Life’s Miracles!

Happy Monday Everyone!  I’m getting a bit of a late start this afternoon because I was in meetings all morning.  I am currently working as a part-time consultant for a local University from home, so this morning I drove into the city to meet with some of my team.  I figure I should show-face while I can!  After the baby is born, they might only see emails from me for awhile.  The position is fabulous and I’m hoping to continue and possibly expand some of my job duties in the near future.  Have no fear though, we’re still on a hunt for something full-time from home!  Ya’ll haven’t lost me yet, it isn’t that easy!

However, today Coach and I are celebrating a few of life’s wonderful miracles:

1) My bestest friend Dana welcomed her third beautiful pumpkin yesterday and named the baby girl Adelaide.  Adorable, right?  Dana had quite a tough pregnancy, so this little Christmas baby came 20 days but at a healthy size of 8 lbs. 5 oz.  Can you imagine if she would have been full-term?  Oofta!  Addy and Mama are doing well and Coach and I are SO excited to be able to meet their newest addition soon.clip_image002 Adelaide is not a family name, rather the name of an acquaintance Dana met years ago and thinks of often.  So sweet.  Dana has been such a WONDERFUL support for me throughout this pregnancy, she was actually the first person (besides Coach) that I called when I put two-and-two together and realized I was pregnant!  Dana was JUST what I needed at the time, someone who could calm me down and let me know how wonderful my life was going to be from this point forward.  I was excited, of course, but the shock of the pregnancy and the unknowns in our life at the time (Coach’s new job, a new location, new job for me) was a bit much for this one to handle.  Dana has such a way with words that we got off the phone and I felt completely confident that everything would be just fine.  It has been a blast for Dana and I to be pregnant together.  She is such a wonderful mother and I know she is enjoying every minute of spending time with her new little peanut.

2) Remember my lunch date Becky from last Friday?  Well…she and her husband ALSO welcomed a little girl as well yesterday!  Reese was born after hours and hours of labor, so I’m hoping that mom and dad are taking some time to rest today.  I’ll be excited to hear what techniques from our birthing class worked for both of them and which ones did not!  Little Reese weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. and seems to be doing very well.  Congrats to everyone!

Two baby girls, huh?  I wonder what that means for us?

3) After six hours of grueling work, Coach finished his Fall project of raking leaves….all 32 bags worth!  Can you believe it?  I always think that God must have known I would need someone with a hard work ethic, because I was IMG00191-20101205-1631finding EVERY REASON POSSIBLE yesterday to take a break.  But Coach kept raking away and worked his so hard to get all of these bags packed full.  Doesn’t he look proud in this picture?  Well he should be!  We had the yard vacuum from my dad, but the leaves were too wet (due to our procrastination) to suck up in the mulching machine.  Also, Coach thought it was quicker to just rake the darn things.  So…this left us to the old fashion method of just sweeping leaves, building piles and manually stuffing the leaves in the compost bags.  I’m sure the yard pickup man was LOVING US today…not.  Coach and I kept laughing last night because we were SO SORE from all the raking.  It was almost as though I needed one of those lift chairs to get me off the couch last night.  Here are some other shots I snapped with my phone.  They do not do the project ANY justice to this tedious project, but you get the idea.  See how grey the pictures are?  That’s not an optical illusion, it was really that pretty out yesterday…

image IMG00188-20101205-1631 I paid Coach back with a yummy, warm dinner last night and we watched Grow-Ups (which I give it a B-…I’m not usually one for slapstick comedy, but you’ve gotta love Adam Sandler) before collapsing in our bed around 9:30.

Behind on the Recipe Exchange

For those of you who are new to the blog, I love to cook!  I also love to share recipes I find uber-fab in hope that it inspires many of my readers to cook as well!  I don’t do anything too gourmet, anyone who can read can make this stuff.  Part of what’s fun about cooking is getting to a point where you can change and adapt the recipe to suit your budget, your inventory or your taste buds!  I also enjoy playing a little game called Hide The Onions from Coach, but we can talk about the rules to that cooking strategy later.

Here are a few Fall recipes that I’ve been baking/cooking at my house.  Be sure to share any recipes you find amazing.  To do so, just post them in the comments section (below each daily post) and I’ll be sure to put them on the blog.

Some Quick Business Updates

I wanted to let ya’ll know that if there is a sale listed in the Daily Obsessions (see below) section, they are  typically just for that particular day unless otherwise noted.  Anymore the one-day-sale concept is really hitting the web, so a lot of the things I post are onsale just for the day.  I apologize if this has confused some of you, but hopefully that means all of you will have to check back every day for new deals.  Hint, hint!  Also, I am getting some email subscribers, so THANK YOU to those who want to be updated via email when there is a new post.

While we’re on the topic of this website, I wanted to let you know that www.louisesaysthings.com is officially purchased!  If you have louisesaysthings.wordpress.com saved to your favorites, please change it now to louisesaysthings.com because (at some point) we may be changing this blog as well.  I found out that WordPress.com does not allow one to post ads to blogs, only WordPress.org….confusing, huh?  So…at some point we may be switching to something completely different.  But since I purchased the www.louisesaysthings.com domain name, we should be able to transfer everything fairly easily.  Clear as mud?  Well I’ll keep you posted along the way (pun intended!).

Smoky Southwest Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

I cooked a few chicken breasts in the crock-pot, then chopped them up and poured the rest of this in with the diced chicken.  I also used regular rice, milk and a bit of sour cream (don’t tell Coach) instead of cream.

recipe image

Submitted By: Mealtime.org

Ready In: 40 Minutes

Servings: 6

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup canned, sliced carrots, drained
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 (3 ounce) cans premium chunk chicken breast in water, drained
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 (10.75 ounce) can low-sodium cream of chicken soup
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 pinch ground chipotle chile
1 cup cooked wild rice
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese, divided
1/3 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Cilantro sprigs for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

1.In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; add onion and celery. Saute, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until softened. Stir in soup and broth. Add rice, carrots, chicken, chili powder, cumin, chipotle chile and 3/4 cup cheese; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors; stir in cream and chopped cilantro. Garnish with remaining cheese and cilantro sprigs.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2010 Allrecipes.com

Apple Strudel Muffins

SUPER YUMMY!  It was apple season, so I picked up a bunch of 3lb. bags of apples at Aldi (LOVE!).  Coach and I would eat these for breakfast on the weekend and save a ‘few’ for ourselves for the week.  A food chopper is FABULOUS for chopping apples in this recipe.recipe image

Ready In: 1 Hour

Servings: 12

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped apples
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin pan.

2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3. In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and eggs until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Stir in apples, and gradually blend in the flour mixture. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan.

4. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over tops of mixture in muffin pan.

5. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to sit 5 minutes before removing muffins from pan. Cool on a wire rack.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2010 Allrecipes.com

Daily Obsessions:

 

  • How CUTE is this idea for reusing/recycling Christmas cards from last year?  I know my mom reused old cards as gift tags, but these are super cute.
  • If you need to stock up on return address labels for your Holiday cards, order some FREE ones here!  Be careful, you’ll be receiving emails from them EVERY DAY unless you mark it differently in your account settings.  Once you create an account, be sure that the email settings are set to once a week or whatever you prefer.  If not, you can always unsubscribe to the emails once they start hitting your account every day.
  • If you’re more of a high-end shopper and need a gift for a dad/husband/boy-toy, check this deal out!  via wisebread.com
  • If you’re an aunt like me who really likes to give educational gifts (boring, I know!).  This is a great deal!  You can never go wrong with a LeapFrog product!  I bought one for my niece last year and it’s a great entertainment for a toddler while mom or dad cooks dinner.  via babygoodbuys.com.
  • My goal is to be on this list someday.
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One thought on “Life’s Miracles!

  1. D says:

    Your words remind me of the inner strength that I do have and the love of all of my friends and family. Adelaide is so sweet and doing very well now that we are over a little hurdle. She is beautiful and reminds me so much of her big sister at this age (yes 6 days!).
    We cannot wait to see if you are going to be blessing the earth with a little boy or baby girl…either way they will be the best of friends!
    Love you more than you know!
    D

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