Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Cute little foot with 5 little toes
Licking the placenta
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Last night, we experimented with two new low-carb recipes. The first was a lime/garlic chicken that turned out quite nicely. It was flavorful and very easy to make - two big pluses in my book. I also attempted a low-carb cheesecake recipe; that turned out OK at best. It was somewhat grainy and I don't know if that's because I used my hand mixer instead of my handy-dandy Kitchen Aid stand mixer or because of the baking Splenda that was used instead of sugar. It got a "meh" rating from Eric and me; it wasn't terrible, but it wasn't a "gotta have more of this" dessert either.
A few nights ago, I whipped up some rather tasty parfaits using sugar-free chocolate pudding and whipping cream (again, no sugar - just a splash of vanilla extract); those bad boys definitely got a better rating than the cheesecake and were MUCH easier and faster to put together. The bonus to the parfaits was they led to an evening of Shrek quotes!
I've started a list of no-no foods that I'd like to indulge in after the baby is born. Currently, the list consists of lots of fresh fruit, creme brulee (Eric's specialty), a root beer float, and the very yummy bread served at JAK's Grill.
This weekend, I decided to look at me having gestational diabetes as an extended Lenten resolution of healthy eating. The baby is due on Easter Monday, so this year's Lent (for me) just began in Advent instead of 40 days before Easter and I don't get to use the "except for Sundays" get out of jail free card.
Friday, January 8, 2010
"Why, hello, Mrs. Fitzgerald."
"Hello, Mrs. Carroll. How are you?"
"I'm well, thank you. I just was in the market and saw William and John. They looked to be in perfect health."
If I'm not mistaken, that type of comment could refer to about 1/3 of the town's male population!!
Just a thought....
Thursday, January 7, 2010
That got me thinking about the little quirks parents instill in their kids. I know my sister's kids (and husband, for that matter) have learned to remove that little white membrane thingy from eggs and that completely comes from my sister's dislike of that white gunk.
Makes me wonder what other funny things kids pick up on from their parents without even realizing it or the lesson being intentional.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Side note: Eric's folks came over for dinner last night (another belated Christmas gathering). We had a wonderful time together, ate a lovely dinner, and even got in a few games of Five Crowns. I was highly entertained by the fact that the dinner was blog inspired. The pork tenderloin came from The Pioneer Woman's blog and the bread (yes, I did make more - how could I not??) came from La Fuju Mama's blog. AND, the ganache for the Bailey's truffles I served for dessert was another recipe I found online. The Internet really is a wonderful tool for us foodies!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
We wore gloves while working in the pink food coloring
Annika was a very helpful kneader
After having Mommy roll the playdough into a ball, Annika decided to make it look like a loaf of focaccia bread. (Like how the playdough matches her sweatshirt??)
We used this recipe from the Amazing Moms website:
3 c Flour
1 1/2 c Salt
3 c Water
2 T Vegetable Oil
1 T Cream of tartar
Mix ALL of the ingredients in a large saucepan.
Cook over medium low heat, until the dough comes away from the edges of the pan and it becomes difficult to move the spoon. Remove from heat. Cool until it can be handled.
Place on counter or wax paper knead 3-4 times.
Store in an air tight container.
Monday, January 4, 2010
I did make two changes to the original recipe: (1) I didn't bother with the hand neading; my Kitchen Aid kicks butt in that department and (2) I smeared the bread with some butter about 1/2 way through the baking time to give it a wondefully divine crust and a bit of a deeper flavor. My, oh, my, but was that bread good.
Will definitely keep this gem in my ever-growing collection of recipes! (Can't wait to try it out as a roll recipe). If the bread wasn't already gone, I'd post a picture. Maybe next time... hmmm... the in-laws are coming over for dinner tomorrow... a little bread side as a dish for our pork tenderloin might be just the ticket!
I love that this baby is completely enveloped by my body; there's a sense of closeness that develops during these months of pregnancy that comes from knowing a baby depends upon its mother for absolutely everything to survive right now. After a baby's birth, lots of people step in to help (much to the mother's relief), but right now, it really is just me doing everything I can to keep this little guy safe, healthy, and growing (just not TOO big). Pretty amazing stuff when you stop and ponder the miracle of gestation.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
The rest of the 1st was spent either prepping for our rescheduled family Christmas meal (our original Christmas dinner was derailed with that nasty virus that attacked the Olson house over Christmas) or enjoying a day of family chaos and lots of food. It was fun to spend a good chunk of the day with some of my family and share the beginning of 2010 with them.
Helping Dadddy put the finishing touches on the Christmas tree
Decorating Christmas cookies
Unwrapping a Christmas present (notice the flying paper!)
Fun with playdoh (or "potato", as Annika calls it)