Crockpot Lasagna

2.27.2014

Crockpot recipe #10 is Lasagna.  I love this lasagna because you don't have to cook the noodles beforehand!  It's pretty tasty too.

Crockpot Lasagna
Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped (I use 1/2 cup frozen onion)
2 medium carrots, chopped (I used a can I had on hand)
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt and pepper
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
9 lasagna noodles, uncooked
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (1/2 cup will be used when serving)


Directions:
Cook ground beef on the stove
Add in chopped carrots, onions, garlic powder, salt and pepper
Stir in tomato paste and crushed tomatoes
Remove from heat
Spoon 2 cups meat mixture into bottom of the crockpot
Layer 3 noodles over the meat mixture (you can break them to fit)
Then layer 1/2 cup of cheese
Repeat with 2 more layers (meat, noodles, cheese)
Cover
Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours

*Sprinkle remaining cheese on top before serving

I serve this with salad, veggie, fruit and Texas toast.  It's really good leftover.

Eat up!

Theodore: 21 Months

2.26.2014

Theo,

You are 21 months!  Growing so quickly bubby boy.

-You are currently 23.5 lbs and getting taller each day.

-Wearing size 5 diapers, size 5 shoe, 18-24 month clothes and 18 month PJ's.

-Sucking that thumb, especially when you're sleepy or your teeth are hurting.

-4 incisor teeth still working their way in.

-You've been coughing a lot recently.  We're hoping this goes away soon.

-We're currently traveling around visiting family.  You've done great on the plane rides so far!  You are loving all the time and attention, but getting tired quickly.  I think your body still isn't getting used to the time changes and all the busyness.  Just glad you're sleeping at night and during naps.  Each day is a little better.

-You've been able to see Gigi, Pops, Mimi, Papa, Aunt Dorothy, Uncle Brian, Aunt Amy, Aunt Elizabeth, Aunt Sally, Uncle Garvin, cousins-Aubrey, Trevor, Nora and Lucy.  You'll see more family and friends later this week!

-Babbling a lot.  Your favorite words are ball, mama and dadda.  You know what we say and communicate a lot shaking your head (very clearly) yes and no.

-You know what you like and what you don't like.  Especially with food.  If you don't like it, you spit it right out.

-Your current food favorites are bananas, nutrigrain bars, peaches, pineapples, salad (as long as it has cheese and ranch), bread and ritz crackers.  You drink tons of water everyday.

-You love watching sissy and doing what she does.  You play well together for a little bit, then try to take each others toys.

-Going down at night around 7pm and waking up around 7:30am or 8am.  Napping from 1-3:30 or 4pm everyday.

-You love balls-footballs, baseballs, soccer balls, basketballs!  You'll walk around holding them and then throw them as far as you can. 







We love you sweet boy.

-Mommy and Daddy

Madelyn-Ephesians 6:1

2.25.2014

Ephesians 6:1




Picture Time!

2.20.2014

More pictures of around our house...

Madelyn built a lego tower...bubba came and knocked it down

Watching shows on the couch...and in the baskets, Theo going for a car ride

Spending time at the library and Madelyn right after naptime

At the car wash

Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas

Crockpot Recipe #8 is Chicken Enchiladas.  Some people call it King Ranch Chicken.  This is one of my favorites.  I love a good enchilada.

Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas
Ingredients:
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
1 (4.5 oz) can of chopped green chiles
2 cups cooked chicken
    I normally boil some chicken once a month and freeze it
    You can also use the grilled ready chicken strips-just cut them up-no need to cook since they already are
1 can corn (drained)
1 can enchilada sauce
10-12 corn tortillas (ripped up into small pieces...doesn't need to be tiny)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


Directions:
Make sure your chicken is chopped up
Mix up the crm of chicken soup, sour cream and green chiles in a separate bowl
Stir in the chicken and corn
Pour half the can of enchilada sauce in the bottom of the crockpot
Layer half the tortilla shells over the sauce
Spread half of the soup, sour crm, green chile, chicken and corn mixture on top
Throw in half of the cheddar cheese
Repeat-enchilada sauce, tortilla shells, soup mixture, cheddar cheese
Cover and cook on LOW 4-6 hours

I serve this with fruit and tortilla chips.  Yummy!


-Megan

Madelyn-Psalm 119:105

2.19.2014

Psalm 119:105


-Megan

Crockpot Zuppa Toscana (Potato Soup)

2.15.2014

I'm linking up with Kelly again and doing a bonus crockpot soup recipe!

Crockpot recipe #7 is Potato Soup.  This is good way to warm up on a cold/dreary day.  And it's very much kid approved.  My two kiddos love it!  I like to make it with grilled cheese and a side of fruit.  Tastes similar to the Zuppa Toscana from Olive Garden.

Crockpot Potato Soup
Ingredients:
1 lb. Italian sausage (I used Italian sausage links, next time I'm going to try ground sausage)
2 large potatoes cut in 1/4's (I leave the skin on)
1 large onion, chopped (I used 1/2 c. frozen onion)
1/4 c. bacon bit
1 Tbsp garlic powder
2 c. kale (or spinach)
16 oz. chicken broth
1 c. heavy whipping cream
1 quart water

Directions:
Brown the sausage in pan or warm up sausage links in the microwave 
Place cooked sausage, chicken broth, water, onion, potatoes, bacon bits, garlic powder in the crockpot
Cover
Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours
Make sure potatoes are soft
Turn the crockpot off or on warm
Add the Kale or Spinach
Add the heavy whipping cream
Return the lid and let "simmer" for 5-10 minutes

-It has a little more prep time, only took me about 10 minutes

Yummy to the tummy!

-Megan

Valentine's Day

2.14.2014

During this Valentine's week we did some fruit loop crafts, coloring cards and spending time together.  Theo mostly ate the fruit loops during crafts.  He hasn't had many of them and loved all the sugar.  Madelyn enjoyed stringing them on the pipe cleaners.  Thanks Pinterest for another successful craft project.

I had to work on the actual day, but my sweet Valentine's brought me up a cookie cake from Mrs. Fields.  This is definitely the way to my heart :).  I LOVE cookie cakes.  With lots of chocolate icing.  Yum.




Happy Valentine's Day!

Crockpot Ravioli

2.13.2014

Crockpot Recipe #6 is Ravioli.  It's one of my kids' favorites.  Like I've mentioned, they're not big meat eaters.  This recipe doesn't have any kind of meat in it, but you could always add some ground beef or turkey if you'd like.

Crockpot Ravioli
Ingredients:
Cooking spray
1 large jar of pasta sauce (any kind)
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 can cheddar cheese soup
2 tsp garlic powder
1 bag frozen cheese ravioli (could use cheese tortellini as well)
1 c. parmesan cheese
1 c. mozzarella cheese

Directions:
Spray crockpot with cooking spray
In a separate bowl stir together pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, cheese soup and garlic powder
Spoon 1/3 of the sauce you just stirred together in the bottom of the crockpot
Top with 1/3 of the frozen ravioli
Sprinkle 1/3 cup of Parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top
Repeat twice
Cover and Cook on LOW 5-6 hours (make sure ravioli is cooked through)


I serve this with some kind of veggie and Texas Toast...the kind with cheese on top.  Because we love cheese around our house.

-Megan

Kid-Friendly Plane Activity Ideas??

2.12.2014

First off...my blog URL has changed to www.timandmeganblog.com.  So those of you who have me on your blogroll/favorites you'll want to change the URL.  I've redirected it, but it seems to have a little bit of a delay.

Second...

Tim and I are taking the kids on a couple long flights in the near future.  We're trying to find some ideas of what they can do on the plane.

I have Madelyn's leap pad and a new game I'll give her on the flight.  Along with our iPad with some Daniel Tiger and Mickey Mouse shows, crayons and coloring books, puzzles and snacks.  It's the little baby boy I'm not sure what to do with.  He'll color for a little bit, but the electronics don't hold his attention like they do with Madelyn.

Any thoughts, suggestions, ideas (especially ones that were successful with your kids) would be extremely  helpful!!

Thank you :)

Madelyn-Matthew 22:39

2.11.2014

Matthew 22:39



-Megan

Our Weekend

2.10.2014

I thought I'd do a quick weekend wrap-up.  We were all home Friday night, all day Saturday and then Sunday evening.  This doesn't happen much so we took advantage of the time together!

Friday night, we decided to give the doggies baths.  We mentioned it to Madelyn on Thursday night and miss girl-who-never-forgets-anything was talking about it all day Friday.  "When mommy gets home from work, the doggies get baths!".  She was very excited.  Daisy doesn't mind them, but as you can see in the pic, Sadie is not a fan.  We started with the easy dog.  Madelyn loved it.  Theo got in there too.  Madelyn put the soap on and patted her down.  Then watched them run around like crazy when they were finished.  And also helped me brush them.  I also clipped the dogs nails...which I never do because they don't sit still.  They were both pretty good for me this time.

Saturday morning, we woke up, ate breakfast, put some laundry in, played at the house a little and went to the haircut place to see Miss Julia.  Madelyn absolutely loves getting her haircut.  She's been talking about this for weeks.  Seriously.  Theo on the other hand cried his eyes out during his 1st haircut.  He was not a fan.
We got there, they sat in the big red chairs and people watched/took pictures on mommy's phone until it was our turn.  
Madelyn went first.  Such a big girl.  She sat very still.  She wanted her hair washed, but we knew Theo would get a little restless and tired if she took too long.  Julia wet it and Madelyn seemed okay with that.  When she was done, she wanted it straightened like mommy's.  Such a girly girl.  She picked out matching clippy's and got her well deserved sucker.  
Theo was watching her the whole time.  When it was his turn, he sat right up in the chair by himself and was ready to go.  No tears.  Not one.  Julia buzzed the bottom and used scissors on the top.  He would look in the directions she told him to and put his head down when needed.  I was so proud of him.  He got his sucker too.  I didn't realize how long his hair was getting until I did some before/after pictures.  Sorry little boy, we'll take you in sooner next time.


Saturday afternoon were naps and that evening I fixed some dinner (which was already in the crockpot :) and the kids had baths.  Tim and I watched some Olympics then saw the snow falling outside!
Sunday morning, we were both able to make it to church.  Since Tim leaves around 6:30am I had him call me once he got to church and let me know how the roads were.  He said they were okay.  
I ventured out with the kids.  Got stuck once, but someone helped me and I was on my way.
Tim promised Madelyn that if it snowed, he would help her build another snowman.  That's the first thing she asked when she got up and saw it.  
Sunday evening after naps, I took Theo boy to the grocery store with me, and Madelyn and Tim built a snowman with the little bit of snow that hadn't melted yet.
Theo and I had a fun time at the grocery store.  He likes to hold the list and look around at people.  And of course, get a cookie from the bakery (you can see some crumbs on his mouth). Madelyn loved building a snowman.  And of course wanted to watch Daniel Tiger's "Snowflake Day" when she was done. 
All and all, such a good weekend spent together.  Loved it.  Every bit of it.

-Megan

Ebates

2.08.2014

I know, I'm late jumping on this bandwagon, but better late than never!  I just joined Ebates where you can get cash back when doing online shopping. How cool is that?  You go to the Ebates website and click on whatever website you want to buy from.  They take you straight to that companies website.  You buy whatever you're already planning to buy.  But, you get cash back.  Sometimes 4% or more. And they have tons of websites (Groupon, Living Social, Toms, Target, Walmart, Amazon, Kohls....tons more)

I went to the Ulta and Bed Bath and Beyond websites recently through Ebates and already have money back (in my Ebates account) from my purchase.  I was already planning to get these items anyway. I'm loving this!  If you're an online shopper like me, this will save you a bit of cash.

It's free to sign-up!

Here's the link (click the pic) to sign-up...
http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=EqlMSoqIYifz6FYYA0rvVA%3D%3D

There's even an app for it.

That's all for right now.

Enjoy your Saturday!

Getting to Know You MORE Edition

2.07.2014

I'm linking up with A Blonde Ambition once again this week for her "Getting to Know You MORE Edition".  Here we go...
  • What's my middle name:  Rae.  My mom's name is RaeAnn.  
  • If I could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?  I like where I live.  I really do like the rain and the moderate temperatures.  Occasionally when it gets to around May, I would like some warmer temps.  So maybe take a vacation to California or Florida during that time of the year :) Living on the East Coast would be fun too.  Close to DC, NYC, a warm coast.
  • What's my guilty pleasure?  I'm a big fan of television....reality, criminal, drama, comedy, etc.  Reality-American Idol, The Voice, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Amazing Race, SYTYCD, The Biggest Loser, Dancing with the Stars.  Criminal-NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, Hawaii Five-0, 24 (SO excited it's coming back!!), Castle, Hostages.  Drama-Nashville, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Grey's Anatomy, Parenthood.  Oh how I love Parenthood.  That show makes me cry just about every week. Comedy-The Office, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory. Daytime talk-Kelly and Michael (even though I still call it Regis and Kelly), Ellen. I could sit most of the day and watch some of these shows over and over. AND I'm a Starbucks junkie.  I'll leave it at that.
  • What do I like best about my job?  If I wasn't doing this, what career would I pursue?  My main job is being a mom.  I love everything about it.  Could do without some of those teething children days...which is happening right now.  My other job is working as an administrative assistant at an International School.  I like most parts of it except having to be there at 7am in the morning.  And leaving the kids for 2 days. If I wasn't working at the school, as I mentioned here, I'd want to start a music school/studio with Tim.  Teach voice and piano.  
  • Five items I'd grab during a fire (people and pets don't count)  My wedding ring, computer with baby pictures, kids scrapbooks...that's about all I really "need". 
  • Is marathon running something I'd like to pursue or just crazy?  Just crazy.  I love to workout, but running 5+ miles..no thank you.
  •  If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life, what would it be?  Hmm...I love breakfast foods.  Sausage, eggs, hashbrowns, pancakes, bacon, etc.  With a side of coffee.
  • Last person I spoke to.  Heather.
  • Favorite childhood toy.  Probably barbies.  I would cut their hair thinking it would grow back.  Never did.  I liked legos and GI Joe's too.
  • Breakfast cereal of choice.  I'm not a big cereal fan.  I'd rather have a pastry or poptart...or the above mentioned meal. If I had to choose, it would probably be Oh's or Corn Pops.

Crockpot Chicken Cordon Bleu

2.06.2014

Crockpot Recipe #5 is Chicken Cordon Bleu...or as I like to call it....Cheesy Chicken.  It is really good and very filling.  It's good paired with rice. We in our house also like it with something green on the plate.  Well, I like something green on the plate.  The other 3 could do without.

This recipe may look long, but it doesn't take long to prep....

Cheesy Chicken
Ingredients:
4-6 Boneless chicken breasts (I use frozen)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 c. milk
4 slices of ham
4 slices of swiss cheese
1 (8 oz) pkg dry bread stuffing mix
1/4 cup butter, melted


Directions:
Mix together the cream of chicken soup and milk
Once done, pour a small amount in the crockpot to cover the bottom
Layer chicken over the bottom (your crockpot size determines how many pieces of chicken you want to use)
Cover chicken with slices of ham and swiss cheese
Pour remaining soup (crm of chicken and milk combo) over the ham, cheese and chicken
Spread soup out so it gets in all the holes
Sprinkle the stuffing on top (I normally use half of a Stove Top stuffing box)
Pour melted butter on top
Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours


This meal does have a little more prep time, but I think it only took me about 10 minutes to throw it all together.  Again, so good, filling and creamy. 

Crockpot Tidbits:
*When using the crockpot, make sure and keep the lid on the whole time.  When you open it to stir, it makes the cooking time longer.
*I tend to leave my chicken in the crockpot for the longest time.  So I would leave this in 6 hours.  I'd rather it be overcooked than undercooked.

Bon Appetit!

-Megan

Madelyn-Ephesians 6:2

2.04.2014

One of my favorite verses :)...

Ephesians 6:2


-Megan

Happy 31st

2.02.2014

Happy 31st Birthday to this man.





We went out last weekend to see a movie and eat LOTS of popcorn!
(thanks Tee for watching the babies)

Love him to pieces.


Oh yeah...and GO SEAHAWKS!  I'm not a huge football fan, but it's hard not to be excited about our Washington team in the Superbowl today!!