Thursday, February 11, 2010

Smoothies!

I have started making smoothies for breakfast almost every morning. It started out because Madelynn didn't like cow's milk much at first and she was nursing less so I had to get her to drink it. So I made her a smoothie for breakfast. Well now she's over not liking the cow's milk thing but I still love making smoothies. I made the best one by far this morning.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie (and I normally don't like drinkable banana stuff)

Put into your blender

7-9 frozen whole strawberries(I bought the big bag of dole strawberries from walmart)
1/2 frozen banana (cut up bananas, put them on wax paper and freeze them. once frozen stick in a plastic bag )
enough vanilla yogurt to cover everything(I used dannon all natural low-fat vanilla yogurt)

blend and enjoy!

They taste so good and are so good for you. Strawberries and Bananas both are "super foods". They have so many health benefits. And yogurt is an awesome source of protein and vitamins.

Smothered Pork

I went to Schnuck's a couple of weeks ago when they had their pork shoulder roast for $.89/lb. I bought a roast to make Shredded BBQ Pork. Then I saw they had pork steaks for $.89/lb also. When meat is $.89/lb I have a really hard time passing it up. So I bought a package of those as well. When I got home I really didn't know what to do with them. I have never had pork steaks any other way but bar-b-qued on the grill. Since it is the middle of winter that's not happening obviously. Well except if you're my father-in-law. He doesn't care what it's like outside. He BBQs in the snow. But anyway. I have tried breading them before like I do pork chops or pork loin but that just doesn't work. All of the breading falls off and it's just no good. So I looked in my cabinet and I had a can of cream of mushroom soup and some cheese in the fridge. So I came up with this.

Smothered Pork

2-3 Pork steaks(2 is more than enough for our family of 3)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 "can" of milk(fill the cream of mushroom soup can after you empty the soup out)
garlic powder(to taste)
pepper(to taste)
cheddar cheese for topping

put the pork steaks in an oven safe dish. If you have one with a lid that works best but if not you're going to have to be able to cover it with aluminum foil.
Prepare mix the cream of mushroom soup and milk together in a bowl. Add some garlic powder and pepper if you'd like. Pour it over the pork.
Cover it(it MUST be covered) and stick it in the oven for about an hour and a half or so. I didn't really time it. I just made sure it looked done.

Put the pork on a plate, pour some of the soup left in the pan over each piece of pork and top with cheese. If you really want to add the extra calories you could probably top it with bacon but I haven't tried that yet.

Sorry I don't have any pictures. I went to Frick's this week because their pork steaks were $.99/lb and bought more. I made it for dinner last night and intended to take pictures but I didn't cover it and it turned out kinda dry and didn't taste as good. So be sure if you make it that it is covered.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mini-Me


Ignore the horrible 80's pajamas in my picture, my parents didn't know any better. She's mini-me. It's kinda scary how much those 2 pictures are alike.
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Pretty Pretty Piggies!



I have been allowed the opportunity to review Piggy Paint nail polish and polish remover. Let me tell you. This stuff is awesome! I opened it as soon as it got to my house and painted my nails. I wanted to test it out on me before testing it out on Madelynn. I don't paint my nails anymore because when I used to my husband would complain of the smell even if he was in the other room. When I started using the Piggy Paint he didn't even notice. He actually looked over and asked me what I was doing. When I told him I was painting my nails he said, "Huh, that stuff normally smells like garbage." It dried pretty quickly. The card they send with instructions on it says "For maximum chip resistance, blow dry polished nails for 1-2 minutes with hair dryer set on warm heat/low blow dryer setting." I didn't do this part on myself at first because I knew I wasn't going to do it to Madelynn. I wore it over night and in the morning did a few dishes and it stayed on and didn't chip. I was super excited to try it out and Madelynn when she woke up. I almost woke her up so I could. But I waited. As soon as she woke up I painted her nails. She sat very still and just watched me the whole time. She even thought it was funny when I blew on her nails to help dry them. When I was done painting her nails she sat there and looked at them and kept saying "oooohhh" and touching them. Then I painted her toes. The color we got to try out was "Girls Rule" and it was beautiful. It was super girly & cute and not to bright. Her polish stayed on her finger nails for 1 day before chipping and 3 days before I absolutely had to take it off. I of course tried out the remover on my nails first. I was surprised that it just smells like hand sanitizer. It wasn't strong at all. It also took the polish off quickly, which is good when you have a super squirmy 1 year old. The polish on her toes is still going strong. It's been about a week since I've painted them. This morning I noticed that it had come off of her smallest toes. I'm going to use the remover on her toes today. Their website says that if you don't have their remover that rubbing alcohol is able to be used within I think it was 3-4 days of painting your or your daughter's nails. Which is good to know. Over all I'm super impressed. The polish is non-toxic, odorless, kid-friendly, and stays on for a decent amout of time if you don't have a nail bitter. They can eat it and sniff it all they want and you don't have to worry about giving them cancer while letting them be girly.

These are Madelynn's toes the day before yesterday. It took me that long to get a good picture of them. And I couldn't get a good picture of her fingers for the life of me. (p.s. ignore the dirty floor, Madelynn likes to throw her food.)