HELLO! No, I’m not in labor. I’m sorry for not writing yesterday. I didn’t sleep well the Sunday night before and was totally NOT in the mood to write yesterday. But today is a new day and I’m feeling completely fine. Nothing is really new here, we are just preparing our lives for the little one. Last night was spent baking muffins for Coach and I to enjoy post-baby. The two recipes I made can be found here:
I was really excited about the Cranberry-Vanilla Muffins because it was a way to use up some cranberries I bought on sale after Thanksgiving at Aldi. When Coach and I first got married, I was naive and grocery shopped based on my recipes. Wow…expensive! I quickly learned that it is MUCH CHEAPER to shop based on sales and cook based on ingredients! If this is you and you are completely lost with how to use random products? Try allrecipes.com’s ingredients search which allows you to put in what you have and pulls recipes with those ingredients! It’s brilliant, really. As you can see, you can also put things you don’t want! So let’s say you have pasta, but don’t want a chicken dish…you get the idea. By the way, Coach and I tested the muffins last night and they are delish!
I’m learning so many new things in this new How-to-Freeze-Food-World, one of which is the importance of flash freezing baked goods. What is flash freezing? Well, it’s a way to keep the moisture in the individual baked goods rather than putting them in the freezer and having the muffins freeze to each other! Basically you start the freezing process with the muffins on a baking sheet and then transfer them into a Ziploc bag after 10-15 minutes. I should have taken a picture of the muffins flash freezing in the freezer because they looked so pretty! Almost magazine pretty! Now all Coach and I have to do is pop one or two in the microwave for 30 seconds, pour ourselves a cup of hot coffee and enjoy! Now let’s see if these things even last until the baby gets here. Haha. Probably not…
Tonight I am going to make some chicken enchilada’s – half to freeze and half to have for dinner. Soon after we got married, Coach asked if I could get his mother’s chicken enchilada recipe. I really believe if Coach was forced to deal with a ‘last supper’ situation, he would ask to have his mother’s chicken enchiladas. They are yummy! Sadly, I forgot to pick up enchilada sauce from the grocery store but managed to find a recipe online. I know they won’t be exactly like his mom’s enchiladas, but it’s a try. I just hope the sauce turned out okay! I cooked it last night then let it sit and blend in the refrigerator over night. I’m excited to see how they turn out!
Coach and I had yet another wonderful weekend together. Coach got back late Saturday night from a basketball road trip and will be in town now until the baby is born! YEAH! So our Sunday was spent sleeping in, enjoying breakfast together (which is a big deal in our house) and heading out on the town to run errands. We also made a special visit to see Baby Reese, the new little girl born to our friends from birthing class. She is just the sweetest little thing and her parents are certainly smitten. We talked about their birthing experience and what breathing techniques did and didn’t work for them. It was actually a funny story because by the time Reese’s dad asked Reese’s mom when they should start the breathing techniques, her response was, “Mitch, we’ve already passed that part of the labor. I just decided to work through the breathing myself.” haha. Such a classic story. As you can imagine, Mitch is still upset over wasting the $180 he had to pay and eight hours he had to commit to attend the class to learn these useless techniques. They did meet us though, so I guess they got SOMETHING out of the class!
Other than running errands, Coach and I both worked quite a bit at home. I have set up a small office area in our basement so Coach can cut film or do his scouts on one side of the room while I work on the other side of the room. Even though we are both busy, we can still spend time together and watch a little TV. Have I told you about our cable? Coach and I have always been committed to not paying for cable since we’ve been married. With the internet and Netflix, we have always felt that cable was just one more thing to distract us from EVERYTHING! Also, I was searching for a job for five months when we lived in Kentucky, so cable was one of the first things we decided not to pay for each month. Soon we got into Netflix and didn’t feel the need or desire for cable. Then…we moved into our new house and Coach was tooling around in his MC (aka Man Cave and looks EXACTLY like a laundry room with a tool bench!). I was upstairs doing something and all of a sudden I hear….YYYYYEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS! Apparently Coach found a cable cord and decided to plug it in to the television for giggles. Well….it appears we have cable! We’re not quite sure how but we’ll take it and we certainly aren’t complaining. There is a cable dish on the side of our house, but we’re really not sure where we are picking up the cable vibes. Who am I kidding….do we really care? I know the responsible thing would be to call someone and have them come turn it off, but why? Are we really hurting anyone by just plugging in our cable and watching a little bit of trash TV now and then? I’m sure someone will figure it out sometime soon, but we’ll totally enjoy the added bonus until Dooms Day creeps up on us. Have no fear, we still love our Netflix.
Three Inches = Twelve Feet of Snow in STL
Before I forget, this looks like a much warmer way to let your toddler play in the snow!
Last night it snowed around STL. Talking with a STL-ian, one may think we were bombarded with snow, but the truth is we MAYBE got four inches.
Last night I stopped by Kohls and the lady at the check out said to me, “What are you doing out in this?”
I looked at her and said, “It’s not even snowing yet!”
“But honey, it’s supposed to storm tonight!”
- At this point, I didn’t think it was appropriate to tell her I was from Nebraska and people in STL are complete wusses about snow. Or how an eight-inch snow fall is as common to Nebraska-folk as knowing which local truck-on-the-corner sells the best sweet corn in the Summer. Or how last Christmas, Coach and I drove through snow drifts taller than my dad’s Expedition. Not even kidding. Or how I laughed out loud a few weeks ago when the weather woman said to expect a winter storm passing through the area, only to mention the winter storm would not include snow or sleet. What?
New Year’s Resolutions
I’m still trying to compile a list of New Year’s resolutions. The blogging world is blowing up with everyone’s goals/plans for the new year. I think I am going to narrow it down to five specific ones. I will post them tomorrow after I review my list with Coach. Do you have your list? It’s never too late to start, but I do think it’s important to at least formally write down SOMETHING to help you change/shake up your financial status, personal life or lifestyle. Maybe we should all have to list the three to five in the comment section below? If you want…feel free!
If organizing is on your list of resolutions, here is a way to get started!
Yesterday I spent $8.00 and saved over $40 at Walgreens! It was the best. Ya’ll should really think about couponing. Sometimes I wonder if I should laugh while I walk out of the store or just bow my head and take it in stride? In the words of Coach when redirecting cockiness after winning a game, “Act like you’ve been there before!”
My friend KIG is now reading my blog, so I know she will like this Adventures in Produce series. The writer picks a piece of produce to try out each day in January. It’s really interesting and I’m learning a lot about produce I never even knew existed! It’s like the fruit/veggie baby comparison exercise all over again! KIG worked with me in KY and was ALWAYS so good about experimenting with different fruits and vegetables. She is actually who got me started on liking grape tomatoes because she made me try one after our trip to the Farmer’s Market!
Coach and I are typically Redbox fans, but I have noticed a few Blockbuster kiosks popping up in our neighborhood. Don’t know if you have one around you? Then search online here. You can get a FREE movie rental by now by typing in ESU11B at checkout. This code is good until 1/18. via mommysavers.com
Homemade Vanilla anyone? I’m a bit intrigued and may try this sometime this Summer. If you’re lucky, you might find some of my homemade vanilla in your stocking at Christmas!
I know I’ve posted information about CoastalContacts free glasses before, but tomorrow they are having another sale. I would suggest you go online tonight, find the pair you want and have your prescription ready for tomorrow. Then, when the time comes, ORDER AWAY! The ordering starts at 9AM Eastern Time. NOTE: The glasses that have the “Coupon Not Applicable” note underneath are not included in this deal.