Foodie Friday

Presto Pasta Salad
This is so delicious! Not to mention, super easy.
8 ounces dried rotini pasta, uncooked
1 1/2 cups broccoli flowerets
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 large sweet red pepper, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 t. chopped fresh basil
1 (8 oz.) bottle of Caesar salad dressing
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain and place in a large bowl. Add broccoli and remaining ingredients to pasta; toss well. Cover and chill. 
Makes 4 servings

Topic Tuesday!

Did you experience any morning sickness with your pregnancies?

Our Answers Here At IntelliGender:

“I had very little morning sickness when pregnant with my twins which I find odd. But, when I became pregnant with my 3rd I was sick as a dog. No vomiting, but constant nausea through the first trimester. Food was a complete turn-off for me. The only thing that helped were saltine crackers and seltzer water. My husband learned to love microwave oven dinners those first 3 months. The smell of food cooking made me gag!”

“I was fine with my first 2 and sick as a dog for 3 months with my 3rd. Not sure if it was morning sickness or upset sickness! We thought we were done and the others were already in school. A big surprise but a wonderful surprise! I do not know what I would do without her!”

“My oldest was conceived in Acapulco. For some reason, the last night, I had to throw up. I couldn’t have been more than 4 days pregnant but God must have known I needed to purge those margaritas! With my 3rd, I couldn’t stand the smell of the inside pool chlorine at Lifetime or Muehlenbeck. My 2nd was a challenge and I had to sit up in a chair to sleep my entire 3rd trimester. With my 4th, I would have sporadic, cute little spit ups. Of course, by then, I would have to cross my legs if you know what I mean!”

“I had no morning sickness during my first trimester, but as I moved into the 2nd trimester until my little boy was around 3 months old, I couldn’t stand to smell steak cooking – or even sit next to my husband as he was eating it! It was disgusting to me for the longest time. Glad I finally got over that!”

Now it’s your turn, mom! Leave us a comment and let us know if queasiness was a factor in your pregnancy. Happy Tuesday!

Foodie Friday

Chocolate Chip Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
Truly mouthwatering and so delish!
3 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup Rice Krispies
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup pecan pieces
2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg

Dough may be made, covered & refrigerated, or frozen for up to 2 months.

Combine flour, salt, baking soda, oats, Rice Krispies, chocolate chips and
nuts. Set aside.

In mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vegetable oil at high
speed until fluffy, approximately 4 minutes. 

Add vanilla and eggs, mix at medium speed until well incorporated. Add flour mixture at low speed.

Let stand 30 minutes.

Preheat oven 350. Drop spoonful portions of dough onto greased cookie sheet
(or lined with parchment paper.)

Bake until golden brown – approx 10 to 12 min.

Topic Tuesday!

Did you find out your baby’s gender before birth? 
If so, how many weeks pregnant were you and what was your initial reaction?
Our Answers Here At IntelliGender:

“I found out during my amnio. I thought I wanted a little girl until I saw him in my womb, reaching out to grab the needle from the procedure! Now we have three boys…even the grandchild is a boy. I love it. It is good to be “queen”!”

“My first pregnancy was twins. So, I HAD to know the gender! My husband and I found out at 18 weeks that we were expecting fraternal twin boys. We were absolutely elated! When I was pregnant with our third child, we also wanted to know the gender. I will be honest and say, we really wanted a girl to finish our family. We learned we were pregnant with boy #3 at 17 weeks. I’m a proud mama of boys and wouldn’t have it any other way. I just hope to be a grandmother to at least one granddaughter some day.”

“Yes. I was around 25 weeks with my first girl. Thrilled to have a girl! 32 weeks with my second. Wanted a girl so my first would have a sister and 14 weeks with my third. She was a surprise so I did not really have any preconceived thoughts about her gender. So glad I have her. Don’t know what I would be doing with my life if I were already an empty nester!”

“I did every known gender test under the sun. Chinese calendar as soon as I thought I might be pregnant. It was always correct. The Draino test, the ring test, you name it. With my second I wanted to be surprised so I held out until 7 months and then just couldn’t stand it anymore. With my 3rd, I knew via the sonogram. It was dangling down to his knees and I was convinced it would ascend into a “well- you know what”. Of course that didn’t happen and I wouldn’t trade him for 100 girls.”

Foodie Friday

Ginger Beef Warm Sandwich

Adding ginger creates a new twist on a classic sandwich. Delicious!
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 tsp. chopped fresh ginger root or 1/2 tsp. dried ground ginger
4 crusty sandwich rolls, split
8 slices deli cooked roast beef
1/4 cup sliced green onions
8 red pepper rings
Mix mayo and ginger; spread on cut sides of rolls.
Fill with remaining ingredients; wrap in foil.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Serve warm with a cup of soup and chips on the side.
Makes 4 servings

Topic Tuesday!

 What food/drink did you crave while you were pregnant? And, do you find that your child now loves that particular type of food?

Our Answers Here At IntelliGender:

“When I was pregnant with my youngest son, I wanted jalapenos on EVERYTHING! Now that he is 6, he eats jalapenos on everything. From burritos to chicken casserole. He loves his food hot & spicy!”

“I completely craved milk.  I would think about it on the way home from work – the long trip from down town.  I’d get into the house and make a “bee-line” right to the fridge and the carton!  Now my little boy, who is turning 12 tomorrow, continues to go through gallons a week.  That’s all he drinks!”

I craved Welch’s grape juice popsicles with my first.  Cherry Icees with my second, and limeaids with my third.  None of them seem to like any of those things.”

“After having my first, during which I craved jalapenos with strawberry jelly, I willed myself to crave sweets with all the others because that of course would mean I was having a girl.  Meat and potatoes- boy all the way.  Of course my kids love that now but who wouldn’t?  The strawberry jelly and jalapenos did not make their way into my oldest boys repertoire.  However, once pregnant with my baby girl, I craved Cherry Icees.  The problem was, 7-11 stopped carrying them. I would make my sweet hubby drive to South Dallas to find a cherry Icee for me.  Of course he did! My little girl likes the Blue Icees now which I just don’t get.”

Baby Basics

Shopping for your newborn can be a daunting task. There are so many baby products on the market it’s hard to choose the ones you’ll need. This baby basics shopping list will help you figure out exactly what you’ll need for the first few months after baby arrives.
5-8 onesies
2 blanket sleepers
5 pairs of socks or booties
2 hats
1 sweater (for winter babies)
Bassinet or crib
Baby mattress
4 fitted crib sheets
Baby lotion
Changing mat
Diaper rash ointment
Dirty diaper bin
Extra Must-haves
Diaper bag
10-12 receiving blankets
Dozen bottles (if bottle-feeding)
Nursing pads/Nursing bras (if breastfeeding)
Car seat
Baby nail clippers