Pinterest Recipe Reviews

As a busy mom and someone who has to stick to a budget, I have to meal plan. I usually try a new recipe every week, because lets be honest... I need a little variety. I recently asked some friends via social media what some of their family's favorite recipes included. I really appreciate all of my wonderful friends for their ideas!! I love trying new recipes that people I know have tried. I use Pinterest most of the time, but sometimes it just doesn't turn out. More than anything I hate wasting food! 

I want to share some of the Pinterest recipes that I have tried recently that were oh so yummy and a few that did not go over well with my family.

Oh so Yummy recipe #1- Squash Chips
We love squash in our house and this was an easy and quick recipe to put on the table. This recipe is even better when the squash comes straight from the garden!

Won't Make Again #1-  Fajita Chicken Casserole
My family is not wild about casseroles and this recipe will definitely not be repeated in our house. The picture looks so good and I love all the veggies in it, but it turned out pretty dry.

OH so Yummy recipe #2- Breakfast Casserole
I seriously make this dinner at least once a week! Sometimes we have it for dinner, sometimes we have it for breakfast and this recipe is definitely an excellent recipe to take to anyone!

Won't Make Again #2- Philly Cheese steak Sandwiches
Sometimes on Fridays, ok not just on Fridays, but I crave something completely unhealthy and greasy. This is definitely all of those things, but really have zero flavor.

Oh so Yummy recipe #3- Honey Garlic Chicken
Everyone in my family loves this delicious chicken! This is pretty much beef stew, just replace the beef with chicken. Lots of yummy veggies and the best part it is cooks in just one pot!

Won't Make Again #3- Corn Chowder
This recipe was a total disappointment! The end result looked nothing like the picture and I ended up having to chunk it. 

I would love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite Pinterest recipes! I would love to give them a try! In the meantime please follow me on Pinterest. I have a board of "Things I have made", that might help you the next time you need a new recipe.

Emma 11 Months Old

We are 11 months old!

- Learned to take out her bow
- Climbing and pulling up on everything
- Loves to eat green beans, bananas, puffs, spaghetti & pureed food 
- Waves at everyone
- Wants to do whatever her big sister and brother are doing
- Loves being outside
- 3 teeth
- Nursing 3 times a day (7 am, 12:30pm & 7pm)
- Eats three solid food meals a day
-Still spitting up all the time
- Wearing 12-18 month size clothes
- Babbles dadda and momma
- Naps at 9am and 1pm

David Michael 11 Months Old
Grace 11 Months Old

My Top 5 Favorite Posts

I began this blogging adventure over four years ago. I really started blogging to have a place to keep track of my kid's milestones. It rapidly became a place where I found community. I had just moved to a new town and started a new job of being mommy. 

Over the past four years and almost four hundred posts, I have put together a list of what I would consider my personal favorites:

1. This first post was how we decided to reveal the gender of our first child, Grace, to our families. I remember that day like it was yesterday! I was so convinced that we were going to have a boy, I even wore a blue shirt that day. In our backyard we set up the self timer on the camera and had so much fun! I will always look back on that day with a smile and fond memories!

2. This next post is a rather lengthy list of things that I want Grace to know. But... even though there are some good things on this list, ultimately as long as Grace knows our Savior and Lord then my job is complete. As I have grown and now have more children and have been married longer there are some things that I might change and add or take away from this list, but overall a good list of things to remember.

3. This next post actually drew some positive and really more negative attention. I never really intended those feelings and disagreements from my reader, but as a first time mom I was truly sharing my feelings. There are a lot of changes that new moms go through.

4. David Michael is such a blessing to our family! It is so neat to look back and see how far he has come. God is truly amazing and we thank Him everyday for our little "Hunkster".

5. I wrote this last post not too long ago. I tend to share a lot of my woes on the blog, but I really struggle with not seeing all the blessings that the Lord has given me. The day I wrote this post I was really feeling down. I needed to change my mindset and this post helped me do that.

I hope you have enjoyed my little walk down memory lane. I always love looking back and seeing what the Lord has done!

Emma 10 Months Old

10 Months Old!

- 2 teeth
- Saying "Dada" all the time
-Crawling and pulling up on everything
- Nursing 4 times a day
- Eating 3 meals a day, and LOTS of snacks
- Loves her big sister and big brother!
- Going to bed at 7pm and usually waking up between 4:00-5:30.
- Wearing size 12-18 months clothing
- Takes 2 naps a day. 9am and 1pm. usually lasting 1-2 hours

David Michael 10 Months
Grace 10 Months

I now have a master's degree!

The past two and a half years have been the most difficult of my life. When Grace was only one, Michael and I were looking into the future and decided that it would be the best for our family if I went back to school and pursued my Masters in Teaching. (And let me just remind you that Michael had just received his seminary degree- more school was not an easy decision)

Being transparent, I am the type of person who is very independent as well as a perfectionist. Throughout this process the Lord had to really work on my heart. (Psalm 73:26) “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” And fail I did. I learned that I could not handle or manage everything I desired to. I wanted and desired to wear all of my hats: mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, housekeeper, cook, runner and discipler. The Lord had to really work on my heart and teacher me that, "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed". (Deuteronomy 31:8)

I have always enjoyed teaching and children, but attending school was a very difficult decision for me. Before Grace was born I had been working as a Certified Ophthalmologist Assistant and absolutely loved me job! Then once I began staying home with Grace I thought I had found my dream job! The reality is that kids are expensive and me not generating income forever just is not fee sable.  I had tried selling clothes that I had sewn, I tried generating money from my blog, I tried selling anything that we did not need, I tried watching other children in my home, but none of those were enough. So I found myself at Anderson University changing careers.

The Masters in Teaching program is set up to last two and a half years. The classes were 8 weeks long and usually were either on Monday or Thursday evenings or both from 5:30-9:30.

After I found out that I had been accepted into the program we also found out that David Michael was on the way. We still decided that I would begin the program and take it one day at a time. Thankfully, when David Michael was born I only had one more class before Christmas break and I was able to enjoy a nice long Christmas break with my little guy. Going back to class was anything but easy. Thankfully I have an amazing husband who took wonderful care of my babies even when it meant holding a screaming baby for hours, because the bottle just wouldn't do. As a family we pushed through.

Then my next to last semester, Emma came along. Thankfully it worked out where I only had a few remaining classes and then summer break (believe me that was NOT planned). Michael and I had some wonderful friends who helped him with the kids during those classes.

No matter how much I tried to not let my schooling affect my family, there was no way around it. Any spare time I had was filled with papers, lesson plans, studying and preparing. Usually after the kids went to bed I hit the books and then on Saturday Michael played the single dad role as he took care of the kids. This really played a role on my heart, as I felt that I was missing out on so much! You would think after two years of school, I might be a little numb to missing out, but it never got any easier.

Finally, the long awaited semester of student teaching... I had been praying fervently that I would be placed with a Godly, understanding (because I would need to pump multiple times while at school), and someone I could learn a lot from. God definitely answered my prayers and more! I am convinced that I had the best teacher in the world and now not only can I call her my teacher, but my friend. She was someone I could laugh with, cry with, confide in, learn from and pray with.

I am definitely happy to say now, that I have a teaching degree, but also so very happy that this stage of my life is behind me.

I would have never finished school without the support of my loving husband. He pushed me when I needed it, watched kids for endless hours and days, and encouraged me when all I could do was cry.

In these pictures I see a lot of grey hair, tired eyes, exhausted bodies, but a lot of love. Even though this was a late night for the kids (and all Emma wanted to do was nurse), and the quality is not great, I had been looking forward to this picture for two and a half years. I had even dreamed of this day! The kids might not remember mom leaving all of those nights or even know the late nights that their momma was up, but they can always look back at this picture and be encouraged that anything is possible "through Christ who strengthens me".

Psalm 29:1-2
Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array.

Emma 9 Months

9 months old!
2 ft 4 in 69%
20 lbs 5 oz 81%
18.4 head cir. 99%  

- Sitting up without assistance
- Crawling
- Two teeth
- Babbles "dadada" all the time
- Just started pulling up on everything
- Putting everything in her mouth
- Eating two meals a day and nursing 5 times a day
- Loves food (except pears)

David Michael 9 Months
Grace 9 Months

Picture with Santa

This year having pictures made with Santa was not the easiest. The weekend we were planning on seeing Santa it was so cold and wet. We made the decision to keep Emma at home and let the big kids and daddy to see Santa. The kids were troopers and loved seeing Santa! 

Grace knew exactly what to ask Santa for: baby doll with purple hair, kitchen, bouncy ball and a trampoline. Her list never changed and Santa was pretty good to here!

They have changed so much since last year. Check out visit with Santa 2015 here
Hi! I'm Katie. Wife to Michael. Mom to Grace, David Michael & Emma. Christ Follower. Runner. Stay at home mommy.
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