Friday, October 17, 2014

Saturday Dishes - Pumpkin & Squash


This week's theme is:
Pumpkin & Squash

'Tis the season for pumpkin in all the things.
Share with us what you like to put your squash in!

If you're new to the party
welcome to Saturday Dishes
where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
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Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
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& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

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Last week's theme was Soups & Stews!
Here were a couple of my faves...

Uhm... Could this sound more YUM!?!

This chili looks like it would definitely warm you up on a chilly fall day.

Lisa's faves might be different than mine,
so don't forget to swing by her blog too! (;
Oh yeah...
& if you were featured
feel free to grab a button!

Life Is Fantasmic

Next week's theme is:
Halloween
so come back next week to share some spooky stuff!

Now on to the linky...
Link up plenty of Pumpkin & Squash recipes,
visit other posts,
& make new friends!

Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party!
If you'd like to be a guest host send us an email so that we can get you on the calendar,
& let us know what themes you would like to see in the future.
We'd love to use your ideas!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mormon Enchiladas


This dinner is super easy, tasty, & filling...
My grandparents had a friend whose parents were from the Mormon Colonies in Mexico.
They like to make stacked enchiladas out there, hence the name "Mormon" Enchiladas.
The friend made these for my grandparents many years ago,
who started making them for their children.
My dad & grandparents made them for us growing up,
& I introduced them to my husband & our kids.
We have all been enjoying them ever since!


Corn tortillas
Canned chili
Shredded cheese

You can do this one of two ways: Heat the chili prior to stacking or heat the whole thing in the microwave after it's stacked. I usually layer mine first, then just microwave it.

Layers go as follows: Tortilla, chili, cheese; tortilla, chili, cheese; tortilla, chili, cheese... Do this as many times as you'd like depending on how hungry you are. I usually stick to three tortillas high & top with sour cream. Enjoy!

xoxo
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Postpartum Preeclampsia

If you missed Little Sunshine's birth story
but would like to read it first to make sense of this random illeism
you can find that post here.

Chapter Two: Postpartum Preeclampsia
The hospital required Little Sunshine & her mother to stay 48 hours after birth before being discharged,
because unlike the hospital in California
they wait until the baby is 48 hours old to do the newborn blood screening.

Her husband stayed at the hospital with her the first night
while her kids stayed at home with their family friend, Meg, & her two boys.
He had to leave the hospital at 5:30am to go watch the kids
since Meg had to get her boys to school & go to work.
They tried to find someone to watch the kids during the day
so that he could go back to the hospital
& keep his wife company while they enjoyed their new baby,
but they were unable to find someone.
He decided to take them to see 'Planes: Fire & Rescue'
at the movie theater as a daddy date,
then they all came to the hospital for a little while afterwards.
He stayed at home with them Wednesday night
since he was cold & uncomfortable at the hospital anyway.

As promised, Grampa stopped by the hospital on Thursday to meet the wee one
before heading home from his business trip
& the father-of-now-three brought the older kids with him that day
so they could see their grandfather before he had to go to the airport & fly home.
They stayed & visited for a while
& the young mama was glad to have their company.
She was also very excited that she & her new baby would be going home in just a few short hours.

A little bit before her father left,
she noticed some tightness in her chest & shortness of breath.
She found it peculiar,
but dismissed it because she had experienced a lot of that during the third trimester.
She began to notice a slight headache behind her eyes
& it was getting difficult for her to concentrate or focus.
The children were a little stir-crazy & were running all over the place
so she thought that perhaps that was why her focus was off a bit.
They said quick goodbyes & headed back to the house to get the other car
so that the wife & newborn could come home with them after the 48 hours was up.
Things continued to get worse after they left.
The mother began having heavy palpitations & a pain in the center of her chest with each one.
It was getting more & more difficult for her to concentrate.
She felt a lot of anxiety & got very lightheaded & dizzy.
She thought that maybe her blood pressure was low
so she pressed the call button.
When the nurse came in to check it
she was shocked to hear that it was waaay too high.
I can't remember exactly what it was since there was so much going on & I couldn't concentrate
but it was 180 something over something.
Not normal.
They called the OB in to check on her.
When the doctor arrived,
she asked the mother a bunch of questions
then ordered a CT scan with contrast...
STAT.
She wanted to rule out clots because of the chest pain, palpitations, blood pressure, & whatnot.
She also mentioned that they would not be discharged that day.
The bewildered mama called her husband in tears
& filled him in on everything that had happened after he left.
After the call, they took her to get the CT scan done.
The right side of her neck began hurting after they put the contrast dye in,
& it would continue to hurt for almost a week.
She had no clue as to why.
The results of her CT came back normal which was quite comforting,
so the OB came to the conclusion it was most likely postpartum preeclampsia that was causing the symptoms,
& they treated it as such.
The mother was moved back into a labor & delivery room
where she was placed on a magnesium sulfate drip for 24 hours,
accompanied with air circulation cuffs for her legs,
a pulse monitor on her toe,
& a blood pressure cuff that was checked hourly.
Little Sunshine was sent to the nursery for the night, except for feedings,
so that her mom could get adequate rest for a speedy recovery
& also because her mom was confined to the bed
aside from bathroom breaks when a nurse would unhook everything but the IV.
Halfway through the night she was sent back to a postpartum room
since all the babies in the area decided to be born right then.
The next morning, Little Sunshine's father drove her siblings to the hospital for a visit.
GrandBo & CiCi also drove up to see their new granddaughter, although they could only stay one day.
The mommy loved the company, but wished they were all home.
Her husband & other children felt the same way.
Little Princess even brought her mommy a 'get well soon' flower after a walk with CiCi.
It brightened her day immensely.


Her OB wanted to keep her there another night
for observation without the magnesium sulfate drip.
Her blood pressure was elevated a few times,
but not so high that it concerned the doctors.
It fluctuated all throughout the night,
her symptoms would come & go,
& she had a pretty big anxiety attack at one point
but when her doctor came in the next afternoon,
she was given the okay to go home.
GrandBo & CiCi came back to the hospital with her husband & kids
to pick up the mama & new baby
& to spend some time with them before they drove back to Tennessee.

A little while after they got home, her husband took their oldest two children to the airport to go pick up Nani.
It was really windy & stormy out & her flight was delayed.
As they were sitting in the cell phone lot waiting for her plane to land,
he was monitoring her flight on an app.
He watched the plane circle around a few times to wait out the storm,
then it eventually turned around & was headed towards Illinois.
It wasn't a very large plane so it needed to refuel before heading back to Indianapolis.
They decided to get some dinner while they waited,
then went back to the airport to pick her up once her flight landed
It was great having Nani at their home for the week.
The young mother continued to have symptoms periodically throughout the week,
but they were never as bad as they were at the hospital.
Her blood pressure was very inconsistent.
The systolic would range between 160 and 130
& the diastolic would range between 105 and 75.
By the end of the week it was back within normal range,
with the occasional spike around 140/90.
She enjoyed her mom's visit nonetheless
& appreciated the help with the kids while she was there.

Gramma came to visit a week later.
The mama was doing much better at this point.
Her blood pressure was completely normal
& her symptoms were mostly gone.
She was grateful for the company & help
as she adjusted to life with three kids,
but Gramma couldn't stay forever..
This meant no more visitors for a while,
& that she was on her own yet again.

Chapter 3 coming soon...
Three Kids

xoxo
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Saturday Dishes - Soups & Stews


This week's theme is:
Soups & Stews

The cooler autumn weather is perfect
for making warm soups & stews!
Share your soup, stew, & chili recipes this week.
If you're lucky, I may end up sharing our secret chocolate chili recipe soon...
Yes, you heard me right.
CHOCOLATE chili (:
Thoughts?

If you're new to the party
welcome to Saturday Dishes
where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
Easy peasy, right?

Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
No worries!
Just sit back, relax, enjoy the other posts,
& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

Saturday Dishes is hosted by:
- Marissa @ Life is Fantasmic -
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Check out our blogs & show us some love!
We love seeing new faces & new followers on our social media,
& comments make us smile (:

Last week's theme was Noodles!
Here were a couple of my faves...

Yum! All of these ingredients are always stocked at my house!

We're really trying to be more frugal & this sounds great!

Lisa's faves might be different than mine,
so don't forget to swing by her blog too! (;
Oh yeah...
& if you were featured
feel free to grab a button!

Life Is Fantasmic

Next week's theme is:
Pumpkin & Squash
so come back next week to share those awesome recipes!

Now on to the linky...
Link up your stupendous Soups & Stews,
visit other posts,
& make new friends!

Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party!
If you'd like to be a guest host send us an email so that we can get you on the calendar,
& let us know what themes you would like to see in the future.
We'd love to use your ideas!

By linking up at Saturday Dishes, you are giving permission for Life is Fantasmic & Pebbles and Piggytails to feature your posts with one image on social media with links back to you.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Come and See - Meet the Mormons

The theme for MOPS this year is be you, bravely.
So this is me being me, bravely.

If you've been following my blog for a while
or checked out my church tab
you probably know that I am a member of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
That's right...
I'm a Mormon.


This past weekend was general conference #LDSconf
& I'll be sharing my highlights soon.
Basically a bunch of inspiring, uplifting, & thought provoking quotes...

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
had a special message directed to people who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
He addresses the following question in his talk:
"Why are Latter-Day Saints so eager to tell me about what they believe and to invite me to learn about their church?"

In short he says,
"When we invite you to attend church with us or to learn with the full-time missionaries,
we are not trying to sell you a product.
As members of the Church, we do not receive prizes or bonus points in a heavenly contest.
We are not seeking simply to increase the numerical size of the Church.
And most importantly, we are not attempting to coerce you to believe as we do.
We are inviting you to hear the restored truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ
so you can study, ponder, pray, and come to know for yourself
if the things we are sharing with you are true.

Some of you may respond, "But I already believe in Jesus and follow His teachings,"
or "I am not sure if God really exists."
Our invitations to you are not an attempt to diminish your religious tradition or life experience.
Bring all that you know is true, good, and praiseworthy--and test our message.
Just as Jesus beckoned two of His disciples to "come and see" (John 1:39),
so we urge you to come and see if the restored gospel of Jesus Christ enlarges and enriches that which you already believe to be true."

He goes on to share an experience involving two of his sons when they were little.
This story of brotherly kindness includes a lot of dish soap, a lot of ointment, and a lot of band-aids.
It helps describe why we are so eager to share our beliefs with those we meet.
I'll just let you read it (;

In part of his closing remarks,
"The invitations we extend to you to learn about and test our message grow out of the positive effects the gospel of Jesus Christ has had in our lives.
Sometimes we may be awkward or abrupt or even relentless in our attempts.
Our simple desire is to share with you the truths that are of greatest worth to us."

I encourage you to watch or read his entire talk since there is so much that I didn't share with you!

I'd also like to invite you to go watch 'Meet the Mormons' at a movie theater near you this weekend!

If you haven't heard of the movie here's what it's about...
It's a documentary that tells the stories of six Church members from around the world.
The Humanitarian
The Coach
The Fighter
The Bishop
The Mom
The Candy Bomber

Here's the official trailer:

From the official movie website:

"'Meet the Mormons' examines the very diverse lives of six devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filmed on location and across the globe, Meet the Mormons takes viewers on a journey into the day-to-day realities of individuals living in the U.S., Costa Rica, Nepal and beyond. From their individual passions to their daily struggles, each story paints a picture as rich and unique as the next while challenging the stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith."

"Regardless of their religious persuasion, viewers repeatedly find 'Meet the Mormons' to be entertaining, uplifting, and inspiring. It is meant to inform and to show people what members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are really like. Viewers have an opportunity--in a very real and personal way--to witness people striving to follow the Savior and to see the difference that makes in their lives. In addition, net proceeds from the film will be given to charity--specifically the American Red Cross."

With that being said...
Watch or read Elder David A. Bednar's talk when you get the chance,
& watch 'Meet the Mormons' this weekend!
If you have any questions about the church, feel free to ask me!
Just trying to share ointment & band-aids with you (:
{see Elder Bednar's talk to understand the reference}

xoxo
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Your ancestors live on - Activity Days

For Activity Days this month we are focusing on family history.


You see...
Your ancestors live on through you,
much like sourdough starter
Boudin Bakery still uses the same sourdough starter that was mixed over 150 years ago.
They save a little bit of the starter dough to mix with flour & water each day to keep the fermentation process going.

We are all descendants of Adam & Eve.
A little piece of them was passed on to their children
& so on and so forth
just like the mother dough at Boudin Bakery...
Our ancestors pass on their genes
as well as their stories
from generation to generation.

It's our job to trace our family lines as far back as possible.
To get to know each of them as individuals.
To learn of their joys & hardships.
To do their temple work.

Something special happens as you trace your lineage back to Adam & Eve.
You'll see familiar names along the way.
Names you've learned about in history class,
names you've read about in the scriptures,
& many names that you probably have never heard of.
As you begin to realize that they are your actual ancestors,
those names become actual people.
They become family.
You'll desire to learn more about them.

You'd be surprised what you can learn from your ancestors.
Chances are that you have more in common than just eye & hair color.
You may be named after one of them.
You may have similar personalities or interests.
You may have experienced similar trials.
Perhaps they have answers to questions you have.

Start small.
Get to know your closest ancestors first.
Then branch further & further out on each line.
See how far you can get & see how much you learn about your family (:

We discussed all of this during Activity Days yesterday.
We shared stories about our ancestors,
ate some sourdough bread,
& helped the girls fill out
My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together booklets
with information that they brought from home.
They are going to finish filling them out with the help of their families.

We also sent them home with this
7 generation family tree
to encourage them to go back a little further with their family history research.
Since the spots are so small we told them it would be okay to just color in the spots after they were entered in FamilySearch.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

MOPS: Courage to Be a Mom


As I mentioned before,
The theme this year for MOPS is 'Be you, Bravely'.
During our last meeting we talked about having the courage to be a mom.

We started by watching this video about the world's toughest job...



Being a mom.
It's definitely the toughest job in the world.
It's also one of the most rewarding.
I would know...

Being a stay-at-home parent means everything is expected of you,
& nothing is expected of you all at the same time.
It just depends on who you ask.

My children expect everything of me.
My husband only expects me to take care of myself & the kids.
(If I manage to get other things done that's great, but we are his priority.)
Some people may expect that my house would always be spotless since I'm home all day.
Others know that even though I'm a stay-at-home mom my house is rarely spotless
because my children expect everything of me.

We talked about how sometimes society thinks that because we aren't earning a paycheck we aren't contributing to society & that we are simply too lazy to work.
It's quite the opposite really.
Stay-at-homes are very busy people.
Cooking,
cleaning,
paying bills,
running errands,
changing diapers,
taking care of sick children,
helping watch other peoples' kids,
scheduling appointments,
going to appointments,
& thousands of other things that come our way.
It's definitely more work than your typical high school babysitting job (;

We talked about how easy it is to get discouraged
when we are doing 'all the things'
& somehow we still can't manage to get everything done.

Then we realize that our children are growing up before our eyes
so we slow down for a bit & embrace those little moments
only to notice exactly how much we are contributing to society.
We are raising these children to be wonderful adults.
We are teaching them important values.
We teach them:
to listen.
to be kind.
to have faith.
to love.
We are teaching them the importance of family,
responsibility,
& so many other things.
We are teaching them all the things they will need to know in order to get through life.

A couple things really stood out to me during the meeting:
"Today is the day that really matters"
"Motherhood is your worthy calling for today, and you ARE enough."

Although they didn't share it at MOPS,
this video also came to my mind...



"You never know how much good you do."
- President Gordon B. Hinckley -

We broke into our discussion groups
where we talked about how difficult yet rewarding being a mother can be.
We also each received paychecks for a gazillion dollars for all the hard work we do!
For some strange reason by bank won't honor it...
Shucks.

We met back up as a large group then finished off the meeting
by watching this inspirational video about the power of a mother's love...


One last thought...
Someone mentioned this poem in our group & I've always loved it:
I hope my child looks back on today
And sees a mother who had time to play.
There will be years for cleaning and cooking
But children grow up while you are not looking.
Tomorrow I'll do all the chores you can mention
But today, my baby needs time and attention.
So settle down cobwebs, dust go to sleep;
I'm cuddling my baby, and babies don't keep.
- anonymous -

xoxo
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