May 30, 2012

Crescent Chicken

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I found this super easy recipe on Pinterest, of course, and we love it.  I've changed it up a little bit to suit our tastes, though.  We like a little kick, so I've added paprika and sour cream.

Image and Recipe via Comfy In the Kitchen


1 (8 or 6 jumbo count) package refrigerator crescent rolls
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (about 2 - 3 breasts)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 soup can of milk (If you don't have milk on hand, use 1/2 can of water and 1/2 cup of sour cream)

Preheat oven to 350
Prepare soup using milk and set aside. Separate crescent rolls. Spoon chicken and cheese onto each crescent; roll and seal to enclose filling. Place in a 9×13 baking dish. Pour soup over rolls. Sprinkle with paprika to taste.  
Bake at 350 uncovered for 30 mins.

Serves 2 - 4

Price per serving ~ $2 per person


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I was lucky enough to find an amazing daycare for PJ.  They absolutely love him, and he adores them as well.  There are two women who run the infant area who are so kind and warm.  PJ spends his day being read to, getting lots of snuggles and singing songs.  There is an infant area that's seperated, but during music time they bring the infants to the toddler area so the babies can watch and participate.

During PJ's first week they posted lots of pictures on their parents-only Facebook page.  I love being able to see updates and pictures of him throughout the day.  It makes being away from him all day just a little bit easier.

Here's my favorite picture of him enjoying his friends at daycare.

May 29, 2012

Creamy Tortellini Soup

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I discovered this recipe on Pinterest and am hooked.  I made a batch last Sunday and had it for lunch each day.  It was so yummy and filling, the perfect lunch for work.

Image and recipe via BHG


1 1/2 - 2 oz. white sauce packet 
4 cups water
  14 oz. can vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
7 - 8 ounce package dried cheese tortellini (about 2 cups)
12 ounce can evaporated milk
6 cups fresh baby spinach leaves or torn spinach
Ground black pepper (optional)
Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Place dry white sauce mix in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Gradually add the water to the white sauce mix, stirring until smooth. Stir in broth, mushrooms, onion, garlic, basil, salt, oregano, and cayenne pepper.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

Stir in dried tortellini. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 1 hour more or high-heat setting for 45 minutes more.

Stir in evaporated milk and fresh spinach. If desired, sprinkle individual servings with black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings.

3 Months Old

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My boy is already 3 months old.  My, where has the time gone?  It feels like just yesterday he was a tiny little bean snuggled up on my chest.  Now he is a busy little guy, giggling and cooing at the sound of my voice.

To get me through the last few months there have been a few products that were absolute lifesavers.

We love the Summer Infant SwaddleMe blankets.  PJ loves to be swaddled and he sleeps soooo much better when he's snug in his swaddle.  And being the frugal mama I am, I was able to find these at consignment sales for about $2 each.  Score!

The Rock n Play sleeper was highly recommended when I was pregnant.  I was so glad we invested in one.  During his first few weeks PJ slept in the Rock n Play next to the bed and I could easily reach over and check on him.  Being cuddled up in the confined environment helped him sleep better, plus being inclined help with his hiccups and spit up.  I bought mine on Craigslist and had hardly been used.  Plus, it's very easy to completely take apart and wash.  Great for the mama of a pukey baby like mine.

Our most favorite product, by far, is the Homedics SoundSpa.  This magic machine has 3 different songs, plus 3 nature sounds.  Our favorite part, though, is the projection.  There are 3 different discs included that project rotating images on the wall or ceiling.  Once we lay PJ down and turn on his "show" he stares at it and coos until he falls asleep.  He also loves the Rock a Bye Baby song and instantly settles down when we turn it on.