Panera Bread and Holiday Gift Guides (5 on Friday)

This year is almost over?! Say what?!

So that explains why I am in clean-the-house-get-organized-finish-everything-christmas-is-almost-here-keep-moving-hurry-up mode!

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So much to do, so little time. I want to send Christmas cards out already, finish decorating the tree, wrap up the gifts (pun intended), and get the house cleaned and ready for visitors!

BUT!

I am also reminding myself that so long as we have our health and each other (family and friends), we truly have all we need. In reality, the best thing I can do for myself and my family is to do less stuff(Although I really really really want to put away the Christmas décor boxes and not have to address another holiday card!!!)

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Keep on chuggin’ and reruns

Keep on chuggin’! Now THAT is my mantra, in addition to the other one I mentioned. Slowly, I am reminded that the last few weeks of pregnancy can be challenging in the sense that you have been pregnant for so long now and can almost be tired of it or at least tired of all the symptoms, changes, and other things you have to deal with as you get bigger. But at the same time, I love being pregnant and I remind myself how much I will miss being pregnant once it is over. This fleeting moment in time is so precious and while each day and week can sometimes seem to take a while to get through, I look back often and realize how much time has actually gone by. So in these final weeks of pregnancy, I am constantly telling myself to keep on chuggin’ and keep my eyes on the prize!

One of the ways I’m going to keep on pushing through is to get back on track to healthy eating. I started with the yummy grapes my dad brought to me from his very own backyard and the huge spinach salad I ate the other day. I’m so proud of my breakfast:

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Unexpectedly, I’ve eaten Eggo waffles & sausages just about every day for the past two months. It is just something that is so easy for me to prepare and filling enough. I try to mix it up with oatmeal and eggs, but lately I just cannot spend too much time in the kitchen on my feet =( That’s why I try to include milk, juice, or even better, fresh fruit with my meal. What is it about fruit from the farmer’s market that makes it SO incredibly delicious? The peaches and blueberries above are from the farmer’s market, along with these amazingly sweet strawberries. I refuse to eat strawberries from the grocery store and will only eat these:

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On top of all this healthier eating, a little guilty pleasure is good for the body, too… wouldn’t you agree?

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What is it about F.R.I.E.N.D.S. that makes me literally LAUGH OUT LOUD? Even if I’ve seen an episode a ton of times and I know every word, I still laugh so hard. Is there a show that you can watch over and over even if you’ve seen every episode and it still makes you laugh?

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Another show I am watching reruns of at the moment is Jon & Kate + 8.

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I used to be really into this show when it first aired a few years ago and then the hubs bought me all of the seasons for my birthday one year! I only opened Season 1 since then and told him I would definitely want to watch these when we have our own kids. Well, here I am, cooking our babes and watching the DVDs just as I wanted to!

The thing I love about the Gosselin children is how fascinating it is to see eight completely different personalities from the same set of parents. Each set of multiples are fraternal (a set of twins and a set of sextuplets… yes, that means six babies at once). So even though these kiddos shared the same womb and the same parents, they can be so different in personality, tendencies, and characteristics. For example, among the older twin girls, Mady is very dramatic and emotional whereas Kara is laid back and chill. Among the sextuplets, the kiddos range from crazy, free-spirited Alexis who is always smiling to Collin who has a technical/structured mind and is very stubborn. There’s Aaden who is quieter than the rest and Joel who is a daddy’s boy. Hannah is a mama’s girl and leader and Leah is the tiniest and cutest of the bunch who just melts my heart.

Another reason I like watching the show is to see what it’s like raising multiples and take a few tips on household organization, feeding/caring for the babies, and other parenting ideas. I do not at all support Kate’s over-controlling and sometimes unnecessary ways she treats her husband, but she is very organized and a germaphobe/control-freak who does love her children so much and does all she can to bring order to her house and raise her children right. She even strives her hardest to prepare only organic and high quality food for her children, no fast food.

What personalities, tendencies, and characteristics will our boys have?!?! Will there be anything physically to tell them apart? Or will it be a mannerism  that we have to notice in order to tell them apart? We’ll be finding out in just a matter of weeks…

 

Baked Egg Cups (recipe)

Baked egg cups in da house!!!

In honor of hosting our friends, Sarah & Aaron, I decided to be fancy.
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Gotta snap a picture once you prepared all the ingredients…
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Baked Egg Cups recipe

From: Simple Delights

Ingredients:

12 Eggs

12 thin slices of deli ham (round)

1/2 Cup of your favorite cheese (I used Parmesan and cheddar)

1/2 Cup diced scallions

Fresh cracked Sea Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400.  Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.  Lay a piece of ham in each hole creating a little ham cup.  Crack one egg into each hole and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Bake the eggs for about 12 minutes…until the white is firm and the yolk is still nice and runny.
  3. Carefully remove each egg from the muffin tin and top with grated cheese and scallions.  Serve hot!