Monday Movie Review – Captain America 2 – The Winter Soldier

Movie Rating ♥♥♥♥♥+ (5+/5) Movie Trailer Posted below

Marvel definitely rocked the sequel.  I am not usually a fan of sequels but this one went above and beyond.

I absolutely love the black ops outfit for Captain America.  Action from the start.  This movie delivers both a good plot and a fabulous action packed thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat.  I rate this one of the best movies of 2014.  Any movie to slow my toddler down long enough to stop, watch, and cheer for the good guys in the action scenes is a winner in my book.  It takes a lot for my little guy to stand still.  I also love the plot twists.  This movie is one of the best if not the best sequel I have ever seen.

Trailer does not do the movie justice!!

Food Friday – Veggie Packed Meatloaf

With a picky toddler who will voluntarily eat only certain veggies I have started to get creative with how to mix them into meals I am making so they are nicely masked.  With the help of the moms in the mother’s group I am part of I have learned to be sneaky getting some veggies into my little fruititarian.

Veggie Packed Meatloaf

Ingredients:

2.5 lbs of your choice of ground meat (I use the meatloaf mix/blend)
1 small can of spinach
1 small can of corn
1 large can of tomato paste
3 cloves of garlic (I used 2 Tbsp dehydrated minced garlic)
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp chopped/minced dehydrated onion
A dash of cayenne pepper
2 large Eggs
1 cup Bread crumbs
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 jar/can of pasta sauce

Directions:

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 325° F
2.  In a large bowl put in the meat and combine all the veggies and tomato paste.  Make sure to mix this well.
3.  in a smaller bowl combine the 2 eggs, garlic, Italian seasoning, dehydrated onion, cayenne pepper, and the Worcestershire sauce.  Beat this mixture until it is well mixed.
4.  Add the egg mixture to the meat and knead together when it looks like it is mixed well add the breadcrumbs and knead until it is mixed well but don’t over mix.
5.  Lightly grease the pan you choose to use.  (I used a 9×13 cake pan)
6.  Add the meatloaf mixture and press down to make as flat of a surface as you can
7.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Then remove from the oven and and drain the grease as carefully as possible
8.  Pour pasta sauce over the top of the meatloaf.
9.  Put meatloaf back into the oven and bake for an additional 35 – 45 minutes.
10.  Check to make sure the internal temp is at least 155° F if it is then remove from oven and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes to cool down a little.  Cut, serve and enjoy.

Sicky Wednesday and Emetrol to the Rescue

Emetrol 

Product Rating: ♥♥♥ (5/5) works almost instantly…  for ages 2-12 (but I take it too and I am in my mid 30′s)

I think Wednesdays in my house are officially now called Sicky Wednesday instead of Hump Day.  This is now the third week in a row we have been sick.  First started with the little guy getting the nasty stomach bug.  Then last week I had the stomach bug, hence the week of no blogs.  Today started off fabulous.  We went outside and played for a few hours, delivered some baby things to a friend, went grocery shopping, played outside a little more before coming in for lunch and what was supposed to be nap time.

He spent a good hour puking everywhere and taking 2 showers.  He finally stopped vomiting after the second dose of Emetrol.  Our first experience with Emetrol was a couple of months ago when he was vomiting uncontrollably the nurse in the ER gave him this to help settle his stomach and it worked almost instantly.  After that I added it to our medicine cabinet.  When the stomach bug hit us last week I broke down and took 2 teaspoons every time I started to feel nauseous and it worked wonders.

It has been a long afternoon and you guessed it, no nap for the little guy today.  It might turn into a very long night.

Monday Movie Review: Noah

Movie Rating ♥♥♥ (5/5) Movie Trailer Posted below

Sums up the beginning books of the bible. Noah is the last of Seth’s Bloodline.  Begging with him becoming a man and witnessing his father’s murder.  Flash forward to Noah being a father.  Really cool creatures and animals.  The stone creatures are fallen angels.  I can’t stop thinking about this movie I can’t wait to see it again.  The movie makes me want to re-read the story of Noah.

I really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it to everyone.  I liked how there was room for both the people who believe in evolution and the people who believe in the biblical creation story to enjoy this movie.  It was well done and the CG was amazing.  I liked how the focus is on Noah but we get to see into the lives of his family as well.

The trailer doesn’t even come close to the awesomeness of this film, enjoy.

Food Friday – Easy Beans and Rice

Delicious Beans and Rice

1 can black beans
1 pouch of 10 minute boil in the bag rice
1 slice american cheese
powdered garlic
powdered onion
italian seasoning
chili powder
ground red pepper
black pepper
butter
1/2 tsp cheddar cheese powder

In the water for the rice put a dash of each of the seasonings. (powdered garlic, powdered onion, italian seasoning, chili powder, ground red pepper, black pepper) and a pat of butter.

pour black beans into a strainer and heat them with the water used to boil the rice in.  and set a side for a moment.

open the pack of rice and dump it into the pan.  Add a pat of butter and a dash of each of the seasonings and about 1/2 teaspoon of the cheddar powder. mix together.  Add the black beans and a slice of american cheese and mix well.

it is ready to serve…  YUMM

A Poopie Wednesday

My little guy has been constipated for 3 days today being the 4th day with a fever yesterday and this morning. He threw up a little last night before bed, no doubt from not being able to move food. He has gone 3 days before no issues but this time seemed different.
…..
Shortly after I wrote this his first poop came. OMG it was huge.
…. Back to the story…
I was beside myself, I had tried just about everything I knew to try with no luck. Remembering back to when I was younger my mom would give me mineral oil to help me. Well, we didn’t have any of that on the house but we did have virgin coconut oil. I gave my little guy a small baby spoon of coconut oil and shortly after he pooped… It is now Thursday and his poop hasn’t stopped. Every diaper I change is loaded with poop. I went out to get the mail and as soon as you walk back into the house all I smelled was toddler poop. Uggggg. Now we battle diarrhea…

And the poop continues…

Monday Movie Review – Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Movie Rating ♥♥♥♥ (4/5) Movie Trailer Posted below

This movie was very cute and my toddler seemed to really enjoy it.  It did drag in parts.  As a Rocky and Bullwinkle fan from my younger years I had high expectations for this movie.  I do like how they kept the basic fundamentals of the original shorts by Jay Ward.  I did like how they defined the relationship between Mr. Peabody and Sherman in the film.  It is entertaining and all round makes for a wonderful family film.  This is one I look forward to adding to our movie collection.

If you haven’t seen it yet, run out and see it, don’t wait for Redbox to get this one!!

Enjoy the trailer.

Next weeks Film – The new Muppet movie…

Food Friday – Easy and Fast Chili

This is a quick and simple way to make chili in a hurry.
1 packet of chili mix
1 jar of salsa(what ever type/style you like, I use a large jar)
1 can beans(I use black beans)
1 small can tomato paste (Depending on how large a jar of salsa you use and how thick you like your chili)
1/2 lb cooked ground beef optional(I generally skip the ground beef)

Mix it in a pot simmer for 10-15 minutes and serve with cornbread, rice and/tortillas.

Breastfeeding Wednesday – Playtex Breast Pump Review

Playtex Electric Double Breast Pump

This is my second favorite breast pump.  I have tried many types and brands.  I like the cushions on the cups.  They helped the cups feel more comfortable while pumping.  Because they were soft my breasts didn’t get sore. I spent many hours a day hooked up to the pump so comfort was one of my top priorities.

I liked that when I was pumping I was pumping into the bottle liner. I would then transfer the milk to a storage container but the liners took out one part in need of sterilization. For moms who will be pumping for their significant other, or someone else, to feed the baby it is perfect. You can assemble the bottle after pumping and store appropriately.

The ability to control the suction was wonderful. I was able to adjust it to the flow of my milk. No two pumping sessions were the same. There is also the ability to pump one breast at a time which worked nicely if my son would nurse on only one side or if I felt fuller on one side.

Monday Movie Review – The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises – Brought to you by Studio Ghibli

Movie Rating ♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5) Movie Trailer Posted below.

The Wind Rises is a wonderful movie.  Even though it is a fictional biography of Jiro Horikoshi it kept some of the fundamental facts right.  The designs in the movie that Jiro would dream of are based on the life Jiro’s first prototype design of the Mitsubishi A5M.  The movie glorified his young years leaving out the parts where he was sick for long periods of time.  He was survived by 5 children and the movie led the audience to believe that his wife left him and he did not have children.

It pulled together his young life in a nice fictional way.  I liked how there wasn’t one dull moment or a moment that would leave the audience hanging.  I expect nothing less than a superb movie from Studio Ghibli and they delivered.  It was better than the trailer made me believe it was going to be.  Call me a sap but there were parts I cried.