Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving -- Turkey Cake

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I have so much to be thankful for this year and could not express my gratitude for all blessings enough! 

Today I wanted to share a cute idea to make for your dinners. After the cake is cooled total time for this was about a half an hour. 

From this:

To this:

See how it's done at

Gobble, gobble!

Here's our little turkey!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What Are We Enjoying Wednesday -- Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe's

Boy is that title a mouthful -- pun intended, okay that was cheesy -- alright, alright, enough with the puns.

What are we enjoying Wednesday is where I share a meal we're loving, one we could eat every night. 

Here it is in all it's glory!

This is a simple meal to prepare after getting home from work, especially if you prep cook on the weekends, like I *try* to do, and have your peppers and onions diced.

You'll need:
1 lb. ground chicken
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 cup cheese, shredded (we prefer pepper jack)

1. In a skillet cook peppers and onions in broth on medium heat until tender, about 15 minutes.
2. Add ground chicken and cook until no longer pink.
3. Turn the heat to low, mix in cheese and stir until melted through.
4. Serve on buns.


What's your favorite meal right now?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Road to Riley -- Diapers and Wipes Stock Up

I found out I was pregnant November 3, 2012. It is amazing that it’s already been over a year and now I have this beautiful four month old baby girl. In the beginning there are so many emotions you are overcome with. I was hoping I would have a healthy, full term pregnancy, I began to wonder what type of parent I would be and if I could raise someone to be a respectable human being. Most of all I began to worry about money. Babies are expensive. 

I’ve recently become an avid coupon/bargain shopper and thought I would make the best of this nine month pregnancy and buy as much as I could throughout so I wasn’t swamped with needed items when she arrived.

What’s the most needed item that I can get a jump on, was my first thought, and diapers and wipes were it.

I began to research the best cost of diaper and how many it would be predicted are needed. (FYI the what’s needed chart will vary between babies, Riley needed 6 packs of newborns, some may need more, some may need less and some may not wear newborn at all). Here was what I based my shopping on.

 How did we do?

I didn’t get away scotch free not having to run out and buy diapers. We had to run out and buy some newborns because even though Riley was a whopping 8 lbs. 14 oz. she stayed in those newborn diapers for longer than I expected. We’re currently in size two, I don’t imagine we’ll be there much longer, so then we’ll dive into that huge size 3 stash.  I did have one extra pack of size one, I held onto them and then was able to include them in a baby shower gift. 

This chart is by no means a solid concrete this is how many diapers you need, but it’s definitely a big help to get an idea if you want to jump start your buying. 

In addition, my math was simple for wipes, for every pack of diapers I bought a pack of wipes, for every box of diapers I bought a jumbo pack of wipes (3 to a pack kind). 

And this is how the stash looked, isn't it pretty?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Meatless Monday -- Butternut Squash Stew

Welcome to a new week, a short week here considering I only have to be at work three days *extreme happy dance* Another Monday has come that we've tried another meatless dish. I'd never had butternut squash before and one squash (which cost a whopping 75 cents) not only made a large crockpot full of dinner and tomorrow's lunch, it also made 8 baby food jars for Miss Riley. I'm trying to make as much homemade baby food for her as possible and why not kill two birds with one stone.

The baby food recipes will be for another day. Today it's about the stew.

For the recipe you'll need

1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, sliced
1 1/2 cups butternut squash, cubed
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 can green beans
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

I put everything in the crockpot on low for 10 hours. Nothing better on a cold November day in PA than coming home to some warm stew in the crockpot! 

I hope you enjoy! 

Here's our little ham enjoying Light Up Night this past weekend.