Chop broccoli, place in container and drizzle with olive oil, red pepper flake, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Mix beef with ketchup,
Prep can only be 1 -2 days prior to cooking.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread broccoli on a cookie sheet and roast for 10 – 15 minutes.
Place beef in microwave for 8 minutes. While beef is in microwave, clean and pierce potatoes and put broccoli in oven.
Heat half and half on stove in a pot.
Place pierced potatoes in microwave for 7 minutes. Mix glaze and pour over beef. When the potatoes are done put the beef back in the microwave for 3 – 5 minutes and scoop out the potatoes into the half and half.
So now it is official! We are expecting our first this August – which is probably going to come waaaaay too fast! I had the best of intentions to start a blog to keep everybody up to date about what was happening (and to keep all things baby from overtaking my facebook feed), but then I got tired.
Like – REALLY tired. I haven’t slept this much since college! Thank goodness work shuts down over the holidays, and that was when the worst of the exhaustion hit, so I could sleep 12 – 14 hours a day without it really affecting anything too seriously. But, happily, as far as first trimester symptoms go, that was it! No morning sickness or nausea, no crazy cravings. I told my doctor (who N and I ADORE) that I am the most boring pregnant lady ever.
Baby is doing really well and at the first trimester screen was actually registering a few days older than it actually is (but not enough to change the due date – just big and healthy 🙂 Baby, according to the nurse, was also really well behaved because it stayed in the right position while she was taking the measurements, was really cute (but really – I’m sure she says that about all of them), and has long fingers. Pictorial evidence of said claims can be found below.
Baby preparations are swinging into full gear. We are down to the short list for names for both genders and have secured the appropriate gmail addresses for all of our options. We are also starting to fix up a few nagging things around the house so that we can focus on transforming the spare bedroom into a nursery once we are ready. We are circling around a few ideas we both like, but nothing is set in stone yet.
What I’m missing – being able to stay awake for any amount of time.
I have heard that home-made applesauce pretty much is the best thing ever. After my first try I couldn’t agree more! After polling some friends on FB and tweaking a recipe I found on Pinterest, I am happy to say this one is a keeper…
12 medium Macintosh apples
1 can cranberry sauce
3 Tbsp brown sugar
Dash of cinnamon
Peel, core, and slice apples. (My apple-peeler-corer slicer made me one happy lady!) Pop the apples, cranberry sauce, sugar, and cinnamon in a crock pot on low for 5 to six hours. It was a little thin, so I left the lid off the crock for the last 30 minutes or so. And that’s IT! I ran the applesauce through the blender but that is just our preference.
Hope you have a chance to enjoy something that tastes like fall!