Monday, February 29, 2016

Leaps and Bounds

Leaps and Bounds
Written By Renee Arbia

The last few months I have been silently watching my little three year old man blossom. It seems as if time is just flying by. He is determined to be a “big boy” and a “big helper”. Of course, we allow him to be as much as possible, from helping with chores, to being able to try things he never could before, each step is a reminder of how fast time goes. My heart wants him to stop and stay my little man forever, but I know it is a part of life to watch him soar and fly.

This weekend we went with some friends to a park. We had never been to this park before. Xavier has always been so timid on playground equipment. Even though he likes parks, he is always too scared to go down the tallest slide, he is afraid to walk over the bouncing bridge, and he will never go near the monkey bars or anything that is high and has space between steps. He always tries to climb the rock walls and eventually gives up not having the patience to keep trying. This weekend my little man amazed me. He had never been on this playground equipment before. Yet he ran up the rock wall, jumped across the bouncing bridge, walked across the floating step bars all the way up to the tallest slide and slid down with the gusto of being able to conquer anything the world could throw at him. I was amazed at his strength and courage that he suddenly received. I was enthralled watching him with gusto bounding from ladders and rocks and jumping from platforms.

It is amazing to watch a once timid and shy little boy now an active, bouncing and running big boy. He ran around the playground equipment like he had done it a thousand times. It just shows that everything is conquered in time.

Special thanks to our good friend, Diana for the awesome pictures!
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Monday, February 15, 2016

Easy Stuffed Peppers

One of my husband's favorite dinners is stuffed peppers. They are incredibly cheap and easy to make. Our son Xavier loves them as well. They are especially good in the summer when our peppers and tomatoes from the garden are in season. If you need a cheap and easy dinner to make try out these Easy Stuffed Peppers!

Easy Stuffed Peppers
- serves 4

- 4 Large Bell Peppers (any color)
- 1 lb. ground Italian sausage
- 2 Tablespoons chopped onion
- 1 cup of cooked rice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 can 15oz. tomato soup
- 1/4 teaspoon Basil
- 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon Parsley
-1 tomato, diced

- Cut thin slice from stem of each bell pepper to remove top of pepper. Remove seeds and membranes, rinse peppers. If necessary, cut thin slice from bottom of each pepper so they stand straight. In a pan add enough water to cover peppers and heat to boiling. Add peppers and cook about 3 minutes, drain.

- In a skillet cook beef and onion over medium heat until brown; stirring occasionally and drain. Stir in rice, salt, garlic, Basil, Parsley, Oregano, diced tomato and 1 cup of the tomato soup. Cook until hot.

- Heat oven to 350 degrees

-Stuff peppers with mixture. Stand peppers upright in ungreased pan. Pour remaining tomato soup over peppers.

-Cover and bake for 25 minutes.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sponsored: Toucan Bambini Baby Nasal Aspirator

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Sponsored: Toucan Bambini Baby Nasal Aspirator
Written and Reviewed By Renee Arbia

One thing you find out quickly when you have children is that nose wiping and cleaning becomes a regular habit. We have gone through a few different types of baby nasal aspirators all for different reasons. I could not find a very good everyday type of nasal aspirator. We always had the super sucker for when Xavier is sick, but it is too much to use everyday. I never liked the original hospital bulbs that they provide you with. Although they suck out the mucus well, they can never be completely cleaned, and they are hard to pack and travel with.

I was very excited to try out the new Toucan Bambini Baby Nasal Aspirator. With another child on the way I wanted to make sure I found a good nasal aspirator that we can use instead of the hospital bulb. I love the new Toucan Bambini Nasal Aspirator it is very effective and easy to use. The Toucan Bambini Nasal Aspirator is made from 100% BPA Free food grade silicone that is soft, non-toxic, odorless and eco-friendly. The simple squeeze and release action creates a small vacuum that gently and effectively removes nasal mucus from your child’s nose.

 It works fast and is easy to use. It is also reusable and extremely easy to clean. All the parts come apart and can be washed in warm water and even are dishwasher safe. The Toucan Bambini Baby Nasal Aspirator is extremely durable and made to last over time. I especially love how compact and easy to travel with it is. It fits right in your pocket and has a protective cover on it!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Hardy Crockpot Beef Stew

In the winter there is nothing I love more than a good beef stew. Unfortunately, our family recipes tend to be bland and have little amounts of spices and vegetables in them and the gravy is very thin. So I searched Pinterest for some Beef Stew gems. I liked this recipe as it adds a ton of different vegetables and spices. I found the original recipe was over loaded with too many spices. Instead I took their vegetables and tailored the spices down a little to suit not only our taste buds, but to help make it more of a kid friendly dish. I am all in favor of children eating adult food, but you must remember their taste buds are much stronger than ours so spice away, but gently.

This beef stew does have a lot of prep work before cooking in the crock pot so I found it best to make it all the night before. That way in the morning you can pull it from the fridge and plug it in. I dare you not to touch it before the eight hours are up. This is by far my new favorite beef stew recipe that always was a huge hit with the family. Check it out and add it to your recipe collection!

Hardy Crock Pot Beef Stew
- Written By Renee Arbia
- Makes 4-6 servings

- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 1/2 lbs. Boneless Beef Chuck Roast, trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 4 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 1 1/2 Cups of Water
- 2 large beef bouillon cubes
- 1 can (10 oz.) Condensed tomato soup
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
- 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
- 2 Bay Leaves
-1/2 teaspoon of Black Pepper
- 2 Medium onions sliced
- 2 large Russet Potatoes peeled and cut into 1" pieces
- 3 medium carrots peeled and cut into1' pieces
- 2 stalks of celery cut into 1' pieces
- 8 oz. of whole mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
- 3/4 cup of thawed frozen peas

- Mix flour and Paprika together and coat each piece of meat

- Add oil to skillet and when hot brown meat in batches without crowding, when done transfer meat to crockpot

- Add 1 1/2 cups of water and bouillon cubes to skillet and cook, stirring up brown bits from the bottom of the skillet and dissolving the bouillon cubes

- Remove from heat and add the tomato soup, Italian seasonings, Bay Leaves, and black pepper and stir to combine

- Pour into crock pot over beef and add onions, potatoes, carrots, celery and mushrooms

- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until beef and veggies are tender, add more water as needed. 
- Add the thawed peas the last 20-30 minutes of cooking
- discard Bay Leaves and serve hot

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