This was literally two weeks ago, but I am so excited to finally have the time to share this recipe with y’all!! For Valentine’s Day I wanted to do something special. I love going out to eat, but honestly the thought of dealing with an overwhelmed waitstaff, hungry crowds, and bad parking was not appealing to me. So I decided to cook Michael dinner. At first I was at a loss for what to make. I wanted it to be special, not just another night of me cooking. Then I remembered that a few months ago I had asked his Great Grandmother for some of her favorite recipes. I knew Michael hadn’t had them in at least a dozen years, if not more.
Everyone who knows me, knows I am the pickiest eater. However, I pushed that aside for one night and began my adventure of trying to make my first corned beef brisket. It was very intimidating. If we ever eat red meat Michael usually goes and buys it. I hate looking at it, it makes me super squeamish. But I went to the store and one of the employees helped me find what I was looking for!
Here is what you will need:
- 3-4 lbs corned beef brisket
- 2 onions quartered
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 turnips (diced)
- Potatos (diced)
- Cabbage (optional)
The recipe starts by putting the meat in a Dutch oven or large pan and then adding enough water until it is submerged. (Note that I halved the recipe listed above)! I added in the bay leaf and the corn beef seasoning that came with the meat and the garlic. Next you bring the water to a boil. Once it reaches a boil you turn it down until it is just simmering.
(Featuring my gorgeous Kate Spade glass cutting board)
From there I let the meat cook for about thirty minutes. Then I added in the potatoes, turnip, and carrots. (All diced). I covered it again and just let it simmer!
In the end it took much googling and a few frantic phone calls but I had everything going!! When Michael got home the first thing he said was how great it smelt! (Ironically I had all the windows open because I felt like it smelt bad!) he was so surprised and crazy excited. It was such a sweet Valentine’s Day surprise!
We sat down to eat and I was so happy to hear that it turned out perfect! Michael gobbled it down. (And took the leftovers for lunch and ate them all). That made me feel like a real winner! I’m so happy that he was happy.
Unsurprisingly, I wasn’t a huge fan of the brisket. The texture of the meat is odd to me. However, I ate a ton of the veggies. The best part is that the smallest piece of meat I could get was over three and a half pounds. It was HUGE for two people! So I cut it in half before starting… the bigger half is in the freezer now. I’ll have to make it again! The gift that keeps on giving haha. I hope you guys try it and let me know if you are with Michael and love it!
Two weeks ago I switched prenatal vitamins. I decided to try a brand that I absolutely LOVE for everything else. I started using the Honest Company’s all organic prenatal vitamin. My old ones made me unbearably nauseous. Plus, once I saw the brand I was very excited. If you read my blog you know how much I love the Honest Company (click here to read about their free sample and here to see my dedication to their diapers). I’ve been taking these every night, sometimes with dinner sometimes later, and I haven’t been sick at all. I am so impressed. The only possible downside would be if you have a hard time swallowing pills… these are GIANT.
One thing I LOVE about this prenatal is that it has folate (vitamin B9). So to clarify, when you’re pregnant the doctors constantly remind you to get your folic acid in. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. (Which, some people suggest is causing cancer). Folate is naturally found in foods like say spinach or liver (ew to both). So I’m over the moon that this is a better version!
Here is the list of daily values of the different components of the vitamin, based on the recommended amounts for pregnant and lactating women.
- Vitamin A – 50%
- Vitamin C – 100%
- Vitamin D – 350%
- Vitamin E – 100%
- Vitamin K – NA, daily value not established Thiamin – 100%
- Riboflavin – 100%
- Nacinamide – 100%
- Vitamin B6 – 1200%
- Folate – 81%
- Vitamin B12 – 100%
- Biotin – 100%
- Pantothenic – 100%
- Calcium – 15%
- Iron – 150%
- Iodine – 133%
- Magnesium – 11%
- Zinc – 100%
- Selenium – NA, daily value not established
- Copper – 50%
- Manganese – NA, daily value not established
- Chromium – NA, daily value not established
- Molybdenum – NA, daily value not established
The pills also include their Prenatal Wellness Blend that consists of the following:
- Organic ginger powder extract
- Organic spirulina (whole plant) powder
- Marshmallow (root) powder
- Plum (fruit) powder
If you’re not impressed then i’m shocked!! I love that these are so chalked full of goodness. (In comparison, my old prenatal only contained ten of the things listed above).
You can buy these several different places. They are available at Target, Amazon, the Honest website, and a dozen other locations.
I am so excited that I decided to try these!(:
A few weeks ago I was walking around Publix. In the baby aisle there was a little stack of mail in forms to subscribe to Publix’s Baby Club. I decided to grab one and after forgetting for a few weeks, I finally mailed it in. Probably eight weeks later I ws pleasantly surprised to receive a package in the mail! It was suprisingly heavy. WhenI opened it there were a few things inside.
There was a welcome letter that provided my membership number, as well as explained that members will periodically receive coupons until baby’s second birthday. Also, it informed me that I would receive a newsletter every three months. ( My first news letter was included in the package). There was also a copy of The Complete and Authoritative Guide: Caring for Your Baby and Young Child (Birth to Age 5) by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It has ……. pages of….
There were also 17 different coupons included inside. Here are a few examples:
$3 off any one Gerber Good Start Formula
$1 off any two Gerber items
free hand sanitizer
free stay Free pads
Buy one pampers cruiser diapers, get one pampers wipes free
We are having a total blast decorating the nursery! While I still have an abundance of energy I am trying to finish some Pinterest craft ideas up. This project was for a wall decoration in the baby’s room! It was an hour project that cost less than $20 to make.
I started by going to Joann’s and picking out a giant cardboard letter. Originally I was going to buy the wooden letters, however I realized that this would be much easier to hang and lighter- in case sometime in the future it got knocked down. (Listen, this kid is half Michael’s. I’m expecting more rough housing and injuries per this one child than all three of my siblings and I combined.)
When I got home I took out that handy can of gold spray paint that we used for our DIY gold frames and for the dresser handles. Michael gave it one good coat and we left it to dry.
Once it was dry I gathered up the remaining flowers from my DIY mirror project. I cut off a few buds and leaves, plugged in the hot glue gun, and here we are!
This was an incredibly easy project and I think it turned out wonderfully. I’m 100% happy with it. Michael has it hanging up now and I am in love.
I really wanted to create a gorgeous mirror piece to hang over the baby’s dresser. I had a hard time finding a good sized mirror though. Eventually I found one at this store that just opened up near the house called Tuesday Morning. It’s a cute shop and I got the mirror for $40!
The mirror size was great, but it was an off white with fake antiquing along the edges. I wasn’t a huge fan, so I pulled out some of the leftover chalk paint from my dresser restoration project! I gave it two coats of paint and it was a perfect match for the dresser.
After that dried I took apart two flower bunches I bought at Joann’s. (I was in luck, when we went the flowers were on a 40% off sale. So the large roses were $5.99 and the smaller spray roses were about $2.40)! I pulled the buds off the stems and then trimmed down the attachment studs. Next I took my handy glue gun and attached a few on the top right corner. Then a smaller bundle in the lower left corner.
Originally I was going to spray paint the flowers gold to keep with the theme, but I’m glad I left them the way they were! And I’m glad that the larger buds have the slightest touch of pink. I think it’s so feminine and fits the room.
Next I took some heavy duty picture wire and strung it between the two triangle hardware pieces on the back. This made it much easier to hang! The wire was $3.99 at Joann’s.
It was a super easy craft and now I have this darling mirror! I am so beyond happy with it. Also, my love for chalkpaint has grown even stronger. The nursery is coming together and we’re getting more and more excited everyday!! Keep an eye out next month or so to see a picture of the final product hung up! Soph is going to do a cute little lifestyle shoot of the nursery when it’s finished!!