28 Weeks

I have 12 weeks left to bake this bun!

We are closer to a name this week. We are down to 16 names and there are a few that stand out but we just can’t agree on one yet. We will need to figure it out soon for the invites for our “baby sprinkle”. All we really need is diapers and wipes but you will be more than welcome to bring anything else! :)

Anyway.

Last week was hectic, traumatic and all over tiresome.

Hectic because Origami Owl’s new Spring line is coming out and I had to order new catalogs and a designer supplement (I LOVE) and I signed a new designer (WOO HOO) and I have someone on the fence. Product was shipped in I had to deliver and I’ve started a list of those who want a new catalog….looks like I will be orders LOTS more! Oh, I also bought new fabric for Keira’s Easter dress and bought new threads and a self-healing cutting mat and two new rotary cutters! I think I’m starting to like this sewing thing lots more since I found rotary cutters! :D

Tiresome because it seems like I never stop to slow down. I always have something going on be it new software training, band concerts, appointments or just cooking dinner. I didn’t cook ANY last week. Crazy right? But I don’t know what I would do if I had an open schedule. I’d probably find something to fill it with. I can’t just sit and that drives Jeremy crazy sometimes.

Now on to the traumatic part. On Wednesday of last week (the 5th) I witnessed an accident. The car in front of me was t-boned by a lady running a stop sign. I honked my horn. The old lady driving (the one that ran the stop sign) just slouched in the seat as the SUV turned itself off. The younger lady she hit could still drive her car and was fine and moved out-of-the-way of traffic. I called 911 and told them about the accident and I started to ask the woman questions while on the phone with 911. She was moving around now.

She had lung problems she said. No oxygen or inhalers because the doctors told her there was nothing they could do for her. She had a big bump on her head already from where she hit the steering wheel (she wasn’t wearing a seat belt) and her leg hit the dash and was already bruised and purple. I told her, “If I start crying it’s because I’m pregnant okay? You’re gonna be okay, so just don’t pay attention to me.” I tried to be happy so she wouldn’t freak out. The man with her (her neighbor) just got out of the car when it stopped to pick up the bumper and other parts of her SUV that had been knocked off and didn’t even ask me about how she was.

Once the police got there I gave them my info, told them what I saw and pointed out the lady that the old woman had hit and that she was okay. The ambulance came after I left (the daycare where Keira is was where I was headed) and they took the old lady to the hospital. Of course, I wasn’t thinking about people from daycare seeing me, the pregnant lady, out where an accident had just happened. So when I got there to get Keira everyone was asking me if I was alright. All I really wanted to do was cry. I have no idea why, but I didn’t let myself.

I told everyone I was fine and what happened but I knew that the mom that got hit was a mom at the daycare, I just couldn’t remember her name. I think I almost had a panic attack as well. I couldn’t stop shaking and had to sit in my car before I went in to get Keira. My thought was, that could have been me. What if Keira was in the car with me? That lady would have hit me exactly where Keira’s car seat is.

I just squeezed her so tight when I was putting her in the car. I called Jeremy to because I needed to tell him right then or I would just burst.

I hope the old lady is fine. I hope I don’t get called to court or anything either.

Whew. That was my week. How was yours?

Baby Update & Stuff

I am 27 weeks today!

My app says that she should weigh about 2 pounds and be around 14-1/2″ long. I sure can tell cause when she moves I feel it everywhere!

Last week on the 26th, I called my OB’s office cause I was having some issues. I also just didn’t feel right in general. Their office closed at noon (which was right before I called) and a nurse called back. I told her how I felt, what was going on and that it had been happening for two days. Her words “You need to go to labor and delivery as soon as you can to be checked.” Ugh. Long story short, I went and was there from about 12:20 until 2:20. I came back to work. They monitored me, ran some tests and end the end, everything was okay. Now though I am restricted to not picking up anything over 10 pounds….which means our 2-year-old Keira.

Oh how she dislikes that.

That afternoon I had to have someone else at daycare pick her up and carry her out to my car for me because she refused to walk. I accidentally picked her up the next morning when she got up and Seth (our son) said “Mom! You aren’t supposed to do that!” Whoops. He helped me by picking her up and putting her on the bed so I could get her dressed and then by putting her in the car when we were ready to leave. I don’t know what I would do without him!

As far as the “stuff” in this post….we finally bought baby gear! I had bought only one set of three onesies before we found out if the bean was a boy or a girl, they were yellow with elephants. When we found out she was a girl, there wasn’t really a need to buy clothes cause, well….we still have all of Keira’s stuff. That being said; we didn’t have baby GEAR.

With Keira we used the cradle that Jeremy used when he was a baby (that’s about 30 years old folks) and I was adamant that we weren’t going to use that thing again. I hated it. So….we found this.
BassinetWe both loved it. It’s also gender neutral so if we decided to have another baby after this one and it turns out to be a boy (pretty please?) we can still use this. Plus…at Babies R Us this exact one retails for $170…we got this one on Zulily for $130 with shipping! Score one for us! We should get it in the next two weeks. I can’t wait!

We also got this Closet Organization set, two packs of three Tommie Tippee bottles (with one being pink and the other coming with pacifiers we were going to get anyway), this amazing diaper bag from Carter’s, a new baby carrier from Baby Bjorn (we’ve read up on these regarding hip issues and are pretty sure we will be okay as long as we keep an eye on how the baby is sitting), and last but not least: the new car seat! We also picked up Keira a folding potty seat. We haven’t gotten to try it out yet but we are hoping it helps her on her potty training!

In total we spent about $300 and saved almost $100 because of coupons we had for Babies R Us. We used them in store and were able to stack them. We had a 15% off total purchase, a spend $50 on baby gear and save $10 and the Carter’s diaper bag was 20% off. That made both of us really happy! I didn’t even know that BRU would let you stack coupons, but now we know!

All that we seriously need now is the crib, crib mattress and the double stroller we have been eyeing. Keira stayed in our room until she was about 3 months old so there isn’t a real hurry on the crib. Also, we have completely taken out the “bumpers” that matched Keira’s crib skirt, we will use those on the new baby’s crib. We are contemplating turning Keira’s crib into a daybed and we would have to get a guard rail which I don’t think that she would mind. We shall see.

As of right now, there is still no name for this bean. We’ve narrowed it down to 23. When we get to like – 10. I might post the list and see what you all think. :)

Have a great week!

Time For Food!!!

You that have been around a while know how this works.

I am addicted to FoodGawker and I try to make our weekly menu plans from it. This way we don’t get bored with the same old same old. Cause let’s face it, grilled cheese is good and so is chili, but maybe you shouldn’t eat it twice in a week. Here, I list the names of the recipe’s I tried with link’s to the webpage of who created it; if I made any tweeks to it and how everyone (the almost 12-year-old boy, the 2-year-old girl, me and the hubby) likes it. It’s been a while so – here goes – all 17 recipes. Some of the best (Besides the Orange Frothy and homemade oreos) are towards the end.

 

Homemade Oreos – I did everything except the 4 cups of powdered sugar. I stopped at 3. Otherwise, we couldn’t have eaten it. I did have strawberry jam that I used but I also had some strawberry extract! I added maybe a half a teaspoon and tested it out and added just a splash more. These kept for a good while. I stored them in air tight containers in the fridge and we’d either eat them cold or let them thaw out for a few minutes. SO YUMMY. You have to make these!

Ranch Bread – First – you must LOVE ranch and cream cheese equally. My hubby apparently doesn’t. :) I LOVED this and ate it for two days. The littles & Jeremy – not so much. The hubby suggested not using so much ranch at first, then he said he just didn’t like the texture of it. Creamy spread with crispy bread I guess? Like I said though, I loved this!

Light Sloppy Joes – If you don’t like the canned stuff (and to be honest, sometimes I love the canned stuff) and you’d like to try your hand at making your own sauce; here you go. Easy & simple and good! I’ve fixed this a few times and it’s by far one of the better liked sauces I’ve made for sloppy joe’s. Try it! I’m sure your family will like it too!

Orange Frothy – O.M.Gosh! Are you looking for something to totally make you feel like summer is fast approaching? Make this and you’ll feel like those 30 degree days are soon to be gone! I fixed this thinking I’d have one and Jeremy would have one and Keira would share mine. Seth wasn’t interested. Turns out I had to make TWO batches of this cause Jeremy had his and I gave mine to Keira to let her try it and she wouldn’t let me have it back!!! She drank the whole glass plus half another one! It’s seriously the best thing ever. Like orange sherbet or those orange sickles!!! YES! THOSE! I think I will have to make these when I get home tonight. Oh, one note. I put the honey in second, put it in last if you are using a NutriBullet or something similar cause all my honey got stuck in the top when I flipped it onto the blender. Second time around I didn’t make that mistake. :)

Cheeseburger Bake – It was good, not great. It could have used something else, I just couldn’t tell what. It was all eaten so that’s a plus! I don’t think this will be in my “Keep” section (unlike that Orange Frothy) but it’s worth trying again at some point.

Chips & Chili Cheese Casserole – Or cheese chili casserole….whatevs. Either way you call it, this didn’t work out for me. I don’t know why, I have no idea what happened. I fixed it. It wasn’t the best. We ate it anyway. No one complained, but I probably won’t be fixing this again.

Asian Flank Steak Marinade – It says to let it sit 10 hours or overnight. I did mine that morning and so they sat for 8 hours. They were good….but they could be better. I probably should have let them to for the overnight soak. I won’t count this out just yet…..so we will see.

Homemade Hamburger Helper – It was good! Better than the boxed stuff Jeremy said. Keira, the little sometimes picky one, wouldn’t eat the turkey in it so I had to pick all the turkey out of her bowl and she ate the rest. Seth didn’t say anything about it…..but he ate it without making faces, so – point for me! I did not put one tablespoon of chili powder in ours, I put maybe 1/4 teaspoon. We don’t like it hot people….not that hot anyway. It’s a must try for your family – swear.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats – I made this with Keira in mind. She loves oatmeal (I wish I was on that wagon with her but sometimes I just can’t). However, I did not put the dates in or the apples BUT I did put in my apple pie spice and seasonings. The next morning I just cut up apples and she scooped it in her oatmeal and ate it that way. It was pretty good. I did taste it. I wouldn’t give her anything I wouldn’t eat….what mom would? Try it for your kiddos! Oh, we had this when it was snowing and it was a nice way to warm her up from playing outside.

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas – If they had this dish at our local Mexican restaurant – I’d be in there ALL. THE. TIME. So good & so easy!! I loved the honey and the lime in it and the hubs did to. Seth actually spoke while eating and said they were good! Keira, well….she just ate the chicken out of the enchiladas. At least she was eating! :) A must try!

Monte Cristo Sandwich – I’ve posted several (as far as I can remember) different variations on the Monte Cristo sandwich here. The last one I made required refrigeration and this one does not. Quick, easy….and YUMY as always!

Chicken Quesadillas – I did not make this the same week I made the Honey Lime Chicken ones….just so you know. :) These were just as yummy! We had probably five left over (I had made other stuff that we ended up eating more of). Turns out my in-laws came over for us to do their taxes and my FIL ended up eating two of them and said he’d eat more but he didn’t want to stuff himself! Keira just thought they were like cheese quesadillas so she was good eating them. May just make these again soon!

Strawberry Blonde Smoothie – I don’t know if it’s because of the omission of sugar or the lemon juice or the apple cider but Jeremy said it was bitter. Seth wouldn’t even try it and Keira got a pieces of strawberry in her straw and refused to drink any more. I thought it was pretty good. This probably won’t get made any more at our house cause I ended up finding the Orange Frothy….everyone loved it more than this smoothie.

Cider Glazed Chicken Bites – I must say, mine didn’t turn into a glaze. Maybe I didn’t cook it long enough? It didn’t matter, everyone liked it! Even Keira! I forget what else I fixed with this but we had maybe another serving left over that the hubs took to work the next day. It was a great new thing and although I don’t always have cider in my fridge, when I do, I’ll be making this!

One Pot Sausage Skillet Pasta – Kind of like hamburger helper but more delish!! We had leftovers and they were still good the next day! A great dish to make if you’re looking for something quick and tasty and don’t want to pile the kitchen sink full of dishes! A for sure remake at our house!

Lasagna Soup – Hmmm….I apparently love Damn Delicious and didn’t even notice it till just now! I may just hang out on her page after finishing this post! Anyway, about this soup. I made it twice in two weeks. Yup. Once for us and Jeremy LOVED it. Once for a church dinner and we had maybe two bowls left once everything was said and done. We took it to Jeremy’s dad’s house and they ate it later in the afternoon and loved it as well! I don’t know what it is but it’s addicting. LOVE it!!! A for sure “Keep” and one of the top two recipes on this here list.

Almond Poppy Seed Muffins – I have never had to make my kids leave me alone in the kitchen so much!! Once they caught wind of the almond and vanilla extracts and I told Keira we were putting cheese (ricotta cheese) in the muffins, she immediately wanted it. No matter if they were cooked or not! As for the orange bakery emulsion…I had orange extract and used that. Of course, it may be the exact same thing and I am just clueless. None the less, it worked and was SOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!! A keeper for us and the other top recipe on this list!

ENJOY! If you try any of these, come back here and let me know! I need food now…..

Bad Blogger….

It’s been almost two weeks since I last blogged.

I’m sorry.

If this was my full time gig, I’d be doing a better job. I swear.

For the past two weeks we’ve had almost 70 degree weather some days (yes, right after 8″ of snow), rainy days in the 40’s and bone chilling wind. Mother Nature needs to take some supplements or something for her mood swings.

I have been cooking a lot though! So that means a food post coming soon of what I’ve made. We’ve also gotten our tax return back so we got some baby stuff! There will be a post on that soon. I’ll be working on both those today and schedule them so stay tuned.

I’ve also been doing a lot with Origami Owl lately. Several catalog parties, individual orders and a I have a jewelry bar coming up this Saturday that I still need to get some things for. I’m trying a new thing, it’s called and open concept bar. Everything will be out for people to grab and make a locket. I usually have everything in jars. We shall see how this goes. I’ve heard good things from fellow designers about it.

I’ve also found myself in the boutique resale world. Giggle Moon, Mustard Pie, Matilda Jane and the like. Resale prices are still “seriously? that much?!” but I’m willing to watch to see if there is a good deal on something, or if I see something I just MUST have for Keira and this bean (still no name by the way) – I’ll grab it. I have made one purchase of three items from a momma in Florida who makes head bands, clippies and the like. $18 for three amazingly cute headbands that I’m hoping the bean will keep on her little head. Keira might just want to start wearing them too if she sees Sissy wearing them! Fingers crossed!

Do you have any stay at home mommies that you buy from on a regular basis? I have ButterBeans&ChicPeas and then I found SassyPants which is where I got those headbands I was telling you about. I’ve bought several things from BB&CP and she’s wonderful! Leave a link in the comments if you would like to your favorite places to shop and I will check them out!

I’m. So. Done.

With this WEATHER!!!

I do not like winter, AT ALL. Winter’s here are usually just cold and rainy. It’s never cold enough to snow and when it is everyone freaks out for no reason cause nothing ever really happens.

Well…..it DID HAPPEN!!! TWICE!!!

The last week of January my son’s school was closed for two days because of ice and snow.
2014-01-28 11.10.11This was me leaving work at 11 a.m. to pick Keira up from daycare. It had only been snowing for like two hours. Seth called and told me he was getting on the bus and I told him that was fine (and that was at 11:30). Know when he got home? 2:30. THREE hours on a bus that usually only takes an hour to drop him off. Roads were bad and yet my husband was still at work cause they wouldn’t let anyone go.

Then….on Monday night….it started again.
2014-02-11 10.30.46This is our backyard on Tuesday morning. A few inches but nothing really on the roads. Jeremy went to work Tuesday and Wednesday. I stayed home with the kiddos. Wednesday, everything that fell on Tuesday and that night….melted. I thought YES – DONE. OVER. I was wrong. It started snowing again on Wednesday night and it was even worse.
2014-02-13 08.10.17The lighting sucks….sorry. It was about 7am on Thursday morning. You can barely see where the driveway and the road are. I started to fix breakfast and Jeremy ran out to see how much there really was. EIGHT inches of snow. UGH. I think I was getting cabin fever by this point. It was day three for me staying at home with the kids and if you know me at all you know that I hate missing work for any reason and that I HATE being cooped up inside for a long period of time.

Our power never went out (as you can see we have underground utilities) but we still had downed trees on the main roads which lead to our subdivision. Thankfully none of those trees took lines with them so we were good. Those around us, not so much. Most of my friends and family in the area lost power and some went as long as 48 hours without it, a few more than that. Still – today – some people I know don’t have power. So I thank God that we kept ours (I would have went even more crazy)!!!!

Thankfully today, I am back at work!!!! Keira’s daycare was open again and she’s having a Valentine’s Day party at school (I picked up the cupcakes I ordered last night). I hope she has so much fun! Seth school is closed AGAIN. At this point they will start having to make up days which means they probably won’t get out of school until sometime in early June. He was with me at my office for a while (till my doctor appointment) and then he went to hang out with his Uncle Johnathan (who brought me flowers and chocolate yesterday – Best Brother Ever right there)!! Jeremy is back at work today as well. He didn’t go in yesterday and stayed home with me and kiddos. I’m glad….at least I had an adult to talk to.

As far as my appointment….I’ve gained around 10 pounds total. I am 24 weeks and 4 days so we have a little less than 16 weeks left. We have already done our taxes (wooo hooo) and when we get them back we will be getting the crib, the mattress, a car seat, a double stroller and a bassinet. The rest of the money will be put back for when I am out of work with no pay (I get 6 weeks of 80% pay then 6 weeks without pay). I stayed out with Keira for 12 weeks and it was the best decision ever, I did the same with Seth….I think. I am pretty sure I stayed out at least 9 weeks with him.

Any how….I feel like the baby (and me) are better prepared at 12 weeks. They don’t seem so fragile and tiny as they do when they are 6 weeks and I feel I know their cycles good enough to let who ever will be watching them know everything they need to.

The only road block we have is that we haven’t picked a name yet. We have a list….but we haven’t narrowed it down yet. When we do I will let you know. Also, while all the snow was happening….I baked and cooked A LOT. I even borrowed sugar from the neighbor to make snow cream cause I used all ours making poppy-seed muffins. I’ll have to get her something extra for letting me borrow 5 pounds of sugar!!

How’s the weather been where you are?

Oh Baby…..

I went to a baby appointment on the 17th with Jeremy (which was also his birthday).

My blood pressure is still good. According to their charts I have officially gained 6 pounds but my scale at home still says around 145 on some days (which my starting weight was 142 according to the chart). The mid-wife I see says that I should gain about a pound a week from here on out which means a total gain of 26ish pounds. I hope and pray that’s all I gain! With Seth I gained 65 (I was a whopping 120 pounds when I got pregnant with him – MAYBE). With Keira I gained 45 pounds (and I weighed the same as I did starting with this bun) – so 25 pounds sounds about right.

Bean, Bun – whatever you want to call her – is still a girl – woo hoo! Since I was 20 weeks they wanted to take measurements and such so we got to see her again. The way she’s measuring, my due date moved “unofficially” to around June 7th instead of the 2nd. Which they won’t actually change it on my chart but they made a note of it. Keira was 19-1/2″ long and only weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces when she was born. Seth was 9 pounds 1 ounce and I think 21″ long. I feel horrible I can’t remember but that was almost 12 years ago (I still have his baby book though with everything in it – so at least there is that).

What have we bought for baby yet? Nothing. Well, unless you count the new boppy cover I bought. We got it at Target and it was like $11 bucks or something. Green with butterflies and lady bugs on it. I figured with Keira still using it (yup, as a pillow) and then the new bun using it, we would need more than the two we had. Next on our list to buy? The bassinet. We figure this baby will stay in our room till she’s at least 3 months old, like Keira did, so there is no super rush to get a crib and mattress and a bedding set. After the bassinet we will get the car seat (cause we still can’t decide on which one to get).

Keira has been using the potty on and off. We need to get a traveling potty thing for her to use at restaurants (like one that fits on the toilets in the bathrooms) and at people’s houses. If we had that I think the potty training would go a little better.

Seth has been doing good in classes at school. Tomorrow he gets to go out for lunch with 80ish other kids cause he had no missed work and at least a B in all his classes. Which is great cause the first 9 weeks he had a 70 in science – so this means he has brought it WAY up. So proud of him.

Also – if you want to buy me anything (family and friends I’m talking to here) just search my name here. I have maternity clothes on there, shoes, jewelry. Just stuff I love I would amazingly love you for if you bought it for me. Be it for my birthday (in May if you forget) or for my may or may not happen Baby Sprinkle thing……

If you want to buy stuff for the BUN…..search here for my name. Yes there are 89 items on there. But there are two car seats and three bassinets since we haven’t fully decided on either one of those yet. Other stuff is obvious like diapers, wipes, new blankets & new clothes. I haven’t finished going through all of Keira’s old clothes and washing and hanging and putting away because I still haven’t bought hangers or drawer dividers. Maybe that should be next on the list of what I buy…….

Anyway…..there is an update for you!

Remember, you can comment on my posts…..I don’t think people think they can do that……I think it’s nice….. :)

It’s That Time Again….

My semi regular scheduled post about what I’ve been making from FoodGawker.

I know it’s been a while since the last time I posted about my culinary adventures…..sorry.

There are 13 links I am going to give you today. Easy, yummy and kid friendly variations. Cause my kids are a little picky and to be honest – so am I.

Flatbread Pizza – It says Halloween Ghost Flatbread Pizza….yes, but you don’t have to make these just at Halloween. :) I’ve made these at least four times in the past month. Keira is crazy for olives (along with her daddy) and she will eat a whole one all by herself. That’s a lot of food for her 2-year-old belly! We do add a touch of sauce to ours though. Yummy, easy and quick!! Keira even helps put the pepperoni’s on bubba’s pizza!

Crispy Chicken Salad Wraps – I’ve posted about these several times before I think. They are too yummy to not make at least once a month. We do leave out the scallions and the celery though. Picky eaters won’t eat it and still delish all the same.

Chocolate Chip Cookies – I’ve made these at least twice in the past month or so. Once for just us to eat and once for a family thing. I like my cookies soft and chewy (like the ones you get at the store from Chips Ahoy) and Jeremy likes his crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. I baked these for the amount specified and they were soft and chewy and stayed that way even after a few days. Bake them a little longer and they come out just like Jeremy likes them. Of course the kids ate them up.

Brown Sugar Apple Dip – I actually made this for Keira’s birthday party. Most of it got eaten and we had maybe a cup left over. Keira loves apples with peanut butter so I thought this might go over well with her and everyone else at the party – and it did. She was licking it off her plate if she didn’t have apples left to eat with it. It makes a lot so I’d make it only if people were coming over. Unless – you want to eat it all yourself….then you go ahead and make it! :)

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders – Again, we leave out the onions and bell peppers in this cause of the kiddos. If it was just me and the hubs I would at least leave the bell peppers in there. Neither one of us are fans of onions unless they are deep-fried and offered with ranch. Simple, easy and none of that stuff you can’t pronounce on the jar of “sauce” you buy at the store when you fix sloppy joe’s. Keira isn’t too big a fan of these (she’s much rather have an orange and an apple and a cheese sandwich) but the rest of us love them!!!

Wonton Mozzarella Sticks – First, I didn’t use wonton wrappers….I had bought egg roll wrappers instead. Oh well….I used them anyway. Results….Keira would eat them as long as I peeled off the browned parts of the wrapper. Jeremy was sick so he didn’t eat but one and me and Seth finished them off. Now, since everyone is better, I will try these again. I’ll just have to hide the cheese sticks from Keira so I can make them. :)

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls – Did I fix the chicken like it said with the carrots and such? Nope. I just omitted those, why? Cause I forgot to get them at the store. Did I put slaw and bleu cheese in them? Nope – kid friendly my friends…..must be kid friendly. I did however make a bleu cheese dip to dip them in. Overall acceptance from the masses (my family plus two others) yummy! Will be making these again soon for a family night thing we plan on doing.

Apple Cinnamon Mini Muffins – I made these just like it says to. They were delish!! So easy and everyone loved it!

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup – So, mine didn’t turn out as soupy – I have no idea as to why – but it was still good! Keira ate several tortellini and Seth didn’t complain (the tortellini was spinach and feta!) and me and Jeremy thought it was good. We ate it with breadsticks from Fazoli’s cause this pregnant lady wanted some – so did Keira. Would I make it again? Probably. Maybe it will actually be soupy this time.

Classic Cheesecake – The first one I’ve ever made. The first time I’ve ever used a spring form pan. I think I did pretty well. I actually made this for Thanksgiving. It was airy – like you could see small tiny bubbles in it. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not but it was good and all of it was eaten over the next two days. I’ll make it again I’m sure.

Bacon & Beef Baked Pasta – Good, not great for us. I don’t know if it was just us or what but it was edible. I doubt I would make it again though. Again, not that it was bad or awful or anything but it just wasn’t for us.

Skinny Protein Box – Does Starbuck’s have this? If so I haven’t ever seen it at the ones I frequent (well used to frequent). It’s not hard to make: an English muffin (or a regular muffin if you are me), cheddar cheese & a baby bel cheese, peanut butter, an apple and grapes and a boiled egg. If prepared ahead – lunch all week!

Chunky Chicken Salad Cups – Made these just like it says – but without the mushrooms. Again – picky eaters. I made it for a get together at the house and they were all eaten but I don’t know if I will make them again – just because I didn’t like them that much.

I think that will be all for today. Let me know if you try any of these and how they worked out for you and yours. I’m sure all be adding more to my “Made” tag on FoodGawker in the coming weeks. Soon I will be looking for freezer meals!!!