Sunday, June 26, 2011

Adventures in Eating: 3 Ingredient Meals-Bacon Wrapped Chicken

I have been trying to find new recipes that are super simple. I'm gearing up for my first craft fair in a couple of weeks. I am up to my ears in fabric. So I have little time to put a bunch of stuff together for dinner.

I went searching on the interwebs and found a quick, simple, yummy looking recipe. Just 3 ingredients? You have to be joking!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

2 Chicken breasts
4 Slices of bacon
Italian Seasoning

Sprinkle Italian seasoning on chicken breasts. Put in greased pyrex dish. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap bacon around chicken breasts. Cook for 20 minutes and then put on High broil for 2-3 minutes to make bacon crisp.

It turned out really yummy. I cooked ours a little too long so it was slightly dry. That's what happens when your in the middle of sewing and can't tear yourself away.

Real Simple has a lot of 3 ingredient recipes in their July issue. I will be trying these out!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Adventures in Eating: Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! I wanted to share our Father's Day surprises.First off, Zoe and I made breakfast in bed for the best dad ever. Blueberry panckaes, maple syrup, bacon, and a tall glass of OJ. Then for dinner, one my hubby's favorites, Alabama Chicken (chicken with white bar b que sauce), southern potato salad, and green beans with bacon. Lots of bacon on this day, lol. The hubster is from Alabama and the white bar b que sauce is only available in northern Alabama. It needs a little more tweaking before I share the recipe. It didn't turn out quite right this time, but it was still really yummy. I loved making these meals for this guy! He is an amazing father and wonderful husband. I love him so much! Father's day should be once a month!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

So It's Been Awhile...Subtitle: Our Journey through Infant Acid Reflux

Us at our family photo trip to Brenham.

It has been quite some time since I posted here. Which is sad, I must say. I have started another blog called Adventures in Eating, but I don't want to abandon this one at all. I like to keep this one for revelations and life musings.

So what has life been like the past few months... busy, stressful, tearful, joyful, ready-to-pull-my-hair-out crazy, amazing, blessed.

I had not posted for so long because Zoe, our sweet baby girl, has been struggling with weight gaining issues and a nasty case of acid reflux. She cried for HOURS everyday for 6 weeks. At first we thought it was colic, but she was in some serious pain.

There would be days when I would cry right along with Zoe, not knowing what to do. There is nothing in this world like that hormone (that horrible, horrible hormone) that releases when your baby cries. It makes a mom insane. It makes you feel the need to soothe the baby and make things better. Well when there is nothing to be done because nothing works, you feel helpless, hopeless, and all around mad at the world. I felt like such a failure at times.

I finally broke down after trying EVERY possible colic remedy (none of them being successful) and took her to the doctor. I know a lot of people would have taken her in sooner, but we would call the pediatrician and she would say, sounds like colic, try X,Y or Z. We would and nothing. We talked to friends and they would say, sounds like colic, try X, Y or Z. We would and nothing. You can imagine the frustration. I literally got sick of hearing "that sounds like colic".

When we went in, it was determined that I needed to switch her formula and put her on children's Prevacid. The day we started these things, we had a completely different baby! I praised the Lord for this amazing transformation. We had prayed and prayed for the answer and we finally had it.

Since then Zoe has been the sweetest, cuddliest baby you have ever seen. She only gets fussy if she is wanting to snuggle and is sleepy but fighting it. Which she fights the naps during the day with all her might. I think she thinks she is going to miss something. She will be on the verge of sleep and her eyes will shoot wide open and look around. Silly girl is just like her Momma when she was a kiddo.

Some of this stuff is hard to admit to myself let alone in public, but I want to be real. And in the interest of being real, I fully admit I felt horrible about myself as a mother during that time, I did not enjoy my baby (please don't confuse that with not liking or loving her, I did both of those, I just could not enjoy my time with her, it was constantly being spent consoling), none of my preconceived notions of parenthood and child rearing happened the way I wanted them too, I need to trust my instincts more, the Lord is pruning me for being judgmental (OUCH), and I have a lot more growing to do (which was a no brainer, but this experience has shown me how far I have come and how much further I need to go).

I know that the seasons of our lives are changing. We have moved from distress, worry, and frustration to more peace, joy, and the stability of routine. The Lord saw us through it all and we will press on as each new season comes.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Adventures in Eating: Crepe Practice

The image above is not mine in the slightest. It was from Google Image Search. You will understand why in a minute.

I attempted making crepes for the first time today. They were super tasty, but a little thick. And slightly off in shape (more like they were oblong rather than circular). And they didn't fold very neatly when off the griddle... But did I mention they were super tasty. =\

I got a quick easy recipe off and slathered them in Nutella and blueberries. YUM! Nutella makes alot of things better, especially the fact that I did not have beautiful crepes like you would have in a restaurant. Oh well, practice makes perfect.

Our new Christmas tradition starting this year will be Christmas Crepes... So that means I have a whole 6 months to practice.

On another note, some other things we have coming up this next week... VBS at church. So much fun! At the end of that we will be heading to Lake Whitney to one part of my side of the family's reunion. It's every year during Father's Day weekend. I'm so looking forward to it! It's been a few years since I attended. The hubster has never met this side of the family either and we will have our Zoe with us too. I will take pics of the ridiculous amount of food there is every year and of the dishes I make and share them!

Other updates: Our storage room is coming along nicely, hope to finish and have pics up by the end of the week. Zoe is up to 3 meals a day. We are going to start her on sweet potato this week so expect pictures of that as well. Currently Zoe and I are sick with a summer cold (Zoe's first ever illness) =(.

Man that's a lot of randomness for one post, but that's what happens when you have to catch everyone up on a few weeks worth of stuff. Have a great weekend!