Maple Bacon Brussels

I’m not sure when it happened but somehow Brussels sprouts have gone from those stinky little lettuce heads that everyone loves to hate to delicious little morsels of heaven that nearly every hip restaurant offers. I never even knew people really ate them until they started showing up on about every restaurant menu I saw. Of course I had to try them and ultimately fell in love! The best part of the whole thing was that Chappy also fell in love! So if you’re keeping track we now have three green things that he’ll eat, broccoli, green beans, and Brussels. (He’s growing up so fast.) Ha 

Just recently I decided to try my hand at making them at home for the first time. I wasn’t sure how hard it would be so I thought adding bacon and maple syrup wouldn’t hurt! I mean, you can never go wrong with bacon. Here is what I did:

Ingredients: 

  •  1 pound Brussels
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 
  • 4 slices of bacon 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit 
  2. Rinse the Brussels in cold water, cut the ends off, half, and place in a large bowl
  3. Slice bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and part cook in frying pan
  4. Mix the part cooked bacon, bacon grease, olive oil, syrup, salt and pepper in with the Brussels 
  5. Spread on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes
  6. Season with salt and serve! 


Now I’d like to emphasize the LINED baking sheet. Remember you are baking something covered in ooey gooey, sticky, maple syrup so clean up will be a serious bitch if don’t line the sheet. So I’m begging you, line it!! Ha. Anyways back to the Brussels. They were SO good, especially for how easy they were to make. Chappy and I quickly scarfed down the entire pound and will definitely be adding this to our weekly menu. 

Hope you enjoy! 🙂 

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Week 1 of Mommyhood

One week down, a lifetime to go! 
It still seems surreal I had Waylen one week ago today! It’s all has gone by so fast and it’s so weird to think that he could still be in my belly since I’d only be 39 weeks on Thursday. So far adjusting to parenthood has been pretty smooth. I’ve been getting about 4 hours of sleep each day but I don’t think the lack of sleep has actually caught up to me yet because I’m still feeling just fine! 

Waylen had his first pediatricians appointment yesterday and he’s already gaining back some weight! He currently is 7lbs 15oz and has been eating great so far so let’s hope that continues! We were told in the hospital he has a “tongue tie” that could hinder breastfeeding but we’ve been really lucky and haven’t had any trouble so far. I’d heard so many horror stories about breastfeeding — some from my own mother– so I was expecting it to be really difficult. So far though, it has gone very smoothly!! (Hopefully I’m not speaking too soon though ha) 

Our daily life at home has basically been feed him, change him, watch him sleep ha. And the best part, the dogs seriously LOVE him. Ramone wants to be with him at all times. Even when I wake up to feed Waylen in the middle night, Ramone HAS to come with us to the nursery. They’re seriously the cutest! 



 

We’ve been peed and pooped on 


and pretty much have gone through what seems like a million diapers and wipes already ha but we did just learn yesterday that you shouldn’t use baby wipes (who knew?!) so now we are sticking to just water! 

As for myself, this morning I am officially down 17.6 of the 19.2 lbs I gained while pregnant. 



Considering I haven’t done anything that weight is probably just all baby and fluid. Since I’ll be breastfeeding I’m not really concerned with loosing the weight right now. Instead I’m focused on just eating and drinking enough to keep up my supply! Unfortunately I have still yet to have an alcoholic beverage ha but I’m sure Chappy will mix up something nice for me soon to celebrate.

Here are some pictures from the past week: 



Basically we are pretty much obsessed with baby Waylen. I think we take about 100 pictures of him a day, that’s normal right??? 

The “Bathroom” Bill 

I typically don’t post anything related to my political or religious views on here but after Pat McCrory signed the House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act into place to invalidate Charlotte’s new legal protections for LGBT individuals I was tempted. I held off though until I continued to see articles and articles relating to safety and privacy for women. Everyone may not agree with my opinions and reasoning and to be honest, that’s fine. You can have you own and I’m not here to bully anyone into believing anything but to me that bill is ridiculous. For me it’s embarrassing to live in a state that would pass such a law against the LGBT community. McCrory tweeted that Charlotte’s “ordinance defied common sense” but to me I feel like it goes completely with common sense. There are a lot of things I don’t agree with on that bill but the main issue I continuously see popping up on my news feed is surrounding the bathrooms.

The big issue for most is about privacy, right? The argument is against having transgender females be allowed in the woman’s restroom. Basically if you were born a male but now identify as a female you have to use the male restroom. Same goes for if you were born a female, if you now identity as male you will have to use the female restroom. Most arguments focus on safety and making women feel comfortable in their restroom. Let’s take a second to really dive into that though. If a transgender male came into the women’s restroom while you were using it wouldn’t you feel like a random guy just walked in on you?? If you identify as a male, dress like a male, look like a male, then you should probably use the men’s room, right? You may not even realize a person is a transgender woman so wouldn’t that be less unconformable than sharing a bathroom with someone who clearly looks like a male? (I mean have you even seen those old Maury shows?? Those are proof alone that you cannot always pick a transgender individual out from a group.) For me this seems like common sense but honestly I could care less what restroom anyone uses. I’ve gone into men’s rooms multiple times throughout my life and was never taken advantage of or even sexually harassed. And I’m not just talking about single use bathrooms. Sexual predators and criminals are out there. There is no argument there but they are going to break the law whether or not transgender individuals can use the bathroom of their choice, hello they’re criminals! What makes you think a silly law would keep them from doing anything? Plus if we keep this bill in place can’t you make the argument that it will be easier for a male predator to enter the women’s restroom? I mean how are you supposed to distinguish a transgender male or a born male? Won’t they both look like men? Now with this bill can’t just any old man come waltzing into the bathroom under the pretext that they are actually a transgender male? I feel like this would be much easier for sexual predators to do than dressing up like a woman just to enter the bathroom. 

So for me, arguments in favor of the bill don’t hold much weight. And also on a slightly unrelated note when I was in pre-kindergarten we used a co-ed bathroom with NO STALLS. Literally the entire class would walk into a large bathroom that just had toilets lined up again the wall (nothing dividing them) and we would all go at the same time, boys and girls. (Crazy right??) So if that was acceptable I don’t see how a transgender female using the stall next to you would be an issue. But that’s just my opinion.

Pallet Wall

The time is finally here!!! My husband and I have wanted to do this project since we first put a deposit down on our house. Besides being an accountant my husband also runs his family’s small manufacturing company which made collecting old pallets extremely easy and the best part, FREE. When we first envisioned this project we didn’t realize we were going to have a small (5”x5”) bulk head across the feature wall. Although I was extremely disappointed at first I ended up loving the overall look of the finished project.

First thing we did was start collecting wood! Make sure you look out for certain stamps though so you can avoid bringing dangerous chemicals into your house. Check out Diyready.com for more information. 

Next we (I mean my husband) separated all the pallets, salvaged all the usable wood pieces, and started cleaning and sanding them down. We decided to be cheap so we literally hand sanded everything. First we used a coarse sand paper and then a fine. Somehow this process made me sorer then even my recent AIR classes. Ha. Since most of our boards weren’t as worn as we wanted we decided to get a few different wood stains to help imitate the look. This is where things got a little messy. I ended up with black fingernails for a few days but it was totally worth it! (And for the record I did start out by wearing gloves but they became too much of a hassle so I said F it!)

   
 

Now it’s time to prep the wall. Since the boards are weathered, bowed, and also have knots or nail holes we painted the wall a similar color to the wood. That way there wouldn’t be a glaring white line in every single gab or hole once the wall is completed.

   

 
After all that groundwork it was finally time to actually put up the wood! Always start at the place that will be most noticeable. For us that is the top! This is because your walls may not fit the perfect amount of pallets so you will want the last piece (or partial piece) to be towards the bottom and out of your immediate sight line. We attached the wood with wood glue and then a few finishing nails into the studs. We also invested in a laser leveler to makes sure we stayed relatively straight throughout the process.

   
    
    
 

We also had two outlets to address on our wall so we had to buy extenders to pull the plugs out to be flush with the wood.

 
  

  
Overall I am completely in LOVE with our new wall! It really brings so much warmth into our living space. If only someone would pay me to redecorate my house, then this would totally be my dream job.