Tuesday, April 27, 2010
If you have no idea what Scentsy is click here. You can order on the site too, just make sure you click on my party so I get credit.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
After I saw this I decided that the bag of Mickey mouse shaped chicken nuggets in my freezer will be our last. I decided I no longer can ignore what I know to be in those types of foods. You know, the ones we have in our homes that we can't read or understand a thing on the ingredient label. We all know they are bad for us but for the convenience we buy them anyway.
I have been making fresh meals for my family for a long time and ever freezing them so that the nights I am lazy I have something to make that is easy. How hard can chicken nuggets be to add to the list? Not hard at all I found out.
This is a double recipe. And I am happy to report it made three full trays. (a gallon ziplock after we ate dinner.) And G LOVED them!!
Baked Chicken Nuggets
4 lbs boneless/skinless chicken
sauce option 1:
1/2 cup mayo
1T+ 1 t dry mustard
2t onion powder
sauce option 2:
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup ranch dressing, bottled
2 cup bread crumbs (I used a combo of herbed and plain.)
Choose a sauce and mix all ingredients with a whisk. Cut chicken breasts lengthwise into strips and nuggets. Place all of the chicken pieces in the sauce and stir well to coat. Place the coating in a bag or bowl with a lid. Place about 1 lb of chicken in the crumb mixture and shake well to coat. Place chicken pieces on Demarle silpat or spray-treated cookie sheet. Bake at 375* for 15-20 min, turning once. Remove from oven and cool on the baking sheet.
Freeze in ziplock or container for short term storage or in food saver bags for long term freezing if making many batches. Only about 300-324 cal per serving depending on the sauce.
Take a second to sign the food revolution pledge.
And for the fun of it here is the is my cranberry chicken recipe.
8 oz catalina dressing
1 pkg dry onion soup mix
1-1lb can whole-berry cranberry sauce
4 boned chicken breasts
serves 4 (I double or triple it for freezing)
Cooking day instructions:
Mix together dressing, onion soup mix, and cranberry sauce. Place chicken and mixture together in a freezer bag. Freeze in a freezer bag. (lay flat to take up the least amount of space once frozen)
Serving day instructions:
Thaw completely. Place chicken with cranberry sauce in Demarle round mold on perforated tray or greased baking dish and bake uncovered at 350* for 1-1.5 hours.
Friday, April 23, 2010
She came out with a cookbook last year
and I have wanted to get it since I heard it was pre-selling! Unfortunately, it wasn't in the budget and she wasn't coming to Portland for a book signing so I figured there was no rush.
Until I hopped on her facebook page on day and there was a new post about coming to Portland!
I may have peed a little in that moment!
Oh sorry, TMI?
So last Monday I tossed J in the car, I dropped G at a friends, picked up another friend Gretchen and drove over to Powell's to meet PW! (I had bought the book 2 weeks before on ebay)
I made this shirt (CBE= cutest baby ever) hoping to use J as bait. :)
PW LOVES babies! (yes I totally pimped out my kid- shameless I know!)
We got to the book store about 4. There had been people waiting to see her since 10 am!!
So we waited.
So we waited some more.
It made no difference though, she was as amazing as we hoped she would be! She was funny and sweet and very candid.
(there is a "WOOHOO" about 29 seconds. That was me- and I woke up Jax. hehe)
And here she is taking J's picture! Bait may have worked! Check back later to see if I have updated with a link to her blog if she posts his pic... fingers/toes/eyes crossed!
It was CROWDED!
Then we went down the hall in the mall and got Peach wave frozen yogurt. I fell in love all over again! 16 self-serve flavors and ALL the toppings, in HUGE cups for .36 and oz. I have a huge bowl and it was only $4! The one down the street I was eating when I was pregnant with Jax is $2.50 for a 3 oz cup, and they make sure they weigh it to not give you too much. Oy.
Honestly, maybe the perfect date. Now to get my husband to take me to meet my "girl-crush" and get frozen yogurt....
I swoon! LOL
Absolutely perfect night! Oh! and Jax was a fabulous adventure-r with us! He took a brief nap, fussed just long enough to nurse and played "cute baby" the rest of the time!
Here's another one: my head is about 3:13. LOL :-D
p.s. tell everyone you know about my blog! I wanna be her when I grow up! :)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
So I have been using Zack's work pc. Until now. Apparently, they don't want me to anymore. I tried to upload some pics just now and got a block message. Le sigh. I guess its back to the drawing board. Maybe we'll win the lottery. Or Powerball. Guess I should go play...
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thank you! Off to hit that donate button myself. Time for us to start paying it forward.
This is a post from the orphanage blog. I am completely awed by what these woman do. This baby is a testament to their love.
FROM THEIR BLOG: Sunday, March 28, 2010
"Baby Wang arrived in mid-January in critical condition. This little one was abandoned with ambiguous genitalia, but his most urgent problem was a history of constant vomiting and severe dehydration. The orphanage was located in a remote area without access to a high standard of medical care. They had the baby admitted to the hospital, but after several weeks they still had no diagnosis or treatment plan. Not knowing what else to do, the baby was discharged back to orphanage care. It became clear after several days that the orphanage was unable to deal with the severity of this baby's problems, so they asked if we might help.
We agreed to accept the baby and transferred to our main medical home at once. When little Wang arrived, he was already 6 weeks old, but was barely over 5 lbs. When we discussed this baby with our medical consultants, the baby's unusual symptoms (ambiguous genitalia and severe malnourishment and dehydration) rang a bell with one pediatrician. She suggested we see if this might be something called congenital adrenal hyperplasia.
Because the test for this condition is both expensive and difficult to obtain here, doctors recommended that we assume this was the problem and treat as such. Baby Wang began drug treatment for the adrenal hyperplasia and has been under the watchful eye of an expert dietician who is working to combat many weeks of malnourishment.
We are delighted to say little Wang has responded wonderfully, which confirms the doctor's suspicions of the original diagnosis. At this point it is still unsure if Wang is actually a boy or a girl, but chromosome testing later will answer this question. For now, we are just so glad that Wang is on the road to a normal and healthy life. See how much he has changed!"
Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I have talked about them before here and here.
A few weeks ago Jax and I had a chance to participate in another booth at the Better Living Expo in Portland. We had a great time and he took his job of 'model' very seriously and I think he did a great job. Especially considering he has big shoes, er, diapers to fill. :)
(haha- that's pun-ny!)
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
We had told Grayson that when he was sleeping much like Santa, the Easter bunny would "hop" in our house and fill up his basket we left out (and Jaxon's) and then hide the eggs for G to find when he woke up. Grayson woke up and came into our room, a little fussy and climbed in bed with me, still grumbling. Until he realized what day it was. He immediately stopped whining and asked if the bunny had come.
Zack took him to the loft to look over the banister into the living room to see if his basket was filled. But imagine his surprise when he also saw these.
He was VERY upset the the bunny had not wiped his feet properly and made a mess.
Silly bunny did it last year too. We told him it was okay and moved on to his basket. An Elmo dvd, Cadbury bunny that cheeps, and some egg shaped sidewalk chalk for G. 2 Monkey hangers and some new shoes for Jax.
After being a bit tentitive about going near the bunny prints he finally came around and moved onto his egg hunt. He was so excited to run around the house finding all the eggs the bunny hid. But he had some questions: how did the bunny get in the family room? hopped we said. But why aren't there "print prints"? (blank stares at each other...) because he got all the "dirt" off in the first few hops. Once we answered all his questions to his satisfaction, we "hopped" on to get ready for the rest of our adventure.
Having little to no family in the area does pose its challenges. Holidays for example. We have spent the last 7 years we have lived here being "floaters" on holidays. Many times we have spent various holidays with my childhood friend Bonnie's family in Vancouver, WA. Others were spent with a high school friends family or other various friends. I think I finally found a tradition I can wrap my family around for the duration.
What kind of wife would I be if I didn't take a photo of my husband in his time of need. I did ask him if he needed help... after.
And because I like to torture my children...