Thursday, May 28, 2009

Saturday and the Emergency Room...

We have all had the "Crud" around here for the last couple of weeks, and it ended up getting little Brennan. He had a little bit of a snotty nose when he woke up Saturday morning, but by 3:00 that afternoon, he was having a really hard time breathing. We called the Doc. who of course said, take him to the clinic. Luckily our Ped. office has a Minor Emergency Clinic in town, so that is where we went. His Oxygen levels where low; so they did oxygen treatments, chest x-rays, nose swabs, and finally Nebulizer treatments. Poor Baby, was such a trooper through it all, but really hates the mask. We are continuing to do breathing treatments at home, and all test came back clear. Of Course being a blogging Mom, I got pics. PS. He isn't sleeping here, he is screaming.

He finally passed out on his daddy! Sweet Baby!
Brennan is well on his way to get over the crud, just in time to start cutting his top teeth. I'm so glad they don't really remember their first year of life. It is so tough.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Menu Plan Monday.

This week I'm including 1 1/2 weeks in my Menu. We are going out of town the last part of next week, and next Monday we will be spending as a family due to the Memorial Day holiday.


B: Earth Bread (recipe below)
L: Peanut Butter & Jelly, Pretzels, fruit
D: Lg. Salad

B: Fruit and Yoguat Parfait
L:Pimento and Cheese, Cheetos, veggie dippers
D:Meatloaf, Mashed Pot., Green Beans

B:Earth Bread
L:Pimento and Cheese, Pretzels, Fruit
D:Quessadillas, Rice

B:Granola Bars
L:Meatloaf Sandwiches
D:Whole Wheat Fetticini, Salad

B:Toast & Honey, fruit
L:Pimento & Cheese, Pretzels, veggie dippers
D:Pizza Movie Night (Pizza, Popcorn, Strawberry-Peach Slushies)

B: Cinnamon Toast, Egg Scrambles
L:MacNCheese, Peas, Fruit
D:Black Bean Burritos, Salad

B: Smoothies
D:Leftovers.... clean out the fridge

Monday: (Memorial Day)
B: Yoguart & Granola
L: Out
D: Hotdogs, Chips, Fruit, Cupcakes (Picnic)

B:Breakfast Rollups
L: LO Hotdogs
D:Sausage, Egg, Tacos, Fruit and Yoguart

B:Granola & Milk
L: Leftovers
D: Cereal

B: Granola Bars
L:Peanut Butter & Jelly, Pretzels, fruit
D:Pizza Roll (in Car)

Friday - Sunday in Longview.

Earth Bread ( maybe not the healthiest but it is really tasty)

Heat Oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour 2 med. Loaf Pans.

Mix together and set aside:
3 Eggs
1 t. Vanilla
2 C. Sugar
1 C. veg. Oil

Mix Dry Ingredients:
2 C. Whole Wheat Flour
1 C All Purpose Flour
1 t. Baking Soda
1 t. Salt
1/2 t. Baking Powder
1/4 t. Cinnamon

Mix dry ingredients to Egg mixture and add
1 C grated Carrots
1 C Grated Zuchinni
1/2 c. smashed banana
1 C. Chopped Pecan (optional)

Mixture will be very thick. Pour into Pans and Bake for 50- 60 Minutes.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Day at the Beach

I mentioned a while back that we were going to make a point to go to the Beach more this summer. So last weekend, we headed out to the Beach again. We had a great day, and all got a little crispy... except for Brennan.

Brennan was getting so tired. He snuggled up and laid his head down for a long time, but wouldn't go to sleep.

William and Cade playing in the sand... racing their trucks.

Cade loves to get dirty! He kept laying down in the sand. But didn't ever warm up to the water. William kept talking about sharks and I think it freaked him out.

William was so silly. His Favorite thing this time was jumping in the waves.

Brennan is 9 MONTHS OLD!!!

I am just in shock... it doesn't seem like it has been 9 months since this sweet boy was brought into the world. He is such a blessing. He is so laid back and goes everywhere with a smile. Here are a few pics from the last couple of weeks.
Brennan at the Beach.

This picture is so funny. He was so tired and had just been bathed and for whatever reason his hair wouldn't go down! This is such a rarety, that we had to take pics and laugh.. Poor kid!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Recipe Corrections

OOPS. So I guess when I post recipes I should double check them to make sure they are correct. Well, I will from now on, but here are the correction(in red). Hope you all enjoy.

Omelets in a Bag:
You will need a heavy Duty Ziploc for every member.
Write name on bag with a permanent marker.
Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.
Lay out a variety of omelet fillings ham, cheese, bacon, bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, black olives, tomato, etc.
Allow each person to pick and choose their favorite fillings and place in bag, then crack two eggs into the bag PRESS OUT THE EXTRA AIR and shake.
Place Bags in pot. Cook for 13-15 minutes.
You can put about 6 omelets into a large pot, for more you can make another pot of water.
Remove bags and dump contents onto plate.

Serve with Hashbrowns, fresh fruit, or sweet breads.

Strawberry, Peach Slushies
2 c. froz. Strawberries
1 c. froz. Peaches
1 c. Water
1c. raw baby spinach

Blend until slushy... I also added some raw yellow squash to mine and the kids drank them just the same.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Menu Plan Monday.

Here is this weeks Menu. I warn you, if something doesn't get used from last week, it will be on this weeks menu. Sometimes things just don't go as planned.

B:Granola Bars
L:Bean and Cheese Tortilla, pretzels and fruit
D:Roast, Veggies, Green Beans, Spelt Biscuits

L:Tuna Salad, pretzels, fruit
D:Omelets in a bag

B: Strawberry, Peach Slushies
L:Tuna Salad, Fruit, veggie dippers
D:LO Roast Sandwiches, Salad

B:Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits
L:PB & J Sand. Cheetos, fruit
D:Grilled Chicken, Homemade Cream Corn, Peas

B: Toast, Honey, fruit
L: Out
D: Pizza Movie Night Pizza, Popcorn, Strawberry, Peach Slushies

B: Pancakes, sausage, Fruit
L: PB& J Picnic, Chips, veggie dippers
D: Spinach, cheese Tortellini, Salad, Garlic Toast

B: Granola Bars
L: Out
D: Meatballs and sauce,Rice, Green Beans

Strawberry, Peach Slushies
2 c. froz. Strawberries
1 c. froz. Peaches
1 c. Water
1c. raw baby spinach

Blend until slushy... I also added some raw yellow squash to mine and the kids drank them just the same.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Water, You goin down!

It was so pretty today, and I needed to water my grass, so we had a water day. The boys spent most of their time trying to take the water out. First it was the baseball bats. Cade ended up being the only casualty in that fight. The boys got a little too close and William swung and gave Cade a bit of a shiner. Then they broke out the swords. You would have thought it was a fire breathing dragon coming at them. I'm not really sure what vendetta they have against the sprinkler, but it better watch out for my little warriors. William loves to ham up for the camera. Brennan decided to get in on the action too. He was soaked. The water would hit him in his head and he would laugh and go back for more. When he finally got tired on the sprinkler, he decided to go exploring. We keep all of our outside toys in this trash can when we aren't playing with them and he decided to see what was inside. He played in there for 5 mins.

Did you come to Bible Class in a Truck?

Brennan has just started going to Cradle Roll class. And I just love to watch him. He and Cade are in the same class. They learn so much!! Here are their sweet little toes hanging down from the seats. Cade with red flipflops, Brennan with Flinstone feet. :) Here are the sweet boys with their Bible class friends. L to R: David, Benjamin, Brennan, Cade.

Happy Birthday Andrew.

My sweet Nephew, Andrew, turns next week. So this past weekend our family met in Austin to celebrate. Here are the boys waiting so patiently for Cake. Taylor, big brother, was so proud. :) The Weather was beautiful all weekend, so we mostly stayed outside. Brennan had a blast climbing in and out of the sand box. They boys were so Nasty by the end of the day.

i did an awful job of taking pics. while we were there. I'll have to do better next time.

I'm a Growing Boy!

Brennan has grown so much over the last couple of months. He crawls everywhere, pulls up on everything, and is now steadying himself with one hand. H also must be pretty smart, b/c he completely refused baby food. No matter how much I tried he was not going to let me put that spoon in his mouth. He loves to eat table food, but loves his bottle more. Here is our sweet pea trying out table food. Sweet Brennan. :) I love watching my boys sleep. Here is Sweet Brennan, all bundled up in his very favorite blanket. He has taken to it just as the other two took to theirs. He will suck his little thumb with one hand and rub his little blankie with the other. I know it is probably b/c he is my baby, but it melts my heart.

So Precious:) Sweet Dreams Little One.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Menu Plan Monday... or Tuesday

Several of my blog pals do menu planning and post it on their blog. I am constantly going and checking for ideas and recipes, so I decided to do the same on mine. Menu planning is definitely a tool I use to stay within budget and make sure I have healthy meals for the family. Otherwise I end up over spending on groceries and buying much more convenience foods.

I warn you, for breakfast and lunch, I tend to make in bulk and we eat it for several days. So that is why there are so many repeats. I just cant seem to find the time to do it any other way. and when I do stuff goes bad.

Maybe someone can get some use out of it...

B- Breakfast Roll ups
L-PB&J, Cheetos, raisins, apples
D-Veggie Quessadillas w/ LO Taco meat, black beans, corn

B- Granola and Milk
L-PB&J, fruit, pretzels
D-Chicken Fried Rice, stir fry veggies, salad

B- Fruit and Granola parfait
L-Pimento and Cheese sandwiches, carrot sticks, pretzels
D-Bean&Cheese Chalupas, salad

B: Yogurt Smoothies
L: Pimento and Cheese Sandwiches, apples, carrots, pretzels
D: Roast, Potatoes&Carrots, Green Beans, and Spelt Biscuits(this is a new one for me.. I'll let you know what I think)

B: Fruit and Granola Parfait
L: PB&J, fruit, Cheetos
D: Pizza Movie Night... Pizza, Popcorn, and Brownies

B: Donut Day
L: LO Roast
D: Omelets in a Bag (recipe below)

B: Breakfast Roll ups
L: Out
D: Small Group

Omelets in a Bag:

You will need a heavy Duty Ziplock for every member.

Lay out a variety of omelet fillings
Ham, cheese, bacon, bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, black olives, tomato, etc.

allow each person to pick and choose their favorite fillings and place in bag, then crack two eggs into the bag and shake. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and Place Bags in pot. Cook for 20 minutes. Remove bags and dump contents onto plate.

Homemade Granola Click Link: This is a recipe I stole from a friend. It is really wonderful and the kids love it.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Kinda Krunchy

Well recently I was told that on a scale of Mainstream Parenting to Granola Momma, that I was "Kinda Krunchy". (ok, it was the facebook quiz, but I do agree with it). Anyways, one of the recent krunchy things that our family is going to give a go is...... Bee Pollen. That is right, I know you are thinking, you are crazy, and what in the world do you do with bee pollen. But it has so many wonderful attributes. I linked several websites that have some information on Bee Pollen, so I'll let you know in a few weeks how it is going.

Bee Pollen Health Benefits
Bee Pollen Warnings

I know you can buy Bee Pollen and Bee Pollen supplements online, I however ended up getting mine at the store located in the Amish community about 30 miles from here. The visit was very interesting, and the Amish community looked much different than I expected, it was an educational trip to say the least. The variety or should I say Randomness of goods that we found at the shop was also very interesting. I ended up buying Fresh Honey, Homemade Bread, Bee Pollen, Fried Pies, and Zucchini, I also got a Roast... it is grass fed beef and I have never had natural beef before and have heard it has a very different flavor, so I'm anxious to make that later this week.

We are trying to start eating healthier, less processed, raw foods, whole foods. If you have any advice on where to shop or things to avoid, please let me know.