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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The baby surprise!

Well I am finally getting a chance to post on this blog of mine. I know I probably mentioned a slight detail of being pregnant in my last post....well that little baby decided to crazy everything up even more!!!
She came 5 weeks early...who knows why....some said bare metric pressure I don't know it fits this journey of my life though....

If you think about it though its a fitting end to finding out your preggers and losing your job all in two months I am not surprised this baby through a ripple into the water for us.

It's fine though after realizing my water broke and casually driving to the hospital where then finding out I was over five centimeters dilated and getting me to the OR immediately everything worked out.

It's funny cause I am a planner and this baby refuses any planning from when we get pregnant to when she would come into this world!

So yes I was pregnant and overnight I now have a bouncing baby girl and when we went into the hospital and I grabbed a handful of clothes cause I had no bag packed, no diapers bought and barely had the room situated. We made it work though but man I am so ready for this wave of spontaneous life to end!

More later after I pump!

M




Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Baby on the way...hope I remember how to do this!

Although we were trying to have a second child after many months when no luck I decided to focus on other things in my life. The one thing that I did was to take that energy and use it towards exercising.

So I began working out and it turned into five days a week before work. It was great! I felt great and wasn't worrying about getting pregnant.

After three months and realizing I had not had my period it had happened by itself! We were so excited!

This is it though. Two children about four years a part it works. It's so hard after not having a baby around for almost four years imagining a infant back in our lives will be strange.

We are excited and a bit nervous. Are first daughter was a challenge with colic and having one kidney things were not easy. I pray that this little one might be a tad easier!

So far this pregnancy has been amazing! Although getting laid off and being pregnant has been stressful the pregnancy has been a piece of cake.
It's just amazing how has it has flown by. Along with that i have not had a lot of symptoms such as bad heartburn,
Gestational diabetes. Until recently even sleeping was not an issue! I just pray this is just the beginning of a easy baby!!!

I can only hope! So the anticipation is lingering for the moment and reality will be here soon enough! I hope I remember this whole baby stage :p


M

Becoming a Stay At Home Mom overnight!




I have always worked and had a design career. Its just how the stars worked for me and I never
thought I wouldn't want to work until I had my daughter. I actually had a thought that staying
at home and raising her would be great!

We would do all kinds of fun things all the time, I would have TONS of time for myself, and
oh get so much done!

WELL REALITY CHECK! It doesn't work that way EVER at least when your having to take
care of a child no matter how old they are.

So after the first couple weeks of my lay off feeling like I was on vacation reality kinda sunk in.
Of course everyone says enjoy this time with your daughter because eventually you will go back to work and not be able to spend ALL this time with her. They are right. I do enjoy spending every waking moment with her....ok most of the moments. When she isn't cranky or driving me bonkers.
Its also nice to have this extra time with her before the next bundle of joy comes into the picture.

Being a stay at home mom infinitely though probably is not going to happen for me. I need to work and create and be busy. And not the kind of busy I am now....picking up messes, being my daughters personal helper, food maker etc.

My munchkin and I  playing in the snow!
I appreciate everything and all the time but I have realized over the last months that being a constant Stay At Home Mom is just way to hard. Harder then ANY job I have ever had and I commend all those moms out there that do this by choice for many years.

I am thankful that I was able to experience this journey in my life and realize that its not for me. If I never had experienced it then I probably would always think the grass is greener on that SAHM side. To each his own....my own is working!

I am hoping to have found a job by the summer for many reasons  :)




M

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I am back....and ready to fill your minds with craziness!


Well its been a very very long time....

I took a sabbatical I guess you could call it. There has been so much going on in my life in the past months that I just didn't feel like writing....not sure why I just didn't until today!

I will update all of you that might care about whats been going on and the thoughts that have been
floating around in my head....hope you can handle it all....there is a lot floating around up there in my noggin :P

First of all, I am knocked up! Yes and at this point in my pregnancy about to burst. I am due in Feb and looking forward to having my body back and being able to bend over and not waddle so much. Don't get me wrong I am very excited. This whole knocked up thing was all planned. Have you ever heard the expression when it rains it pours......well thats what happened.

Soon after finding out we were pregnant like three weeks after I found out I was going to be laid off from my job after seven years of working there. So yes being pregnant is great...but with no money things just become a little more complicated. I have amazing friends and family that have helped out a lot...but at the moment I am in a state of limbo.

Talk about Limbo land!!
Until this baby comes I won't know its difficulties with food, diapers you know the typical stuff babies have issues with when there born. I also don't expect to get a job even if I did have a interview coming up cause I am about to burst and I will have some recoup time due to a second c-section and exhaustion that will follow the birth. Its a little frustrating but manageable I hope.

SO as you can see "When It rains it Pours" over here in my life.

I know most of my past post's have usually been about my lovely spirited daughter.  Well she is still a lovely spirited little girl who keeps my on my toes constantly. My mom was impressed that I have gained a small amount of weight this time with my pregnancy.....well yea when I have my daughter all day running me around now how could I have ANY time to sit and eat my bon bon's and watch TV !!


So anyways there is more to come like my take on being a SAHM for the past months and trying to keep my  daughter busy doing the days....to name a few.

So here I am ready to make you laugh a bit and possibly relate or at least get my take on things for the first time as a non working parent.



M

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cooking Hungarian style: Chicken Paprikash!

Growing up we always enjoyed Chicken Paprikash as a family! My grandmother was Hungarian and this is there comfort food ! If you have never tried it you must! I usually serve it over rice! I hope you enjoy!

M


1 1/2 cups water
4 -5 lbs chicken pieces
1 cup canned tomato
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, sliced
2 tablespoons paprika
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sour cream


Directions:

Put the water, chicken, tomatoes, green pepper, onion, paprika, garlic, salt, pepper and oregano into the crock pot.

Stir to blend.

Cover the pot and cook on low for 9 to 10 hours until chicken is tender.

Remove chicken pieces from the crock pot and skim fat from the remaining sauce.

Remove 1/4 cup liquid from the crock pot and allow to cool a bit.

Blend flour with the 1/4 cup cooled juices and return the flour mixture to the liquid in the crock pot.

Mix well and stir until thickened.

Blend in sour cream.

Return chicken to the pot and allow to heat through, but do not boil.

Serve on cooked noodles or rice if desired.


Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-chicken-paprikash-89785#ixzz1yNxEo46N

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Its Chicken Parmesan time!

Amazing chicken parmesan thanks to serious eats and cooks illustrated! I had to try this recipe I found on a great website serious eats it's awesome!!! Let me know if you try this recipe!

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/03/the-best-chicken-parmesan-recipe-cooks-illustrated.html

The great trick here is that instead of pounding the hell out of large chicken breast, Cooks Illustrated recommends slicing the chicken breast in half horizontally. This smaller portion allows you to get up from the table without hating yourself.

The recipe requires extreme multitasking. You'll boil, broil, sauté, and shallow fry, but it should all be over in 30 minutes or so. Just have everything prepared—all the pans, pots, and wire racks ready to go, and it's a relative breeze. It looks like a lot of instructions, but the process is simple and straightforward. And the result can't be denied.


Ingredients:
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
* 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
* 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
* 1 large egg
* 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
* 2 large boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 8 ounces each), tenderloins removed
* 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
* 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
* 8 ounces spaghetti or linguine
* Salt and black pepper


Procedures:
1. First, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Then start with the sauce. Pour 1/4 cup of the olive oil into a pot set over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Dump in the tomatoes, along with the dried basil, dried oregano, sugar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until it has thickened up nicely.
2. While the sauce is cooking, slice each chicken breast in half horizontally, so you end up with four roughly 4-ounce portions of chicken. Each one should be about 1/4-inch thick.
3. Crack the egg into a small pie pan or baking dish, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and beat until combined. In another small pie pan or baking dish, combine the bread crumbs, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a few cracks of pepper.
4. Dip one of the chicken cutlet into the beaten, and then into the bread crumbs. Toss to coat. Place it on a wire rack set over a large pan, and repeat process with other cutlets.
5. Preheat the broiler. Pour the rest of the olive oil into a large skillet set over medium-high heat. When the oil just starts to shimmer, add the cutlets. They should all fit in a single layer. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, flipping halfway through. Wash the rack while you cook the cutlets, and dry. Set the cooked cutlets on the cleaned wire rack.
6. Add the pasta along with 2 teaspoons of salt to the boiling water. Cook according to the directions on the box. Drain when done and set aside.
7. Top each cutlet with a quarter of the mozzarella and parmesan. Place wire rack set over the pan under the broiler, about 4 to 5 inches from the top, and broil for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese is nicely browned and bubbly.
8. Divide the spaghetti into four portions and plate. Top each with a cutlet and a generous helping of the sauce. Serve.