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Happy New Year!!

Holy cow, dudes!

It’s 2014!!

Can you believe it?! 2013 was a pretty awesome year for me, but 2014 is definitely going to be the biggest one yet!! (My belly will be the biggest to date, anyway. 🙂 )

We didn’t get too crazy this year… and I’m totally good with it. Johnny and I just hung out at Melinda and Kyle’s. Check out these party animals. 😀

Melinda and Kyle - Asleep

This photo was taken at 10:30 last night. Dont worry, though, they woke up just in time to watch the ball drop and go to bed. Hehehe.

After grabbing some food and drink at Troegs, we went back to their place, ate some more, and then literally just sat on the couch from 8:30 to midnight watching New Years Rockin’ Eve. I only dozed off once or twice during some commercial breaks. Did anyone else feel super old watching some of past performances?? Rhianna looked amazing and classy (not something I’m used to seeing these days) performing Umbrella in 2007…7 years ago already. It’s hard to belive that in April, Johnny and I will have been together for 7 years! Sheesh! Time goes by so fast!! Though no matter how much time goes by, I’m not sure Johnny and I will ever be capable of taking a nice picture of the both of us at the same time. Heh. We’re just goofs.

Johnny and I 1Johnny and I 2Obviously, that means we’ll be awesome parents.

Right?

Good, I thought so, too. 😀

That’s actually my New Year’s Resolution this year : I resolve to take care of myself and, in turn, baby (who’s heart is thumping away happily in my belly) to the best of my ability until baby is born and then to be the best Mommy I can be!

What about you? Do you have a New Year’s Resolution this year?

To start the New Year off right, I had to partake in What I Ate Wednesday! Today wasn’t too shabby. (I thought about taking picture of my food yesterday – taylor ham, egg, and cheese on a garlic bagel – root beer – fondue – poutine – pizza – and my weight in buffalo chicken dip. Buuuuuuut the photographic evidence would make me feel shame. Delicious, cheesy, carb laden shame!) It was wonderful to have the day off work. We got to sleep in and I made a super fun breakfast for everyone. Enjoy my day of eats!

Breakfast: I made some chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for everyone. I also enjoyed a clementine, which I can’t get enough of lately, and some 1% milk. I actually wound up having another pancake after I took this picture. It was all delightful.

pancakes

Lunch: Johnny and I grabbed a lite lunch at Wegmans today since we had to pick up some groceries. I just had a small cup of their chicken noodle soup, some saltines, and a glass of water.

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Tea Time: I had a lovely cup of decaf Lady Grey when we got home from grocery shopping. I was sad this morning when I thought I had brought my tea with me to Melinda and Kyle’s so I could have some with breakfast and it was nowhere to be found. I actually forgot it on the kitchen counter. *sigh* Pregnancy Brain.ladygrey

Snack Time: I enjoyed a S’more Luna Bar (thank, Susan ;P) while digging into my new copy of “Orange is the New Black; My Year In A Women’s Prison. ” I swear, I always wind up reading anything a show or movie I like is based off of. I loved the Netflix series so much that when I saw this on sale at Target last weekend I had to snag it!

lunabarDinner: Johnny helped me make dinner tonight! It was so much fun!! Definitely a great way to start the year off right! We made meatballs together – he was responsible for meatball construction while I chopped up all of the ingredients to add to them. I made a little spaghetti to go with it, but the meatballs were the star of the show. I also filled my plate halfway with a salad of butter lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red onion, carrots, red bell pepper, black olives, and a tiny bit of Italian dressing.

meatballsandsaladDessert: Johnny got me a box of Lindor truffles for Christmas. He’s so good to me. Hehe. I had a dark chocolate truffle to end my New Year’s Day on a sweet note.
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I hope you all enjoyed your New Year’s celebration as much as I did. I’d love to hear your resolution if you have one!! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a puppy to snuggle and Top Chef to watch!

Happy 2014!

Smoothies & Scones

Hey folks! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! Did you do anything fun or exciting? I didn’t do much of anything this weekend, and I must admit it was pretty fantastic! With the holidays winding down Johnny and I got to enjoy our first weekend of nothingness in what feels like fooooooreverrrrrrr and I made sure to take advantage!!

How?

By cooking my face off!!!

And I’m pleased to say that the time not spent cooking/eating I was either working out… or… cleaning…or at Target with Melinda and Kyle…orrrrr watching Parks and Rec. Regardless, it was faabuloussssss!

Now I don’t know about you, but without an alarm set my body naturally wakes up after 8 hours of sleep. I’m typically always up before Johnny. Yesterday morning  was no exception. I was up at 8:00 am and I was fiiiiinally able to try out my brand spanking new Bella Rocket Sport Blender!

I love making smoothies for breakfast, but I have a problem you see. I HATE measuring ingredients. That’s why I’ve never been much of a baker. The exactness of everything frustrates me. When I make smoothies in a standard blender, I always tend to overdo it and throw in a little of this and a little of that and I ultimately wind up with enough for two smoothies! My husband doesn’t care for most of the smoothies I make so he doesn’t drink the extra, and I can try to freeze and it drink it later but I wind up forgetting about it. It’s really quite a conundrum. For Christmas, Johnny picked up this single serve blender for me and it’s absolutely perfect! The first smoothie I made in it is one of my standards, as I typically always have everything on hand for it. Here is the recipe!

smoothie

Berry Almond Smoothie

serves 1

  • 8 oz vanilla soy milk
  • 1 8 0z container of berry flavored greek yogurt (I used Wegmans Brand Triple Berry, but any berry will do!)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 baby spinach leaves, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed

Place all of the ingredients in your blender and whiz until combined! (Note: If you’re using the same Bella Rocket Sort Blender, I suggest adding the ingredients in the exact order they appear here. That way, when you flip it upside down to blend it, the spinach is closest to the blades and will incorporate nicely. Putting the milk in before the yogurt will also prevent the yogurt from getting stuck at the top of the blender!)

I enjoyed my smoothie with a piece of whole wheat toast with a little smart balance and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar! Noms!

cinnamon toast & smoothie

This morning I was up early again (7:45! Yikes! Getting ready for baby, haha!) and  it was suuuuper rainy and gloomy outside. I decided I wanted something warm and cozy for breakfast… and something a little different and fun! No oatmeal for this chick today!

I was all alone in the kitchen, even the puppies were still sleeping. I looked through my pantry and I decided I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Gingerbread Scones!

Now, ya know how I mentioned before that I wasn’t much of a baker? It’s really the truth. Muffins and quick breads are the only thing I’ve ever excelled at and that’s primarily because the recipes are pretty forgiving. Scones…dough that needs to be kneaded and cared for…I grit my teeth and searched for a recipe. I found one that sounded great at joyofbaking.com  and I’m pleased to say I followed it ALLLLLMOST exactly. The result was a perfectly light and flaky scone that tasted like Christmastime. I was thrilled with my results!  Here is the recipe, I’ve noted the few changes I made!

gingerbread scones

Gingerbread Scones

adapted from Joy of Baking.com

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (I used King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour)
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Zest of 1 lemon  (I used the zest of an orange instead! I prefer using orange in my gingerbread recipes!)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (this was not a part of the original recipe at all, I just love pecans!)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (I used skim milk – it worked fine!)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
  • 1 teaspoon pure anilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place rack in middle of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.  Stir in the lemon zest and dried cranberries, if using.  In a separate bowl mix together the milk, molasses and vanilla and then add the milk mixture to the flour mixture.  Mix just until the dough comes together. Do not overmix the dough.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times and then pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches round and about 11/2 inches thick. Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into 3 pie-shaped wedges (triangles).  Place the scones on the baking sheet.  Make an egg wash of one well-beaten egg mixed with 1 tablespoon milk and brush the tops of the scones with this mixture.

Place the baking sheet inside another baking sheet to prevent the bottoms of the scones from over browning.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

**I made my own glaze for this recipe, rather than the one provided with the original recipe. (I needed to express my creativity somehow!) All I did was microwave 2 oz of fat free cream cheese with 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup. I mixed it all up and spread it on top! These scones were perfect!!!**

gingerbread scone

Yes, you’ll note that is a mug of milk with my scone. I thought I wanted tea…so I got out a mug. Then I decided that my new big fuzzy blue robe I was lounging in (thanks, Ma!) was actually doing a fine job of keeping me nice and toasty so I decided I didn’t want tea and that I wanted a nice cold glass of milk instead. Buuuuuut and I didn’t want to get out a glass…so I drank my milk from a mug like the classy gal I am!! It was all delicious. 🙂

Eating for Two: Week 13

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Another week has gone by!! Baby Yoder is as big as a peach! This Thursday I can officially say “Hello” to my second trimester!! Gosh, it’s insane how fast the time goes. Here’s my Week 13 update! 

How far along: 13 weeks and 4 days pregnant

Total weight gain/loss: I’m still sitting pretty at about 120 pounds. That’s 5lbs total for the first trimester. Right on track!

Maternity clothes? Nope! I’m pretty lucky most of my clothes for the winter are big sweaters and cardigans. I did go into the Maternity sore at my mall for the first time this weekend, though! Some super cute stuff in there…most of it I’d wear even if I wasn’t pregnant!

Stretch marks? No sir.

Sleep: I slept really well all week until last night. I was up at 3:00am (not even to pee, just because) and could noooot fall back asleep. Booooo.

Miss Anything? Feta cheese! Is there pasteurized feta out there?

Movement: Nope.

Food cravings: Milk and chocolate milk. That’s pretty much all I’ve had to drink this last week.

Food Aversions: Nothing new this week.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Whatever the air freshener is in the bathroom in my office.

Have you started to show yet: If I am in my gym clothes (that is, snug and form fitting clothes) I think you can definitely tell. Otherwise, not too much.

Best moment this week:  A perfect weekend compromise with Johnny. Dominos pizza for dinner while watching The Muppet Movie. Can you guess who wanted what? Haha. It was perfect!

Gender prediction: Do most people’s predictions change weekly? I feel like this is a silly thing to have every week. But I am starting to HOOOPE a little more that it’s a girl. EEEEEEEE.

Labor Signs: No. That’s just silly.

Symptoms: I am still a burp factory and I’m still forgetting everything. Yesterday, when I got out of the shower I went to put my moisturizer on my face…but it wasn’t my moisturizer I grabbed…it was my deodorant. I was literally an inch away from rubbing my face down with deodorant before I realized what I was doing.

Belly Button in or out? In!

Wedding rings on or off? On! It’s super loose actually because it’s so cold!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy – though I watched a few movies that I cried a bit harder than normal during over the weekend!

Looking forward to: Finding out if Baby Yoder is a boy or a girl!!! Annnnnnnnnnnnd the girls weekend I have planned THIS WEEKEND! (OPINION REQUIRED: Pumpkin Risotto or Pumpkin Mac & Cheese for dinner??)  Annnnnnnnnnnnnd CHRISTMAS!!!! Shopping is just about all done, I’ve got to get wrapping and shipping this week!!!

Happy Monday & Morning Munchies

Happy Monday, everyone!!

I love a good breakfast – I’m sure most of ya’ll have figured that out by now.

Just about every Saturday morning  (and some Sundays, too!) I  typically make my husband three scrambled eggs with American cheese, a big cup of black coffee, and two slices of buttered whole wheat toast. Although I enjoy preparing my hubby breakfast, especially when he asks me to do so ever-so-adorably,  sometimes it’s really hard to time it so that we can sit down and enjoy our breakfast together when I want something different (which is always, because I don’t care for scrambled eggs!). This weekend, though, I found a solution!

Note: I hope ya’ll have been enjoying my quinoa recipes, because here comes another one!! I  can’t help myself!! It’s so quick to cook up, so versatile, and soooooooooooo tasty! The fact that this stuff is actually good for me is the best bonus ever!

This recipe is really quite simple and I made it WHILE I had John’s eggs cooking away. By the time the toast was buttered, my breakfast was good to go, too!! It keeps great in the fridge if you make extra, too, btw! I still have some left for later this week that I can’t wait to indulge in.

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

makes 2 servings

  • 1 cup nonfat milk (soy or almond milk would be delightful, too, I just always have skim milk on hand)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey (plus extra for drizzling as you see fit)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup apple. chopped
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped

Pour the milk into a small pot and bring it to a gentle boil. Add the vanilla and the quinoa, stir to combine, and cover. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook 15 minutes. (The milk looks scary sometimes and may bubble up to the lid. Just remove the lid and stir if this happens, it’ll all turn out fine!) Remove from heat and let sit with the lid on for 5 minutes more. Stir in the honey and cinnamon.  Serve topped with chopped apple, almonds, and more honey and cinnamon if you like! (I also poured a little extra milk on mine…I’m not sure why really…to make it like a cross breed of hot and cold cereal maybe? I just thought it was a good idea at the timebreakfast quinoa. It was. 🙂 )

 

Good morning sunshine!

1029091053I guess technically it’s afternoon now. Regardless, I love the early morning and I LOVE my great big mug – or bug as I shall refer to it from now on –  and I love tea with milk and honey! This morning was particularly lovely because not only did I get to enjoy a steaming bug of tea, but I also remembered I had a loaf of Whole Wheat Chocolate Zucchini Bread that I made and saved for a rainy day in my freezer. HOORAY!

So I defrosted a few pieces, sliced up an apple to enjoy with it and snuggled up on my couch to watch the Rachel Ray Show, which I do when I can in hopes of finding inspiration for an upcoming meal.

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Delicious & Nutritious

Anyway, this last week has been kind of lame for me. I’ve been working nights all week and have hardly had any time to cook anything at all. And that, my friends, makes me sad. 🙁

In the upcoming weeks,however, I plan to take culinary journeys to Germany, Jamaica, England, and maybe even a brief trip to Texas. I’m also hoping to snag an interview with someone who – for the time being – shall remain nameless because I don’t know if I can get it. FINGERS CROSSED! So be on the lookout for new posts containing interviews and new, scrumptious recipes! I can’t wait to get cooking again!