Friday, August 20, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill In

1. If you could be a fugitive from the law for whatever reason, what would your crime be? 
Probably from owing people/places money. Though I finally start getting income in 2 weeks!

2. How long do you think you will be a military family?
Not sure really. When we found out we were pregnant, we were thinking he might get out but now that it's twins, we are really unsure.

3. What’s your favorite recipe? 
Probably my meatloaf recipe. You can see it a couple posts back!
4. What would you want your last five words to be when you leave this life? 
Wow...that was really cool!
5. Where do you hope to retire? 
Probably some place in WI or Charleston, NC.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

OB appointment

So I realized that I did not update from my OB appointment on Thursday. It went well, of sorts. I did not like the doctor at all. He was not conversational at all and I didn't even get to see the babies! Thankfully Mishu was able to see them. The doc found both heartbeats easily and said he did not see a membrane between them but the ER U/S said she saw one. I am going in this coming Thursday for a more in depth full anatomy scan one and we will see then. (And hopefully we will get to see their baby bits and find out genders!) Mishu and the doctor did say that they were super active and Mishu said that they were beating the snot out of each other again! He told them to "Go to your womb!" I giggled but the doctor didn't get it at ALL!
Can't wait to update about the Squiddies next week!!!!

ETA: Oh, they ended up moving my due date sooner by a week so far. :) 

Friday, August 13, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill In

Yeah, I know it's late in the day but my internet has been FUBAR recently. :P

1. What is ONE thing you’d like civilians to understand about being a military family?
Um...most of the civilians I know and have in my life now are pretty understanding. I guess that the one thing I say most often is "No, Army Wives is about as far from reality as it gets." Does that count?

2. What is your favorite mistake?
Hrm. Probably leaving Mishu for the first time back in '03. It really gave us the opportunity to grow and realize our love for each other.

3. What indulgence could you give up for a year?
Hrm. Another tough one. I would say chocolate but that is damn near impossible for me! Probably Coca-Cola.

4. If you could be a winged animal, what would you be?
I'd be a humming bird. They are just so pretty and mysterious to me!

5. What is one question you’d like to see asked in a future MFF?
Oh I have no clue. Um...this is only my 2nd week doing it so maybe (don't shoot me if this has been asked before) What is the favorite thing about the post you are stationed at currently. If you aren't at a post, what is the favorite thing about the city you live in?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Stir-fry shrimp

Yesterday I made this dish. It was pretty good, though I think next time I will get better shrimp. These were good but they could have been better.

Enough shrimp for however many people serving. I go by 3-5 shrimp per person. I got fresh shell-on shrimp.
3 small-medium zucchini
1 summer squash (I would have used two but Mishu isn't hot on it)
1/4-1/3 cup sliced onion
whatever spices you want (I used a couple garlic mixes)
Teriyaki sauce to taste
1/4 cup water
olive oil
(you can also add water chestnuts and snap peas, carrots and whatever else, this is just what I had in the fridge)

Coat the bottom of the fry pan or wok in the olive oil. Start with the zucchini and as it starts to soften, add the onions and a little bit of the water. As the onions start to become clear, add the summer squash. A couple minutes later, add the shrimp and the teriyaki sauce. Cook for no more than 5-7 minutes more based on the size of the shrimp.
The last minute, I drained most of the liquid off and used it to garnish once on the plates.


Sunday, August 8, 2010


I've had a few people ask me for recipe's that I've been making lately so here goes:
Meatloaf: (if the picture is still huge here is a direct link: )

-2 lbs ground anything (preferable beef extra lean)
-one egg
-one package onion soup
-four slices of bread (broken up into approx. 1x1 pieces)
-one can (12-16 oz, no larger) whole tomatoes (use some of the liquid in the mixture, but not a lot.)

Glaze: 2 parts ketchup, one part light Karo syrup.

Mix ground beef (or turkey or tofu or veggie burger or whatever), egg, onion soup mix, bread and the can whole tomatoes. As you are adding the tomatoes, squish them and slightly pull them apart. Don't mash, just mix. Put into loaf pan. Just before putting into oven, poke several holes with your finger, at least 2" deep with your finger. Mix the glaze. Brush glaze over meatloaf, making sure that the holes get filled.
Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.

Stuffed Peppers:

1 lb ground anything (brown on stove)
1 cup rice (cook)
onion to taste (sliced, added to the ground beef as you are browning it)
1 can condensed tomato soup
salt and pepper to taste
provalone cheese
4 peppers (green, red, orange, whatever) that have flat bottoms and are fairly symetrical

Combine everything but the peppers and cheese in a bowl. There are two ways to cut the peppers. You can cut the peppers in half (along the equator part of it) and clear out the seeds and bitter spines and this uses almost the whole pepper. You can also just cut off the cap of the pepper and clear out the seeds and spine. The latter option gives you larger peppers over all and makes about 4. The first option gives you 6-8 peppers but are smaller portions. You can boil the peppers for a few minutes before filling them for them to be softer. (I prefer them to be a little firmer so I don't boil them.) Fill each of the peppers to the brim and "dome" the filling a little over but not to overflow the sides. Bake in a cake pan (or something that has higher sides than a cookie sheet) with a small amount of water in the bottom (no more than half an inch) at 350 for 30 minutes. At about 5 minutes left, put the cheese over the top of each pepper.

Pico de Gallo Salsa

2 whole (large) tomatoes, diced
1 large or 2 small bell peppers (any color, I used red and green), diced
1 white, sweet or vidalia onion, diced
1 large or 2 small (I used 2 small green and red) jalapenos, diced (include a few seeds)
salt, lemon juice, lime juice and cilantro to taste

Mix in bowl, cover and chill until served.

Tortilla chips:

As many corn tortillas as you want, cut into quarters
Mix salt, lime juice and warm water until it tastes how you would like it to. It will taste much less strong on the chip than the mixture does.
Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray (I use butter flavored).
Submerge each chip into the mixture and then set on cookie tray.
Spray chips with spray before putting in oven.
Bake at 400 until desired crispiness. They will still be a little bendy in the middle but are great for dipping.

Friday, August 6, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill In

So I've decided to give this a try. Yep...this is one of those "everyone else is doing it" things so :p!

  1. What is something you wished you’d learned to do earlier in life?
I wish that I had learned to stress less. I always worry about everything and it’s something I’m working on now to try not to do but it would have helped a lot more if I had learned while younger.
  1. What is your biggest pet peeve with the military?
Hrmmm…Right now, really nothing. I’m peachy fine with the military. My husband on the other hand…I love him to death but he has all these grandiose ideas and those ideas change like the weather in Chicago.
  1. What tourist attraction near you have you never seen?
I haven’t really been in NC very long but probably the Outer Banks. It’s something we’d like to get to see eventually though. :)
  1. What are you avoiding doing right now?
Taking a shower! As soon as I’m done writing this though, I will go take one. I’m shtinkie!
  1. Wine, beer or liquor?
Right now, nothing. :( But normally either beer or wine. Or amaretto. So um….all 3! :D

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I know it's been a while...

So here are some updates:
Finally moved to NC and am in the house. :) Still in the process of unpacking but a lot of that revolves around when Mishu is able to be home. The last 2 weeks he was out in the field training so not much got done. The kitchen is slightly more usable than it was before so YAAAY!
Still nothing on the job front, though I did have an interview with a local school that I am feeling fairly positive about! Though, I've resigned myself to the idea that I might actually not find a job because:

Wheeee big surprise! We are pregnant! Found out mid-May that we were pregnant. Last Tuesday I was in the ER with abdominal pains and we found out it was gall stones. During the ultrasound, the tech looked surprised and said, "Has anyone told you that you are having twins???"

Color me shocked! I have no twins in my family at all and only Mishu's grandma is a twin. So yeah! Now we are expecting Thing 1 and Thing 2. We both love Dr. Seuss and the book The Lorax so we are doing the walls in the Lorax theme and Dr. Seuss throughout the room. Originally, we weren't going to find out genders but now we think we are going to. I have an appointment next week and maybe we will find out then.

But until then, here are a few pictures I have so far!

2 heads are better than 1, right??

And here, I introduce to you Thing 1:

And now, Thing 2:

I will be sure to put more pictures up later when I get them!!!! :D