Wow has it really been 6 weeks! Six whole weeks since our precious new addition arrived. Evan David was born October 15th. He was one of our "smaller" babies at 6lbs 14oz 19.5 inches long. I will share his birth story soon but for now I will just share a few photos and then go back to loving on all 5 of my kiddos :) Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!
Hubby and I are so thankful for these 5 wonderful blessings in our lives.
here is a collage of me through the first 6-7 weeks of my 20 week point in my pregnancy.
He is growing and so am I, oh and yes I said "he"! We are expecting another boy! This will make 4 boys and 1 girl for us. We have a name picked out for him and everyone is excited, though Lily had to have a little cry it out when she first found out and now she is super happy to have another brother on the way.
My morning sickness has lessened which means for me I still average one barf session a day :P Im feeling pretty good aside from that. My legs are getting fidgety at night and I just started using a body pillow when I "sleep" (toss and turn is more like it). Heartburn has returned, anyone have any natural remidies for that? I personally dont want to take TUMS or something like that. My favorite things to eat: watermelon and ice (it has to be from the Holiday gas station) I've finally started to workout again because I guess Im keeping down enough food to have some form of energy. And I think my belly is finally pushing me in to the next size up tee shirts, which means I need someone to haul up the bin of maternity clothes again! I also have started to cry A LOT, and it bothers the daylights out of me...Im not an emotional girl in that way normally. Blah for pregnancy hormones! And did I mention I want a puppy? Crazy woman!
Nesting has set in at full swing and I am itching to re-do every single corner of my house, unfortunately money is a factor so I am doing what I can and I think I might be driving my husband slightly nuts with all of my "things I want to do before baby comes" conversations. :) For now Im in the process of painting a dresser for Auricks room and I need to aquire a twin bed for him still. I just finished helping Lily get her room ready to be shared with her brother, the only thing in there left to do is put baby clothes in the dresser and assemble the crib. I want to do something with my bedroom but the what of it all is illuding me...so for now I will let it be.
We have made the decision to sell our girl clothes that we have been storing from Lily (I have bins upon bins from brith until her current size!). I will keep one bin of things that are "special" and the rest I will try and sell at Once Upon A Child, and the stuff unsold I will donate. I know this will be an emotional and hard thing for me to do. With the money we make from that I will be able to put it towards some new boy clothes for this little guy as most of our boy stuff is worn out after going through 3 boys, not to mention Aurick barfed oodles on everything so most of it is stained and gross. So that is the update for now! Blessings!
I'm part Hungarian and Ive never really got to the roots of my families cooking until 5 years ago when we visited my Grandpa and Grandma Veselko in California. My Grandma is an amazing cook and she prepared us the most wonderful Hungarian Paprikas complete with homemade noodles (it was incredible to watch her make these little dumpling like noodles). Grandma showed me step by step how to make this meal and gave me her Hungarian cookbook that she was given so I could make this Hungarian dish and others.
When we returned home I eagerly tried and failed to replicate her delicious and tender chicken dish and scrumptious noodles. My chicken was rubbery and tasteless and the noodles, well lets just say they made me cry they were so bad. I gave up for a whole year. I ignored the pretty red cookbook that my Grandma had so lovingly blessed me with. On occasion I would open the book and read the recipes and then remember my failure and put it back yet again. One day I was left with several pounds of mushrooms that really needed to be cooked up in a hurry. I remembered that the little red cookbook had a few recipes with mushrooms in them. I picked it up came across this soup and it was love at first bite, even though the combo of onions, mushrooms, paprika, dill and lemon juice did not sound like they would produce a good soup. My kids and husband gobbled it up. Ive yet to master the Paprikas, but I got another hands on lesson from my Grandma when we went to visit them in May. I may give that a shot again sometime soon.
Hungarian Mushroom Soup 6 medium yellow onions - I like using the sweet ones 4 - 8 oz boxes baby bella mushrooms (dont get the sliced ones, and white mushrooms dont taste as good in this soup) 3/4 cup cup butter divided 2 Tbs. dried dill weed 4 Tbs. Hungarian paprika - Ive found Hungarian paprika at Target (sold by Archer Farms), Hungarian paprika tastes different 8 cups chicken broth 4 cups whole milk 4 Tbs soy sauce (I use Braggs Liquid Aminos instead) 3/4 cup flour 2 Tbs. lemon juice 2 tsp. salt 2 cups sour cream 1 Tbs dried parsley pepper to taste In a kettle saute the onions in 1/2 cup butter until really limp and translucent, the longer you cook them the more amazing this soup will taste (the last time I made this soup I did not saute them as long as I normally do and I was disappointed, you want the onions to melt in your mouth). Remove the onions with a slotted spoon. Add the remaining 1/4 cup butter. Remove stems of mushrooms, cut in half and slice to a medium thinness. Stir in the mushrooms, and cook until well browned and limp. Mix the onions, dill, paprika and chicken broth. Simmer for 15 minutes. With a hand blender mix the milk, soy sauce and flour together until smooth and lump free (I use an immersion blender). Slowly add the milk mixture to the soup base, stirring the whole time. Cook stirring, for another 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring to mix well. You can serve it immediately or simmer it a little longer, but you need to stir it constantly if you do so the bottom does not get scalded. Enjoy!
My husband and I just got back this past Sunday from a 9 day trip to California. We spent most of it with my family but we did sneak a day and a half in there just for us, I consider it a mini babymoon :0)
We are so blessed to have such caring and generous friends and family who took such good care of our 4 munchkins back at home.
Here are some snippets from the trip...unfortunately I dont have any photos of our last stop at my Grandpa Ken and Ruth's as Ruth ended up in the ER shortly after our arrival. She will hopefully be coming home tomorrow.
So recently we were blessed with one of those meals in a jar...you know what Im talking about...all the pretty layers of dried foods and simple instructions to make a fast and yummy meal. So we made that today for supper. Since my Mom programed me on how to cook I cant leave something the way it came, I have to CHANGE IT. So the kids and I added this and that (Im training them the way my Mom did) and did not cook the noodles that came with it. Simmered it most of the day (which made the house smell amazing btw) and served it up with a little grated Parmesan cheese for supper, everyone dug in and gobbled it down. So Im just going to jot down here what I think came in the jar with my additions, you do as my Mom taught me to do...go ahead and change it if you dont like it or let me know if my amounts are off, again Im guessing here. You could even make it meatless with vegetable broth.
Oh yeah and to go with it Lily helped me make the best bread I have EVER made in my LIFE (again credit to my Mom, her secret is potato flakes)...they gobbled up an entire loaf in one meal! Sheesh ya didnt like it did you? (Im not so secretly happy they loved it all so much) Love Soup
1 lb. ground beef 1 medium sweet yellow onion 1 Tbs minced garlic (fresh) 1/2 cup each dried rice, lentils and green split peas
1/4 cup dried quinoa 12 cups beef broth 1 (15 oz I think) jar diced tomatoes - do not drain off liquid 1 cup shredded carrot 1 red bell pepper chopped 3 bay leaves 2 tsp. parsley fresh ground salt and pepper to taste Saute beef and onion until cooked. Add garlic and cook for a minute. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes then turn down to low and simmer for a few hours or until all ingredients are tender. Serve with Parmesan cheese. Buttermilk Bread 1 c. + 2 Tbs buttermilk 1/4 cup honey 1 egg 4 Tbs butter or coconut oil (melted) 1/2 cup dried potato flakes 1 1/2 tsp. yeast 1 1/2 cups ground kamut, spelt or wheat 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour 1 tsp. salt OK I cheated and used the bread dough cycle on my bread machine and then formed it and put it in a loaf pan and baked it later but since this is a real recipe I will give you the hands on method. Warm the buttermilk a little (to about 110 F, not to hot or it will kill the yeast) mix in the yeast and butter, stir in the potato flakes and yeast. Allow to stand in a warm place until foamy. Stir in the flours and salt. Dough will be slightly sticky (but not too much). Knead for 5 minutes or until smooth. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for an hour (mine did not rise to double). Punch down and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Form and place in a greased loaf pan, allow to rise covered for an hour (again my loaf did not get higher than the edge of the pan, but it had risen, the magic happened when it baked). Bake at 350 for 28-30 minutes or until golden and hollow sounding when tapped. allow to cool in pan for a few minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack to cool completely...or cut of a huge slab and eat slathered with butter and honey or homemade jam. Let me know what you think if you do give these recipes a try and sorry for the lack of photos...remember my family gobbled it up too fast!
(I literally took like 20 of the little cheapy tests first before I got a "reliable source" for my husbands sake :)
Announced our pregnancy on Facebook April Fools Day
they are all excited, but I think out of all of our kids Lily shows it most visibly by giving me sweet drawings like this pretty much daily.
This pregnancy has been the most difficult of all of them. Easter weekend I made a trip to the ER, ended up needing fluids for severe dehydration but also had the comfort of seeing our little one on the ultrasound machine. I have to go get fluids twice weekly for a month because I am so sick I can hardly keep any food and liquids down. With the help of fluids and medication I hope that it gets better soon, if not now it will get better in October :) I was put on bed rest for a week, I cannot lift anything heavy (like my 2 year old son who just wants momma to pick him up and hold him) but I can count it all joy that I am blessed to carry this sweet gift. We covet your prayers as we walk through this exciting and very difficult time. My husband and children have been so amazing picking up the pieces that momma has to drop right now. Family and friends have been so helpful with meals and child-care, thank you to all of you! Praise God for life, it is indeed beautiful.