Sunday, October 24, 2010

We saw...

The baby bean Friday morning. Well, J. saw it, the nurse stood and blocked my view the whole time. But it was wiggling around in there and everything looked good so far. I'm feeling good most of the time. I'm still bothered by smells and meat. It's really hard to eat meat that I've cooked and J. is really unhappy with meatless meals. When we go out, 9 times of out 10, it's to a place he wants to go to, that makes me nauseous. It's been hard. I do better when the meat is in tiny bits mixed in with other stuff, so I did chili one day last week, and I'm going to try chicken and rice casserole this week, as well as bean and bacon soup.

R. went to his first Halloween party this year, and got to dress up for the first time. He was a lion:

He did trunk or treat, and has been enjoying his loot, especially the dumdum suckers. I don't think we will take him door to door this year, he's still too little and he doesn't need more candy.

I've just about wrapped up my second commission. A child's hat and scarf set, and an infant hat. Hope to have that in the mail Tuesday. After that I have one more commission to fill, then maybe on to some Christmas presents, or adult hats for the shop.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A kick in the...

Uterus! Ha! I've started feeling the baby move this week, really move! It gave me a good hard kick Sunday night,and I feel flutters nearly every day. It's very reassuring since we haven't been to hear the the heartbeat yet. We should get to at my next appointment Friday. I won't lie, I am REALLY hoping and looking forward to a quick ultrasound. I would love to see the baby. (and I'm secretly hoping we might even get to find out the gender)

I'm trying to get back into my swim routine. I miss it, my body misses it. I need that alone time. I meant to go yesterday, but R. lost my keys and it took me a good hour to find them, and by then, I didn't really have enough time left to go. So I drug my butt out of the house this morning and went. It felt great, it really did. The pool is really empty on Tues and Thurs mornings, because there aren't any water aerobics classes or swim lessons. R. likes the social play time he gets at the child watch too. He needs that interaction with other kids and adults. I need to keep up with the exercise to help keep my body strong, and my blood pressure down for this pregnancy. And one other surprising thing I've found about swimming is how great it's been for my mental health. I've been out of my routine for nearly a month now, and I'm feeling the old insecurities and anxieties slip back in. Even though I'm not loosing weight yet they way I'd like, I feel better about myself, I feel more confident. It helps me sleep better at night too. No more insomnia, no more sleep paralysis. I still have funky, weird dreams, but I'm blaming a lot of that on pregnancy right now.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Revisiting an old favorite

Carrot, Apple, Raisin Bread is one of my very favorite quick breads. I make it into one loaf and a dozen muffins. Here it is in the form of cupcakes I made for R.'s birthday last year. Today I revisited it a bit, amped it up a notch. I'm calling it Apple Harvest Bread.

Original recipe with my new variation in bold:
3 eggs
1 cup oil 1/2c oil, 1/2c apple cider
1 cup sugar
1 tart apple, grated 2 large apples, blended up in the food processor, almost to mush
2 large carrots, grated
1 cup raisins, soaked then drained
1tbs vanilla
1tbs cinnamon

2 cups whole wheat flour 1c whole wheat, 1c white flour
1tsp salt
1tsp baking soda
1.25tsp baking powder
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts. went with walnuts, about 2c

It is SO super moist, and very apple-y. It got the toddler seal of approval. I think I like pecans better than walnuts, but they certainly don't take away from the muffins one bit.

Homemade Lara Bars

To be honest, I've never actually eaten a Lara Bar, they are out of my price range. But I've been making these knock offs at home lately. They are a great boost if you need energy, and keep you going for hours. Plus the taste great, are insanely easy to make, and healthy! Yesterday afternoon I blended up 6 new flavors for our family to try.

Basic Recipe (for 2 single serving bars)

1/2c dried fruit (most of the bars include dates)
1/3c nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts)

Following that formula, the flavors I made were: Apricot, PB&J, Blueberry Cobbler, Tropical Delight, Chocolate Chip Brownie, and Chocolate Coconut. I've also made Cherry Pie and Mixed Berry Cobbler on other occasions.

The ingredients:
whole dates, a variety of other dried fruits and nuts, coconut flakes, baking cocoa (not picture were chocolate chips, cinnamon, lemon and lime juice)

The finished product:
from left to right: chocolate chip brownie, blueberry cobbler, apricot, pb&j, tropical delight, chocolate coconut.

What else you need: a knife, a plate or bowl, a food processor or blender (I love my mini Cuisinart for this), and some plastic wrap.

How it works:
-You blend your dried fruit until it clumps together in a paste. It's best to roughly chop the dates prior to blending.
-Dump the fruit paste out onto your plate or bowl, but don't scrap the inside of the food processor too much. Put your nuts in and blend until nice and grainy.
-dump the ground up nuts out next to the fruit paste, then add any spices or seasonings.
-get your hands damp, and begin to blend the nuts and the fruit until you reach your desired consistency. It should be sticking together, and shape-able, but not too sticky. If it's still too sticky, try blend in some more nuts, or if it's not sticking together, add in a bit more fruit paste.
-Divide in half, and shape into two bars (or whatever shape you want!), then wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge.

The recipes:
*Apricot- 6tbs dried apricots, 2tbs dates (enough to make 1/2c), 1/3c almonds, dash of cinnamon.

*PBJ- 1/4c dried cherries, 1/4c raisins, 1/3c peanuts

*Tropical Delight- 1/2c mixed tropical fruit, 1-2tbs shredded coconut, 1-1.5tsp lime juice, 1/3c cashews (blend the coconuts and lime juice with the fruit)

*Blueberry Cobbler- 1/4c dried blueberries, 1/4 dates, 1tsp lemon juice, 1/3c almonds, dash cinnamon.

*Chocolate Coconut- 1/2c dates, 2tbs coconut flakes, 1/6c walnuts, 1/6c almonds, 1tsp unsweetened coco powder. (blend the coco in at the end when you mix the fruit and nuts)

*Chocolate Chip Brownie- 1/2c dates, 1.5tbs chocolate chips, pinch salt, 1/6c walnuts, 1/6c almonds, 1tsp unsweetened coco powder. (mix the chips in with the nuts in the blender. blend the coco in at the end when you mix the fruit and nuts)

*Cherry Pie- 1/4c dried cherries, 1/4c dates, 1/3c almonds, dash cinnamon

*Mixed Berry Cobbler- 1/2c dried mixed berries, 1/3c almonds, dash cinnamon.

Using the basic recipe, you can get as creative as you want with your combinations of fruits, nuts, and seasonings.

original recipe is inspired by this blog post:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Happy Mom Moment

My child is eating carrots. Raw carrots. I'm so happy I could jump and down and shout! Vegetables have been such a battle with him. And fruit hasn't been much better. He loves grapes now, and will eat watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, raisins, dried berries, dried mango. He's even been eating other veggies cooked in soup again. For a long time he even gave up eating soup veggies. Perseverance and patients have been my allies. Every day I offer, and let him see us eating veggies. Eventually he had to come around.

Monday, October 4, 2010

12 weeks

Making it to 12 weeks somehow makes the pregnancy seem more real, more official. Even though we still haven't gotten to hear the heart beat (not until the 22nd of this month) it feels like the danger of miscarrying is mostly past now. I'm feeling increasingly better, almost no nausea, less fatigue, less heartburn, a little more appetite. I'm still craving white potatoes in various forms, baked, mashed, french fries, and glory of glories, potato soup. I'm having to be more careful though with the creamy potato goodness, the pregnancy has made my dairy allergy much worse. I have very little tolerance for it at all right now.

Finally got back to the pool today, it kick my fat ass. But it felt good, and wasn't especially crowed because the weather has cooled off significantly. I swam 17 laps, then my right foot started to cramp inside my fins so I stopped. We'll probably go back tomorrow.

Speaking of cooler weather, I've been changing out R's wardrobe for fall, and he's outgrown nearly all his pants, and about half his shirts from last year. I've had to break down and buy him some clothes. New clothes even, not 2nd or 3rd hand. This is probably the most new clothing he's ever had at once. 3 pair of pants, 4 shirts, a pair of shoes, and a set of pj's. This added to what I picked up at the FM yardsale last month just about has him covered. He might need another set of jammies, and a pack of socks, but they can wait til my next trip to Walmart. It was sad packing away all his too little and summer clothes, he's getting so big! He's in a 3T now except for a few shirts. I won't lie though, I've had fun shopping for him. There are some adorable little boys clothes this year at Target. I'll post some pictures of him strutting his manly little self later :)