Sugar Free

Monday, February 28, 2011

Tomorrow, Amy and I begin no sugar month!

I am excited and nervous at the same time. Last May when I first went without sugar that first week was killer! I had horrible headaches because of the sugar withdrawals but after I got past that, I started to feel great so I am just trying to keep that memory in my head!

So you may ask,
What do you eat when you can't eat any sugar?

You just have to read labels like crazy! Almost everything has unnecessary added sugar!

Here is our dinner meal plan


Roast Chicken w/ Veggies
- Shred remaining meat and save for Southwest Soup.
-Place chicken carcass, 1 cut up onion, 2 cut up carrots, and 2 cut up celery stalks into a crock pot and cover with water. Cook on low for 8-12 hours. Strain and reserve 4 cups for Southwest Soup. Freeze remaining stock for later use.

- Use leftover Chicken and Chicken Stock

Enchiladas w/ Corn

BBQ Salmon w/ Potatoes and Steamed Green Beans
- Place Salmon fillets in a ziploc bag and top with this BBQ sauce and thin with water. Allow Salmon to marinate for at least 1 hour. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Lasagna w/ Salad and Garlic Bread
- Double the meat and triple the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Save extra sauce and reserve for Spaghetti Pie, Spaghetti, and Stuffed Shells.

French Dip Sandwiches w/ Steamed Broccoli

Spaghetti Pie w/ Salad
-Combine cooked spaghetti noodles with cream cheese and sour cream. Place in pie plate and top with leftover sauce and then top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes

Pineapple Chicken w/ Steamed Carrots and Rice Pilaf

Meatloaf w/ Mashed Potatoes and Peas
- Add pureed Cauliflower to the Mashed Potatoes
-Use this Ketchup Recipe


Spaghetti w/ Salad and Bread
- Use leftover sauce

Hawaiian Chicken w/ Roasted Asparagus and Squash
- Combine 1 T Melted Butter w/ 1 T Olive Oil. Coat Asparagus and Sprinkle with Salt and Lemon Pepper. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup w/ Salad

Egg Souffle w/ Fruit and Bacon

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells
-Use leftover red sauce


So do you want to join us in our sugar free adventure?
Or share your favorite sugar free recipe?


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kenley seems to have Bieber fever :)
I was introduced to the greatness that is Chai Tea Latte.
Grammy and Kenley danced at lunch. You can do that if you are the only people in the restaurant!
I became a real grown up and went to get my license renewed. It had been expired for 3 years. I didn't want the grown up horizontal style... I liked the vertical. If you need to renew yours definitely go while its snowing! I was in and out in 10 minutes!
Mittens are fun especially if you are 19 months and your hands are too small.

Claire @ 2 Months

Monday, February 21, 2011

Claire is 2 months old! She is starting to seem less and less like a newborn. She is still a bit refluxy and is always arching her back. This weekend, Kenley, Claire, and I are all sick. It is so pitiful to hear a 2 month old coughing. Since being sick she has been super snuggly so I have been loving letting her fall asleep on my chest and then getting to listen to her snore!

She has earned herself quite a few nicknames! Grammy calls her Lil' Mini, Grandpa calls her E (short for Eclair), Auntie Kimbe calls her Smalls, and I call her a number of different names including C.Lo and Spitz.

She is still eating every three hours during the day and every four hours at night. Thursday, though there was a glimmer of hope and she slept from about 10pm to 3:30am!

I love you sweet Claire!

Caption Contest

Saturday, February 19, 2011

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Claire's 2 month appointment 2-17-2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Head Circumference 14.3 inches (11th percentile)
Height 21 1/4 inches (29th percentile)
Weight 8 pounds 0.6 ounces (7th percentile)

Her appointment went well. She has a small cyst at the base of her neck but the doctor wasn't worried about it and they will just keep an eye on it. This doctor totally reminds me of Chuck Norris... He takes long pauses and will just stare at you for a long time while he is thinking. Its odd. But funny.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The problem with having your birthday on Valentines Day is that it is so hard to get dinner reservations! We were going to go to the Melting Pot but then we decided to go to the Space Needle instead! Only problem was we could only get a reservation at 9pm.... That is way late for two sleep deprived parents of a newborn and a BUSY toddler!
Dinner was great though! The Space Needle's restaurant is revolving so that you get a 360 degree view of the gorgeous city. This note was on the window so Brian wrote on it and by the time we had made it back around someone else had wished me happy birthday!
If you go to the needle for dinner, you really should order the prosciutto wrapped cheese appetizer! It was delicious!! (though Brian didn't think so... more for me!)
Earlier in the day my wonderful husband gifted me with a new Macbook (and a cute turquoise cover)!!! Yay now I can blog while he is at school! He also totally surprised me with a Mommy necklace that I loved! I didn't think that he got it for me because he didn't give it to me with the computer, But as we pulled up to the Space Needle, he handed me the little box and asked me if I wanted to wear it to dinner! I love it!! I feel like 24 is old... Like full on grown-up status! Funny that having two kids didn't make me feel like a grown-up, but the number 24 totally does!

Speaking of the kiddo's did you know that it is near impossible to get a non-blurry photo of Kenley? She is constantly on the move, even when she is sick! Here she is sporting her Valentines Day outfit!

The Ronk's love The Goodfellows!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

iPhoto Fun

Kenley's 18 Month Appt. 2-2-11

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Kenley was really good for her 18 month old appointment. Much to my surprise Kenley only weighs 18 pounds 3 ounces! I was convinced that she was at least 20 pounds! So she is still well below 0% on the weight scale but at least she is slowly gaining!
At Kenley's checkup in September she was in the 4th percentile for weight, at this appointment she had jumped to the 65th percentile! So she is turning into quite a little string bean!
Her head circumference was in the 50th.
She had a blood draw to check her platelet count. Previously her platelets were in the 900,000's but thankfully her platelet count has gone down to 588,000. That number is still above the "normal" range but it is a huge praise that her numbers are getting closer to normal!


Friday, February 11, 2011

Monday, we loaded up and headed for Seattle! First stop, (after me getting mildly lost) was the Space Needle! The view up there is gorgeous! Washington is a beautiful state!
Kristen and Kenley are buddies!

Claire really enjoyed her first trip!

After the Space Needle, we headed to Pike Place Market. I don't have any pictures of that because I was nursing Claire in the car almost the whole time. I wish I would have gotten a picture of Melissa trying the smoked salmon. That fish monger is probably still laughing at her face when she tried it! Next time she can give hers to me, I love it!

Here is Kenley showing the girls where her nose is while we waited for our table at Ivar's.
Our final stop of the night was the troll... I got lost on the way there too :)

I love Seattle! I definitely want to spend more time exploring all the fun quirky things that this city has to offer!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Saturday, we took the Goodfellows and James to Leavenworth. But first we took the Goodfellows for their very first Starbucks experience! They enjoyed their Carmel Apple Spice, Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate, and Hot Chocolates. Maybe next time I can get them to order Coffee!

I love watching Kenley and James interact. They get along so well. Kenley really enjoyed feeding James fries and James really enjoyed eating Kenley's fries.
Leavenworth is so beautiful at night!

Kylie and Kenley holding hands

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Monday, February 7, 2011

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Kenley is 18 Months!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Kenley turned 18 months old on Sunday! Our little girl is getting so old! She is learning new words all of the time. Her favorite words right now are still Mama, Dada, Da (Dog), Bow, Bye Bye and Hi.
She is such a girlie girl and loves necklaces, bracelets, shoes, and purses! In fact she can turn almost any item into one of those four items! If there is a basket of toys on the floor and a basket of shoes, she will always choose to play with the shoes. Her favorite pair this week is her Crocs, probably because those are easy for her to put on over her footie pajamas.
Speaking of footie pajamas, if we put her to bed in anything other than a footie pajamas she will most likely end up naked. She has taken a liking to taking off her pants and diapers. The other day I walked into her room and she was asleep on her bed with her naked butt way up in the air. I was so wishing I had my camera in hand at that moment!
If I had to use 1 word to describe her right now it would most definitely be busy! She is into anything and everything! She has also taken an interest in climbing up things which of course has me very worried about her falling all the time because she has absolutely no concept of fear.

Kenley is still a great big sister and only rarely do we see a little jealousy peek out. She loves helping Mommy do everything! Today she helped Mommy whisk the eggs for the french toast and also tried to use the nose sucker on Claire. It was a very productive day :)