Before it was trendy, Fall has been my favorite season, for several reasons. I love the change in leaves, and weather. I love wearing sweaters & boots, getting cozy inside the house. The smells the surround fall, fresh and crisp, while being warm & welcoming. All the holidays so close together, spending time with family. Oh and My Birthday is at the end of October.
BUT one of my most favorite things about Fall… is this soup! Although, I make this year round… my Grandma would make Iowa Chilly Soup once the weather started cooling down. It was (and still is in our home) a family favorite and could probably even be called my Great-Grandma’s Iowa Chilly Soup.. since she was the one who taught my Grandma how to make it. I should warn you, although it is based off a Chili it is a SOUP and even though you can definitely add to this soup, the original recipe does not have any spice to it.
It’s a quick and simple recipe and takes anywhere from 40 minutes – 1 hour to make.
– What You Will Need –
1lb Ground beef
1 large can of red kidney beans
1 large can of Tomato Soup
1 Large Pot
1 Med-Large Size Pan
Start off by filling your the bottom of your pot with about 2 cups of water (enough so that your kidney beans and onions can just barely float above the water). Then place the pot on the stove and set the heat to high to get the water boiling.
Then start cutting your Onions. Once, your onions are diced, add them to the water.
After your onions have been added to the water, drain your kidney beans and add them to the wait. Turn heat down to Med-High and wait until the onions are clear.
While you are waiting for the onions to become clear. Get your pan and ground beef out and start browning the meat.
Once the Onions are clear and the meat is still browning, add in the Tomato Soup and Stir.
When the ground beef is cooked all the way through, drain the excess fat and add the ground beef to the pot. Stir in and reduce heat to Med. Stirring Occasionally for about 5 – 10 Minutes.
From here the soup is ready to serve, if you have a pot that is nonstick. Turn heat down to simmer and place a lid on the pot, while the soup is being served.
Although, not required another thing my Grandma would add on the side for the soup was either Original Fish Crackers or a plain piece of bread lathered in butter. It may sound weird but dipping the bread in the soup, tastes divine and is a good way to start enjoying the soup while you are waiting for it to cool down.
I hope you enjoy this Recipe this Fall/Winter and let me know if you end up making it! You can always tag me in your homemade versions on Instagram @whatupKT_.
So, I need to preface this with the fact that as far as 1st trimesters go, both of my first trimesters were relatively easy, BUT I can definitely notice differences between them.
With Bennett, I really only had a handful symptoms.
Increased Appetite – I was ALWAYS Hungry and I would go from not hungry, to extreme hunger in a matter of second)
Shortness of Breath – This one was super difficult for me, I was super active going on miles long hikes, I had just started working at a fitness studio and all of a sudden I couldn’t go on a hike, longer than 1/2 a mile or participate in classes w/o having to leave during the warm-up.
Fatigue – I was tired quite often and would struggle to keep my eyes open at the front desk sometimes. I just wanted to nap constantly.
Gluten Allergy – When I got pregnant, my allergy to gluten went away, which was nice cause I indulged in LOTS of sweets.
and that was pretty much it with my first pregnancy, the only time I would experience nausea was when I would go from zero to Hangry and than I would start to get nauseous until I ate.
With Pregnancy #2, my experience has been different.
Nausea & Morning Sickness – In the first few weeks, I experienced light nausea and some morning sickness. But it went away overall, by Week 8. I only get nauseous now when I am feeling hungry.
Tender Boobs – OH MAN, are my boobs sensitive! They just feel heavy and painful.
Increase Sense of Smell – That was one of my first clues that I might be pregnant, i was getting wifts of smells I would normally not pick up on.
Mental Exhaustion – I’m not so much tired, where I need a nap and could sleep for hours, but more so.. I just feel too tired to exert energy to do stuff. Like chores or work.
Lack of Appetite – I am only hungry if I am craving something specific & unfortunately… I am not usually craving anything. If I try to eat something I am not craving, my stomach tells me I am full. I have actually lost weight so far this pregnancy.
Emotional – My emotions are a rollercoaster. One minute I am crying from happiness, than sadness and everything in between.
Gluten Allergy – I was hoping like last pregnancy that my allergy would go away, unfortunately…. It has stayed.
So yea, definitely different experiences so far, but still similar. The other thing I was expecting was to show earlier and feel the baby earlier, but so far no such luck. In my first pregnancy my bump didn’t really become noticeable to at least me and people who knew I was pregnant until 21 Weeks and it didn’t become noticeable to the rest of the world till around 26 weeks. I actually remember around 26 weeks I went into ER cause of a UTI and the doctor who checked me out felt my stomach and said ” oh! your abdomen is extended!” to which I said “yea, cause I’m pregnant” needless to say he felt a tad silly. But it really wasn’t THAT obvious I was pregnant. I only bought 1 pair of maternity leggings and that was at 32 weeks. Which makes me curious if this pregnancy will follow the same path or if I will show at least a tad earlier..
Since the beginning of the year I have been running my own Etsy Shop, Bolt In A Bottle Designs. I mainly sold handmade burp cloths, baby leggings and digital print invitations. Since becoming pregnant the shop has been on hiatus; because it takes a lot of time to manage and this pregnancy mixed with a toddler took A LOT of energy away from me. Energy required to run & promote a successful shop.
However, before I knew I was pregnant… I was in the middle of getting ready to launch a tee shirt line on the shop. I was working on designs and overall, just super excited for the project. So now that I am out of the woods, with 1st trimester pregnancy woes. I am ready to start the project back up. Yet, not ready to open my Etsy Shop back up. I decided to sell Bolt in a Bottle Tees on Teespring. That way they can handle production and inventory, and I can handle design and promotion. It’s a Win Win.
Currently, the shop only has a handful of designs available, but as the month goes on more and more designs will be added.
Recently, two “projects” have been brought to my attention today and I would like to spread/share the love with others out there. Obviously, my blog is new… so, I know it will not hit as many people as my intentions would like.. but as I continue to blog maybe I will make this a regular kind of post.
The 1st is something super close to my heart. About 5 or 6 years ago I registered to be a bone marrow donor. I don’t know what necessarily inspired me to do it, but I did. I have never been matched with anyone as of yet.. but I like knowing that if needed I could be someone’s chance at recovering. I think why I also, did it is because it is easy to do (at least the registering part). Today, while scrolling through my FB a “distant” cousin .. (my extended family has over 500 cousins, but we all live relatively close) announced that his 3-year-old sons Leukemia was not responding well to treatment and he would need a bone marrow transplant. Luckily, he has 12 other siblings who are all being tested to be donors and although, that does not guarantee he will receive a match from one of them, it increases his odds.
With that being said, if you have ever thought of or are now interested in becoming a Bone Marrow Donor I strongly recommend going to BeTheMatch.org and registering. They will send you a little swab kit that you take and send back and although, that seems super simple.. before making the decision. Make sure to look into the requirements to be a donor and also, what the procedure would entail should you actually get picked.
The next little project I want to share with you is the Flying for Time project. Which was created by another blogger named Caitlin and her husband. I began following them on Instagram almost a year ago and have been really touched by their story. In October of 2016 they lost their son Carter at 39 weeks. Today they announced the project Flying for Time, which is to help raise money for a Cuddlecot at a hospital of their choosing. Click on the link to read more about their story and what a Cuddlecot is, but essentially they are selling these super sweet plane necklaces ( a symbol they use to represent Carter) and they also, have a Donation option. I plan on buying 3 of the necklaces ( my Aunt is a pilot & my Mom also flies planes and then 1 for me).
If you have any other projects, you would like to suggest and have me talk about on the blog, please leave a comment down below or e-mail me.
If you are looking for Baby Shower gift ideas, or just like seeing what other people have bought.. this post might interest you. I also, have a few similar videos on our Youtube Channel.
Recently, I went to my best friends, baby shower. She is my first best friend that is having a baby & like a sister to me (I’m an only child). So, needless to say I am beyond ecstatic for her and may have gone a little overboard. She is having a boy, so naturally she has already gotten a plethora of hand me downs, and a bunch of burp cloths from my Etsy Shop. For her baby shower, I wanted to give her a wide variety of gifts, to make sure she had stuff she needed.
I started off with the essential baby shower gift items, I strongly feel these should always be included in a baby shower gift. Diapers & Wipes.
I got her a box of Pampers Sensitive Wipes & then I got Pampers Swaddlers Diapers in Size 2 & 3. I got the bigger sizes, since I think those are the most overlooked sizes (NB & 1) being what is usually bought & i bought the smaller bag versions, instead of the box. If you a looking to not spend a fortune of diapers at a baby shower, the bags are perfect at a little less than $10.
Next up, is the item I got for her in the bag. Which was an item on her registry, a Boppy.
Not only was it on her registry, but I absolutely LOVED my Boppy. It is a great nursing pillow and for some reason I just found it super comforting to have with me while recovering in the hospital. On top of the bag was also this cute little Elephant Carseat Toy from the Manhattan Toy Company (bought it at Target) but cannot find an image of it. After that we move on to the box, which i filled with an array of items.
Dreft Stage 1 Laundry Detergent – Not a common gift, or commonly put on the registry, but definitely an item any new parents would need & can be an expense that adds up quickly. ($13-$20)
Bath and Body Works Poketbac Hand Santizers (not the ones pictured) – I was not a huge into sanitizing prior to baby, but once you are taking your small newborn out into the real world.. it is nice to have these on hand. Plus the smell nice too.
Lansinoh Nipple Cream – This was an item on her registry & something I now wish I had put on my registry for Baby #1. Cause Breastfeeding at first can HURT.
Mommy’s Bliss Nighttime Gripe Water – This was an item I told her to put on her registry and of course, ended up getting for her. I contribute nighttime gripe water to the reason our son slept through the night from 2 months onward.
Aden & Anais Swaddles (not the ones pictured)
Burt’s Bee’s Memory Keepsake Box – For $20 this gift is really a steal you get, Diaper Rash Cream (which personally, I think theirs is THE best), Shampoo, Lotion and Tiny Soap.
Burt’s Bee’s Blue Receiving Blanket
Giggle All Purpose Wonder Balm
Fisher-Price Coffee Cup Teether
If Animals Kissed Goodnight Board Book
Carter’s One Made for You Elephant 3 Piece Outfit
Most of these items I bought at Target, with the exception of it of a few.
This past Sunday at a little over 12 weeks pregnant Andrew and I announced that I am pregnant! This is exciting for many reasons, but mostly because we have been waiting for this day, ever since Bennett was born. We wanted to begin trying as soon as we possibly could and were getting a little discouraged every month, when the pregnancy test would be negative & my period would arrive.
On July 3rd, I suspected I MAY be pregnant after my sense of smell started to become more intense. However, this wouldn’t have been the first time I had exhibited pregnancy symptoms and then not actually been pregnant… So, I checked the Clue App on my phone (it tracks my period & when I am ovulating) and decided to wait until a week after my missed period. However, 2 or 3 days into my missed period; I couldn’t stand it anymore. The feeling that I was pregnant was super strong. So, I headed over to Target on July 12th bought a pregnancy test and it came back positive! I was in shock and so happy, what made that day even more special is July 12 was the day Andrew and I had gone on our 1st date 2 years prior. I texted him immediately and asked if he wanted us to come over to his work for lunch. Then I rushed over to Target again, got Bennett a shirt that said “Promoted to Big Brother” and a Big Brother book. Everything will be on our Youtube Channel once I get around to editing it, but needless to say Andrew was happy & surprised.
The next day I called my doctor’s office and made my 1st appointment for the first week of August, so they could do the ultrasound and we could discuss an idea of how this pregnancy would go and my delivery for this pregnancy may go.. Since Bennett’s had some complications. The day of the appointment i was both excited and nervous. BUT everything looked good (although, the images aren’t the best) and we found out i was measuring a week ahead of schedule! Which is interesting because I know exactly when my last period was AND i knew the exact day when I ovulated.. BUT alas, our due date got pushed from March 18th to March 13th.
Since then we have just been patiently waiting for the 1st trimester to be over, we took a genetic blood test; which also tells you the baby’s gender . So, we already know that and we have a name picked out I believe. I think in a post coming up, I will talk about the differences between this pregnancy VS my first pregnancy, so far.