Thursday, November 18, 2010

memories from the womb???

It's late and I'm waiting on E to get home from a b-ball game, so I thought I'd share a thought I had. This week, Ellie has gone to 2 b-ball games with me, and it is amazing. You see, all day, she will not sit still for a second, much less on my lap. She is always moving, even if it's just a foot, always digging into the nearest bag, always looking for the worst thing possible to put in her mouth. But, I am not lying when I say she is enthralled with these games. Granted, there is a lot of colors, noise, and action, but it is so unlike her. Some people made comments about how good she is, which she is... :), but for her to be so still and pay so much attention baffled me. Then, on my way home, I thought, these really aren't her first games. She went to tons of them while she was in the womb. Now, stay with me here (not sounding too crazy am I?) Yes, I sat through, I mean, enjoyed going to almost every game up to the very end. Ellie was born right after they ended. So, I wonder if she remembers the noises of the balls, the whistles, the announcer, the ridiculously loud rap music??? I mean, they sell sound machine with womb noises, so babies must remember that sound, so why not other things? Maybe these games bring back memories... Anyone know? I am sure there is some stuff out there more scientific than my ramblings. That's all. Just a thought. Good night!

Meals this (I mean last...) week

(oops, just realized I never published this! This was last week.) We have been so busy with wedding stuff I now am finally back to cooking again. Just in time for basketball season... Eric coaches so he is super busy this time of year, not getting home till really late on game nights. So, I am trying to cook things that would be yummy even if they are just reheated at 10:00 pm. I also wanted to restock my freezer with some dinners. So, here is this week:

Monday- Spaghetti (this is one of Eric's favorites)I got this sauce recipe out of this book by Noel Piper (I just got the book and can't wait to read it right in time for the holidays.) This makes enough to freeze 2 portions.
3 lb. ground meat (We use turkey)
1 tbs. oregano, basil and garlic powder (or some fresh garlic minced)
3 tbs. dried parsley
2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 large onion
1 tsp. pepper, salt to taste
2-3 bay leaves
10 drops hot sauce (doesn't make it spicy, just good!)
Brown meat and drain. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer the better. Remove bay leave before serving.

Tuesday- Eric's first game, I mean win :) So, no dinner.

Wednesday- Vegetable Beef Soup- This is really yummy, has tons of veggies, makes a ton, and is pretty cheap. It makes enough for dinner plus 3 freezer portions. We eat it with cornbread. Make sure you use a BIG pot

2 lb. stew beef, cubed

5 (28 oz) cans beef broth- I use beef bouillon cubes bc I think it's cheaper (6 cubes and 17 cups water)

2 (15 0z) cans of corn

28oz diced tomato w/ juice

2 cups green beans- I use fresh, frozen would work

10 oz. frozen Lima beans

2 yellow onions, chopped

2 cups sliced carrots

1 cup chopped celery

2 bay leaves (take out at end)

1 T Worcestershire sauce

10 drops Tabasco

salt and pepper

2 potatoes, diced

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

frozen peas

any other veggie you might have and want to throw in! Brown beef in skillet in EVOO. Add everything except potatoes, mushrooms, and peas. You will need a BIG pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-2 hours, until beef is tender. Add rest of ingredients. This makes plenty to freeze. I put it in freezer bags after it cools a bit.

Thursday- game night

Friday- Pounded chicken (take chicken breast, pound them flat, coat in flour, eggs, then bread crumbs (w/ whatever seasoning you like) and cook in a frying pan with EVOO and a little butter, Squash and zucchini, and sweet potato fries

Saturday- Welcome home Drew and Kelly from the honeymoon!!! Chili- Eric and Drew's favorite thing.I made this recipe up to please my husband, who hates tomato chunks...
1 lb. Ground turkey
1 bag Frozen corn
2 cups Black beans (i use the dry kind, cook them before adding to chili)
chili seasoning
about 3 med. cans tomato sauce
a pinch of sugar

Yes, that is all. Brown the meat and cook all together. You would not believe how much Drew and Eric love it. It is good with corn bread or chips, cheese, and sour cream. Eric, well he likes to eat it over pasta...

Off to take Ellie on a walk- the weather could not be better!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sneak Peek!

Well, it seems like we have fallen off of the face of the Earth, but we haven't quite yet. Here is a really quick sneak peek of the wedding week! Much more to come! It was perfect!

Wasn't it so pretty?! So much more to come, plus update on little Ellie (we are about to run to the dr. for her 9 month apt... Can you believe it? And, lots of new stuff coming for Yellow Button, if I ever get on it! Missed y'all!!!!