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andie's nest
san francisco, ca
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Christmas really snuck up on me this year, ever since I became a mama, Christmas has always been our favorite holiday (and thanksgiving)... having kids changes everything and makes this holiday season that much more fun. But this years just felt so special to us now that we have Penelope. It's a time of the year where we rejoice because on this day our savior was born. All that Santa stuff is so much fun for the kids, but it is so important for me not to loose sight of what the true meaning of Christmas really is. I am so guilty of letting all the other stuff get in the way of it. This Christmas for the first time ever we went to Christmas Eve mass, we got there towards the end, because we got the wrong time from the website, but we still went and we prayed and thanked God for all his love and blessings. My Son asked to light a candle and it made me very emotional to watch him light a candle and kneel down to pray all on his own. He kept kissing his sisters hand and I just knew what his special prayer was about. We came home after church and papa had dinner while I played on the living room floor with my littles. Oh yeah did I mention My husband was off Christmas Eve... That never happens, well only last year when he got Christmas Day off! The next morning We all woke up opened presents and ate breakfast as a family before papa had to go to work. Here are some picture of our christmas... On Christmas Eve after church, I let the kids open one gift... It's a tradition I've done with Nicolas every year. Here is Penelope with her little drum her aunt got her. I don't have a picture of Nicolas because in true Nicolas manner, he got home and wanted to hang out in his under pants, Ssshhh don't tell him I said this. hahaha! Nicolas and Penelope were in sync Christmas morning, because they both woke up at 6:30 am and straight to the tree we went to see what Santa brought them. It was so sweet watching Nicolas help Penelope open her presents. Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas! I loved seeing everyones pictures on social media and it would light up my day to receive my dear family and friends christmas cards XO- Andie Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at andie's nest
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MERRY CHRISTMAS, to all of our family and friends! I wanted to share this years Christmas cards with you all! This Christmas is extra special in our home, we get to celebrate this wonderful time of the year with a new little member in our family. Last Christmas there was so much unknown, it was a very scary time for us. Fast forward to today and look at that sweet face! ^^^ We could not feel more blessed than what we feel today. Our sweet little miracle baby is here and doing amazing! Our son got the sibling he always wanted, seeing the love he has for her makes my mama heart so happy. He is having so much fun being her teacher and cheering her on when she does something new, like crawling backward for the first time last week. When I see moments like this one I captured in this picture it reminds me of Gods glory, of his love for us. It makes me feel so grateful, humbled and blessed. A million times again thank you family and friends for the out pouring of love you have shown us this year! I am a true believer in the power of prayer and we had so many praying for our sweet Penelope. I will never get tired of thanking you! MERRY CHRISTMAS Love, The Aguirre's Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at andie's nest
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Chip & Pecan Blondies Here's what you'll need: 1 1/2 cups of flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted and cooled 1 1/2 cups of packed dark brown sugar 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 4 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup milk chocolate chips 1 cup pecans, chopped and toasted Instructions: Adjust oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating, line a 13x9 baking pan with foil paper. Make sure the cut enough foil to allow it to hang off on the sides so that you can life blondies from the pan when they're done. In a medium bowl whisk the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and salt together. In another medium bowl whisk the melted butter and brown sugar until it completely combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula fold in the dry mixture into the wet mixture, blend well, but don't over mix. Then fold in the chocolate and pecans. Place batter on you pan and evenly spread smoothly. Bake for 25 mins, the top should look shiny, light golden brown and crackly. Let it cool and then cut into square. Know enjoy with a tall glass of milk or coffee! I got the recipe here: www.food52.com/recipes/28573-cook-s-illustrated-s-blondies Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at andie's nest
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Thirty-two and counting! Wow, this year for me has been a rollercoaster of events, from my highest point being giving birth to another beautiful soul, my sweet little Penelope Mila. She has forever changed me and has brought so much strength and love to our family. Then to my lowest point being my daughters diagnose followed by multiple surgeries in her first few months of life. As a mother it was the most devastating thing. I can honestly say though, I have been blessed thus far, because God has not left us and we feel his love and presence everyday! He has giving me strength and hope, so much hope. He has placed my daughter (his daughter) in his healing hands and has wrapped his arms around us all. Thirty-one was a rough one, but I have come out of it a more humbled human; stronger than ever, because of all that we went through. If there is one thing I can say I learned this past year is to live... Live in the now, not in the past nor in tomorrow. To get on the floor more and play with my children. This year I want to work on my relationships with those I love. Be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. I feel I have been through so much these past few years and I have not attended as I should to a lot of my friendships. So this year I vow to myself to be there more for others as they have been for me. And most importantly continue to keep my faith. To always remember that with God anything is possible. So cheers to leaving thirty-one behind and moving forward to better year! So hear we go thirty-two!!! love, Andie Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at andie's nest
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The other day while talking to my sister on the phone she was talking to me about how she had gone to eat the night before to one of our favorite spots back at home in Houston. She had mentioned the oh so yummy soup they have and all I could think about is, oh how I wish I could have some right now. Then I thought it would be fun to try and replicate that soup, and I think I did a really close job. This soup is perfect for this season and I hope you try it and enjoy it! Chicken & Chickpea lemon soup Here's what you'll need: 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion (or half of a large) 3 celery stocks, chopped 2 large carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced 1 garlic clove, minced 2 cups of chicken stock 1 sprig of oregano 1 bay leaf 1 sprig of rosemary 2 chicken breast, cooked & shredded 2 cups of chickpeas, cooked (or 1 can of chickpeas) 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice salt & pepper In a medium pot add oil and sauté your onions until translucent in medium heat, then add celery, carrot & garlic, cook for about 5 mins. Add Stock, oregano, rosemary & bayleaf, bring to a boil and then bring it down to a simmer, cook for 10 mins. Then add the Chicken, chickpeas & lemon juice and cook for another 5 mins. season with salt & pepper to taste. Note: I cooked some white rice and served it in my soup! Serving for 4 Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at andie's nest
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I remember when we brought Penelope home the first time, our mission was for her to gain weight and grow before her next surgery, but also to make sure she didn't get sick before her surgery since it was still flu season. Until now Penelope has not gotten a cold nor flu, and I am so grateful for that. We are back in flu season and Penelope is almost 10 months. She now tries to touch everything in reach and also tried to put everything in her mouth. As much as I would love to put her in a bubble, I know I can't. When it comes to my anxiety and trying to keep Penelope safe from harmful germs, I feel like no one really gets it, unless you are going through a similar situation like us where your child is at high risk. For any child that gets the flu, it can be brutal! But for a child born with a congenital heart defect(s) it can be extremely dangerous. Some things that can happen because of a flu are; pneumonia, hospitalization or respiratory issues (RSV) and because their little hearts aren't as strong to battle the virus, it can also cause a heart attack, stroke and even be fatal. Because of all these scary outcomes, it is very important that we all get our flu vaccine every year. Apart of the flu vaccine, heart infants have to get synagis once a month, throughout the entire flu season. What is synagis you may ask? Synagis contains virus-fighting antibodies that can help protect high-risk infants from severe RSV disease. I had to deal with RSV with my son as an infant and he was a healthy boy, so I would only imagine what it can do to my heart baby. Here are some tips on how you can help protect your loved ones: Get your flu shot, better be safe the sorry! (I respect if your against the flu vaccine, but just remember there are high risk children around even if you are not aware. So please keep others and yourself safe.) Wash your hands, there is no such thing as washing your hands enough when your around little ones in general. Keep hand sanitizer in hand. In your hand bag, stroller, car, etc. (I seriously have a bottle in every room!) For mama's with little ones, wet ones are great! I use them at the playground a lot. And my biggest tip is if your sick stay home and far away! As Penelope's cardiologist put it, "If someone has the sniffles, an itch in their throat... stay away." If you have a little one that is sick keep them home and don't go out spreading germs. I know all this might be common sense to all of you, but you'll be surprise how many just don't listen or get it! And well now that I'm in the heart mom's club and know how devastating a flu can be for my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at andie's nest
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The funny thing about kids is that sometimes it takes someone really cool to convince them that fruits and veggies are yummy to drink! Thank you to Mr. Luk, (Nicolas very cool third grade teacher) for making healthy smoothies and juices with the kids every Friday. I'm always trying to get Nicolas to drink my juices and he won't unless its orange juice, haha! We went to the farmers market this past weekend and he asked me if he could have $5. I asked him, "Sure, but for what," and his reply was "because Mr. Luk let us make apples & carrots juice and it was so, so good," hahaha! Oh really? Well, of course I gave him the $5 and I watched him as he carefully picked his fruits & veggies. I had recently bought apples so he ended up just buying carrots, strawberries and golden beets. (He wanted to add more ingredients to the juice.) Here are some pictures and recipe of today's juice, Nicolas edition... Don't forget to wash those fruits & vegetables. We use a fruits & vegetable wash from the honest company. He was extra excited I let him use a knife. I was holding my breath the entire time, I know, I know he's nine now and I have to remind myself that all the time. He really wanted me to share his recipe, because in his words "every kid should try this," gosh I love this lad. Here's what you'll need: 4 carrots 2 apples 1 beet 5 strawberries Wash, rinse & chop fruits and vegetables. Bring out the juicer, start juicing and then drink your roots kids!!! Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at andie's nest
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A little update on Penelope's developmental progress. On Penelope's 8 months update post I had mentioned she was struggling with sitting up. We finally had Penelope's first appointment yesterday to see if she qualifies for physical therapy. They did a series of test to see where she is developmentally with sitting, rolling over, lifting her head while on tummy and to see if she would stand with support (just like on the picture above). Penelope scored right below the line of being where she needs to be at 8 months. The physical therapist said that Penelope was doing really good considering what she's been through, but just needs a little push. The physical therapist noticed when Penelope sits, she has really bad posture and it's because she has a weak core. The goal is to do some exercises to strengthen her core. Another thing is Penelope is not rolling over fully, She does move from side to side, but does not roll over on her tummy. The plan is to take her to therapy once a week and she also gave me a print out of exercises I can do at home too. So we'll be working hard to get this babe where she needs to be. I have a feeling Penelope is probably going to skip crawling all together and just go straight to walking... This girl has some strong legs. ;) Have a wonderful weekend friends! Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at andie's nest
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Here's what you'll need: 1 apple 1/4 tsp of sugar 1 medium size beet 1 cup kale 1 tsp olive oil a pinch of salt In a small saucepan add 1/2 cup of water, beets & apples and steam in medium low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Place the apples, beets and what ever liquid that is left in a blender and set aside. Clean & dry the sauce pan and then sauté the kale with some olive oil in medium heat. Add kale and pinch of salt in the blender with the apples & beets and puree. Cool and serve to baby! Notes: Makes two 4 oz jars. Depending on the consistency you want for your babies puree you can add a little more water when blending it, for a much more smoother texture. I also like to add a tiny bit more olive oil when serving it to my baby. Continue reading
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Posted Oct 12, 2015 at andie's nest
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Ten things I want remember about the other day... 1. The smell of clean air, followed by the smell of salt water. 2. The beautiful scenery of Pescadero Beach, it was one of those places that feels so good to the soul. 3. Seeing the excitement in my sons eyes while he watched dolphins swim by. 4. My husband teaching our son how to catch sand crabs and Nicolas running through the sand, so happy to show me the sand crab he caught. 5. Penelope's olive skin against the deep blue ocean. 6. My husband laughter. (He was being free and so wrapped up on all things work, the man never stops.) 7. The way the waves rocked Penelope to sleep. 8. The cotton candy skies 9. Spending the day in great company with family & friends. 10. The most beautiful; most magical sunset I ever did see. (The other day we traveled south to Half Moon Bay & Pescadero Beach, and it was a really good day!) Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at andie's nest
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Eight months with this little miss have been full of so many proud moments. Being a heart mama is not something I wanted to be a part of, but boy has it taught me so much about how to live in the moment and enjoy today with my kids. Penelope is striving and just doing so wonderfully after her last surgery, we are just so proud of our littlest heart hero! Updates on Penelope: Feedings: Penelope is still getting her milk fortified to 30 calories and is starting to eat solids. So far the only thing she hasn't liked is apple sauce, but she'll have it mixed in with other fruits & veggies. Her feeding habits have really turned a corner and because of it her weight gain has gotten better. Go Penny, go! Sleeping: My little sleeping beauty is good to mama & papa and sleeps 8-10 hours at night. Also naps 2-3 times during the day for a good hour or two. She holds a small blanket with her right hand and sucks her left thumb to sooth herself to sleep, it really is the cutest thing ever. (once she's asleep i remove the blanket, because I am always so afraid of SIDS) Developmental: Penelope is a smart cookie, she has met most of her developmental marks. The one thing she has a little struggle with is sitting up on her own. We are waiting to hear back from the physical therapist that our doctor referred us to. Our doctor is not concerned, but thinks it wouldn't hurt to help her a little. Her weight gain was also such a struggle after surgery, for weeks she would be at the same weight or only gained a few ounces. But the past two months this little lady has been gaining the weight and is a whopping 14 lbs 6 oz, as of a week ago. YAY! Likes and Dislikes: Penelope loves to go on long strolls, living in a loud city calls for so much curiosity and you can see it in her face, she want's to know where every little sound is coming from. Penelope really dislikes the sand, we took her to the beach a few times now and well, lets just say she really dislikes it. Penelope's Heart: Since the last time I posted an update Penelope was 4 months and a lot has happened since then. If you follow me on Instagram you know shortly after that last post we ended up back at UCSF because Penelope's O2 levels were dipping in the low 70's. A few day's later she had her Bi-directional Glenn (<<<Click to go to link) The surgery went so well and she was doing so good we thought we would be home by the following week. But shortly after going to the recovery unit Penelope started de-sating, didn't want to eat and was just so fussy. They did an X-ray which showed fluid in chest. It ended up being a chylothorax... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at andie's nest
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Apple sauce was the first puree I made for Penelope and she didn't really care for it. Carrots in the other hand she liked. It's apple season and I thought why not give it a go again, but this time I made apple & carrot combo. And she loves, she gets upset if I don't hurry and give her more. Yup, she is a sassy one. Apples & Carrots puree here's what you'll need: 2 apples 5 carrots a pinch of salt a pinch of sugar Simply steam the carrots and apples until completely cooked and puree in blender. Note: makes one 4 oz mason jar. I really love this stage. So curious! I hope these "baby food" post encourages mama's to make their own baby food. It's so easy and so rewarding. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at andie's nest
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This past week Chris has been working a lot and so when he said this morning that he didn't have to be at work early today... clearly that meant lets go eat at MO's. We need to savor every moment with get with papa, because once holiday season hits we don't get to see him much. Holidays!!! I can't believe we are almost there... If you know me you know how much I love all things holiday. I always start playing Christmas music on the first day of fall, yup I'm that person. Any who this year I want this season to slow down, take its time. It always comes and goes so very fast and the reality is that once its over and the new year comes it'll be Penelope's first birthday and I am not ready for it. Ok I am getting way ahead of myself! So here is to savoring each moment that much more. Here are some pictures I took with my iPhone over the weekend of my little family. Penelope sitting all on her own, such a big girl. The food here is so good! We asked for a small order of pancakes of Nicolas and we got a huge serving, definitely meant for sharing. ;) Sleeping beauty! This weekend it was the Moon Autumn Festival in our neighborhood. It's literally a block away and we can hear everything in our apartment that's going on out there, which meant Penelope had the hardest time napping and I got the worst headache. Good thing she took a nap on our way home from having brunch. The upside of the festival is there were several plant stands and we bought this lovely little plant... I have the worst luck with plants, but I'm hoping I can keep this one alive. Saturday night ended with some Netflix goods. I use to read this book to Nicolas when he was little and now to Penelope, so when going through Netflix and I saw this and kind of forced everyone to watch it. Ha! Sunday was pretty much a lot of cleaning! Went to the store for paper towel and came home with three bags of groceries, don't you just hate when that happens. Good thing for my mommy hook, it's always such a life saver. Before I sign off, I wanted to share this picture, because it takes a real super hero to clean his room. Sometime Nicolas acts like such a tween, that when I see him play this way... It's a good reminder that he is still just 9 years old. (His cape is from cape4heros, he got it at the hospital with penelope, because siblings of heart hero's are hero's too!) Hope Ya'll had a great weekend! Happy Monday friends! Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at andie's nest
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Here's the thing... my husband and I are always looking for the best recipes, okay no it's more like lets see who can make the best recipe. Last year I made what I thought was a really good recipe for homemade granola, but my husband lately has been talking about making granola a lot and so he did. And one up me, he did. 😝 This seriously is the best homemade granola recipe ever! So of course I thought it would a good idea to share, because everyone should try this granola. Homemade granola here's what you'll need: 5 cups granola 1 cup hemp seeds 3/4 cup flaxseeds 1/2 cup sesame seeds 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds 1 1/2 cups coconut 1/2 vegetable oil 1/3 cup honey 1/2 cup maple syrup 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp salt 3 tbsp brown sugar 1/2 cup rasins preheat oven at 250 degrees In a large mixing bowl add all the oats, hemp seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, almonds and coconut and mix well. In a smaller bowl add oil, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and brown sugar. Then whisk and pour on top of the oats mixture and using a spatula fold in until all ingredients are mixed well. Place granola on a large sheet pan and spread it evenly. Put it in the oven and bake it for 2 hours, make sure to move it around so it can toast evenly. When it's done it should look golden brown & toasty. Place a side and let it cool. Once cooled toss in the raisins and store the granola in jar or what ever container you want to use. And wha..la you have some very tasty homemade granola. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at andie's nest
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In the past few months Penelope has been trying new fruit and veggies, so far peas, broccoli, squash, avocados & bananas are favorite. I worked with my first borns first few years and now that I am at home, i really wanted to make make it an effort and make all homemade baby food. I am really enjoying it! Seeing her reactions to new foods is the most exciting thing! Nicolas and I make airplane noise when feeding her and clap every time she like something and wants more. At her latest Dr. appt. her pediatrician said it was a good time to introduce her to some meats, so obviously me and my husband looked at each other like yes, finally! Here is a baby's first salmon & broccoli recipe i did for Penelope this week. She absolutely loved it, it was the most I've ever seen her eat. ;) Salmon & Broccoli here's what you'll need: 3 broccoli crowns 2 oz of salmon, skin off a pinch of salt 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil In a sauce pan add 1/2 cup of water, broccoli, and pinch of salt, place lid and steam till almost cooked (about 8 mins). After that add the piece of salmon, cook with broccoli until cooked all the way (about 5 mins) Place the salmon, broccoli, the water left in the pan & olive oil in a blender and puree until smooth. Place in a whatever container you use for baby's food and let it cool. Note: makes two 4 oz mason jars. I usually place half the batch in the freezer for later in the weeks. i found this really cool freezer tray from kIDDO FEDDO on amazon. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at andie's nest
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Bacon & Poblano Red Potato Salad Here's what you'll need: 10-14 red potatoes (depending how big or small they are) 2 medium sized poblano peppers 3-4 bacon, cooked and crumbled 1/3 cup mayonnaise salt & pepper to taste a pinch of celery salt Cut the red potatoes in quarters and simmer them in salt water until cooked, about 20 mins. While the potatoes are cooking turn on the broil and roast the poblano peppers until the skin blisters. Place in a plate and cover with plastic wrap to let them sweat for about 5 mins and then peel, deseed & cut in to small squares. When potatoes are cooked drain and place in a bowl with the peppers and crumbled bacon, set in refrigerator to cool. Once cooled add the mayonnaise, pinch of celery and salt & pepper to taste. *hope you try this side dish, it is truly a favorite around here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at andie's nest
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9!!! These past nine years have seriously been the best nine years of my life. Nicolas came like a ray of sunshine to brighten up my life and all those around him. If you know Nicolas, you know that he is spunky and very witty. He is eager to learn and most days he bombards me with questions that I don't have answers to, we usually hop on the computer and learn together. I've always known Nicolas has heart of gold, but as a parent when teachers and other parents tell you how sweet, loving and kind your child is, it's a big deal. Well,... I can honestly say that I am one proud mama when it comes to Nicolas. This year we asked Nicolas what he wanted to do for his birthday and his reply was "mom, I want to go real bowling... not on the kinect" hahaha! We had never taking him bowling and so this year we wanted it to be extra special for him. So bowling it was and boy all that kinect bowling paid off because he did great. (of course with bumpers on the side 😉) We had family come in form Los Angeles and some friends from the suburbs come in too for some extra fun. It was so great for Chris and I to see him so happy. Happy Birthday my BEAUTIFUL boy, mom and dad love you more than words can say. "This is the best time of my life" ~ Nicolas said on his birthday. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at andie's nest
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a few days ago we were all around the table and i was holding penelope while eating watermelon. i decided to give her a taste and she really liked it. she was all smiles and would open her tiny mouth every time i would put the watermelon in front of her. so instead of waiting for 6 months we decided to start her on solids now. because penelope had a chylothorax effusion so she has to be on a very low fat diet for a total of 6 weeks (she is also on a special low fat formula called monogen, i hear it is pretty yucky). so...no avocados for penelope yet, but we did start her on bananas. she loved it! babies usually don't get the spoon feeding on the first few tries i decided to buy a food feeder to make it easier. the food feeder has a really easy grip and was easy for her to nibble on. if you ask me bananas were a success, but who doesn't like bananas, right.? this part of having a baby is always so exciting to me. they get to discover all the yummy food that we already love. the faces, oh can we talk about the faces. when they taste something they like, something sour or something that they don't like and will refuse to eat again. i will be documenting baby's first food and i'm excited to sharing with you mom's or mom's to be the some of our favorite or not so favorite baby food. (for those who are interested in this food feeder it is from kidsme <<<click to go to link) Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at andie's nest
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Jul 19, 2015
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drink your roots here's what you'll need: 2 beets 4-5 carrots 2 tbsp of ginger root 2 oranges 1/2 a lemon now juice away! like i mentioned on drink your greens, you can add more of what you like or less of what you don't. this is the recipe i personally came up with and loved! who knew as a kid that drinking your roots could be so good! ;) Note: this serves enough for two people) p.s..... you might want to wear gloves, lol my hands are pretty stained from the beets. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at andie's nest
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oh this little babe of mine! every day, every minute, every second with her is not taken for granted. being a heart mom is something no mother wants to be, but when it happens to you, you are reminded daily how precious life is and you enjoy it that much more. i feel so blessed that after her first month of life in the hospital, we are able to enjoy her at home. her next surgery is around the corner and we are so ready to put that one behind us. updates on penelope: feedings: feedings are getting better for penelope. because of her heart, penelope burns more calories than a normal heart baby so we have to fortify her milk with 30 more added calories. the added calories can be harsh on a baby's little tummy and therefore she was eating less. i feel like now she's adjusting. sleeping: penelope's sleeping patterns are all over the place. i will say she does very well at night and only wakes up to feed every three hours. some times i feel like she sleeps the entire night if i let her, but remember we can't... we have to plump her up! during the day she is all over the place, which makes it really hard to have a routine. i'm still working on it. a big part of growing is sleeping, but little miss penny has not gotten the memo. developmental: penelope is on the smaller side when it comes to a 4 month old. measuring at 22 inches tall, weighing 11 lb. 3 oz., she is starting to outgrow her 0-3 months clothing. for the first time this past monday, the doctor and dietitian were very happy with her weight gain. yay for chunky baby!!! she is doing the normal baby things that are expected of her like lifting her head up, cooing, following objects with her eyes and has a tight grip when i hand her a rattle. she even tried to hold her own bottle today, i say she is on the right track! likes and dislikes: oh she loves mama... miss penny is a big mama's girl and my husband will agree to that. she loves it when i sing to her, and if i add a silly dance to go along with my sing, its even better. she is also really loving her thumb! she will put her whole hand in her mouth looking for that thumb and get so frustrated, but when she finds it, she is so happy! she really dislikes tummy time, but most babies do, right? penelope's heart: so i have mentioned that penelope has a double outlet right ventricle, a very large vsd and pulmonary stenosis. at birth, we also found out that her double outlet right ventricle has transposition of the great arteries. at first that doctors told us that they thought she might still be a two ventricle heart, but that they will know more once she got older.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at andie's nest
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drink your greens here's what you'll need: 1 cup of spinach 1 cup of kale 3-4 celery stalks 2 apples half of a medium size cucumber 1 small lemon or half of a large one 1-2 tbsp of ginger start juicing away. you can add more of what you like, but i've played with these ingredients a lot and this is the recipe i came up with that i liked. ;) *i use the a breville fountain juicer, you can find it here Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at andie's nest
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nicolas always tells me "mom i love your meatballs" for a boy that does not like onions, garlic & spinach, i say, i did my job in hiding all those ingredients good ;)! there is a rule in our home "you can't say you don't like it until you try it" and well he loves these meatballs full of secret ingredients. i won't tell if you don't! mama's meatballs here's what you'll need: 1 lb. of beef 1/2 lb. of italian sausage 1/2 cup of sauté spinach half of a large onion, small dice, sauté 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp of fresh basil 1/2 cup of bread crumbs 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan 1 large egg 1/2 tsp of worcesterhire sauce 1/2 tsp of thyme salt & pepper olive oil for cooking with a clean hand, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. mix until it's all mixed evenly (add salt & pepper to your taste.) note: i like to cook a small piece to make sure its seasoned properly. roll with your hands into medium size balls, it should make 10-12 meatballs in medium heat brown the meatballs for 3-4 mins each side. once browned evenly, remove the meatballs from the pan and set aside. sauce: half of an onion, small diced 1 garlic clove, mince 1 can of pomodoro tomatoes (crushed or whole) 1 cup of water 1/2 tsp of fresh basil 1/2 tsp of thyme 1/2 tsp of oregano 1/2 tsp of celery salt 1/4 tsp of sugar 1 bay leaf 1tbsp unsalted butter olive oil for cooking in the same pan add about a tbsp of olive oil, add onions, cook until translucent. then add garlic and cook for about 1 minute. add the tomatoes, water, basil, thyme, oregano, celery salt, sugar and bay leaf. bring to a boil, then down to a simmer (make sure to place a lid so you don't get splatters everywhere.) after 5 mins put the meatballs back in and cook in low heat for about 30-40 minutes in the sauce, make sure to stir every so often. at the end when the sauce is reduced add the butter and salt & pepper, as needed. serve with pasta or polenta. bon appetite my friends! Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at andie's nest
you are welcome jess! and thank you for your kind words always. :)
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