**Not all of these medications are being given at the same time. Don't worry!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Baked Apple & Cinnamon French Toast Cups
(adapted from Stephanie's Kitchen (not me))
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
I am trying really hard to clean out the fridge/pantry/freezer this week. Hopefully our grocery bill will reflect that and be much smaller!
Monday - Tuna Casserole
Tuesday - Pasta Salad
Wednesday - Burger for a Bunch (made with lentils instead of ground beef!)
Thursday - General Tso's Chicken with rice
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - ??
Sunday - ??
Go check out I'm an Organizing Junkie for more menus!!!
Well, at yesterday's dedication, I made it through most of the thing without shedding a tear. But, then one found its way down my cheek. And another. And another. And, before I knew it - I was once again running to the bathroom to sob. I wish they would announce these things the week before so I could avoid them altogether and stop making a scene.
I hate being at this in-between stage. I am not infertile...because I have a child. I have what so many people struggling with infertility would die for. I have a child. I am caught between the world of raising a child and the world of infertility. I struggle with all of the typical child-rearing issues and then I am also dealing with the stresses of not being able to have anymore children.
I wish I could spout off a bunch of "spiritual" things that would make me seem like a much better person. Like, "I trust that all of this is designed to glorify the Lord." Or, "I trust that God knows what He's doing." Or, "His timing is always better than our own." But, I'm not there right now. Oh, I say those things to a lot of people - but I don't think I truly mean them. If I didn't say those things, then I am afraid of appearing to be a "bad Christian." And I logically know that that's not true...that we are supposed to be transparent and honest with those that love us and love the Lord. I guess I'm just not ready to open the flood gate of emotions to people that I don't really know that well.
I feel like we're also in-between two worlds because we're not seeking treatment for our infertility issues right now. We're just doing a whole lot of nothing...waiting for nature (haha) to take its course. So, I don't really feel like I fit in with the people who are going through IUIs, IVFs, injections and hormones galore. But, I don't fit in with the people who can get pregnant at the drop of a hat. I am stuck in the middle.
Sorry to be such a "Debbie Downer." I just need somewhere to get this out.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
5 Tbsp butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
2 cups diced apples
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a muffin pan (I usually make mini muffins) with cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate smaller bowl, mix together the egg, buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla and the 1 cups of sugar. Combine wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in diced apples. Spoon batter into muffin tins, filling 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes for mini muffins, or 22-25 minutes for standard muffins. While muffins are baking, melt 3 Tbsp. butter and in a separate bowl, mix together the 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon; set aside. When muffins are done, remove from the pan, and dip the tops in the melted butter and then in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Finally the crust was cool enough to spread the frosting without having it melt and go all over the place.
Then came the really fun part - figuring out how I wanted to put the fruit on. It turned out so pretty. :)
The last step is a glaze that goes over the whole thing. I think I didn't let mine boil long enough, because it was pretty runny and ended up all over the cookie sheet. I also didn't have any OJ on hand, so I used the canned "juice" from the mandarin oranges. It didn't matter though - it still tasted wonderful!!!Fruit Pizza II
(adapted from allrecipes.com)
1 (18 ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 pint blueberries
1 small can mandarin oranges
1/2 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slice cookie dough and arrange on greased pizza pan, overlapping edges. Press dough flat into pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool.
In a large bowl, soften cream cheese, then fold in the whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust. You can chill for a while at this point, or continue by arranging the fruit.
Begin with strawberries, sliced in half. Arrange in a circle around the outside edge. Continue with fruit of your choice, working towards the middle. If bananas are used, dip them in lemon juice so they don't darken. Then make a sauce to spoon over fruit.
In a saucepan, combine sugar, salt, corn starch, orange juice, lemon juice and water. Cook and stir over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, and add grated orange rind. Allow to cool, but not set up. Spoon over fruit.
Chill for two hours, then cut into wedges and serve.
There was a children's entertainer and she called some kids up onto the stage. Jack went up, but he was more interested in walking around the stage, touching the instruments and pulling on the microphones. In this picture, she's telling him to stay in line.
He stood in line for about 3 seconds. :)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
He puts his hand on my cheek, looks in my eyes, and says.....
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
"Let's go to the P-A-R-K!" (yes, he spelled it out)