Daily Blessings

Throughout this fertility journey, no matter how much life has thrown at me, I will remember my blessings & affirmations each day.

Archive for the tag “cooking”

Future Blog Post Ideas

** I figured I needed to write these ideas down so I could be held somewhat accountable for them **

1) castor oil pack how-to
2) my homemade dryer sheets
3) Going Green one bar of soap at a time
4) Recipes, recipes, recipes
5) Pictures of the cat (always a crowd pleaser)
6) my fertility yoga routine
7) a day in the life of a housewife
8) cleaning secrets (money savers)
9) TTC after a loss
10) Lab tests review from the expert (moi)
11) craft projects
12) product reviews
13) my growing baby product stash

I’m open to suggestions, so leave a comment below on what you’d like to see.

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Breakfast on the go

EGG MUFFINS

I adapted this recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen Blog to suit what I had in the fridge. I am all about using what you have around your kitchen because its a great way to not be wasteful. {See the bag of peppers & onions?}

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I used 6 eggs, but you can also use 12. 6 eggs will produce 6-9 muffins. Beat your eggs, add spices (i used pepper & salt only). Chop your veggies you choose to include and layer them in the bottom on your lined cups. Green Onions are suggested, I chose onion + pepper in a thin layer. Pour your egg mixture carefully into the cups, filling them 2/3 full. Sprinkle a cheese of your choice (optional) on top of the mixture. I suggest a saltier cheese like cheddar. Feta + Spinach would also make a great combo!

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Bake these bad boys at 375 degrees for 25-35 minutes until they’re puffy & golden. Let them cool, then bag them up. 2 muffins per bag is the perfect, healthy breakfast serving.

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Dinner + CD16

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chop em, bag em, season em

I needed a side dish for the rotisserie chicken I bought today. The heat index was 105 today so I did NOT feel like cooking. I was crampy & super fatigued all day. So I decided to keep it simple with some red skinned potato chips. I sliced 3 potatoes thin, threw them in a bag with olive oil, some garlic & herb seasoning, a little salt & parmesan cheese. Yes, that parmesan ends up showing up in every recipe!

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roast em, eat em

Heat the oven to a warn 450 degrees and put them in for 15-20 minutes. Let them sit for a minute or 2 OFF of the cookie sheet when they’re done (prevents sticking). This served 2 people comfortably.

TTC update: well the doctors office never called me back! What the heck, I either have uber bad luck or these doctors in my area suck. I happen to believe its a combination of both. Granted, i got another + opk today. It was darker than yesterday… I know what to do… but the office still should have called me back since its a medicated cycle. (Thanks Kate).

*sigh* onward and upward. People have it way worse than me, so no more bellyaching.

Til next time…

Quickie: dinner menu

Dinner tonight is thanks to Pinterest: a blog called MMM…Cafe

Follow that link for the recipe instructions. It called Honey Sauced Chicken or Crockpot Honey Chicken. SUPER EASY.

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picture from MMM...Cafe

I served this dish with a salad & long grained rice cooked in chicken broth with a little grated parmesan stirred in while cooking. The dish is Asian-inspired & moist. I chose not to cut up my boneless, skinless chicken breast tenderloins & feel this worked better. I used 5 tenderloin for 2 people. I also substituted a few drops of hot sauce for the crushed red pepper flakes.

Definitely a thumbs up from my hubby and myself. I will make this again.

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What’s For Dinner: Side Dish

I needed a vegetable, yet i wanted a starch. Cauliflower. Veggie yet potato-like, and I was craving macaroni & cheese. I found this recipe for Cauliflower Au Gratin and adapted it to what I had at home.

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Before the oven

I used breadcrumbs not Panko, chicken broth instead of wine, & a mix of shredded cheddar & parmesan cheese. Frozen (thawed) cauliflower could be substituted also. It made a really yummy side dish for our steakhouse leftovers from Saturday.

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Cute presentation

We ate the entire dish 🙂

Til next time, happy cooking.

Fertility Tea

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My Tea Station

Its a hot summer in the U.S. Drinking a cup of hot tea may not be your beverage of choice, but I ask you to reconsider. This is my fertility tea recipe, given to me by my acupuncturist who specializes in fertility:

Peppermint + Red Raspberry Leaves + Nettles.  The small jar contains equal parts (maybe a smidge more peppermint) of these dried herbs and a small scooper. This makes the tea very easy to prepare using a tea infuser ball. Even my husband can make it for me. We use our Keurig with filtered water. Occasionally, I add some Rooibos into the tea ball.

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I buy my loose leaf tea from Whole Foods

I also recommend a Decaf Green Tea in prepared bags (in moderation). The “Salada” brand has 2 different choices for Decaf Green: a citrus and a rooibos purple. The purple is excellent, but our grocery store was out so I tried the citrus. I had to add a small pinch of sugar to make it palatable.

All of these tea leaves are very safe when TTC or pregnant. They have great antioxidant effects as well as other benefits like immune boosters, decreasing heavy menstrual flow & blood purifiers.

These bags of tea last a very long time since I only use a 1/4 to 1/3 tsp per serving. And the cost is so minimal when you purchase it dried and in bulk. A full bag costs approximately $1.50. That alone is reason enough to give it a chance.

Other Fertility Tea Recipes

Fertilitytea.org

Tortilla Soup

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Tortilla Soup in the pot

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The accoutrement

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Finished Product...yum

Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe

What’s for Dinner?

Tonight for dinner is my easy crockpot roast! Yes, in most of the country its 90 degrees…so roast may not be the first recipe that pops into your mind. But its SO easy, hands-off, & delish.  Plus, for even a family of 4 (or 2) you have leftovers, so its economical.

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Crockpot Roast

The only ingredients I use are: a large chuck roast, a bag of baby carrots, half a stalk of celery, about 6 red skinned potatoes, and a white onion.

Add 1-2 cups of water to your crockpot, set it on low, brown your chuck roast on all sides in the skillet (i also salt & pepper it generously first) then toss in all the ingredients. Some folks would suggest you add a packet of onion soup mix, but I don’t feel its necessary or want the extra salt.

I let this cook on low for 8 hours. 6-8 hours on low is sufficient. I also make a gravy from the drippings (recipe is on any cornstarch box).

For my family of 2, it feeds us for 3 meals. The leftovers are delicious.

Enjoy it!

A little snack

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ooey gooey

Yes, I have a cheese addiction. But this recipe uses Weight Watcher string cheese so its ok! Right?

I used 3 string cheese sticks cut in half & placed them in the freezer until frozen. Then, you dip each stick into flour, egg wash, then a breadcrumb or Panko mixture….then back in the freezer. The breadcrumb coating I used was: Italian breadcrumbs, a little Italian seasoning, & a little Creole seasoning (thanks Alicia).  You could use an Italian breadcrumb + panko mixture with parsley also.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil & spray lightly with a cooking spray.  Once the sticks are frozen (doesn’t take long), place them on the baking sheet and spray the tops lightly with a smidge more spray. Let ’em bake for 4-5, turn them, cook for another 4-5 minutes. Keep an eye on them before they start to ooze cheese (as mine did).

I ate all 6!

What’s for dinner?

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Twist on a grilled cheese

I decided to try a Pinterest recipe again tonight. I am cheese-a-holic so of course this was right up my alley. I chose swiss cheese & rye bread, and omitted the pesto spread. Yum yum! I want another one!

Greek Goddess Grilled Cheese recipe

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