Hello Friends

I know its been a long while since I last posted anything. Having kids has changed my priorities so much! I love writing and documenting funny stories, but in this stage of life, I’m living those memories instead of writing them down. Who knows what is in store with the blog…I’ll play it by ear.

Until I know what I’m gonna do, I have a funny story to share about the adventures of potty training! Warning: Potty language coming up!

After Stella went to bed last night, I came upstairs to put away laundry. She popped her head out of the room and said she needed to go potty in her room. (We have a little potty in there…don’t fear!) She sat there for some time and nothing happened. I told her to go to bed and she said she had to go poop. I said “ok, I have to pee so you do that and I’ll be right back”. I got back to her room, she looked at me and said “Mommy, you go pee on the potty?” I said “yup”! She says “Oh mommy, I so proud of you. I so proud of you mommy.” Then she reaches up and pats me on the back and says “oohhh, I so proud of you. So proud of you mommy”! HAHA!! She looked so sweet and serious. It was amazing.🙂

Have a great week!

Free Bread = Dinner

We had the most amazing Fourth of July weekend up at our cottage but came home with tons of leftover lunch meat. I was packing all the food and decided to leave some of the bread upnorth for my cousin who would be there next. When we got home Bear sent me a text asking if I had grabbed the bread from on top of the fridge. Being 5’0″ I did not grab the bread on the top of the fridge. I can barely see into the freezer let alone the top of the fridge!🙂 (At 6’2″ the top of the fridge works just as well as the counter!) I wondered how we would eat two Costco packs of lunch meat without bread…

While at lunch yesterday my coworker came to lunch with a huge loaf of amazing bread. She had 2 more loaves of it at home and was worried it would go bad. She offered it to me and I immediately thought of all the lunch meat we had waiting to be eaten, so I gladly accepted! Once I got home Bear and I made the most amazing sandwhich. Here is the recipe:

bread

gouda cheese (cheese sampler from Costco…Amazing!)

ham (lunch meat from Costco….its also amazing!)

lettuce

tomato

bacon (also from costco…also amazing)

honey mustard

I toasted the bread with the cheese and ham. Then added the veggies and dressing. It turned out so well! I love when that happens with leftovers!

It probably not wise to put up a picture of a half eaten sandwich but I’m going to anyways! It was that good.🙂

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Potato Salad = YUM!

I found an amazing (well several amazing) recipe(s) this past week in the new Better Homes and Garden Magazine. LOVE IT!

Grilled Corn with Smokey Lime Butter

Succotash Salad with Buttermilk-Avocado Dressing

Grilled Zucchini Salad with Mozzarella and Dill

Fresh Vegetable Chips

Herbed Potato salad

The recipe I just had to try was the potato salad. It worked out perfectly because Bear wanted to grill the other night. I took a picture of the recipe and ran to Trader Joes on my way home from work. I got everything I (thought I) needed and went home to make the delicious salad. As we sat down for dinner I made it a point to tell Bear how closely I actually followed the recipe. (It’s now a joke in our family because I am AWFUL at following recipes). I said “yeah, I only substituted one thing. I had to use cottage cheese instead of sour cream.” Bear gave me a skeptical look so I felt the need to explain that we actually had sour cream but it was moldy. So it wasn’t like I forgot the sour cream, it was just bad. (I had actually forgotten the sour cream but I think that is beside the point!) I am bad at just keeping my mouth shut so I continued…”well actually, I did substitute shallots for onions because I misread the recipe and thought it called for a regular onion instead of green onions. I figured it wouldn’t matter and I can’t have raw onion. Oh and then I forgot that it called for fresh herbs, I used dried. Oh and we didn’t have dijon mustard so I used whatever kind we had….um, I guess I didn’t follow the recipe at all! But it tastes great!” haha. I love my husband because he just laughed, took a bite and agreed. It did taste pretty good!

Pancakes and Sass

Stella LOVES pancakes. She requests them most mornings for breakfast and even most days for dinner! She especially loves them with chocolate chips and whipped cream. We usually just buy the store bought mix and make them that way. I have however made homemade pancake mix and had great luck with it. I found a ton of links for the recipe online. Here are a few. Easy Homemade Instant Pancake Mix. Homemade Pancake Mix.

My mom was making pancakes for Stella the other morning. They were hanging out in the kitchen and Stella was sipping on some juice. She was trying to drink out of a big girl cup but it was making my mom nervous. YiaYia kept hovering, just trying to make sure Stella did not spill. Apparently YiaYia was getting in Stella’s face because the next thing you know Stella slowly put her cup down, raised her hand out in front of YiaYia’s face and said sternly, “MAKE THE PANCAKES!”

HAHAHAHA!!🙂

After eating pancakes the other day at our favorite restaurant, Stella wanted to go look at the books. I told her she could and looked back a few minutes later to this:

breakfast reading

That girl melts my heart!😉

Best Recipe Ever!

I stumbled upon a recipe for Butter Chicken awhile ago and tucked it away in my email file “Dinner Options”. That file soon got overwhelming so the other day I went through and weeded out the ones I actually would never try. I was so excited to find this one again. Bear and I LOVE indian food. It seemed like an easy enough recipe too. Well we gave it a try last night and it was delicious! Seriously, so good. In normal Steph fashion, I went to the store with a list and didn’t actually get all the ingredients we needed!😉 When I was at the store the power went out and all the registers were having trouble with the credit card machine. Instead of waiting for them to fix it I decided to just get the essentials for our meal using cash and leave the rest of my cartfull behind. I thought I grabbed everything I needed but it turns out I left the can of tomato sauce. Thankfully we had a can of it at home, however it was dented. We took our chances with Botulism and used it anyways! Another thing I accidently overlooked was the amount of cream we needed. Bear specifically wrote out 1 pt whipping cream. I got to the whipping cream aisle and though to myself “hmm, this is just to thicken the sauce, we probably don’t need a big container” and grabbed the 1 cup option. (I totally missed the part where he actually mentioned a specific volume!) We laughed when I got home and bear was like “So, you just ignored the amount I requested?” I told him he should be happy I at least gave it some thought! I told him we could substitute fat free evaporated milk for cream in sauces but he didn’t believe me. He made me google it! I found this article discussing the options for subsituting cream. Bear suggested we follow this rule: “Cream sauces made with lower-fat cream substitutes also tend to have less body; to correct for that, consider adding 1 tablespoon flour or 2 teaspoons cornstarch to the sauce for every cup of evaporated milk substituted.” We chose to add cornstarch. We also did not marinate the chicken overnight like the recipe called for because, well I just didn’t read it in advance! But the chicken still tasted amazing! I’m looking forward to trying it again with marinated chicken, however, I don’t think I will ever actually use 1 pt of whipping cream. The evaporated milk option tasted amazing, and what an easy way to cut back on the fat and calories of this meal. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

I’ll leave you with a cute pic of the babies on FaceTime. I am in love with them!

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Thunderstorm

After Stella went to bed a huge thunderstorm rolled in. Usually she is a great sleeper but this storm started right after she laid down. A huge thunder cracked and immediately we heard her start screaming upstairs. Bear ran up to calm her down. Bear tried to explain the noise to her but she kept saying “I don’t like it. Don’t want it!” After a little bit she calmed down enough to discuss it!

Stella: is that God (referring to the thunder outside)
Bear: “yeah I guess God makes the noise.”
Stella: “why?”
Bear: “to remind us He’s there”
Stella: “And the light too?”
Bear: “yup.”

They talked a little more and were eventually interrupted by another loud clap of thunder…

Stella: “Him car?!”

Bear: “I don’t know if God has a car. What do you think?”

Stella: “Nah…..Him walking!”

After that she cuddled in to Bear’s shoulder and was ready for sleep!

Just a little giggle for you…

We went to celebrate Easter at my aunt and uncles house. My cousins have an adorable new baby we needed to meet and we all wanted to get together. Right before dinner I decided to use the bathroom. Of course Stella had to come too!😉 She glanced over at the bookshelf and says “Him silly!” I didn’t know what she was referring to but giggled anyway and said “yeah!” She then tilted her head to the side and said “Him in timeout?” Then matter of factly “him didnt listen to him daddy!”

🙂 I love her!

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