Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What Do I Say After the Loss of a Baby or Miscarriage?

I stumbled across this article and thought I would post it. It has great advice on what to say and what NOT to say to someone who is grieving the loss of a baby or miscarriage.
What Do I Say??
It's hard to know what to say to a grieving parent. Our own fear of loss can render us immobile. And sometimes people feel like they have to think of the "perfect" thing to say. There is no "perfect" thing to say. There is nothing you can say to heal the grief of losing a child. But acknowledging and supporting grief is a way to help healing. Please know that the effort of talking about the baby, the loss, and the sadness will be appreciated, even if it's not "perfect."

Some Things NOT to Say:

  • "It was God's will."
  • "It was meant to be" or "it was for the best."
  • "Your baby is in a better place now."
  • "Time heals all wounds."
  • "I know just how you feel." (Unless you have personally experienced the loss of a baby.)
  • "It's been ___ amount of time and aren't you over it yet? It's time to get on with your life."
  • "At least you have other children" or "At least you can have other children." ( I HATE THIS ONE!)
  • "Now you will have an angel in heaven."
  • "It could have been worse..." It could not have been worse. Not to the grieving parent.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

So I came across a recipe the other day and loved it! I changed a few things and this is what I came up with! Enjoy!

1 1/2 cups of cinnamon graham crackers
1 can (16 ounces) tomato puree
4-6 medium bell peppers
1/2-1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
1 medium onion chopped (1/2 cup)
1 can (8 ounces) chili beans, drained
1 can (4.5 ounces) chopped green chillies
1 package of taco seasoning
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Crush graham crackers. Mix with tomato puree and let stand for 5 minutes.

Cut bell peppers lengthwise in half. Remove seeds.
Place peppers, cut sides up in baking dish.
Cook ground turkey and onion in skillet over medium heat, until meat is brown; drain. Add taco seasoning to the meat.
Stir in graham cracker mixture along with remaining ingredients (except cheese).
Divide mixture into peppers.
Cover and bake approx. 50-60 minutes or until peppers are tender.
Sprinkle cheese on top of each pepper and let stand for 5 minutes.

* Serve with a side of mexican rice, sour cream and sprinkle crushed fritos or tortilla strips on top for a extra kick of flavor:)