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Adventures In Home Cooking: Update!

Two years ago, I posted a lengthy write up about ingredient and recipe delivery services (you can read that post here). My intention with this post was to eventually choose a service and try it out myself so that I could give a full review.

Well, folks, it’s finally happened! Ryan and I have decided to do a test run of Home Chef. If you’ll recall, Home Chef was the service that I determined to be the better of the three that I reviewed, at least in my personal opinion. I liked that it was more customizable and appreciated that the pricing wasn’t ridiculous.

Our first box is scheduled to be delivered next Tuesday and I’ll be honest with you, I’m extremely excited to try it out. We have chosen to get three meals a week if we decide to stick with it. This coming week we will be trying:

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Arugula and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Chimichurri Steak with Roasted Potatoes
Sticky Glazed Bone-In Pork Chops with Sesame Chinese Broccoli

I’m not a HUGE fan of pork chops, however I am trying to be more open to eating things I normally wouldn’t so I’m going to test it out and see how I feel about it.

I will be posting updates as we take this journey into Home Chef. Each night that we make a meal I will post the recipe along with pictures and a review of the dish.

If you are interested in signing up for Home Chef, feel free to use my referral link Click Here 

I hope you’ll join us!

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Get Your Ass In Shape Brittney!

So, I’ll be the first one to admit that I have NEVER in my life been in shape. I’ve tried, believe me I have, but either things get too hard and I quit, or I just get super lazy and, well……. quit.

But now that I have Liam, I feel like it’s probably time to start taking better care of myself. I’ve started by trying to make more meals at home, something that Ryan and I always try to do, but would like to do way more often. And now I’m going to make a sincere effort to actually work out as well.

So today begins day one of my journey. I have found a work out plan that I will be following for the next 4 weeks. Believe it or not (and I’m sure you’ll believe it) I came across it on Pinterest and thought it was PERFECT for my situation. The plan comes from the site From Insanity And Back, a site that I’ve increasingly become obsessed with over the last few months (seriously, it’s awesome. click the link and check it out). I came across Melissa’s Level One Workout plan because someone I follow on Pinterest pinned it and I thought I’d check it out. I had been looking for somewhere to start on my fitness journey but I’ve never truly been in shape so I was worried about trying to start something that would be too advanced for me. I think that’s really where my lack of follow through comes in, when something is too hard I get discouraged and quit.

Now, I’m not going to bore you every night with the details of how I feel after every work out and what I did and blah blah blah. I’ll post again at the end of the first week and discuss what I did, how I felt, and maybe what I ate too!

Wish me luck people…….

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Update! I’m not dead I promise

Yes I know, I do this all the time. I disappear for a few weeks, then come back with some big long post about how I’m back and will be better at updated. I post consistently for about a week and then POOF! I’m gone again. Well……. This time is different?

Except probably not.

It’s worth a shot again. So allow me to make another (possibly empty) promise to you all that I will be better at updating.

So what have I been up to lately? The better question is what HAVEN’T I been up to!

Life with Liam has been taking up most of my time these past 10 weeks. Yes! Liam is now 10 weeks old! It’s hard to believe that the time has flown by so fast. As of his 2 month appointment which was last Tuesday, he was 11 lbs 10 oz and 23 inches long. He smiles all the time and let me just say, his smile is the cutest I’ve ever seen.

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In addition to my new job as Liam’s Mom (that’s an official title you know!) I’m also back at work. Honestly, being a working mom to an infant is tough. Sometimes I feel like I don’t get to spend nearly as much time with Liam as I’d like. But I also know that it’s what’s necessary right now and Ryan and I were incredibly lucky to find a wonderful daycare down the street from our apartment that has amazing reviews and inspection reports and a friendly staff.

Welp, that’s pretty much it. The story of my life for the last 10 weeks. Like I said before, I am going to work VERY HARD to continue to update on a regular basis. But well……… yeah we’ll just see.

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Post baby update

Hello all! Meet Liam, the newest little Masterson.

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As you can all see, I’ve been lacking in the updating department, but I’ve definitely had a good reason.

Liam came to us on Tuesday, February 16 at 6:31 pm after a grueling 22 hour labor that included a foley, an epidural, having my water broken, two additionally doses of pain meds, and 4 1/2 hours of pushing. He was a whopping 7 pounds 15 ounces. I’m not ashamed to say that the second we saw him, Ryan and I both sobbed like…. Well…… Babies


 The first week home was tough while Ryan and I adjusted to Liam’s schedule. It involved a lot of crying and very very little sleep. Now as we finish up our 2nd week with Liam (tomorrow he’ll be 2 weeks old? Holy crap!) I think we’re starting to get the hang of it.

Yeah….. I probably just jinxed us didn’t I.

So now I’m back and ready to fill you all in on how our lives will be changing over time. I’m excited to get back into the swing of things!

****Edit- I will be posting our birth story this week.

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Adventures in Cooking at Home: Garlic White Pizza

Ok so I never set out to be any specific type of blog. I know that all of the “How to be a super amazing expert blogger” blog posts tell you to pick a focus, but as a person with Anxiety and ADD, I honestly can’t do this. So you’ll have to suffer through the many random things that go through my brain.

I’ve been wanting to try this recipe that I found on Pinterest for about two weeks, but to be honest, homemade pizza makes me nervous. I like to think that Ryan and I are pizza savvy (we probably aren’t) and I’m always nervous about making new dishes for Ryan because he’s a total food snob (even if he tries to say he’s not!!!).

The recipe is simple:

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups shredded whole-milk mozzarella cheese

1½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

Salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly flour a 13-inch pizza pan.

Using your hands, gently stretch the dough in the pizza pan. Leaving a 1-inch border from the edge, brush olive oil and minced garlic all over the dough. It’s okay if the minced garlic doesn’t cover all the space.

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese all over top then the Italian seasoning and salt.

Bake for 12-13 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and the crust has browned around the edges.

Let cool for about 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

It actually calls for a homemade crust, but I figured I’d try my hand at the pizza with a store bought crust before I ventured into making it from scratch. Baby steps people!

  
It looked pretty darn good going into the over and JUST as good coming out!

  
Cutting it proved a bit of a challenge, I’ve never cut a pizza before in my life and I’m not exactly the best with knives and sharp objects 😉

The pizza turned out to be very good. The crust that I used had a slightly sweet taste to it but the olive oil gave it a bit of a tang that was really nice. I’d definitely make it again, but would probably add a little more cheese and maybe some green olives just to see how that would come out.

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In honor of #WomanCrushWednesday

  
I only occasionally participate in things like #ManCrushMonday or #ThrowbackThursday. I find them fun and cute, but when it comes down to it, I just don’t have the time or mental capacity to remember to keep up with these daily hashtags every single day of every single week of every single month of every single year. But I will indulge in #WomanCrushWednesday today.

If you’ve ever taken a look at my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you probably know by now that I have a younger sister whom I absolutely love and adore. Mary Kate was born on April 7, 1998. I was 8 years old and maybe a little too young to understand exactly what was going on. As my parents have been divorced since I was a baby and I grew up living with my dad full time, I felt like my moms pregnancy went by too fast for me to truly process it as a young child. So the first time I ever met my sister it was definitely a little confusing.

Growing up, I only saw Mary Kate for a few weeks at a time a few times a year. Being so far apart in age, there were definitely times where I felt annoyed with her. Once while I was visiting, she stole a handful of my things and hid them in a hat box under her bed. I OF COURSE threw a fit and my mom searched for probably 2-3 days trying to find my stuff before I had to leave to go back home to my dads. When we finally found everything my mom asked her why she did it and she said it was because she didn’t want me to leave.

As Mary Kate has gotten older, we’ve had the opportunity to grow a lot closer. I’ve had the chance to really watch her grow into a smart, strong, driven, beautiful young woman and I honestly could not be more proud. It blows my mind to think that in April she will be 18, in June she will be graduating high school and on the fall she will be starting college.

I honestly look back on my life and cannot imagine having a better sister. No matter where we go in life or what we’re doing, we will always be close and she will always be my permanent #WomanCrushWednesday.