Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: October 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

This & That for Halloween!

Tomorrow is Halloween!!

I thought I’d take today & share a little Halloween this & that.

After the beautiful fall temperatures, a cold front had to come, just in time for trick or treating, so it looks like we’ll be trick or treating in winter coats (as per usual).

Here’s a look at the boys last year:

We made some Retro Robot Costumes.  They were easy, warm, & the boys loved them!

Last year, I was still pregnant with Sarah Catherine, so I dressed as a redneck. 

It was so fun putting together all of the details from Hub’s holey jeans, to a bungee cord belt, to the trashy flannel vest, to the facial hair, and of course, my pregnant “beer belly”.  I walked into a costume party utterly unrecognizable until people noticed that I was carrying cupcakes!  Haha!  So fun!

How about a few Halloween treats?

Here are a couple of this years treats:  

Wicked Witch Cupcakes, inspired by Made to Be Momma.

And some super fun Jack-o-Lantern Cookies that they boys took to school today for their classmates!

Plus, here are some awesome Halloween recipes that have been going on over at Amy’s Confectionery Adventures, just click the links to see more!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Angel Wings Wednesday #19

Over the weekend, while I was posting a photo of a wedding cake, Facebook felt the need to remind me that last year, on that day, I had posted Sarah Catherine’s 20 week ultrasound photos.

It got me remembering that appointment.

Since Dude was 5 at the time, and so very excited for a new baby, we decided to bring him along.  I remember being super nervous for the appointment. What if something is wrong and I’ve brought my son with?  I shoved my anxiety to the side, I’m a worrier and I often need to talk myself out of thoughts like that.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Egg-Topped Noodles with Asparagus and Bacon {Cook the Books Club}

The October/November book selection for Cook the Books Club (the club in which members read a selected novel and create a recipe inspired by it) was hosted by Simona from Briciole.  Simona chose That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx.  (Click here for my full review on GoodReads)

In the story, Bob Dollar begins working for Global Pork, scouting for sites for hog farms.  To be honest, Bob Dollar and Global Pork didn’t do it for me.  I had a hard time connecting with main character and thought his storyline wasn’t believable.

However, I absolutely loved the fictional town of Wollybucket and all of its inhabitants, past and “present”.  They were nutty and endearing and exactly what I’d expect from an isolated rural community! 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Unbelievable Chicken Noodle Soup: Kids in the Kitchen

The other night, a friend stopped by briefly to drop something off.  While he was here, Dude decided that he was hungry (it was dinnertime).  He was STARVING!  Mom!  Mom! MOM!  I’m hungry!

I was planning on pulling out leftovers as soon as the friend left, but I figured Dude could learn a little patience, so I let him know that if he was hungry, he could find something to eat.

Now, I fully expected him to grab cereal.  Or some crackers. Or some lunchmeat.  Or ask if we had leftovers.

But no.

Much to my surprise, he went to the cupboard and found his kid’s cookbook.  He started paging through and then announced that he was making chicken noodle soup.

At that point I let him know that we had leftovers and we could eat now, because soup could take almost an hour (especially since our chicken stock and chicken were still frozen…not having planned on soup).  But he would hear none of it.  He was on a mission to make soup!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Breakfast Sandwich Stackers {Food 'n Flix}

This month’s Food ‘n Flix movie (the fun club wherein bloggers watch a movie and whip up something delicious inspired by the movie) is hosted by Evelyne from Cheap Ethnic Eatz. 

The movie is TheTerminal.  In the movie, Viktor (Tom Hanks) gets stranded in the NYC terminal when his country goes to war while he’s in flight.  Therefore, he can’t be admitted to the US, nor can he be deported back to his home country.  Throughout the course of the movie, Viktor makes friends and finds a job.  It’s a cute movie!

So how does one get inspired by airport fare?

Well, when Viktor is short on money, he makes a “sandwich” out of airport freebies.  He makes a stack of saltine crackers with various condiments spread between the layers (it's hard to see in the photo, but he has ketchup, mustard, and what appears to be pickle relish).

Terminal, The - scene
And that was my inspiration.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Light a Candle for National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day

Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.  Light a candle at 7pm in your own time zone to remember all the sweet little babies, so very loved, but taken too soon.

For Sarah Catherine

Little angel,
taken too soon
Carried your whole life,
Inside my womb.

You never knew sadness,
Nor any fear
What more could I ask for?
Except for you here.

I wish I had known you,
Held your small hand,
Seen your sweet smile,
This isnt what I planned.

My sweet little angel,
Though were always apart,
Youll live forever
in your mothers heart.

Sweet little girl, we love you so much and we all miss you every single day.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dreamsicle Martini: SRC

It’s Secret Recipe Club time (with SRC, participants are secretly assigned another blog, whip up something delish and share it on reveal day!!)

This time around, I was assigned Michaela’s blog, An Affair from the Heart.

Michaela is a Stay at Home Mom of 4 (I love how many SRC members are moms!)  She loves life, cooking, and throwing parties!

Speaking of parties, I was immediately drawn to all of her amazing drink recipes!

I started out with the Bailey’s Irish Martini, which was so delicious and easy to make!  Check out the recipe at Michaela’s blog. 

But the real winner was the Dreamsicle Martini!  It was amazing!!  Yep, a yummy, creamy, boozy version of everyone’s favorite ice cream treat!  Also, these go down waaay too easily.  Consider yourself warned!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Roasted Buttercup Squash & Bacon Pasta

It’s harvest time!!

My garden had a pretty tough time of it with the cool temperatures this summer (or maybe it’s a lack of skill…had to say).  However, despite it all, my zucchini and buttercup squash plants were plentiful!

With the below freezing overnight temperatures these last few weeks, it was time for harvest and enjoying some squash! 

So a quick disclaimer: this super delicious, cheesy, bacony recipe is going to make a whole lot of dishes…but it’s totally worth it!

Since it’s roasted ahead of time, the squash doesn’t mush in the casserole.  The made ahead cheese sauce pulls all the flavors together.  And, well, bacon!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Angel Wings Wednesday #17

Last weekend, I got to honor out little Sarah Catherine by participating in the Star Legacy Foundation’s 2nd annual “Let’s Not Be Still” run for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness.
LNBS Logo - PAIL Awareness

After losing Sarah Catherine, I found out that oftentimes, mothers are not able to see or hold their stillborn babies.  And even more frequently, stillbirths are termed a “medical mystery” without any testing.

When we lost Sarah Catherine, we were fortunate enough to be at a hospital that recognizes stillborn babies as babies and acknowledges the loss.  We were given photos from the ultrasound that confirmed our baby’s death.  As odd as it sounds, I treasure those last photos of Sarah within me.

I was asked several times during labor if I wanted to hold the baby and know the gender (uhh…yes!)  So I was able to hold my daughter.  The doctors and nurses gave us as much time as we wanted (we stayed about 6 hours). 

They gave us tons of material about grief and stillbirth.  We have booklets for mothers, fathers, and grandparents.  And even two children’s books for our boys.  They gave us a memory box with a tiny ring and they took Sarah’s photo and foot and handprints and gave us a modified birth certificate.  We had a baby hat and a fuzzy blanket and a teddy bear.  A teddy bear, because no mother should have to go home with empty arms.

The delivering doctor sat down and just talked with us and loss and leaning on one another and funerals.

And my regular doctor came in on her day off (in fact, a day off because her own child was being hospitalized for pneumonia).  And she ran absolutely every single test she could think of (we still didn’t find any answers, but I feel confident that we exhausted all avenues of testing).

And later, we were able to place a plaque on the Angel Memorial wall in the garden outside the hospital.

Wow, that got long quickly.  But I really wanted to share the positive experience we had in a really tragic situation.  My heart breaks that so many families do not have this support.  Which takes us back to the Star Legacy Foundation.  They’re aiming to get research and support and testing for families experiencing stillbirth and infant loss.

Getting back to the race, I kinda tacked this on to an out of town girl’s weekend, so Hubs was home with the boys (I definitely plan to bring the whole family next year), but my parents were able to drive up and do the race with me.  It was so nice to have their support and it was a great way to honor Sarah Catherine.

The race was well done.  We each received a t-shirt with the names of all of the lost babies printed on the back.

Then it was race time.  I ran the 10k (6 miles), my dad ran the 5k (3 miles) and my mom walked the 5k, each of us remembering Sarah Catherine in our own way.

I finished the race in just under an hour, which was my goal (I was unable to train, having just gotten over a lung infection, so I wasn’t sure if I’d even be able to race.)

After the race, which was run in 40 degree weather, with a windchill of 27 (brrrr!), we released butterflies on honor of all the lost babies.

Individual boxes, each containing a live (but cold and unhappy) butterfly we handed out to each team.  In warm weather (I assume), the boxes would open and the butterflies would fly away.  In cold weather, the butterflies very slowly woke up and flexed their wings before flight.

My butterfly was out cold.  We took it to the car to warm up.  

Then into my aunt’s house, where we were staying.  And took a couple glamour shots.  So pretty!

And the released the butterfly in her backyard.  

The butterfly warmed in the sun for a few minutes and flew away to Sarah Catherine.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hearty Sweet Corn Beef Stew

Woo hoo!

It’s soup season!

To kick things off, I thought I’d share a yummy, hearty beef stew.

This one is a loose interpretation of one I had in a restaurant last year.  The surprise inside this one is the corn, which lends an unexpected sweetness to a hearty beef stew.

It’s taken some tinkering, but it’s finally just right. 



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