Cheddar Tuna Noodles

Sunday, August 22, 2010 7:47 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments
Tonights dinner! Mmmmm

Cheddar tuna Noodles

2 tbs butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 tbs flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cups milk
8oz egg noodles, cooked and drained
2 cans white tuna, drained
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preaheat oven at 375. Lightly coat 9 inch square baking dish with non stick cooking spray.

melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 3minutes. Add celery; cook and stir 3 minutes.

Sprinkle flour, salt and red pepper falkes over onion mixture; cook and stir 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat.

Combine noodles, white sauce, tuna, and peas in prepared baking dish; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and bake 20-25 minutes.

Summer has come and gone!

7:30 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments
Wow I can not believe summertime has already come and gone! Where did this summer go? It sure did go by fast! The kids start school tomorrow morning and I'm so not ready for them to go back! They are super excited and ready to start school again but I will miss them being at home like crazy. I loved every minute of having them home this summer and since we home schooled the end of the year they were home a little longer and I really enjoyed sharing that time with them and teaching them myself but they really want to go back to school so it's best they do. It was fun to try out at least!

We had meet the teacher night last Thursday night and it went really well. Their school is kind of off in the country. There is a farm right across the street. It's a two story school and very big! Aidan's teacher seemed very nice and sweet but she is newer and seemed a little nervous so I hope she can handle my motor mouth lol

Keagan's teacher was really awesome and he loved her and she really put all my worries at ease! She told me there was such a large turn out for kinder that they are making a 3rd class and some moving and I asked if I could request he stayed because it would throw him off with his autism to mess with his routine like that. She reassured me he wasn't moving since her class was an inclusion class and she was educated to work with his special needs. That made me happy. We discussed maybe needing a sensory box again in the classroom this year and what to look for and how to go about it. She brought in some aids to talk about it with me as well and familiarize with how he is so they would be prepared!

Brooklyn is sad she's not going to school this year. If her birthday had been 2 months earlier she would've gone this year but she's going to be a late starter like my oldest Aidan and Peyton will wind up being that way too. I thought about sending her to a private prek but I'm not sure I'm ready to part with her just yet!

Every year it's tradition we either take the kids out somewhere special for breakfast or I make something really special. Last year I did pig shaped pancakes. This year I'm going to do Teddy Bear Biscuits. I've done them before but it's been a long time! They are super yummy!

Teddy Bear Biscuits

1 (7.5 ounce) package refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
9 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1.For each bear, shape one biscuit into an oval for the body and place on a greased baking sheet. Cut one biscuit into four pieces; shape into balls for arms and legs. Place next to body. Cut one biscuit into two small pieces and one large pieces; shape into head and ears and place above body. Brush with egg. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over bears. Bake at 425 degrees F for 8-10 minutes (the one remaining biscuit can be baked with the bears). Place chocolate chips on head for eyes and nose while the biscuits are still warm.

Things have been kind of crazy around here the last week and a half. I wound up in the hospital again last weekend from another attack where my heart was racing. They labeled it cardiac arrhythmia which we already knew as well as the tachycardia that the Dr brought up a few days before that we already knew. We just still don't have an absolutely clear firm diagnoses and treatment plan. I started seeing the Dr I had been trying to get in with the Thursday before and he placed me back on the heart medication and sent off a referral to the cardiologist finally and said we will get to the bottom of this!

My husband was supposed to have deployed a week ago but got pulled off the flight due to me being in the hospital and how my health has been. It's up in the air if he's still going and going on one of the last flights going out or if he's going to get to stay till after my appointments like being requested by my Dr, who is a retired officer thankfully so hopefully they don't blow off his suggestion as "oh he's a civilian Dr" the Dr recommended he stay with me because my health condition was to bad off to be alone with the 4 children and we have a referral in to see the cardiologist and it would be best if he stays till we get a firm diagnoses as well as a treatment plan then deploy as a late deployer. Also because as far as we know we may find out that I need to have another surgery so it would be better if he could stay around and be one of the last deployers that go out as a replacement a few months from now. So hopefully we find out for sure tomorrow what is going on with that. I'm just really praying it all works out. We were prepared for him to go and he wants to go but I'm also terrified to be alone till we get to the bottom of this. We had to do a medication adjustment about a week ago from my blood pressure getting severely low (which is usually severely high) so that was scary too.

I'm just ready to know what is going on. I'm such a control freak that it drives me crazy not having a clue what is about to happen or when!

Well I better get these kids rounded up and ready for baths and bed and get back on our school routine!!

All Settled!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 9:56 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments

Well we got all settled into our new place this last weekend. Had a lot of help from some of our close friends and I couldn't have done it with out them! I just don't have the energy I used to, especially with the recent health issues. But I still managed to get it all done, unpacked with in about 2-3 days and pictures put up a day later! I had to make it all homey before hubby leaves and of course having a baby that gets into everything you can't exactly have stuff just a mess and laying around lol
It's so nice to be back in this area. We were just so much happier and it is just so much more calming and less stressful. I wish we had never moved to begin with. We thought we should take advantage of the bigger place and that we wanted to be back on post but boy was that a waiste. We didn't use the extra space and the block was just a nightmare! If I had known we were not only going to be unhappy and move but to turn around and move right back to where we were .. I would've never bothered.

The kids are happier to be back in this area and excited about going to their new school. it's kind of in the country and a really big school. I heard good things about it so I hope we like it!

We got family pictures done on Sunday! I am so excited and can't wait to see them! We got a preview of a few of them and what's to come! It looks like she got some great pictures with where she took them. Though it just motivated me more to want to loose weight. I look so very pregnant still and it's depressing.. which brings me to my appointment today with the specialist. I seem to be doing a lot better so I will hopefully start loosing some weight since I can start exercising more. Over all things looked to slowly be getting better and coming together. They think I have rebound tachycardia and maybe some acid reflux which can be caused by the surgery. Not really concerned since it seems to be tapering off and my blood pressure was a little on the high side but not alarming either. So we did blood draws and go from there. Need to see my primary dr to see if they want to look further into my heart problems though.

I can't believe deployment is approaching so quickly. It's starting to get to me and I'm just numb. I'm not sure rather to be depressed, sad, what.. with some of the problems we've had it scares me too.

Hopefully it will go by fast.

Week Night Lasagna Toss

9:50 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 2 comments

made this last night for dinner. We've had it before but been awhile! Really good quick fix!

1 lb grund beef
2 cups chopped green peppers
3 cloves garlic
1 jar spaggetti sauce
1-2/3 cups water
1/4 cup italian dressing
1 box of oven ready lasagna noodles, broken
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Brown meat; drain. Add peppers, garlic, spaggetti sauce, water, dressing, bring to a boil. Stir in noodles; reduce, simer and cover.

Cook stirring occassionally 10-15min or until noodles are tender.

Remove from heat. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.

Beef and Bean Taco Casserole

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 6:08 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 1 comments

super yummy!!

1 lb ground beef
1 can refried beans
1 jar thick n chunky salsa
1 pack taco season
2 1/2 cups coarsley broken tortilla chips
1/2 md green bell pepper
4 md green onions
2 md tomatoes
1 cup shredded motzorella cheese
1/4 cup sliced olives
1/4 cup sliced olives
1 cup lettuce

Heat overn to 350

In 12 inch skillet cook beef over medium heat until brown; drain. Stir in beans, salsa, taco season and reduce heat and bring to a boil.

In ungreased casserole dish, place 2 cups broken chips. Top evenly with meat mixture. Sprinkle with peppers, onions, 1 cup tomato, cheese and olives.
Bake uncovered 20-30min. top with lettuce and remaining tomato and chips.

All About Peyton

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 7:20 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments

well Peyton had her very late 6 month check up the other day at 7 and a half months. They were booked up when I called after my surgery.

She is doing well over all and is advanced developementally on some things. She is crawling, sitting, standing, starting to walk around things, starting to talk, eating finger foods.

However she did gain a little weight and is 12.5 lbs but since she was already so low and in the 5% her not gaining much put her below 5 % which may be nothing since mom and dad are both pretty small but something we have to watch to make sure especially given the circumstances of the problems I had during my pregnancy. So instead of going back at 12 months we have to start going in every month to get weight checks. She eats ALL the time though. She will eat 2 jars, 3-4 rice crips or teething cookies, some finger foods like peas, etc all in one sitting. He said as long as she progresses on her own pace not a worrie but we will watch to make sure that she doesn't fall anymore.

She was 26 inches and 10% for height.

Her left food is also turning in so we are hoping that is something that will correct over time like it did on Keagan and Brooklyn but it turns more then theirs did so we have to watch that as well.

But for the most part she did well and did well with her shots.

Bryans Family

3:44 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva 0 comments

Well sadly we weren't able to make a visit back home with my surgery and still recovering and deployment nearing so close but thankfully Bryans family was able to make it this way for a little visit for a few days.

They came in town on Saturday and we spent a few days doing a couple of fun things from swimming at the pool at their hotel, chucky cheese, dinner and more.

The kids were really excited to have their Mimi and Pa here!

Now it's time to crack down on the packing and get ready for our move in a few days!