Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Egg-celent Egg Salad!

Do you ever have a bunch of eggs that are going to go bad in a day or two??? I always do. I love to bake, so always keep a lot of eggs on hand, but sometimes they end up going to waste. Though they are pretty cheap, wasted eggs are money down the drain. So, last night hubby requested that I make him some egg salad to take in his lunch...the man LOVES his egg salad. It is super simple, delicious, and a great way to use up all of those leftover eggs.

You start of course, with eggs. I used 16, for a good amount of egg salad. It will give hubby quite a few days of lunch, and me for that matter. You put them in a pot of COLD water and make sure there's plenty of room in the pot.

 I boil them for 10 minutes and then take them to the sink and run cold water over them until they are nice and cool. Then I take an egg and crack it against another one, all over until the whole shell is cracked. If it is cooked correctly, the shell will come off very easily...sometimes in one piece.

Then I do that until all of the eggs are free of their shells.

If you cooked your eggs the right amount of time, the insides will look like this...

Sometimes you will get a greenish ring around your yolk. That doesn't mean your eggs are bad necessarily, but just that you overcooked them. Then go ahead and slice up your eggs into little pieces and put in a bowl. Then top with some mayo or miracle whip- whichever your preference. I used miracle whip- I like the tangy zip it gives. A cup is just about the right amount for 16 eggs.

Give it a good stir and add some mustard. I only added about 2 teaspoons, because I am not a huge mustard fan. Hubby likes it a lot, so I just add extra mustard to his sandwiches.

Once you mix that up, I added some pepper and paprika for color, not a set amount, just enough for color/flavor.

Normally, I would go ahead and throw in some relish as well, but we happened to be out at the time. Then, go ahead and refrigerate your egg salad for awhile. It's best served cold in my opinion. And my favorite way to enjoy egg salad, you ask?

On some buttery ritz crackers!

Go ahead and use up those eggs before they go bad! Sometimes I'll go crazy and make up some deviled eggs, usually when I'm making something like meatloaf and I've got some time on my hands. Or just go ahead and hard boil them and keep them in the fridge for a quick snack.

Egg Salad

16 eggs
1 cup mayo
2 tsp mustard
pepper/paprika to taste

1.) Put eggs in pot filled with COLD water and boil for 10 minutes. Remove from stove and run under cold water until cooled.

2.) Peel and chop up eggs into seal-able container 

3.) Add mayo and mustard, mix well.

4.) Add pepper and/or paprika to taste.

5.) Go crazy and add in some relish or pickles if you're feeling adventurous.

6.) Enjoy!


Sports Themed Diaper Cake

This craft was featured! Woo hoo!!!

My cousin has been trying for years to have a baby, and finally she is getting a little man at the end of January. I myself was right where she was last year, and am so ecstatic for her. My mom and I are throwing her a sports themed baby shower on Saturday. It's going to be pretty simple, but I thought I'd share some of it with you. I  just finished up her diaper cake this's the first one I've ever really made. But I am pretty happy with the way it turned out, and it fits the theme perfectly.

I started with a bunch if random materials, and of course, diapers.

Excuse the other mess on my table there, until I get my craft room up and running, my kitchen table is where I do most of my crafting. I had some sports baby toys, baby spoons, ribbon, socks, etc....

I rolled up each diaper and secured it with a rubber band. Rolling from the top down seemed to be the best method of keeping it nice and tight.

Then I grouped them into threes and secured those together with a rubber band.

Then I stacked the layers, and secured them with ribbon.

Then I added the toys, socks, etc... The top layer is secured with baby wrist rattles and a thin, red ribbon. Then I just tried to put all of the stuff on it in a way that was cute, and you could see everything.

It has some baby books that I secured with some clothespins. I thought they looked kinda baby-ish.

Then I added a little "topper" of a helmet that I found for super-cheap at Hob Lob. Overall, it's simple, but cute. I hope she likes it. Stay tuned for some more sports themed baby shower posts after Saturday!


Weekend Bloggy Reading
The Shabby Nest

Friday, October 26, 2012

Yah, I'd Eat That- Peppermint!

The reason I title all these posts "Yah, I'd Eat That", is because that is, if you know me personally, a sentence I repeat several times a day. So, to keep with my ongoing theme of "Yah, I'd Eat That"...since the holidays are around the corner, I decided to find some Pinteresting Peppermint recipes. Here's the list of things that I would like to try this upcoming Holiday season.

Peppermint Meringues with Chocolate Filling by Martha Stewart
You can't really go wrong with anything from Martha!

Peppermint Marshmallows form $5 Dinners
...I mean, seriously. How easy is that? And that would be super yummy for stirring into your hot chocolate!

Peppermint Popcorn Bark from Plain Chicken
This would totally hit that sweet/salty crunchy craving that hits you late at night!

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha
There are a ton of recipes out there to copy this- but you can't beat the original! I've tried. Hoping I'll find one I like this year!

Overall, like anything else out there, tons of yummy recipes to little time.

And a non-food item...

Peppermint Mani by Chloe's Nails
How cute would this be for all of those Christmas parties coming up??? I bet my little man would have mine half chipped off in an hour. But, a girl can dream!

Cranio Update!

Whew- we've had a busy week with a lot of hospital visits. Nothing emergency, just Baby B's 4 month post op appointments. According to his plastic surgeon, he couldn't be happier with Baby B's head shape. So glad to hear that, because 4 months ago, there was a huge concern. We go back to meet with the plastic surgeon again in 3 months, just around the time his dissolveable plates start to go away. The neurosurgeon said about the same thing...said he's looking great, and he seems to be coming right along. We don't have to go back to the neurosurgeon for 6 months! That'll be around the time the dissolveable plates are completely gone. He said to expect Baby B's head to sprout little bumps here and there, which is just fluid build up from the plates dissolving and that they'll go away fairly quickly. Hope he's not all lumpy/bumpy when his 1st birthday rolls around.

So glad to hear good news from both Dr.'s. After these next appointments we will only have to see one of them every 6 months. That's just once a year for both of them. That's music to my ears considering we've been making the 2-2 1/2 hour drive up there several times a month since Baby B was born. Baby B also finished off his last dose of seizure meds 2 days ago, and seems to be doing great. Could it be possible that for the first time ever I have a perfectly healthy baby boy?! What an answer to so, so, so many prayers!

We did have to get referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist and a geneticist, but just both as precautions. Kids with cranio sometimes had a lot of pressure on their eyes pre-surgery, so may require glasses at a young age. And, they just want to see if his cranio was because of a genetic defect, because if it is he may have the possibility of passing it onto his children. Hoping to hear good news from these Dr.'s too. Keep Baby B in your prayers- so amazing watching him grow!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pinterest Master List

Just linked up my Pinterest account to the Pinterest Master List:

Go there and read all about the mean time, stay crafty!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Baby Things I Can't Live Without

This is sort of a random post, but a few people close to me are having babies this year, and I thought I would compile a list of thing that I couldn't have lived without. There are SO many gimmicky baby items out there, but some are SO handy. Then, of course there are the's a few of the things that have made the past 8 months go by a little more smoothly...

These are so handy for so many reasons. I lay Baby B on it on my lap while I feed him, he used to curl up and sleep in it when he was small enough. It makes breastfeeding so much easier. This is the "naked" one, and you can get all kinds of cute covers for them to match whatever decor you should so choose. In my opinion, it's a must have for a new mom!

Bottle Warmer
There are all kinds of bottle warmers out there. TONS! This just so happens to be the closest to the one that I have. Let me tell you, they are wonderful...and this one was less than $20! Even when I was breastfeeding (I had to pump), it was perfect to warm up my milk that I had saved in the fridge. And even if you breastfeed, there is most likely going to be a time when you have milk stored that your baby will have to eat. WAY easier than trying to warm it under the tap, and faster. I still use mine with Baby B's formula bottles. Super easy, and super handy. I highly recommend getting one.

Gripe Water
Now, I am not a doctor. So, before you give your baby anything that might concern you, talk to yours. But, I had a VERY colicky baby. He cried ALL the time for the first couple months of his life. This stuff was a Godsend for us. As soon as we gave him a dose, he would calm down and even look more comfortable. It was amazing how well it worked, and I am thankful that we found it. We also used a lot of these:
Gas Drops
These are also very helpful in the event that you have a gassy baby. VERY helpful!!!

Okay this is the most expensive thing I'm going to mention. It's going to run you at least $200. Thankfully my Mom got me one right after Baby B was born. It has been a Godsend too. It was the only way that our colicky man would sleep at first. It finally gave me peace, and a few moments to myself everyday. When you have a baby that cries all...the...time, you are willing to try just about anything. We still use the white noise on it at night while Baby B sleeps in his bed. And is still a go-to when he has an especially rough night. I'm not saying that you NEED this item, but it comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from a Mom with a colicky baby.

Babies LOVE being swaddled. They need it to feel comfortable. They have spent several months all huddled up, so of course they want to be snuggled up. They used these swaddler sacks on our litte guy in the NICU, and we had to pick some up before we left the hospital. If you have a safety store, you can get them for about half the price. We only had a couple, a fleece one, and a lighter version. They helped a lot in getting little man to sleep for extended periods at night- and new Mommy's need their sleep!

Organizer Cart
I wouldn't say this is a "must have", but I have this actual cart in my room, and it is very nice to have. For one, my baby's actual room is upstairs and he sleeps in our room downstairs at the moment. So, we needed somewhere to keep his diapers, wipes, towels, etc. It's pretty inexpensive and just nice to be able to reach and grab what you need without running all over the house.

Car Seat Toys
Any type of hanging toys or a toy bar for a car seat is a MUST if you spend a lot of time in the car. We have this particular one, and Baby B LOVES it. We spend many hours in the car going to and from doctor's appointments, and this has helped immensely.

Overall, there are ALL kinds of things that you'll want or need as a new mom, and this list is in no way the standard. These are just some of the many items that have gotten me through the wonderful, yet rough first few months of motherhood. I would love to hear some suggestions that you have for things that helped you. I could probably think of more, but these were the first few things on my list anyway. I would love if you have any questions to ask of me as a new mom as well, and would love to hear some feedback on these products...

To end on a cute note, here's an adorable pic of Baby B from this weekend:


Weekend Bloggy Reading

Blissful and Domestic
The Chicken Chick