My Week In IPhone Pics

Sometimes it takes awhile to get that decent picture with your kids.  This series of photos was no exception.
But One Came Out Alright…
This lovely contraption was bought at the CCA thrift store.  I dropped off some donations then decided to take a look around.  Once Bubba spotted this ice cream maker on the shelf, he was as excited as a kid who just found the perfect baseball card in his $1 convenience store trading card package.  
Now let me tell ya, this thing looked ancient.  I was not impressed and didn’t want to waste my money, but he insisted it was “sign” from the ice cream man himself because he has been in a desperate search for peach ice cream with no luck.  He went on to explain how now he could just make his own peach ice cream whenever he wanted for only $6.49.  He bugged me the whole time at the store, “Can we leave now?  Come on let’s go…”.  First thing he did when we got home?  Made ice cream…or at least tried. lol.
Bath Time!
This picture doesn’t do this sandwich justice.
This beauty is blamed on my food cravings.  That’s all I can say about it.  If my midwife caught me eating this, she would have slapped it out of my hand and scolded me.  But it can be our secret.  This sandwich was  buttered bread with a country fried steak, smothered in mashed potatoes and gravy.  
Excuse me while I wipe my drool.
 The Mav’s Game

Week 24! 3rd Pregnancy Update

Wow, another month has flown by without realizing it!  Today marks my 24th week of pregnancy which is 6 months.  Almost there.  There really isn’t much to update.  My weight continues to creep upward. (no surprise there.)  I’m still tired as one can be, and my stomach is becoming more and more crowded as each week passes making it harder to breathe and move around.  All typical preggo stuff.  🙂 
In other words: Every thing is going the way it’s supposed to go. 
 Here are the answers to the most common questions I receive about my pregnancy.  I will re-post them at the end of every update, just in case it’s your first time checking in or if you forgot and want to know. :o)

FAQ

When are you due?

Friday, April 20, 2012

 What are you having, boy/girl?
We are having a GIRL! Yay!

Where are you having the baby?

I’m using a midwife at a birthing center in Denton, TX.  I haven’t decided yet if I want to give birth there at the center or in the hospital.  I’m leaning with hospital; considering my experiences with my other labor/deliveries.

Are you exhausted?
Extremely!  I’m so busy and tired that I just want to scream sometimes, lol! : )

Any names, yet?
Yes! We haven’t fully decided, but I think we are sticking with Rori Lucille.

Easy Peasy Pizza Dough

Sometimes fresh is just better, and when I decided to make my pizza’s, I was frustrated with the texture of my dough.  Most of the time it just came out too fluffy…too much like bread and not enough like the professionals.  

This sparked my quest at finding the perfect recipe and by-George- I think I may have found what works for us.  It only took three years, but I found it.  I hope you like it as well if you try it; If you don’t, then it looks like you’re on your own quest! LOL.

My ten year old no longer asks for take out pizza and instead asks for my wonderful homemade concoction.  :o)
                
Here is the recipe:

5-6 Cups of Bread Flour
2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
2 tsp of Sugar
1 1/2 Cups of warm water
1 tsp of Salt
1/2 Cup of oil- (any kind: Vegetable, Canola, or Olive)
  • Put warm water into a liquid measuring cup, then add sugar and yeast to it.  Let the yeast proof for at least 5 mins. *Need to know what proofing means? It lets you know if your yeast is doing what its supposed to be doing.  The yeast should become foamy after five minutes.  If it’s foamy, then it is ready to use.*
  • While the yeast is proofing, whisk together salt & flour in a separate bowl.  Set aside.
  • Attach your mixer with a paddle attachment or dough hook and of course a bowl.
  • Pour your oil and your yeast mixture into the bowl.  *Note: If your mixer has the metal bowl, make sure the bowl is not too cold.  Otherwise it may kill your yeast.  I just run the bottom of my bowl underneath hot running water for a few seconds until the inside bottom of bowl is warm to the touch.*
  • Put your mixer on slow and begin adding your flour cup by cup.   The dough should be pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Now you knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 mins. Then put in a greased bowl and cover it with a towel or cling wrap.  Set the bowl in a warm place and let the dough rise for one hour.
  • Once the dough has risen, roll out the dough to desired shape! *Note: I use an 18″ pizza pan with holes in it for a nice crust.  I also roll the dough out larger (and somewhat thin) than the actual pan.  In order to trim the excess dough from the sides of the pan, I simply roll a pizza cutter around the edges.* :o)

Viola!! Enjoy!

A Night Out :o)

Monday did not have enough hours in the day; it was a constant race against the clock.  (Not to mention our babysitter bailed a few hours before leaving!) We were running around all day long trying to get things done before the Mav’s game began.  Needless to say, I pulled into our driveway a mere three minutes before we were to leave the house to meet up with our friends in Denton.
Any way, we arrived on time and made it to the game on time. 
But let’s rewind a bit.  When I heard we were going to this game, I really wanted an NBA maternity shirt.  As you can imagine, I didn’t find one, so I set out to make my own.  Now if I had paid attention to the instructions and not have hurried through this process, the results would have been much better.  But like I said before…there were just not enough hours in this day.  🙂
Here is what I did: 
  • I found a logo I wanted and redesigned it on the computer and printed it out onto an iron on transfer paper.
  • Next, I peeled it off and realized that I should have cut the image out before ironing onto my shirt! It looked like I took a sticker and just placed it onto my belly region.
  • DAMAGE CONTROL was next!  Desperate to not have this as a complete failure, I quickly grabbed a blank sheet of paper and reversed the iron on image to it.  
  • Turns out, this came out even better than I originally thought it would.  The image looks almost vintage against my dark gray maternity shirt.  Check below for the picture!
TA DA!!   
Like I said, we made it to the game and had an awesome time despite the Mav’s getting spanked by the Denver Nuggets.  
I was really hoping to spot Khloe Kardashian but I didn’t see her there.  In fact, I don’t think she was at this game.  Poo. 🙁

This was Jason Kidd on the monitor looking up into the crowd.

Lots and lots of fans that night!

This is the Chili’s float that would drop gift certificates onto the crowd! One came close to us, but we couldn’t get to it!  However, this woman was just a few fingertips away from victoriously grabbing it, when a young guy grabbed it instead.  Luckily for her, he was a gentlemen who gave it to her instead. 🙂 Ahhh…there’s still nice people out there.

So Pumped!

Okay, so my husband receives an awesome phone call this afternoon after a really bad…ahem…stinky day.  Skunk #2 has come to finish his friends legacy.  We were sprayed again for the third time this month.  @#%*!  (Refer here for the skunk story.)

Back to the phone call.  
So his best buddy calls with TWO EXTRA tickets to the Dallas Mavericks game on Monday night and asked if we wanted to tag along with him and his wife.  Woot Woot!  Like he even needed to ask.

I think I’m going to try and find an iron on logo so that I can make my own maternity shirt for the game.  I’ll let you know if I actually go through with it.

Sticky Buns Recipe

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for awhile but just never have…ehh…that’s a procrastinators life, right? 

Maybe it’s just me. lol.

Here is what you do:

I got this recipe from the Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day.  I did not modify the dough recipe but I did modify some of the rest. 

Dough:
6 1/2 cups of flour-All Purpose
1 1/2 Tbs. of Dry Active Yeast
1 1/2 Tbs. of Kosher Salt
3 cups of warm water

In your mixer or large bowl, dump in your flour & salt.  Stir it.
Dump your yeast into the warm water and let proof for about five minutes.
Once the yeast has proofed, pour it onto the flour and mix.  Depending on what you use; either a wooden spoon or a dough hook attachment.

Cover with some plastic cling and set in a warm place for exactly two hours.  
Once it has risen for two hours, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours.  Over night is better.

Filling:
10 Tbs. of softened-room temperature, unsalted butter
1 tsp. of ground cinnamon
1/2 – 3/4 cup of sugar 
1/2 cup of chopped pecans

*Mix every thing together except the pecans.

Topping:
4 Tbs. of softened, unsalted butter
1 tsp. of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup of brown sugar
30 halved pecans

*Mix every thing together, except for the pecans.

The Rest Of It:
Once dough has chilled, remove all from the bowl and onto a floured surface.  Roll out into a rectangle that is 1/8″ thick.  (*note: The dough will be very wet and sticky.)  

Now you spread your filling evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/4-1/2 inch border.  Next, evenly sprinkle the chopped pecans.  After spreading is complete, you roll the dough into a log shape by rolling length wise (long ends first).  Cut off the ends with a serrated knife.  Then cut the “log” into 8 equal slices.

For the pan, spread the butter topping evenly onto the bottom of the pan.  I use a 10″ round cake pan.  Once spread, evenly distribute the pecan halves.

Now place the slices of dough (swirled side up) into the pan.  

Now cover with a towel and set in warm place and let rise until doubled in size.  About 20 minutes.

After it has risen again, bake it at 350 degrees for exactly 40 minutes or until brown on top.  **Make sure you place another pan on the bottom rack for the spillage.  (And it WILL spill).

After the buns have finished baking, go ahead and place a plate on top.  While holding the plate and the pan, (**with mitts on!) flip the pan upside down and let the buns release from the pan.

VIOLA! 

Now you can enjoy some oh-so-sweet sticky buns. : )

Weekly Snippets

Ummm….I don’t have a whole lot to say over the the last couple of days since I’ve pretty much laid around trying to recoup from being sick.  Because of this, I will write a run down of what has been happening the last couple of days. ; )


  • I pushed Scout around in the laundry basket & I called it exercise… it really did have me out of breath,  HA!  BUT I am nearly six months pregnant and it is getting harder to breathe, period. My eldest took over the reigns for me.
  •  Bubba busted his behind GOOD, yesterday while digging around in the garage! (Bwahahahahaha…I wish I had it on camera)  And yes…I am totally, that person who will laugh at you if you fall down.  It must be a disorder or something.  Fall-a-ha-ha-nitis…that’s a self diagnosis…and self made up word.  
  •  I’ve been enjoying my sleeping & waking up to the beautiful sound of thunder.  **I heart that stuff **
  • I made a kick butt batch of sugar cookies.Yummmmmmmmy.  I wish I had some cookie decorating tools so I could make them pretty and shiny.  But they don’t carry that sort of stuff (meringue powder) at our local Piggly Wiggly.  (we don’t really have a Piggly Wiggly here, it’s called Market Place.  I just call any grocery store in the boonies a Piggy Wiggly)
  •  I took the little one to the doctor.  He developed an ear infection in his left ear and of course, has a cold.  The doc put us ALL (yes, including me. God Bless Her!) on medicine.  Two prescriptions and one over the counter.  Sigh…we are still stuffy, but feeling much better.
  • Finished the Christmas cards, now I just need to run to the post office and purchase the stamps for them.
  •  Went outside and picked some mistletoe before it began raining again. ;o)
  • Last but not least, Scout cut his first tooth and has learned to open and shut a drawer.  He also learned what smashing your finger means. :o)

Sick

I don’t know who to blame for this cold, but even if I did, it wouldn’t take away the fact that I got it.  For days I’ve had a completely stopped up nose, achy-rough cough, sneezing, headaches, & fever.  I’m done and ready for this to be over with.  It’s been hard to get any rest because both of my children have it as well.  Basically, you’ve got a preggo who is sicker than sick taking care of a screaming-all-day-long- baby, along with a somehow hyper sick ten year old with no husband in sight for help because he works all night long, an hour away, with no vacation or sick time until January.  

At times, all I want to do is cradle my babies b/c I hate seeing them so miserable (the baby has not had fever, thank god!) but I also want to pull every last bit of my hair out while screaming because I can barely muster up the energy to get a drink of water let alone change diapers, make meals, wash bottles, nose suction (this list could go on forever) all day long.  Oh well.  I’m not the first mother who has had to do this! LOL.  Part of the job I guess.  Mom’s don’t get any sick days! :o)
I stole some of those breathe right strips from my ten year old. lol.

Okay, I’ll stop complaining and make a doctor’s appointment.  I’m sure we will be back to healthy in no time. :o)

Week in Iphone Pics

Here are a few Iphone pictures that show a little bit of my world this week.
This is the hat I finished knitting for Scout to wear during our two weeks of winter here in Texas. ;op
Happy Baby…
Getting Ready to run errands with mom.
After being at war for over a month with this skunk, our noses can finally breathe easy. After some last dramatic sprays from this guy (and yes, Bubba got sprayed)Bubba finally shot the thing. (This is probably the first time in my life I EVER wanted an animal to perish.  I’m normally the one saying, “Don’t hurt it…”)So now I can sing my Lil diddly…Ding Dong, The skunk is dead, the skunk is dead…ding dong, the wicked skunk is dead!    
 
My Mr. Handsome right before he left for an interview.  (It went well…if you’re wondering 😉

The weather here in Texas has been so backwards that my trees are beginning to bloom in the middle of winter!
Last, but not least, I finished the xmas countdown thingy. Every day, Nate gets to glue on a cotton ball to make Santa’s beard. By the time December 25 comes around, Santa should have a full beard. 😉 (Hopefully)