Merry Christmas

Dec 30, 2012

Well we are finally home after a week on the road for Christmas! I knew going into it that it was going to be tough with Maddox and his schedule and sleeping in the same room and feeding him solids and starting bottles. It actually wasn't that bad and he adjusted well.

Our Christmas started on the 22nd with a seafood supper with Daniel's Grandma and parents. It was the first time I've had crab legs and man were they good!

On the 23rd we were off to my parents farm, a long 2 hour drive, good thing Maddox slept well!

On the 24th mom cooked my family Christmas supper. Turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, the works! We all woke up early Christmas morning to open presents. I think we could have gave Maddox a roll of paper and he would have been happy! All he did was try and eat the bows and paper. That evening we went into my Grandma's for another Christmas supper. By this point I was stuffed and didn't think I could handle any more Christmas suppers!

On the 26th we packed up again and headed to Daniel's parents cabin. We got there late and pretty much went to bed. We all were awake by 8:30am and were opening presents again, followed by a huge breakfast and then another big Christmas supper in the evening.

On the 27th we packed up all our stuff and came home. It feels so good to be home and I'm really looking forward to having some downtime now before Daniel heads back to work on January 2nd.

It's really nice having him home, and its going to be a rude awakening when he goes back to being on the road!

Anyway I should probably go do some more unpacking! I will leave you with some of my favourite pics from this mornings photo shoot with my new camera!
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Baked Spinach, Macaroni and Cheese

Dec 13, 2012

I tried a new recipe today and I think its going to be added to the weekly recipe list. You could add almost anything to it, and I made it with just a few simple ingredients.

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 I was having a bad day, so I added bacon.. I also cut the recipe in half, since there is no way I was going to eat 8 servings of this stuff!

Also if I was to write this recipe the way I did it, I would have to include that you have to stop every 5 minutes to occupy/sing/dance/play peek-a-boo with someone who was being a bit fussy. Isn't he sweet?!

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Spinach Macaroni and Cheese

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: saute side

Ingredients (8 servings)
  • 12 oz uncooked pasta, gemelli or other twisted pasta (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/8 tsp table salt, for pasta cooking water
  • 10 oz uncooked broccoli, small florets (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tsp salted butter
  • 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 1/2 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
  • 1/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup(s) uncooked onion(s), diced
  • 1 cup(s) low-fat, shredded Cheddar cheese, sharp-variety
  • 1 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
Instructions
Cook pasta in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water according to package directions, adding broccoli to water 3 minutes before pasta will be done; drain pasta and broccoli and return to pot.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; whisk together milk and flour until blended; add onion. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and whisk in Cheddar cheese, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Pour over cooked, drained pasta and broccoli; toss to mix and coat.
Serve warm
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Recommitting to Weight Watchers

Dec 10, 2012

I have an ongoing battle with myself, with my weight and how I see myself.

Last night I recommitted to weight watchers. I've used the program before, and I've seen results. My biggest problem is that I'm home right now, I can be lazy and not leave the you for days if I want. It's cold, and I don't want to go outside and exercise. I just want to sit inside, drink coffee and cuddle up with my little man.

I'm hoping to be able to stay on plan and get in exercise during Maddox's naps. This morning I took all the clothes hanging on the treadmill off and went for my first real run. I'm starting with the couch to 5k program and I thought halfway through I was going to die, my body was jiggling in places that I never thought could jiggle. But I did it, and I plan to do it again!

 

 

The new blog

Dec 4, 2012

Please be patient while I update our new home on the net :) we are hard at work!

Lots of new things coming your way!

 

A new hobby - Cathedral Quilt

Sep 18, 2012

Let's talk about something for a moment... I love being home. Dont get me wrong, I love my job, I love being around people, I love being social, but right now I love being home. I have been working since high school and wasn't sure what I was going to think about having a whole year off, I mean sure I'm busy being a mommy to my beautiful baby boy and a wife to my loving husband, but I needed to find something for me.

Maddox has only been sleeping for an hour at a time lately and its not really long enough stretch to start a whole bunch of new projects. I'm just starting to get back into blogging and exercising and I wanted to share my new hobby.

Quilting.

This is a cathedral style quilt and is so easy to stop and go on. I can do as little or as much as I want and just walk away and pick up where I left off. You can find the tutorial here:

http://thejiltedballerina.blogspot.ca/2010/11/cathedral-window-quilt-tutorial.html

 

 

My Baby and Body - 2 Months

Aug 21, 2012


Baby Update

Maddox is doing so well, we have our routine down packed, and I find if we stray away from it just a little bit it throws him off and he gets grumpy! So, this is our schedule and it works really well for us!

5:30 a.m. - Mr. M wakes up for his one and only feeding during the "night". I usually end up getting up for the day because I struggle to go back to sleep after this feeding.
7:30 a.m. - Mr. M gets up for the day and has a quick feed and then we play together.
9:00 a.m. - Mr. M gets really hungry around this time and eats, then usually falls asleep for a 2-3 hour nap.
11:30 a.m. - Wakes up and eats, and then plays for a bit. We make lunch together and I eat at the table with him.
1:00 p.m. - Mr. M goes back down for a nap after eating again.
3:00 p.m. - Wake up, play and eat then naps for maybe 30 min - 1 hr.
5:00 p.m. - Wake up, we make supper together and then he eats, sometimes falls asleep again for another 30 min - 1 hr.
7:00 p.m. - BATH TIME!!! He loves his bath time and has started kicking and playing in it! Then he gets fed and sometimes will fall asleep for the night, if not he usually wakes up around 8:30.
9:00 p.m. - Bed time, he eats and then goes to sleep again until 5:30.

I can't wait until he is able to only take 2 big naps in a day. Sometimes thats what he does, others he sleeps for an hour every 2 hours.

He had his first needles on Aug 23, and I think next time I will definitely be giving him tylenol before we go to get them because I could tell they really bothered him. He was 12 lbs when we went to get his needles so I think he's definitely growing! Although she did say he was a bit short.. so he's going to be a short and pudgy little guy.. must get that from his dad!

Other than that, no real updates.. he is super strong and good at holding his head up, lots of smiles, still no giggle.. although I have heard it in his sleep!

My Update

I am feeling absolutely amazing! No more pain anywhere, and I'm really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with a good workout! We have a trip in November to New Orleans and I would like to be around 140 lbs by then.

Like I said before I am getting a good sleep at night even if I do take a nap in the afternoon with him sometimes.

Weight: 148 lbs

Sour Cream Rhubarb Pie

Jul 24, 2012

It has been pouring rain most of the day today, and we were up late last night fighting bedtime already! So naturally this afternoon began with a 2 hour nap for me after Maddox's feeding. After I woke up I managed to clean the bathroom, feed Maddox an then I remembered I had bought some pie shells. So Maddox went down into his crib for his afternoon nap and I got busy!



See rain.. And thunder.. And lightening. I quickly darted outside during all of this to pick me some rhubarb!

Sour Cream Rhubarb Pie

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert rhubarb

Ingredients (2 pies or 1 deep dish pie)
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups rhubarb
  • 1 deep dish pie shell or 2 normal shells
Instructions
Preheat oven to 425F.
Mix all sugar ingredients in a large bowl.
Add rhubarb and pour into pie shells.
Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, and then lower temperature to 350 and bake for another 35 minutes or until set.
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My Baby and Body - One Month

Jul 17, 2012

Baby Update

Maddox is doing great! There are a lot of different opinions on where babies should sleep at night, but when it comes down to it everyone seems to agree on, "do what works for you". So Maddox ended up spending most of the nights during his first month in bed with us. It was easier for feedings, easier for me to tell when he was awake or sleeping. He is a very noisy sleeper spending most of the time grunting or making little squeaky noises. Its super cute, but also keeps me up at night. We usually feed between 9-10pm, he wakes around 2 and then not again until 6 for feedings so we are both getting 8 hours of sleep at night!

We will be starting to move him to his crib this week and using the sleep sheep to get him to stay asleep.

I can definitely say he is gaining weight! At his two week appointment he had gained all his birth weight back plus just over half a pound! He was just over 8.5 lbs.

He is really strong, and has been able to hold his head up for two weeks. His legs are also getting strong and he likes to be on them standing and jumping. He has been practicing smiles and laughing in his sleep and I cant wait until he responds to us with his first little giggle!

My Update

I am feeling absolutely amazing! My stitches are almost all out and my swelling and bruising is definitely gone. I still get sore when I have been on my feet all day, but its nothing a little tylenol and aspirin won't get rid of!

Like I said before I am getting a good sleep at night even if I do take a nap in the afternoon with him sometimes.

My doctor appointment is Aug 8 and will be discussing exercise, birth control and more nutrition.

Weight: 151lbs


A weekend getaway!

Jul 16, 2012

Every weekend since Maddox was born it seems we have been on the go. Whether it was to my parent's or to the in-laws cabin or to a town 5 hours away for a wedding, we've been on the road. This past weekend was no exception! We left late thursday afternoon for Daniel's family cabin at Candle Lake.
It was the first time since Maddox was born that Daniel and I had alone time together. It was so nice to have Aunts, Uncles and cousins that wanted to hold him and carry him.
Thursday was an early night for us. It was mostly just all the Aunts and girl cousins.
Friday, after everyone else showed up, we had an amazing appetizer supper. There was so many things to eat from chicken wings, dips, chips, crackers, ribs, home made sushi and more!
Saturday, we slept in until 10, we had an amazing breakfast that consisted of over night french toast, morning wife saver, yogurt and granola and tons of fruit. After the feast Daniel took me for my first ever jet ski ride! It was so fun, and not as scary as I though it was going to be, even if I was shaking after. The boys started a beer darts tournament when we got back, and we ended the afternoon with some beach time. Even Maddox got to test out rhe water!
Sunday morning we left early after feeding Maddox. Who knew planning a 2 hour drive would be so complicated but having a baby definitely changes everything!

Maddox William - Birth Story

Jun 28, 2012

So after all is said and done, I have to say that giving birth really wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I will agree with any mom when they say it is one of the most memorable, overwhelming experiences ever. This is Maddox's birth story.

I had been having intense Braxton hicks contractions for 3 weeks and on June 12, my doctor decided he was going to strip my membranes hopefully speeding things up a bit. I wasn't dilated or anything yet. On June 13 (my birthday) my Braxton hicks were so painful we decided to go to the hospital. Turns out the stripping had started early labour and I was 3-4 cms and 50% effaced. My doctor told me to go home and get lots of rest to prepare for labour.
Well after a whole week of off and on false labors and more painful Braxton hicks, on June 19 I had my membranes stripped again. I also was given a sleeping pill. In the early morning of June 20 I had woken up really groggy a couple times with cramps but in my sleepy state I couldn't put it together. I got out of bed around 8 am, and noticed that my cramps were coming at regular intervals. At 11am we went for a walk, which we ended up cutting short because I was in so much pain. Bu the time we got back my contractions were 5 minutes apart lasting a minute or so. I called my doctor and was told to go straight to the hospital.
The hour drive was horrible! Dan was so nervous and I was gripping my seat in pain, but we got there! It took awhile to get checked in and into a room. Our hospital had two delivery rooms and there was already a lady in the "good" room so we ended up in the make shift room. Around 3 pm after getting checked in, a nurse came to check me. My nurse was amazing, she was a midwife from Zambia and was so good at keeping me calm. I was having contractions when she was checking me and she cold feel my water bulging. She said I was about 4-5cms. Around 4 pm the doctor came in and checked me and figured it was about time to break my water. Just as he was about to do it, it ended up breaking on its own!
Things went quick after that. My contractions were coming quick and were starting to get unbearable. I walked, I squatted, I went as long as I could without anything. By 6pm I had enough so they had brought me gas and air. I went for almost 2 hours on that, and had asked for an epidural. Had my epidural at 8pm, there was some complications during the procedure and it ended up only freezing my right side. So I could feel everything on my left side.. The pressure was so intense!
Around 10 pm I was in transition stage. I had the shakes, was vomiting and developed a bad fever. The doctor came to check me and I only had 1cm to go! He told us we would have our baby by midnight!
Around 11:30 he came back and I was fully dilated and ready to push. Took them a bit to set up and I started pushing right away. My contractions weren't coming super quick an after an hour of pushing my doctor decided and intervention was needed. I ended up with an episiotomy and the vacuum was needed, and at 1:05am on June 21 our son was born!
Dan, of course, cried.. I was overwhelmed! It was an amazing feeling when they laid him on my chest and I heard his cries for the first time.
We were sent to our room an hour later and Maddox roomed with us. I couldn't put him down for the rest of that night. I don't think I slept a wink either! We made all our phone calls around 3am. At 6am I showered and felt a million times better. I actually didn't feel that bad, besides my stitches I was good! The next day around 3pm everyone started showing up to see him. For 4 hours we had nonstop visitors. That night after everyone left Maddox found his voice and spent most of the night crying and making noises. I was so glad Daniel was able to stay with me.
The next day we left the hospital around lunch time after both him and I had been thoroughly poked and prodded.
It felt so good to be home!
Daniel had dressed him and they were off to watch the NHL drafts together.

He's Here!

Jun 23, 2012

We would like to welcome our beautiful baby boy into the world!

Maddox William Pihowich

Born June 21, 2012 at 1:05am weighing in at 7lbs 15oz measuring 52 cm. (excuse the cord)

35 weeks

May 18, 2012

Well another week is over. They seem to be going by quick! Work has been super busy which is helping. This weekend is the long weekend and we have lots planned. Its a memorial golf tournament tomorrow, Sunday we are heading to my parents, Monday is a holiday and I'm hoping to get some of my garden supplies, Tuesday we have our maternity photoshoot followed by a doctor appointment and Wednesday I have another ultrasound to see how much baby has grown! Should be a busy week!


What I weigh: 172 (up 34lbs)
What I'm eating: Anything salty
How I'm Feeling: Awkward, tired, and sick.. I can't get comfortable at night so I don't sleep much anymore.

Strawberry Romaine Salad

May 7, 2012

Sometimes we all just need a little break from cooking, whether its after a long day of work, cleaning, or the dreaded yard work of spring. This salad goes great with a simple grilled chicken breast. Strawberries to me are spring! They are fresh, sweet and so good tossed with this salad!

Romaine Strawberry Salad

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: salad

Ingredients (2 servings)
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 6 strawberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion (or more)
Dressing
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Mix the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake.
Toss the lettuce and strawberries.
Serve!
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To Die for French Toast

May 6, 2012



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It's a cool Sunday morning here in small town Saskatchewan, and it looks like rain.

Yesterday we managed to finish all of our spring yard work (thanks to the mother-in-law), and we are sure feeling it today. Daniel is still sleeping and I'm so sleepy this morning I haven't managed to do much except this post and make breakfast for myself. Of course it helps when you already made it the night before and all you have to do is bake it!

My Mother-in-law has been  praising about this recipe for months, and I finally decided to give it a try. I had some Red River Bread I made last weekend and if it wasn't used this weekend it was going to go bad. And of course I added cinnamon and about 1/4 cup raisins to it. Whats french toast without cinnamon!
 
To Die for French Toast

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast

Ingredients (4-6 servings)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 apple, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 load french bread, raisin cinnamon bread, or whatever you have on hand
  • 2 eggs, plus 1 egg white
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
Instructions
Boil together the brown sugar, margarine and syrup until its a bit syrupy.
Pour into a greased bread pan and spread. Cover with sliced apples, and then bread cubes.
Beat together the eggs, milk and vanilla and pour over bread.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Bake in the morning, uncovered at 350F for 45 minutes.
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32 Weeks

Apr 27, 2012

Well another week down, only 7 more weeks of work left and 8 more weeks until the due date! We have had two super busy weeks, with both our jobs picking up and getting busy and our prenatal classes. We did have our last class last night and I can honestly say we learned so much! I had to add a couple things to my "to buy" list and Dan learned so much! Its nice to have classes like that available and information just a phone call away.

The baby has been moving alot lately, and I've been feeling alot of pressure in my pelvis and hips. I'm wondering if the baby has moved head down yet? I have a doctor appointment Monday morning and I hope he can tell me if thats why I've been feeling lots of pressure.

Its scary to think our baby could show up any day now. I pay attention to any little sign.. I came 6 weeks early and Dan actually came 5 weeks early! It would be so awesome if in two weeks we were welcoming our little baby into the world.. but I'm totally cool if the baby wants to stay in there until the end. Either way I just hope he/she is healthy and I know they will be the cutest most adorable baby ever!
What I weigh: 169 (up 31lbs)
What I'm eating: Lime and sea salt Crispy Minis
How I'm Feeling: Big and heavy and awkward! Every single move the baby makes can be felt on the outside!

31 weeks

Apr 20, 2012

We finally met our delivery doctor this week. On Monday we had our first appointment with him and absolutely love him! He is super bubbly and funny and loves babies! When he went to check the heartbeat he poked my belly button and said, "Oh, you haven't popped yet, when you pop we say yup, the little turkey is done!". He has such a great sense of humour! I was going to share between my nurse practitioner here and him, but I can't get in to see my np until June and she is on holidays half the time I need to see her, so I ended up making all my appointments with our delivery doctor. Too bad its a long drive, but at least we will be comfortable with him by when the time comes for birth.

Our prenatal classes are going alright. We had our first one Tuesday night, and it was a long one. We went through all the breathing techniques, labour positions, and watched a labour video. It was a lot to take in. The class Thursday was way better! We went over all the medical interventions, such as epidurals, c-sections, etc. The class next tuesday is on breastfeeding and all the after delivery stuff.

Well, I can honestly say that I'm glad this week is over. It's been a long week and I can defintely feel the affects of not sleeping, and being busy. I am completely worn out...

What I weigh: 163 (up 25lbs)
What I'm eating: Anything really - mainly because we've been so busy I haven't had time to cook anything or eat anything specific.
How I'm Feeling: Akward, and tired and extremely worn out this week.

Breakfast Sunshine Muffins

Apr 18, 2012

These muffins are so moist and yummy! I love the burst of berries you get when you bite into them, and the oatmeal is filling enough that two of these babies would be great for a quick breakfast! I made a batch of 24 and of course froze them all for quick snacks on the go.. which seem to be a life saver this week. With prenatal classes and appointments and everything else going on we've had a super busy long week so far!

Breakfast Sunshine Muffins

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins

Ingredients (24 muffins)
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups sour milk (made using 2 tbsp lemon, and 2 cups milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted margarin
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
Instructions
Mix oatmeal and sour milk together.
Add eggs and melted margarine.
Mix together dry ingredients and add to oatmeal mixture.
Mix in berries.
Bake at 400F for 15-18 minutes.
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Italian Wedding Soup

Apr 17, 2012

I had a wonderful relaxing weekend. I made a huge pot of soup (freezer meals) and ened up getting eight 1 1/2 cup servings and a little bit leftover for lunch on Monday! This soup has so many flavours and freezes well! I think I really like using orzo in freezer meals, it seems to keep its texture when frozen. Just in case anyone is wondering, its a pasta not a rice!

Italian Wedding Soup

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 30mins
Cook Time: 30mins
Keywords: soup/stew

Ingredients (8 (1 1/2 cup) servings)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 celery stocks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo, not cooked
  • 1 bag triple washed spinach, roughly chopped
Instructions
Heat the olive oil in a big pot. Add in the celery, onion and carrots. Cook until softened, 3-5 minutes.
While the vegetables brown, mix the turkey, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, egg, nutmeg and garlic in a bowl. Make tiny meatballs (about 1/2 tsp in size).
When the vegetables are softened, add in the chicken broth and water and drop in the mini meatballs. (I added an extra cup of water.)
Add in the orzo and cook until desired tenderness. Add in the spinach. The soup is done when the spinach is nicely wilted.
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30 weeks

Apr 13, 2012

This week went by fast, only 10 more weeks until we get to meet our baby. Its scary to think we are in the single digit week countdown! Baby is getting more and more active, and its crazy to watch it move around at night while laying down. Daniel is amazed at how high the baby can push my stomach up and out!
We are starting to get a bit nervous, next week is a big week. We meet with our delivery doctor on Monday, and have prenatal classes Tuesday night and Thursday night. Thinking about labour and delivery just makes me panic. I had a good friend tell me last night "It's impossible not be nervous, but try not to worry too much cause you will do awesome and I promise you that it is so worth it and no matter how hard your labour is, you would do it over again to get your baby!". Made me feel so much better, but she's been super lucky with just an hour labour and delivery with her last baby! I hope I have a quick labour like her.


What I weigh: 162 (up 24lbs)
What I'm eating: Watermelon!
How I'm Feeling: Akward, and tired. Everything is getting difficult, especially getting off the couch at night! It doesn't help that my nose has been super stuffy and I have had trouble breathing haha

29 weeks

Apr 6, 2012

Wow, what a week! We went quadding on Sunday, and I woke up Sunday night with the worst cramps of my life! They had calmed down enough and I went to work in the morning, made a doctors appointment for that afternoon and ended up with a couple days of bed rest! Having false contractions is definitely not that much fun!

Being on bedrest was a pain in my ass! I was so bored, and couldn't do anything about it. I ended up watching a lot of movies, did a little bit of cooking when I felt up to it, and read part of the second Hunger Games book. I was very thankful that I had a couple friends come visit me, even if it was just for an hour or two.

Other than that its been a pretty unpredictable week.. Happy Easter!

29 weeks 

What I weigh: 161 (up 23lbs)
What I'm eating: Anything pickled!
How I'm Feeling: Exhausted! My biggest pet peeve right now: Anything on the floor!

Country Harvest Bread

Apr 4, 2012

I may be on bed rest, but for this yummy bread I just had to pour everything into my bread maker. By the end of it though I was in a bit of pain and decided not to do anything else! Today I did a load of laundry, and figured I would be ok to sit at my computer for a bit and share this recipe..

So here it goes!

Country Harvest Bread

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: Bread Maker Setting (4hours)

Ingredients (1 loaf (2lb))
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp liquid honey
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup flaxseed, cracked
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 3/4 tsp instant yeast
Instructions
Measure ingredients into baking pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
Insert pan into the oven chamber.
Select Whole Wheat Cycle. (Or dough cycle, depending on which way you are making it.)
If using dough cycle, when the dough is done seperate into two bread pans and let rise until doubled in height.
Bake at 350 for 30-40 mins.
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28 weeks

Mar 30, 2012

Wow, this week flew by! The weather has been crazy this week. Yesterday we went from freezing rain to snow to rain, and today they are calling for thunderstorms!

I am definitely getting a bit large and can constantly feeling little bean move around in there! We have quiet days every once and awhile but mostly baby moves around all day. I get such a kick out of laying on the couch watching my belly ripple! It's amazing knowing that I am creating a life inside of me!

I had a thought today about Daniel and I;

our 1st year together - we started dating, and both made huge career moves
2nd year - we bought our house and I moved to his home town
3rd year - we got engaged
4th year - we got married
and 5th year - we will bring a new life into the world!

I mentioned this to Daniel and he said hopefully in our 6th year we don't have twins! We keep raising the bar! lol.. funny..

28 weeks 

What I weigh: 160 (up 22lbs)
What I'm eating: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, and Ice Cream
How I'm Feeling: I'm sooo hungry! I feel like I'm eating constantly!

Chinese Take-out Lemon Chicken

Mar 29, 2012

I made this for supper tonight and it was AAAH-mazing! I didn't have snow peas so I used 2 bell peppers. I've started adding all my recipes into Spark to get the nutritional information. Hopefully its close to right.


Chinese Take-out Lemon Chicken

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: stir-fry entree chicken

Ingredients (4 servings (1cup))
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups snow peas
  • 4 chicken breasts cut into cubes
  • 1 red pepper cut into strips
Lemon Sauce
  • 1 pkg lemon jello
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp zesty italian salad dressing
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Cook chicken in oil in a wok on medium heat until no longer pink.
Add snow peas and peppers, cook and stir for 2 minutes.
Add lemon mixture and cook over medium heat until sauce is thickened.
Serve with hot rice or noodles.
333.9 calories, 6.7g fat, 10g carbohydrate, 1.5g fiber, 56.5g protein
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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Mar 28, 2012

These little buggers are deadly! I have eaten 3 a day since I made them.. They taste just like banana bread when you add a little bit of butter to them! Definitely making lots of these guys to freeze!
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Keywords: bake snack dessert banana

Ingredients (12 muffins)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed banana
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream together the sugar and butter. Add in egg and milk.
Mix the baking soda in with the mashed banana and add to wet mixture.
Sift in the flour and baking powder. Add in vanilla and mix well.
Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Put in greased muffin tin and bake for 35-40 mins at 350.
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Cheeseburger Chowder

Mar 26, 2012

I had a really relaxing weekend this past weekend. I got a little bit more cooking done for when baby comes. I made my all-time favorite chowder, Cheeseburger Chowder! I was surprised it made 6 servings too!

So far I have in my freezer:
6 servings cheeseburger chowder
5 servings beef noodle soup
1 week supply of cinnamon buns

Only 2 months and 3 weeks left of work! That's only 12 more weekends that I have to stock up my freezer! And I know for sure I won't be around for all those weekends, but my plan is to make one freezer meal a weekend and bake one thing. I don't want to have an overflow of food, or play myself out. And its also super easy to make extra some nights and freeze leftovers.

I would like to get at least two more weeks worth of soups (lemon rice with meatballs and chicken noodle I'm thinking) and a couple different kinds of muffins (blueberry, and banana choc chip and bran), quiche, cookies and a couple casseroles.

I'm really looking forward to a slow week ahead. The weather is supposed to be really nice by the weekend and we are possibly thinking of going to the big city to do some baby shopping! How exciting!



Cheeseburger Chowder

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: soup/stew ground beef

Ingredients (6 servings (1.5 cups))
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp cheese whiz
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp chicken bouillon
  • 2 tbsp flour
Instructions
Brown beef in a soup pot, when cooked through add vegetables and fill with enough water to just cover everything.
Add chicken bouillon and salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil and cover. Continue to boil until vegetables are tender.
Add cheese whiz and milk.
Mix the flour with a little bit of water and use that to thicken the soup.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
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27 Weeks

Mar 23, 2012

I've had a long rough week and I'm so glad its finally over. We had received news our company had bought out part of another company and will be taking it over this year. Thats super exciting news and even though I'm going on mat leave in June when I come back everything should be transitioned over. So I will miss it all which could be a good thing or bad thing.. Also, yesterday we received news that one of our coworkers took his own life. It really bothers me when people choose to deal with their problems that way and I had seen him that day and he seemed perfectly fine.. of course you always look back and think oh man I wish I never said that to him.. oh well..

I haven't had more than 5 hours sleep all week, and last night I only had about 3. I have a horrible migraine and have been sick to my stomach all day so far. If I can make it through the day today without being sick or falling asleep its going to be a miracle!

We have a storm warning out today for 10-15 cm of snow and about 3-6 hours of freezing rain.. lovely. It is going to be a good weekend to cuddle on the couch, catch up on sleep and relax! Maybe I will get some work done on my baby quilt!

27 weeks

What I weigh: 159.2 (up 21.2 lbs)
What I'm eating: Hummus and Pretzels!
How I'm Feeling: Still not sleeping much more than 3-5 hours a night.. booo!

French Style Asparagus

I love asparagus. I love how fresh it tastes, and when you cook it just perfectly it is absolutely amazing. It's not something I've always liked, more so just recently.


French Style Asparagus

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: saute side asparagus

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 12 medium sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cups sliced almonds (or other nuts - I used sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 to 1 lb fresh asparagus
  • soya sauce to taste
  • coarse sea salt
  • pepper
Instructions
Heat oil over medium heat. Saute garlic.
Add mushrooms and saute until cooked (about 5 minutes).
Add almonds and cook for another couple minutes.
Add asparagus and a splash of soya sauce. Stir frequently until cooked.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
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Happy First Day of Spring!

Mar 20, 2012

Well its official, today is the first day of spring, even if this is what we woke up to.


In the words of my good friend Mel, "seriously?"

Last night I was home alone, and I had bought a bunch of asparagus on Sunday when I went grocery shopping. Yes I usually spend my Sundays at the grocery store. I took the elastic bands off and covered the ends in a damp paper towel and tightly wrapped them in a bag. Hopefully this makes them stay fresher longer. I have a hard time keeping asparagus fresh in my fridge. I almost always make quiche with asparagus when I have asparagus. In the whole "getting ready for baby" thing I got going on, I wanted to try making our impossible quiche recipe freezable. I don't think I will make this recipe to freeze, it didn't really turn out fluffy like I expected. So I am still searching for the perfect recipe for freezable quiche. Which kinda excites me, because I love quiche!

Impossible Quiche

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast

Ingredients (12 muffins or one 9x9 inch pa)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup bisquick
  • 1/8 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon
  • 1/2 cup onions
  • 1/2 cup asparagus
  • (you can substitute anything for the veggies and bacon, as long as you equal roughly 2 cups)
  • 1 cup grated cheese
Instructions
In a large bowl, mix together the milk, eggs and bisquick. Stir in the melted butter. Make sure everything is mixed up well and there are no lumps.
Fold in the remaining ingredients. Feel free to add in salt and pepper or garlic at this step.
Measure out 1/4 cup scoops and pour into greased muffin tins or aluminum muffin cups. Or pour the whole thing into a 9x9 inch pan. (Its really up to you. I put them in aluminum muffin cups and plan on freezing them. They come out easy and I don't have to fight with them in the muffin pan.)
Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.
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Dreary Days

Mar 19, 2012

Sleepy friday
This is pretty much how we spent all weekend. I wasn't feeling good Friday, I think it might have been something I ate, and didn't sleep much at all Thursday night. Kato and I stayed in bed most of the day Friday. I considered working on my baby rag quilt but decided it was best to rest and actually slept from 11am to 4pm. Daniel came home later Friday night after preparing a friend's house for a bacholer party this weekend.

He left Saturday morning, and I decided since I wasn't feeling good I didn't want to be alone, and went over to my in-laws cabin to spend the weekend with them. We went for a 4 hour quad ride on Saturday, stopped halfway through for a hot dog and chips and dip. Yum! My Mother-in-law wanted to make sure I was comfortable and safe the whole way.. she was a bit concerned.

All the fresh air put me pretty much straight to sleep Saturday night, and I slept hard until about 6am. Laid in bed reading until about 8. It was such a relaxing day at the lake..

The weather has been very dreary and cold lately. I don't know why every year we are surprised by the final snowstorm, but it caught us all off guard again this year. We are expected to get around 8 inches of snow tonight and tomorrow. I'm pretty sure it will melt on contact but still. This is my view today out my window at work.. not pretty! The rain is freezing to the window..

Rain ice 

I am so glad I turned the fireplace on at lunch time, I am so excited to know that I'm going home to a nice warm house, even if Daniel is gone again for a couple days..

26 weeks

Mar 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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What I weigh: 157.5 (up a total of 19.5lbs)
What I'm eating: Cereal and coffee (only one cup a day though)
How I'm Feeling: Still having sleepless nights, mostly due to sore hips! Ouch!

25 weeks

Mar 9, 2012

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, yah! Thats what the baby must be dancing to lately! I've been feeling lots and lots of movements and wiggles and pressure here and there. The kicks are starting to get awfully close to my ribs which is making me a bit nervous. I hear they are painful! I've been trying to video tape the kicks now that you can see them on the outside, but baby must know everytime I bring out the camera because he/she stops.

I had my glucose blood test this week, and that orange flat pop drink and I did not get along. YUCK! I'm not a fan of orange pop to begin with and flat pop is gross too.. Hopefully get my results back next wednesday when I have my doctor appointment, and hoping everything comes back good!

We are heading into the city tonight to watch us some curling this weekend. Daniel ordered our crib and changetable so we shouldn't have too much baby shopping to do. I'm kind of an organization freak and want to be prepared for this baby to come, have everythign ready and in place and washed!

Well thats it for updates this week..




What I weigh: 156 (up a total of 18lbs)
What I'm eating: Oranges.. which is probably good with all the colds going around!
How I'm Feeling: Sleepless nights suck! Otherwise I'm feeling great, and acne has definitely been clearing up!

Creamy Chicken Pockets

Mar 8, 2012

I wanted something new for supper tonight, and still going with the whole "preparing for baby" theme. These were super yummy! I put buffalo sauce in Daniel's and added chopped up asparagus.


Creamy Chicken Pockets
makes 4 servings


Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small chicken breasts, diced
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 package refrigerated crescent rolls (4/can)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs, optional
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375˚F.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken with the onions and garlic.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1 tablespoon melted butter until smooth. Stir in the cooked chicken, onions and garlic. Add the salts, pepper and milk. Mix well.
Separate the crescent roll dough into the four triangles. Evenly spread the chicken mixture into the four triangles. Press and seal firmly. Place on ungreased baking sheet or stone and repeat with the remaining dough and filling. Brush the tops with the melted butter and sprinkle with the bread crumbs (optional).
Bake for 11 – 13 minutes, or until golden brown.
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Breakfast Cookies

Mar 7, 2012

I've started looking for recipes to make ahead of time for when baby comes. These cookies are perfect for a quick snack and I found one very filling. The only problem is the recipe only makes 9 cookies.. might need to up that a bit!

Breakfast Cookies
makes 9

Ingredients 
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp liquid honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
Instructions
Preheat your over to 350F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt until evenly blended; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and honey until smooth and creamy using an electric hand mixer on high speed. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth. Add flour mixture and beat on medium low speed until just blended.
Gently fold in almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds raisins and cranberries.
Use a 1.5 ounce ice cream scoop to drop mounds of dough into the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 3 inches apart. Flatten tops of cookie using the bottom of a glass and bake until lightly golden. About 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. These stay soft and chewy for days in an air tight container!
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Cinnamon Bun Cake

Mar 4, 2012

Every now and then I get a craving for cinnamon buns, and lets face it, they take forever to make! You have to make the dough, let it rise, punch it down, roll it out, sprinkle, roll, cut, let rise and bake.. This cake took me a total of maybe 30 mins to put together and another 30 minutes to bake. It's almost as good if not better than cinnamon buns especially when served warm!

Cinnamon Bun Cake
(makes a 9x13" pan)


Ingredients
    For Batter
    • 3 cups flour
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 4 tsp baking powder
    • 1 1/2 cup milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 4 T butter, melted
    For Filling
    • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 2 T flour
    • 1 T cinnamon
    • 2/3 cups nuts (optional)
    For Glaze
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 5 T milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    Instructions
    With an electric mixer or stand-up mixer, mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Once combined well, slowly stir in 4 tbsp melted butter.
    Pour batter into a greased 9x13" baking pan.
    In a large bowl, mix the 2 sticks of softened butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nuts until well combined.
    Drop evenly over cake batter by the tablespoon and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out nearly clean from center.
    Place powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake.
    Serve warm!
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    Week 24

    Mar 2, 2012

    What I weigh: 156 (up a total of 18lbs)
    What I'm eating: Seafood.. too bad I can't have any :(
    How I'm Feeling: Well after a week in Vegas I feel amazing! Even though we were up late and woke up early it didn't seem to bother me too much.

    Week 23

    Feb 24, 2012

    What I weigh: 153 (up a total of 15lbs)
    What I'm eating: Oranges and grapefruit, peeled and sprinkled with sugar. But what I'm really craving is cake!
    How I'm Feeling: I've been getting run down alot lately, just really tired. I also have been getting really bad heartburn in the morning!

    Week 22

    Feb 17, 2012

    I'm ready for our trip to vegas, only a little over a week away! Moose Jaw was good.. but because Daniel was hosting it we felt like we had to entertain everyone and couldn't really do our own thing at all. The tunnels were interesting though!

    22 weeks

    What I weigh: 152 (up a total of 14lbs)
    What I'm eating: Waffles and Ice Cream
    How I'm Feeling: Pretty good, still pretty tired at night and getting sick of the pimples on my back!

    Lazyman Cabbage Casserole

    Feb 15, 2012

    Every now and then we need some comfort food to warm us up, comfort us.. Yesterday was no exception for me. It was Valentine's day, the day of love, the day of being with the one you love, and there I was sitting at home alone...

    Lazyman Cabbage Roll Casserole
    makes a 9x13" pan

    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 75 minutes

    Ingredients
    • 2 t. canola oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 lb. lean ground beef
    • 1 (14 ½ oz.) can diced tomatoes with mild green chiles
    • 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
    • ½ c. cooked white rice (I use brown rice)
    • ½ small head cabbage (about ¾ lb.), shredded
    Instructions
    Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9x13 in. baking dish with nonstick spray.
    To make the filling, heat the oil in large nonstick skillet over med-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until the liquid evaporates and the beef begins to brown, about 6 min. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and rice; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat.
    Spoon half of the filling in an even layer on the bottom of the baking dish. Top with all of the cabbage, then top with the remaining filling. Cover with foil and bake until the filling is hot and bubbly and the cabbage is very tender, about 1 ¼ hrs.
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