Friday, August 20, 2010


Bakefest is probably a relative term, but for me, this is a lot of baking and cooking! We're taking food to our friend tonight (see baby post below), so I made chicken pot pie, salad, Rice Krispy treats, and brownies. Okay so the brownies are really for tomorrow night, and I just wanted Rice Krispy treats. So I'm giving them a few of each.

Betty Crocker's Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

10 oz. frozen veggies (peas, carrots, corn, etc)
2 T butter, melted
1/2 c. all purpose flour (I use whole wheat.)
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
2/3 c. milk
2 1/2 - 3 c. cut up chicken (or turkey)
2 rolled pastry crusts

Mix butter, flour, salt, pepper, and onion together in sauce pan on medium. Then remove from heat, and add broth and milk. Heat to boiling. Stir in chicken and veggies. Remove from heat.

Roll out one pastry crust into pie dish. Pour in the mixture. Then roll out the other crust and cut a couple holes in the top. Add the top layer of crust.

Bake at 425 for 25-35 min.

Homemade Brownies

2 c. sugar
1 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. cocoa
1 t. vanilla
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. flour (I use whole wheat.)
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
13x9 baking dish

Mix ingredients. Bake at 350 for 20-30 min.

I like this recipe because you can make it semi healthy with organic ingredients and whole wheat flour. The flour doesn't seem to change the taste - though in other recipes, ie banana bread, etc - it does. I really just use it because I don't keep white flour around.

Rice Krispy Treats

Easy recipes make me happy!
1 bag marshmallows
1/2 box Rice Krispies
3 T butter

Melt butter and marshmallows on high for 2 min, stirring after each minute. Sticky, sticky! Then add the Rice Krispies (quickly) and stir. I prefer to add slowly so I can decide how much more I want to add. Pour (or push the stickiness) into a 8x8ish baking dish. Then let cool!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Welcome, McKinley!

Matt and Randi had their sweet baby girl today!

McKinley Brielle Wideman 
7 lbs 9 oz, 19 1/2 inches

Congratulations, Matt and Rands! Such a sweet baby girl!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

14 Weeks

This week the baby is the size of an orange! Two weeks ago it was a peach... now an orange. How it grew so much, I have no idea! By the way, sorry if it's hard to see the full tummy... It's very difficult to show off the tummy and hold the orange! ;)

A little update...

My energy is coming back, but it's by no means the "burst of energy" that some women talk about. Either way, I can't complain.

The best part is that nausea is gone! Yea! Although now I am pretty much a vegetarian... not much meat sounds good to me. Like I said, I'm not nauseous... but if I eat meat, I might be. So I just avoid it.

Oh and I got my first pair of maternity jeans! Okay so not that I really needed them yet... I had been wearing a pair of jeans that were a size too big pre-pregnancy. And a belly band would have worked for the others, but let's face it - a belly band in 108 degree heat is not okay! I don't need an extra layer on my body. Plus it's kinda suffocating. Maybe if it were winter, I'd feel differently. But all I can say is that I just felt so much relief when I tried on the maternity jeans! To have the pressure completely off my stomach was glorious!!! I'm loving them. And they are J Brand (I'm thrifty remember. HUGE sale!) - and labeled "Mama J"! HOW CUTE!

Something interesting... my major innie (How do you even spell that??) of a belly button is actually pushing it's way out a little. It's just flattening out - not quite as much of the innie it's always been. And with all that stretching and growing, the skin on my tummy has started to itch... time for the cocoa butter and oil!

Finally, as you can tell by the picture, to anyone who didn't know my pre-pregnancy, I still just look a little chunky. But I can actually tell that I am pregnant! It's amazing... my bare tummy is no longer just a fatty layer. It's actually a bump! I realize others don't see this... but I'm okay with that! 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

12 Weeks

So those of you who read this regularly will notice that you probably haven't seen this picture... I accidentally posted out of order! So I am changing the post date so it at least appears in order! Tricky, tricky! Here's Week 12's pic with a peach... baby was a peach that week!

The nausea pretty much stopped right at week 12! Thank goodness!