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Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Let me just start off by saying, this is NOT a solo cooking job. This is for you and your significant other or a child who can read and measure. (Emphasis on knowing how to read and measure a recipe. JimBob mistook tsp for tbsp and we ended up over seasoning and over salting this casserole.) Maybe I left my Kali (Hindu’s Divine Mother) arms in the car, but I could not have possibly done this one without a little help from my friends.

Tonight’s dinner comes from Carlsbad Cravings, you can find the recipe here. I am a HUGE fan of cheese. Couldn’t live my life without it. And this recipe really looked like an interesting twist on one of my favorite meals, baked macaroni and cheese casserole. This author’s post may be a bit deceiving. She makes it sound so easy, and claims a quick 20 min of meal prep. Perhaps it’s because I’m 33 weeks pregnant and moving at half speed, but, even with the help of JimBob, we didn’t get the casserole into the oven until the 80 min mark.

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Momspiration #1

I’ve had a thought of writing a book for a few years. I haven’t really felt the motivation to actually sit down, so instead I thought I would jot it down here. The idea is to make a motivational guide for moms. Some will be for women, or even just people, in general, but many will apply to women with families. One quote per day with a little bit of pep talk. I’m not sure if this will work, but here goes. 

“Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.”

– Esther 4:14

Every day you wake up is a new day with new chances to create new memories and new experiences. Every breath you take is a new opportunity to do good. Every second allows you to change the outcome of the day.

Simply because one thing may not have gone as expected, does not mean your day needs to be ruined.

Sit back.

Take a second.

Breathe.

And start again.

Every single day can be lived to your fullest potential. If you don’t like the way things are going, if you don’t want to be angry, sad, frustrated, irritated, etc, then you can change it. Take the moment to become the you that you want to be.

This moment, this very one, is for you. It is your moment.

Seize  it and show the world why you are here.

Fingerless Mitts for my Goddess

I thought I would try something new and do a review of a knitting pattern tonight. I knit these lovelies for the Goddess in about a day, on and off while playing with the kids, eating, and doing other daily bits. I’m a moderately skilled knitter, and I was able to push these out “quickly”.

I originally hunted down the pattern on my go to collection site, www.ravelry.com. The pattern I ended up choosing is from a blog called Notes from the Something. Over all, despite her claims to over explain and over complicate things, I found the pattern easy to follow. The few abbreviations she did not explain were easy enough to find in a quick google search. Unfortunately, the author did not include the heart cable pattern in hopes that you will buy it from a vendor on Ravelry for a donation towards Haiti (the pattern was written back in Jan of 2010). I’m not one to spend money on patterns when I get them online, so I just sort of fudged it and made the heart. I think it turned out okay. The Goddess certainly loves them.

I haven’t really thought out how I want this post to go, which is probably something I should have done BEFORE I started typing. So yeah, if you want the pattern, click on the link. PATTERN.

Difficulty of pattern: 2 needle clicks

You need to have some experience cabling and unless you want to buy the heart cable pattern, you need to have some imagination or do some rooting online to try to find a chart.

Finished product: 4 needle clicks

There’s no real sizing on this, it’s just a “this fits my 8 year old”. In the end, they’re a little big for the 6 year old Goddess, but she’s a kid. She’ll grow. They are rather pretty, and she loves how warm they are.

I think that’s about it. Hope you enjoy this. If you make them, I’m sure your kids will love them!

Om nom on, people!

EDIT FOR CASSIE:

I was asked how I fudged the heart chart. I actually zoomed in on the photo that was provided on the original site. I counted, figuring that the heart would start in the middle of the 14 stitches, and started the cabling at stitch 6. If the stitch slants to the right, hold the cable in the back. If the stitch slants to the left, hold the cable in the front. the pattern I ended up doing is below. I am changing it a little bit because you’ll notice in the pattern on site that there are 12 rows of heart cabling, and I have only 9 rows of cabling. So, I’m suggesting adding 2 rows of purl before starting the actual pattern.

row 1 & 2 p14

row 3 p5, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p5

row 4 p4, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, p2, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p4

row 5 p3, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, p4, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p3

row 6 p2, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, p6, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p2

row 7 p1, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, p8, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p1

rows 8 & 9 p1, k1, p10, k1, p1

row 10 p1, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p2, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p2, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, p1

row 11 p2, slip 1 to cable front, p1, k cabled stitch, slip 1 to cable back, k1, p cabled sitch, p2, slip 1 to cable front, p1, k cabled stitch, slip 1 to cable back, k1, p cabled stitch, p2

row 12 p14

Slow Cooker Steakhouse Stuffed Peppers

It’s a new year, and a new me, and blah blah blah. Seriously though, I figured I’d give this blogging thing a new try. With recipes 1-2 times a week and updates on the family and other interesting things that catch my eye the rest of the time. My goal (note how I don’t say resolution) is to write a post 5 of the 7 days a week. WHAT?!?!? Yeah. We’ll see if that happens. Let’s see if I can turn this into a habit that just happens. And so, without further ado, I give you this week’s recipe. Slow Cooker Steakhouse Stuffed Peppers from www.iwashyoudry.com

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New Year’s Eve

Time to dust this thing off again. I can’t believe I’ve neglected it for so very long. Life has been… well… life. Ups. Downs. Round and rounds. It keeps going like the great circle of life.

The Goddess has started her first year of kindergarten. We are homeschooling through a local charter school and I’m loving it. They give us money to purchase our chosen curriculum, we have a certified teacher that  assists me any time I need help, and we are free to work at our own pace on the subjects we want. Goddess has also started gymnastics this last summer, and she is having a blast. She’s already becoming so much more flexible and can do cartwheels almost with ease. She’s now 6 years old. I feel like I blink and she’s grown another inch. She’s my little doppelganger in almost every way. She looks just like I did as a  young child, she acts like I did, and has the same *gulp* attitude that I have. I am in for so much trouble.

Shakespeare is also growing in leaps and bounds. Almost literally. He’ll be 3 in February, but he acts like he’s 4. He’s absolutely huge, towering over all of his other 2-3 year old friends, and language wise, he’s at the top of the charts. He uses complex sentences, complicated words, and is understandable (because we all have had that moment where you can’t understand what your child is saying) 99.9% of the time. He is dying to start gymnastics, but our gym’s tots class doesn’t start until he is 3.5 years old. He loves to do somersaults and is CONSTANTLY flipping upside down and standing on his head against the couch. He is such a sweet, loving, charming little man and I can see so much of all of the men in my life in his lovely face. I cannot wait to meet the man he grows up into.

JimBob and I are also well. We celebrated 10 years of marriage back in October. JimBob’s job is still going well. And I’m pregnant with our third child due at the end of Februrary! Another little girl. She will be our last baby, so this pregnancy has been a bit bitter sweet for me. Everything has gone well with this pregnancy so far. Normal blood pressure. No sign of Gestational Diabetes. The only minor red flag is that my doctor is measuring us as 4-5 weeks large, but it could just because I was a very plus sized woman before getting pregnant, so she’s getting a little extra on her tape measure. This just means that sometime in the next weeks I will be having an ultrasound to determine her weight. Then the doctors will calculate how much they think she will weigh, compare it to what my uterus has proven to be capable of (The Goddess was 8lbs 1oz, and Shakespeare was 9lbs and neither of them gave me any trouble) and they will try to figure out if induction will be necessary or if we can go to full term. Either way, I’m just going to be happy if she’s healthy.

All in all, 2016 was a pretty good year for the Om Nom Family, despite how depressing it was for our childhood heroes and celebrities. I got to check off a few of the items on my bucket list, made new friends, had lots of fun experiences, and thoroughly enjoyed my family. Here’s hoping 2017 is just as good if not better. There is so much to look forward to.

Photos by Jodi Stilp Photography LLC www.jodistilpphotography.com

Crock Pot Ranch Porkchops 

Oh, hello there. Thought I had forgotten about you, didn’t you? Well, I didn’t. It’s just been a crazy month in the Om Nom household. Two weeks ago, Shakespeare decided that this crawling stuff is for babies, and now that he’s a year old he is a toddler, not a baby. Since then he has been a walking fiend. I can’t keep up. And about a month ago, right around the time I disappeared from the blogosphere, I decided that since the Goddess was going to be five next December, I should probably implement a schedule of some sort and try teaching her some stuff. Get her ready for kindergarten in a year and a half. It’s going decently. Some days are good and some days are bad, just like with any four year old. She can be lovey dovey one minute and the next wants nothing to do with me, and dear lord, you had better not be trying to teach me how to spell my name! Since we last spoke, I have been trying to find a balance between teaching and guiding her, and mothering and chasing after him. So not easy. Especially on top of all my other household duties. Something had to give, so back to the old dinner staples I went… until tonight. I have finally found a process that works for me, my house isn’t in shambles, and my kids are happy (most of the time). Because of that, I was able to take time for me and find a new meal to try out. So, without further ado, I give you Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops from www.raininghotcoupons.com.

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