Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Baby Shower #1

My first baby shower was given this past Sunday by my mother in law for Jason's side of the family. The high that day was about 19 but the sun was shining! Jason & I got there early to help set up, the place was a little bed & breakfast in our area. We had tomato bisque soup, chicken salad wraps, potato salad, home made zucchini bread made by my father in law, home made lemon poppy seed muffins made by Jason's aunt and of course, cake!

Jason took off before the guests showed up but swung by after the gifts were opened to say thank you to everyone and help pack up. Everyone tried to get him to confess the gender and gave their best guesses as to what they believed I was carrying. True to his word, Jason has kept tight lipped this entire time. He said it's been hard sometimes because he wants to engage in some conversations but can't without giving away the gender. Soon enough! I've got just over 5 weeks left!

Here are a few pictures of the festivities.

Jason & I with the diaper cake his mom made us

The Goodbye Tummy, Hello Mommy cake

The Newborn Boppy Lounger & spoons

Our swing - given to us by Jason's mom

We were so lucky to receive so many items for the baby, it just seemed like never ending gifts that day! And to know I still have two other showers to attend makes me feel more blessed to have so many people who are just as excited about our baby as we are. There is nothing better than feeling how soft all the baby's items are. Jason & I spent the rest of the day unpacking the gifts, pulling tags off, separating items and putting things away. It's been so fun to watch the nursery come together more and more. It's also amazing to see the items slowly start taking over our house and moving items around to make room!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Nursery Update #4

The biggest change is the fact that the carpet is installed!!! I LOVE it! Jason also stained all the wood trim and installed that as well. The ceiling fan is working as well. The door and the closet doors are also in place. These are the latest pictures:

We have all the furniture in place, the crib is up and a few extras are hanging around so look out for that update soon!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Stuffed Red Peppers

Recipe from Food Network/Paula Deen

Cook time: 1 hr 15 min
Makes 6-8 servings

  • 4 large red bell peppers
  • 3/4 pound ground chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 2 teaspoons House seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup jarred cheese and salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion tops
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup hot water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Start by cutting the peppers in half lengthwise, leaving the stems intact, and halving them also. Remove the seeds and ribs inside the peppers.
  3. Using a hot skillet, saute the ground beef, pork, onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon of bouillon granules, and house seasoning together. Saute until onions become translucent. Drain the fat off. Add the rice, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, green onion tops, and soy sauce. Mix well and stuff the mixture into the peppers. In a small bowl, mix the hot water and the remaining bouillon granules. Pour this mixture into a shallow casserole large enough to hold all of the peppers. Place the stuffed peppers in the dish, cover with foil and bake for 25 to 35 minutes. Remove the foil and spoon the juice from bottom of the casserole over the top of the peppers. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.

House Seasoning:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  1. Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months
I ended up using a pound of ground beef instead of mixing the two meats and it turned out the be the perfect amount for stuffing. I used a whole can of diced tomatoes, used Garden Fresh salsa and freshly shredded cheddar cheese instead of jarred. I also added cheese on top of the peppers after I pulled the foil off and put them in for the last bit - it turned out awesome! They reheated well for leftovers the next day!