Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I've created a new blog, please join me!


I've been away for quite a while.  Here's what's been going on in a nutshell...quit my job last year, have been raising my little Mr. for the past year and also working from home (during nap time.)

But, my blogging fingers have been itching to get going again...and I've decided to try Wordpress.  I have also changed the topic and the format.  Interested?

It's an online book club that incorporates creating delicious food from either dishes mentioned in the story, a general theme, the time period and/or the location.  I've got a couple choices already posted and easily available via eBook downloads.  I'm hoping that it helps the busy, working people who love a good read and recipe.

Please join me at my new site:

It's still new, not quite finished but I welcome input and ideas from everyone!

Thanks again for taking the time to view this blog and its projects and I hope to see you at my new space!


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Monday, May 6, 2013

Most Amazing Potato Soup Ever!

My husband loves loaded baked and mashed potatoes.  I decided to create a soup based on his slight obsession.  He loves this too.  

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

2 Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
1 rib of celery, diced
2 small carrots, finely diced (adds a bit of sweetness, but aren't totally necessary)
Small yellow onion, diced
1/3-1/2 c. bacon bits/pieces (REAL bacon, not the fake kind)
2-3 green onions/scallions, chopped
2 T butter
1 c.-1 1/2 c. (more or less) chicken broth 
1/2 quart cream (skim milk if you want to make this sorta healthy, but it's just not the same)
1 can cheddar cheese soup

Melt the butter at med-high heat, add yellow onions and cook until almost translucent, then toss in the bacon during this to warm up the flavor.  Add the broth and bring to a simmer.

To the liquid add the potatoes, celery and carrots and a healthy grind of pepper.  Simmer the vegetables until the potatoes are cooked through, but not too soft.  You have to taste test them to make sure!

When the veggies are cooked, add the can of cheddar cheese soup, stir until incorporated.  Then, add the cream.  If the soup is too thick, add more chicken broth (or milk) to thin it out a bit.  Add the green onions and let simmer for at least 15 mins to let the flavors mix together.  Be sure to stir this often, as you can burn the soup!

Tastes great with some toasted garlic bread.

Creates about 4-6 servings, depending on how much you eat.

I'm not going to touch on the calorie'll ruin the experience.

March for Babies--Please Donate!

This year my husband, E (our son) and I joined our friend's team to raise funds for the March of Dimes.   If you feel generous, please donate at my link below--there are 3 days left to donate!

Thank you!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I've Been Busy!

I've been a little busy since my last post!  Only 6 days after my last post, we welcomed our son into this world!  He arrived 12/11/12 at 4:37 in the morning.  He's a true joy and is a wonderful baby.  I will be working on some better posts soon, but as most of you know babies keep you busy!  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sh*t Hit the Fan...Part 2

So after the scary appointment and hours in the L&D triage on Tuesday, I had my normally scheduled BPP appt on Thursday.  My hubby met me at the front of my office building as usual at 2-ish and we went to my appt.  Well, my blood pressure was in the 150s...which is bad.  So they let me sit and rest a bit and did the other normal appt. things like measure my belly, etc.  and then at the end it was even higher.  

My OB was not smiling or sugar-coating anything when she said we need to go to the hospital ASAP and get monitored for 24 hours and I am in no way going back to work.  Bedrest for sure.  We were a little freaked out, as she said if my BP didn't go down and stayed around 160 as it was, they may have to induce!  Eek, I was only at 34 weeks!  We went quickly back to my office so I could grab my laptop, cords and clean my space up a bit, since I probably wouldn't be back until April!  Also told everyone that I wouldn't be back for a while either, which surprised everyone since I had had no problems so far and planned to work until right before Christmas.  

We made our way to the hospital where I will be delivering eventually (thank God my OB was able to get me and all my info transferred there, as I wasn't going to start going to that location (closer to our home) until the very end of my pregnancy.)  Let me tell you, it is quite the comfy, nice place as it is pretty darn new.  We didn't even go into the actual L&D area, I was put into the perinatal suites.  Hooked up to heart and blood pressure monitors and had to live on my left side for 24 hours and also do the 24 hour urine testing.  my BP was elevated most of my stay, but it did go down to the lower 140s high 130s with one freakish 160 at 2 in the AM.  The next evening we finally got the protein results and I had a level of 290, which 300 is considered pre-eclamptic.  So I'm right on the edge of that mess.  I was told modified bedrest from now on!  We are hoping that this little munchkin will be waiting until Christmas time to arrive, which will be a little early, but still ok.  

We're just going appointment by appointment to see what happens, as pre-e can rear its ugly head whenever it wants.  I'm surprised how exhausting resting and doing nothing!  I'm ready to start some crafty projects, but not sure what yet.  Any suggestions?  

Guess What? The Sh*t Hit the Fan...Part 1

As I read over my last post back in mid-November...I was happy to have no BP issues or protein in the urine...blah blah blah.  Well, the shit hit the fan, starting on my birthday (the 27th) of all days!  I was 33w5d.

I had a regularly scheduled endo appointment and my blood pressure was elevated, which it had been just a couple random times at previous appts.  But never continuous.  I thought it was from the longer hike from the parking garage to the office, but guess not.  We then were looking at my insulin dosages and told my Dr. that the total daily dosage had gone waaay down the past couple days.  That worried her.  Other than that, my BG numbers had been pretty darn perfect the past months.  A1c was still at a 6.  She said she'll send an IM to my OB doc to discuss me.  I went on my merry way to head home around 4:00 pm.  

Then, I had a thought to check my work voicemail  just in case I had any messages.  I did.  It was my endo telling me I need to go to the L&D triage unit at the hospital.  Not even the hospital I plan on delivering at, which freaked me out.  I was slightly annoyed, as hubby and I were to go out to eat for my birthday.  But, they said it'd only be a couple hours to monitor me and the baby.  Well, I ended up staying there, all by myself from 4:30 until 10:30!  Hooked up to the fetal heart monitor and automatic bp cuff.  No TV even!  Then my cell died!  They ended up doing an u/s bio-physical profile on baby, which he was sleeping at that point, so was a little slow and not really responsive like his usual spazzy self and then we had to wait for the on-call physician to look over everything.  There were two decelerations that happened to the baby's heart beat, but they said it was ok since it was over a period of 6 hours.  From the u/s, they noted that the pressure on the umbilical cord was on the higher side of normal, so they're to watch that now too.  My BP finally lowered itself after a couple of hours.  I was told to go home and rest if I can.  I took the next day off to decompress.

Poor hubby was still at home waiting for me to get there to maybe have a late dinner, but that idea was shot to hell.  So, what do you do when there's no food at home, you were supposed to have a romantic/fun/yummy dinner out at our favorite local hangout, Ruby Tuesdays?  (I know...but we like it)  Stop at McD's drivethrough that is open 24 hours.  Whatever to high blood pressure for one day.  But I did come home to a box of chocolates and a cute card from my hubby, which was sweet.  

Next Post:  The Sh*t Hit the Fan...Part 2