Friday, February 26, 2010

Little Hunter

Now for something extra. I bought a special edition of Taste of Home magazine for Casseroles. (pick one up at your earliest convenience!) I love Taste of Home and have been reading Mom's for lots of years. They have great recipes from real families. Normally you won't have to locate a weird or obscure ingredient that no local store stocks. I am a casserole lover so I was anxious to try one of these. Mom also tried out a Paula Deen shepard's pie tonight. Both of them turned out GREAT so I will pass mine along.

Corn Bread Taco Bake

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1 envelope taco seasoning
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 package ( 8 1/2 oz. ) Jiffy cornbread mix
1 can (2.8 oz. ) french-fried onions
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef. Drain. Stir in corn, tomato sauce, water, green pepper, and taco seasoning. Spoon into a greased 2 qt. baking dish. Prepare cornbread mix according to box directions. Stir in half of the french-friend onions and spoon over beef mixture. Bake, uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and remaining french-fried onions and continue baking 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and a toothpick inserted into the cornbread mixture comes out clean.

And now for a picture:
Dad bought Stella this outfit for one of her showers. Everyone knows how I feel about camo outside of a hunting/military situation but even I will admit that she looked cute!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mother Hen

I would say that during pregnancy and afterwards the most asked question Stephen and I received was not, "Is she sleeping well?" or "Is she a good baby?" You know, the normal new baby questions. It was, "How is Layla handling the new baby?" I guess it is because you could say that we own a high spirited dog. I say it all of the time but I will say it again. . .Layla is a wonderful pet for us. She is cute as can be, potty trained like a champ, is a non-shedder, and rarely has that "dog" smell. She is just great. (when it's just our four and no more!) Her flaw? Well, she has a hard time with company. The barking is almost more than you can handle when someone shows up no matter if she knows the person well or not. If you can tolerate her for 3-5 minutes, the barking will subside and she will become your great friend. That is until you make a sudden movement, inch closer to Stephen and I , or put on your shoes. Add to this the arrival of a new baby and all of the visitors that come by as a result and you have MADNESS! Layla has been on edge since January 22nd, the day we came home from the hospital.

Now to answer that question of everyone's. . . she is GREAT with Stella. I like to refer to her as Mother Hen. If Stella makes one peep here comes Layla to the rescue. She often looks up at us and I know she must be wondering why I am not moving quickly enough or making the baby happy. It is really cute, but sometimes annoying. Once I put Stella in her carseat on top of the dining room table when we got home. I turn around to find Layla ON TOP of the table as well checking on Stella! Needless to say, that never happened prior to baby. She always hops on the rocking chair and peers in her crib if she hears so much as a grunt come out of the baby. On Wednesday Stella slept in her own crib for a few hours at night and I tried out her baby monitor that the Lemmons gave her. That proved annoying because Layla could NOT get settled. The monitor is so sensitive that you can hear Stella's breathing and this drove Layla to distraction. Funny stuff! Normally Stella sleeps in her pack n' play by our bed or on the couch with me because she is so tiny and I am still very nervous about her at night time. Layla is always by our side.

Today Stella really needed some rest so I let her nap on her tummy on our bed. Things have really changed since I was a baby. Mom says she was taught to never put a baby to sleep on their back. It's now a big deal to not lay them on their tummy because of SIDS! Everyone stresses to lay them on their back to sleep which I understand but is rather difficult when your baby HATES to be on their back. *sigh* She normally only rests well in her Little Lamb seat, on Mommy's chest, or on her tummy. So I let her nap that way when I am right there to watch her. . . I know, I know. Unfortunately I can't do that at night until she is able to roll over on her own so the seat or my chest it is! Here is a picture of that tummy nap with Mother Hen ever at the ready. We have our own "Nana, the nursemaid" like the children on Peter Pan!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Thankful for NO plastic!

I have always loved children's clothing and when you are buying for your own, it's even cuter. I feel like I can justify my latest purchases because up until now, I have bought very little for Stella. We were so blessed by our friends, family, and church with several showers and she has a closet full of clothes. Well, I love hunting different sites and blogs for unique things that you cannot find in local children's stores. When I find something cool I can't help myself. I had been eyeing these few pieces nearly the whole time I was pregnant. They have been calling my name for a few weeks and I just had to purchase them!

As for the title of this blog. . . I am thankful that I do not own any credit cards or I would be in a BIG mess. I will pace myself and stick to purchasing "statement pieces" for now. Haha! So my one month old baby has a shirt on the way from Barney's. Do you think I own anything from Barney's? NO! Her Aunt Sis was swell enough to buy her an awesome pair of socks and a bib from there on her last trip to New York. Little Stella doesn't know how cool she will be! I feel like listening to a little Steeler's Wheel.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Our last "fun" appointment.

Today's doctor appointment went well. Stella is always such a happy baby and watched Donya and Dr. Bates measure, weigh, and check her over without a peep. She has gained quite a bit of weight in 3 weeks going from 8 lbs 5 oz. to 9 lbs. 15 oz. She is 21 3/4 inches long and is a healthy baby! Woohoo! Mommy knew she was filling out some of those 0-3 month outfits a little better. Now we get to dread the next appointment and those silly shots! I am thinking Stephen and I will cry more than Stella. I remember last year when Layla had to go to the vet after a few days of getting sick. She had to get an iv because they were afraid that she might have lost too much fluid. Stephen teared up the whole time she was on the table. Haha! And that was our dog. . .

To add to the interest of this blog, I am going to throw in a few other things here and there:

Tonight for dinner the Turners will enjoy pork roast and green bean casserole. (and Enfamil) This is one of the easiest and tastiest recipes that I have ever been given. We love this roast and suggest you try it out, too. It sounds a little strange but the flavors work so well together and create a very juicy dish.

1 small pork loin roast
1 can sauerkraut
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 apple sliced
salt and pepper to taste

Add all of these ingredients to your crock pot and cook on high around 6-8 hours. YUMMY!

Monday, February 22, 2010

One month!

Hello Friends & Family!

Thank you for checking out our family's new blog. We hope this will make it easy to share pictures and happenings from our home with all of you. Stella arrived just over a month ago and Stephen and I can hardly believe how fast she has grown. She is so strong and alert for a one month old! Tomorrow we go see Dr. Bates for our one month well baby checkup. Wow! If time always flies by this quickly, I will soon be one sad Mommy with a grown up girl. For now we are just cherishing our hours of cuddle time with her and thanking God for this sweet blessing!

Today was another one of the many firsts for Miss Stella, a trip to Wal-Mart with Mommy and Daddy. As you can see, it was hard on the both of them. Actually she did well, they are just tired!