Kimberly Peil

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Ella is 18 months!

In Babies and Such, Recipes, Uncategorized on August 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

It’s Monday!  But no Menu Monday for me.  We are having leftover pizza tonight, with this amazing Greek Salad that I whipped together.  OK, fine.  There is one recipe for ya!

If you haven’t discovered Pioneer Woman, you should.  I wouldn’t call her food healthy, but oh-my- goodness good!  If I made her stuff every week,  I would gain 50 pounds.

Anyways, Ella is 18 months old!  Seriously, how did that happen?!  There is absolutely no baby left in this girl… she is all toddler.  I couldn’t even begin to list all of the words she can say now.  She has a new one every day.

My absolute favorite thing is her new-found ability to sing.  If she wants to listen to a certain song, she will come up and hum part of it, or sing a little blurp of the lyrics (this is, of course, in her toddler-ese).  Her favorites are Barbara Ann by The Beach Boys and She Loves You by the Beatles.  She will come up and sing, “Ba Ba Ba ANN!” for Barbara Ann, or “Yeah, yeah, yeah” for She Loves You.  Holy cuteness!

She is still her feisty self, of course.  She has learned to re-enact various falls or injuries.  If I am making dinner, or doing something else where she isn’t getting enough attention, she will quickly re-enact one of these events to get some much needed hugs and kisses.

She loves amals (animals), playing atside (outside), going to the pawk (park), and fwing (swinging).  She also grown very attached to her baby doll, ever since finding out that there was another baby growing inside of mommy.  She spends a couple hours a day rocking it, changing its diaper and feeding it.

Oh yes, we found some animals!

She LOVES big doggies.

Did somebody say fwing at the pawk?!

And here she is, taking care of her BeeBee!

I am so blessed to have this little girl in my life!  Happy 1 1/2 years sweet Ella!


Menu Monday

In Health, Recipes on August 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Well, so much for the vegetarian/pescetarian menu this week.  I am 12 weeks along in my pregnancy, and keep losing weight.  I’m down 4 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight.  And that is not from being sick.  I have had a fairly easy first trimester this time around.  I’m just not eating enough.  So I told Hunter that some of the meat has to stay for now.  Plus, I am craving comfort food, so that is what I will be making… even if it is 85 degrees outside.   So here is what is on the menu this week!

Monday:  Spaghetti with Spinach Salad

Sorry, no recipe link for this one.  I just have a tried and true, memorized recipe that I use.  I ALWAYS use Iserno’s Nitrate-Free Chicken Sausage, and would NEVER use white noodles, but that was the best pic I could find.

Tuesday: Two Bean Soup with Kale and Crusty Bread

I’m totally cheating this week… this was on last week’s menu, but I wasn’t feeling so hot Friday night.  So I am going to try again and make it this week.

Wednesday: Italian Meatloaf , Red Potatoes, and Asparagus

This is my absolute favorite meatloaf recipe.  Hunter doesn’t like meatloaf, but loves this one.  Yum!

Thursday: Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers and more grilled Asparagus.

This recipe is pretty close to the one I use… the main difference is that I add Worcestershire sauce to the mix.

Friday: Chicken Kabobs and Brown Rice

This recipe looks pretty simple, and that’s how it should be when it comes to kabobs.  I usually use zucchini, mushrooms, onions and bell pepper on mine.


Menu Monday

In Health, Recipes on August 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Every Monday, I spend at least an hour planning meals for the week.  So instead of sharing my usual, personal stories, I thought I would share with you what is on the menu this week!

We aren’t vegetarians…yet.  Although, we are honestly moving in that direction.  Hunter has been reading a compelling book titled, “The China Study.”  I plan on reading it too, but since I am limited on time at the moment, I just have him give me a daily run-down.  The only thing I am having a hard time buying into is that we shouldn’t eat fish.  So maybe I am leaning more towards becoming a pescetarian.

Either way, Hunter and I are super-passionate about healthy eating.  It has nothing to do with dieting or losing weight.  It has everything to do with being healthy and preventing cancer and other diseases.  And the other great thing about meatless dishes is that they are usually very inexpensive and economical.  Fish can be spendy sometimes, but I usually wait until it is on sale, stock up and then freeze it.  So with that said, here is this week’s menu.

Monday:  Buddha’s Delight with Tofu, Broccoli, and Water Chestnuts

Tuesday: Grilled Salmon, Asparagus, and Red Potato Salad.

Wednesday: Cannellini Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Brussel Sprouts and Brown Rice.

Thursday: Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema and Black Beans

Friday: Two Bean Soup with Kale, and Crusty Whole Wheat Bread with Tomatoes and Parmesan.

Yum!  Hope some of these inspire you to eat healthy this week!

Baby #2

In Babies and Such on August 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

That’s right, Baby #2!  We are cranking them out, because… well… we waited forever (4 1/2 years) to start having children, and now I am getting old.  Yes, I realize some of you don’t think I am old, but I feel old.  And I don’t want to be chasing toddlers around in my mid to late thirties.  Just personal preference.

Hunter and I are just a little OCD, and we did our best to apply it to our family planning.  My birthday is February 20th.  Hunter’s is February 22nd.  Ella’s is February 28th.  And the new baby is due March 6th.  Well, we didn’t quite land that one in February, but there is always a chance!  Our children are going to hate us for it, I am sure.

The second time around is so different.  I remember calling the midwife about every little thing when I was pregnant with Ella.  Should I feel this sick?  Can I eat this?  Can I drink this?  Should I have gained 12 pounds in the past 2 weeks?  I haven’t called my midwife once this time around.  I feel so much more at ease.  And quite honestly, I am so busy with Ella, Hunter, and work that I don’t have time to stress out or focus on feeling sick all the time.

It is a crazy time for us, but I am incredibly excited to add another baby to this family!  I know some people might judge us (and already have), and wonder why we are having more children when we aren’t in the best situation.  The truth is that we won’t be out of this “situation” for a good 5-6 more years.  We have a solid plan to get out of it, but I am not waiting until I am 34 to have another child.  Pieces don’t always fall in place perfectly for everyone.  So while we may be struggling in certain areas, I feel overwhelmingly blessed to get the opportunity to be a mommy to two children.

And I feel like God’s blessing is on our decision too.  In the past few weeks we have seen so many doors open up in regards to our finances.  We are making money and paying off debts quickly, when things seemed to be at such a stand-still for quite a while.  Not that I have to explain myself to anybody, but when the majority of people ask me, “was this baby planned,”  I know that they are passing judgement.  Yes they were planned and I am thrilled beyond measure.

Baby #2, I can’t wait to meet you!