Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What's on the Menu? (Week of March 23)

I posted to Facebook recently that my goal for the month of March was to make a different meal every night we cooked at home. It started the last week of February when I pinned some new recipes to Pinterest and they were all successful. I have created a new Pinterest board called Tried & True where I move all of the successful recipes and add my comments. If we tried it and it isn't good I won't move it over there. Since I have a blog - I figured I could post each week what was on the menu and go back and edit my post to reflect our opinions!

Monday - Savory Stuffed Pork Chops

Ingredients:
8 boneless pork chops, about 1 inch thick
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup of butter, cubed
5 cups fresh baby spinach
1 package (6 ounces) sage stuffing mix
1-1/2 cups sour cream
1/2 teaspoon of rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon of lemon-pepper seasoning

Here is the link to the recipe for the instructions: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/savory-stuffed-pork-chops

Results: I felt like I was on master chef making stuffed pork chops! When we were at the store I wasn't even sure if the pork chops were thick enough, but they turned out perfect. I've added my comments to the ingredients above because I didn't follow them exactly. My comments are in italics. In regards to the instructions, I would trim the fat off of the pork chop before stuffing them. They were very tender and so good!

Tuesday - Cheeseburger Egg Rolls

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1/2 medium red onion, minced
3/4 pound ground sirloin
Salt and pepper
1 cup sharp yellow cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon grainy, whole-seed mustard
1 package egg roll wrappers
Cooking spray
Sesame seeds


Here is the link to the recipe for cooking instructions:
http://www.rachaelray.com/recipes/cheeseburger-eggrolls

Results: This recipe was a total fail, but it was my fault. We were at Kroger and I could not find egg roll wrappers so I bought spring roll skins. I did some research and from what I could tell, they were supposed to be interchangeable words. THEY ARE NOT! I want to try this again, and I will using the correct egg roll wrappers. The inside was the best part and I do think that it would have made a difference to have the correct ingredients - next time I will not trust Google!

Stay tuned for Wednesdays meal!

The cooking entrepreneur,
Ashlyn

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Rhory Camille: Month 6!


Half a year already?! I cannot believe how quickly time is moving. I am so thankful for the joy Rhory has brought in to our lives, and we love watching her grow and change.

She is sitting up SO well on her own, laughs a lot, gives us the gummy grin pretty much 24/7, and loves mommy and daddy. We are in the midst of Wonder Week 5 and it has been a doozy at times. It is the "relationship" wonder week where she has become quite clingy. I love the extra baby snuggles, but sometimes other people want them too! If she is too tired, or close to being ready to eat she generally just wants mommy or daddy. She went through a phase where sleep was almost non-existent and some nights she ended up in our bed at 1AM because it was the only way we were all going to function the next day. I am not a big fan of cry it out (CIO) or sleep training so when she started sleeping with her lovey and putting herself to sleep (no crying) and went back to sleeping 12 hours at night we were so very happy! Everyone was well rested and much happier :)

She had her 6 month appointment and the doctor said she was perfectly healthy! She always makes remarks about how nice her skin is because apparently this weather dries a lot of babies out. Not sure what has her exempt from the dryness but we'll take it! She weighs 12 pounds 15 ounces and is 23-3/4 inches long! She is definitely petite but the doctor thinks introducing solids will help her put on some more weight, but she isn't under weight by any means. My goal when she was born to set small breastfeeding goals, and so far I have met all of the goals I set. The first goal was 2 weeks, then 1 month, then 6 months and I am proud to say it has been successful. I know that breastfeeding doesn't work for everyone, and that is okay, but it was something I had really wanted to work and I am happy that it did. We have also decided to try BLW (baby-led weaning) which is introducing table-food rather than the traditional pureed food. Again, this doesn't work for everyone but so far it has been great for us. I ordered a book before we started and joined a FB group of other BLW moms that has been really helpful. So far Rhory loves bananas and sweet potatoes and we are slowly introducing new foods. Food before one is really just for play, and I do plan to continue breastfeeding until she is 1 if all continues to go well.

Pictures from month 6!

 

She tried a lemon! Lol :)
 

 




Happy 6 months baby girl!




T-Shirt for CHW 2015!

Josh and I are excited for the Congenital Heart Walk on April 25, 2015 at the North GA Fairgrounds in Marietta. If you would like to make a direct donation to our team, "Team Sawyer" you can do so HERE! On that same page you can also sign up to walk with our team. It is free to walk and we would love to have you join us, walking in Sawyer's memory and also to help raise awareness for CHD's.

We are doing another shirt this year and ALL proceeds will be donated to benefit both the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) and The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF).

The price for the shirt is $15 and it is available in YS, YM, YL and all adult sizes from S to XXL.

And, now for the reveal!

 
 
I am so excited about these shirts! Those footprints are Sawyers ACTUAL prints! I scanned them in and they incorporated them in to the design. 

There are several ways to pay - cash, check, or via pay pal. If you pay via pay pal, I can send you my email address so you can "gift" me the money as family/friend and we can avoid the fees.

Please let me know how many and which sizes when you order. We have to have all orders and payments by April 11 so we can get the shirts distributed before the walk! Order sooner rather than later so we aren't waiting until the last minute :) We won't have as many extra shirts this year.

Eek! So excited about the shirt and the walk this year!

With love,
Ashlyn

Monday, February 9, 2015

Rhory Camille: Month Five


Rhory is our little petite girl! At 5 months old she is still wearing 3 month clothes, and who knows if she will EVER wear 6 month clothes! I mean, obviously she will, but I just want her to stay little forever! As the months go on it is fun to watch her learn and grow and start doing more on her own. She LOVES her exersaucer and has become more and more aware of each of the individual toys on it. She laughs and cackles whenever a cat is near and wants to immediately pet them and then put their fur in her mouth. Sitting up by herself is her latest skill and she is now a master! Josh and I both thoroughly enjoy the time we spend with her in the evenings and in the morning. She has gone to visit her big brother several times and just has the BIGGEST smile any time we are there, which of course makes my heart happy. Life is moving much too fast, as always, but we are enjoying every day with our sweet girl!