Monday, January 23, 2012

NRaWin2012: Mini Veggie/Bacon Frittatas

This past week's new recipe is a couple days late.  We have been doing them on Thursday nights but last week was just too busy and by Thursday night we hadn't made any decisions and we were both just tired.  We had plans for doing it over the weekend but in the end, I jumped on helping my sister make breakfast for her family, CGR and I and I got my new recipe in. :)

Sunday morning, my sister G invited us over for breakfast..mainly so they could hang out with Carmen but that's ok.  :)  We showed up and she was prepping breakfast and when I found out she was trying a new recipe I jumped in and helped and figured it would count still.  My niece had found this recipe on and they were trying it.

Recipe: Mini Veggie/Bacon Frittatas

She started by putting the bacon in the oven to cook.  Then she cut up about 2/3rds of a Green Pepper, Red Pepper, and a sweet onion.  We realized later we could have used a bit less veggies.  And what's great is that you really can use any type of veggies because it's pretty much veggies, meat, and eggs. :)  In a bowl, I mixed up 10 eggs(even though the recipe said to use some egg whites we didn't).  Then you add the cut up veggies and chop up the bacon and put that in too.  Then we put this into muffin tins and baked it for about 20 mins on 350 degrees....and tada a yummy fast breakfast!  Carmen couldn't have it because the eggs but she enjoyed some bacon, fruit, and some toast with jam.

I'd like to try this again for Special K and add some sausage and maybe do some that are spinach and feta.  It would be fun to try out different recipes but since it was so easy I can imagine we will be doing it again.

This Thursday I have a meet up of mommies from my mommy and me group to go to.  They want to learn to knit and so I am going to try to teach them...already enlisted a friend since I am pretty sure that I can't teach 10 people to knit at once. :)  So...I'll be trying to do the recipe another night but I think it won't be until either Friday or Saturday.  I have an idea of what I want to do but Special K sometimes has his own ideas. :)

Happy Cooking!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Review: pediped Originals

pediped is coming out with a new version of their  pediped® Originals® line this Spring 2012.  I was sent a pair of these from the company to review and as soon as I got them in the mail I was SO excited! We bought a pair of their previous version and while I love them, they often make her slip while wearing them inside our house. We have tile and with two big dogs the floor is very hard to keep hair and dust free. This new version is awesome! The bottom has a texture to it that causes it to be more slip resistant and still is pliable soft and made from natural leather like the previous ones.
worn, I mean gently loved shoes.
As soon as we put them on her, she went running off through the house and didn't slip once like she has with the other ones.  Over the course of the last 2 weeks, we have repeatedly reached for these to put on her.  They are easy to put on and she seems to be very comfortable in them.  Even our daycare provider mentioned how great these shoes were the first day she showed up with them on.  I feel great putting them on her because they are so close to being barefoot, which is great for learning to walk and now run. I'm very glad I got to try these out! I am certain there are more pairs of these in our future.

What's new with the pediped® Originals® line?
- The Spring/Summer 2012 pediped® Originals® feature a more slip resistant sole.
- The sole is all natural leather, just like before!

Because I can't resist a reason to record my girl running around like a crazy girl, here is some video of just a couple of her adventures in these shoes!  Hope you enjoy seeing some of her little dance moves!

Thank you again pediped for sending us a pair of these for review and thank you to my little girl for being so cute and putting up with her momma.

Happy Walking...and Running!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

NRaWin2012: Spinach, Mushroom, Onion, Red Bell Pepper Quiche

Guest post today is from Special K!  This week he did all the prep work and cooking.  Hope you enjoy his post!

Hello, this is Natalie's husband Kenny. The new recipe I tried this week was mozzarella quiche with red bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms, and onions. I've never made quiche before, and it turned out to be easier than I thought. I started by baking a 9-inch Pillsbury pie crust in a glass Pyrex pie dish at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.  While the crust was baking, I finely chopped the onions and diced up the peppers and mushrooms for sauteing in a large pan with about a tablespoon of butter and took the spinach out of the freezer to thaw. After that, I mixed about 12 ounces of  whole milk with three large cage-free eggs and stirred in about 2 ounces (by weight) of finely shredded mozzarella cheese. After the vegetables were softened a bit and the onions were semi-translucent, I removed them from heat and set aside. The crust was done around the same time, so I took it out of the oven and let it cool so that it wouldn't cook the eggs when I poured in the mixture.

While my crust and I were coolin' out, I added about five ounces (by weight) of the thawed spinach to the cooled veggie mixture. The crust and I were done relaxing, so I added a little of the egg mixture into the crust, followed by some veggie mix and stirred to combine so the veggies wouldn't be centralized in the middle of the dish. I repeated this process until the egg mix was about half to a quarter inch below the top of the crust. Try not to fill too much for fear that the eggs will expand enough to spill over the top of the crust. Now as I'm typing these last few sentences, the timer has gone off and I will go check the quiche by inserting a knife into the center of the dish to make sure there is no uncooked egg mixture that will pour out of the hole made by the knife. If you're clean, then it is done (as is mine). Now you go try it with whatever filling you desire, although, the eggs and milk will pretty much be the same. Oh, and by the way, bake at around 350 for 45 minutes. Natalie will post a review of how it turned out, I'm sure. Enjoy.  

The quiche was amazing!  I love quiche and he did a great job.  He's already talking about doing home-made crust next time and using a little less veggies and in a different pan.  I look forward to more quiche in our future!

Happy Cooking!

DOT: Napping with momma.

Nothing like napping with momma...

This was taken last Friday when momma was home with our sick baby and while little Miss CGR napped, we took naps too!

Love that nose!

Happy Dogs on Thursday!

PS.  One of Carmen's new words we've heard was Abigail!  I thought I called her Abby more but I guess I call her Abigail enough for Miss Carmen to point to her golden puppy and said "Abigail!"  Was so adorable!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

NRaWin2012: Chicken Pot Pie

What is NRaWin2012 you ask?  Well, I was trying to figure out something to call this little goal of mine and NRaWin2012 or New Recipe a Week in 2012 came about!   The goal is to make a new recipe every week.  It can be anything from a dessert, side, to a whole main dish.  It has to be a recipe I have never tried before and I don't have to follow the recipe closely nor do I have to use a recipe.  It just has to be making something a new way that I've never done before.  I'm not counting out trying several of the same dish using different recipes either.  Just trying to make this as easy as possible for me while still being a challenge.  There are a lot of weeks in a year!   Also not counting out, my husband taking over the cooking for that was VERY hard to keep him from taking over this first week since he usually does most the fun cooking.   So, we'll just say that Special K or I will be doing this challenge as a team.

For the first week, Special K requested Chicken Pot Pie.  Honestly, I didn't know he liked it so much!!  When he mentioned that that's what he wanted, I went on Pinterest and searched Chicken Pot Pie.  I got a TON of results!  I settled on using this recipe but making some modifications for our tastes.

WEEK 1 RECIPE: Chicken Pot Pie


3 uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 can of cream of mushroom with roasted garlic (you could just use all cream of chicken soap but I saw this and couldn't resist getting at least one of them.)
1 can of milk
1/2 can of water (I only added this because I was worried about leaving it in the crock pot all day but I could have left it out.)
4-5 medium potatoes, diced
1 container of mushrooms
1/2 a bag of crinkle cut carrots
1 cup of diced celery
1 small onion, diced
1 small bag or box of frozen peas
Adobo Seasonings (or whatever your heart desires)
a dash of pepper and salt if you'd like
2 packages of Pillsbury Crescent rolls
Small aluminum tins

The night before I chopped up all the veggies that needed dicing and put them in a container in the fridge.  This morning in a crock pot, I added chicken breast, soups, milk, water, potatoes, mushrooms, celery, onion and all spices. Cook on low for about 6 hrs. I let it cook all day while I was at work so it was closer to 9 but I'm sure 6 would work.  I came home for lunch and shredded the chicken and stirred it a bit.   Next, add peas to the crock pot; cook for about 10 minutes or until peas are warmed through. Since Special K wanted a bottom crust, we unrolled the crescent rolls,  put a layer in the tins and for his we put a tin with water on top to keep the crust from puffing up too much but mine we left.  Baked it for about 10-12 mins on 350.  Then I pulled it out of oven, added pot pie filling, and placed a layer of the crescent roll on top.  Last baked in oven on 350 for about another 15-17 mins.  Take out the pies, let them cook a bit, and then DIG in!!

Here are some progress pictures for you.
Layer of crescent rolls in tins.
Special Ks on the left with the tin with water in it.
Adding filling and covering them in dough.
You can't tell but I put an N on one and a heart K on the other.
Leftover pie filling!!!  I separated it out to use some as soup and some for more pot pies!
Another view of the baked goodness!!!  
These came out SO yummy!!  Special K was impressed with them which after eating some not so great meals I've cooked in our time married is a GREAT thing!  I think this will be a recipe I will try again...but just maybe not for a while.

Hope you enjoyed my first NRaWin2012!  Feel free to join me in this challenge at anytime and add a link to your post in the comments!

Happy Cooking!!!!

PS...if you notice this wasn't something I could give Miss Carmen AKA the milk/peanut/egg allergy girly!  She has some potatoes cooked in olive oil on stove, peas, and soy yogurt for dinner.   Nothing too exciting but she ate a bunch so that is good!  I was going to make her some chicken too but she wasn't feeling that good so she was extra snuggly. :)  Love that girl!  We might be staying home tomorrow because of her sickness but we haven't made the call yet.

Guest Post: 10 Best Free iPhone Apps for Pregnancy

Welcome to the first ever guest post on Barknknit Blog (other than the ones from my pups)!  I am excited that someone offered to guest post!  Took me a bit longer than I had hoped to get this live but tis life during the holidays!  I hope you enjoy this guest blog post!  I used several of these while I was pregnant with Carmen.  Please go over and check out Brooke site linked below.

10 Best Free iPhone Apps for Pregnancy

How did our mothers and grandmothers get pregnant without the convenience of modern devices?  If you have an iPhone, you have an amazing partner in pregnancy.  To prove it, we have collected 10 free and amazing apps available on iTunes for expectant mothers that can help you do everything from anticipating the next step to registering.

  1. What to Expect – The makers of the popular “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” series have this free app available at the iTunes store.  Simply enter your estimated due date to get loads of tracking and tips.  It gives you week by week details, illustrations, and can even connect you with others in the same stages of pregnancy.
  2. My Pregnancy Today – Similar to the above, this app is also a pregnancy tracker.  It is sponsored by Baby Center, which has been used by 25 million expecting moms.  Features include day to day updates, pregnancy checklist, nutrition guide, and more.
  3. Babble Pregnancy App – This app is brought by the website of the same name.  It contains the usual week by week updates as well as health tips for the next 40 weeks. 
  4. Pregnancy Food No-No’s – Every pregnant woman has strange food cravings, but did you know that some foods can be dangerous?  This free app keeps a list of foods that should be avoided and approached with caution during pregnancy.
  5. Share my Pregnancy – One of the most tedious parts of being pregnant can be the repeating of stories over and over.  Use this app to share with friends and family on the progress of your pregnancy.  Simply create a list of those you want to share with to begin.
  6. 50,000 Baby Names FREE – Get just what the app title promises.  If you can’t find a name here, it probably doesn’t exist.  You can also use the app to view the name’s meaning, origin, and popularity.
  7. Hello Baby Pregnancy Calendar – Get a visual calendar at no charge with this app.  It is brought to you by Pampers and features life sized images that allow you to see the baby’s growth in the womb.  It’s a good choice for those who want the visual side of pregnancy.
  8. Anne Geddes Beginnings HD – Take the above to the next step in this app.  Anne Geddings is a leader in baby pictures and shares amazing images in the app.  In addition to the images, you can also check out her podcasts.
  9. Babies R Us – Because registering and shopping can be one of the best parts of being pregnant, check out these apps.  There is both a shopping app for registries and a guide app that can help you pick out items.
  10. Full Term: Labor Contraction Timer - This application is for mothers who are about to deliver and to record their labor contractions.  It was created by a husband to keep track of his wife's labor.

Brooke Stafford is a nursing practitioner student and also writes for Family Nurse Practitioner Degrees.   The site helps students find the right nurse practitioner degree to fit their needs.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Holidays in Pictures...

I had big plans of blogging while on my vacation but it just didn't happen!  Along with finishing the Calligraphy Cardigan, which all I have left to do is finish the last 3rd of the 2nd sleeve and then do the button bands, it just didn't happen!   I have a guest blog post that will go up tomorrow but for today we are going to catch up with pictures from our 10 day trip to visit Special K's family up in Ohio!

I couldn't have asked for a better behaved baby while on vacation!  She did great on the flight up and only cried because her bobo aka pacifier came out of her mouth and her ears were hurting her on the decent.  She was also SO good with her 2 week old cousin Braxton.  She would check on him if he cried while in his rocker, she even ROCKED him when I asked her to,  and yes she also tried to take his bobo!
 She gave him kisses and LOTS of hugs!!!

She got to hold him and she was a bit concerned because he cried but she gave him a hug none the less.
She also tolerated all the hand knits that I covered her in love with!  We brought her Toddler coat that I had used handspun to knit as well as her aviator hat with more of my handspun!  In this picture she even had handknit socks on!
 Even though it was way colder than we are used to, we made sure if we didn't go somewhere during the day that we went for a walk.  Carmen wasn't about keeping gloves on so her hands were frigid when we got done with our walk but she loved going for walks!  (YES, Special K is crazy in shorts!!)
We had a snow suit that Special K's aunt got her but it never really snowed enough for it to be used.  We tried it on her once and she instantly just fell back.  I caught her but then she just laid there immobile! I took a quick picture and then freed her from the suit!  
 More handspun love!  Her grandma got her a stroller for up there because she saw one of her 2nd cousin's at Christmas and she just had to have one of her own! :)
 Special K's Aunt got both babies some cute Christmas outfits and it was NOT easy to get a picture but this is the best one we got! :)
 And momma had to pose with her and some Christmas cheer!

 She loved opening presents and even like to wear the gift bag!  I just LOVE this picture...both of them smiling so big!!
 She didn't think Daddy was opening her gift fast enough!
 Daddy spend some time with his new nephew...
 We visited with Special K's childhood friend and got to play with their daughter.  She had a purse that Carmen just HAD to wear around!
 Here she is sitting with her two crazy boy cousins!!  She just thought they were too cool but SO CRAZY!!  (Notice the new dad PASSED out on the couch!)
 Every time we go to visit up north, we ALWAYS stop at Primanti Bros for some yummy sammiches!  Carmen couldn't eat the sammich but she definitely ate!
We had a great time but we were all ready to come home.  We missed our puppies and our own bed.  We miss our family up there and we didn't get to see snow...but it was a great trip.  On our way out of town, we ate at Friday's while waiting for our plane.
 We posed...
 And then we came home to some puppies who could not have been more excited to see their family!  They were well taken care of by their aunties and family! 

Hope you enjoyed our Christmas/New Year trip in pictures!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!