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Still here…Still Coughing…

November 12th, 2014

I feel like a broken record.

People always ask, “How are you feeling?”

They’re talking about the pregnancy which is going very well actually (not much discomfort or intense heartburn this time around!) but my answer is always the same.

“The pregnancy is great, but I feel pretty miserable from this blasted cough!”

Or I report to them how many weeks it’s been…12!

I’m not really sure what is going on with this thing.

I’m eating my veggies, taking prenatal vitamins, juicing again, drinking lots of water, resting as much as I can and I just cannot shake this thing.

Plus, we all seem to be juggling colds back and forth on top of everything else.  Poor Andy got hit with one this week and even had to miss work :(

Turns out Avery wasn’t sleeping because she has an ear infection that was probably bothering her when she laid down.  Poor thing!  So, we started her on amoxicillin and she started getting hives.

Womp. Womp. Womp.

We’re working with the pediatrician to get all of that sorted out.

All you hippies out there don’t need to worry though, she takes probiotics on the daily, so I’m not ruining her with this round of treatment!

So that’s where we are.

Not exactly sick enough to be bedridden, but certainly enough to be irritable and frustrated.

Everyone IS sleeping better these days which has helped a ton.  Last night Andy bought me a pack of Breathe Right strips to help with my CRAZY snoring and, as skeptical as I was, THOSE THINGS WORK.

I’ve been waking up every morning with a raw throat from snoring so much due to the congestion and cough, but this morning was much better!  I fell asleep happily breathing through my nose and woke up feeling less sore in the throat and more fully rested.

Thank you Jesus!

Not too much more is going on over here.  We are slowly preparing for baby brother’s arrival which has been fun.  The girls’ rooms are upstairs now and I’m slowly transitioning the nursery over to a boy room from a girl room.  I’m so glad we originally painted it light blue for the girls because I loved how unique that was for them and it works perfectly for this little man!

My friend Karen handed down some bedding, valances, and wall hangings that were a huge blessing and I’ve been pulling the rest from around the house and even some boxes in the attic that held things from my own childhood!

When we’ve made a little more progress, I’ll be sure to snap pics and post them here along with the girls new rooms.

I also have a delicious pumpkin cookie recipe that I’m hoping to make today and post tomorrow.  My friend Kari has made them a couple times and I cannot get enough of their soft cakey texture and dreamy creamy frosting!

As I’m finishing up this post, I’m thinking of some “favorites” I’ve been loving lately, so I’ll work on one of those posts too!

Hope all is well with you, dear readers :)


Hearty White Bean Turkey Chili

November 7th, 2014

Amidst all the coughing and sleeplessness over here, there’s still good food!

I think good food is my go-to coping mechanism.

All hell might be breaking loose, but by golly there is going to be dinner on the table!

I was recently talking to my dear friend Marie about how I put way too much stock in dinner time.

The day could have been awful, but if dinner is delicious and we have a great time at the table, the whole day becomes a win in my book.

On the flip side, if the day is wonderful, but dinner is a bust because people don’t like what I made or there’s lots of whining and fussing, I scrap the whole day.

Yeah, I’m a little crazy like that.

I think this whole approach stems from my childhood.  My mom is an incredible cook and no matter how poor we ever were or how tumultuous things were at home, good food was a guarantee.

I loved the aroma of a delicious dinner filling the house.  Being greeted by steaming blueberry muffins on a random Friday morning.  Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies on the weekend.  Sitting around the table eating family favorite recipes was a sweet spot growing up and I could count on it even when relationship dynamics were less than ideal.

John Eldredge wrote an incredible book called Desire and in it he says,

“When we don’t look for God as our true life, our desire for him spills over into our other desires, giving them an urgency they were never intended to bear.  We become desperate, grasping and arranging and worrying over all kinds of things, and once we get them, they end up ruling us.

Prone to wander from him, we find we need all sorts of other things.  Our desire becomes insatiable because we’ve taken our longing for the Infinite and placed it upon finite things.

God saves us from the whole mimetic mess by turning our hearts back to Him.”

When I read that passage it resonated with me.  I totally take my longing for Him and place it upon a myriad of finite things (including dinner!).

The Good News is that He rescued us from this trap when He sent Jesus to die for us.  That blood covers all of our wandering and God is working tirelessly to turn our hearts back to Him.

Can I get an amen?!

So dinner…

That dear friend Marie that I happened to be discussing my insane dinner expectations with, is the one who passed this recipe along to me.

She made it for a get together about 10 years ago and it was love at first bite!

This chili is simple and quick but has such a rich taste that you’d think it simmered all day.

Cumin, coriander, garlic, oregano, and cayenne pepper come together to form the most delightfully flavorful broth.

Hearty white bean chili closeup

Ground turkey, green chilis, white corn, and great northern beans are hearty and give such a fun variety of texture!

Whip this up with a loaf of my Ridiculously Easy “Panera Style” Bread, and you’ve got a winning fall dinner that’s good enough for company!

Admittedly this recipe was tricky to photograph in a way that makes it look as appetizing as it is.  Not to mention, the portion I ladled out for the picture had too much broth, making it hard to see all of the delicious ingredients.

So go ahead and make it and taste the goodness for yourself!

hearty white bean turkey chili

Hearty White Bean Turkey Chili
Recipe type: Main Dish
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 4oz can diced green chilis
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 15oz can white corn, drained (or equivalent amount fresh/frozen)
  • 2 15oz cans great northern beans (don't drain)
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less to taste)
Instructions
  1. In a large stockpot, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add diced onions and cook until tender, approx 5 minutes.
  3. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink, breaking it up as it cooks.
  4. Add chicken broth, corn, and great northern beans, stir to combine.
  5. Add all spices and stir to fully combine.
  6. Bring pot to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium low and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

 


Sleepocalypse and The Plague

November 6th, 2014

Lest anyone think that things are all puppy whiskers and Frozen princesses over here, I thought I’d get really raw today.

Maybe I think “raw” sounds less negative than “whiney”.

Yes, it most certainly does.

Let’s call my straight-up-whining being “raw” instead and it’ll have an authentic vibe.

I’m not even sure where to begin…

August?

Yeah, August:  the last time I knew life without this disastrous cough.

AUGUST, PEOPLE!

I’m on week 10 (ten!) of this blasted cough and I think I might go out of my mind.

It’s taken several forms over the past few MONTHS.

Subtle.  Phlegmy.  Dry.  Deep.  Shallow.  Productive.  Dry-heave inducing.

Unbearable.

So yeah.

I’ve been on a round of antibiotics.  I have an inhaler.  I have been eating healthy.  Drinking lots of water.  Making batch upon batch of green juice chock full of spinach and kale.

The cough persists.

I’m SO.OVER.IT.

I’m tired of it interrupting me when I talk.  Stopping me from making plans.  Making me pee myself.

Yes, TMI.

But I don’t have enough underwear to keep up with this damn cough.

For real.

On top of the cough that never ends (which is also accompanied by congestion, wheezing and a runny nose) Avery has decided that she’s going to sleep like a baby these days.

And I don’t mean that like it’s usually said because anyone who has had a baby knows that babies wake up every few hours crying!

That’s Avery’s new M.O.

Go to bed easy around 7:30 or 8:00, then wake up a few hours later crying incessantly.

We get her up, give her water, cuddle her, sing to her, pray for her and put her back down.

Only to have her wake up AGAIN several hours later and straight up demand that we do something.

She’ll start out crying, then move into calling us by name until we retrieve her.

“Mamaaaaaa”

“Daddyyyyyyy”

The thing of it all is that I don’t think anything is wrong with her!  She’s not thirsty or hungry or teething or sick that I can tell.

She just wants to sleep with one of us.

In our bed.

Where she can flail about and smack us in the face and wiggle like it’s her j.o.b.

Then, when she’s had a little cat nap, she wants to wake us up an hour earlier than usual so that we can get her “juice!” and “bre-fast!”

Don’t forget to “change diaper!”

I know parenting is demanding.  I know it’s a regular sacrifice of my own needs for those of my children.

get that.

I even enjoy it much of the time.

But lately, it makes me want to admit myself to the psych ward.

Just to get a good night sleep!

But I wouldn’t.

Because of the cough.  Or the wetting myself due to the cough.

Pray for me, will you?

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