Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Some people call it nesting....

...I just call it another weekend of staying busy.

This past weekend I decided that I wanted to make a bunch of recipes and freeze everything so we could have a ton of food prepped for when Reed arrives.   Brian means well and all but helping around the kitchen is not one of his strong suits.  Now... if I wanted anything off the grill every day of the week then we would be good to go.  :)  

I didn't take any pictures because I was focused... and lets be honest... the blogs that I pulled these from do a lot better job with pictures than I could.  :)  

On another note, lets talk about how much I love Pinterest.  Every single one of these recipes that have a link  with it are from Pinterest.  The only changes that I would have made to any of the recipes would have involved adding extra flax seed to any of the baked goods to add a little more fiber.  

Pumpkin streusel loaf (I made 12 mini loaves):

Pumpkin Choc Chip loaf (I made 2 3x7 loaves and 3 mini loaves):

Choc Peanut Butter Balls (I made 4 dozen):

Mexican Dorito Casserole (I made 2 2qt dishes that are now in the freezer):
Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup (I made about 24 servings of this.  4 gl freezer bags full and 2 qt freezer bags full):

Baked Ravioli (I made a 13x9 dish of beef ravioli & a 13x9 dish of cheese ravioli):

 No Boil Freezer Manicotti (I made 2 8x8 pans of this):

Autumn Crunch (I filled 3 gallon size freezer bags of this):

Santa Fe Nachos (I made 1 freezer gallon bag)

This recipe is from 'From the Freezer to the Slow Cooker - Homemaking 911'. There is a PDF attached which is where I found the recipe.  I'm looking forward to trying this one out.  She has a ton of great recipes in the PDF but this is the only one I have tried so far.  

Peanut butter choc chip flax seed cookies (I made about 3 dozen of these)
I added 1/2 a cup of flax seed and only used 1 cup of flour.  At the end when I was adding the chocolate chips, I also tossed in 1/2 a cup of chopped pistachios and 1/2 a cup of chopped walnuts.  YUMMY!

Bob's Red Mill Flax Seed muffins
This recipe I found on the back of a Bob's Reed Mill ground flax seed package several years ago.  Brian and I eat these for breakfast just about every morning.  I made 2 full batches of the recipe which yielded about 60 mini and regular size muffins.  I tend to leave out a small container and then freeze the rest.  There is a lot of flax and grain in these and no sugar (except for brown sugar).

Aunt Billie's Baked Pineapple
Absolutely delicious recipe that I made for our Thanksgiving potluck at work.  We made this in London last year for Christmas and now Tucson for Thanksgiving.  This recipe sure is making its rounds across the globe!

Pecan Pie
My mom gave me this recipe years ago but I have no idea where it actually came from.  I will tell you, I always feel good about baking items and taking them to work because there are always compliments that follow.  I will be making another Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving Day at the Dycus residence.

These are the key things that I spent all weekend prepping.  I feel like I accomplished a lot!  We also made some beef vegetable stew, ground turkey with taco seasoning and shredded chicken that could be frozen and used in recipes later down the road.

I would have loved to brag that everything I did was Paleo or Gluten Free but I didn't have the energy to spend the time doing that research.  I just went with recipes that I saw on Pinterest that looked appealing and easy enough to prep.  Now that my fridge is back down to close to empty and my freezers are organized a little bit better I might try to make a couple more recipes.  We'll see how I feel in the next couple of weeks.  However, if you do have a recommendation for yummy recipes, I'm all ears.  

Monday, November 19, 2012

Oh Baby Baby

So the count down is getting closer!  We are both in awe that Reed will be here in just a few short weeks. What a journey this has continued to be. Brian and I will tell you we feel mighty blessed.  The whole pregnancy has been quite simple.  Besides the whole 'normal' side effects, nothing funky has happened.  

(Left) 32 weeks

(Right) 36 weeks

It is absolutely amazing how quickly he is growing.  Let me just tell you though... I am so thankful to live in a place where in late November it is still in the 70s so I do not have to buy winter preggo people clothes for my last month of carrying Reed.  

Reed however has decided over the last three weeks to lodge his precious tootsies in my rib cage... or at least that is what I am assuming he is doing.  When whatever is in my ribs isn't there, I feel great.  We are walking every morning (for the most part) and still trying not to eat junk galore.  That can be a challenge at times.  All in all, life is good, we are good and we are eagerly awaiting our little guy!