Sunday, May 21, 2017

Baby Bean is 2 months

My sweet baby is 2 months old already!!! How did this happen? He has grown so much already and I know it's just going to get faster! He is such a sweet and happy baby and makes it so easy to love him.

Exciting events of this last month in Ben's life:

He was baptized! My son is now forever a son of the Most High King. Both of our families were here for the baptism. I had the baptism scheduled 2 months before Ben was even born to make sure our priest would be able to make it. However the week of the baptism a funeral was scheduled right at the same time as our baptism. So we rushed to make changes and got our priest to confirm the time change for 7:30 P.M. that night. He and I had also been in St. Louis all week so he was off-kilter from all the traveling. On top of that there was a miscommunication the night of the baptism. We saw our priest at 6 at Mass with our families and he asked if we were ready for the baptism. He had moved his previous engagement to 7:30 to make room for the baptism! So we called his Godparents and they rushed to the church. We didn't have time to call anyone else so when our other guests showed up at 7:30 he was already baptized.  Ben normally goes to sleep around 8. Needless to say he was not a happy camper for his baptism. My sweet baby somehow became a banshee and screamed for the whole baptism and all the way home until he went to bed. Somehow though we got some good pictures. (See below)
Thomas Benedict welcome to the church!


We celebrated my first Mother's Day! Ben woke up early so after I nursed him Tim grabbed him and they needed off on a "secret mission." They went and got me flowers, chocolate covered strawberries and made a big breakfast. Ben was mostly cut moral support. It was a wonderful Mother's Day and I felt so blessed to be able to celebrate it with the 100 year anniversary of our Lady of Fatima.



He also took his first road trip to St. Louis and back to Michigan and he did amazing! He started back to work with Mommy and normally sleeps her whole shift. The office staff loves him and I feel very blessed to have a job and co-workers that allow this to be a possibility. I can't imagine trying to leave him at a day-care. He still has lots of visitors and company and he's really good with new people holding him.

I mean come on!!

Daddy's favorites:

How big he's getting and his cute fat rolls.
Talking with Ben.
His smiles.

Mommy's Favorites:


Cuddling and singing with Ben.
Taking pictures of Ben.
Seeing the world through his eyes.

Ben's Favorites:

Jazz music.
His bouncy seat.
The morning.
Going running with Daddy.


Sweet baby!
Check back in a month for another update! Hopefully I'll have a few other posts up before then but no promises. I'm getting used to this blogging thing.

God bless!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Papa's Famous Meatball Recipe

Hi Readers!!

Today's post is a recipe!! Getting back in the kitchen to get my hands dirty! Literally. :)

My Papa is a fantastic cook. He's the type of person who can go into the kitchen and whatever comes out will be amazing and he doesn't normally follow a recipe very well! He's the best. He's inspired me to get creative with my cooking, to not worry about the how to's and the what if's but to just have fun and let my creative flag fly!

Today's recipe is his meatball recipe which is fantastic and super easy!! It's also cheap and makes a bunch, which for a grad student's wife, is a huge plus! These are great to freeze and just pop a few out at a time and they are really good on meatball subs, as well. They're also really easy to be creative!

So here's the group from the kitchen.

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
1:1 ratio, It's so easy!

Preheat your oven to 350. Then throw all the ingredients together!

This is everything but the breadcrumbs. It's important to finely chop the onions. These aren't quite fine enough and the meatballs don't quite stick together if they aren't finely chopped. And I might have added a little more than a tablespoon of garlic but I'm a garlic girl, what can I say? No apologies. Like I said it's hard to mess this recipe up.






Dig in and get dirty! Mix all the ingredients up by hands and roll them into small balls. Don't they look so cute?

Bake at 350 for 10 min or so depending on the size of your meatballs.
See what I said about the onion fallout? But your house will smell amazing!!

Then dish up and you're ready to serve! I'm planning on serving these at a dinner tomorrow night
so I just had to sample a couple tonight. I'll try to post a full meal picture tomorrow!

Anyway that's the recipe! The great thing is you could throw these in a crock pot uncooked for a couple hours with a sweet and sour or bbq sauce as more of an appetizer/football party dish, although I probably wouldn't do the Italian breadcrumbs for those. Or you could fry them up if you like a more crunchy outside on your meatball. You can even play with the seasoning in the meatball themselves. The options are limitless! Let your creativity flow! I'd love to hear what kinds of recipes you like to cook in the kitchen!

God bless and see you next time. :)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Get to know me!

I was trying to figure out what to do for my second post and my husband recommend I fill in some details about me. But I figured instead of what eventually be on my "about" page I figured I'd have some fun. 73 questions are the cool things to do now I hear so I thought I'd give that a try!

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My paternal great grandmother

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
I cry all the time! I’m an emotional person. Probably sometime last week.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
My cursive is pretty good.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH?
Sushi.

5. INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER?
Instagram.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yes. I’d like to think so J

7. DO YOU BAKE?
Yes! I love to bake!

8. DO YOU LIKE FLYING?
I always think I do until I actually get on the plane. Then I can’t wait to get off!

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Ummm. Probably not.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CEREAL?
Granola , cheerios, rice krispies, raisin bran.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
No never ;)

12. DO YOU THINK YOU’RE STRONG?
Not in the least!

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM?
Mint chocolate chip or moose tracks

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their personality

15. RED OR PINK?
Pink.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My adult acne. TMI?

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My family lives in St. Louis and I live in Michigan. I miss them and my family’s dog.

18. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE EVERYONE WAS READING IT?
Hunger Games probably. I don’t normally like things that everyone else does so I normally avoid them.

19. WHAT FILM MADE YOU CRY THE MOST?
Recently Little Mermaid!! Since moving the father/daughter relationship always makes me cry.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
White beans and rice.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Poldark J

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE?
Any bright color. Maybe like an aqua.

23. FAVOURITE SMELL?
Depends on the season I suppose. Fall season- pumpkin, leaves, hot cocoa.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My mother.

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Beach house always!!

26. FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH?
Euro Soccer

27. HAIR COLOUR?
Brown.

28. EYE COLOUR?
Brown.

29. PUPPIES OR KITTENS?
Puppies!!!

30. FAVOURITE FOOD?
Seafood J

31. SCARY FILM OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings of course!

32. LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
First wives club.

33. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Screwtape letters

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer!!!!

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Both!

36. FAVOURITE DESSERT?
Icecream on a hot cookie!!

37. FAVOURITE ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE?
My bedroom. We have a huge bookshelf over our bed and I love how it looks!

38. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ON FACEBOOK?
7 years
39. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COUNTRY TO VISIT?
Italy or Venice

40. WHAT WAS THE LAST COUNTRY YOU VISITED?
Mexico

41. DO YOU HAVE A SIBLING?
Yes, younger brother and sister and 1 sister-in-law

42. FAVOURITE SOUND?
Laughter

43. ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?
Beatles.

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Croatia

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I like to think I’m pretty creative.

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Louisiana

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Michigan

48. FAVOURITE HITCHCOCK MOVIE?
Rear Window

49. WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU READ AGAIN AND AGAIN?
Rose in Bloom

50. FAVOURITE TV SERIES THAT’S ON NOW.
Bones or Grimm

51. DARK CHOCOLATE OR MILK CHOCOLATE?
Dark chocolate!!

52. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK?
Long Island Iced Tea

53. WHO IS YOUR HOLLYWOOD CRUSH?
Benedict Cumberbatch or Colin Firth

54. WHAT WAS THE FIRST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA?
Maybe Toy Story 2

55. HEELS OR FLATS?
Both.

56. FAVOURITE BED TIME STORY?
Goodnight moon

57. BATH OR SHOWER?
Shower

58. WHATS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A WIFE?
Learning to listen and respect a different idea than your own.

59. FAVOURITE BAND?
I’m not a big band listener, I’m more of a musical kind of girl

60. FAVOURITE SOLO ARTIST?
Adele, Matt Maher

61. TO BE OR NOT TO BE?
To be.

62. WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY?
There’s always a light ahead.

63. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
My husband

64. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER GIVEN?
Probably tickets to a concert on the music of John Williams

65. FAVOURITE FRUIT?
Any fruit in season

66. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PET?
A dog named Roux

67. FAVOURITE BOARD GAME?
Clue or Trivia Pursuit

68. HOW DO YOU HAVE YOUR COFFEE?
With some really sweet creamer

69. BEST INVENTION?
Cars

70. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS?
Diamonds.

71. BLOW DRY OR AIR DRY?
Air dry

72. CHEAP OR EXPENSIVE SHAMPOO?
I don’t use shampoo but cheap conditioner

73. HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?
Not too bad!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

My first post.

Hi.
This is my first post. Honestly I'm not sure if I'm ready for anyone to read this yet but I have to start somewhere right?

Growing up I was raised in a very creative/artistic household. We would have family song nights around the piano and my sister and I were always in one play or another. We were always singing and dancing and crafting in my house.

Then I moved out. I moved to a different state, got a job, got married and settled into reality. Recently I've come to realize that I have completely lost of creative juices in the last year. It isn't a bad life. I'm married to the love of my life who stands by me thick and thin. I fall in love with him more everyday and he makes me better. However he is also 100% engineer. No creativity at all. So it's been hard to explain why this loss creativity leaves a gap in my identity. We recently had a conversation where my husband pushed me to find a creative outlet again. 

Hence Ordinary Green Musings is born.

I've thought about starting a blog for a while but something kept standing in my way. Fear. Fear of rejection, fear or not being good enough, fear of judgement, fear of pushing myself to try something new and failing. I love blogs. I have found support and encouragement in reading blogs. One of my best friends is a great blogger. I've thought before, "I could blog, I have things to share." This is immediately followed by, "I could never be as good as them."

As a child comparison never even entered my mind. I never thought, “I’m sure the other kids’ are better than mine.” “It really isn’t that good.” I created for the joy of it, for the joy of sharing. I painted my dog orange and blue and I had fun.


Well I’m taking back that reality. I won’t be the best and I don’t need to be! It might get messy but it’ll be fun! I might not color in the lines but that’s not the point! The point is to create and share! So I’ll be sharing; recipes, day in the life; bible reflections, lifestyle hacks, etc. Thank you for listening and thank you for letting me share my creations with you!