Yesterday the kids spent some time enjoying the warm weather...they opened their Easter bubbles and practiced blowing bubbles until they spilled them all. Then they took their new crayons out and colored on the fence..(gotta love them!) After all that fun they spent some time on the slide and yelling "come look, mom!"
We had a fun Easter... On Saturday we went to the church Easter Egg Hunt and the kids had a great time. There were plenty of eggs so each of the kids got as many as they wanted. Afterwards we went to Sportsman's Warehouse and the kids got to see some bear cubs and get free hotdogs. That night a sweet couple from church took us out to Cold Stone for dessert...Thanks Jack and Connie! It was a fun treat!
Here is a picture of me with Braeden and Bronwyn
Braeden and Bronwyn comparing their spoilsJulius grabbing up treats as fast as he can!Bronwyn and me...isn't she the cutest little bunny you have ever seen?!Braeden was so thrilled with his basket full of eggs... On Sunday morning - I got up early and hid Easter baskets in the backyard. It was still dark - so we distracted the kids by peeling the eggs they dyed earlier in the week. Who knew that peeling eggs could be so fun for little fingers?! When they finished they eggs we sent them outside to find their baskets - they spent the rest of the morning rummaging through their "spoils" and watching Enchanted.
It took Braeden FOREVER to find his basket! Bronwyn was really excited about her Princess Sparkle bookAlthough Enchanted was in Bron's basket - Julius took immediate ownershipI got the kids bathed and dressed in their new Easter clothes and we snapped a few pictures on the way to church. We have church at 1:00 and the kiddos were so worn out by then...All of them cried on the way to primary -
Braeden - Julius - Bronwyn Our sweet Princess PinkGotta love the smile!Julius and BronwynJulius - Bronwyn - BraedenBraeden - Julius - BronwynThe family....never manage to get a picture with everyone looking at the camera...but at least we got one of all of us together! When we got home from church we went to the Pool's for Easter dinner. It was so nice of them to have us over...the kids had fun playing with Tysen and Kaisley and playing FORT in the food storage room (sorry Darin!) and I had fun having girl talk with Holli. They are such great friends - we love them so much!
The kids went right to sleep when we got home...it was a fun filled, relaxing day!
When I found out I was expecting another set of twins I decided THIS time I was going to be a little more prepared. During my last twin pregnancy I was working full time and didn't have the energy for much except taking care of Julius.
So my plan this time is to prepare some meals for the freezer - they will be a huge help if I end up on bed rest, or if the new twins have a stay in the NICU. If we can avoid both of those scenerios I'm sure I'll be glad to have some pre-made meals on hand those first three months after the new babies arrive.
My freezer meal history is kinda funny. One Sunday I was visiting my mom's church with my sisters and sisters in law. Mom had a YW calling at the time so we went to Relief Society without her. There were numerous sign-up sheets being passed around that day...we decided to have a little fun and sign mom up for a bunch of random things. One of the sign-ups was to purchase a Freezer Cooking Manual. We got a kick out of that one because my mom freezes EVERYTHING! (We even found popped popcorn in her freezer once - she's never lived that one down) Well we all had a good laugh as I signed her up and then we forgot about it.
The next Christmas I opened a gift from my mom and there it was: The Freezer Cooking Manual - from 30 Day Gourmet.
I thought it was pretty hilarious and started reading it...It's actually a really good book and I've been making recipes from it for a couple of years now.
I've got my freezer stocked with Italian Chicken, Pulled Pork, Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken Spaghetti Sauce, and Mexican Chicken Casserole. Tonight I will add five large bags and two small containers of Loaded Baked Potato Soup. The boys helped me make it this afternoon while Bronwyn took her nap. We then had an early dinner of it. This is the third time I've made it - and luckily I managed it without scorching the milk. Yay!
I'll share the recipe for 8 servings: (I made 32 servings)
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
4 large baking potatoes
10 T butter or margarine
2/3 C flour
6 C milk
1 1/2 C shredded cheddar
1 1/4 t salt
1/2 t pepper
8 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
8 oz sour cream
1 C shredded cheddar
2-3 chopped green onions (I omit these)
Bake the potatoes at 400 degrees for 60-90 minutes. Remove them from the oven and cut in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the pulp into a large bowl. Set aside. Save the leftover skins to make potato skins or discard.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the flour, stirring until smooth. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Turn heat up to medium and continue stirring while slowly adding the milk. Continue to stir until the mixture is thick and bubbly. Add the cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, and bacon. Mash the potato pulp with a hand held potato masher, a fork, or a mixer, to get rid of the large chunks. Add the potato pulp to the pan, stirring to mix. When it is heated through, add the sour cream and stir to mix well. Do not boil the soup. Set aside to cool.
Freeze in freezer bags or rigid containers.
Thaw at least overnight in the refrigerator. Put the soup in a saucepan or microwave safe container to heat. The soup will have the consistency of soft mashed potatoes. If needed, stir in some milk to make it more "soup-like". But the soup should be thick, not runny. Once it's heated through, spoon into serving bowls. Top each with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar and some green onions.
We all love this recipe - Try it out! And wish me luck on filling my freezer before June....
The kids love to help me cook - so I have been trying new things that they can really get their hands into...Friday night we made homemade pizzas. I think they had a lot of fun making them - but they were so full from snacking on the toppings that they really didn't eat much after they were cooked.