Lindsay Gill: 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year Resolutions 2014

For 2014, I came up with three simple and attainable New Years resolutions. 


1.  I pledged here to never text and drive.  I'm certainly guilty of making hands-free phone calls, but it is terrifying to see how many people are driving with their heads down, looking at their phones.  I hate for my little Luke to be in the car with me with so many inattentive drivers.  I have precious cargo, as do so many other people.  In 2014, I will not text and drive, and I urge you to make the same pledge for the new year.

 2.  Read at least one book to Luke each day.  I've always attempted to read a book per day to Luke but it hasn't become part of our routine.  Reading is so important and especially at his age when he is soaking in every little thing around him.  In 2014, we're going to read more!

3.  Take care of our health.  I really want to watch my sugar intake.  Since I had Gestational Diabetes, I'm more likely to develop diabetes later in life, and more likely to have it again with any subsequent pregnancies.  The more I know about sugar, the more I think that we should cut down on it!  In 2014, we're going to eat less sugar!

What are your New Year's resolutions?  If you posted about them, please leave a link in the comments so I can check it out!  

Don't forget to enter the giveaway that ends January 6th!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Kickoff to 2014 Giveaway!

Christmas has come to an end and the new year 2014 is quickly approaching!  We think Luke had a great first Christmas, and after all of the hours of preparing his gifts, he clearly liked a Macy's box the best!

For the month of January, I plan to do 31 days of small organization posts and I hope you'll follow along to get your home in the best shape for a great year.  

But first, I want to introduce Courtney from Courtney.Stitches!  This new mama to a sweet baby boy has been embroidering beautiful decorative pillows!  I custom ordered one for my Luke and it is such a unique new touch to his room!

  
And...to kick off this 2014 new year, Courtney will be giving away the ultimate 2014 package!  


Enter to win one adorable Courtney.Stitches decorative pillow, along with a 2014 planner to keep your appointments organized, a phone and credit card case to organize your purse, and a necklace and earring set to complete any outfit in the new year!

Contact Courtney through her Etsy shop for custom orders!


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Monday, December 23, 2013

Baby Bathtime

We rent a condo and I'm thrilled that the owner let us take off the shower doors of Luke's bathroom.  I think the doors made bathtime scary for Luke, and we can keep the shower and tub so much cleaner without them!  I celebrated by going to Kohl's and redecorated a bit.  Here's what else we have found that helps bathtime...
 

5. Kneeler

We haven't actually tried the Spashguard but it seemed like a neat idea.  I've also seen mom's use a laundry basket in the bathtub for the initial transfer so that the babies (I'm going to have to stop using the word baby soon!) feel more comfortable.  We tried this only once and Luke was not a fan...but something to keep in mind.

What have you found that helps with bathtime?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Instant pizza!

I heard on the radio the other morning that soldiers figured out how to make meals using only their coffee makers to cook!  I also saw a pin of someone who used a waffle maker to make cinnamon buns.  I love this out of the box thinking!  So I attempted to make pizza on the waffle maker.  My husband suggested we make a regular one as well, just in case.

First, I flatted out the dough and put it in the center of the maker.  It doesn't spread out as much as waffle batter, so I would suggest making it larger and thinner than shown above.

I put it on the regular setting and in a few minutes, this was my crust!  Now it was still a bit doughy, so I would try a second cycle or plan on cooking them a bit longer in the oven.  

The sauce stays put in the waffle holes!  But also keeps the sauce HOTTER than regular pizza, be careful!  We added some cheese and vegetables and finished the cooking in the oven.

Which pizza won the taste test?  I couldn't really taste a difference, but my husband preferred the regular pizza.  The waffle pizza had more of a deep-dish taste and cooked much quicker due to the head-start cooking in the waffle maker.

Let me know if you try this out!






Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DIY birthday invitations

Luke is going to be ONE in just a month!  It's really hard to believe.  He is doing something new everyday.  He definitely calls me "mama," points at things, tries to feed me food, and he's been taking a few steps here and there.  

Now it's party-planning time!  Step one is invitations!  You can't have a party without guests!  

Here's your Michael's shopping list:
  • Balloon hole puncher
  • Zots 3D adhesive dots
  • colorful paper for the number cut out and balloons (preferably different)
  • blank note cards/envelopes
  • black inkpad
  • "you're invited" stamp
  • "handmade by" stamp
  • thin black marker



I punched out about 5-6 balloons for each card, and cut out a "1" for each card.  I stuck them all onto blank note cards with the Zots.  Then, I drew lines with a thin black marker from the balloon to the "one."  

                         

                                                          
                                                                     
Then I stamped the inside with a "you're invited" stamp, and a "handmade by" stamp on the back. Voila!  Just a heads up that these did require more postage since they have a 3D quality to them, so make sure you get them measured at the post office before sending!  
                                                                                                                                                                       


Monday, December 16, 2013

The Need to be Kneaded...why you should get a massage today!

Caring for my little Luke has been the best thing in the world, but has certainly been taxing on my body.  I have gained such respect for massages and the benefits of massage after my mom gave me the gift of Angie, a Licensed Massage Therapist from Oksana Salon and Spa.  I am so excited that she agreed to write a guest post on massage for moms!  If you want to read more of what Angie has to say, please check out her new blog, Kneading You.  And without further ado...here's Angie!    


Why should any woman get a massage? Well, I can think of very many reasons, can you? It helps to decrease pain, reduce stress, reduce anxiety, rid toxins, promote posture...shall I go on? I am certified in Pregnancy and/or Prenatal Massage, and it gives me an opportunity to help both mom and baby.

There are so many changes in the body pre/post pregnancy. Coming from my own experiences, I thought I had it all figured out and it was the most profound, exciting, stressful experience of my life. I was going to have a natural birth (not), I was going to breastfeed (only for a month), I was going to only do natural foods (ummm), I was not going to vaccinate my child (hahahaha). My pregnancy was amazing, no morning sickness, not too many aches and pains, (until my 3rd trimester), but I think this had a lot to do with the fact that I was receiving a massage once a month after my 2nd trimester! My son was born 2 weeks after my due date. I had no amniotic fluids left, and the baby was stressed. After a horrible 12 hours in labor no drugs, they gave me an epidural only to rush me to a emergency c-section. Come to find out the cord had been wrapped around his neck, not once, but twice!

As a new mom, four days later I got home, stitches, pads, carrying around this beautiful child, massaging him, feeding him, holding him, changing him, crying with him...no break only to shower for 2 minutes, to be back at it. My shoulders were tight, my belly and boobs sagging, my hips popping in and out, my arms exhausted, my neck all tilted and shrugged to one side..sound familiar to you moms out there?

I can go on and on about my story, but what I really want to focus this blog and your time to is you! How are YOU feeling? When do you make time for YOU? Can you give on hour a month to yourself? Moms/woman don't realize the stress that that they take on. We as woman worry, want to help, fix, nuture, work, ect. then we pay for it later. We try to wait until, one day we wake up and say, "I can't move, I know, I will book a massage!". Then, sometimes we call up, and there is no availability, and we pop a couple ibuprofen, asprin, tylenol, and call it a day. I know first hand how this works, guess what? I've done it!

What I can tell you is yes, massage pre/post pregnancy is very important, for your mind, body and soul, as well as your child's. Give yourself a break, I am 3.5 years post pregnancy and my body is still jammed up. It takes time ladies. Allow yourself that-TIME! Things in life are temporary as much as we think in the moment its forever!

Some key things:

  • Come get a massage once a month
  • Stretch everyday
  • Switch sides(balance)
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Do some exercise/yoga
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Try to maintain healthy nutrition (take some supplements if you don't get enough vitamins through foods)

I have a lot of experience not only with massage but, also being a new mom! I have had to do a lot of trial and error. What works for me, or someone else, may not work for you. But, if you are feeling overwhelmed, give yourself a hour break and find out why you NEED to be Kneaded! 

 All the Best in Health,

 Angie Lamothe
LMT Oksana Salon & Day Spa
702 Bliss Rd. Longmeadow, MA
Thurs 12-8. Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-5
dnalamothe101@comcast.net

Friday, December 13, 2013

Save hours with this junk drawer makeover!

I keep telling myself, "I'm going to beat the system!"  What they heck am I talking about?  I'm talking about mornings, afternoons, and nights that are filled with chaos...trying to find things and be on time, and get everyone showered!  I'm talking about waking up at 5 am and still being late to my 7:30 am workday.  So while I may never beat the system, I'm certainly striving for constant and never ending improvement.  Even if we save some time and avoid some arguments, that's a win.  

So everyone has a junk drawer.  Ours is in our kitchen.  It is counter-intuitive to me to buy something to organize a space...I naturally think that organizing involves getting rid of things.  But the spaces that continue to stay clean and organized are the spaces for which I've bought an "organizer."  These blue separates were a few dollars at Marshall's.  Let's talk about what you often can't find and yet need frequently and quickly.  Here's what I've come up with.


1.  Tape
2.  A 6 piece screw driver
3.  Tylenol
4. Hand sanitizer
5.  Cash/coins
6. Tide stick
7.  Flashlight
8.  Measuring Tape
9.  Stamps
10.  Sticky notes
11.  Artificial tears
12.  Pens
13.  Permanent marker
14.  Spare house key
15.  Spare car key
16.  Coupons
17. Gift cards
18. $10 Dunkin Donuts gift cards for last minute thank you's and gifts
19. Tampon
20. Rubber band and twisty tie

So help me out!  What else should my junk drawer have for easier mornings, afternoons, and nights?  Leave a suggestion in the comments please!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Grow your blog link-up!


Welcome to the Grow Your Blog Link Up!

It's a link up specifically for new bloggers (those with less than 500 followers per social medium are welcome too). It's also a chance to meet other new bloggers, and hopefully build networks and friendships.

There are no fees for co-hosting. Just email me at onechocolatebox@gmail.com if you're interested.

Link ups start every Wednesday at 3pm NZDT (that's Tuesday 6pm PST and Wednesday 1pm AEDT if that helps).

Each week, one participant will be randomly selected, and gets featured on the following week's blog hop. More free exposure!

There'll also be a giveaway from time to time, so make sure to check back each week.
1. You don't have to, but I'd appreciate it if you could follow One Chocolate Box.

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3. Link up in the appropriate section using your blog URL or profile URL. Remember you can only link up in the section if you have less than 500 followers in it.

4. Visit and follow at least 1 other blogger. Let them know what you like about their blog.

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6. It would be super if you shared the Link Up via Facebook or Twitter. The more people join up, the more potential followers you can get.


7. I'd love you forever if you grabbed the button below and place it on your sidebar!

A big welcome to my lovely co-hosts this week:

Meredith at MereLynne
Lindsay at Wedding Rings to Teething Rings

Thanks so much for co-hosting ladies!
This week's feature is Mary at The Clarity Chase

The Clarity Chase 

Make sure you go say hi, and check out this post of hers. A little heartbreaking, but great insight!

And without further ado... link up, link up!







Friday, December 6, 2013

Festive Tomato Mozzarella Appetizer

With Christmas right around the corner, here is a perfect red, white, and green appetizer!  These are very easy and I just love the fresh taste of this combination! 

Grocery list:
toothpick "skewers" (a little longer than toothpicks)
Cherry or grape tomatoes 
Mozzarella balls
Basil leaves

The tomato and basil can be skewered ahead of time but the mozzarella stays most moist if you leave it in the liquid until just before serving.  

Enjoy!  Please share how you end up displaying them, I'm sure someone can come up with some creative presentations! 



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

You're doin' it right, Mama!

In the first few days after having Luke, my husband said "I knew I would love Luke, but I didn't know I'd love him this much!"  
But with all of that love comes worry.  I'm part of a gazillion mom forums and Facebook pages etc. where a gazillion moms worry about their kids.  A gazillion unanswered questions.  We all want to make sure that we're doin' this whole mom thing right. 
Well seemingly unrelated, now that I'm 10 months postpartum, I have a funny idea that my singing voice has improved dramatically.  Maybe I just care less about how I sound.  So I was that girl,  that girl that sang all 40 minutes commuting home from work, belting out tunes I barely knew, embarrassing myself in front of my fellow commuters.  Then this one came on the radio and (here's the tie-in to my original thought...) I just thought it was so comforting. Rodney Atkins doesn't know me, but on that day, I just needed to hear him tell me that I'm doin' it right! Here are the lyrics...
If you're whispering or if you're standing up and shouting 
 Got the windows or you took the top down
 If you got big dreams but you got big doubts
 Well, you're doing it right
 If you keeping it simple or you make a big scene
 If you're doing your best and you make a mess of things
 if you're trying, if you're crying, all that really means
 Is you're doing it right 
 Chorus: Yeah, you're doing it right 
 You're shinin' your light
 You ain't losing your mind
 You're dropping the ball
 But you're picking it up
 You stumbling and fallin' and falling in love
 You're hangin' on tight
 You're prayin' each night
 You're doin' it right
 Well, if you're cutting your hair or you're growin' it out
 if you're compromising then putting your foot down
 If you're reminiscing or living in the here and now
 Then you're doing it right 
If you're paying full price or you get it on sale
 If you're lending a hand or taking a friends's help
 Oh, I'm talking to you but I'm really talking to myself
 You're doin' it right (Repeat) 
 Chorus: Yeah, you're doing it right
 You're shinin' your light
 You ain't losing your mind
 You're dropping the ball
 But you're picking it up
 You stumbling and fallin' and falling in love
 You're hangin' on tight
 You're prayin' each night
 You're doin' it right
 I've made every mistake there is to make
 So I oughta know, the only real mistake is not letting them go,
 so, just let 'em go…(Repeat) 
 Yeah, you're doing it right 
 You're shin in' your light
 You ain't losing your mind
 You're dropping the ball
 But you're picking it up
 You stumbling and fallin' and falling in love
 You're hangin' on tight
 You're prayin' each night
 You're doin' it right
 Yeah, keep fighting' that fight
 Keep praying' each night
 You're doin' it, you're doin' it right 
yeah You're doin' it right, um hmm oh...
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If you're whispering or if you're standing up and shouting Got the windows or you took the top down If you got big dreams but you got big doubts Well, you're doing it right If you keeping it simple or you make a big scene If you're doing your best and you make a mess of things if you're trying, if you're crying, all that really means Is you're doing it right Chorus: Yeah, you're doing it right You're shin in' your light You ain't losing your mind You're dropping the ball But you're picking it up You stumbling and fallin' and falling in love You're hangin' on tight You're prayin' each night You're doin' it right Well, if you're cutting your hair or your'e grown it out if you're compromising then putting your foot down If you're reminiscing or living in the here and now Then you're doing it right If you're paying full price or you get it on sale If you're lending a hand or taking a friends's help Oh, I'm talking to you but I'm really talking to myself You're doin' it right Repeat Chorus Tag I've made every mistake there is to make So I oughta know, the only real mistake is not letting them go, so, just let 'em go…. Repeat Chorus Yeah, keep fighting' that fight Keep praying' each night You're doin' it, you're doin' it right yeah You're doin' it right, um hmm oh... Read more at http://www.roughstock.com/cowpie/songs/R/rodney-atkins/doin-it-right#pjHH2OMzUVt4vIMp.99
If you're whispering or if you're standing up and shouting Got the windows or you took the top down If you got big dreams but you got big doubts Well, you're doing it right If you keeping it simple or you make a big scene If you're doing your best and you make a mess of things if you're trying, if you're crying, all that really means Is you're doing it right Chorus: Yeah, you're doing it right You're shin in' your light You ain't losing your mind You're dropping the ball But you're picking it up You stumbling and fallin' and falling in love You're hangin' on tight You're prayin' each night You're doin' it right Well, if you're cutting your hair or your'e grown it out if you're compromising then putting your foot down If you're reminiscing or living in the here and now Then you're doing it right If you're paying full price or you get it on sale If you're lending a hand or taking a friends's help Oh, I'm talking to you but I'm really talking to myself You're doin' it right Repeat Chorus Tag I've made every mistake there is to make So I oughta know, the only real mistake is not letting them go, so, just let 'em go…. Repeat Chorus Yeah, keep fighting' that fight Keep praying' each night You're doin' it, you're doin' it right yeah You're doin' it right, um hmm oh... Read more at http://www.roughstock.com/cowpie/songs/R/rodney-atkins/doin-it-right#yd7eU3hcDrHSwGmY.99
If you're whispering or if you're standing up and shouting Got the windows or you took the top down If you got big dreams but you got big doubts Well, you're doing it right If you keeping it simple or you make a big scene If you're doing your best and you make a mess of things if you're trying, if you're crying, all that really means Is you're doing it right Chorus: Yeah, you're doing it right You're shin in' your light You ain't losing your mind You're dropping the ball But you're picking it up You stumbling and fallin' and falling in love You're hangin' on tight You're prayin' each night You're doin' it right Well, if you're cutting your hair or your'e grown it out if you're compromising then putting your foot down If you're reminiscing or living in the here and now Then you're doing it right If you're paying full price or you get it on sale If you're lending a hand or taking a friends's help Oh, I'm talking to you but I'm really talking to myself You're doin' it right Repeat Chorus Tag I've made every mistake there is to make So I oughta know, the only real mistake is not letting them go, so, just let 'em go…. Repeat Chorus Yeah, keep fighting' that fight Keep praying' each night You're doin' it, you're doin' it right yeah You're doin' it right, um hmm oh... Read more at http://www.roughstock.com/cowpie/songs/R/rodney-atkins/doin-it-right#yd7eU3hcDrHSwGmY.99
If you're whispering or if you're standing up and shouting Got the windows or you took the top down If you got big dreams but you got big doubts Well, you're doing it right If you keeping it simple or you make a big scene If you're doing your best and you make a mess of things if you're trying, if you're crying, all that really means Is you're doing it right Chorus: Yeah, you're doing it right You're shin in' your light You ain't losing your mind You're dropping the ball But you're picking it up You stumbling and fallin' and falling in love You're hangin' on tight You're prayin' each night You're doin' it right Well, if you're cutting your hair or your'e grown it out if you're compromising then putting your foot down If you're reminiscing or living in the here and now Then you're doing it right If you're paying full price or you get it on sale If you're lending a hand or taking a friends's help Oh, I'm talking to you but I'm really talking to myself You're doin' it right Repeat Chorus Tag I've made every mistake there is to make So I oughta know, the only real mistake is not letting them go, so, just let 'em go…. Repeat Chorus Yeah, keep fighting' that fight Keep praying' each night You're doin' it, you're doin' it right yeah You're doin' it right, um hmm oh... Read more at http://www.roughstock.com/cowpie/songs/R/rodney-atkins/doin-it-right#yd7eU3hcDrHSwGmY.99
If you're whispering or if you're standing up and shouting Got the windows or you took the top down If you got big dreams but you got big doubts Well, you're doing it right If you keeping it simple or you make a big scene If you're doing your best and you make a mess of things if you're trying, if you're crying, all that really means Is you're doing it right Chorus: Yeah, you're doing it right You're shin in' your light You ain't losing your mind You're dropping the ball But you're picking it up You stumbling and fallin' and falling in love You're hangin' on tight You're prayin' each night You're doin' it right Well, if you're cutting your hair or your'e grown it out if you're compromising then putting your foot down If you're reminiscing or living in the here and now Then you're doing it right If you're paying full price or you get it on sale If you're lending a hand or taking a friends's help Oh, I'm talking to you but I'm really talking to myself You're doin' it right Repeat Chorus Tag I've made every mistake there is to make So I oughta know, the only real mistake is not letting them go, so, just let 'em go…. Repeat Chorus Yeah, keep fighting' that fight Keep praying' each night You're doin' it, you're doin' it right yeah You're doin' it right, um hmm oh... Read more at http://www.roughstock.com/cowpie/songs/R/rodney-atkins/doin-it-right#yd7eU3hcDrHSwGmY.99
If you're whispering or if you're standing up and shouting Got the windows or you took the top down If you got big dreams but you got big doubts Well, you're doing it right If you keeping it simple or you make a big scene If you're doing your best and you make a mess of things if you're trying, if you're crying, all that really means Is you're doing it right Chorus: Yeah, you're doing it right You're shin in' your light You ain't losing your mind You're dropping the ball But you're picking it up You stumbling and fallin' and falling in love You're hangin' on tight You're prayin' each night You're doin' it right Well, if you're cutting your hair or your'e grown it out if you're compromising then putting your foot down If you're reminiscing or living in the here and now Then you're doing it right If you're paying full price or you get it on sale If you're lending a hand or taking a friends's help Oh, I'm talking to you but I'm really talking to myself You're doin' it right Repeat Chorus Tag I've made every mistake there is to make So I oughta know, the only real mistake is not letting them go, so, just let 'em go…. Repeat Chorus Yeah, keep fighting' that fight Keep praying' each night You're doin' it, you're doin' it right yeah You're doin' it right, um hmm oh... Read more at http://www.roughstock.com/cowpie/songs/R/rodney-atkins/doin-it-right#yd7eU3hcDrHSwGmY.99

Monday, December 2, 2013

Baby's First Christmas for Age 12-18 months

My Christmas series includes all of my brainstorming for Luke's first Christmas.  Check out the first post for the 4 gift strategy I really like, and the other posts for ideas in each category. 



Here is what we ended up getting him (obviously we didn't quite stick to the strategy but it definitely helped)!   









Friday, November 29, 2013

Takeout alternative

Craving takeout food? Salty and a little unhealthy comfort food?  I ended up finding this at the grocery store which I think is a little healthier, tastier, and possibly cheaper than takeout.


I thawed raw but already peeled shrimp and added the ingredients together (all included in the kit: coconut milk, curry sauce, and rice) for a nice tasty dinner!

Less sodium than I suspected!




Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and a DIY Thanksgiving Onesie



Happy Thanksgiving! For Luke's first Thanksgiving, I made him a special onesie!  He was supposed to match his cousin in Buffalo but we will be sticking around here instead due to the snow.  
You will need fabric for the tie, a onesie, 2 D-rings and ribbon (about 1 inch wide) 

I sketched out the tie on the back of the fabric.

For the D-ring, sew a rectangle on the top of the suspender, then add the ring and sew a large rectangle below it.  The tie turned out a little crooked but I still think it will be super cute! (If you don't want a crooked tie, order from this Etsy
shop, her onesies look perfect!)

What am I thankful for?  A million things, but here are a few:

1.  My best friend and husband John Paul
2.  Our little angel, Luke
3.  Our health, and being post-partum diabetes free! Great doctors that took care of me and my Luke during my pregnancy and delivery
4.  Our jobs that are not just jobs but fulfilling careers
5.  Our wonderful family on both sides
6.  Our wonderful friends in Buffalo and scattered around the US, and our new wonderful friends in CT
7.  2 more healthy babies in the family, our new nephew Zach and niece Olivia
8.  Our condo!  With heat and food
9.  Of course our freedom, so many people have fought and are fighting for that
10.  Safe traveling
11.  A great daycare for Luke, a great Nana to watch him on Wednesdays, and great babysitters along the way
12.  So many friends and family members that have supported us and helped us with Luke so far.
13.  My new blog and creative outlet! And my readers like you!
14.  JP almost finished with his grad program!
15.  Luke growing healthy and strong, and learning new things every day.  

Apple Brie Crescent Roll Appetizer

I made these Apple Brie Crescent Rolls when I hosted our Thirty-One party!  

The original recipe is from here.  
1.  Place a small piece of peeled apple (I used Macintosh), a small piece of Brie, a pecan, and a touch of honey on a crescent roll dough triangle.  
2.  Roll it up!
3.  The original recipe says to seal the edges so that the Brie doesn't leak out, but that definitely takes away from the "crescent" look.
4. Bake on 375 for 10 minutes.




Mine came out a bit too doughy.  I would recommend cutting the crescent pieces in half.  Or my friend NG suggested keeping the dough as one piece, putting the brie, peacans, apple, and honey in the middle.  Then cover with a second piece of dough and bake that way.  The nice thing is that even if you "mess up," the ingredients are all so delicious that the final product is still great!  Here is the final photo from the original site:
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Easy Ranch Bread Appetizer

YUM! This is a cost efficient crowd pleaser!  The ingredients are in the photo.  I found the original recipe here. 

1.  Mix the cream cheese and Ranch dressing mix (I only used about half).
2.  Slice the French bread in half length-wise and spread cream cheese mix.
3.  Top with the Monterey Jack cheese and a pinch of Parsley.
4.  Place on foil and bake on 425 for about 10 minutes.  



I didn't take a final product photo but this is from the original site.  Slice into 1-2 inch pieces.
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