Saturday, January 23, 2010


A few people have asked me to start putting my recipes up so they can try making them! :o))) I always let my son cook with me, my daughter isn't quite old enough to help, but she sits in her high chair with a snack & watches, while Kyler & I were making the topping to our Dutch Apple Pie she started copying with her banana (see picture above)...that was a fun mess! Kyler loves cooking & I love teaching him, he has also been learning about safety in the kitchen...that's been exciting! *insert excited face here* My hope is that one day when I'm old & can't cook, he will be a fantastic one & would LOVE to cook for his Mommy (& Daddy), & I'm sure it's an ability that a future wife will appreciate as well! :o))) Before you start cooking, always read your ENTIRE recipe first so you understand what your doing before you even start & keep your kitchen clean as you go, it saves you from having loads of dishes after your done cooking or baking. ;o)))

Vegetable Quiche
9 inch frozen pie crust (usually come 2 in a package - I have another recipe for you, for the second one :o)))
5 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 onion
1 yellow pepper
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 cup spinach
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
butter (I personally use Smart Balance)
(You can easily add turkey, ham, bacon or any meat of your choice)

Preheat oven to 400°F. In non-stick skillet sauté sliced onion in about 1 tbsp. of butter. While your onions are sautéing, in medium size bowl beat eggs, add in milk, sliced peppers, 1 cup of cheese, salt & pepper to taste (don't put too much, you can always add more before you eat), you can also add a meat of your choice. Add in sautéd onions when they are done cooking. Pour mixture into pie crust. Bake for 40 minutes or until firm & egg is cooked thoroughly. Top with 1 cup of left over cheese & let melt. Cut & serve.

Dutch Apple Pie

9 inch pie crust
6 medium apples (I use Fuji, if your going to use ones that are sour like Granny Smith I wouldn't use lemon juice)
4 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup flour
2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter (or 1/2 cup)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place peeled & sliced apples & lemon juice in a bowl, mix well. In another bowl mix brown sugar, sugar, flour, cinnamon, & salt. Melt butter & slowly pour it into mixture, using your fingers to mix. You do not want your mixture to be like cookie dough, it needs to be crumbly. You can always add a little more flour if it is too stitcky. Add 1/3 of mixture to the apples & mix to coat. Place apple mixture into pie crust. Evenly sprinkle the rest of the struesel crumbs on top of apples, fill in any empty spaces between apples with topping. Put foil around crust, bake at 375°F for 40 minutes, remove foil & bake for additional 20 minutes. Let cook, cut & serve!

I hope it turns out fantastic...ENJOY!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My Precious Boy

Whew...what a day...more like last few months! But we're making son, Kyler (2 1/2 years old) was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea in November 2009. We were referred out to Rady's Children's Pediatric Specialist to see an Otolaryngologist so Kyler could have surgery to have his enlarged tonsils & adenoids removed. Not too huge of a deal but my goodness has this been a long few months! He ended up having a night terror & got petechiae all over his face & neck, so I called his Pediatrician & he decided to draw blood since he would be having surgery just to be sure that everything was okay. He blood came back with a low platelet count & he told me he had Von Willebrand Disease & needed further testing, so then we were sent to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, he ended up having more blood drawn, an x-ray & a CT scan. His x-ray came back fine, his rib cages is kinda funny looking so she wanted to be sure nothing was going on. His blood work came back good, his Albumin, total protein & Phosphorus levels came back high, but she wasn't too worried about that. She was however very concerned about the enlarged lymph nodes on the right side of his neck that he had, had for over a year, it is a sign of Lymphoma & she wanted to be sure he didn't have cancer. They scanned his neck, thorax, abdomen & pelvis...we finally got the call today about his bleeding test & his CT scan. The CT scan came back clear, NO LYMPHOMA...I cannot even explain to you how I felt when she told me my son didn't have cancer, I could breath again. His blood tests did show that he doesn't have Von Willebrand Diesease??!? But he did test positive for Lupus Anticoagulant (LA). I do not know all the details about what exactly this means but I have done some research & when I talked to her she said she thinks that Kyler does have Lupus (it runs in my family, my mother has it, but her's has been in remission for about 20 years). He will need to be tested again in April to see if he is still testing positive for LA & she requested that he see a Rheumatologist as soon as possible. He has an appointment with his Pediatrician this Friday, we have to get a referral to the Rheumatologist & an Optometrist because of how clumsy he has been lately, she said a lot of parents just assume a child is clumsy but it concerned Paul & I because of how easily he bruises, so she said it would be best just to get his eyes checked just to be sure none of this has affected his vision. I'm not sure what will happen now, she said to keep an eye out for any symptoms of a blood clot because he can get them in his legs & lungs, so I've been doing my research so I know what symptoms to look for. It's very odd for a child under 5 to be diagnosed with Lupus but she said given his medical history & our families the likelihood that he has Lupus is high. I'm holding it all together, trying not to freak out. I'm so glad that it isn't cancer & I knew that if the CT scan came back clear the next step was for him to be checked for any auto immune diseases, which is what Lupus is. So I was preparing myself for this, not that it's any easier to deal with or any less emotionally draining. These last few months have been hard for our family, but we are extremely blessed to have such supportive family & friends that have faithfully been praying for Kyler. I know I'd be a mess if Paul wasn't here, he has been incredible these last few months, so I'm definitely counting my blessings, because I know it could be worse. We are still staying positive & we know without a doubt that God has a wonderful purpose for Kyler to fulfill in his life. I waited far too long trying to get pregnant on fertility meds due to my PCOS to be negative now! He was cleared for surgery & we're hoping that he can get his tonsils & adenoids removed here in the next few weeks so he can finally sleep all night & won't stop breathing throughout night any longer. He generally wakes up every 2-3 hours, so it will be very nice for myself & my husband to have a good nights rest as well. Your thoughts & prayers are greatly appreciated & I will do my best to keep everyone updated on my precious handsome little man!

Before & After

Myself, my nephew Ryan & sister Rachelle in November 2004.
My husband & I in Newport Beach in September 2005.
Sometime in 2005.
The week before Paul deployed to Iraq February 2006 compared to December 2009.
December 2009
January 2010
So there are some before & after pictures of all my hard work! I've always struggled with my weight & in 2004 after I was diagnosed with PCOS I started taking fertility meds to try & get pregnant...the only thing I had to show for it was weight gain & being completely miserable. I was at a point where I had gained so much that I didn't care anymore so I didn't eat the way I should have nor did I exercise. I ended up ballooning into 220 lbs by the end of 2004 & pretty much stayed that way until my husband left for his first deployment in February 2006, we still weren't pregnant & I was a wreck! I was determined to lose weight while he was gone because I knew that it would help with my PCOS & I would have better chances getting pregnant if I did. I lost 45 lbs & got back down the the weight I was married at, 175 lbs. I ended up getting pregnant completely naturally the week he got home, literally! I gained 60 lbs during my first pregnancy because it was the first time in my life I didn't feel like I had to watch what I ate...boy was I wrong! After I had Kyler, I worked out & watched what I ate, I had lost 40 lbs by the time Kyler was 8 months old & then found out I was expecting again. I didn't know what to think because I wasn't ready, I was on b/c & still got I knew that God had a plan but I was very confused. It was March 2008 & we were all preparing for our 2nd deployment, my husband was set to leave in July. I went home & cried, not that I didn't want to have another baby but I was so shocked & didn't know what I would do trying to raise a baby on my own & eventually two! Welp...we made it through this last deployment & my husband finally returned home when our daughter was 3 months old & Kyler was 20 months old. We are so much stronger for making it through this last deployment, it's unreal! You'd think being apart for 7 months you'd grow so much alone that it would be really hard to stay close...but for some reason it isn't like that for us, I know it's God! I was determined to not gain as much weight with Alannah like I did with Kyler, & I only gained 35 lbs! So I was 220 lbs when I went in for my c-section, I got a personal trainer after I had her, having 2 c-sections take a serious toll on your stomach muscles! I got down to 185 lbs when my husband had got home February 28, 2009, I thought for sure that I wasn't going to be able to lose weight once he got home, because you get comfortable. I still watched what I ate & worked out more than I ever have before & I wanted to keep on pushing myself passed my "limits" & I did it! My goal was to be 155 lbs by December 31, 2009, which I haven't been since I was a Freshman in High School! I met my goal on December 17, 2009 & couldn't have been more excited or proud of myself for not giving up & even though I gained a few pounds here & there to just keep pushing & start over again tomorrow. I couldn't be more thrilled that I can now say I'M HEALTHY, I'M HAPPY & for the first time in a very long time I FEEL GORGEOUS!!! I hope that I can be an inspiration to others...I won't promise you that it is easy...because it isn't at all, but it's totally worth it. I've had 2 children & feel & look better than I ever have before. I refuse to let PCOS rule my body & I will not ever let myself be defined by PCOS, nor will I use it as a crutch any longer! I have conquered PCOS & my weight loss goals! I know that I do have to watch what I eat for the rest of my life or I will "get fat" again. I don't say "get fat" derogatorily at all but I've been there & I know that's how people saw me for the most part of my life, a "fat girl". I've learned as much as I can about PCOS & have learned how to care properly for myself. Does it suck, sure. But how much better of a life I have now, because I didn't let it run me & I didn't complain about it all the time & I took control of MY LIFE! I now believe anyone really can lose weight if they want it bad enough & are determined to NEVER GIVE UP! My motto this whole last year was "Just keep swimming...just keep swimming, swimming, swimming..." from Finding Nemo & it will be my motto for the rest of my life in every area of my life! My new goals for 2010 are to run a 10k with my husband before he deploys this year & to completely transform my body. I want to be fit & toned...Jillian Michaels here I come! I know I can & will do this!!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Crazy Daisies

My newest endeavor...I found this pattern & had to make them! I shall call them Crazy Daizies! I will be listing them soon on my Etsy, they are available & are 0-6 months, if you like them please feel free to contact me ( Now off to give the hubby his haircut, work out & get some rest before my jog in the morning...well as long as weather's been really wet, beautiful but definitely wet!

Hawk Rawker!

I had a special request for a Hawk Rawker Skully. I've never made a "girly" one...but I was very honored to make it for a woman currently going through Chemotherapy & expanding her hat collection! I'm very happy with the way it turned out & hope she loves it as much as I do!