Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Quick Update

Hi everyone! Here's a quick update on our family!

Baby boy Sutton is FANTASTIC! He's doing so well, sometimes I just have to pinch myself. Ford was such a demanding baby that it's nice to have a relaxed baby this time around. He eats every 3 hours on the dot during the day and at night he does one 5 hour stretch and then two 4 hour stretches. Sutton is trying to suck his thumb (he's a true daddy's boy) but he gets so frustrated and just screams when he can't connect it to his mouth. I am scared to death of having a thumb-sucker. Ryan was a thumb-sucker until he was about 6, and he always tells me how his mom had such a hard time breaking him of it. At least with a pacifier I can just take it away, but it's not like I can detach the thumb:)

Ford is still our demanding and darling little boy! He absolutely adores his brother and lights up whenever he sees him. He loves to give him kisses (and leave spittle on Sutton's face) and hold his hand. However, the minute "ba" (this is what Ford calls Sutton) starts to cry or fuss, Ford LOSES it. I mean, full-blown crying and screaming with big, crocodile tears! It's totally pathetic but breaks my heart at the same time. We are trying to teach him that when the baby cries, Ford can be a big help by telling the baby "shhh, shhhh". We'll see how it goes:)

Ryan and I are hanging in there. The adrenaline of a new baby wore off this week, so the lack of sleep is catching up with us. We are both feeling like poo, and Ford is kind of sick, too. This week has been trying, to say the least.

Well, that's all for now. I'll update more later. Maybe with pictures:)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Erin's Turkey Meatloaf

My sister, Erin, gave us this recipe a few years ago and we LOVE it! I thought I'd share with you all, especially since many of you have little ones. This recipe is a great (and delicious!) way to sneak in the veggies! When I make this, I alter it a bit from my sister's recipe, but I'll include her version, too. I also try to use all organic ingredients when I make this.

1.5 pounds ground turkey breast
1 10oz package frozen choppen spinach, thawed and squeezed (can use fresh spinach, too!)
1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 egg whites (I use 1 whole egg)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 ozs grated part-skim mozzarella cheese (1 cup)
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
(I also add in 1 garlic clove, minced)

Preheat oven to 375. In a bowl, combine turkey, spinach, onion, bread crumbs, parsley, oregano, egg, salt and pepper (and garlic). Mix well with a wooden spoon, or your clean hands.

Press half the mixture into an 8 in loaf pan. Top bottom half with grated mozzarella cheese. Press remaining mixture over top and flatten to make an even layer. Whisk together ketchup and mustard and spread mixture over prepared meatloaf.

Bake for an hour, until top is golden and loaf has pulled slightly away from sides of pan. Let stand for 10 minutes, then slice into 6 equal pieces and serve.

1 slice is about 208 calories, 5g fat, 13g carbs, 28g protein, 2g fiber

Goes great with fresh green beans! Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sledding...on HALLOWEEN

We had a big snow storm this week, we got 20 inches at our house! Ryan and my dad decided to take Ford on a sledding adventure before it all melted. It was perfect weather for sledding, a balmy 60 degrees:)