Try It Tuesday

 

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Happy Tuesday, peeps!

Every week, we have dinner over at my parent’s house. My mom was getting tired of the “same ole, same ole”, so she tried a new recipe! And guess what? Its today’s Try It Tuesday!

The dish was Spicy Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti. There’s a similar recipe on Pinterest! (My mom made the “healthier version” since we’re all trying to lose some pounds.)

Here’s what you need:

~1lb. 2% Velveeta

~1 pkg whole wheat spaghetti

~1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken cooked and cut up into pieces

~1 can Rotel

~1 can 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup

~1/3 cup milk

 

Preheat your oven to 350*. Cook the spaghetti as normal. Add your cooked chicken (Mom de-boned a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. It worked great!) to a large bowl along with Velveeta, milk, soup, and Rotel. Microwave and stir until cheese is melted and all ingredients are thoroughly blended.

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Next, throw the noodles into the bowl and mix well.

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Then, pop it into a casserole dish and bake for 30-35 minutes and serve!

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I liked this! I will say, though, that it was really rich. I think it would help if maybe some kidney beans or black beans were served on top or on the side. Or maybe even if it was topped with lettuce!

Have you ever tried this recipe before? Did you like it? Did you do anything differently?

My Favorite Things {To Eat}

Merry Monday before Christmas!

With the big day only a tad over 48 hours away, you’re probably starting to think about what you’re going to take to your many family functions. If you don’t want to actually bring something, I’ve got some great suggestions for you! Every year I look forward to this season because its when the best of the best foods come around my house. And my family does not skimp when it comes to holiday eating!

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Here’s my Top Four Favorite Holiday Treats!

 

#4. Jalapeno Poppers

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Full disclosure: my dad makes these almost exclusively in the summertime. However, we are preparing for Ultra Feast on New Year’s Eve and he has already said that these are totes on the menu. I am SO excited! The poppers may seem a little extreme, given that they’re made with a crazy-hot pepper, but they’re actually not as spicy as you might think. The cream cheese really helps to mellow out the kick! Plus, the peppers are wrapped in bacon. And everything is better with bacon! Get the recipe here!

 

#3. Fruit Pizza

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We haven’t had this dessert is sooooooo long! It used to be a staple for our New Year’s Eve partay’s, but sadly, its gone away. I’m hoping to revive it this year! Its a pretty simple recipe. All you need is sugar cookie dough (you can even use store bought!), cream cheese, powdered sugar, and your favorite fruits! Get the stats here!

 

#2. Chili Cheese Dip

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I love this dip because its always a home run when there’s a lot of people and its super simple to make! Its perfect for the colder months and can be tailored to fit your tastes! You add or subtract just about anything from this recipe and its still awesome! Get some ideas for your own creation at this site!

 

#1. Peanut Butter Ball

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My sister found this recipe on Pinterest and I have never before been so thankful for the internet. This sweet dip takes two of my favorite foods: peanut butter and chocolate and makes them edible with a spoon. (Well, I guess you could eat peanut butter straight out of the jar with a spoon, but this is SO much better!) Again, its a super simple recipe that looks like you’ve spent all day making, so you can totes impress your in-laws! This dip is good with sugar cookies, graham crackers, and apple slices!

 

 

Happy eating!

 

Stress + Me = Fuh-Oood!

Things have been a little stressful lately. I’ve been marathon training, packing up an apartment, getting rooms ready at the sister’s house, doing my normal job, as well as being Mommy and Wife. So I’ve been a little crazed.

And what do I do when I’m stressed? I eat. A lot.

I wish I was one of those people that didn’t eat when they were stressed (how do they do that?!). However, this is me when things get a little crazy:

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What things do I love to eat when stress snacking?

 

Natural Cheetos

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Chocolate Covered Blueberries

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And crackers….

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…with cheese.

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I’m also a sucker for any kind of cookie or baked good. Its dangerous that I live so close to a donut shop. I know that there are so many different ways to deal with stress rather than eat, but sometimes doing yoga just won’t cut it.

What about you? How do you deal with stress? Do you do something besides eat? Share your wisdom, yo, because I need to stop running to the fridge every time I flip out!

Pregnancy Anomaly

According to my pregnancy app (yes, I have that What to Expect What You’re Expecting app because pregnant brain does not allow me to remember how far a long I am) I am 25 weeks, 5 days along. Which means I only have 14 weeks and 2 days left of this pregnancy.

Up to now, I thought I had seen and experienced everything that pregnancy had to offer: nausea, spontaneous moments of fear, memory loss, and a complete loss of respect for gravity. That is, until now.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been noticing that I’ll be ravenous right before meals. Then, when I sit down to eat, expecting to inhale my food like a feral child, I’ll get a few bites in and then get tired of eating. I don’t get nauseous, I don’t get full, I actually get bored with the action of eating. I’m tired of it and I don’t want anymore.

Normally, the non-pregnant Jess would be excited: Woo! I’ll lose weight this way! 

But pregnant Jess thinks: Crap, I’m just going to get hungry in a few hours, which will make my stomach hurt. Why can’t I just eat?!

Let me tell you, I’ve never had a problem with eating. I. LOVE. FOOD. And since I’ve been with Huff the Hubs, I’ve tried all kinds of foreign cuisines. I’m up for trying just about anything. So I just don’t understand why eating is such a chore now.

Have any other preggos experienced this? Am I an anomaly? Should I get Mulder and Scully on the line?

Why I Think Pregnancy is Like A Cymbalta® Commercial

Have you ever seen those commercials for anti-depressants? Of course you have, what am I talking about? The only commercials on TV now are either prescription medication commercials or that weird commercial for McDonald’s Fish Bites® (must be Lent season).

 

Anyway, those commercials typically list a variety of symptoms that mean you’re clinically depressed. If you listen closely, you’ll find that they are also symptoms of pregnancy. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look, shall we?

 

Do you suffer from…

 

1. The inability to eat?

When you’re constantly dry-heaving over the toilet (or trashcan, out the car window, and in one rare case, your cubicle partner’s potted fern) with morning sickness, you typically don’t have an appetite.

 

2. Overeating?

On those rare days when morning sickness seems to wane, one thought and one thought alone enters your mind: “I WILL EAT EVERYTHING IN THE KITCHEN!”

 

3. Insomnia or Sleepiness?

It’s the strangest thing: when you’re pregnant, you sleep during the day and can’t sleep at night. I feel like a freaking possum without the awesome ability to see in the dark.

 

4. Frequent mood changes?

The other day, Huff the Hubs made a joke. It wasn’t that funny, but in the moment I thought he was George frakking Carlin. I literally laughed for four straight minutes. Then, I immediately burst into tears. Which last about 20 minutes. All the while I kept saying: “I don’t know I’m crying!” (Shhh….just rock in the corner and chew your hair…)

 

5. Zero interest in things you used to enjoy?

You mean like showering? And wearing pants that don’t have elastic waist bands? Yeah. Screw that. Where’s that half-eaten bag of Funyuns…?

 

Alas, there are some ways pregnancy isn’t like depression. You can have people do stuff for you just because you’re knocked up. You have an excuse as to why you ate your sister’s entire plate of onion rings while she went to the bathroom. You can also use morning sickness as a way to get out of stuff (“Your dog’s in a fashion show? Oh, I would but I’m not feeling too hot…”). I’m still counting down the days to the magical second trimester, where everything is unicorns and butterflies. And, actually, THAT sounds better than any anti-depressant commercial out there.