Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Eve: What's In Your Kitchen

My beloved doctor is out of town for the next 24 hours and I'm not exactly in the market for having to use an on-call doctor during a holiday, my mind can't get past the imagery of a tipsy OB/Gyn helping me deliver, my husbands hopes for a tax deduction baby are going on the back burner while I put myself on house arrest until the doctor gets back. We are going to take it easy and spend Rockin' New Years Eve at home with the fur babies and any friends that choose to stop by. Tonights holiday menu is full of some yummy junk food so we can get our fill before all the dieting begins.


Jelly Meatballs


* 2 lbs lean ground beef
* 2 large eggs
* 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumb (I use Ritz crackers)
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 32oz Grape Jelly
  • 3-4 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 dash nutmeg
*Note* For extra lazy meatballs use frozen meat balls, Heinz Chili sauce, and grape jelly however, I promise its not as good.

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
2. First, make the meatballs: combine all meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix well; shape into 1-inch balls.
3. Brown them in a nonstick frying pan until browned all over; drain on paper towel then place in a large ungreased casserole dish.
8. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
4. To make sauce, combine all ingredients in crockpot on low heat and stir until smooth
7. Add meatballs to sauce
9. If you want a lot, this recipe doubles well.

Enjoy some visual imagery!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

37 Weeks

Its official, the baby will be here and not a moment too soon. These days Mommy finds herself loving naps, preparing meals in advance for the freezer, cleaning franticly, scolding kitties for getting furry paws near baby merchandise, and wishing for a new back. My once rhinestone adorned belly button is a mere memory that has been replaced with purple trails of motherhood, former "cheerleader legs" are cultivating cottage cheese, and swelling is what happens when I look at a can of Campbell's soup. The sleepless nights that my snoring produces are starting to catch up to my more than accommodating husband's nerves and despite my aches, pains, and complaining, I am thankful for each and everyone that brings us a step closer to meeting the blessing that God knitted in my womb.

This week marks number 37 in "operation countdown to Baby Choisser". According to the folks over at this baby could come out today and be a-ok. Here is what they have to say:
"Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away."
The words "full term" and "three weeks" are music to the pressure ridden ears on my swollen sinus shrunken head. Celebrate with me, my husband is about to get his beloved wife back and the best part of this journey is about to begin, we are going to be parents!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Baking

I have been diligently mixing, cutting, baking, melting, and decorating Christmas cookies. This is what I'm filling my tins with this year:

Sugar Cut-Outs
Pumpkin Cookies
Chocolate Chip
Thin Mints (yep, like the girl scout cookies)
Peppermint Bark
Cinnamon Gems
Oatmeal Raisin

Bryan decorated sugar cookies for the first time in his life, behold his little cane creations:


Did you notice the cookies have sparkle to them? He found neat-o glitter gel in the store and even came up with the cool idea of striping the canes with Twizzlers, I love my creative cookie decorating husband!

I did these:


I think I need to go add some melted chocolate to finish off the tree stumps...


Twinkling little stars!


I really want to bite their heads! Chomp...Chomp...oops....Not the Gum drop bottoms!

ETA: Here is a link to the sugar cookie recipe I used this year. The trick to getting the icing to look so pretty is the hard glaze.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Frosted Grapes

Tonight my Mom and I made some frosted grapes for a bible study. These delicious "candies" are relatively healthy and also double as a beautiful garnish.
  • 40 large grapes
  • 3 egg whites, beaten but not stiff just bubbly-Since this involves raw egg I would recommend using organic eggs or pasteurized egg product
  • organic granulated sugar
  1. Brush the grapes with the egg white.
  2. Roll in sugar.
  3. Dry throughly on a rack.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Honest Scrap Award

Tishia honored me with the 'Honest Scrap Award' for telling it like it is. Thank you so much, you can find out more about her at Tishia's Thoughts

Now, according to her blog, here are the guidelines when winning this award:

1. List 10 honest things about yourself (make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep!)

2. Pass the award on to your favorite blogger

So let’s start with the 10 honest things about me:

1. President Bill Clinton kissed me in the Wolf's BBQ parking lot

2. I like watching monotone narrated documentaries on just about any subject with my husband

3. I own very expensive lipsticks and always revert back to good ol' Lip Smackers Dr. Pepper lip gloss

4. I could eat Mexican for every meal and never get sick of it.

5. I truly believe that I married the best looking man ever and thats why I have such a high resting heart rate.

6. I have not washed my hair with shampoo in 17 months and it looks better than ever, thanks to the curly girl method!

7. I'm really good at art but always wind up throwing my projects away because I don't have the confidence to show others.

8. I am passionate about photography and don't even own a camera

9. I'm VERY PROUD of my cloth diaper collection

10. I love cooking and am working on putting together a cookbook that includes our grandmother's most coveted recipes.

Now, I must go choose another blog that I find worthy!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Baby Pool

We have created a baby pool where you can officially guess our baby's birth stats (b-day, height, weight, sex, ect)We look forward to your participation!

As of December 16, 2008 we have learned that Jennifer is 90% effaced and 1 cm dialated.

Baby Choisser is due January 20,2009

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Stronger Healther Babies

Love this commercial!

...thats about what it feels like when he kicks!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

14 Natural Health Remedies For Children

I liked this article so much that I decided to copy it to my blog for future reference. All credit goes to and Meryl Davids Landau ~*~*~*~*~*~*

Looking for safe, doctor-approved cures for sore throats, coughs, stomachaches, and more? Check this out!

Of course, you should always call your pediatrician if your child's problem seems serious. But the next time your child has a minor ache or injury, you can find these smart solutions all throughout your house.

Honey and Lemon Juice for a Sore Throat

Honey and Lemon Juice for a Sore Throat

Lemon dries up congestion and honey provides a soothing coating, says Lane Johnson, MD, associate professor of clinical family and community medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. In fact, a recent study found that a spoonful of honey eased kids' coughs even better than cough medicine. Mix together a tablespoon of each, microwave for 20 seconds until warm (not hot), and have your child swallow the mixture a teaspoon at a time. Caution: Honey is not safe for babies under 1 year.

Chamomile Tea for Colic

Chamomile Tea for Colic

Peter Rabbit's mother fed him soothing chamomile tea in Beatrix Potter's classic tale, and you can give it to your infant to relax her intestinal muscles and calm her down, says Dr. McClafferty, a pediatrician in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Steep tea for four to five minutes, let it cool to room temperature, and then put one to two ounces in a bottle. Don't give your baby more than four ounces a day so that she'll be sure to have plenty of room in her tummy for breast milk or formula.

Baking Soda for Bug Bites

Baking Soda for Bug Bites

"My nana used to make a baking-soda paste for me when I was a child, and when I tried it on my own kids, they said that it stopped the itching better than store-bought products," says Estelle Whitney, MD, an ob-gyn in private practice in Wilmington, Delaware. The alkaline baking soda helps counteract the acidic swelling, she explains. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with just enough water to make a thick paste, smear it on the bites, and let it dry.

Cayenne Pepper for Nosebleed

Cayenne Pepper for Nosebleed

This spice helps blood clot, and it has been used medicinally in cultures around the world, says pediatrician Lillian Beard, MD, author of Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-and-True Home Remedies. Keep your child's head upright and pinch his nostrils together for several minutes. Then sprinkle a pinch of ground cayenne pepper on a moistened cotton swab and dab inside the nose on the area of the bleeding. "It seems like it might sting but, surprisingly, it doesn't," says Dr. Beard.

Junk Drawer: Duct Tape for Warts

Junk Drawer: Duct Tape for Warts

The gray fabric tape seems to irritate warts -- which can be surprisingly stubborn -- and inhibit their growth. Place a small piece on the skin over your child's wart, but not so tightly that it hurts, says Dr. Johnson. Change the tape whenever it starts to get icky; in about a month, the wart should be gone.

A Bubble Wand for Anxiety

A Bubble Wand for Anxiety

Breathing slowly and deeply will help your child relax when she's feeling stressed, says Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, director of the pediatric pain program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and author of Conquering Your Child's Chronic Pain. Have your child blow long, slow streams of bubbles from the soapy wand.

A Bandanna for Headache

A Bandanna for Headaches

Wrapping several ice cubes in a dish towel will help soothe your child's head pain (never place ice directly on his skin because it'll burn), but it'll be hard for him to hold it in place for long, says Dr. Beard. To keep the towel-wrapped ice from slipping, press it against his forehead or temples and secure it with a bandanna tied at the back of his neck.

A Sock for Tummy or Neck Pain

A Sock for Tummy or Neck Pain

Instead of buying a heat wrap, make one by filling a sock with uncooked rice and tying it closed with a string, says Paula Gardiner, MD, a researcher in the department of family medicine at Boston University Medical Center. Microwave the sock for one minute or until warm, and place it wherever your child has pain. When it cools off, microwave it again.

Your Blow-Dryer for Swimmer's Ear

Your Blow-Dryer for Swimmer's Ear

This painful inflammation of the outer ear traps liquid and possibly bacteria. If the area has become infected, your pediatrician will probably prescribe antibiotic drops. But for mild cases, you can try evaporating the trapped water by standing a foot away from your child and aiming the dryer -- on the warm (not hot) setting -- at her ear, says Dr. Beard.

Contact Lens Solution for Congestion

Contact Lens Solution for Congestion

For a child over 6 months, fill a bulb syringe with preservative-free saline solution, raise her head, and gently squeeze solution into one nostril at a time, says Dr. McClafferty. (Do it in the bath or over the sink.) In fact, a recent study found that using a nasal wash with a seawater solution (not yet available in the U.S.) helped kids get over colds faster -- and made them less likely to get sick again.

Fresh Ginger Tea for Car Sickness

Fresh Ginger Tea for Car Sickness

"Ginger stops the stomach contractions that tell your child's brain he feels nauseous," says Dr. McClafferty. For children ages 2 and older, add a teaspoon of shredded fresh ginger to four ounces of boiling water, and let it steep for four to five minutes. You can add a bit of honey to make it taste better. After it has cooled, have your child drink it a half hour before getting into the car.

Cucumber for Mild Swelling

Cucumber for Mild Swelling

If you go to a fancy spa, the facialist may use this salad staple to ease the puffiness around your eyes. That's because cool cucumber slices help soothe hot, swollen skin. You can place a slice anywhere your child has minor swelling, Dr. Beard suggests, and then simply replace it with another slice from the fridge after it becomes warm.

Naomi Watts

A Credit Card for a Bee Sting

If a bee or wasp stings your child, remove the stinger to prevent additional venom from entering the wound. In order to avoid squeezing the stinger, which can spread the venom, use the flat edge of a credit card to gently scrape across the area until the stinger comes out.

Naomi Watts

A Stick of Gum for Indigestion

If your child is age 4 or older, have her chew some gum when she complains of a full stomach after a big meal. "The extra saliva she'll produce will neutralize the problematic excess stomach acid," says gastroenterologist Anil Minocha, MD, author of Natural Stomach Care.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cloth Diapering

I'm going to attempt to cloth diaper my babe-not exactly trying to be Captain Planet but there are a lot of benefits to cloth diapering and yes, I am well aware of the disadvantages. Realizing that its possible to change my mind at any point if it becomes too challenging, we are all about having happy baby bottoms here in the Choisser household, and if my Grandmothers and their Grandmothers could do it I know I can.

I honestly think the most intriguing thing about cloth diapering is the tremendous amount of money it saves and how it virtually makes diaper rash a non-existent element. Plus, if you don't mind and extra load of laundry, cloth diapering is becoming pretty simple.

I'm not as practical or frugal as some Mamas who choose to use prefolds but these Fuzzi Bunz (and other pocket diapers) are pretty awesome and still save lots of money and make for such cute baby butts!

According to a website that calculates diapering costs, if I purchase 12 Fuzzi bunz and the supplies I need to diaper a baby I will :

Savings calculated: break even in 12.45 weeks or 2.86 months.
You will save $262.78 in 6 months.
You will save $597.96 in 10 months.
You will save $765.55 in 1 year.
You will save $1268.33 in 1 1/2 years.

..and keep in mind that I can save these diapers and use them on future children (not that I'm thinking of future children at this time), but we are talking huge savings!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas List: As Requested by my Husband


Do you really want to know what I want for Christmas? I could be sweet and cheesy and sing about how, "All I want for Christmas is you" or how, "I want to be the mother of your baby"and while both truly are my heart's desire I can think of a few self indulging items to brighten my spirits.

1. I want my belly button back!!!!! Please, Please, Please if there is a Santa, restore my belly button back to the perfect cute deep rhinestone crested crevasse it once was and if your feeling generous I will gladly settle for weighing 130lbs. A girl can dream can't she? Maybe I should shoot for that for next Christmas.

2. I would like earrings- don't care what they look like, where they come from, or if they are a multi pack from claires.

3. Vera Bradley Diaper Bag- I'm not too picky about the print but I really like: Kensington, Java Blue, and Peacock.

4. A romantic date- Baby will be here soon and we must value our alone time!

5. Dr. Pepper Lip Gloss

6. Bare Minerals Foundation in Light

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sixty Hours: Part I

Last Sunday went down as just about the worst day in history, stress levels were running high between my Mother and I as we were just beginning to recover from hosting Thanksgiving for both sides of the family. Several tears were shed after a hurtful word exchange on both of our behalves and while we were having our stupid, "mother daughter moment" a much bigger event was taking place that will forever change our lives. The phone rang.

November 30, 2008

Around 7pm, Mom receives word from her brother that Granny (My Grandmother) has collapsed in her home and is being rushed to the hospital. We get to the emergency room in time to learn that Granny has suffered a massive stroke, a hemorrhage on her brain, and it will only be a matter of time before her body shuts down, Sixty precious hours to be exact.

Peggy C. (Renfro) Matthews, 74, of Evansville, was taken home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at Deaconess Hospital. She was born April 5, 1934, in Erwin, Tenn.

Peggy graduated from Reitz High School, 1952, and Lockyear Business College.

Peggy was a homemaker for most of her life. She worked early in her life for Woolworth's and Plumbers Supply Co. She was a member of Vann Avenue Baptist Church. Peggy was always active in serving Jesus Christ. She taught Sunday school for many years at Washington Avenue Baptist Church. She received great joy in reading the Bible and sharing God's Word with others.

Peggy was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved her family and friends and was always there for them. She touched the hearts of many and will be missed by all. Peggy enjoyed traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Audrey (White) Renfro.

Peggy is survived by her husband of 54 years, Russell Matthews; daughter, Judith Morrison and husband, Dennis; son, Warren Matthews and wife, Becky; grandchildren, David and Steven Matthews, Kenneth Morrison and Jennifer (Morrison) Choisser and husband, Bryan; sister, Betty George and husband, Estel, Newburgh; sister-in-law, Rosemary Matthews, Elberfeld; seven nephews and one niece.

It's impossible for me to process the last time I would see Granny, as I knew her, was on Thanksgiving. My last moment with her was a hug and the words, "Bye Granny, I love you". I can't believe that I will never eat one of her home cooked meals again, hear her laugh, watch her mark tiny notes in her bible, and observe her meticulously unwrapping her Christmas gifts in such a way that the paper could be reused.

But what happened in the sixty precious hours, from the time of that terrible stroke to the passing of her earthly body, will forever change the relationship I have with my own mother and how I value the gift of forgiveness.

(To be continued...)