Life update…

WOW! Have I been a busy bee lately.  From work, to being a wife, to learning the hard lessons of life and replacing appliances, I am pooped! I have learned so much along the way and I hope I can maybe relate or help you guys out as well.

For starters, being an oncology nurse is pretty fulfilling.  I’ve been doing this for about two years and I love it.  The relationships I’ve made with my co-workers, to the relationships with the patients have made me a stronger person.  I have been accepted into the community and my patients and co-workers always bring a smile to my face.  Nursing also has a lot of stressors as well.  But that doesn’t keep me away from doing what I love.  Yesterday, I found out I got into graduate school and I will be going to get my Masters in Nurse Education! Yay me! I have been waiting so long for this and I am super stoked I get to do this in Washington.  I encourage you, if you are thinking about graduate school, to go out there and just do it! I was nervous and scared to even apply.  I was applying in the middle of my big move cross country and dealing with everything that goes along with that! I am so proud of myself and to be able to achieve this special moment makes me feel a sense of fulfillment.

Secondly, this week has been one for the books.  I woke up one morning to a leaky roof and an overfilled toilet in my garage.  I worked all week so I wasn’t able to be home to deal with this.  Thankfully my husband was able to be here.  I also got a call my refrigerator went out.  I think at that moment I realized that when you start to think about how you can save money, all these problems occur.  Thats life right? We were able to find a fridge today but the down side is it won’t be able to be delivered until the middle of December!!! So we got a mini-fridge.  I feel like I’m back in my dorm room in undergrad.  Im just fortunate we have something, with Thanksgiving and all….

Thirdly, I have made contact with my soldier I adopted for his deployment! He wrote me an e-mail and just told me a little about himself.  He likes coffee, so I feel like we can relate.  I sent him his first care package and can’t wait for him to get it.  I just finished grabbing everything for his christmas package and will be sending that right after thanksgiving! He asked for a coffee maker so Santa might be sending him that.  🙂

Lastly, I have combined a couple recipes for you guys to help with you preparing for a yummy thanksgiving meal, from breakfast to the thanksgiving dinner.  (sides mainly) Hope this helps y’all! Thanks for reading and let me know what ya think!

Thanksgiving breakfast 

Hash Brown Quiche 

2-3 cups frozen hashbrowns- Shredded (I use Ore-Ida)

1 cup chopped ham

1 cup shredded cheese of your liking

Diced green pepper (optional)

1/4 cup onions (optional)

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup butter

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425

Grab a quiche plate or pie plate and put hash browns on the bottom of the plate and press them down to make them even.  Melt your butter and put a little on the top.  Put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and follow next step.

While that is cooking, mix the ham, onion, cheese, and green pepper in a small bowl and pour over the hash brown crust.  Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper and pour over the entire mixture.

Put the oven down to 350 and bake for 20 minutes.  Make sure the middle comes out clean when poking with a toothpick!

Remove from oven and let cool down for 10 minutes.  Cut and serve and enjoy!

Apple Walnut Pancakes 

1 Tbs brown sugar

1 C flour

1 C whole wheat flour

1 Tsp salt

2 egg whites

1 egg

2 tsp baking powder

2 cups milk

2 tbs oil

1 apple peeled and chopped

1/2 cup walnuts

Instructions:

Combine flours, salt, baking powder and brown sugar in large bowl.  Combine egg whites, egg, milk and oil in a small bowl.  Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until well combined.  Fold in your apples and walnuts.

pour decent sized batter onto a griddle and then turn when the batter starts to bubble.  Once cooked, take off and serve hot.  Pour maple syrup over it and enjoy!

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Appetizers to serve while thanksgiving is being prepared:

Ham & Asparagus sticks 

10-20 fresh asparagus

10-20 slices of ham

2-3 package of pillsbury crescent rolls

1/2 cup butter

1/4 garlic powder

Directions:

In a large skillet, bring to boil water and then add asparagus.  Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Drain and put asparagus into ice water.  Once cooled down, take asparagus and pat dry on paper towel.

Wrap ham around the asparagus.  Unroll the crescent rolls and cut in half with a pizza cutter 🙂  Wrap around ham and asparagus.

Melt butter and add garlic and stir. Then baste the mixture onto the crescent roll.

Place them on an uncreased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes @ 375.  Serve and enjoy!

Piggies (pigs in a blanket) my husbands favorite! 

1 package little smokies

1 can pillsbury crescents

Instructions

Preheat oven to the temperature on the dough cans.  Cut little smokies in half.  Cut pillsbury dough slices into threes using a pizza cutter.  Roll half a sausage in each strip of dough.  Place on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 12-15 minutes.

Dinner help for thanksgiving: (easy)

Dijon green beans:

Ingredients:  

1 lb green beans

2 tbs red wine vinegar

2 Tbs olive oil

2 tsp dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

1 C grape tomatoes

Parmesan cheese to put on top

Directions:

Cook green beans in a pot with water and bring to a boil.  Usually about 10 minutes or until crisp and soft.

Whisk together vinegar, oil, mustard, salt and pepper in a bowl.

Drain beans and place in large serving dish

Add the tomatoes and drizzle with the dressing mixture you made in step 2 and toss to coat

Sprinkle with cheese and serve

 

Mashed potatoes:

Ingredients:

3 lbs red potatoes

5 garlic cloves minced

1/2 C milk (non fat if you want healthier)

1/2 C sour cream (low fat if you want to be a little healthy)

2 Tbs melted butter

1-2 tbs parsley flakes

1-2 tbs thyme

1 tsp salt

Scrub and cut the potatoes in four and place in a large pot and cover with water.  Add the garlic and bring to a boil.  Once boiling reduce the heat and cook for about 15-20 minutes.  Once tender, drain the water and mash the mixture.  Stir in remaining ingredients and then mix together.  Then enjoy!!!

 

Mac-n-cheese:

1 C milk

1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2/3 cup fat free greek yogurt

3 Tbs flour

pepper to taste

3 cups your favorite macaroni noodles. (cooked)

Instructions:

In food processor, combine the milk, cheese, flour, and pepper.  Mix until creamy.  Pour into a bowl and stir in your cooked noodles.

Put in a casserole dish with cooking spray.

Bake @ 325 for 1 hour or until cooked fully.

Enjoy!

 

I will add more throughout the weekend as my brain keeps updating and while I am getting ready for thanksgiving! Hope you guys enjoy!

 

-RNlifemilitarywife

 

 

 

 

 

 

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