Sunday, March 24, 2013

Project Life - Week 10

Welcome to Project Life 2013! If you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you will stay a while. I'm Jessica, wife to Juan, mommy to 1 year old Maddie. I am also an electrical engineer by day and I am participating in Project Life, a different way to record our lives by taking one photo a day. This was inspired by the fabulous Becky Higgins who has put together a wonderful kit to make this challenge easier.

I am using the digital kit on shutterfly (hopefully Olive once it has been released), find more info at This digital version uses Shutterfly and is SUPER easy to use! See my completed pages for 2012 using the Shutterfly Cobalt kit HERE.

And finally, my POTW (pictures of the week):

Tuesday - Daddy and Maddie finger painted today for the first time. I think she had fun, but was a little scared of it. Afterwards, Daddy gave her a bath and noticed that she had broken out. We were worried that maybe it was an allergic reaction to the finger paint. When I arrived home, Daddy said he thought Maddie was warm, she was very warm. We took her temperatur and it was 104.1! We called the Doctor and they couldn't get her in until 8:30pm.  We went back and forth as to whether to take her in that late. I think we cancelled and re-booked the appointment 3 times! They told us to alternate Children's Tylenol with Children's Motrin Suspension every four hours as they have different active ingredients. She really didn't seem to be acting any different, although I don't think she was feeling too good. She is such a tough little thing. I was worried all night about her fever, but she never even woke up. She definitely does not like taking the medication. Daddy had to hold her down while I gave it to her via a syringe.

Wednesday - Juan called me at work to tell me that he made an appointment for Maddie for 3pm. He said that she broke out all around her little mouth with little fever blisters. I met them at the doctors, although Dr. Hubbard wasn't available to see her. The alternate doctor said it was viral and that she may break out with those little blisters in other places in the next 24 hours. He said to give her lots of fluids as they were inside her mouth as well and she probably wouldn't eat very well. Poor little thing. We gave her juice and juice-popsicles (which she had never had). She definitely liked the popsicles and they seemed to help mouth. Daddy also put her hair in a ponytail for the first time today and I made dinner. A new Pintrest recipe for 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork. It was fabulous!  Here is the recipe by "girlwhoateeverything"

Tips &


  • 1 (2 pound) pork tenderloin (pork shoulder or butt can also be used)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can of root beer
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle of barbecue sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns


  1. 1Place the pork tenderloin in a slow cooker and pour the can of root beer over the meat. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until pork shreds easily with a fork.
  2. 2After pork has cooked, drain and discard the root beer. Shred the pork and place it back in the slow cooker. Pour the barbecue sauce over the pork and stir to combine. Serve immediately or keep warm in slow cooker until ready to serve. Serve on hamburger buns.

Thursday - Maddie has definitely broken out. Her poor little booty seems to have taken the brunt of it. She cries every time we change her. Thankfully her fever seems to have broken and she isn't acting like she is in too much pain, other than at changing time. Nana came to visit this afternoon and brought Maddie an old-fashioned toy that act similar to a boom-A-rang and returns to you when you roll it. Maddie thought it was quite interesting.

Friday - I tried another new recipe tonight: Kale and Sweet Potato Casserole by Sarcastic Cooking. It was interesting and different, not too bad; but I don't think I will be making it again. 

Kale and Sweet Potato Casserole
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Recipe type: Side Dish/Vegetable
Serves: 4-6
  • 3 Large Sweet Potatoes, peeled
  • 12 Cups Chopped Tuscan Kale, stems removed
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme Leaves, chopped
  • 1 Shallot, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Cup Non-Fat Milk
  • 1 Cup Shredded Asiago Cheese
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Pepper
  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil.
  2. Cut each peeled sweet potato into 6 large chunks. Drop the potatoes into the boiling water. Boil for five minutes, remove from heat, drain, and then leave the potatoes in the pot covered.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium/low heat. Once the butter is melted, add in the onion and thyme. Sauté for two minutes.
  5. Whisk in the flour until it is absorbed by the butter, one minute. Whisk in the Greek yogurt until combined. Pour in the milk slowly while whisking. Whisk for a minute or two until combined.
  6. Turn heat down to low. Add ¾ cup cheese, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine until the cheese melts and the sauce is smooth yet thick. Once combined, shut heat off. Taste sauce and adjust salt and pepper to your taste.
  7. Add kale and sweet potatoes to a large casserole dish. Pour in the cheese sauce and mix to combine. Top with remaining ¼ cup shredded cheese. Bake dish in oven for 30-35 minutes. Let dish cool for 5-10 minutes before serving to allow the sauce time to set up. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven.

Saturday - We have been letting Maddie have Juice Popsicles since she got the little blisters in her mouth this week and now that is all she wants, "pop, pop, pop". Not sure what we are going to do once she is well. We will definitely need to find a substitute. Juan made dinner today, pork, corn, avocado tacos and cucumbers. It was quite delicious! We also went to Brumley Gardens this afternoon, our neighborhood nursery to get vegetables for our garden. We bought baby squash and zucchini squash, roma tomatoes, celebrity tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, broccoli, strawberries, cilantro, rosemary, mint, and oregano. Now we just need to get it all planted! Maddie loved the nursery and ran around non-stop smelling and pointing to the flowers. She is going to love our garden.

Sunday - Today we attended Kaitlyn's 4th birthday party at Pump It Up. We thought Maddie, being the little monkey she is, would love it. Instead she was scared to go into any of the blowup obstacle courses.  Daddy forced her in one and took her down the slide, but she wasn't too thrilled about it. The older kids had a blast and even Alice who is only a couple months older than Maddie were climbing fools. 

Monday - Abuelito and Abuelita came over today and Maddie played with Abuelito's hat. She loves her Abuelito!

Thanks for visiting!

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