"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breaths away."

6.06.2011

May Updates

Wow... it is already June! Time is flying so quickly. I am 24 weeks pregnant. It's been a tough month at times but we have made it! Only 16 more weeks to go before our baby girl is here! Here are a few updates from May and my May goals!


Fun: well, we haven't had the chance to go to Chattanooga yet but definately still on my list of things to do. We did get to spend time with my brother and his family, we have gone swimming several times, and all in all have had a few 'fun days'!

Home: this one has probably been my toughest task to tackle (say that 5 times fast lol). but i am working on it! I have been sorting through the laundry and getting it put away although very slowly, it's coming along. the rooms are still not organized but I still have intentions. We were not able to get the double wide we applied to rent, so we will just have to make do with the home we are in now, and continue looking for a larger place. Either way we will make it work. Cleaning up has been extremely tough since I slipped on the porch a couple of weeks ago and can still barely walk, bend over, lay down comfortably, etc....

DIY/craft: I still haven't yet gotten around to my scrapbook stuff, but on the upside I did purchase a couple of plastic bins for some of the kids craft stuff and we have definately used them. (The other day we painted rocks and glued eyes on them) very simple, I know, but it was a thrill for my 4 and 2 yr old.

Teach: The kids are still working on their abc's and numbers. Ashtyn is pretty much potty trained (She even got up in the middle of the night last night to go pee :) One thing I do hope to do more of is reading with them.

Cook: can't say that I have made a new meal each week, but I can say that I have cooked more than I had been and I did make some baked chicken (not that I ate it, but Cody seemed to like it and was surprised that I even knew what to do with it lol). And we made cheesecake-stuffed strawberries! These turned out well and were very simple. (Previously posted) As far as grocery lists go... We have done better and been able to save more money while still eating fairly healthy. I was amazed that we got 8 meals + breakfasts and snacks for all of $67.00.

Money/Finance: We haven't made a set budget yet, but we have been able to stick with what we need and get a few things we have wanted. Still needs some work but hey, we're getting there!

Health/Fitness: :( This is one that I am disappointed with. I fell, I have a hard time walking, It's miserably hot esp being 6 months preggo, there seems to never be enough time in the day to do everything and I am exhausted. Making a meal is tiring for me. But doctor appt tomorrow, hopefully can find out more about my back/hip/bottom and what the problem is.

General: car is half-way clean, garden is doing okay, a few things died out but we were able to eat some radishes yesterday that were great! First thing we have ever actually grown lol and have plenty more left! Bills are paid on time. Still looking for bigger place and wedding is coming along, but nothing set in stone at the moment (except that we are definately getting married lol).

May 27: We added 2 new additions to our family... Kittens! They are beautiful and the kids love them! We still haven't officially named them yet, but they have adjusted well and make a wonderful addition to our life!


As of right now, I think that is about it. I will update my goals for June in a day or two. Right now I'm getting tired and not feeling well and still have a lot to get done! Check back for more posts soon!!!

6.03.2011

Cheesecake-stuffed Strawberries! Yummmi :)

Well, I have been wanting to make these for a few weeks now and finally decided to try it. I was going to make them for my papaw's bday party on Tuesday and bought everything to make them the night before so the strawberries would be fresh... that didn't happen. So...finally on Wednesday night we got around to it. {Being 23 weeks pregnant in this heat makes everything feel like a chore including getting out of bed.} Anyways, we got around to it on Wed. night and by Thursday morning they were delicious.
Our steps to making them
First we hulled out the strawberries using a small knife (although you can buy a strawberry huller this seemed to work just fine).
Next, we made the cheesecake mix. This was very simple being that I had bought an instant cheesecake mix that you just add milk to. We let this sit in the freezer for about 10-15 mins to thicken just enough.
Then, we filled a small ziploc bag (or a cake icing bag) full of the mixture and snipped off the end to fill the strawberries.
The cheesecake mix came with its own graham cracker crumbs so I spread them on the platter to use for dipping.
After the strawberries were filled, we dipped them in melted chocolate and placed them on the graham cracker crumb bed.
When we were finished with that step, we filled another ziploc bag with chocolate (mixed with a little milk to thin), melted that in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and drizzled over the strawberries. This would have worked a little better if it had cooled a couple of minutes at first because the first few strawberries were covered in chocolate instead of a small drizzle like I had intended.
But, as for the finished product, I was pleased and will definately make them again soon!
(I have provided the original recipe below if anyone would like to try them and/or make any changes of their own. If you do let me know how they turn out!)



Cody Trosclair, Fiance

Kaeden Makiah Davidson, Son

Ashtyn Shaide Davidson, Daughter

London Avery Trosclair, Daughter

Randy Gunter, Dad

Teresa Gunter, Mom

Randall (Buddy) Gunter, Brother

Rachel Gunter, Sister in law

Erika Young, Niece

William Gunter, Nephew

Dominic Gunter, Newphew







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