Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Savory Cheeseball

I have been asked to bring this cheeseball to almost every event that I can think of: baby showers, Christmas parties, Thanksgiving dinner, youth events, Super Bowl parties. You name it. At church I've kinda become known for it. So I decided to share it with y'all! (It's dangerously easy...)

Megan's {Famous} Savory Cheeseball

2 packages of cream cheese
2 cups Colby-jack shredded cheese
1/2 medium onion finely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I've used almonds, pecans, and peanuts before... but pecans are my fav.)

It's really quite simple. Set aside the nuts in a small bowl. Place the rest of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix well. (I use my kitchen aid mixer with the dough paddle.) Scoop out the cheesy goodness with your hands (trust me here), and form into a ball. Next just firmly roll the ball in the chopped nuts, and press them in with your hands. Set it on a flat surface to create a slightly flat side (You don't want it to roll away!), and put in the fridge for at least a couple hours. Serve and enjoy!

I've found that this is really good with pretzels or crackers.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pinterest Project: Chocolate Mug Cake

Recently I've been a little obsessed with this new AMAZING thing I discovered on Pinterest....

*drum roll please*
Chocolate Mug Cake

Yes people, that's right. You mix all the ingredients up in a coffee mug, pop it in the microwave, and TADA! Almost instant, yummy chocolate cake.

I got the recipe from this pin. But here are the ingredients with the instructions in my words and with my comments.

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons whisked egg (Trust me, 1 whole egg is too much)
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter (I use oil)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons chocolate chips

Mix all dry ingredients in mug. Make sure they are mixed well, otherwise you'll end up with lumpy cake. Still yummy, but well, lumpy. Add in wet ingredients. Mix well again. Throw a few chocolate chips on top. Microwave for one minute and thirty seconds. Add time in 10 second increments if needed. Enjoy cake.

***If you want a pretty version. Follow the directions above, but before you microwave, dump batter into another Pam sprayed mug, and microwave it in that mug. That way you can dump the cake out onto a plate. The chocolate chips all sink to the bottom during "baking" and it's like they are frosting on top! Either way it's still yummy cake.

Linking up here with the Dogs Days {of Winter} are Over.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Coffee Date & Girl Behind the Blog

Happy Friday y'all! Today I am linking up a horrible video of myself with Rags to Stitches' Coffee Date and 5ohWifey's Girl Behind the Blog.

Please be patient, this is only my third vlog and it still makes me super nervous!

Okay, seriously, why does my nose look so big, and my voice sound so high? Oh well, hope y'all enjoyed my silliness! To see other's vlogs with today's prompts, go visit these blogs!

YES! mama: Crayons

So Jonah may be a little young for crayons, but this mama just couldn't wait. I want pretty art on my walls! I loved coloring and drawing when I was little, so I figure Jonah Bear will too! {I'm hoping...}
So one afternoon we ran to Hobby Lobby really quick, and I used my mobile phone coupon (40% off) to grab a pack of non-toxic triangle Crayola crayons. (non-toxic is key here...)

When we got home I proceeded to tape a piece of paper to the floor (he likes to crumple paper), and laid out the crayons. His first reaction was to eat the crayon, and then throw it, but once I started "coloring" he kinda figured it out. He'd still rather play with the crayons, but he knows mama says "yay!" and claps when he puts the crayon to paper and tries to scribble. Then he promptly drops the crayon and claps with me...
Trying to figure out what these things are!

Trying to find out how many he can hold in one hand.
He's doing this with everything right now!

Actually coloring on the paper! Yay!
Look at that concentration! Wrinkled forehead like Daddy and everything!

It was fun, and it entertained him for a few minutes, but I think we will wait a few more months before we try to color again...

Monday, January 21, 2013

T-Shirt Baby Bibs

My son HATES bibs. He pretty much despises them, however, he also loves spaghetti just like his daddy.
Spaghetti baby in a bib he hates.
So I went on a mission to find a bib he wouldn't hate. Turns out it's pretty much just the plastic he hates (after buying quite a few different types of bibs I find this out... oye), so I whipped out a lovely T-shirt material bib that his Great-Aunt Kim bought for him in Alaska. Turns out he didn't even care it was on.

Christmas comes and my mum buys me this awesome book:
Seriously, so awesome.
Anyway, I flipped through it and knew I was going to be doing some sewing before Levi arrived.

Obviously with Jonah's bib issues the first project I needed to tackle was the "all-by-myself bib." Now keep in mind that the last time I sewed was BEFORE Jonah was born. So it's kinda been a little while...
The completed bib... It's rough, I know.
 I actually used one of Justin's old Disney T-shirts for this bib! I think it turned out pretty cute.
Me trying to sew the binding on... evil binding.
The best part? I think the Jonah Bear approves!
Please note the cute two top teeth... They make me melt.
Next project from the awesome book? A baby sleep-sack for Levi!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Steal My Show...

I felt the need recently to make something very clear. This blog may be call "i me megan" but it is not all about me. Actually, I want it to be all about Him. As in Jesus.

I was on my way to the grocery store the other night when I heard this song come across the sound waves:
Please, just take a minute to listen.

I want need God to "steal my show," or I guess, steal my blog. My favorite line is:

"If you got something to say, go on and take it away."

So, Lord, please, go on... tell me what to say. I'll write it.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Organizing with Tubs

Both my hubby and I love to be organized  Now granted, we both have our areas where we are not so organized (for me it's the junk drawer, for him it's his bedside table), but overall we love having everything in it's place, labeled, and looking good.

For our family, that means tubs. You know, those plastic bins you can buy at Target or Lowes? Well, we love 'em. So much so that when we saw a few of these little beauties on sale at Target for $1.02 each, we just couldn't say no.

This leads me to our recent organizing project... It's kind of random, but we had little odds and ends all over our house. There were batteries in the junk drawer, one of my hubby's dresser drawers, and a few downstairs as well. Then there were the million places we were storing light bulbs, sprinkles for cookies, and Jonah's small toys lying around the floor getting stepped on.

So I whipped out my handy label maker, and my new Cricut and got to labeling a few of those lovely Target tubs. Here's what we did with them:

Jonah's toy tub would be upstairs in the main living room so I wanted it to look a little prettier than my plan old label maker could do. Thus the Cricut comes into play. I grabbed some vinyl and make a couple cute labels for his smaller toys.
In the process of labeling.
The finished product. It's nice to not step on toys all the time!
 Here is what the other tubs look like:
In a bookshelf downstairs.
In the storage room downstairs.
Really, a rather simple and cheap way to organize a few things around the house.

Linking up here with the Dog Days (of winter) are Over!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Trusting in Him...

I am writing this post to declare something important.

I am TRUSTING in the LORD! 

And actually, it's for a few specific things:

1. I am trusting Him that I WILL NOT deal with postpartum depression like I did with Jonah. This pregnancy will be different because my God is awesome.

2. I am trusting in Him that I WILL NOT have any issues breastfeeding Levi. I believe that the Lord will fix all the issues that I had last time (basically making skim milk, and it making my baby sick).

3. Last, I am trusting Him that Levi will not have any problems with reflux/choking. Poor Jonah couldn't be laid down for a week.

I serve a BIG God, and I know He can do BIG things.

Will you please, please, please join me in prayer and in trust on these issues?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Comparing Pregnancy Cravings

This is my second pregnancy. And honestly, my last one is still very fresh in my mind (the boys will be 15 months apart), so I have been doing a lot of comparing and contrasting in my crazy preggo mind.

Recently we had a 4D ultrasound done of Levi, and I was a tad obsessed with comparing it to Jonah's 4D ultrasound. I even wrote a post about it here, and asked y'all to compare them with me!

Well, now I've moved on to comparing my cravings. I find it interesting how similar and yet different these pregnancies are. I denied that I was pregnant for about a month before I took a test because I thought all pregnancies are different, so there was no way that the same things that made me sick last time would make me sick this go around (i.e. eggs and hot dogs). Alas, they do indeed make me queasy. However, the things that are different are what I actually want to eat.

Last pregnancy I had freakishly strong cravings... it was like I physically needed those foods. Mostly it was red meat and anything lemony. I also wouldn't say no to large amounts of garlic ANYTHING towards the end.

This pregnancy I still have cravings, but they are much more mild. I still really want them, but I don't dream about them, and tell my husband I might die without them (yes, I went there...). This time I crave salad, root beer, and pretty much anything with cinnamon on it. If my meals consisted of various salads, churros, cinnamon rolls, and gallons of root beer, I would be a very happy pregnant woman. But I'm doing my best to get a more, um, varied source for my nutritional needs. I figure it will be better for Levi that way.

That doesn't mean though, that I don't cave once in a while and beg my wonderful, supportive hubby to go on a 7pm churro and root beer run for me...
Yum, churros....

Monday, January 7, 2013

Fun Things with Little Man

I recently read a blog post about a mom who wanted to say "yes" to her children more. "Yes," to random outings, "yes," to silly toys, "yes," to special events, etc.

I never really thought about it until I read the post, but I'm totally a "no" mom, even though Jo can't ask me questions yet. We have a schedule, and I'm kinda stuck to it. Then it dawned on me. I can make a weekly attempt to be a "yes" mom. My goal is to do one or two things a week that are just for Jonah. Nothing to do with our schedule, something just plain silly that I know he will enjoy. It may be a little extra work for me, but I want those special memories with him.
Our first "yes" outing was a trip to the McDonald's play place. He doesn't really eat Micky D's yet (except for the occasional fry or nugget bit), but he loves to pound, scream, and spin random toys. So mama bought a hot fudge sundae (yay for the dollar menu!) so she didn't feel guilty about using the play place, and then set the Jonah Bear free. He LOVED it! We were the only ones there (I may have planned it that way... didn't want him to be squished by older kiddos), and he had full reign of the place.
Jonah spinning toys, and mama's sundae

We played there for about 20 or 30 minutes, then nap time started to draw near, so I figured it was time to head home. Plus, he was super sleepy. So we grabbed a little hand sanitizer and came home. The boy slept HARD for that nap.

Next on the list: An adventure with crayons...

Friday, January 4, 2013

Coffee Date Friday

I'm joining up with Rags to Stitches today for her weekly Coffee Date.
Click the picture to see more Dates!
Okay, I'm just gonna be plain honest here... I'm not doing a vlog today because I have no makeup on, I'm still in my P.J.s, and well, fixing those things feels like a lot of work.

Since I'm on the honesty vibe, lets keep going with it. If we were having coffee today, we'd probably be sitting on my couch listening to my one year old whimpering and singing from his crib because he doesn't feel like taking a morning nap today.

I'd probably talk to you about how Levi will be here in a few short months, and I keep flip-flopping about being OK with that, and freaking out a little. I know deep in my heart, that everything will be okay; but once in a while a little worry and panic rise up and I beat them back off with a bit of Bible reading.

I'd tell you how our Christmas in Michigan was, and how blessed with family we are. Jonah was so spoiled (And honestly, so were Justin and I)!

I'd also tell you about how I joined the Influence Network; and that it seems exciting and kinda overwhelming at the same time.

And at this point in our conversation we'd realize that Jonah finally calmed down and went to sleep.
 I would apologize for "gushing" all over you, and sit quietly and listen to you "gush" because that what friends do.

So tell me friend, do you need a refill on that coffee, and (most importantly) what is on your heart this Friday?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Levi in 4D

We had a 4D ultrasound done for Levi today. Here are a couple of the pictures.

We've been having fun comparing Jonah's 4D ultrasound pictures to Levi's.
Tell me, do you think they will look alike?