Stuffed Poblano Peppers- Meat Free

I saw a friends post about turkey stuffed poblanos, so I decided to make my own! It took some trial and error, but today I think I got it! Check it out and make your own recipe! It’s fun, and yummy 😉

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Preheat oven:

  • 375 degrees F.

Ingredients:

  • 2 poblano peppers (pasilla in some stores)
  • 2 green onion stalks
  • 1/2 avocado
  • cilantro to taste- I used about 1/3 cup I think
  • cheddar cheese- I used 2 slices off a 1lb block
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • Your favorite seasoning- I used Creole Cajun Seasoning its my favorite
  • 2oz cream cheese
  • Salsa to taste

Supplies:

  • Small baking dish
  • Food processor or similar
  • paring knife- lets be honest I just used a steak knife

Instructions:

  1. Cut the tops off the peppers leaving a “bowl” shape underneath, remove the stems and seeds.
  2. Place the peppers in the microwave (all 4 pieces) for 3 minutes to soften them.
  3. Chop up the top halves of the pepper, onions, cilantro, and softened cream cheese in a food processor. Once blended add the avocado (chopped), and seasoning.
  4. Shake the moisture off the bottom half of the peppers and place in baking dish. Place the cheddar cheese in the bottom.
  5. Spoon the blended mixture on top the the cheese until they are full.
  6. Add the optional salsa on top of the mixture if desired.
  7. Top it all off with shredded mozzarella, amount up to you!
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, longer if you like your cheese more melted.
  9. EAT IT ALL!!

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Spraying Diapers

This post is about my experience so far with diaper sprayers and accessories! This post is not sponsored however: This post contains affiliate links to amazons websites. The cost is the same for you, but any purchase made can help this blog grow!

I ordered my first Spray Pal to help with toddler cloth diapers. I am only cloth diapering part time, but the poo is still not fun ;). I originally had a Diaper Dawgs spray shield and it was okay, but I had to hold it in place with my SmarterFresh sprayer & it didn’t fit my bumGenius handle that I also have to switch out to if needed. All the stock photos show it on a BG sprayer so maybe I’m just being too nice to it? Between the two handles I think I like the SmarterFresh one better (I ended up just buying the handle and using shower head tubing and the bumGenius t-valve) as it’s easier to hold. I bought my BG set used and the t-valve had a crack but my husband was able to get it working, but the tubing was awful! If I could do it again I would buy the entire SmarterFresh set linked above.

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I only have enough cloth diapers to do a few days a week. I’m planning to bulk up my stash with Alva Baby cloth diapers because they have great reviews on the mommy boards, and they are inexpensive. I wish I could afford all the cute WAHM diapers I see, but right now even Alva Baby diapers are a reach!

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I will report back on what I end up liking more between the Diaper Dawgs shield and the Spray Pal, and maybe even try them together! I just need to figure out how to make it more secure on my sprayers! Time to go rough it up 😉

 

This post contains affiliate links to amazons websites. The cost is the same for you, but any purchase made can help this blog grow!

 

 

Cruz Has a Big Boy Room

Our neighbor is moving and he was kind enough to give us a twin bed and armoire to help us get ready for baby! We got rid of the little IKEA bed he had been using when he fell asleep in his room, and gave him the big boy bed! He’s not impressed and is still sleeping with us, but now I can at least kick daddy out when the baby comes if needed. His room is slowly looking less like a storage locker and more like someone actually lives there.

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I am thinking about painting the armoire, dresser, and bed because the room does not match at all, but at the same time we are hoping to buy him an entire bedroom set in two years or so. For now I will have to deal with how twitchy the furniture makes me! Also…I suck at painting…

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Thinking About Home Schooling

I have tossed around the idea of home schooling for a few years now. It’s scary. In the last few years we have moved into a new school district and we have not been very impressed. The teachers so far have been great, but the kids have not. Bullying is rampant, kids threatening to shoot other kids as young as kindergarten, and just all around “F*uck You” being a normal thing to hear on the bus. Now it’s not like my kids are delicate flowers..they hear me say the F word at least a few times a week. It’s the fact that they know swearing is adult language only, and not acceptable until they are grown and can do whatever they damn well want to! The majority of kids in this district are a special kind of rowdy, and a bunch of like minded mamas up here who are teaching their kids respect agree.

Just last week I had to cancel a sleepover my 8 year old wanted to have because my older daughter let me know this kid was one of the problem children on the bus. Normally I like to give kids a break, but this kid has physically hurt my daughter on the bus and called her a p*ssy when she cried. Not having it! I am getting really sick of the disrespect kids these days have and I don’t want my kids to end up like that. We never would have moved here if I knew it would be like this, but unfortunately this is where we could afford to buy.

Now, the reasons I find homeschooling scary:

  1. I’m going to be mostly responsible for my kids’ education getting done = Terrifying
  2. I’m going to have to feed them lunch everyday …gonna miss that free hot lunch this school offers. I’m already trying to figure out how to budget in the extra food for the summer…We have an almost 14 year old boy…he eats a ton!
  3. 4 (5 once baby is here) kids home all day every day? Lord help me! (Sage has autism and is doing great in middle school, hes staying where he gets the best help).
  4. I’m lazy I’ll admit it! I love my hour or two of quite the baby gives me when he plays quietly and lets me sometimes catch up on Greys Anatomy & the Mindy Project.
  5. Change is just scary sometimes!

So, is bullying and all around suckish kids a good reason to home school? Or do you agree with my husband to just have the kids punch assholes in the face?

Look How Far I Have Come! Car Seat Safety

Car seat safety is HUGE to me. I have been a Child Passenger Safety Technician for over 5 years now. I will for sure do it for another year, and I will decide after that if I am going to keep going! I hope to but time needed for re-certification, combined with living 45 minutes from most of the people who want their seat checks can be challenging.

I was just talking to my friend about how far I personally had come in car seat safety. I was telling her about how 10+ year ago I used to wrestle with a locking clip in the back of 1990 Honda civic, and how it usually was on the complete wrong side. I really wish I had taken the time to learn the right way! Not only would I have saved a ton of blood sweat & tears, but my kids would have been safer! I had no idea until well after my 2nd kid, that I needed to lock the seat-belt when using the infant seat baseless. I didn’t know after market products where putting my child in danger for ejection & fire risk. I also only read a few pages of the car seat manual. READ THE WHOLE MANUAL PEOPLE! lol I sure wish I had! My straps were never right, and I only used the top tether in cars where it was right above the headrest. I had no idea they could be other places!

Another mistake I made was forward facing soon after the first birthday. Yes it can be easier to install a forward facing car seat if you never took the time to learn how to properly install a rear facing one. But let me tell you, I know prefer my Safety 1st air protect 65 rear facing install with a pool noodle over many car seats forward facing! It’s so easy once you learn the proper way! No tipping seats when you go around a corner, no car seats falling out of the base (totally happened to my friends kid while I was driving, so scary!). Read the manuals, and be open to other parents trying to help! I have had people attack me for simple comments like “hey! move the straps down one slot and you are golden!” they think you are attacking their parenting, but really you are just looking out for them because you have been there! I have seen posts about babies being seriously hurt in car accidents and the parents asking “why did no one tell me I was doing it wrong?” So I would rather tell someone, and lose a friendship, than have them lose a baby.

I know this was a long ramble, but our children’s safety needs to come first, always. No boosters before 5 years old and 40lbs, no forward facing before 2 at the minimum. No belly clips & straps hanging off! And just to show I’ve been there, here are a couple of photos I found where it’s all wrong!

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These are both my son Junior who is now going to be 9, and still in a high back booster!

First picture is wrong, not only is he forward facing at 1 year old, but the straps are too loose, the chest clip is too low, and I could have moved the straps down a slot for a more secure fit.

Second picture is him in an infant seat I bought at a second hand shop (yikes! bad call mom), it has a three point harness that I’m sure was never tight enough. I have a pottery barn seat cover over the existing cover, and I have a toy bar on the handle just asking to fracture his skull in a collision 🙁 Toy bars should never be used in a car, and you shouldn’t leave baby in the seat when not in the car if you don’t have to for long enough to need a toy bar 😉 Plus who knows how thick that coat is he was wearing. I have more awful pictures but I’m not trying to depress myself too much today.

 

The Best Soup Everrrr! Chicken Pot Pie Soup!!

I like to give credit where credit is due! This is the link from Cooking Classy that was shared to me on Facebook, my life is forever changed!!! Seriously I have never made something that blew my mind like this…it is exactly what I have been craving for years, and nothing in a can comes close. It is so creamy and delicious, without being too rich IMO.

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I’m going to copy paste the recipe that is in the Cooking Classy link above, but change what I did different. I don’t have an enameled cast iron pot etc..so I’m making it a bit more basic. I will put ** for my input.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 4 – 6 servings **Was enough for me to have a few bowls, and 5 kids each had a bowl…poor hubby is coming home to half a bowl haha

Ingredients

  • 20 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded into bite size pieces**5 chicken breast tenders were perfect for me! I boiled them while doing my prep work. Then used the same pot to cook the soup in.
  • 5 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 small onion)**I used half a large white
  • 1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)**4 stalks
  • 1 cup peeled and diced carrots (about 2 carrots)**I used baby carrots for ease, I just chopped until it matched the amount of celery.
  • 1 (15 oz) can low-sodium chicken broth**I did 16oz (2 cups)
  • 2 cups (heaping) peeled and 1/2-inch diced russet potatoes (2 medium potatoes)**3 potatoes didn’t measure.
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried crushed rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peas
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream**I guess heavy whipping cream is heavy cream according to google, it worked out!
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice** I just squeezed a lemon over the pot lol

Directions:

**I boiled my chicken tenders while doing the prep work, once my prep work was done I removed the tenders and put them in a large bowl. I used seasoning salt to flavor the meat. I shredded the meat with two forks while waiting for the potatoes to be done.

 

 

  • In a large pot, melt 1 1/2 Tbsp butter over medium-high heat. Add in onion, carrot and celery and saute 3 minutes. Add chicken broth, potatoes, parsley, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, (press veggies down into broth) cover with lid, and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 15 – 25 minutes (**20 min was perfect for me!). Reduce heat to low and stir in chicken and peas.
  • In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, melt remaining 4 Tbsp butter. Stir in flour and cook mixture, stirring constantly for 1 1/2 minutes. While whisking slowly pour in milk and whisk vigorously to smooth lumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat while stirring constantly, then remove from heat and stir in cream. Pour and stir milk mixture into mixture in pot. Stir in lemon juice.

 

Huge shout out to Cooking Classy for having an easy to understand delicious recipe! I am making this for Mother’s Day on Sunday and needed to make sure it was good before I served it! So glad I did! I am also just making normal biscuits with sea salt and rosemary instead of the yummy ones she posted! Be sure to check her page out for more cooking ideas!

I also prepped my veggies for a double batch for Sunday, and stuck them in the freezer 🙂

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I was so proud of my soup I shared this on Instagram:

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