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Hi, I'm MamaGoose!

Loving wife to my amazing husband and best friend, stay-at-home mom to my crazy, can't-sit-still, preschool daughter (aka Goose, born Aug '09) and my gotta-get-into-everything, crawling son (aka Handsome, born Dec '12)... the loves of my life and my reason for living!

A little about me... I started blogging back when I was pregnant with Goose as a way to keep all friends and family updated on how both I and baby were doing throughout the pregnancy. After she was born, I created a blog dedicated to Goose and all of her adventures growing up, but while I was blogging for her I decided I might as well create a family blog. So when she turned one I ended her blog and created a new family blog to take it's place.

Even though I'm not the greatest blogger, and I tend to forget about it every now and then, it's something I really enjoy. I love sharing my own experiences and reading/following the experiences of others. All I have to say is whomever invented blogging, thank you!

Anyway, some of my favorite blogs to follow are craft and cooking blogs. I consider myself a crafty person and a cook-in-progress, and I've been wanting to start my own craft/cooking blog for awhile. I just never got around to it until recently, I have to say that my main motivation was the sewing machine I got for Christmas in 2011. I'm still learning how to use it, but what a great way to share my sewing experiences than on my very own blog!

Please don't forget I mentioned that I tend to forget about my blog... or more correctly that I get caught up in life and before I know it, days, weeks, or even months have past between my last post! I promise I will post as much and as often as I can though!

I hope you enjoy my blog of my many adventures in crafting, cooking, and life!

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Boy does time fly... It's March 2013 already! 

First I'd like to appologize for going MIA for the past 7 months!  I guess I have alot of catching up to do because alot has happened in those 7 months... I won't load everything all into this post, though, so don't worry!  =0) 

This post I will dedicate to my hardest and greatest project last year... my baby boy! 

Handsome was born December 19, 2012 at 1:43am, weighing 8lb 5oz and measuring 21.5" long!

I have to say it was a long pregnancy for me.  We didn't have any complications, but I was sick more with him than I was with Goose, and I was very stressed and anxious throughout the whole pregnancy.  Lets just say that I am extremely happy to have him here with now!

He is such a good baby, has the most adorable little smile, and best of all he is a Mama's boy and loves to snuggle!  (Goose was always Daddy's girl and would rather be up looking at the world than snuggled in anyone's arms!) 

We love him so much!

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Yummy Meat & Potato Casserole


I just wanted to share one of our favorite dinners!  (A recipe I found on cooks.com a year or two ago.)We haven't had it in awhile so I decided to make it last night for dinner.  I had forgotten how good it really was!  =0)

The original recipe says to use lamb stew meat, which I've tried since lamb is DaddyGoose's favorite, but since I'm not a fan of lamb I've also tried making it with beef stew meat and chicken, and it's just as tasy!  Also, the recipe says to use a large casserole dish, which to me means 9x13, but I've found that it fits best in either a glass 8x8 or a 2.5qt round dish (as pictured). And I wanted to mention that it says 4 servings, but DaddyGoose and I can easily eat the whole thing in one dinner.  So if you are feeding more than 2, I would reccommend doubling the recipe!

And now the moment you've been waiting for... the recipe!

Meat & Potato Casserole

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 30min (give or take a few)
Cook Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs. Stew Meat (lamb, beef, chicken, other?)
  • 1 Onion, sliced or chopped
  • 2 Carrots, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. Flour, all-purpose
  • 1/2 c. White Wine (sub w/ White Grape Juice, Apple Juice or Chicken Broth)
  • 1 c. Beef Stock
  • 1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Dill Weed
  • 4 c. Potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1/2 a med potato)
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter, melted
Directions:
~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease casserole dish.
~ Heat oil in skillet over med heat.  Add meat and saute until browned.  With slotted spoon transfer meat to casserole dish.
~ Add onions and carrots to fat remaining in skillet, and saute 2 min.  Stir in flour and cook 1 min.  Gradually stir in wine and stock.  Bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat.
~ Stir in tomato paste and sugar.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spoon mixture over meat in dish, then stir in dill weed.
~ Arrange sliced potatoes over contents of casserole (in single layer).  Brush with melted butter, then cover with foil or lid.
~ Bake for 1 1/2 hours.
~ Increase ove heat to 400 degrees, remove lid, and bake 30 more minutes until potatoes are tender and golden.

It is a VERY time consuming dish, so it's best for the weekend or a day when you don't have plans, but it is worth the wait!  I promise!

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Pillow for My Kindle

 
 


Just wanted to share the Kindle Pillow I made myself!  I got the idea from Kim at A Sewing Bloggery.  Her tutorial is for an iPod, but I really wanted one for my Kindle so I just made her pattern bigger!  Instead of using 5", I used 9"... which by the way means a LOT more rice!  It turned out great though and works great for when my Kindle is charging (no pic but the pillow is the same width as the Kindle so it fits on its side or upright), or when I'm reading in bed!  Daddy Goose was even impressed and asked if I could make one for his iPad!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

BabyGoose

Well, for those who haven't noticed my new ticker, we are expecting baby #2!  We are very excited by this unexpected surprise and are anxiously awaited his/her on December 18, 2012!

So our first BabyGoose has officially graduated to the name Goose, and #2 is now known as BabyGoose!  Goose still gets confused, but the other day when I called a monkey she turned and looked at me and said, "No Mama, I Goose!"  lol So I think she's accepted the name!

Here's a pic of our BabyGoose at 10weeks!


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Make Mine Meatless!

We had such an yummy dinner tonight that I wanted to share!
So this month we've started the famous Dave Ramsey's Envelope System, and to get a hold on our grocery spending we've also started dinner meal planning as well.  We are on our third week and are doing very well!  It's been a much easier change than we thought it would be

Anyway, back to meal planning... So I was reseaching meal ideas and came across the idea of "Meatless Mondays."  I liked the idea, so I added it to the calendar.  The first week I found a recipe for Black Bean Burgers, and although they were good, they weren't something we wanted to add to our favorite recipes list.  Then last week was way boring with baked potatoes and baked beans.  I was about ready to dump the "Meatless Mondays" idea but tonight I decided to give it one more go, and it was a very simple but very yummy meal that we are looking forward to having again in the future!  So I guess we'll keep you around for now "Meatless Mondays"!

Bean, Cheese, Lettuce, Salsa and Avacado Tostadas & Grilled Mexican Corn


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