This was one of those weeks where you try to take care of sick kids, and then you get sick yourself. The kids have no concept of course that mommy could possibly be sick herself! Us mothers just have to push through it, and basically be supermom. I couldn’t have made it through the day without my wonderful superhero husband! 🙂 At the end of my last blog I mentioned that Emma had been sick. I thought she was doing better on Monday, but then early Tuesday morning she threw up again. She was very upset, and then literally was just laying on the couch. I was starting to get worried, so I took her to a local pediatrician. They tested her and found that it was indeed viral. This was technically good news. It meant that she should start feeling better in a day or two. However, bad for the rest of us! Let’s just say I’ve spent all the rest of the week washing and drying bedding, spraying lysol, being sick, and trying to de-germ everything!
Monday night I made the pioneer woman’s chicken alfredo stuffed shells for dinner. Totally amazing, cheesy, and be warned that you should not make this recipe if on any kind of diet! However, it is totally worth blowing the diet for! We had it with a salad! 🙂 There was enough for two meals, and so I refrigerated the leftovers and then popped it in the oven a couple nights later to heat it back up. You can find the recipe here: Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells
Here is a picture of the coconut cream pie I made too!
This is one of my favorite desserts! Especially in the summertime! I consider this a family recipe because my mom has been making this pie for a very long time. I have no idea where she got the recipe from.
For the pie crust you can either make your own or use store bought. Be sure to bake the crust before putting the filling in it. For the pie filling: Heat 2 1/2 cups of milk in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Mix together 1 cup of sugar, 4 tbl spoons of cornstarch, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Add sugar mixture to warm milk, and 5 beaten egg yolks (save the whites for the merangue). Stir constantly and wait for filling to thicken! When filling thickens add 1tsp of vanilla extract, 1tbl spoon of butter, and 1 cup of coconut. Poor into baked pie crust, and let cool completely.
For the merangue take the 5 egg whites and beat with 1/4 cup of powder sugar, 1tsp of baking powder, and 2 tbl spoons of sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. You can then bake the merangue until brown tips form on the peaks of the merangue. I chose to use a blow torch over the top of my merangue. Refrigerate the pie for a few hours before serving. It is best cold!
I also tried two other recipes this week that I loved, but I was an air head and forgot to take pictures! I will have to share those with you another time! Sorry!
I started teaching David how to wash dishes this week. Let’s just say more water ended up on the floor than in the sink. 🙂 I want our kids to learn necessary household tasks, and survival skills. It builds character. As a kid, one of our nightly chores was cleaning up and washing the dinner dishes. My brother and I had many a fight in the kitchen, some of which included the water sprayer and half wet towels. 😉 I don’t even remember what the fights were about! Ahh, sibling rivalry. 🙂
Since we were all feeling better and on the mend today, we decided to get out of the house for a bit. We went to our favorite bookstore! We used to take David all the time when he was about Emma’s age. It’s great to live near a Barnes and Noble again! Emma was very possessive of the trains. She did not want to share at all, and was having a cry fit. We ended up having to do a time out at the bookstore. I believe the terrible twos may be starting early! Sigh…!
Here is an extra picture of my cuties! 🙂