Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ground Turkey and Cheese Tortellini Soup [Recipe]

Since being pregnant, comfort food has been a big go-to for me. One of my most favorite creations lately has been a crockpot soup! Best part-you can set it and forget it until about 15 minutes prior to serving! 

What you will do:
-Spray and set your crockpot to low
-add in your chopped onion, garlic, ground turkey, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and italian seasoning
-stir well and then stir the chicken broth in
-top with the basil and rosemary
-set to 7 hours and 45 minutes
- - -
-when the time has come to an end, using a potato masher, mash the soup to ensure the ground turkey is broken up and the tomatoes are not too clumpy. 
-add the tortellini and heavy cream (or milk) and stir
-place the lid back on and allow the tortellini to cook for about 15 minutes. 

top with extra basil or parmesan cheese and serve with garlic bread. 


Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Five v.1

Happy Friday my dear friends! 
I am excited to be getting back into the blogging world-slowly but surely! I have a lot of new content I have been working on as well as some collabs and brand work! But for now, lets get into the first edition of Friday Five for 2017! 

FIVE: Songs I am Obsessing Over
Keith Urban:The Fighter/ Sam Hunt: Body Like a Backroad/ Florida Georgia Line: God, Your Mama, and Me/ Ed Sheeran: Shape of You/ Chainsmokers: Paris

If you have been in the car with me at any point over the last three weeks, you would know that these 5 songs are on constant repeat! I am pretty versatile when it comes to music so I am always going back and forth between genres.  

FIVE: Wishlist Items

1. I am in love with all the new spring releases from the Red Dress Boutique. I have found myself on there at 3am lately with a cart full of items. This top definitely has my attention and it is just a matter of time before I pull the trigger! 2. As much as I love my clutches and wallets, there is just something about having a big carry-all type bag to throw all of your stuff in. Since the smaller bags are on the forefront of fashion, it is insanely hard for me to find a decent sized shoulder tote that I love. This one is close to what I am looking for but not 100%. 3. Since I am now trying to drink 100oz of water per day to nourish this watermelon seed inside me, I am all about the cute mugs and tumblers. I am permitted to replace one 24oz glass of water with decaf tea so I am all heart eyes for this Starbucks mug! 4. Bioré is always coming out with some of the neatest products. This self-heating charcoal mask is definitely one I am interested in checking out. 5. Beach season is right around the corner and these monogram beach chairs from MarleyLilly are everything! 

FIVE: Moments of the Week
1. Although I am not hosting my own baby shower, I did take on the task of addressing the invitations. I finally got them all printed, stuffed, and addressed and they will be going out within the next week! 2. Like I mentioned above, I have some really fun blog collabs and brand work coming up! I have been finalizing contracts and brand agreements for some new posts and I am so excited! 3. I felt this sweet boy kick for the first time last weekend. Let me tell you, I full on ugly/excited cried when I realized what it was! Since then, he has been much more active. 4.  Speaking of the watermelon seed, yesterday marked 22 weeks! I had a check up and the Doctors said he was doing great! Strong heart beat and measuring a week a head at 23 weeks! 5. I am pretty excited for this weekend because, my best friend and are are attending a Grilled Cheese Festival! Let me tell you how happy those three words make this pregnant lady! 

Well, that is all for today's Five! 
What are your top five moments of this past week?

Monday, February 13, 2017

#RickerPartyof3: We're Having A...

Y'all I am so so so excited to share this with you! Of course, if you follow one or any of my social media, you will already know but, if not..let's start from the beginning.

I knew since before I was pregnant that I wouldn't want to find out the gender in a doctors office..I would rather find out in a more creative way so I took to Pinterest.

John's sweet, sweet brother and my best friend/Baby R's godmother made all my pinterest ideas a reality. Keegan was the first, first one to know boy or girl followed shortly after with Jackie. Keegan got, painted, and set up the box.

And then, there was this....

Our sweet, sweet baby boy will be here before we know it! Now we are full speed ahead on nursery painting and decorating as well as name picking!

How did you announce the gender of your little one?

More from this series:
From Husband to Daddy
Becoming Grandparents

Monday, February 6, 2017

#RickerPartyof3:Becoming Grandparents

Hi Lovies! Today we are talking how John and I told our parents that they were about to become grandparents.

I am a big fan of boxes as you saw from my reveal to John so, I felt like it was only fitting to keep the theme and make boxes for our parents as well. We wanted to tell them around the same time so we waited for the weekend before Thanksgiving as John's parents would be in town.

We set up a dinner on the Friday before with my parents and then told John's parents on the Tuesday after.

The boxes each consisted of The Grandparents Poem, a onesie, a pair of baby socks and a pacifier.

The Grandparents Poem: 
I do not have a face to see,
Or put inside a frame. 
I do not have soft cheeks to kiss, 
I don't yet have a name. 

Not yet can you hold my tiny hands,
Nor whisper in my ear. 
It's still to early to sing a song, 
Or cuddle me so near. 

But that will all change come June 2017, 
When they say I am due. 
I am your first grandchild,
and I can not wait to meet both of you! 

All I ask between now and then, 
Is your patience while I grow. 
I promise I will be worth the wait, 
Just think of all the love we'll know. 

So what I have to give you now, 
Is a wish to you from me. 
I can not wait to be apart 
Of this wonderful family! 

Baby Ricker Due June 29, 2017

Both sets of our parents were so excited and tear filled! We told them both pretty early on but we really enjoyed getting to update them weekly with early bumpdates and pregnancy revelations!

Did you tell the grandparents to be in any special way?

More from this series:
First Trimester Chat
From Husband to Daddy