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Redneck Caviar Recipe

Do y’all just love salsa? Are you ready to kick it up a notch? I’m talking about Redneck Caviar. This stuff is ADDICTING! I tried it at my mom’s restaurant, and I knew I needed the recipe. So I scouted out pinterest and then ended up making my own version. So here goes!

First, I rinsed and drained one can each of black beans, black eyed peas, and corn.

Black eyed peas, black beans & corn

Next, you will need the juice from 1-2 limes. I ran out so I used the bottled stuff. Still yummy!

lime juice

Then cut up as many green onions as you want. I keep mine chopped in the freezer, so I just opened the bag and poured ’em in.

green onions

Cilantro time. Chop up as much as you want.

cilantro

Now get your maters, take the skin off, and chop them up. I used three.

tomato

Then pour in a packet of the dry Italian salad dressing mix. (It comes in a box on the salad dressing aisle, or you can make your own.)

Italian dressing

A dash of virgin olive oil

olive oil

A dash of vinegar

vinegar

1/3 Cup of water

water

Oh and a bell pepper if you’d like!

bell pepper

Now just stir it up, or put a lid on it and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Eat it on tacos, nachos, salad or your favorite tortilla chips. I love to buy the big bag of “On the Border” chips from Sam’s club. They are the best in my opinion. Let me know what you fancy!

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My Miscarriage Update

Lots of down time on the road to recovery

Lots of down time on the road to recovery

Well, it has been six months since my miscarriage. What a roller coaster it has been! Here’s an update on what went on after my surgery.

Luckily, I have healed up well. For six weeks after surgery, I was forbidden to lift anything over 10 pounds. That was a tough rule to follow with two little ones at home, but it was good advice to be able to heal properly.

Shopping with my dad, "Poppy"

Shopping with my dad, “Poppy”

Every week during that six week post-op, I had to have friends and family come stay with me while Jesse worked. I had to rely on others to put Moo in and out of her her highchair, crib, carseat, shopping cart, stroller, you name it. Luckily Roo doesn’t need assistance with many of those things, but I couldn’t just scoop her up for a big bear hug like I’m used to. It was really hard.

Cuddling with Jesse's dad, "P-pa"

Cuddling with Jesse’s dad, “P-pa”

Both of our girls were c-sections, so I knew how painful recovery would be from this surgery, but there wasn’t a newborn as a “reward”. There wasn’t a new baby to make the physical pain “worth it” and it was very depressing at times.

But then I would look at our sweet, healthy girls, and count my blessings. I realized

Falling asleep on my mom, "Mimi"

Falling asleep on my mom, “Mimi”

my body was on the mend and that I had to be grateful for my health, for the doctors that saved my life, for loving family and friends that were willing to bare our burdens and lend helping hands. My emotions were constantly battling two extremes. I could feel Satan trying to bring me down this roller coaster. Looking back, I wonder if I was experiencing post-pardom depression.

It wasn’t all bad though. There

Lot's of time with Poppy

Lot’s of time with Poppy

were definitely some highlights on my road to recovery. With all the family that temporarily moved in for a week at a time, it provided great bonding experiences. Especially for our young daughters. Moo got extremely attached to my dad, and she learned how to walk while my in-laws visited from the other side of the country. My

In March, I went on my first "momcation" with my best friend, Beth, to Ft. Meyers Beach. It was a great getaway.

In March, I went on my first “momcation” with my best friend, Beth, to Ft. Meyers Beach. It was a great getaway.

mom watched Finding Nemo with Roo and let her snuggle up and fall asleep on her, and my sister shaved my legs for me. My aunt moved furniture around and babysat while I had doctor appointments. I even had awesome friends that live close by that were willing to take time out of their day to come over at the drop of a hat to help me when I didn’t have family visiting. I could not have healed without them.

When my six weeks were up, I had two post-op check ups with each of the surgeons that saved my life. Then I went to my regular OB/GYN for an “extra” checkup and third opinion. The consensus was the same, that I was healing well from a rare ectopic pregnancy, and that we could try to conceive within 3-6 months if we wanted to.

And here we are…we have gone back and6 months later forth with the idea of getting pregnant again, and after a lot of prayer, we have decided to try to add to our family. Wish us luck!

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Okra Image provided by James Barker via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This is what Okra looks like.
Image provided by James Barker via FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

In this episode Jesse and Janna talk about some funny things that have happened recently. We also talk about our recent experience whitewater rafting. Also, what do you pay for a babysitter?

Here are links to things mentioned in the podcast.

  • The Broadway Diner
  • Whitewater Rafting on the Chattooga River, we used the NOC as our guide they were great!
  • This is the Cabin we rented on VRBO.com it was affordable and what a great view!

How often do you have date night? Also what do you pay your Babysitter?

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LFP 003: Learning to Discipline a Child

Roo

In this episode we talk about some of the advice we’ve received on parenting. In specific discipling a child; this can be one of the most difficult things to do as a parent. Here are some links to stuff mentioned in the episode. We hope you enjoy!

  • Tom Dozier has a website where he you can learn more about his work called 3lparenting.com

We want to know any great parenting tips that you have. Please leave them in the comments below.

Thank you for listening!

Jesse & Janna

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