Thank you.

3 12 2008

We asked for prayers and we want to thank you for them.  On Sunday Dave and I found out that we would be expecting #4 in Aug.  Yesterday we knew something wasn’t right.  We went to the doctors, they did some tests and called back today to confirm that we have had a miscarriage.  This news wasn’t a surprise, after a long night last night.  Please pray for us, pray for me.  I am very saddened by this.  Thank you for lifting us up to our Father who loves us more than anyone.





Baby Food…For my friend Molly

25 11 2008

My friend Molly asked for some ideas on making baby food, I have made most of our baby food for our 3 children when they were babies.  I have learned a few things and thought I would pass them on.

If you have never made baby food before it is really easy.  1. peel your fruit, if needed, then add to some water and boil.  After it is VERY soft let it cool for a little bit (about 15 mins or so), then add to a blender and puree (for younger babies), less for older babies.  Then add to ice cube trays and freeze.  After frozen pop out and put in a Freezer bag, (make sure it is a freezer bag!) and keep for 3-6 months.  Most ice cube trays are 1 oz, so you know how much you have.

I would do a bunch of stuff on one day (maybe 3-4 hours of time) and make enough food for 2 months for my little ones!

Now here are some little tips I have learned as I have gone. 

1. Buy fresh when you can.  Pears, bananas, berries, peaches, avocado etc. 

2. Don’t make homemade apples.  It is so much cheaper and faster to just buy the big jar of unsweetened applesauce.

3. Don’t make bananas ahead of time, then turn REALLY yucky.  So just mash one up as needed.

4. Beware of making meat.  It might just be me, but it was HORRIBLE!!!  Now it could be that I was preg. when my second when I made this for my first, but I still to this day can not look at pureed turkey!

5. Get creative!  Go to the baby aisle and look to see what Gerber etc. has put together to be a meal.  THen just go and buy the stuff to make it at home.

6. Be care of making Carrots at home because of the possible high nitrates they could have.  We just bought these in the baby food jars, because they are already tested to make sure they are at a safe level.

Enjoy!  If you need more ideas, please leave a comment and I will respond.





Food Swap

14 10 2008

Okay ladies….I did this thing called a “food swap” a few weeks ago and I LOVED it!  It was so easy…and so much fun too!

This is how it went….we had 6 ladies that got together and each of us brought 2-3 dinner recipes that could be frozen (examples….stuffed pasta shells, chicken pot pie etc.)

Each of us took a vote on which of the 2-3 recipes we liked best of each persons.  (we thought of what our family would like and variety of the group).

Then we set a date to do a swap….we all went home and made our recipe that the group chose 6 times.  We put each one in a freezer bag and labeled it with the food and how to cook it.  We put them in the freezer.  For example I made stuffed shells with spaghetti sauce…I had 6 of them made in my freezer in freezer bags.

On the day of the swap each woman brought their meals.  We all brought them in coolers.  We then handed one meal per person.  After the swap I went home with 5 different meals…6 total, one which was the one I made.  I now have a weeks worth of meals in my freezer!

It saved so much money because I was able to buy the ingredients for my meal in bulk!  It saved so much time because it only took me 2 hours to make my meal, but I have a weeks worth of food in my freezer!  It was fun!  We had a great time picking out our meals, talking and having a good old time.

Here are some tips:

1. Try to have all the woman in your group have the same size families.  We all have 4-5 in our families so our meals are all about the same size.

2. Pick a variety of recipes.  This way you have Mexican, Italian, American etc. to eat during that week.

3. Make sure everyone is up front about what they do and don’t like.  You don’t want someone going home with a meal their family just won’t eat.

4. Try to make the meals all cost about the same amount of money.  I think that 6-8 meals should only cost you about 30-35 dollars.  (Remember you get to buy in bulk!).

5. Decide as a group what a “meal” is.  Our group decided that we would only make the main dish.  You may choose main dish + side item or main dish+dessert or all three.





Nothing is EVER dull in the Ferraro home

3 10 2008

Well, after a wonderful week trying to get our washing machine fixed, we decided to buy a new one.  Now, I didn’t get my number 1 or 2 or 3 or 4th choice but we did a GREAT one for a great price.  It is the new Maytag that just came out.  And because it was just out the computer system at Home Depot still had the old price in it so we got it for that price and they still took ten percent off of that!  It is one that will last our family for many, many years we pray.

Now, Isaac has been a challenge this week.  Not with his behavior, but with a funny rash.  He came down with a rash on his trunk on Sunday.  Then on Tuesday it was covering him from head to toe so I took him to our pediatrician, who tested him for strep and scarlet fever.  Both tested negative. He didn’t even have a temp at all.  They then decided that he had an allergic reaction to something…what we don’t know.

Then on Thursday he came down with a little temp and just not himself.  AFter talking to my mom I decided to take him back to the peds office.  They had two doctors look at him.  Both decided that it looked like strep, but he tested negative again for that!  They said they are sticking with a reaction of some sort.

Then that night I went to SWI class at school and Dave took the kids home.  At about 6:30 I was eating and a lady came into the school cafeteria and said…”Is there a Becky Ferraro here?”  I told them that was me and she told me there was a man on the phone and he said it was urgent.  I tried to call Dave about 3 times and each time I got the answering machine.  I just knew something horrible was wrong.

My friend and I went to the school’s operator and asked if a Dave Ferraro called, the man said yes.  I asked if he left a message, he said no, only that he was looking for his wife and it was urgent.

I told where I would be if he called again.  With no cell phones I  knew I couldn’t reach him or him me.  I then called our two hospitals that Dave would go to.  Each said that they did not have a child with that last name.

I went to class and told our presidents wife what was going on.  She told me she was going to give the operator her cell number so he could reach her ASAP.  About 15 mins. later I see her in the hall and the operator in the hall, and she says “Dave called again he is at ________hospital in the ER waiting on a doctor, you need to go there right away.”   My knees went weak.  I knew that God was in control and that I had no power to do anything!

My friend drove me to the ER and we found Isaac on a table and Dave with two toddlers at his feet.  We came to find out, Dave was in the middle of making dinner when Isaac said his head hurt.  He then went on to say he was hot and his eyes hurt.  Dave took his temp and it was 104.5 under the arm.  Isaac then said he couldn’t see anything.  Dave got very scared and called the doctor who said to head right to the ER.  Dave tried to call me, but couldn’t wait any longer.

The doctors at the hospital did more tests and still think that the rash is a reaction and are not sure what the temp is from.  It could be totally unrelated!!!  Crazy stuff I tell you.

Now, please pray for our Isaac and the others in hope that they don’t get sick.

Oh and tonight was parents night out and we had dinner plans with another couple that we had to cancel.  That makes us a little sad.





Snack and Lunch Ideas…..

4 09 2008

A couple of my friends have asked for ideas for snacks and or lunches so I am going to give a list of some of the things my kids are eating this week.

Snacks:

Homemade trail mix: equal parts raisins, peanuts, goldfish cheese, goldfish pretzels and m&ms.  I make a big bowl of this, then use the snack size ziplocks (off brand) and put 1/4 cup in each one for my children, this is a GREAT grab and go mix.

Berry Banana Splits: I cut a half of banana per child length ways, then top wih strawberry yogurt and teddy grahams.

Peanut butter on Graham crackers with blueberries on the side with a glass of milk.

For lunches:

Crackers, cheese, pears and carrots.  I put the stuff on a platter then they grab what they want to eat.  You can add add or turkey lunch meat as well and they can make their own “homemade” lunch-ables.

Bagels with cream cheese and fruit.  This is a hit with my kids!  They love it!  We didn’t have a veggie with this at lunch so I had them have one with a snack that day.

Tomato soup and grilled cheese.  My kids love to top their tomato soup (I have a great rec. for that in the recipe section of my blog) with goldfish and cheese or sometimes sour cream and tortilla chips etc.

Speedy Quesadillas (sp?): I just spread re-fried beans on a tortillas shell and top with cheese, then fold over and grill on stove for about 2-3 mins. each side, then I cut it up with a pizza cutter to make little triangles.  They love to dip it in sour cream or salsa.

 

When making lunches or snacks I try to make sure I have a protein, complex carb and quick sugar.   So we only use whole wheat breads and crackers and I try to make sure they have at least 2-3 servings of veggies a day and 2-3 fruits a day as well.

 

Some things on the menu for next week are:

Fig newtons with a 1/2 banana and milk to drink

Lunch Chicken ceasar salad ( some cooked chicken in bite size pieces, salad and grape tomatos) served with grapes and milk.

Chicken Quesadilla Sandwich (spread salsa on 1.2 the tortilla, top with chicken lunch meat and cheese) Fold and cut in triangles.  Serve with green peppers to dip in ranch and fruit.

Snack: Chocolate pudding ( I use the yogurt if it is on sale) wtih apples and teddy grahams.

 

I hope this helps anyone out with meal ideas!  Enjoy.





Detox Day #2

15 07 2008

I am so hungry!!!!  I am craving everything I am not supposed to.  You know, FAT, CALORIES, CARBS…the list goes on and on.  I have very little energy and I am a little shaky.  Everything the books says will happen when your body is getting rid of junk in it.

I am not sure how I am going to wait tables tonight….God please give me the energy!  Hopefully eating the fruit all day today will help.  The protein drink yesterday was HORRIBLE!!!!!  I can’t say more about that.

Day 3 tomorrow and it is the last one!





The Fruit Flush…3 day detox

14 07 2008

Okay I am on day one of the 3 day fruit flush.  This is a 3 day plan to detox your body of all the nasty build up…artifical sweeteners, colorings in foods etc.  Also, it is to give your body a kick start with fat loss.

So I am on day one and I have to drink this protein mix every two hours.  It gives you all your calories and minerals you need for the day….it just tastes horrible!!!  Then for dinner we have 3-6 cups of fresh (raw) veggies with olive oil and lean chicken or fish with it.  Today is to prep your body for the flush that will take place on day 2 and 3…for me that will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

I will let you know how it goes….good news is that Dave is doing it with me….nothing like a spouse helping you along.