Guinness Pulled Pork Sliders

Night Before

Slice white onion and lay on the bottom of crock pot. Mix together paprika, salt, red pepper, garlic powder. Rub on the pork loin and place on top of the onion.

Mix together coleslaw and dressing and let sit.

Day of:

Add a beer to the crock pot and cook on low for 8 – 10 hours, or until pork is done and pulls apart. Serve on mini Hawaiian rolls with coleslaw.



Sweet and Sour Meatloaf


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.

Day of:

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.

28 Weeks

1-Chloe 006Mommy Update: We finally registered for birth / baby care classes this past week.  I will officially be spending WAAAAY less time learning how to take care of the baby that I will be taking home from the hospital as a souvenir of this whole pregnancy thing than learning how to drive a car.  Good thing I spent all of those years babysitting – I’m sure it’s like riding a bike.  Or at least I hope it is.  I have officially recognized my first side effect of being pregnant.  According to the Googles I have rhinitis of pregnancy – basically my nose is stuffier than normal with no cold or allergies to blame it on.  So now, when people ask me how I’m feeling (after getting over their shock that I’m not due next month and that I am not having twins) I can honestly say I have a pretty stuffy nose.  Rough stuff.

Daddy Update: N has been working his bum off on yard work this week and has said he’d like for us to have the nursery done in two weeks.  I am super on board and can’t wait to check off that huge ‘to do’.  N has also been feeling bug move a lot more lately.  He’s pretty surprised by how much it has been, which is funny because I am definitely used to it by now and forget how noticeable the changes are when you’re not feeling it 24/7.

Baby Update: We had an ultrasound this week to make sure my mild case of placental previa cleared up.  It did, which wasn’t a surprise to anyone.  We by far got the best ultrasound pictures to date though, which was pretty cool.  Bug (as of mid last week) was weighing in at 2 lbs 14 oz and head and chest measurements were registering as 2 full weeks ahead of schedule.  The compare-your-fetus-to-food apps designate this week as eggplant week, which would be 1.5 – 2.2 lbs and 13.6 to 14.8 inches.  WAAAAY back at my first ultrasound they told us bug was 2 days ahead of schedule, so I guess everything just kept going.  My due date isn’t changing (still August 17th), because apparently figuring out due dates is most accurate at the beginning of pregnancy.  Bug was also “practice breathing” which is basically moving up and down the chest without actually breathing and this is a really good developmental sign.  In other developmental news, the brain is developing its folds and grooves (which sounds important, although I don’t know why) and muscle tone is continuing to improve (but I didn’t need an app to tell me that!)




Missing Most/ Looking Forward To:  I miss being able to get outside and pull weeds.  I tried to do a few and I just don’t bend that way anymore.  I have been drinking Arnold Palmer’s this week, but it is not even a close substitute for a good beer.  Also I am looking forward to getting the nursery done and enjoying all of this wonderful weather!

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27 Weeks

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Mommy Update: Hooray!  2 trimesters down & 1 to go!  I had a fun day on Sunday with two friends going to get pedis – which is becoming rather necessary because I don’t think I could still paint my own toes.  I am still feeling really good and had my first Braxton Hicks contractions on Saturday.  They don’t hurt, but it was still a little weird.  This week was the week of dairy – Greek yogurt, milk, frozen yogurt – bug’s bones are going to be stronger than titanium!   Now that I am in the 3rd trimester I need to start eating an extra 450 calories a day – so that isn’t going to be a problem 🙂

Daddy Update: N had his first go at the yard.  We are really needing to do quite a bit this year because we lost some larger bushes due to hungry rabbits and the cold this past winter.  I actually like doing this kind of stuff, so it’s a little frustrating to not be able to help.  N’s mom is coming up next weekend though, and we couldn’t be more excited both to see her and get the extra help!!

Bug Update: Bug is roughly 2 pounds and 15 inches (cauliflower or rutabaga).  Bug pretty much looks like the finished product, just thinner and smaller.  We have another ultrasound this week so it will be exciting to see how things are progressing!  I am definitely getting bigger and if I lean forward at my desk when I am at work for too long Bug squirms to remind me that I am not giving the wee one enough space.  Right now brain development is focused on the forebrain, which deals with visual and auditory information.  The brain stem is pretty much done at this point (which controls vital functions like heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure) which is why babies born at this point can do so well.

Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I’m not really missing anything, just looking forward to August!

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26 Weeks


Mommy Update: Wow has it been a busy few weeks!  I haven’t been able to take pictures for a few weeks because we have been doing a lot of work to get ready for bug!  We had the floors upstairs resurfaced.  Basically, the floors are buffed and then get a coat or two of poly.  All of the furniture needed to be moved downstairs for this to happen.  For those that were around when we moved in, you may remember we had to remove some drywall to get the box spring upstairs.  Not wanting to relive that fun, we moved the box spring to the bathroom and rearranged our couch to be a bed and put the mattress on top of the couch.  Chloe and I had an equally easy time launching ourselves into bed.  Once we had everything out of the room it seemed like a good time to repaint, woodwork and all.  Let’s be honest – if it didn’t get done now, it wouldn’t get done ever.  N and I are really happy with the results.  In Milwaukee there is one week a year when you can put out as much garbage as you want.  This synced up perfectly with our little clean out – so N’s college desk and my college Ikea bed are officially gone.  Bug’s room is totally empty and we have started the painting process, but probably won’t be able to finish for a few weeks because of other busy weekend plans, like going to my little sister’s graduation – which should be more fun than literally watching paint dry.

Needless to say, I still have a lot of energy.  It may be all the salads I’m eating.  In the past few weeks we have eaten out a lot and I have had Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion salad (twice), Applebee’s Strawberry & Avocado salad (odd dressing, could have used some other components), Potbelly’s Uptown Salad (chicken, grapes, apples, dried cranberries, candied walnutty perfection), Culver’s chicken salad (again, twice – with a side of a concrete mixer with brownie and cookie dough chunks because calcium is important for the growing baby) and, my personal favorite, Panera’s Fiji Apple Chicken Salad (with parm instead of Gorgonzola, which makes me a little sad – but alas – no soft cheeses) , which I have had more times than I can remember.  My belly is getting more and more in the way and when I sit on the floor it is always best if someone helps me up.  However, no braxton hicks contractions yet.

Daddy Update: Car is officially ordered.  We are getting a Subaru Forester sometime in June.  N is really excited, to say the very least.  He has also survived starting a baby registry.  At 3 stores.  N is also really glad we have the bedroom painted and is looking forward to finishing bug’s room.  He did an amazing job moving everything, since I was absolutely no help with all of the moving of furniture.  As if that wasn’t enough, he also made me waffles on my first almost-mother’s day.  And – since we still had the bed on the couch – technically it was breakfast in bed 🙂

Baby Update: Bug is the size of an eggplant or head of lettuce.  (i.e. 14″ and a little less than 2 lbs.)  2 pounds feels HUGE and not only can we feel bug’s punches and kicks, but now I can feel more subtle shifts in position.  I would like to take a moment to apologize to my mother for my large size at birth.  Bug’s eyes are done developing and will open soon.  When this happens we will be able to shine a flashlight on my belly and bug will respond, which is great news for N who really likes to poke the baby to mess with it.  Also, it is developmentally appropriate at this time for bug to be able to move in rhythm to music, but since it is N and my offspring, that is a long way off – if it ever happens.  Sorry kid, hopefully you will get our stunning senses of humor to make up for it.

Missing Most/ Looking Forward To: I’m missing not smacking my belly into things.  I am looking forward to the next time I can eat a salad, and getting the nursery painted.  and a trip to yo mama’s (which i often forget the name of and instead refer to it as yo-yo ma’s).


before floor/ after floor/ new bedroom color and bedding/ new bedroom color with floor and woodwork

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