CDH · Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Elijah Versus CDH

One of my amazing friends who I’ve gotten to know through Facebook has let me do a blog post on her son’s story who has Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia which is truly touching for those who have to go through it themselves or for those who haven’t gone through it themselves yet or ever in their lifetime. For mother’s I’m sure it’s going to bring tears to your eyes and you’ll want to get some tissues in hand ready to go for when the tears start rolling down your face.

Elijah’s story started just when he was in his momma’s stomach. It all started out when his mom was at her gender reveal ultrasound to find out the gender of her first child. But to her surprise not only did she find out the gender of her son at that time but her son was also diagnosed with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Elijah’s heart was in the wrong place and he had a hole in his diaphragm. Doctors initially predicted that he would have a 50% chance of surviving once he arrived, then they later changed it to 90% chance of surviving once he arrived, which I myself can only imagine the mixed emotions both his mother and father had.

Once Elijah arrived he was brought into surgery four days after his birth which as you can imagine his parents had even more emotions and I’m sure were scared because as anyone knows there’s always risks when it comes to surgeries. In surgery, Elijah’s team of doctors found out that not only was his heart in the wrong place but his spleen, stomach, and small intestines were in his chest as well. They were able to fix it all, but now he has 75% of his left lung and the patch on his diaphragm is being monitored over the next few years as he grows. For Elijah there will always be a possibility of reherniation, hospitalizations, and lots of doctors visits among other things like his immune system being weak and vulnerable plus not being able to travel like others.

Elijah may have health problems but his parents are doing the best they can to let him live a happy life with doing different fun activities to give him lots of memories like taking him out on walks! He’s now two years old and tackling so much daily with the help of his parents.

CDH is a lifelong condition and can take any survivor at any point in life because of issues such as barotrauma that causes lung disease and scarring, which is definitely scary for parents of children with CDH like Elijah’s parents and other family members of those who suffer of CDH just like Elijah’s other family members. Since CDH is a birth defect in which the diaphragm fails to fully form and leaves an opening for abdominal organs to float in the chest cavity. In addition the lungs also get squished in the process and cannot grow properly. Therefore CDH survivors are also faced with respiratory problems their entire lives, the possibility of reherniation (the patch over the hole opening back up), among several other issues which is very scary to even think about.

One thing Elijah’s mother wants everyone to know is that she wishes everyone knew that CDH is a lifelong condition and that it is not able to be fixed after just one repair surgery.

In addition from myself the owner of this blog, all pictures I have permission to use from the mother of Elijah!

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Breads

Zucchini Bread 

I’m a major bread fan and so isn’t all of my family. We all love bread including zucchini bread so why not add a streusel on top to the bread to make it more satisfying? 🤔 Oh wait, there is no right answer to that unless you love streusel topping! 😍😋


It’s so good, you’ll want to save this recipe for later!

Ingredients:

Brown Sugar Oat Streusel

2/3 cups (60g) old-fashioned or quick oats

1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar

2 Tablespoons (16g) all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, cold

optional: 1 Tablespoon (10g) milk chocolate chips

Zucchini Bread

1 large egg, beaten

1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar

1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar

1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil*

1 cup grated zucchini (about 1 medium-large)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 and 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

optional: 3/4 cup (135g) milk chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 9×5 (or 8×4) inch loaf pan. Set aside.

Make the streusel first by combining the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour together in a medium bowl. Cut in the cold butter with two knives or a pasty cutter (preferred) – or you may use your hands. Mix until the streusel resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spoon. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the beaten egg, brown sugar, granulated sugar, oil, zucchini, and vanilla until evenly combined. In a large bowl, toss the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate chips together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula until combined. Avoid overmixing.
Spread batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake the bread for 20 minutes at 350F degrees. Remove from the oven and top with the streusel – press it down into the top. The reason you are adding it after 20 minutes is to prevent it from sinking to the bottom of the bread as it bakes. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I covered the bread loosely with aluminum foil after 35 total minutes to avoid the top from getting too brown. Allow bread to cool in the pan set on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before removing from the pan and serving.

Cover and store leftover bread at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Note: I love to double this recipe if not triple it to make even more so I can freeze it for later!

Hope y’all enjoy this recipe! Have you made this? If so, please let me know what you think about it?

Snacks

Chocolate Pumpkin Energy Bites 


As summer comes to an end and we head into fall and pumpkin 🎃 season I figured a recipe that included both chocolate 🍫 and pumpkin 🎃 together would make a lot of people happy during fall and Halloween time. This recipe is an amazing snack idea for adults or kiddos. How could you go wrong with chocolate? The answer is… you can’t!

Ingredients: 

1/2 can 100% pure pumpkin
2 cups whole grain or gluten free oats
1/2 cup peanut butter (I like crunchy for extra texture)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsps cocoa powder
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup pumpkin pie spice chips

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Use your hands to make golf ball sized bites. Place bites on a parchment paper covered sheet pan. Freeze for at least one hour.

Can be stored in the fridge for up to a week or the freezer for much longer!

This recipe made about 18 balls for me. I would count 2 or 3 of these as one serving for a snack or dessert!
Hope you enjoyed! ☺️ Let me know if y’all have tried this recipe!

Foodie

Where I get my Food Creativity from?

I personally think that everyone has some originality just by some of the things they do, whether it’s crafts or woodwork or even cooking and baking. I know that creativity can run in families but just in different unique ways. In my family inventiveness definitely runs in my family but each family members has different artistry which is what I love about my family. In addition at the same time some of us have the same creativity as well.

My individuality is shown in different ways including baking and cooking, crafts, sewing, blogging, music, & so much more.

In some ways I definitely say I have food and dessert ADD or ADHD to say the least, which at times I’m proud of because it makes my individuality stand out even more! Personally I was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age so at time I think my ADHD doesn’t help me with my food creativity or my creativity in general.

My ideas for food, unique food recipes, etc randomly pop up in my head while I’m riding horses, reading, cooking and baking other deliciousness, spending time with my wonderful family, watching TV… specifically the Food Network Channel but also when I’m watching non-foodie shows, and they just randomly pop up in my head. I’m constantly always thinking of unique food ideas and recipes to try as well, which always will end up on the blog no matter what; I love it! In addition, I get some of my inspiration from other bloggers or y’all or my family members, as well!

I have to admit that my individuality when it comes to baking and cooking is one of my favorite parts of blogging!

Thank you for reading more about my loveliness!

Do you have a recipe idea you want me to try? If so, drop me a lovely email at horsescowboybootsandchocolate@gmail.com!

Uncategorized

My Favorite TV Shows

Everyone has their favorite shows they love whether it be drama shows, reality shows, comedy shows, sports shows, animal shows, romance shows, children shows, geeky shows, or shows that you actually learn something also know as educational shows. Everyday there’s something for watching TV that I like in addition to Netflix. New Episodes are coming out each week, new shows are being created all the time, new seasons are coming out each year or bi-yearly. I think a persons list of favorite TV shows is never ending because you can add more shows to your list of favorites as more are created or you get into that you never liked before and than all of a sudden they’re your favorite. I personally have so many favorite shows that I’ll probably be adding to this list for a few days.


Here’s a list of my favorite TV shows & In No Particular Order Either:

  1. Army Wives
  2. Pioneer Woman
  3. Trisha’s Southern Kitchen
  4. All New England Sports Team Games
  5. Chopped
  6. Cutthroat Kitchen
  7. Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives
  8. Real Housewives of Orange County
  9. Real Housewives of New York City
  10. Real Housewives of New Jersey
  11. House Hunters
  12. Gilmore Girls
  13. 7th Heaven
  14. The Voice
  15. American Idol
  16. Two & a Half Men
  17. The Big Bang Theory
  18. Teen Mom
  19. Teen Mom 2
  20. Grey’s Anatomy
  21. The Good Doctor
  22. Farmhouse Rules
  23. Southern Comfort
  24. 19 Kids & Counting
  25. Counting On
  26. Heartland
  27. Bringing Up Bates
  28. Roseanne
  29. Home Improvement
  30. The Bachelor
  31. The Bachelorette
  32. Worst Cooks In America
  33. Guy’s Grocery Games
  34. The Great Food Truck Race
  35. Dog the Bounty Hunter
  36. The Kitchen
  37. I Hart Food

What’s y’alls favorite TV shows?

Recipe Round Ups

Fall Drinks Equal Deliciousness

I know in my neck of the woods Fall weather has officially hit, actually it hit the later part of August which broke my heart because I love summer time but I also love fall as well so I’m enjoying the fall season especially apple picking and all the fall baking I can possible do because I can’t contain myself. Who doesn’t love the fall baking goodies? I know my family & I love all the fall baking goodies including fall drinks, sometimes some of us can’t keep our hands off of them; which can be a good sign that they are truly delicious! But today, this post is all about fall drinks because who doesn’t love a good fall drink?

I’m sure everyone’s definition of fall and what they consider a fall drink is so I thought why do I get recipes from other bloggers for a fall round up which I did; I’ll be doing another one next year with some of my personally fall drink recipes. Here’s the fall recipes!


Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Espresso Milkshake with Coffee Liqueur – The Spice Train

Spiked Irish Coffee – The Spice Train

Chocolate Cherry Hot Cocoa – A Cultivated Nest

Pumpkin Spice Mudslide – A Cultivated Nest

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – Herbivore Cucina

Pink Hot Chocolate – Herbivore Cucina

Apple Cider Mule – Cooking with Curls

Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail – The Kitchen Is My Playground

Pumpkin Spice White Russian – The Kitchen Is My Playground

Autumn Apple Pear Sangria – Home Cooking Memories

Nutella Marshmallow Hot Cocoa – My Yellow Apron

Tart Green Apple Martini – My Yellow Apron

Pecan Pie Whiskey Iced Tea – 365 Days of Recipes

Autumn Apple Rose Sangria – Wholefully

Apple Cider Mimosas – Wholefully

Pumpkin Spice Daiquiri – Nomageddon

Pumpkin Pie Spice Cocktail – DIY Candy

Apple Cider Ginger Beer Cocktail – DIY Candy

Candy Apple Mocktail – 3 Boys and A Dog

Frozen Banana Foster Cocktail – Penny Pincher Jenny

Coffee Martini – A Magical Mess

Apple Pie Cinnamon Cocktail – Cooking on the Front Burner

Apple Cider Martini – Cooking on the Front Burner

Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie – Bless this Mess

Sparking Apple Cider Sangria – Certified Pastry Aficionado

Hot Apple Cider – Cook Eat Paleo

Pink Velvet Hot Cocoa – Crayons and Cravings

Creamy Dulce de Leche Hot Chocolate – Happy Foods Tube

Pumpkin Pie Eggnog – Cooking Bride

Kahlua Hot Chocolate – Mom on the Side

Autumn Ginger Apple Cocktail – Mom on the Side

Strawberry Mojito Float – All She Cooks

 

Hope y’all enjoy this round of different fall drinks! What is your favorite fall drink?