Monday, February 28, 2011

Austin's 15 Month Appointment

Austin had his 15 month doctor's appointment today. For those of you who are interested in this sort of thing here are his stats.  He is 26lb 13oz, 31.75in, and his head circumference is 48. That is the 83rd, 76th, and 74th percentiles respectively. Yes, he is a big boy.

Other things about Austin at this age: He can walk very fast now, almost what I would call a run. Basically this means if we set him down somewhere you better keep a close eye on him because he will be gone quick. He has also recently learned how to walk backwards and he can almost walk down stairs by himself. He loves to climb and has recently learned how to get on the coffee table, so we had to move that out of our living room.
 He talks a lot but not much of which we can understand. He can say uh-oh, mama, dada, and yes. He also loves to shake his head and say uh-uh when he is unhappy with his circumstances. He will raise his arms above his head if you say "touchdown," wave if you say "bye-bye," and clap if you say "are you a good boy?"
He loves being read to, throwing balls (and just about anything else too), stacking blocks, and putting smaller items into bigger containers. He also loves playing with the dog and helping me unload the dishwasher :) It seems to be his life's goal to catch the cat but he has yet to do that.
He is a very good sleeper most of the time, sleeping around 11 hours at night and 1 nap of 2-3 hours after lunch.
He is a pretty good eater with his favorite foods being cheese, grapes, and bread. We dropped his last bottle today so he is now officially only drinking from a sippy cup.
He is a very good natured kid who rarely meets a stranger and loves to give hugs.
That's about all I can think of for now. I will update more later.

Verse Of The Day: "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." ~Luke 12:34

Friday, February 25, 2011


I have always hated meatloaf. Because of this I recently decided to challenge myself to make a meatloaf that I did like. This recipe, inspired by Bobby Flay but tweaked a bit to my liking, is what I came up with. Try it and let me know what you think!



  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large zucchini, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, finely diced
  • chopped onion
  • chopped jalepeno
  • minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vinegar


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Heat the oil in a large saute pan over high heat. Add the zucchini, peppers onion, jalapeno, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper, to taste, and cook until almost soft, 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Whisk together the eggs and herbs in a large bowl. Add the meat, bread crumbs, cheese, 1/2 cup of the barbecue sauce, 2 tablespoons of the vinegar, and the cooled vegetables and mix until just combined.
Mold the meatloaf on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Whisk together the remaining barbecue sauce, vinegar, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Brush the mixture over the entire loaf. Bake the meatloaf for 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with brown gravy.

 Verse of the Day: " Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." ~James 1:2-4

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Welcome to my blog! I'm kind of new to this whole blog thing but i finally decided to join the bandwagon. So here is a brief overview of what i intend to do with my new hobby. 

Over the past few years I have developed a passion for cooking and have therefore decided to start a website where I can share some of my favorite recipes. I will also share scripture verses that inspire me and tidbits about Austin and his development etc...thus the title of my blog, This and That. Hope you enjoy!

Recipe of the Day:

Chicken Pot Pie


  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • ½ bag frozen mixed veggies
  • 2 chopped celery stalks
  • ¼ onion chopped
  • ¼ bag hashbrown potatoes
  • garlic
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups instant biscuit mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 stick melted butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Saute veggies with garlic, salt, and pepper. In a greased 2-quart casserole, layer the chicken, eggs, and veggies. Mix the soup, chicken broth. Pour over the layers. Stir together the biscuit mix and milk, and pour this over the casserole. Drizzle butter over the topping. Bake until the topping is golden brown, 50-60 minutes.

Scripture Verse of the Day:
 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." ~Proverbs 3:5-6