Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Blue Mud

Since I'm pregnant and home all day I'm a great person to watch your kids!  So my friend drops her daughter off in the morning and we play all day!  This will make my last 2 months fly by!  I will never again not work while pregnant.  This has been the longest wait of my life and I know working would have helped the time fly by.  She is a great little girl who mostly plays with my daughters toys all day not really needing any entertaining.  Yesterday she was following me around in the kitchen so I decided to give her an activity. We decided on MUD!

I found some old dried our baking soda under the sink and put it in a bowl.
 I colored some water blue and slowly poured it into the baking soda.  Do it slowly so you don't end up dissolving it.



 Mix it until it forms balls.
















Then play!  It will end up on the floor but it is very easy to clean up!















When she was all done I balled up the rest of the clay and shoved some treasures inside.  I let the balls dry over night with the treasures and tomorrow she will dig to see what is inside!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Gestational Diabetes

Last week at my 28 week check up I got my 1 hour gestational diabetes test.  I drank a sugary fruit punch drink and then waited an hour.
The drink looked like this at my office.

After the hour was up they took a blood sample.  The woman who took my blood missed the first time.  This usually happens.  BUT it did not hurt at all!  I usually cry because they stick me five or more times until they can find a vein.  But she got it on the 2nd try!  It was even in my hand which usually hurts the most. I didn't feel a thing.  This was such a nice change for once.
The next day the nurse called and said my reading was 2 over the limit of 130 and I would have to get the 3 hour test.  I was worried at this point.  I have not had any typical signs of GD like extreme weight gain, sugar in my urine etc.  The baby is average size so I was very surprised.  But then I remembered the bag of jelly beans I ate the day before my 1 hour test.  I was not told to fast or change my diet before the 1 hour test,  but I did eat a huge amount of candy the day before.  I am still hoping this is the reason my test was a little high.
The following week I went in for my 3 hour test.  3 days before the test I was told to add an extra carb snack to my diet per day.  The nurse did not explain this well at all so I called back and had her clarify.  I was to eat 150g of carbs per day.  I figured this was no problem until I read that there are only 11 grams of carbs per slice of bread.  So I did actually have to TRY to eat more carbs.  On the 3rd day I was supposed to fast from the time I went to bed or midnight whichever came first.  I was only allowed water.

Friday eat 150g of carbs
Saturday eat 150g of carbs
Sunday eat 150g of carbs begin fast at bedtime or midnight whichever comes first.  Do not eat until after the test on Monday.

I went in Monday at 9am and began my test.  First the woman took my blood and then I was given a bigger, more sugary drink than last time.  It was thick and orange flavored and burned my throat.  I had to get it all down in 5 minutes.
After I drank my drink the time began and I waited an hour for my next test.  Thankfully it was the same woman as before and she was great. Every hour for the next 3 hours she took a blood sample.

Blood Draw 1 Fasting (before drink)
Drink glucose time begins 9am
Blood Draw 2 10am
Blood Draw 3 11am
Blood Draw 4 12pm

I only felt sick once in between the 1st and 2nd blood draw.  It was a pretty easy although boring thing to do.  I thought I would be sick with hunger the entire time and was afraid to drive home.  But I made it safely home!  After I ate I did feel dizzy and went to sleep for a few hours.  I am still awaiting my test results and hope I don't have gestational diabetes!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Lazy Meatloaf


I hated meatloaf when I was little.  But the kid loves it so we eat it once a week.  I was going to take pictures but it is pretty easy so here it is...

Ingredients
1 1/2 lbs ground chuck 80/20
1 box of stuffing any flavor
1 egg
Rice milk (we don't like dairy milk)

Directions:
Combine stuffing, egg, and enough milk to make it moist.  Allow mixture to moisten for about 3 minutes.
Add meat and mix.
Shape into a loaf and put into a loaf pan.
Cover with ketchup glaze.
Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until it reaches 155 degrees.

Ketchup Glaze
Some ketchup
Some mustard
Some brown sugar
That is all.  I don't think it needs to be measured just mix it until you think it looks good.  Pretty hard to screw up!

I usually make mashed potatoes (with chicken brother instead of milk) corn and biscuits.

Corn
Steam some corn in a pot with a table spoon of butter and a table spoon of sugar.  I only do this with frozen corn.  When I get fresh corn it doesn't need any sprucing up.

Biscuits
I either buy some Pilsbury or make my own.  You have to have biscuits with meatloaf!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Eggs in a Basket

Since we are on a budget we eat these almost every weekend.  I usually have this for lunch daily.
You will need
1 egg
1 slice of bread
A pad of butter
1 tablespoon of oil
First heat up (medium) a little butter and a little oil (I just estimate) in a frying pan
Tear a little hole in the middle of the slice of bread and place into the frying pan.
 Drop the egg into the hole.
Flip it over when the other side is toasty.  Before you place the new side down swirl the butter around so the egg doesn't stick.

Then plop it onto a paper plate since the dishes are already done and you don't feel like making another mess.









Put the little cut out piece into the left over butter in the pan and toast it.  The kid calls it her tiny toast.








Salt and pepper it if you like.  I like mine this dippy.  You can leave it on longer if you like just turn the heat down so the bread doesn't toast before the egg is ready.

Mommy Daughter Spa Day!

With the new baby coming soon my 6 year old has started to show signs of jealousy.  She gets grumpy when we buy new things for the baby or when we move things out of her play room to make space.  So during a day off from school while daddy was at work we played spa.  

She took a bubble bath and I scrubbed her dirty little feet with a brush.



This brush/pumice stone is the greatest bath tub toy ever.  My daughter spends so much time playing with this brush that I threw out her yucky water toys which I assume were full of mold.  Buy one of these for your child.  





I scrubbed her with some Burt's Bees sugar scrub and she loved it.  This stuff is way more gentle than most scrubs I have.  Because it is sugar it dissolves pretty fast and won't hurt a kid's skin.  Plus it smells yummy.
When she got out  I wrapped her hair up in my turbie twist and slathered her feet in some Burt's foot creme. 
Now this stuff is not creme.  It is OINTMENT.  VERY GREASY!  So I covered her feet in socks so it didn't get everywhere.  Not my plan but she thought it was fancy...kids are silly.


We got out a comfy nightgown and put on a "face mask".  I used some old Garnier face wash I had.  It is really thick so it stayed on like a mask and since I have caught her using it before I new she wasn't allergic to it.  

I cut some cucumbers and covered her eyes and she laid down on the lay-z-boy and we listened to some Bridgit Mendler...again kids are silly.

Well a spa day isn't complete without a manicure so we spent some time searching YouTube and Google for new ideas.  We love to paint her nails so we often search for pictures.
I use these cheap nail art polishes with a tiny brush to paint designs.  I found them at the Dollar Tree.  I did end up buying a more expensive black polish by Art FX at Wal-Mart since it has a thinner brush.  


We decided on Cheetah print nails.  Now...I hate animal print on children and I never let her wear it but I made an exception with these.  Since they were colorful I didn't think they looked too trashy like most animal print does.
I painter her nails white first so the colors showed up well. I didn't make the colors straight I kind of blended them together a little which not only made it easier but made it seem airbrushed.  I waited until later that day and painted a top coat on.  These lasted for almost 2 weeks and she got so many compliments. She sits well for a 6 year old so I wouldn't do this with just any kid.  
She still talks about spa day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I'm Pregnant and NEED CAKE.



I need cake.  I have been dreaming about cake.  But I forgot that I returned the cake pans I usually use and now only have a 12 inch pan.  I'm out of cup cake liners and as my husband found out...just greasing the pan makes me scream and cry when the cupcakes come out ruined.  I'm pregnant so it makes me cry.  I forgot to buy cupcake liners on my shopping trip last week and must wait until next time to buy some...and since I can't wait another 10 days I found a recipe.  I cried a little when I found NO BAKE CAKE BALLS.
 Even better I don't have to heat up the oven and raise the electric bill.  I think the worst part of this recipe was waiting for the butter to become room temperature.  I'm bad at microwaving it and decided to be patient and fold all the damn clothes and then make these.  I'm so happy I did.  The recipe I found was for white cake mix but I only had chocolate mix so that is what I used!

Here are the ingredients:
8 tablespoons room temperature butter
1 1/2 cup cake mix
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

I used some chocolate boxed cake mix. 

Cut the room temperature butter into pieces and drop into the food processor.

11/2 cup cake mix.  Obviously not exact measurements.   

1/2 cup sugar.

1/2 cup flour.

Dump it all in the food processor.

Pulse mixture for about 2 minutes.

















Roll into little balls and place on cookie sheet.  Then place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Next, microwave chocolate chips in a bowl for 30 seconds.  Mix with a spoon then continue to microwave in 15 second increments until it looks good.  Then add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.

Use a toothpick to dip balls into chocolate and spoon it around the ball until it's covered.

Plop it on a tray and use a fork to help pull the toothpick out.

You will be left with a liitle bald spot on top so just spoon more chocolate on top.

So it looks like this!

Make sure to add the sprinkles on right away since these dry fast.  Pop them in the freezer for a while to set then eat em!  
Eat em before your husband comes home or he will eat them all and then when you wake up at 3am because the baby kicked you in the ribs and you go to get a snack and they are all gone you won't have to punch him in the face like I did.