Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Expressions

Yesterday Baisden and I had a little photo shoot on the screened in porch. She is showing so much personality through her facial expressions. I couldn't click my camera fast enough!




The one below is my favorite. She's like, huh? Whatcha sayin' to me you crazy lady?





Oh the many faces of my B!



Friday, May 24, 2013

4 Months

Miss B is four months old today! She continues to melt our hearts as we see some of her cute personality peek through.


Baisden is doing great! She is healthy and content, happiest when there is activity going on around her to watch. She weighed 13 pounds, 10 ounces at her 4 month checkup (50th percentile) and had to get two shots. She is mostly a serious baby, but we catch some grins every now and then...



Speaking of grins, she belly laughed for the first time this week. I was playing with her on the floor before bath time and she must have thought I did something funny. She giggled and giggled and giggled and so did I. We had so much fun!

She is on the same great schedule, eating about 5 times a day. She gets two bottles while I am at work and takes 7-8 ounces each time.  She is quite the spitter upper so we usually go through some bibs! She continues to sleep through the night most nights, although her teeth are giving her some problems now. We also dropped the swaddle this week...I am either wrapping her below the arms or putting her in a sleep sack which she seems to like. The first night without the swaddle was rough but now she can find her thumb, which seems to suit her fine. Looks like we've got a thumb sucker.


She loves her Baby Einstein activity deal...thank goodness for this thing! She has learned how to spin whatever that thing is called and press the buttons to play music. She LOVES music and anything that makes noise. She has also learned to blow bubbles and make spitting noises.




She is still the happiest in the mornings. Smiling at me and Josh like she is so excited we have come to get her!


She has about a 10 minute max tolerance of the Bumbo before she is fidgeting around. Her toys (the elephant is her favorite) keep her entertained long enough for me to pop something in the oven. Which I am trying to do more of. I'm still working on finding the balance between work and motherhood, but I knew it would be a process. We will get there.


Love my little pumpkin! Can't believe how fast she is growing up and learning new things.


Happy 4 months, Bay Bay!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Taco Casserole

Since going back to work, cooking has been basically obsolete in our household. I honestly don't know what we've eaten. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, take out, random stuff in the freezer...but we've managed to get by. I really miss cooking and trying new recipes. If I cook now, it's super simple and quick dishes.  Things that really don't even require recipes. Several weeks ago, however, I decided to get in the kitchen and made this delicious taco casserole/lasagna. We ended up having to throw the rest away after eating off of it for nearly the whole work week. It is yummy!


The original recipe I found made enough for at least 3 9x13 pans. It was ridiculous. As I was putting it together, it was like where is this going to go?! So the next time I made it, I changed it up to feed a normal  sized family. Here is what I used:
  • 1 cup unprepared rice
  • 1.5-2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 clove garlic (I keep minced garlic in the fridge)
  • butter
  • taco seasoning (I used a combo of chili powder, paprika and cumin because I didn't have taco seasoning
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (a rotisserie chicken would also be good)
  • 1 jar salsa verde
  • flour/corn tortillas (I like the blended ones)
  • Mexican cheese
  • 1/2 jar enchilada sauce
  • 1 can corn
  • sour cream
  • cilantro
First, make the rice using the chicken broth according to the directions on the package.

Chop up the tomato, onion and garlic. Saute in a pan with some butter. Add a tablespoon plus of taco seasoning. Add the beans and then combine this with the rice.

Next, brown the meat with the taco seasoning. I use one package per pound of meat. Set aside.

Pour half of the jar of the salsa verde in the bottom of a 9x13" pan. Layer with tortillas. I think I used 3-4 per layer. Next add half of the rice mixture and top generously with cheese. Add more tortillas and pour enchilada sauce over the top. Add beef, corn, the rest of the rice mixture, other 1/2 of salsa verde and then top with cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and fresh cilantro!



Any cooking tips from working moms (or stay at home moms...let's be honest, it's all a job!) that also manage to get dinner on the table each night? It's very important to me that Baisden grows up in a house where home-cooked family dinners are the norm but I constantly find myself wondering how in the world to do it all and maintain my sanity?!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Daddy's Little Girl

It may be Mother's Day, but we've got a daddy's girl!




Such a great first Mother's Day with so many of the women I love!