Monday, September 22, 2014

20 Apple Recipes

To kick off fall I thought some apple recipes should be in order.  This baby LOVES apples and I have been indulging!

16.  Homemade Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts (another craving this pregnancy) from Baked by Rachel

I bought a half bushel of apples this weekend and I have plans...

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Veggie Meal Plan for Week of September 22nd, 2014 and a Review!

I haven't done a meal plan in a few weeks.

Getting back into the swing of the school year + kids being sick + activities and whatnot have had me a little busy.

Meals have been pretty thrown together lately.

I am attempting to get back into our usual schedule.

I hope you like the recipes that I chose for this coming week :)

I adore spring rolls!  They are light and delicious and I feel like I can eat 20 of them (but I probably shouldn't...)  I also shy away from eating a ton of tofu (it depends on the kind of tofu for me and my husband really does not like tofu...), but crispy tofu sounds pretty yummy right now!

Spaghetti Squash Recipes

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

CrockPot Loaded Baked Potato Soup from the Mostly Homemade Mom

One saving grace from this past week was an offer from a local business to make us dinner one night.  So much food came from this one meal that the kids all ate, the husband and I had two servings each and then we adults each had 2 days of leftover lunches!

It was all SUPER yummy!  Even better?  They ingredients are local, seasonal and light.  No fried greasiness or loaded preservatives.  It's better than when I cook fresh!

More about Chefanti:

Chefanti meals are freshly prepared and available for pick-up or delivery every Monday through Friday. Meals must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance, and may be ordered as far as 2 weeks in advance. Our menu changes every 2 weeks, so be sure to check back frequently for interesting and healthy choices the whole family will enjoy!
Meals are served family-style and packaged in oven, microwave, and freezer safe containers for you to easily heat up or save for later. To place an order, check our online menu, then login to your account. Select the item(s) you want to order and the day you want the meal(s) delivered or available for pick-up at our West Chester location. Your pre-ordered meal will be available for pick up after 4pm on the day you choose, and deliveries will be made between 2-7pm on the day you have scheduled.
We Chose the BBQ Chicken, Mixed Veggie and Mashed Potatoes for the adults and Crispy Chicken with Broccoli and Mashed Potatoes for the kids.  It was a hit with all of us!  My husband and Mother in Law had lots to say about the quality and tastiness and the kids ate - that should say it all ;)

If you are in the area, please take a look at the Chefanti website.  Awesome stuff, awesome service - extremely pleased!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pregnancy Week 21

I didn't post much about my 20th week last week even though it is usually a huge milestone for any pregnant woman.  Half way there!  Woohoo!

I was super focused on some other things going on and I was really, really looking forward to the ultrasound I had scheduled for the next day where we found the sex of the baby.  And, yes, we did find out ;)

This is week 21 and I am glad I held off a little on my post because this last week has been a game changer.
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Somewhere in the last week I have become VERY pregnant.  My skin is a MESS, my acid reflux is already killing me at 8:30 this morning, some of my very comfortable maternity clothing are getting to tight and my back and hips are feeling the growth.

Baby's movement has also become much more pronounced.  The kicks and jabs are very apparent and I can feel when they change position.  I am also getting that heavy, sore feeling at the bottom of my uterus.  It's not my favorite thing.  When I feel it I know that I need to get off of my feat and rest a bit, but that isn't always possible :/

Do you want to know what we are having?

Everyone was certain that this baby is a girl.  My cravings are similar, but I really have felt much healthier and gained less weight with this one than any other pregnancy, so there weren't many similarities to tie together.  My daughter wants a sister and everyone seemed on board for having the even numbers 2 and 2.  Jason and I just want a healthy baby.  Boy or girl, they are loved <3

Can you tell what we are having?  This is the most provocative picture you will ever see on this blog, I assure you!

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I couldn't wait to tell everyone, but the kids were first on my list (because , obviously Jason was with me).

Princess was initially disappointed.  "Another BOY!"  But it passed quickly and she is just excited for another sibling.  She's all for me having baby after baby, lol.

Dudes reaction was so awesome and unexpected.  He doesn't usually get worked about this stuff and really showed no interest up until then.

"It's a BOY!!! [Princess] IT'S ANOTHER BOY!!!!!!"

He is so excited to have another brother!

Booboo isn't really aware of what's going on.  Though, he is becoming curious about my belly's growth.  He likes to pull my shirt up at night and rub his hand over my belly.  I tell him there is a baby in there and he just smiles.  I think he thinks I'm being silly.

We are all very happy to have a very healthy baby boy on the way!

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