sure I make separate time for both boys after baby comes.  It might not be going out somewhere but it will be doing something they love.

Here’s a little update about baby.  You may be wondering if she has arrived yet and the answer is no.  I am currently 38 weeks and 1 day and baby girl is still cooking.  I see my doctor tomorrow and I am so curious to know if my body has progressed since last weeks appointment.  Last week I was 3 center meters dilated and 50% effaced.  That is the most I have ever been in all my pregnancies so I’m pretty excited.  I am really hoping she will arrive on her own still but she only have 6 more days before she is being evicted on Monday at 6am.  During my pregnancy I found out that three ladies that I know who were pregnant while I was and due around the same time.  That was wonderful because we all shared stuff about our pregnancy that we were going through.  Well, all three ladies have had their babies within the last 2 weeks.  Two ladies had girls and one had a boy and man it makes me want this little girl to arrive NOW  lol.  I know she will come when she is ready but its been hard waiting.

The hubs and I are doing good getting ready for baby and finalizing some stuff around the house that needed to be taken care of before baby comes and of course catching up on some adult nonsense like bills.  He has started a podcast with two buddies and its about board games its called Dual Win Games you should check them out.  They have an Instagram account and Facebook page too.  It’s been awesome watching him get into something that he is so passionate about.  He as always loved being board games and I do too.  Hes been into for a couple of years now and I really have gotten into it the last year and a half.  I picked out two games that I really wanted and actually watched reviews on.  They are Gloomhaven and Harry Potter.  I really enjoy playing both of these games and I kind of hope that maybe I’ll be a guest on the show and I can talk about them.  lol

God Bless and take care,

Angela

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Christmas is almost HERE!

Does anyone else feel like Christmas just snuck up on them this year?  I feel like yesterday was December 1st and bam today is the 21st and only four more days then its Christmas.  Its so crazy to me how fast it arrived this year and I feel like our Elf Cookie just arrived only a few days ago.  And speaking of Cookie, man for some reason it has been hard thinking of places for him to hang out or thinking of little tricks or activities for him to do over the course of his stay.  You would think it would have been so much easier now considering we live in a bigger home then we did last year and last year I ran out of spots and ideas fast.  I have a few more ideas up my sleeve but there are messy ones and I just cleaned my house again and sadly don’t want to make it dirty.  In the picture below is one of the hiding spots and little trick that Cookie had pulled and the boys thought it was soooo funny.  He also left an activity for the boys to do, it was to add water to a circle of skittles to make a rainbow.  The rainbow turned out so bright and beautiful and the boys were amazed that just adding water caused a rainbow.

Lets talk about wrapping gifts for a moment, does anyone have all the gifts wrapped already?  This lady as only a hand full wrapped and those are for Sunday when my family is coming over for Christmas.  This is the first time we are having Christmas with my family at our house.  My mother normally has Christmas but this year she ran into some health problems you can say and hasn’t taken care of her home due to it.  I don’t have any gifts wrapped for the boys or the hubs and I’m oddly okay with that.  I figure I have four more nights to get some wrapping down but I don’t know about you but by the time nighttime comes I am so tired I have no desire or energy to want to wrap them BUT tonight I will.  At least I keep telling myself this hahaha.  Lots of high fives to those who have there gifts wraps and are relaxing and enjoying the last four days tell Christmas comes.

God Bless,

~Angela

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Big Game Pie Recipe

Last year at Christmas the hubs had gifted me with a cook book called 301 Venison Recipes The ultimate Deer Hunter’s Cookbook.  I haven’t used it at all and this morning I took out some ground venison and in some recipes like tacos it can taste gamie.  So I thought I would bust out that cookbook and see what I could find.  I found a recipe called Big Game Pie and it turned out yummy.  I did however change some stuff up more to our liking and I’m happy I did.

Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes (mashed) or instant potatoes                        Inline image
  • 1/2 c celery, finely chopped
  • Sour Cream for mashed potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoon flour
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 3/4 c beef broth
  • 2 -1/2 c venison, cubed and browned
  • 1/4 teaspoon browning sauce
  • 1/4 c grated cheddar cheese

****  Changes I have made were:

  • 1/3 c celery, finely chopped
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  • 4 shakes of minced onion
  • I didn’t have canned beef broth, so I used boiling water and a beef bouillon
  • 1 pound ground venison
  • no browning sauce-I didn’t have any
  • 1 bag frozen mixed veggie-cooked

 

Instructions

Step 1:  prepare mashed potatoes and per heat oven at 400 degrees.

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Step 2:  In a skillet saute celery and onion in butter until tender NOT brown.

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Step 3:  Blend in flour and gradually add milk and broth.  Cook and stir until mixture thickens and bubbles.

(I was afarid to stop stirring the mixture to take a picture, I didn’t want to burn in)

Step 4:  Put mixture into 1 1/2 quart dish and top evenly with mashed potatoes.

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Step 6: Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Serves 4

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God Bless,

~Angela

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