semi-homemade.

by Janetha on May 25, 2014

in meals,recipes

hey! long time no blog. things have been go, go, go around these parts. we have actually been super productive getting the house ready for the arrival of our little man. we have also been ticking off the big items on our list, like the crib, glider, dresser, and stroller. i feel slightly more prepared that i felt last week!

today was jam-packed. we spent a solid 30 minutes this morning brushing the dogs.. seriously, SO MUCH FUR! followed by a little basking.. it was such a beautiful day.

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then we cleaned the house top to bottom for a few hours. then my parents came over and helped unload the baby’s dresser from my car, since my pregnant self is pretty worthless in the lifting department. my dad and marshall tackled that project. luckily it came assembled and all that needed to be done was put the legs on. 

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another around-the-house task was finally putting child locks on the pantry.. and NO, not because of our upcoming child. because of our dogs. we usually have to barricade the doors when we leave or they get their noses in there and eat all the food. bad dogs, haha. i am sure they are super upset we’ve ruined their fun.

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after that we headed to chipotle for lunch followed by more productivity. we went to lowes for some light switches and sockets, then to target for the baby registry! that was quite the task and i feel really lost when it comes to what we need. if anyone has any MUST HAVE baby item suggestions, i am all eyes. (for the record, we already have every item beginning with a B, i swear: bumbo, boppy, bassinet, bouncer, and bottle rack. ha!) 

once we got home from target i still had to go out and about to run a few more errands, but i left marshall at home because 1- the dogs were lonely and 2- i had already drug him all over town enough for the day. by the time i got done with my errands, i was beat. the last thing i wanted to do was fix a labor-intensive dinner.. but i wanted something delicious. i decided to throw together a  semi-homemade meal!

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this was so simple. i just cooked 7 oz of pasta, sliced and sautéed the chicken sausage, and then tossed it all together with the jar of bruschetta and container of goat cheese. i baked the alexia garlic bread (our favorite!) and the salad was already made when i bought it… easiest meal ever! and it was dang delicious.

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dessert was also semi-homemade. one of my huge pregnancy cravings is strawberries. i can’t get enough of them! and may also happens to be national strawberry month.. and you know i love my food holidays. so this dessert i whipped up was the best of all worlds!

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i have always had angel food cake as the cake part of strawberry shortcake. i know other people have some biscuit type of base, but in my world it’s always been the angel food cake! since marshall and i are big fans of bread pudding, i thought it would be a fun twist to combine strawberry shortcake and bread pudding. turns out, it worked marvelously.

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strawberry shortcake bread pudding
serves 10-12

ingredients:

  • one frozen sara lee angel food cake
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 TB vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 16 oz fresh strawberries, diced
  • whipping cream or pre-whipped cream

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350* F.
  2. dice angel food cake into 3/4″ squares and place in large bowl.
  3. beat eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla together.
  4. dice the strawberries into 1/2″ pieces.
  5. pour egg mixture over angel food cake, stir gently.
  6. fold in strawberries.
  7. pour mixture into a greased 8 x 8 pan OR a dutch oven (which is what i used)–covered.
  8. bake for 35-45 minutes, until firm and golden.
  9. whip the cream (if whipping your own)–i add a little sugar and vanilla to my heavy whipping cream. 
  10. once bread pudding has cooled a bit, slice into squares and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

i loved the sara lee angel food cake–it was such a sweet cheat! my mom always bakes angel food cake when our fam has strawberry shortcake, but that takes a lot of time AND i don’t have an angel food cake pan.

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i think that it was also important that the cake was frozen when i diced it..angel food cake is typically so fluffy and hard to slice or dice, but since it was frozen, it made it really simple!

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the one short cut i will never take is buying pre-whipped cream. there’s no replacement for whipping it yourself!

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converting the angel food cake to a bread pudding was a great move–it really upped the comfort factor and decadence of this dessert. 

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this dessert was so easy and i can’t wait to make it again! it would be great for a crowd. 

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now we are finally taking a load off and watching back to back episodes of curb your enthusiasm. not gonna lie, i am super excited we have one more day to the weekend. today was waaaayyy too busy and i need a little R & R! 

i hope you guys are enjoying your memorial day weekend, whatever you may be up to. i will try to pop in again soon! 

Qs~

1. what do you use as your strawberry shortcake base–angel food cake or biscuits? or something else?

2. weekend highlight(s)?

xo. janetha g.

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Lindsay May 25, 2014 at 10:49 pm

The Ergo carrier is the best thing. I would be lost without mine and have used it almost daily since the arrival of my daughter. She just had her birthday. The infant insert for the Ergo is easy to use. Cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Janetha May 25, 2014 at 10:54 pm

thanks! i actually already have the infant insert.. so i just need to get the carrier!

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Deanna May 26, 2014 at 4:17 am

The fisher price rock and play. My baby is 8 weeks old and has slept in it like a bassinet next to our bed. She hated the $120 bassinet we bought lol! Also when you rock it, it sometimes soothes them back to sleep and buys you a little more sleep lol!

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Erica May 26, 2014 at 5:16 am

Hahah- i love that you baby locked your cabinets from the dogs. Just awesome. Registering is SOOOOOOOOOOO overwhelming. I can’t remember if I told you or not, but a friend of mine gave me the girlfriends guide to baby gear and I used it like a bible. The most useful info in it is what NOT to buy. There is so much junk that you don’t need. YUM on that dessert

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Jenn @ Mark My Miles May 26, 2014 at 5:28 am

Definitely the Fisher Price Rock n Play…saved us many nights!

I love strawberry shortcake made any way…not a picky dessert eater.

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sara May 26, 2014 at 6:23 am

So my best word of advice is to take a friend who recently had a baby! I took my best friend who has a kid that is one year older than mine, and it was definitely nice to see her show me what she used, didn’t use and what she wish she had! Put things on there that you’ll eventually need – spoons, bowls, etc because those days will come faster than you think and it’s nice to have them on hand! Also, I put a couple of boxes of each size diapers because at the end normally the store will send you a 10-20% off coupon for whatever hasn’t been purchased from your registry – and you can use those to buy extra diapers!

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun May 26, 2014 at 6:52 am

Angel food cake for sure, I actually have never tried it with biscuits.

We are just taking it easy, cleaning and packing this weekend. Lots to do to move in just over a week!

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Livi May 26, 2014 at 7:02 am

haha I love the ‘semi-homemade’ title! Im all about taking the ‘easiest’ way to a delicious meal!

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Lee May 26, 2014 at 7:06 am

Rock N Play, Halo Sleep Sack, bottle warmer if you are going to use bottles.

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cassie May 26, 2014 at 7:07 am

I third the rock n play! And suggest an inexpensive white noise machine. :) Also, ababy bathtub, diaper pail (doesn’t have to be fancy). We also got a lot of use out of her playmat!

Look on Yahoo groups for a local mom group, and on facebook for local virtual yard sales in your area and you will find tons of moms selling barely used things (and have someplace to sell your stuff when you are done with it too!)

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Katie May 26, 2014 at 7:10 am

Our children both slept in the bed with us for the first 4 months. My favorite purchase was the Snuggle Nest. It’s like a mini co-sleeper.

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KimF @FITsique May 26, 2014 at 7:23 am

Hmmmm I Can get on board with that dessert! Growing up I was known as the strawberryaholic! I love them. My latest obsession is strawberry rhubarb anything. Have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

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Leighanne May 26, 2014 at 7:57 am

If there’s on thing I can suggest, it’s don’t go overboard on registering for your baby. I second the Ergo carrier and going to register with a friend/relative who recently had a baby.
A swing was something my daughter loved. We have the Fisher-Price Snuggabunny swing, but I would get the Mamaroo one if I had to do it again.
I love this list for “necessary” toys. They truly don’t need much more than is listed. http://mamaot.com/2012/07/09/15-toys-for-babys-first-year/

If you have a chance, check out the “pregnant chicken” blog. She is hilarious and covers so many topics. Some of her series posts are super informative (including the scary s*#t series) and others will make you cry or pee your pants from laughing.

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janetha May 27, 2014 at 10:05 am

does mamaroo make a swing or just the bouncer? we were thinking of getting the bouncer thing…

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Leighanne May 27, 2014 at 12:28 pm

It’s 4moms Mamaroo, but I believe it is a swing. It doesn’t look like your traditional swing. A few of my friends have it and love it. Takes up less space too. Hope this helps! All the best with the rest of your pregnancy.
http://www.4moms.com/mamaroo

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Janetha May 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm

they have the rockaroo which is more like a swing and the mamaroo which is more like a bouncer. i can’t decide! initially we were getting the mamaroo but now it’s a toss up lol

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lindsay May 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm

ahh i love semi homemade. Love you.

angel food cake all the way! but now i’m curious about the biscuits. I bet momma b’s donuts would be good with it too. ;-)

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Emily @ Fit as a Mother... May 26, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Glad to see you’re still alive and well. :) Highlight of my weekend was definitely running through the waterfall park every morning in downtown Greenville, SC!!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries May 26, 2014 at 9:05 pm

I don’t know how I would’ve survived without a swing – the Fisher Price Cradle Swing (it goes side-to-side) to be exact. Hunter slept in that thing all.the.time his first few months of life. It was a miracle worker. Although I have heard that some babies don’t like swings, so who knows, but just sharing my experience.

That strawberry shortcake dessert looks FABULOUS. I’m all about the angel food cake!

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Krissie J @ Philly Nerd Girl May 27, 2014 at 6:55 am

I can imagine the disappointment on Randy’s face when Marshall put in the child locks! I’ve been tempted to put them on my rental cabinet’s because Aki does the same thing (bad kitty).

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Linz @ Itz Linz May 27, 2014 at 7:19 am

angel food cake! and if you’re planning on pumping – get a hands free bra! makes life much easier!!

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janetha May 27, 2014 at 10:08 am

is one of those leading lady ones hands free? they are sending me some stuff for after he gets here and if you can recommend one, i’d love that!

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Annette@FitnessPerks May 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

YAY–you got the dresser you wanted, yes?

ERGO! Get the ergo. Def a MUST.

Don’t buy too much stuff in the newborn size…some come already bigger than that! (Baby L was out of N size in 2 weeks) And definitely get a swing! Most babies looooove the swing (Fisher Price cradle swing I think–I found a great one on KSL. Look there for sure!)

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janetha May 27, 2014 at 10:09 am

yes.. i totally bit the bullet haha but i couldn’t stop thinking about it! and i got it for 25% off thanks to the memorial day sale.. totally rationalized it ;)

thanks for the tips! i will look on KSL for sure

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Katy Travis May 27, 2014 at 11:07 am

I dont have kids so I dont have any babies item suggesstions but I did notice you got the dresser you wanted!!! A little splurge wont hurt anyone : )

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Janetha May 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm

haha i love that you noticed! yeah, i bit the bullet on this one.. i couldn’t stop thinking about it!!

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Maren May 27, 2014 at 8:48 pm

I’m with Katy. No babies, but glad you got the dresser you wanted! It made it worth it just knowing that it came assembled!! lol plus, I still have my dresser from when I was little. Good furniture lasts forever! xo

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Janetha May 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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megan May 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Definitely the Ergo! And a snap n go stroller for when they are in their infant seat. And a baby jogger city mini for when they are in a big stroller.

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Janetha May 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm

that’s what i got! the GT.

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Purelytwins May 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm

oh the joys of baby registry haha I can send you my registry list if you are interested in seeing it, let me know!

I know I might have forgotten a few things or got too many things, but hey I will learn right ;)

Glad you are doing well. We are slowly making progress on some of our house projects before the little one is here!!

xoxo

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Janetha May 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

send it over! xoxo love you

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ML Bishop May 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm

have you had a lot of random people talking to you in public places since you’re pregnant? or trying to touch your belly? i have never been pregnant before and the thought of that kind of creeps me out…so hopefully you haven’t had to deal with that too much!! :)

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Janetha May 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

a few people and i hate it! i don’t even like my own family to touch my belly. i mean if he was kicking i could see why, but why in the world do people just want to rub or touch it? so weird to me.

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