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    Hello June

    Hello June, and once again we meet.

    An entire month has passed since I posted anything on here, and a lot has happened in a month. Most of it consists of endless doctor appointments (or from what it feels like) and events. May quickly came, and abruptly left us and now we’re in June with a whole new set of events and appointments. It’s been a crazy month, and our journey is barely starting.

    Recap from May

    Allergy season is in place! Ryu and I have been victims of Spring. We are constantly breaking out in allergies and it’s not the best feeling in the world. We took Ryu to take some tests, and his blood results came back pretty intense. He’s pretty much bubble boy in the flesh, and poor thing is currently suffering the worse of allergy breakouts ever!

    My pregnancy started rough. The first few months drained me mentally, physically, and emotionally. Food hasn’t been my friend during the past several weeks. I came to a conclusion that I hate everything I eat. Nothing taste right, and the only thing I could eat was sushi. I know that it’s bad for you, but I’ve also stopped eating it, because my body thinks it tastes bad now. It’s weird how pregnancy works. One minute you like something, the next you don’t. Eating healthy went out the door with this one. I also have lost some weight, and trying to gain it back has been rough.

    I was exchanging snail mail and email at some point before the commotion started in my personal life. During this time I have met a lot of wonderful people. I haven’t said anything yet, but I am taking a hiatus from it because of all the doctor appointments we are dealing with back and forth. For the most part this was super fun and getting to know people from around the world was nice, but I honestly just don’t have the energy to keep up with all of it at the moment.

    My sister-in-law had her baby shower. They used our backyard to host it. It turned out very pretty and my in-laws did a great job. The backyard was completely transformed. I’m glad that my sister-in-law had a nice baby shower.

    We all started to get sick on rotation for weeks. The children were literally sick every other week. My pregnancy symptoms became much more visible. I’ll get into that on another update.

    Ending

    To end the May madness, we went on a mini trip with family to San Diego. I’ll post pictures and happenings on a separate post. There was quite a few things to cover on that one. The kids were pretty much sick after that and the doctor appointments just piled up. For the most part it was a good May. June is here and there’s a lot more about to happen! r

    It wasn’t as eventful as I made it seem, or maybe it was. I just don’t want to share too much at the moment.

    Until next time, Ciao!

     

    Pregnancy

    Baby #3

    Welcoming baby #3!

    The news is finally out, we are pregnant and will be expecting baby #3 in December. We are very excited, but at the same time I’m terrified with having 2 kids under the age of 2. I figure that if we decided to have more children it would be years from now, but that didn’t seem to be the plan for us. We are definitely excited, but still awaiting what’s in store for us during this pregnancy.

    During my pregnancy with Penny we went through a lot of complications. We are hoping that with baby #3 everything will run a lot smoother. We have a boy and a girl, and another boy wouldn’t hurt. Lovey, was teasing me that it could be twins, but we’ll see. I’m guessing it’s just one baby, but the more the merrier, right?!

    It has been a little stressful since finding out that we were pregnant with baby #3. Not because we were shocked, but mainly because it’s been crazy trying to get an OB with our insurance. It also didn’t help that I got hit by a nasty bug. I’m still currently sick, but recovering a lot better. It’s taking some time, but I’m hoping by Monday I’ll be up and kicking around. This is the first time since I was in the E.R that I feel well enough to even sit up for this long in front of a computer. The entire time has been me lying down on the couch and just waiting for a miracle to happen.

    With that said, I hope that by Monday I’ll be back to my normal self.

    I haven’t done this in forever, and I don’t think I even did this with Penny. Now that we’re sort of settled in our new home I can kind of keep track through my posts about this pregnancy.

    For this 1st trimester in review thus far:

    • I’ve fallen sick. Not just with a cold, but with a viral infection and I’m still working on getting over it.
    • I started prenatal vitamins. My body could not take them when I was pregnant with Penny, but so far I’ve been okay.
    • I’m still nauseous and dizzy like the last pregnancy, except a headache was added on to it.
    • I can’t stand the flavor of eggs, which is sad because I love eggs.
    • I crave sweets, but specific kinds of sweets.
    • Weaning off of caffeine is hard because I was doing so well before I found out I was pregnant. Then it hit me that I needed it.
    • I’m very bloated. My jeans don’t fit quite as well.
    • I had gained a lot of weight in the last 2 weeks. BOO!
    • My energy has dropped by 1000 percent. I honestly, don’t want to do anything but lay here.

    That’s pretty much the few things I’ve noticed so far during my 1st trimester. I’ll be writing another update about it later on when we get our first ultrasound picture. I’ll probably be writing several posts on pregnancy, but we’ll see how things go from here with my energy.

    I’m just happy to announce, that baby #3 will be here this year! What a crazy year it’s been so far and what a huge blessing to our family to be adding another bundle of joy into our lives!

    Here’s a little throwback picture of when I was pregnant with Penny. I believe I was about 7 1/2 months here or so. I’ll be posting pictures when I come around to doing so, but until then ciao!

    Food

    Our Family Meal Plan

    Meal Planning for 4

    Over the last three months Lovey and I have decided to meal plan our dinners. I’m only going to cover our weekly dinners on here because we don’t typically have breakfast or lunch together as a family. All of that is accounted for differently.

    Why we decided to plan our meals

    We used to eat out a lot, and when I say a lot, I mean every other day. By preparing and making our meals daily we are able to budget our family meals better. I can make the dishes we enjoy eating in the comfort of our own home. We are also able to choose better ingredients for the food that we want to make and eat.

    Below is a template that is provided by Word Excel for meal planning.

    I typically hand write all my meal plans down on a piece of paper, but for the sake of blogging and making it look neater I’ll use this template.

    The breakdown is very simple for our dinners. There are two weeks on here and they are color coded two different shades. This makes it easier for me to see week 1 and week 2 without having to place actual dates. On the side I added a column just for ingredients. By doing this it makes it a lot easier for me to see what I need to check my pantry for, and how much of something we need.

    I keep my list and meal plan for 2 weeks, until I make a new one. I also keep a meal plan because it helps me see what dishes I’ve already made. This makes it a lot easier for me to decide whether I want to recreate that dish again for the following week or try something new.

    Sample of my list filled out (this is what we’re actually having this week)

    The ingredients list isn’t in order, but you get the idea of how I put my meal plans together. I’m also a huge enthusiast of trying new dishes that I have never made before. Lovey typically like’s eating the same things every week. He finds that it’s a lot easier and simpler to put together. I, on the other hand, prefer tackling the challenge of trying to make something new. There was a week where I made some new recipe every evening. As fun as that was, it was also challenging. I try to keep a balance with our meals now.

    I stick to a 50/50 type of meal plan. Each week I throw in the regular dinners that we have all the time, and mix in a few recipes that are new to us. This week’s menu is primarily from Southeast Asia. We’ve got Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Italian, Middle Eastern, and for Friday.. I’m thinking American. I still have to fill that in, but I’ve listed what our 2 week menu is going to look like. If you have any questions regarding the recipes that I’m using or you’d like to see a post about it, please let me know. I would be more than happy to share what I make every evening!

    1. 04.01.18 – Ordered Toppers Pizza for Easter
    2. 04.02.18 – Beef Sinigang (Filipino Beef Tamarind Soup)
    3. 04.03.18 – Chicken Tikka Masala and Chana Masala
    4. 04.04.18 – Japanese Shrimp Ramen
    5. 04.05.18 – Chicken Marsala
    6. 04.06.18 – Monterey Jack Burgers
    7. 04.07.18 – Middle Eastern Chicken and Beef Kabobs
    8. 04.08.18 – Pork Chops with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes
    9. 04.09.18 – Orange Chicken with Rice
    10. 04.10.18 – Japanese Beef Curry with Rice
    11. 04.11.18 – Tuna Sandwiches with Fries
    12. 04.12.18 – Tex- Mex Style Tilapia with Green Beans and Broccoli
    13. 04.13.18 – Chili with Lobster Rolls
    14. 04.14.18 – Galbi w Kimchi Fried Rice
    15. 04.15.18 – Greek Gyro Skewers w Zucchini Fries

    This concludes our 2 week meal plan. I’ll slowly be posting each of these meals, minus Toppers Pizza because we barely order out, and I forgot to take a picture of it last time. I’m still brainstorming about how all my food posts are going to be on here. I’m still testing the waters whether I like how this is falling into place. Stick around for the next post!

    Food

    Baked Garlic Butter Tilapia

    • This Tilapia dish is not my recipe. Recipe was taken from Allrecipes.com

    Healthy, Seafood Dish: Baked Tilapia

    Looking for something healthy and delicious to eat? I was searching for a recipe that was easy to make, healthy, and delicious. I came across this recipe from Allrecipes.com. Baked Tilapia caught my eye and as I scrolled the ingredients are items you probably have in your home.

    Easy to make Tilapia

    I listed the entire recipe below for the dish. You can also visit the website with the link provide above. I did change a few parts of the ingredients. Rather than just 1 clove of garlic, I went with 3. I also used Dill instead of Parsley.

    Garlic Butter Tilapia

    Ingredients

    • 4 Tilapia Fillets
    • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
    • 8 oz. Butter/Margarine (your choice)
    • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 Tsp dried Dill
    • Pepper and Salt to Taste

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
    2. Rinse tilapia fillets under cool water, and pat dry with paper towels.
    3. Place fillets in baking dish. Pour lemon juice over fillets, then drizzle butter on top. Sprinkle with garlic, dill, pepper and salt.
    4. Bake in preheated oven until the fish is white and flakes when pulled apart with a fork, about 30 minutes.
    http://hoothootadventures.com/2018/04/baked-garlic-butter-tilapia/

    Side pairing

    It’s as easy as that! I paired with a Mediterranean side salad. The ingredients for the salad are as follows: mixed greens, red onion, avocado, grape tomatoes, and dressing of your choice. I chose balsamic vinaigrette for mine. You can add feta cheese to your salad to spruce it up more if you’d prefer. This was super simple and super delicious. It’s also very filling. Not to mention this is a much healthier lunch or dinner choice. Let me know if you try it out!

    Food

    Mom Can Cook

    l. I can’t say that everything I make is 100% healthier, but we know what goes into each meal. We can choose better alternatives when it comes to the ingredients.

    I have taken some of our favorite meals that we enjoy eating and made it a mission to make these dishes at home. It’s a nice way to challenge myself and majority of the time (I can’t say every time) they turn out very well.

    My version of L N L’s Chicken Katsu.

     

    Recipe is from Hello Fresh: Tex-Mex Style Tilapia with Brown Rice, and steamed Green Beans

    I am working on posting the recipes that I used for our weekly plan. I’ve been posting the food I make on a personal food IG that I made you can find my handle here @HootCookingAdventures. Part of the reason that I tackled cooking at home every evening is to provide my family with better, healthier, choices when it comes to food.

    My Chicken Tortellini pasta with homemade Alfredo sauce.

    One example, of a meal that I made which isn’t the healthiest would be my Tortellini pasta with Alfredo sauce. That’s okay though, you’re allowed to indulge once in a while, right? I don’t want to make any promises, but I hope that I can get 1 recipe in each week. I really want to start documenting what I make. There also may be a meal plan post in the making. I’ll be sharing my tips and tricks for an easy, quick, and realistic meal plan.

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