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

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  • 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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Back to Work I go

I’m 35 weeks and I went back to work yesterday and boy oh boy I was tired last night.  I was with the three year olds and didn’t do a too much due to my dang pants not fitting good.  Which was weird because I have worn the pair with both boys but they didn’t work this pregnancy so it was very uncomfortable to move.  I still got some stuff done.  It felt great going back to work but so strange at the same time, I missed sitting at home and cuddling with Robbie and speaking of Robbie trying to leave yesterday morning without him was horrible.  I cried, cried, and cried all morning that I was leaving and cried some more when I actually was trying to squeeze out the door.  I had to call the hubs to come help me so I could leave on time and to be honest I cried.  It broke my heart that he was that upset but it makes total sense, I have been with him for 3 weeks and we’ve done everything together.  I don’t get much time to myself child free or time outside the house child free so whenever I want to work on something in my craft room they both were or Robbie was in the next room playing which is the play room or they were in my craft room next to me.

A rant is below………..you have been warned lol

I spent all day on Sunday cleaning the bottom level of the house which really needed it.  I had been cleaning and such well I was off but you know how some room or certain chores get ignored because you such don’t want to do it, well that happened to me.  That’s how I feel about sweeping and mopping.  Sweeping should be done every other day in all three rooms that do not have carpet and all the room are HUGE.  I also think part of me was in nesting mood which helped and filled my tank to keep going or to get so much done.  I cleaned the kitchen top to bottom including mopping the floor, I cleaned the dinning room top to bottom but didn’t mop the floor only swept.  It has original wood and I’m nervous about mopping it, and I cleaned the living room which is the biggest room of the three also top to bottom.  I did squeeze cleaning the bathroom in there well two of the floors were drying.  They looked sooooo beautiful when I was done and I felt awesome about it.  Cleaning all three room took me about 3 to 4 hours give or take.  I came home from work yesterday evening and was devastated.  I bomb had gone off in the living and there was coloring stuff everywhere.  We all know the golden rule, “if you want to color, you color in your room on your desk or at the dinning room table”.  My hubs was soooo busy playing bolt action with his brother that he let the boys do what ever they wanted.  Along with the coloring explosion, there were big boxes and little boxes from me opening the stroller and car seat box the night before and I didn’t care the boys were playing on it but I at least thought the hubs would have picked up some of it, boy was I wrong.  I came into the kitchen and my once clean counter was filled and is still filled as I’m writing this with dished, and the dinning room isn’t too bad thank goodness because I probably would have for sure lost my shit and told the hubs off in front of his brother.  I calmly walked up the steps to our room, shut the door and just cried.  I”m not a big crier but with these hormones and all crying is how I let anger and everything else out.  I cried for a good 10 to 15 minutes and then headed back down to hang with the boys.

Did I clean up the messes you wonder?  Hell no, when I leave today to go to work I’ll text him ever so nicely and give him a to do list of all the stuff that needs to be cleaned up before I come home.  Thank  you for listening to my rant, I feel so much better getting it off my chest.

How long does your house stay cleaned for?  Mine is a day if I’m lucky lol.

God Bless,

~Angela

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Baby Update

I survived my 2 1/2 weeks off with Robbie and family.  It was trying at times but thats to be expected considering it was a new routine for everyone but especially Robbie.

Well I was suppose to have my appoinment on Wednesday but due to the nasty weather that was falling onto the ground I found it best to reschedule which they were totally cool with.  By doing so I wasn’t able to have my normal OB saw someone else.  We discussed how I have been feeling since the last time I was seen and I was totally open and honest.  I had been feeling some contractions here and there when I have been too active and need to sit then for about a good two hours and they go away.  With telling her all that and stuff she felt like I was in the clear to go back to work but she gave me a restriction of no lifting of a child or children who why more then 25 pounds which is what most 2 year olds weigh.   I also have to be aware of how my body is feeling and if I’m having any contractions and if so I have to possibly stop working AGAIN.

I feel good about going back to work but I also really enjoyed staying home and being able to stay on top of all the house work and spending some quality time with Robbie before the baby comes.  I need to spend some quality time with Dominic but its so hard to do when Robbie is around but I will figure something out before baby comes hopefully.

Baby has been doing great, moving up a storm all day and night.  She barley rests in their and her heart beat was 140/150 today so thats good.  I wasn’t able to see her on the hand held ultra sound device today because the OB didn’t show me which I thought was strange.  At first I thought the device wasn’t working but that wasn’t the case, she just didn’t show me.  I never had an OB do that before, granted I only have two other OB’s thus far in having children but it kind of made me sad.  Good thing I don’t have again for any other appointment.  Ugh it just dawned on me, wouldn’t it be horrible if she was the doctor on call if I were to go into labor before my induction?  I think I would for sure cry.  I know that sounds kind of mean but I really LIKE my current OB and have become attached to her lol.  My other OB who had delivered both boys was pretty awesome and right after I had Robbie she moved out of state.  I cried, I blame that on hormones.

We are slowly getting our ducks in a row at home with getting some last minute baby stuff and getting the nursing slowly set in stone.  Its a lot of work but needs to be done ASAP.  We have a swing that needs to be set up, pack & play, car seat in the car, and pack the good old hospital bag.

I can’t for the life of me remember what I all packed the last two times I had babies or what I ended feeling was really needed compared to the stuff I had packed.  I blame this on mom brain and pregnancy brain.  I’m going to jump onto Pinterst and search around but PLEASE if you have any suggestions on things I should pack please leave a comment below.  I would love any help.  Thank You

~God Bless

Angela

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Energy Ball Recipe = Yummy

Hello all, here’s the recipe for the week and one we really, really love!  These energy balls we make sometimes last 2 days but most times they only last 1 day hahaha.  Its a good snack and filled with semi good ingredients and could be healthier, I just know my family probably wouldn’t eat them and I would be left cleaning the bowl which may or may not be a bad thing!

I stated making these balls about three years ago right after I had my second child and I stumbled across them on Pinterst but under a different name.  It was called Boobie Bites.  I was looking for some good snack food that were high in calories and healthy that would help my keep my breast milk supply up.  The only different between the two is the Boobie Bite recipe calls for brewers yeast which is really good for keeping up milk supply.  Over the course of supply my little guy with breast milk and was slowly stopping I adapted my recipes and discovered that they balls I was making were more like energy balls.

Here’s the Bobbie Bite recipe;  (…and yes, I feel a little strange just typing that!)

1 cup of old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup of honey
1/2 tablespoon Brewer’s Yeast
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Here’s my recipe;

  • 1 1/2 c old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 c peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/3 c ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 c honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 c or 1/3 cup chocolate chips (the amount may very depending if a child is helping me)

Step 1:  Add the dry ingredients to a medium size bowl and mix them together.

Step 2:  Add peanut butter or almond butter, honey, and vanilla to the dry ingredients and stir it all together.  I use a spatula and you want to mix it really good so all the dry ingredients are sticking together.

Step 3:  Cover the bowl with tin foil and place it in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Step 4: After the hour or however long you leave them in for you can now roll them into small rolls.

 

***As you can see I do not add coconut to my balls or to the boobie bits, I am not a big fan of it.  You can keep the brewers yeast if you would like but I took that out because I wanted my supply to decrease and eventually dire up.  Also, if your family is like mine, I never have an opportunity to roll the mixture into balls, it stays one big ball. 

God Bless

~Angela

 

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