Friday, May 25, 2018

Crockpot Pork Chops & Apples

It's been a while since I posted a recipe. 503 days to be exact.

Our current go-to "nice" home cooked meal is pork chops and apples in the crockpot from my crockpot cookbook. I think this is currently C's favorite meal. I made it two weeks in a row because I was missing an ingredient for other pork chops and he told me he preferred these anyway.

Crockpot Pork Chops & Apples

Here's what you need:
4-6 pork chops
3 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2-4 golden delicious apples, sliced

Place the pork chops in the crockpot and top with the sliced apples.  Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt and pour over the apples.  Cook on high for three to four hours or low for six to eight hours (or in my house, until you're ready to eat as it's normally later than five hours.

Monday, May 21, 2018

What we didn't do this weekend, take GMac to Touch a Truck

We had every intention of taking GMac to the Touch a Truck event this weekend, but didn't.  Here's what we did instead.

Friday night I went to the Red Cross Power of the Purse auction (now an annual thing as I've gone two years in a row!) thanks to the generosity of my other mother, Joyce.  We had apps and zerts and wine and dinner and so much fun.  I won a live auction item!! (It looks more beautiful in person.)

Saturday was a busy, busy day.  I went to get flowers for the front landscaping (probably got too many, but that didn't stop me from planting them all).  We also went bowling and dinning with Mom, Dad, and Emily for Dad's belated birthday.  The kids loved the bowling (they beat Grandma!!) and we had dinner at Brew Dog. I don't like beer, but the wine (there were a total of four red options) I had was good and the food and atmosphere can't be beat.

It was so nice of Monkey to choose cards large enough so that Grandma and Grandpa didn't need their glasses.

Sunday we Sunday Schooled, churched (what a good church it was), and grabbed McDonalds for lunch (our old regular Sunday).

I almost suggested to C we watch Indiana Jones as a follow up to the Sunday School lesson. 

C worked in the garage and I got some flowers planted.  Then he went to buy a new mower because he took apart the other mower last year trying to fix it (didn't work) and including last year's pre-disassembly maintenance and this year's it's just cheaper to get a new one (we don't do fancy mowers). Plus, C is determined to fix the old mower so I have to say, "You were right, I was wrong."  I'll keep you updated on that.

We had chicken and zucchini for dinner and rosé that I won at the Red Cross auction. I finished the flowers, C mowed the yard, and then we mulched some.

Now we're ready for our three day weekend!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

stuffs and things and links (all related to feeding Dex)

I started watching Friends the other night.  It'll be my new "everyone else is in bed and I need to wait to feed the baby and pump because going to bed for one or two hours only to be up for 40 minutes doesn't make sense" show. There are 236 episodes giving me 86.5 hours of tv so I should be done by the time we go to the beach in August.

The handle of my pumping bag broke. Wah-wah.  It was a Spartina Market Tote and the perfect bag.  I'm using a vera bag while I figure out what I want next (or if I want to spend that much on another Spartina). I'm going to the Red Cross Power of the Purse auction tomorrow night. I may check out their pumping bag section to see what they have.

Speaking of pumping, occasionally I get a waive on anxiety before and at the beginning of a pumping session (I don't know if "pumping session" is the technical term, but it's what I've adopted).  It comes and it goes, I get it for a few days and then it's gone for weeks. Thinking this phenomenon was just me, I googled it.  It's a real thing.

I have almost two hours to fill while I'm pumping so I got Max Lucado's God Is With You Every Day devotion for my Nook (yes, I know I liked to Amazon when I got it from B&N).  I pull it up on my phone and it's a short little devotion everyday that has been scarily spot on most of the time.  Funny how God works.

When I'm not reading my daily devotion while pumping, I'm playing Skip-Bo.

Hi, I'm Rachel and I'm addicted to Skip-Bo.

The last baby feeding related note... Dex seems to get mad if you're feeding him and not looking at him.  He'll start to fuss and refuse the bottle until you make eye contact again.

Not feeding related, after he sneezes he makes the cutest noise. I'll try to catch it on video.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How many macaroons did you have this weekend? I had 10.

After ten months, I thought it was time for another Weekend Rewind. I'm going to ease myself back in to these and just bullet point the weekend. No pictures because I'm lazy. Sorry!

(our A/C was not cooling...realized this on Thursday)
- C and I went to the North Market (where I purchased 12 macaroons), Martini for dinner, Homage for a t-shirt, a cute kids store for books, and Jeni's for C for dessert.

Side note: We had dinner at FIG in Charleston when I was pregnant with GMac.  After dinner we asked our waiter for a dessert recommendation. He told us we had to try this "great new place in town called Jeni's!" We politely passed.

- Picked up the kids from Mom and Dad's (where Dex pooped)

(A/C is still not cooling, Lancaster is getting hotter)
- Cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
- Trip to the Lancaster Greenhouse for flowers, a tree, and a shrub,
- Planted flowers in the front planters.
- Napped (despite several kid interruptions)
- Grilled burgers for dinner.
- Took a walk.
- Remembered we have a whole house fan.  Cooled the upstairs down to 74°. 
- Finished Modern Family (all the what do I watch? Suggestions please.)
- Dex did not poop.

(A/C is still not cooling, Lancaster is even hotter)
- Mochas on the way to church.
- Sunday school and church, one of the best ones in a while.
- Had Mom, Dad, Emily, and Clover for Mother's Day lunch of filets, grilled potatoes, and wedge salads. Oh, and Joseph Phelps Cabernet.
- Played fibbage! Finally! I've been trying to get people to play with me for a month+.
- C called the A/C people.
- Tried to nap, but didn't as the house was so hot.
- C texted that the A/C people were coming today! so I laid in bed worrying how much it would cost.
- Planted Mother's Day geraniums from church.
- A/C is fixed! Nothing was wrong, super dirty filter (we knew that and had taken it out but were took scared to turn it on without a filter thanks to the scary google).
- BBQ Chicken Flat Bread for dinner.
- Took another walk.
- Started Chef's Table Pastries.  Watched half of the four episode season.
- Dex did not poop.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Dex is 3 months!

We've been blessed to know this little dude for three months now.  He's super happy and super chill (so long as he's fed and rested). Today he is at Grandma and Grandpa's (hopefully pooping) while Mommy spends her second day back at the office.

A photo with Daddy's iPhoneX (or whatever it's called - Mommy won't be getting one as she can't figure out how to get from one app to another). 

A photo with Mommy's phone (maybe an iPhone 6S Plus?)

Just like Emily's Lee Middleton doll.

Friday, May 11, 2018

resolutions? what resolutions?

Remember my New Year's resolutions? And then the status update?

Well, here's another (and final) update:

Washing my face every night - ha! I'm lucky to shower three times a week which means there's no way I'm washing my face every night.

Keeping my nails painted - Ha again! I've painted my nails twice since Dex was born. Once as I was walking out the door for a wedding the Saturday before Palm Sunday and the second time on Holy Saturday.  Now I get why women get manicures. I don't have time to let my nails dry.

Have a baby - (and he's a cutie)