Monday, February 28, 2011

Our Last Meat Meal in February.

Today is our last day to eat meat until April!!

I had planned to make meatball heros, but I don't have any Italian bread, so I decided to make something else. Plus, since it is our last day to eat meat for a month, we should have something a little more exciting anyway.

I came across a pack of lamb loin chops I bought to make a couple of weeks ago. I forgot about them and they were hiding on the bottom of the freezer.

I have never cooked lamb before so I was searching online to find a recipe.

I will let you know how it is!

Herb and Garlic Lamb Loin Chops

•8 lamb loin chops
•1/4 cup olive oil
•1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
•1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
•2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
•2 cloves garlic, minced
•zest of 1 lemon
•1 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Combine olive oil, thyme, basil, rosemary, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper in a bowl. Dip lamb chops into mixture to coat evenly. Cover chops and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat grill. Place lamb chops on grill over a medium high heat. Grill about 5 minutes per side. Chops should be browned on both sides.

Last Day of February! A little (long) recap.

Good Bye Birthday Month!! I sure hope next year you will treat me better!! I had a good month. But, it could of been way better!!!

Let's recap shall we:

It started off great, except for my back pain. I hurt my back really bad. Like the worst back pain I have ever had. It started at the end of January, but went into February. It came on super quick. It started one afternoon and by the end of the day I was in tears. After a few days I went to the emergency room because I swore I had kidney stones. It turned out I just hurt my lower back and they just prescribed me some muscle relaxers and pain pills.

On the ride home I was thinking of how I hurt my back. In the past month I remembered 3 events that could of caused the pain:

It could of been from when I fell on a huge ice patch in the driveway.

Maybe it was when I was holding Madison and she quickly jerked back and I caught her. This actually happened twice on two separate days. I remember a spasm like pain in my back from one of those days.

It could of been during a yoga class when I twisted twisted funny and felt something pull in my back.

Maybe it was because I turned 29 this month and I am just getting old?

I am guessing it is a combination of all of the above.

So the back pain went away just in time for my Birthday week, but then I had another pain to deal with. It was a pain in the neck. Yeah, boy oh boy was a pain. My license was expiring so I had to get my new one. Since we switched our residency to this state because it is cheaper than our old state, I had to take a computerized drivers test. I passed that and then went on to get my license. Well, it turns out my birth certificate didn't have my gender on it, so they wouldn't excepted it. I don't have a passport so I had to go back home and wait until Monday (it was Saturday) to call my birth state and get a new birth certificate. I lost my original and I ordered the non gender replacement (by accident!) a few years ago. At the time I didn't realize I was suppose to order "a long form" to get a birth certificate with a gender. I spent a good hour on the phone figuring everything out. Then they wind up telling me I have to order it online. At least I knew which one to order this time. I received my new birth certificate a few days after my old one expired. Good thing I didn't really have any place I had to go to. I think I drove just one day without an expired license. It would of been very funny if the one time I get pulled over is on my way to get my new licence, but thankfully that didn't happen. I finally get up to the desk after waiting (not fun with a toddler). The lady at the counter asks if I took the test. I told her yes. She said it wasn't on the system. Really!? I have a cranky toddler. I can't/ don't want to retest!! She goes back and talks to her manager. She comes back and says since my license expired it wasn't in there, but she figured out/ fixed everything. FINALLY I got my license. YAY!!

Now on to the real pain in the neck. I woke up one day with a sore/ stiff neck. It turned into a constant head ache/ pain in the back of my head. Then the pain went to my ear. I thought my back pain was bad. Yeah, I think I will take that back pain again after dealing with my new pain for a few days. Not feeling well or being sick is not fun with a toddler.

On my actually Birthday (February 11th) I had a urology appt. I have been having repeat bladder infections since I was pregnant. So my dr refereed me to the urology dr to see what my problem is.

They scheduled me for a Cystoscopy on Valentines Day. This procedure was not fun! I'd rather have 20 pap's. He recommended I have a Urodynamics Test, but the machine is broken. So I am on a wait list. It could be a couple months. The thing is he doesn't want to do it if I am pregnant, but he isn't going to stop me from trying for a couple months. So well see what happens there. I am kinda hoping I will not get pregnat just so I can have this test. But, we have been trying for months, and March might be the month. Well see..... I am not worried about it either way.

Since I happened to be at the hospital I popped over to my regular drs office to see if they had an opening for me to see why my neck/head/ ear was hurting for the past few days. They say yes they do in 10 min. I sit down in the waiting room. 30 min. pass. I go up to the desk. Apparently the dr went to lunch because he didn't think he had anyone after his last patient. He was actually working out, so they had to track him down. (I am guessing this next thing would only happen at a military base). They finally seat me and the dr comes in with his workout gear. I am so embarrassed , but I don't care because I am in pain. He apologizes. I say don't worry, I am just happy he is here to see me. I apologize for interrupting his lunch. He seems to think I am fine. I seem to think I am falling apart, going crazy, and a hypochodriact. I am so sick of feeling crappy. He gives me some more muscle relaxers and tells me to take the antibiotics the urologist to me to take next time I had a badder infection. I go to the pharmacy and I only can get the drugs and only the antibiotic is in. They try to call the dr, but he is at lunch again. Blah!! So I go home. JR picks up the other pills a couple days later. I still had some muscle relaxers from my back, so I take those.

On a happier note. I thought it would be fun to get together with a few friends and go bowling for my Birthday weekend. I wasn't feeling that great, but we went and had a wonderful time. I have such wonderful friends. They were planning and baking cupcakes behind my back and turned the bowling party into a surprise Birthday Bash. We all had a fun afternoon. All the kiddos love to bowl!

Then last but not least Madison caught a cold and decided to share with us. So that is how we are ending the month.

Here's hoping to a fun filled March and the rest of the year!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

1st Week of Meatless March {Meal Planning}

Yesterday I printed off a free printable March calendar and sat down and planned our meals for the whole month of March. I am excited. I really think we can go the whole month without any chicken or red meat. For breakfast I usually eat All bran cereal, and for lunch it is a grapefruit, left overs, or soup. So I am not worried about planning those meals. Madison will be pretty much eating what she normally eats for breakfast and lunch. She always eats what we have for dinner, so that might be a little trickier. She will still be eating sandwiches (with deli meat) and sometimes chicken tenders in case she doesn't like our dinner. I think she will be eating what we have 90% of the time.

Here is what the first week looks like.

Sunday, February 27th
Lasagna (I made a small one and froze it last time I made this meal. Yay for quick and easy meals. Just have to pop it in the oven.
Monday, February 28th
Meatball Heros.

Meatless March!
Tuesday, March 1st
Vegetarian Tacos (Black beans, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado)
Spanish rice
Wednesday, March 2nd
Today we have house church. We meet with friends, have dinner together, work on our study, pray, ect. We all bring something for dinner. I am making stuffed shells.
Thursday, March 3rd
French toast and eggs
Friday, March 4th
Homemade pizza- JR requested cheese. Madison and I will have pineapple pizza and also mushrooms, and green pepper on our pizza.
Saturday, March 5th
Creamy White Chili- I got this recipe from a friend- Thanks Shersti! :O) It is made with chicken, but I will just omit that.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Meatless March

‎3 more days until JR and I eat no meat for a month. Meatless March :O) No red meat or chicken for us. We will still eat fish though once a week (shrimp, ect). Don't feel sorry for JR- It was his idea! :O) JR's sister Nikkie is vegan and JR thought he could give up meat for a month.

I plan to continue the meatless meal in meal planning once we are done with Meatless March.

After March our menu will consist of this:
Mondays will be Meatless Monday.
Tuesdays are Taco Tuesday.

Friday is homemade pizza day.

We can still keep Taco Tuesday and our Friday pizza day. It will just be vegetarian style. I look forward to experimenting with new recipes.

Anyone else want to join us? I will be posting recipes in our blog, so be on the lookout!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Laundry Detergent Recipe

I have been wanting to make my own laundry detergent for about a year. I bought Borax a few months ago and it has just been sitting in my laundry room. Last week I finally got the rest of my ingredients and made my laundry detergent. I have used it for a few loads of laundry and I love it!

The recipe is:

1 cup of Borax

1 cup washing soda

2 cups of shredded bar soap

(I like Dr Bronners Peppermint Pure Castile Soap)

You use 2 tbsp per load.

You can make liquid detergent by adding the ingredients to 2 gallons of boiling water.

Our favorite store bought detergent is Method.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Valentines Day {Part 2}

I love you project I made for Valentines Day.

JR brought these home for his two Valentines.

We were so spoiled with goodies. My SIL Sarah and BIL Micheal sent us these cupcakes for my Birthday. There was 4 red velvet ones to, but we already ate those before I could take a picture :O) They were yummy! Thanks again Sarah and Micheal!

Madison's Valentine Day craft at the library story time.

Random recent pictures :O)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhog Day!

We have 2 very exciting things going on today. JR got another snowday "iceday" off from work. Also, the groundhog didn't see his shadow, so Spring will be hear before we know it!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Stuck Inside of an Ice Cube

We are in the middle of an ice storm. JR had off from work today and I wouldn't be surprised if he had off tomorrow. Fingers crossed he does :O)

I have been so spoiled today. JR was such a good husband and Daddy today! (he always is, but today was extra special) My back hurts (I am not sure what I did to it!) So I was able to relax all day. He did laundry, took care of Madison, cooked, and cleaned. It was so nice to have him home today. He did say he couldn't be a stay at home daddy. He said he'd go crazy, lol. But, he will still count down until the next 3 day weekend.

Sometimes it is so nice to be stuck at home. Since I am pretty much couch bound I was able to get caught up on my magazine pile.

There are a couple of great free online magazines I love too.

High Gloss is a brand new one that was just released today. Check it out HERE!

I discovered another free online magazine a few months ago called Lonny Magazine. You can read the JAN/FEN issue right HERE

There's lots of eye candy and you can scroll over the page and it takes you directly to the product links. So grab a nice big mug of hot chocolate and your favorite blanket and read away.


What a fun Valentines Day gift! You can design your own candy bar. Doesn't that sound like fun!!? Don't forget to check out RetailMeNot for a code!