First Month Must Haves

I have been a mom for a month now and have learned a few things along the way. Here are a few items that I have found come in really handy with a newborn. 

1. Graco Pack N Play- This is the pack n play that we bought from target. We put it in our bedroom so I do not have far to walk in the middle of the night. This pack n play has wheels too so I can move it into whichever room I am in. It is also gender neutral so we will be able to use it in the future. (hopefully)
2. Playtex Diaper Genie- We have this right next to the changing table. I hate trash and this is easy to keep it away and looks good too!

 3. Soothie Pacifier- So far Grace will not take any other pacifier except these.
 4. Desitin- We had a really bad diaper rash week 2 and we tried a lot of different ointments and this was the only one that made a difference.

5. Infant bath tub- A wonderful friend gave us this bath tub and it has been a lifesaver! I can wash her all by myself and in the kitchen. 

6. Changing Pads-  I like to change Grace's diapers at the changing table and she likes to pee as soon as I take off her diaper. In the middle of the night it is easy just to roll this up instead of changing  the cover every time. 

I hope this helps some new moms. This is just a few things I have found to make life a little easier. 

Cheeseburger Soup

As I mentioned before, I made up a lot of meals that I could freeze before Grace was born.  This soup is amazing! It was very easy to make and really tasty! This I will definitely make again. I don't know how healthy the soup is, but I love it. 

Cheeseburger Soup 
1/2 pound ground beef
3/4 c chopped onion
3/4 c shredded carrots
3/4 c diced celery
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
5 Tablespoons butter, divided
2 cans chicken broth
4 cups peeled, diced potatoes (I used unpeeled red potatoes)
1/4 cup flour
2 cups (8oz) Velveeta, cubed
1 1/2 cup milk
3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup sour cream
In a 6-quart saucepan, brown beef; drain and set aside beef. In the same saucepan, sate onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 2 Tablespoons butter until vegetables are tender (about 10 minutes). Add broth, potatoes and beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Meanwhile, in a small pan, melt remaining 3 Tablespoons of butter. Add flour; cook and stir for 3 minutes or until bubbly. Whisk into soup; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add Velveeta, milk, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream. Makes 8 servings.
Enjoy! Let me know what you think?

Chocolate Eclair Dessert

Before Grace was born I tested out quite a few recipes that I found via Pinterest. (which is where I find a lot of my knowledge) This is a recipe that I took from another mom. Michael and I loved this dessert very much. Happens that I made this the night before Grace was born and all of our family enjoyed it. I can't wait to make it again and enjoy it myself. If you are looking for a easy recipe this is it, just do a little planning ahead because it has to sit in the fridge over night. Enjoy!

Chocolate Eclair Dessert

2 (3.5 oz.) boxes vanilla instant pudding
3 c. milk
1 (12 oz.) container Cool Whip
Graham crackers

1/3 c. cocoa
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. milk
1 stick butter (or margarine)
1 tsp. vanilla

For the filling: Mix pudding and milk; beat. Stir in Cool Whip. Place a layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9x13" dish. Spread 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Repeat with another layer of graham crackers and pudding; then top with a final layer of graham crackers.

For the topping: Bring cocoa, milk, and sugar to a boil; boil about 1 minute, stirring very frequently. Remove from heat and cool one minute. Add butter and vanilla; stir until butter is melted. Pour over the top layer of graham crackers. Refrigerate over night.

Just writing this recipe makes me want to eat some!
Hi! I'm Katie. Wife to Michael. Mom to Grace, David Michael & Emma. Christ Follower. Runner. Stay at home mommy.
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