Hot Corn Dip Recipe

Posted by Kathleen George on April 01, 2017 0 Comments

This is our first recipe post! We thought it would be fun to change things up a bit and with BBQ season coming up and family gatherings underway who couldn’t use a great appetizer recipe. This one is also EASY and can be made ahead of time and just sit in the fridge until it’s time to bake. Here goes:

 

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Corn, frozen or canned (2 cans)

1 can of minced Hatch green chiles*

8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened

1/3 Cup Mayonnaise

1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Combine the cream cheese and mayonnaise. Add the corn, chilies, mozzarella, salt and pepper and mix. Pour into a baking dish (I use a glass pie plate but a cake pan works great as well) and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden. Serve with tortilla chips and/or crackers.

 

*More heat can be added with hot sauce or jalapeno’s if you like your dip spicier. That’s what is great about this recipe is it can be catered to your taste.

This dip will go very fast! Hope you enjoy the recipe.

 

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Working Out After Baby

Posted by Kathleen George on February 15, 2017 0 Comments

Well, we are all guilty of it. We promised ourselves we would only gain 20 pounds during our pregnancy but cravings (and life) took over and we went a liiiiitle over that. Fine, a lot over that! It was all worth it for our healthy, well-fed, little bundles of joy. But now, it’s been three months and baby-wearing will only cover up this body for a few more so it’s time to get back in gear! Here are some basic tips from Moms that we’ve picked up and decided to pass on.

 

      1. Join a gym with childcare. Not only will you make other gym mom friends, you will get that much needed break to do something for yourself.

     

      1. Find a Mommy work out group if you can’t join a gym. There are so many work out groups run by local Moms. Hop on-line and find one in your area. You’ll get outside (or inside depending on the time of year) with your baby AND make new friends.

     

      1. Exercise with your baby. Ok, so you are not much into getting out and making new friends these days but bonding with baby is happening! There are lots of great exercises you can do with your baby to get back in shape. Here is a great link for ideas.

     

      1. Re-examine the way you eat. Your life is changing in so many ways and so will your diet. You may have to alter the type of food and the times you were used to eating. You may even find that some foods you loved before are no longer satisfying to you. Look at this as a great way to try new things and mix up your diet.

     

      1. Start tracking your food and/or exercise. My Fitness Pal is a fabulous app that allows you to input your daily food and exercise. At the end of the day, you can see your macros, calories burned and progress. This helps tremendously in keeping on track and not grabbing little snacks here and there that can add up throughout the day.

     

      1. DRINK WATER! I know, it can’t be said enough but, especially if you are breastfeeding, make sure to drink LOTS of water. A good rule of thumb is to drink your weight in ounces of water. Yes, it’s a lot but it will make a difference in your weight loss, skin and overall health.

     

      1. Subscribe to on-line support groups, fitness magazines, blogs and more. Keep your weight loss journey top of mind by subscribing to media material that provides tips and advice regularly. It will help keep you motivated and on track.

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    New Year, New Baby? Congrats! Here are 5 Ways Life, as you Know it, Will Never be the Same

    Posted by Kathleen George on January 05, 2017 0 Comments

    Just fewer than four million babies are born in the US each year (based on 2013 stats). The most popular months to give birth are August, followed by July, October and September. If you are quickly doing the math, it means people are getting busy during the holidays and right around the New Year.

     

    Look to your right and look to your left…one of those women is probably pregnant. Just kidding, but I am part of this statistic. When I had my first baby it was mid-October because my husband and I decided to “try” for the first time after the New Year. Again, if you are quickly doing the math, this mama is very, ahem, fertile.

     

    The birth rate increase in July and August shows that people are getting into the holiday spirit. There is something so magical about the holidays and we are always more keenly aware of how meaningful family is and how they shape our lives. And yes, this makes some of us decide we want to get pregnant.

     

     

    So, here’s to the newly pregnant mamas out there…some that may not even know it yet. If it’s your first time here is a quick list to prepare you for how your life will change.

     

    1. 1. It’s Never Quite Like You Imagined - You see pics of your friends on Facebook with their cute adorable babies and think, “Awww, I can’t wait to do this with my baby!” Well, guess what? That happy little shot took 20 minutes and 3 breakdowns. By the parents. Get over whatever fantasies you have about how the experiences you had in your mind will actually turn out in reality.

     

    1. 2. Sleeping in Will Be A Distant Memory - Your baby will eventually sleep through the night but you will never sleep late in the morning. They will ALWAYS get up. Even when you think the morning play date, afternoon trampoline park visit and late night dance off will result in hours of blissful morning snoozedom you’re wrong. They will get up and you will too.

     

    1. 3. Your Child’s Wardrobe Will Be Better Than Yours – I know this is hard to imagine and for some of you painful to think about but it happens. Boxes will still arrive from late night on-line shopping sprees but sadly, they won’t be for you. We will just leave it at that.

     

     

    1. 4. You Will Have Arguments About About Broccoli and Chicken – No matter how well you think you are preparing your child to have a global palette, the fact is, at some point they will only want the three main kid food groups…chicken nuggets, mac and cheese and pizza. You will make glorious meals that you find on Pinterest that guarantee your kids won’t notice the spinach and then everyone will be happy and satisfied after a nice family dinner together. Yeaaaa. Unicorns.

     

    1. 5. It Will Be the Hardest Job You’ve Ever Had – Working is tough, don’t get me wrong and I have spent many long days and nights working. I also spent weekends working and would often be travelling more in one month than I spent at home but being a Mom is truly THE hardest job you will ever have. It is also the most rewarding, as cliché as it sounds.

     

    So hang tough, future Mama!! Your life will change in so many crazy and beautiful ways.

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    How to Enjoy the Holidays

    Posted by Kathleen George on November 28, 2016 0 Comments

    I have set a goal this year to complete my holiday tasks by December 1st. Not because I’m some crazy super Mom that wants to get ahead of the curve, although, some could accuse me of that and they would in a lot of cases be correct. It’s because this year, I really, truly want to enjoy the holidays! I want to pick up on a Saturday morning and drive north to see snow and play with my kids outside followed by big mugs of hot cocoa. I want to read stories by the fire, play games and visit with family and friends. I don’t want to be shopping with crowds or planning what I need to do with the Elf on the Shelf every night.

     

    For some folks, that might be part of the holiday craziness that they enjoy and I think that’s the key. Do the stuff you love and leave the rest behind. This year, instead of fretting over the cooking or decorating, maybe remove a few of those items from your list. Is your holiday card stressing you out? Send out an e-mail or video gram instead. Take all of the things you love about the holidays and DO THOSE. Forget about the rest if it doesn’t absolutely add to your joy during the season. Enjoy!

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    Kids Can Be a Pain in the Back?

    Posted by Kathleen George on November 14, 2016 0 Comments

    Even if you never had back pain before, labor and delivery and the subsequent 50-pound car seats we haul around postpartum can lead to temporary or permanent back issues. Here are some basic things you can do to help alleviate the back pain we all get from carrying such a “heavy load”.

     

    • Enjoy a warm bath – Maybe even add some Epsom salt, light candles and try to let your muscles relax.

    • Heating pads – These pads really do wonders and the warmth is comforting during cold weather months.

    • Treat yourself to a massage – Sometimes our muscles need the extra added help and we Moms could use the break!

    • Ask for Help – It’s tough as a Mom to ask for help and a lot of families don’t live near relatives these days but you would be surprised how quickly Moms are willing to help out another Mom by watching their kids or running an errand.

    • Medical Assistance – Some Moms refer to chiropractors, acupuncturists and physical therapy. If your back pain has become chronic you may want to ask your doctor about other alternatives.

     

    In the end, all Moms need to take a break…easier said than done but without a healthy, happy Mom everyone suffers. Check out these links related to back pain and how to manage it.

     

    http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/back-strengthening-exercises

    http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/chronic-pain/chronic-pain-a-disease-why-does-it-still-hurt

    http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/symptoms-and-solutions/postpartum-bachache.aspx

     

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