Thursday, August 6, 2015


Back on May 21, 2015 our baby #4 arrived. Welcome world Andrew Len Clark...

Due to his medical issues, we were delayed coming home. He was almost in the hospital a month after his birth. He barely missed it by 6 days. While he was there, he had two surgeries. One was on his bowels due to a malrotation called a LADDs. The second one was to put in pacer wires on his heart and to put in a shunt and patch.

He has been home almost two months and it's hard to believe so much has happened in his short little life. We are so grateful for the prayers of many.

His current status is amazing baby! Yes we are not done with heart surgeries... but we have been so blessed by such an amazing spirit in this little man. He is thriving. Growing like a weed.

Baby Andy after first Surgery LADDs procedure

 Baby Andy shortly before coming home from the hospital. Baby Andy... HOME! 

Now he's almost 3 months old and he's doing very well...
No NG tube for feeding... and he's growing like a weed. Almost 16 lbs. Next up, grow bigger... Next heart surgery sometime between Sept 2015 and Dec 2015.

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs

One of the easiest recipes I've ever made. I found a similar recipe on Pinterest that used kielbasa. Since I didn't have that and not as much bell pepper (my family won't eat it any way) I altered the original recipe that was for Freezer Meal Crockpot Sweet and Sour Sausage, to Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs. 

Trying to adjust to having a baby and three teenage boys, making dinner has been a real challenge. Well, at least made by 9pm. The two older teenage boys are playing football this fall, and are at practice most of the day. When they come home they are famished, to say the least. Having something quick and easy to make and have ready has been much needed these days. 

Luckily, lately the baby has been napping without me holding him for a few hours in the morning. Thus I can get a few things done that were previously neglected. 

One of those being dinner prepped and/or made.

Crockpot Sweet -n- Sour Meatballs

1/2 bag prepared meatballs (found in frozen section)
1 can pineapple, DO NOT DRAIN (I use the small can..8 oz. I think?)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
**Or, alternatively, I buy a small bag of frozen, chopped pepper and onion mixture to throw into it. (I would probably only use half a small bag)
Cooked rice

Sauce Ingredients
3/4 cup sugar
4 T. ketchup
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
1 t. garlic salt
3 T. Sweet Chili Sauce
Mix the sauce ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix well. Add directly to Crockpot mixing the meatballs, pineapple, bell pepper, onion and sauce mixture. Cook on low 6 hours.

Freezer Meal directions:

Place the mixture in a gallon ziploc and freeze.  The day before serving, thaw mixture in fridge.  The morning of serving, place the mixture in the crockpot and cook on low for several hours.  Serve with rice.