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Monday, January 27, 2014

Spaghetti Casserole

The hubs is not a big fan of spaghetti and I AM!!! When we got married I was bound and determined to make him love it. I have a recipe for Spaghetti Casserole and I hoped he would love it. And guess what....HE ASK FOR IT NOW!!..YAY!!!
 Here's the Recipe!


*1 box of spaghetti ( I like angel hair pasta, but any kind will work)
 *1 jar of spaghetti sauce ( I use Ragu,meat flavored)
*1 lb. of hamburger meat
*24 oz of sour cream
*16 oz of finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
*12 x 15 in casserole dish

Cooking Directions
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees
* boil spaghetti noodles until done
*brown hamburger meat ( when browned, drain the hamburger, to remove grease)
*stir Ragu spaghetti sauce into the hamburger

* Apply a  layer of sour cream on the bottom of the casserole dish( helps keep the noodles in place)
* layer of noodles,
*layer of sour cream
*layer of sauce
*layer of shredded cheese
*continue this process until the casserole dish is full,cover with aluminum foil & place in the oven
* cook for 45 minutes

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Day Zeke and Mia Met

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French Toast

One thing I really enjoy on the weekends is when the hubs and I make breakfast. It has become a tradition. A few weeks ago being the preggo that I am.... I woke up craving french toast..... YUM!! And it was really good :) 

*2 eggs

* 1/2 cup milk or Half-and- Half

*1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
*Cinnamon or nutmeg
*4 thick slices of bread

*1 tbsp butter

Cooking Instructions

*Beat together the eggs and milk

*Whisk in the vanilla and seasoning (cinnamon or nutmeg)

*Melt the butter in a skillet or griddle over medium heat

*Dip the bread slices in batter

*Fry the bread in the butter until browned on each side

*Serve with syrup or powdered sugar

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My Little Girl :)

I love this little girl!

Nursery Ideas

The Hubs and I have been talking a lot about the nursery. WE HAVE 15 WEEKS until the due date!!!! We need to get in gear with this! We have many ideas and we aren't really sure where to start. So I figured I'd just post some ideas so that I can see it all together. 

I even kind of like the deer on the wall


Birch Tree wall Decal

It's hard to get in the groove of boy stuff. I grew up with all girls. I have 3 sisters and most of my cousins are girls. I do have a brother who is 13 years younger then me. It's still hard to think about raising a little boy. THAT IS WHY I HAVE MY HUBS. HE'S ALLLLLL BOY!!
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Baby Stuff:)

      Go Tigers!!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

These are probably one of the easiest sweets to make.

What You'll Need
* 2 - 1 lb Bags of Chocolate Chips ( Milk Chocolate)
* 1- Jar of Peanut Butter
*2 tbls Confectioners Sugar 
* Muffin Pan

* Melt One Bag of the Chocolate Chips- You can do that in the microwave in a microwavable dish or melt the chocolate in a pot on the stove (my recommendation)

*When chips are finished melting- take your muffin Pan ( you can use any size pan you want depending on what size Peanut Butter Cups you want) scoop the melted chocolate in each cup of the pan. Fill it about halfway.
* Next you'll take your peanut butter and mix with 2 tablespoons of Confectioners Sugar in.
* Take the peanut butter/Sugar Mixture and put a small spoonful of the mix in the center of the chocolate in the muffin pan.

* Melt the other bag of the chocolate chips

* Scoop the rest of the melted chocolate  in the muffin pan over peanut butter and chocolate already in the  pan.

* Let sit for about 30 mins so that the chocolate will harden- You can also put the Peanut Butter Cups in refrigerator so the chocolate will harden quicker.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Man & His Dog

                   This is how they cuddle

5 Things I've Learned In My First 24 Weeks

I have learned so much in the first 24 weeks of my pregnancy. I thought I would give a list of the Top 5 things I've learned so far.

~*~MY TOP 5~*~

1. Morning Sickness Waits for NO ONE!!! 
    * I was very lucky to only have morning sickness for about a day and half ( I also had a double ear infection which made it worse) but I had a little nausea for a couple of weeks. When I did have morning sickness it would come out of no where. I did find that eating something when I felt nauseous eased that feeling off for a little while.

2. TakeYour Prenatal Vitamin At Night
     * I started taking my Prenatal Vitamins when I got up in the morning. I found that my nausea was worse when I did that. I read somewhere (webMD) online that if you feel like your vitamin is making you nausea worse then try taking them at night.I started doing that and it worked for me.

3. House Work Is Still There?!?!?
     *I feel like as soon as I finish cleaning my house it's dirty again....I have found that I can't spend all day cleaning like I did before I got pregnant. By the end of the day my back is hurting and I can't move. My suggestion ( this works for me) is take one room a day. It won't take such a huge toll on your body.

4. Indigestion Will Come With Vengeance!
    * No matter what I eat or don't eat I have had HORRIBLE Indigestion/Acid Reflux. It got to the point where I couldn't eat ( I actually lost weight the first couple of months).Finally over Thanksgiving I couldn't deal with it anymore. I made the hubs stop at CVS. I ran in and grabbed some Zantac 150mgs. It was almost instant relief. Now I take one in the morning and one at night if needed. (Zantac is on the list my Dr gave me of medication that is ok to take while pregnant)

5. You Might As Well Move Into The Bathroom!
    * I have found myself having to go. I go then 5 mins later I'm back in the bathroom having to go again. I feel like I spend most of my day in there!

I have learned many other things in these 24 weeks....this is just a few of them :)

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An Awesome Surprise

received a surprise in the mail today!
My wonderful friend Emily sent the hubs and I late Christmas gifts. :) 
It made my day!

Love it!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Favorite lazy spot for the pups


I find myself on pinterest A LOT looking for new recipes. The Hubs and I eat at home most of the time so we need new things because we get bored quickly with food. I found this lasagna recipe one day and now it's one of our favs.



4 cups of Marinara Sauce
12 Sheets no-boil lasagna noodles
16 oz part skim ricotta cheese
1 tablespoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup Parmesan cheese
4 cups mozzarella cheese


*Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

*Coat a 13 x 9" oven- safe baking dish with cooking spray

*In a large bowl, mix Ricotta Oregano, basil, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese

* Spread 1 cup of Marinara sauce evenly across the bottom of the prepared dish

* Lay 3 sheets of lasagna noodles, side by side

* Top the noodles with 1/3 of the ricotta-parmesan mixture

*Sprinkle 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese on top of the ricotta-parmesan mixture

*repeat until all ingredients are used

Bake for 45mins


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

This Pup...

This pup has followed me from room to room today.... Then whined the whole time I was in the shower
Oh how I love her!

Where do we start?


This is the back spare room.Currently the home of our old bed, Halloween decorations, Christmas decorations and a door (that our lovely Black lab decided to snack on while we were gone to Bonnaroo last summer) ...This room is the future home of the baby nursery.....we have a lot of work to do before May gets here!!

Where to start???? 
A Theme??? 

I don't want to go with a generic theme....something EVERYONE else is doing. I'm also not a real big fan of the Monkey themes, sports themes or anything like that...and that is one thing the hubs and I agree on.

Green & Gray, Little Man Cave..maybe both........

Monday, January 13, 2014

What?!?!?! No Way!?!?!?!

There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.  
~Pamela S. Nadav

The day I found out I was having a baby was probably the best day ever (other then my wedding day). 

It was Wednesday, August 28 and I had been working all day..... I felt strange for most of the day... like butterflies in my stomach.... I still had a couple of days before that time of the month and being pregnant was the farthest thing from my mind....

After I left work I still felt weird. I had a moment when I thought..Could I be??? NOOOO!!! Well to make sure I stopped at the CVS Pharmacy on the way home to buy test. 

I bought the  Clear Blue Pregnancy Test- Mainly because it's advertised to show accurate results before your missed cycle. 

When I got home..I let my puppies outside to play and I went straight to the bathroom..... 

I took the test... Sat it on the side of the tub and washed my are supposed to let it sit there for a couple of minutes before the results show.... Well as soon as I turned around.... I saw it.... 
                        A plus sign!!!!! 
Hmmmmm I may have done a little happy dance........

Soooooo.... On to my next task..... How to tell the hubs..... It was already later in the evening and I didn't have time to run to the store before the hubs got home.......what to do... what to do....I really couldn't do anything like.. Put a bun in the oven and ask him to open the oven
( I don't think he would have gotten the hint).

After the hubs got home ... I acted normal..... We watched our Wednesday night tv and did our normal nightly routine.

I got in the bed and he showered.... while he was in the shower... I took a picture of the pregnancy test on my phone.... I thought about texting it to him but you never know when he'd check his phone...... I waited for him to get out..... He got in the bed and we talked for a little while....

I looked at him and smiled really big..... He said.... What?.... I then grabbed my phone and asked.... Do you want to see this really cool picture I took today..... He said ..... Sure.......

I brought the picture up and handed him my phone.....

He looked at it. He cocked his head and had a look of confusion on his face.... I just sat there and waited for him to figure it out.

When it clicked... He looked at me and asked... Are you serious???! Hmmmm yeah!!!! 

We're having a baby!!! 
Omg were having a baby!! 

Those two phrases came out of our mouths about 20 times for the next hour.   
           It was a great day :)!!! 

We were both very excited and scared at the same time..... But I couldn't imagine not being pregnant right now

( the pack of pregnancy test came with two test.... I took the 2nd one the following weekend after my missed cycle--- just to make sure) 


Saturday, January 11, 2014

My Saturday

What happened to the weekends when you could sleep in past noon?? LONG GONE!!!! I can't sleep past 8 AM anymore. No matter how hard I try it just doesn't happen....even if i do manage to sleep past 8 AM by 8:30 the pups are ready to get up!

So anyways...this morning after we got up..the hubs made breakfast..yum yum...sausage,egg & toast...that is probably one of my favorite things about our weekends...BREAKFAST :)

I spent the rest of the day cleaning and organizing!!  I guess you could say I'm nesting a little...but my base boards, laundry and windows are clean in most of the house....tomorrow will be another day of cleaning..that is if i can move tomorrow

I am very happy that my hubs wants to help...he doesn't clean much but he will do laundry every now and then....TODAY he helped and folded a couple of loads.....I am very lucky to have my hubs :)

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Veg-All Cassarole- One of my favorite things

My wonderful step mother makes this for every family function ( mainly because she is asked to do so)


2 cans of veg-all
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 stack of ritz crackers
1 stick butter


* Mix the first four ingredients together and place in casserole dish

* Crush Ritz crackers and mix with melted butter

*crumble the Ritz mixture on top of casserole

*bake in oven on 350 degrees for 45mins

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

the hubs & his craftiness

The hubs and I had been looking for a king size bed for months!!! We really need the room...mainly because I'm a crazy sleeper and we have 3 pups who love to lay in the bed with us....until we put them up at night...a queen size was just not cutting it!
So one day the hubs decided he was going to build us a bed...hmmmm...ok?!? I have faith!!... he then spent the majority of the day sending me pictures of different beds...we decided on this one.... which we found on this website DIY FURNITURE - great website!!-- We will probably use it for other bedroom furniture....

  This was a Friday....I had already had plans to go to South Carolina for the weekend ( my home state) to visit family...I would not be here for the awesome adventure of my hubs craftiness....

Over the weekend I received so many pictures of the bed.....I was very impressed....THE HUBS IS CRAFTY!!!!


Impressive right????

When I got home we tried many different stains ---- but decided on the Jacobean looks a little dark in the picture.....but once it dried it lightened up sat in our guest room for 5 months because we didn't have a king size mattress....WHAT!!...... sooooo 5 months later.....DECEMBER! we finally were given a mattress...THANK YOU!!!

 It takes up way more space in our little master bedroom then we thought....but it  is well worth it!!

I am absolutely in LOVE with our new's a Threshold Brand down comforter and a Threshold Brand duvet cover--- which came from TARGET--- of course everything cute comes from Target right????!!!!!