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It’s a…

gender reveal it's a...

Well wouldn’t you like to know. 😉

We found out the gender of our baby on Dec. 22. We got to see one set of parents on Dec. 23, and the other set of parents on Dec 24. We also mailed the news to our grandparents, and we did the same thing for all of them. Here’s what we did:

We placed the above “It’s a…” photo and a sealed envelope inside of a bigger envelope. When they opened the big envelope – OH, THE SUSPENSE! – they only saw the “It’s a…” photo, and they had to open yet another envelope to see the actual news. Because I’m delightfully mean like that.

Oh, you want to know the gender too?







(See what I did there? I told you I’m mean.)

It’s a…




baby gender it's a boy

The lighting/coloring of these pictures looks really weird on the blog, but there you have it. We’re having a boy! And because it’s a boy, we now have to come up with a name (we had our girl name all picked out). We’re so excited to finally know, and we get to call him a HIM now instead of an “it”!

We had a good Christmas. 🙂

Fear not. We’ll be back to our regular programming of recipes eventually.


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Mashed potatoes with broccoli

Wow, it’s getting a little dusty around here! I thought I’d brush away some of the cobwebs and finally post something after 2 months of silence.

I’ve been really busy, but that’s not the complete reason. I actually haven’t cooked much since my last post, because food has been pretty unappealing lately. In fact, I’ve basically been nauseated the past 2 months straight. Why?

The Big News

It seems God gave us a little surprise…. Stephen and I are having a baby! I’m 14 weeks along and officially in my second trimester. It was pretty unexpected, but we are so excited about this new adventure!

So bear with me here as I try to ease back into cooking. The nausea is certainly not gone, but it’s not as bad as it has been, and I’ve been able to start cooking again to some degree.

Back to the Potatoes…

Here’s one of the few things I’ve made recently. Growing up, Mom often put a bunch of other stuff in with our mashed potatoes to add some extra nutrition and deliciousness. I almost feel boring whenever I make regular mashed potatoes (though they are still delicious and certainly have their place).

Here’s my most recent take on throwing a bunch of “other stuff” in with my mashed potatoes to make an awesome mix of deliciousness. You can pair these with regular ol’ chicken or fish or some other kind of meat, and it’s a complete meal.


Ok, I didn’t measure a single thing in here. But rest assured that you can very easily wing it on this, and it will still taste awesome. I included pictures at the bottom in case you want a visual representation of how much stuff to use, though.

  • Potatoes, scrubbed and cut up into chunks (I used red potatoes because that’s what I had on hand)
  • Butter (none of this margarine nonsense)
  • Minced garlic (or diced, if your favorite garlic press in the world broke and you had to do it quickly by hand)
  • Onions, sliced thinly (or chopped, if you’d rather not encounter your onions quite so visibly)
  • White wine (I don’t care what kind. I don’t drink the stuff, so I don’t know any of the fancy names. As long as it’s wine and it’s white.)
  • Chopped broccoli (I used frozen broccoli, thawed it in the microwave and drained it first)
  • Sour cream

You can also substitute spinach for the broccoli. Or you can substitute anything in this recipe for anything else. It’s really versatile, if I hadn’t made that clear already…


I’m including step-by-step photos under the written directions.

  1. Put potatoes in a pot and fill with water to about 1-2 inches above the potatoes. Boil until potatoes get soft and edges start to crumble.
  2. In the meantime, sauté the butter, onions and garlic over medium heat until the onions are soft.
  3. Add a splash or two of white wine and let the alcohol simmer out (basically, it will look like the liquid is disappearing). Let me repeat: This is not an alcoholic food. The alcohol evaporates, leaving just the flavor of the wine.
  4. Drain the broccoli (if previously frozen) and add it to the onion mixture. Sauté until it starts to wilt and soften.
  5. Mix in a few globs of sour cream and let gently bubble for a few minutes.
  6. Drain the potatoes, pour in some milk, and mash them until smooth. You may need to add more milk, but just eyeball it.
  7. Dump the contents of the sauté pan into the potatoes and stir. Try not to eat it all before you make it to the table.

The day I took the pictures, we ate the mashed potatoes with some chicken thighs I seasoned and baked (they’re super easy, but let me know if you want to know how to make them!).

Boil the potatoes…

Potatoes boiling in the pot

Sauté the onions, garlic and butter…

Onions, garlic and butter in saute pan

Until they look like this…

Sauteed onions, garlic and butter

Then add some white wine…

Sauteed with white wine

And after most of the liquid evaporates, add the broccoli…

Add broccoli to the sauteed onions

Stir in the sour cream…

Adding sour cream

And mix it all into the mashed potatoes!

Mixing the mashed potatoes

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