Week 21.

May 21, 2015


^^ Dress : Target

How Far!? - 21 weeks

How big is baby: The size of a Pomegranate! The ultrasound- tech told us baby weighed in at a whopping 13 ounces a couple days ago. It must be all that captain crunch I'm consuming. 

Craving: I crave popcorn chips. Have you ever had those things!? I will not say how many bags I went through on my own last week. 

Gender: a Mini Ryan!!!! AHHHHHHH! Or as Ryan would say "I'm gonna to have a little Brudda"!!! ( I feel like Ryan should be a rapper with the way he says things - apparently that's the cool way to say it )
I have to say, even though I was pretty convinced it was another boy before the ultrasound, I never thought in a million years I would have TWO boys!! I am so excited. BLUE BLUE BLUE and more BLUE. Perfect scenario. I will be completely outnumbered, but Ryan will have a best sports buddy and my husband will be in wonderland. Pretty sure I will be matching them in everything until Ryan is old enough to tell me it's not cool anymore.

Random: I ordered Ryan's big boy bed from PBK and the boys set it up last night. Ahhh I LOVE it so much! I can't wait to show you his darling room when it's all put together!

Feeling: So, this child is wild. Aaron just sits there with his hand on my tummy every night while our little guy has his "boxing" session. 



If you can't tell, this is my sweet baby's little ankle and tootsie! ^^ See his little toes!!! AHHH! So this is what has been kicking me like crazy. All of the sudden I can't sleep lately because he's wide awake conveniently at 11 PM. It's like deja vu all over again - ( Mini Ryan )

Here's to being over halfway and being so so so so so so excited to bring another sweet baby BOY into this world!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
from the bottom of my heart for all the sweet comments about our baby boy #2!!!

Gosh, I love him so much already.
( These boys seriously kill your heartstrings )

BABY #2 IS…….

May 19, 2015


Most Definitely,
Ryan's little twin.

ANOTHER BOY!!!!


As soon as the ultrasound tech pulled our sweet baby up on the big screen I looked at Aaron and started to cry!
( yes it was a flat screen TV that we saw our baby on! - WHAT THE FANCY!? )

We knew right then and there it was a boy. Our sweet baby had "RYAN" written all over it!
Gosh those "Powell" genes are strong!
We compared Ryan's 20 week ultrasound to this baby's ultrasound pictures and they are almost identical.
Another little Ryan, another mini of my husband….. another BOY!

I think my heart might explode.
Gosh these boys steal your heart.
We are SO happy.


Ryan has prayed for this baby for a long time and he is pretty dang excited to be getting a best friend.
( Good thing I'm getting this "boy mom" thing down :)

Chicken Fingers and French Fries… The healthier way.

May 18, 2015

Guys - this is a really big deal for me. If only you knew how much my heart LOVED this meal!
Definitely in the top ten of my ALL -TIME favorite recipes in the history of recipes. 
That's saying a lot.


This recipe may be the reason I haven't gained 30 pounds yet during this pregnancy :)
I hardly EVER crave fast food but just like during Ryan's pregnancy I have craved chicken nuggets and french fries for a few months now!
My sweet husband knows it's so "not me" to head out to fast food and get chicken nuggets ( HA I'm so embarrassed to say I have never done that ) so I have perfected them at home.
Naturally, I make this dinner about once a week these days HA.

It is one of Aaron's all-time favorites ( he requests it all the time ) and my Ryan loves it more than the fries and chicken nuggets from Chick-fi-la.

It's one of the easiest things you will ever make and SO SO tasty!
I hope you love it as much as we do.

The chicken finger recipe credit goes to my incredible mamma!
Teaching us healthy eating from a young age, we hardly ever went to fast food joints and she made it all freshly BAKED ( not fried ) at home!
I grew up on these things!

As far as the fries - I just kind of made them up and they are wonderful so we go with it!



Make French Fries First.


Step 1 : Peel Potatoes

Step 2 : Cut potatoes into strips

Step 3 : Spray cooking sheet with PAM and sprinkle potatoes with Kosher Salt.


Step 4 : Cook at 475 degrees for about 40 minutes.
( After about 20 minutes turn fries to the opposite side with spatula )
The fries should almost be looking burnt and be very crispy :)


Like so ^^ Wahhhhlaaa.



Baked Chicken Fingers
Recipe for 2 LARGE chicken breasts
( If I am making more than 2 LARGE Chicken Breasts I double the mixture recipe :)


Step 1 : Cut fat off chicken breasts, wash chicken and cut chicken into strips.
I like the strips really thin!


Step 2 : Get 2 bowls.

In BOWL ONE COMBINE-

1 CUP Italian Bread Crumbs
2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder


BOWL TWO -
Pour a little olive oil in bowl two.


Should look something like this ^^

Step 3 : LIGHTLY ( emphasize LIGHTLY ) baste chicken with olive oil. The chicken will be slightly damp from washing and doesn't need a lot of olive oil. The crumbs mixture will stick :)

Step 4 : Then toss chicken ( one by one ) in bread crumb mixture.

Step 5 : Spray Cookie Sheet with PAM ( I use foil and then spray foil with PAM - just to prevent sticking! )


Step 6 : Bake at 350 Degrees for 20-25 minutes.
After about 25 minutes I put the oven up to BROIL and leave them in for another two minutes.
It's the BEST when they get really crispy on the outside!


WAAHHLLAAA! 
Serve with ketchup. :) 
( and we are guac addicts so we make fresh guacamole with everything - I would HIGHLY recommend fresh guac with these chicken fingers! )

P.S.  Some people have asked what I do for veggies on the side of a meal. I grew up ALWAYS having a veggie at dinner!
Usually I will make a green salad for Aaron and I but this time around I just steamed some carrots and broccoli.
Ryan LOVES steamed carrots so that's one way I can get him to eat veggies!


I LOVE this meal because it is kid, husband, and health friendly all around!
I hope you enjoy our family fav!!

P.S. We go in for our anatomy scan TOMORROW to find out the gender of our baby!
I can hardly stand it I'm so excited to see this sweet baby of ours!
Keep up with my Instagram for updates! AH!