The Mrs. The Mommy. The M.D.: July 2011
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Grateful Fridays.

"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'thank you?'" ~William A. Ward
TGIF! But I'm so glad I have more to thank God for than just because it's Friday.

I'm thankful for...

...that it's time to celebrate my birthday ALL WEEKEND LONG!!! I'm so excited for all the things I have planned :-D

...that Pumpkin is in such an awesome daycare, has wonderful teachers, and all of the things he is learning (in addition to the Christian foundation he's getting)

...that it's PAYDAY!!!

...that my blog is a year old and all of the wonderful people I have met because of it :-)

...that I met my workout goal this week.

...that Camp M.D. 2011 was a HUGE success!!! I always say if I had not chosen medicine, I would be teaching, but I think I still want to try and teach in some way, shape, or form. It was a lot of work, but I am so happy to look back on my experience the past 3 weeks.

Here's a video I made (well, hubby made for me) of some of the Camp M.D. highlights:

Have a great weekend everyone!!!


Where's the Beef? Grill It Up & Eat It...

"I don't know what beef you guys have between you, but you better grill it up, and eat it" -Drumline

Today's recipe are these burgers I made. Saw the recipe on the back of the A1 Steak Sauce bottle:
A1™ Original™ or Zesty Steak Sauce™
lean ground beef
onion, ½ diced, ½ sliced
green pepper, finely diced
hamburger buns, split
tomato slices
lettuce leaves
  • Prepare barbecue or grill (medium-high heat)
  • Mix first 5 ingredients in medium bowl, (except sliced onions)
  • Divide meat mixture into 4 equal portions & flatten each to ½-inch-thick patty; season with salt & pepper, (or eight small burgers)
  • Grill hamburgers until done, brushing with A1 Steak Sauce
  • Place cooked hamburger on grilled bun, top each with a tomato slice, lettuce and onion and bun top.

Serve with extra A1 Steak Sauce.
Serves 4

Kaiser rolls and some fries rounded out this hit. Even little Nate was trying to eat his burger like a big boy :-D

Feel free to share your recipes below!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Blog is a Year Old!

It's my Blogaversary!!!

I cannot believe that it has been a whole year of blogging for me! I have come a long way since my very first post. This is so exciting because never had I imagined how much fun I was going to have blogging and how many awesome new people I would meet...

Here's a recap of the most popular/read posts on The Mrs. The Mommy. The M.D. and also, some personal favorites...
I can't wait to see how MrsMommyMD will evolve over the years :-D

Thanks everyone for reading!


Where's the Beef?

Today's recipe is one of the easiest dishes to make - Ziti. Below is the McCormick recipe I started with, but I add sautéed zucchini squash and prepared italian sausage to ours...
Little Nate says it's, "Mmm mmm mmm!" Can't argue with that :-)

Baked Ziti is a favorite at potlucks and buffets with good reason -- it's easy, delicious and it travels well.

Makes 12 (1-cup) servings.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


Italian Tomato Sauce (recipe link below)

1 package (16 ounces) ziti

1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese

1 package (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese (2 cups)

1 egg

2 teaspoons McCormick® Perfect Pinch® Italian Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Ground

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


1. Prepare Italian Tomato Sauce.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain and return to saucepot. Gently stir in 1 1/2 cups of the tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper until well mixed.

3. Spoon into 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with no stick cooking spray. Top with additional 1 1/2 cups of the pasta sauce and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil.

4. Bake 30 minutes or until heated through. Serve with remaining 3 cups tomato sauce or freeze sauce for later use.


per serving

Calories: 344

Fat: 12 g

Carbohydrates: 42 g

Cholesterol: 48 mg

Sodium: 749 mg

Fiber: 4 g

Protein: 17 g

Feel free to share your recipes below!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

My child, the Apple product extraordinaire...

Open New Google Tab > Netflix Bookmark > Nate's Queue > Pick Show of Choice > Enjoy

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Where's the Beef?

So I am definitely NOT the primary chef in the house, but I am getting there - especially thanks to FitMommaV pointing me towards AllRecipes...

This summer I have whipped up some rather tasty dishes. I thought that since I am closing out this week with the Beef Giveaway, it is the perfect time to share some of my favorite beefy recipes...YUM!

Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast/Stew:
My mom introduced me to this all time fav and it is just as popular in our house as it is in hers...I love it because you can throw everything in the slow cooker in the morning and when everyone gets home from school/work, not only is the aroma of the ultimate comfort food filling the house, but it's ready for you to eat! The extra bonus is that it can disguise veggies and potatoes :cough: picky eaters :cough:

This recipe came from AllRecipes, but I always improvise and end up with something different (what usually happens when I cook lol)

recipe image
Submitted By: BUCHKO
Photo By: mis7up
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 12 Hours
Ready In: 12 Hours 20 Minutes
Servings: 6
"Cubed meat is mixed with seasoned flour and cooked with vegetables, beef broth, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika."
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups beef broth
3 potatoes, diced
4 carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1.Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.
2.Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.
Feel free to share your recipes below!

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Beef: It's What's for Dinner." ::MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!::

You cannot turn on the TV today without being bombarded with ads highlighting quick, inexpensive meals designed for families on the go. Unfortunately, many times we have to trade well-balanced nutrition at the expense of time.

No matter how busy they may be (from medical student to teacher to engineer to SAHM) ALL parents want to make sure that their kids have a well-balanced diet, so that they have the energy they need to succeed. (Speaking of which, MyPyramid has some great nutritional resources for instilling healthy eating values in our families...)

The good people at the "Beef: It's What's for Dinner" campaign are on a mission to raise awareness that many children (and American's in general) are under-consuming their suggested daily value of protein.

Did you know?
  • More than 80 percent of children between the ages of 2-11 are not eating the recommended servings from the Meat and Beans group meaning they are at a greater risk at developing nutritional deficiencies (such as low iron, zinc, B6, and B12 vitamins).
  • Calorie-for-calorie, beef is one of the most naturally nutrient-rich foods. A 3-ounce serving of lean beef contributes less than 10 percent of calories to a 2,000 calorie diet, yet it supplies more than 10 percent of the Daily Value for 10 essential nutrients.
  • Partnering beef with fruits and vegetables is a fantastic way to make sure that both you and your kids are receiving the best nutritional value from their meals while staying healthy.
Makes me want a steak right now...
You can find more of the "Beefy Details" here :-)

So here's the fun part:

At at the end of the week, I will be giving away a prize pack to THREE of my readers filled with goodies such as:
  • The Healthy Beef Cookbook: featuring over 130 lean beef recipes for every member of the family (cookbook holder included)
  • An “I Heart Beef” apron
  • An instant-read thermometer and "Cooking Temperatures for Beef" magnet
  • An array of “I Heart Beef” balloons, stickers, and temporary tattoos (to keep the little ones entertained)

To enter to win:
Just become a follower of my blog through google friend connect (on the right) and leave a comment below letting me know (please include your email address when you do so)

For extra entries (leave a separate comment below for each):
Follow me on Twitter
Like MrsMommyMD on Facebook
Mention this giveaway on your blog
Tweet: "I entered to win the "Beef It Up" Giveaway at! @JasmineRJohnson"

While the “Beef it Up”

Giveaway is an equal opportunity for all consumers,

entries must follow these guidelines:

Only be open to those who live in the U.S.

Employees of the Beef Checkoff and any subcontractors are not eligible to win

Beef producers are not eligible to win

You have until July 29th to enter!
The (3) winners will be chosen via

MrsMommyMD did not receive payment for this giveaway.

Music Monday

I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels this way :-)

Here I come once again
knowing that I haven’t done everything
that you would like me to do for you
So, it’s confusing cause you never stop
doing what you do

You bless me over and over again
Even when I’m not deserving
(Oh you bless me over)
You bless me over and over again
Even when I’m not deserving

When I was sick in my body
you made me well
there’s so many more things
that I can tell
and I’m just so grateful
cause you’re always there
you never gave up on me
when I didn’t care

You bless me over and over again
Even when I’m not deserving
You bless me over and over again
Even when I’m not deserving

you bless me over and over, over and over, over and over again
you bless me over and over, over and over again
oh, you bless me over and over, over and over, over and over again
you bless me over and over, over and over again

Over and over, over and over, over and over again
oh over and over, over and over again
ohhhh you’ve been so good, Lord I don’t, oh I don’t deserve you Lord, you bless me over and over again
ohhhh, Over and over, over and over, over and over again
You blessed me over and over again

Lord you’ve been so good to me, and this is why I praise you, this is why I love you
You’ve been there through my tears and through my pain
Over and over again

You bless me over and over again
Even when I’m not deserving

Friday, July 22, 2011

Grateful Fridays.

TGIF! Friday has already started kind of crazy, so I am ready for the weekend! But I'm so glad I have more to thank God for than just because it's Friday.

I'm thankful for...

...another successful week in Camp M.D.

...that little Nate had a smooth transition back to school

...the heat. Yea, it's redic (see photo from the news yesterday), but in 6 months we'll be snowed in, so...

...laughter that makes your face hurt

...being able to watch my son learn new things and grow - his vocabulary is amazing! health and the good health of my friends and family

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Keep cool!

Remember: "There is always, ALWAYS, something to be thankful for."


Coping with the Morning Rush...Again.

So in one of my last non-weekly-themed post, I was talking about the summer program that I am coordinating this summer (Camp M.D. through the office of Diversity Affairs).

Well, the first week wasn't too stressful, I was able to get to my class by 7:30AM each morning, with coffee, and time to get organized before my students arrived for the 8:30AM start.

Now it is week two, my little pumpkin is back from his grandma's and back to daycare. His adjustment to school after a two month break wasn't so bad, but Mommy is having a hard time adjusting to the morning rush of getting he and I ready (note: this summer and oncoming school year, I actually am trying to put a little more daily effort into my appearance too). Although it has been a struggle, I have been able to get us out the door between 7/7:15. Today was our personal best!

By the evenings, I am EXHAUSTED! I planned so many things for my afternoons - working out, getting ahead for class the next day, making phenomenal dinners (I did manage to make some ziti and enchiladas this week), etc. Which makes me wonder if "taking the whole summer off" to chill was the best idea, because my M2 year is said to be even worse than M1...eek

This week in camp we:
  • taught the students how to take a complete medical history
  • talked with the dean of admissions for IU School of Medicine
  • discussed health disparities (my favorite issue to drop knowledge on...)
  • took them on a college visit (to the undergrad campus our school sits on)
  • went over the application process for undergraduate and medical school
  • talked with the director of pharmacy for IU Health Systems and toured the hospital pharmacy hub
  • learned about STI research
  • talked with the School of Public Health
  • toured the School of Nursing, and got more information on their program
  • taught the students how to take basic vitals and let them talk to medical students of all years about their experiences
Also, on Monday, everyone was out shadowing doctors all over Indianapolis. I was so excited by the overall response of the students, and so thankful for all of the physicians willing to spend time with them :-D

How do all of you get back into the morning rush routine after a break from it? How do you help your kids transition again?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Music Monday

Still learning this lesson (among others...)

Couldn't seem to fall asleep
there was so much on my mind
searching for that peace
but that peace I could not find
so then I kneeled down to pray
pray help me please
then He said you don't have to cry
cause I'll supply all your needs.

As soon as I stopped worrying
worrying how the story ends
I let go and I let God
let God have His way
thats when things start happening
when I stopped looking at back then
I let go and I let God
let God have His way

There's so much going on sometimes
I can't find my way
and often times i struggle
struggle from day to day
I had to realize that its not my battle
not my battle to fight
I had to know that if I put it in your hands
everything would be alright

As soon as I stopped worrying
worrying how the story ends
I let go and I let God
let God have His way
thats when things start happening
when I stopped looking at back then
I let go and I let God
let God have His way

Let go and let God
my brother let go and let God
my sister you cant handle it let go and let God
let go and let God...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Grateful Fridays.

"Begin by thanking Him for some little thing, and then go on, day by day, adding to your subjects of praise...until you see in everything some cause for thanksgiving." - Priscilla Maurice

TGIF! But I'm so glad I have more to thank God for than just because it's Friday.

I'm thankful for... travels for my pumpkin and that he is having a good time, but also that he is coming home soon!

....a great first week for Camp M.D.!

....going on not one, but TWO, dates with the hubby before the weekend even got here.

....A job, with a paycheck :-)

....summer vacation (I'm REALLY going to miss it! REALLY!)

....that the price for live streaming didn't go up for Netflix too ;-)

Have a restful and safe weekend everyone!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Weekend Re-Cap

This past week Kappa Alpha Psi (Nate's frat) celebrated their 100 year anniversary in Indianapolis. The whole city was Krimson and Kreme...and FILLED with tourists. I knew that the hubby would be hanging out with his chapter all weekend, so I planned some fun for myself too. I managed to have not one, but TWO girls' nights out and it was a blast!

Saturday morning was the parent-student orientation for Camp M.D. - the program I have been preparing for/coordinating all summer. There are 22 high school students in our class and most of them - with the exception of a few - are interested in the health care professions. We have a VERY FULL three weeks planned for them including: CPR certification, hospital/professional school tours, SAT prep, and MD shadowing. It has only been two days of class, and I already feel that motherly attachment to my students. They are great kids and I know it's going to be a great time :-) You will definitely be hearing more about our fun times later...

Sunday, Little Nate left to spend the week with the hubby's mom in Michigan. He's been having a good time visiting everyone and playing with his two younger cousins. I think that the fact that I have been home with him everyday, all day, this summer, made the separation harder for me this time around. I was already in a semi-emotional funk, but this just sent me over the edge...picking up all his toys did not help much in stopping the tears...I am still missing my little pumpkin like crazy, but thank goodness for my job this week to help me pass the time.

The hubby and I are going to try and enjoy this child-free week the best we can. Hopefully we can get a few dates in - we have a bunch of restaurant and even some movie certificates to cash in as an added incentive. Yesterday, we went out to dinner and then sat and watched the water at the Canal where we got married. It was really nice :-)

Well, that's all for now!

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