Monday, November 23, 2015

Quick, healthy breakfast: egg muffins

I've been working hard over the past several weeks to watch what I eat in an effort to be more consciously healthy and also to be sure that I am eating enough and a variety of things as I go about each day taking care of the Little.  One of the key things that our discharge nurse stressed in the hospital before leaving was the importance of eating enough food and that the food be in the form of well balanced meals and snacks.  I've also got lots of pre-maternity jeans that I would love to squeeze back into when I get rid of this baby weight as a little added incentive.

With all that said, breakfast tends to be one of the more difficult things for me to throw together - until a lovely friend from our Bible study brought over egg muffins during our first week home from the hospital.  I had seen them floating around Facebook links very recently, and I was excited to try them.  I've cooked a dozen every weekend since to have on hand for the following week.

I love them because they are quick, easy, nutritious and versatile.  Really, you can add almost anything you'd like.

For my muffins, I add green pepper, spinach, sausage, and a little cheese.  You could also use bacon, different veggies, etc.  

10 large eggs (for a 12 muffin pan, like the one above)
1/4 cup milk
1 lb ground sausage (you could also do less, but I just cook the whole roll) 
1/2 bell pepper
4 cups uncooked spinach (this is an estimate, I really just get a big hand full)
Just a little cheese

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 and grease muffin tin
  • Cook sausage on stove top.  Once cooked thoroughly, drain.  Don't put all that grease in your egg muffins.  
  • Cook spinach on medium heat on stove top until wilted and let cool. 
  • Chop pepper into small pieces
  • Once spinach has cooled, you should use a paring knife to cut it into smaller chunks as well.  
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.  
  • Add other ingredients and mix well.  
  • Use a ladle to fill muffin tin with mixture and sprinkle with just a little cheese.  
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes until the center of the muffins are not liquid.  (You'll be able to tell that the center is not too squishy or jiggly - this means the egg is cooked through)  I usually leave them in for about 23 minutes.  
You can store these in the fridge and eat them all week long.  Just re-heat in the microwave for about 45 seconds and you're good to go.  You can also wrap them individually and freeze them if you want to make an extra large batch.  

I've found these to be so easy when I am trying to get in something healthy and quick in the mornings.  Way faster than cooking eggs each day and I love that I get veggies too.  

What is your go-to nutritious breakfast on the go?  Please share.  Variety is the spice of life.  ;)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I wish someone told me: on going home with a Little

We celebrated our Little turning 2 months old this week and him turning 9 weeks old - two celebrations in one week, and good grief, how quickly the time is going by!

I've had this conversation about a thousand times it feels like with friends and family and poor hubs has heard it almost every single one of those times.  But, today I want to share the one thing that I wish someone told me before having a little and bringing him home:  it's hard and scary and exhausting and not always cuddly and fun.  And by that, I mean for me it was I think one of the hardest things I've ever done - trumped by pushing the 9 lbs 2 oz of his sweet baby love out of my body.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Welcoming our Little: a birth story

It's crazy to think that we welcomed our Little over a month ago at this point.  Now that I am feeling someone human again, I figure it's high time to share his birth story on le blog.  Before that though, I should go ahead with a little disclaimer that as handsome as our boy is, I don't intend on sharing lots of photos of him solo in my little corner of the internet.  Not because I don't think you'd love them (you would), but because they're his photos and he's too little to decide to have them made public.  We've got our own handwritten journal that we keep for him to document fun things about his days as a family.  I'd like to keep the blog (at least as it relates to mothering) focused on things that I'm learning (and it's a MAJOR learning curve over here), and family stories.

So there's that.

Our little was due on September 12.  It was a Saturday, and that would have been perfectly ideal - especially for family to come and visit.  But of course, Saturday came and went with no sign of labor.  I really didn't experience many signs of labor until it started.  No real Braxton Hicks, nothing.
The following Wednesday, though, I woke up and was feeling a little bloated and crampy.  I had a gut feeling that that would be the day.  We had an afternoon appointment at the OB and I was feeling confident that labor would begin soon.  At the doctor, we found out that I was about 90% effaced and about 4 cm dilated.  We decided I would come in on Friday if there was no change, and I could tell that the doctor thought we had a big guy in there.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Daydreaming about fall fashion

Stopping by today to share some of what I've been pinning lately while on maternity leave.  More substantial posts are to come (our birth story, life after becoming parents thus far, etc.), but those take lots of thought and time to put together.  And so today, I'm sharing this little post of what's also been on my mind lately while up in the middle of the night, or taking a shower in the wee hours while everyone is still sleeping.  Or just daydreaming about going to Starbucks easily and getting a venti basically anything vanilla (or caramel) latte - I'm not a huge pumpkin coffee girl...

I am getting a real itch to update my wardrobe.  This happens every year and this year it is happening even more since I've been in maternity clothes for so long.  That said, I'm not ready to splurge just yet on a totally revamped wardrobe since my body is still in its very new post-babe state and I haven't been out of the house for more than a couple of hours at a time.  

I'm looking forward to unpacking my old clothes though and getting rid of things I don't love to make room for updated things whenever I take the leap.

That certainly hasn't stopped me from pinning away all the things that I love about fall fashion.

Favorite Wardrobe Basics for Fall and Winter by @Amy Lyons Lyons Lyons Lyons Lyons Johnson / She Wears Many Hats:
I love everything in this one.  Every single thing. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

On conduits and buckets

It's October already.  How did that even happen?  Time is going by so quickly.

For today's post, I'd like to share a little something that has been on my mind a lot recently:  conduits and buckets.  But first, I'd like to share what trusty Google has to say about the definition of both:


We know this of course - a bucket is something that holds things.  It stores up, if you will.  You can fill a bucket full of all sorts of things if you'd like.  

A conduit on the other hand should not be filled up.  It is only for transmitting things from one place or person to the next.  In fact, by definition, if the conduit was full, it would not be functioning correctly, because how could something get through it if it was stuffed?  

I'm thinking about these things in light of an overwhelming sense of gratitude for our friends and neighbors and co-workers and families over the past few months as we have prepared for and welcomed our little one into the world.  A pastor of ours once said something that has stuck with me since.  That is, that we should be conduits and not buckets of our blessings.  I think it is a similar sentiment to "blessed to be a blessing" which is essentially that we shouldn't hoard up our blessings and things which we've been given for the sake of just our own benefit, but that we should be conduits instead.  Blessing others because we have also been blessed.  

Whether it has been with gifts, money, hand-me-downs, meals (oh, the meals...the delicious meals) time, conversation, well-wishes, and prayers, we have seen more and more how blessed we are.  We are surrounded by truly wonderful people who we love and who love us back.  

We are so thankful.