Thursday, May 31, 2007
So I know this is so lame to post about but it truly has worked miracles in my laundry life! Introducing solid foods to my baby has wreaked havoc on my laundry and so my Mom recommended the Clorox Bleach pen. If you haven't tried it, you need to! The fabulous part is I can use it on the white parts of colored outfits and the colored parts stay, well, colored! I just had to recommend it to anyone who hasn't discovered it yet!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Snapfish is now offering collage posters from $6.99. I experimented with it for just a few minutes last night and thought it was so way cool. I loved the layout they chose for the pictures I selected. If you already have Snapfish albums, it's a matter of moments to create a collage.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 cup reduced-fat Parmesan cheese, grated
1 egg white
4 potions orange roughy fillets (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1 lemon, halved
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. In a pie plate, combine breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the egg white until slightly foamy. Lightly brush both sides of the orange roughy fillets with the egg white and then coat with breadcrumbs. Arrange fillets on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of parsley. Bake until the orange roughy is opaque throughout, approximately 20 minutes. Top with a squeeze of lemon.
(I think I skipped the parsley.)
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Banana-Walnut Chocolate-Chunk Cookies(Makes about 4 dozen)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flours, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside. Put butter and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add egg and vanilla; mix until combined. Mix in banana. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chunks, and walnuts.
2. Drop dough onto baking sheets using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop. Bake cookies until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Let cool on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers up to 2 days.
There it is! I like to substitute chopped up Hershey Chocolate bars for the semisweet chocolate.
Thank you "Martha Stewart: Cookie of the Month" September 2006.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup softened margarine or butter
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (gotta love the cinnamon!)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 & 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup flour
1 cup raisins, choc chips, or nuts if desired (I go for the chocolate all the way!)
Heat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients except oats, flour, and choc chips. Stir in oats, flour, and chips or raisins. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until light golden brown, about 10 minutes. Immediately remove from sheet.
Yields about 2 dozen cookies; 110 cal per cookie.
Hmmm, I am craving cookies!
I have another recipe request! I LOVE love love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. But I'm picky! I'm looking for the kind that are soft and chewy, not crunchy! :) I found a great recipe on allrecipes.com (love that site!) a few years ago, tweaked it and perfected it to my taste, but being me, never transferred it to my cookbook and it has disappeared!!!! I know there are some great recipes out there. Help! Share if you've got a great one!
ps-don't like raisins but i do add nuts sometimes if that matters :)
Christensens Give Birth to Baby Girl
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
View pictures at: http://jocelynandsteve.bravehost.com
May 18, 2007
State College, PA – Scarlett True Christensen was born to Steve and Jocelyn Christensen on Friday, May 18, 2007 at 2:28 PM. She weighs 8 pounds 8 ounces and is 22 inches long. "Scarlett evens out the boy/girl ratio and is the perfect addition to our family," says Jocelyn.
Contractions accelerated on Friday morning just after breakfast, and an hour later the couple knew that delivery was imminent. By the time they both reached Mt. Nittany Medical Center, Jocelyn was having contractions every two minutes, and the physicians never left her side, including Nurse Ashley, who assisted in delivering older brother Guy.
After three hours of labor, Jocelyn pushed for a mere seven minutes before Scarlett made her debut. The attending Dr. John O'Shea asserted that "a woman gets points for already having given birth," but he was astounded by how fast this baby came.
"It's a girl!" proclaimed Steve ending nine months of mystery surrounding the gender. Although Steve and Jocelyn chose not to find out the gender, 18 month-old, Guy, predicted from the start that the baby would be a "Girl, girl!"
Scarlett made her presence known immediately with a few healthy cries, but since the shock of birth has worn off, those cries have been replaced by placid breathing and an occasional snore.
The whole family was happily reunited that evening when Guy joined them at the hospital. Guy showed his understanding by looking at Scarlett, then at Jocelyn's stomach, and then back at Scarlett while uttering "Baby, baby." The siblings were the same length at birth and have the same blood type, and it is clear that the two already have a very special bond.
The parents decided to name the baby Scarlett True, because of a longstanding family affinity for the color red, and also to instill in her a desire to stand for truth and to always "Be True." Scarlett shares the name True with her sixth great grandmother Martha True.
Scarlett has quickly made a name for herself around the Labor and Delivery wing. "She has an Anne Geddes face," said Nurse Jo, and "She looks like a movie star." "Movie star, yes, but diva, never! She is so easy to care for." said Jocelyn.
The family will return home on Sunday, ending a long week that began with Steve graduating with an MBA from Penn State. Steve said, "We're going to take it easy for the next few days; life is about to get very interesting."
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007
5 for $10!!!!!
I don't know if the sale is everywhere, but it's worth looking into!
P.S. The chef who wrote the "Chef's Note" isn't me, it's the person who submitted the recipe to the website I got it from. Just for the record.
Chef's Note: The grapes not only absorb the juices and flavor of the chicken, the chicken absorbs the sweet juice of the grapes, making this a succulent way of preparing roast chicken. Note the way that the chicken is cooked breast down. This helps the breast stay moist.
1 roasting chicken, about 4 to 5 pounds
1 lemon, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, cut into eight wedges
1 large bunch of seedless grapes
several sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 cup of white wine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Rub inside of chicken with olive oil. Sprinkle insides with salt and pepper. Remove about a cup's worth of grapes from their vines and cut in half. Insert grapes into cavity. Add one half of the onion wedges into the cavity, along with a couple sprigs of fresh rosemary. You do not need to remove the rosemary from the stalk. Add a half of the lemon slices to the cavity. If you still have more space in the cavity, add more grapes.
Rub olive oil over the outside of the chicken. Place in a casserole dish or roasting pan, breast side down. Sprinkle outside of chicken with salt and pepper. Place sprigs of rosemary and slices of lemon between the wings and the body of the chicken. Arrange the remaining grapes, lemon slices, and rosemary around the sides of the chicken.
Roast at 350 degrees F in the oven for about 20 minutes per pound. Baste with the juices from the chicken and the white wine several times during the cooking. Place a meat thermometer deep into the chicken breast. When meat thermometer temperature reading reaches about 175 degrees, the chicken is done.
Serve with rice, and include the cooked grapes and juices.
Monday, May 21, 2007
I really like the "doing something permanent everyday" idea that was brought up in the housework post and scrapbooking is one of those things you can do, but pulling it out for a few minutes in a day just isn't working for me at this point.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
p.s. Do you guys feel like this, or am I just a freak??? :)
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
We are about to embark on a road trip that will total (gulp) 48 hours in the car. I have a four year old girl and an almost two year old boy. Movies - check. Snacks - check. Benedryl - check. But we are inevitably going to encounter times where the kids need new entertainment. Any ideas? PLEASE!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
So my 3 1/2 year old was not eating very much and even threw away more than half of a fudgesicle. In my family there is never discarded chocolate. Well I became curious and checked her mouth, thinking that she might have hurt her tongue. I was surprised to find little white dots all over her tongue. So 30 minutes later we are at the urgent care finding out that she had hand-foot-and-mouth disease.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
"So is she crawling yet?"
"No, not yet."
"How old is she?"
"8 months old."
"Oh." (surprised look)
I've come to a place where I try to ignore these encounters, but as you can tell I'm not completely over it otherwise I wouldn't be writing a post about it. I feel strongly that children develop at different times in different ways, and it truly does not worry me that she is not crawling yet. I just get really annoyed sometimes with the judgmental comparisons! I have no problem with the conversation above, it's the surprised look that annoys me! I've got to get over this because I know it will get worse, but I just wanted to vent! Another example: I know that I have friends and family members who couldn't nurse, and they felt the same way when people asked them about not breastfeeding. Good thing motherhood is worth the rudeness from others!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Hi everyone! I knew Lindsay, Staci, and Katie Earp growing up in Naperville and I just got invited to join this blog and I'm so excited! I totally have NO IDEA what I'm doing as a new mom...and I love advice from other people--esp. ones in the same boat as me. :)
Anyway, I grew up in Naperville, IL (near Chicago), went to college at BYU (Go Cougars!) where I met a very handsome man who was terrified of me (I won him over). 14 months later we were married, and now almost 2 years later we have a BEAUTIFUL, gigantic 3 month old. I like to laugh because after our first date my husband went home and his roommates asked him, "How'd your date go?" and his response (no joke) was, "We'd make big babies." And we did. ;)
I LOVE to read! I found this site this morning. I tried to read all the Newberrys once and didn't make it through half of them I'm sure but I also found some new favorite books! (I have way too many favorites to name!) I thought this was worthy of sharing with all you bookworms out there!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Have you seen the Mother's Day JCPenney commercial? It gives me the goosebumps. It starts with a mom and daughter walking down the street and just kind of shows the "circle of life". I just love it even though it makes me want to cry. Maybe just because I love my mom so incredibly much as well as my daughter. This is my first official Mother's Day as a mom and it just warms my heart. Happy Mother's Day ladies!
Also, he hates any kind of baby food. He gaggs and will spit is all out. We try every night at the same time to give him rice cereal and some kind of fruit or veggie. So far, he will tolerate Pears, but everything else he gaggs and keeps his little mouth as tightly closed as he can. What do I do?? I have been trying for 2 months to get this little guy to eat or drink from anywhere but from me, but he just won't.
I want to go out of town with some girl friends in a couple of weeks and so I gotta get this little guy to be able to take a bottle or something! Any suggestions??
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
When Reagan was born she spit up a lot of stomach bile and didn't have a bowel movement. After a lot of tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, barium enemas, etc… she underwent surgery. The surgeon was not sure what he would find, but luckily was able to fix her up. She had almost half of her small intestine removed because it had twisted back on itself. Apparently this twisted bowel is sometimes a sign of CF, so they drew some blood and sent it over to genetics to test. There is absolutely no history of CF in either my husband's or my family, so we didn't expect the test to come back positive. Basically that means generations have been carrying the gene, but no one ever married another carrier. Reagan spent 4 weeks in the NICU before coming home.
Day to day life with her is a little different than for a child without CF. Weight gain is a constant struggle with her. As if losing half of her small intestine wasn't enough, CF causes her to not absorb foods adequately. I have to give her pancreatic enzymes mixed in a spoon of applesauce before every meal and snack. That helps to make up for the fact that her pancreas cannot transport her own enzymes into her intestines for absorption.
To help prevent lung infections I give her pulmozyme through a nebulizer once a day (about 15 minutes) and then I percuss her twice a day (about 20 minutes each time). A percussor is a rubber cup-like thing that causes vibrations in her lungs to help break up any mucus build-up. She is also quarantined during the first two winters to prevent her from getting the flu, RSV, or colds.
There was a great article in the October Ensign about a woman with CF. It made me super emotional, but also made me realize what a support the church is to us. Our Bishop has one foyer closed off for us to sit during sacrament meeting, and has asked the congregation to refrain from using it so we can come to church and still remain isolated.
Having a daughter with CF is sometimes really hard for me, because it makes me ultra paranoid about germs. Luckily my daughter is wonderful and makes it all worthwhile! I think one of the hardest things about having a daughter with CF, is explaining to people that she is "normal." CF is not a disability, it is a disease, and it doesn't affect her mental or physical abilities. The other hard thing is trying to explain to people why we are going to have more children. A lot of people (specifically outside the church) think that it is cruel to bring more children into the world when there is a 25% chance that they will have CF. We have prayed about having more children, and we know that we have at least one more child waiting. If the Lord wishes for us to take care of more than one child with CF then we will. Anyways, I think I have babbled long enough. If you have any questions, I will try my best to answer them.
A few interesting facts about CF:
- 1 in every 30 Caucasian-Americans is a symptom-less carrier of CF
- There are more than 10 million carriers in the United States
- 1 in every 400 marriages involves 2 carriers
- More than 30,000 people in the U.S. have CF
- CF is one of the most common genetic disorders of Caucasians
- There is evidence that CF existed as early as 1595
(left) Reagan using her nebulizer (right) Me percussing her
Hope that helps, Linz!
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
I like gifts that are creative and fun yet useful. When I graduated from high school, I could have done without Chicken Soup for the Graduate's Soul or a Class of 2000 beanie baby, ya know? (I hope that doesn't offend anyone.) My favorite gifts were a shower caddy, a suitcase, a little change box labeled "Laundry Fund", and a huge, super-comfy, personalized fleece blanket. I have probably forgotten a few others.
Any ideas for college graduation, too?
Sunday, May 6, 2007
What tricks have you found for keeping kids quiet in church? We have quiet books, books, quiet toys and snacks for our little one but she likes to "sing" along...when no one's singing and laugh at things...loudly! She listens to us when we tell her to quiet down but only for a moment. Any good ideas for teaching kids to be reverent?
Saturday, May 5, 2007
I found out it's genetic and my mom does it too. It's called synthaesthesia and it's a real phenomenon when the senses in the brain are cross-wired...no really! Google it. I guess some people will smell numbers and hear letters too. The information I've read says that 1 out of 30 people have some kind of synthaesthesia
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Here are some S&S stats as of May 3, 2007:
153 average page loads per day (if you need a stat counter for your blog, check out StatCounter)
26 authors (although we don't hear from all of them...miss you, ladies!)
76 posts per month on average (I didn't include January in that calculation.)
18 post categories
The highest number of hits occur on Mondays.
The lowest number of hits occur on Sundays.
264 total posts
99 days of existence
Happy 100th day tomorrow!
Hi all you mommies! I am new to the whole blog thing, but was convinced by Linz that it was the place be, so I am excited to share tips with all of you.
My husband and I recently passed our 5 year marriage mark and are excited for the next 5 years. We have two kids, McKayla who is 3 1/2 and Parker who is 17 months.
We live in the San Antonio, Texas area and are adjusting to all the heat and humidity, which we are definitely not used to. We moved here from Utah, where we were studying at BYU. I am orginally from Highland, Utah and my husband is from Rochester, Minnesota.
I recieved my bachelor's degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, so I love learning anything about these subjects. I am currently using my degree to help me keep up with my two very active kids as I am a homemaker.
My favorite thing to do is bake, which I try not to do to often because of my love of eating the things I bake. I also enjoying reading a good book and relaxing in the bathtub as my husband watches the kids, an extra special treat.
I love being a mommy and my kids have taught me so much. They opposite personalities keep me on my toes, but their love of life and learning keep me laughing, although I must admit that sometimes it takes me a couple of days to find the humor.
I hope to get to know that rest of you domestic divas through your posts and comments as we share the adventures of raising children!
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
If you're looking to really learn more quickly, there's another girl in my ward (Aubrey) who was also interested in learning about food storage, and since neither of us knew anything about it, we decided to start a food storage group to try to pool our resources. We meet once a month at a set time, and either recruit a teacher or just research our monthly topic individually and come back and compare notes. There are about ten of us in the group, and an average of four come each month--we usually meet at someone's house. So far, topics have included storage containers, how to cook with wheat, water storage, wheat grinding, a food storage recipe exchange, and this month is canning. Since Aubrey and I are the only ones who come consistently, we have the luxury of just picking whatever topic we want to learn about, without consulting with the group and making it a big process.
Sorry for rambling. Oh! One more thing. If you're really tight on space and just don't want to mess with storing all that water, I just bought a Katadyn Combi filter with faucet attachment (you can get it from Amazon or Katadyn.com or in camping stores). It has an amazing filter that purifies the water, and you can use it camping or just attach it to the faucet if your normal water source is available, but contaminated. I also got a Katadyn Exstream water bottle that you can literally dip into a lake (or puddle, if you're desperate) and drink immediately, with no wait time. (Disclaimer: A guy in our ward works for Katadyn, and he taught our group's water storage meeting. Hence, my decision to buy that brand over whatever else might be there--I'm no expert, but I trust him.) Okay. Now I'm really done. Happy storing! :)