*PRE-AMBLE: we are NINE days from due date, people!*
So I ended off my last blog telling y'all about my misadventures in cooking, and my challenge this week was to cook.
Well I did.
Everything was edible - even delicious.
...and... I... LIKED... it!
This is just super insanity - I have always loathed the kitchen - I have avoided cooking, learning to cook, baking, everything for my entire life. Would always volunteer to clean rather than help with cooking.
I found a bunch of easy recipes on Pinterest to get me through the week, made a menu, and stuck to it!
Now, for your fun times - have some food pictures! These aren't necessarily the healthiest meals in the world, but for the most part they are fairly well-rounded when you look at a day or week as a whole.
And also... BAM... pregnant card.
Monday: Pork chops (easy), Greek salad (no challenge there), and slow-cooker mashed potatoes.
This was my first time making mashed potatoes (hilarious, right?) and it was great. I did a 5lb batch so I could freeze a bunch for later. They were WAY too buttery though - next time I make them, I will halve the butter it calls for.
Tuesday: Slow cooker chicken parmesan. Wow - this was soooo good!! And easy peasy!!
Had enough leftovers for my lunch the next day!
Wednesday: Baked salmon (easy), brown rice (easy), frozen peas (easy)
Simple supper... waiiiitttt fooorrrr iiittttt
These are made with Greek Yogurt - actually on the fairly healthy side as far as desserts go! 8g protein, 120cals each. I made it a shared Spark recipe, so you can search Yogurt "Cheesecake" Souffle and find it. I was so shocked that they actually turned out!
Thursday: This was my slack day in the kitchen - had errands all day out and about. Sloppy Joes made with beef that was already cooked and frozen, bagged french fries, frozen corn. Really shouldn't even count!
Friday: Honey Apple Pork Tenderloin, rice, and Greek salad.
We're big Greek salad fans here, and I needed to make a big batch of rice for leftovers to make a recipe with on Sunday. But this pork... oh... my...GAWD! So easy (only 4 ingredients!), so amazingly delicious! This is what it looked like after 7 hours in the slow cooker.
Heaven! Brad was eating it off the cutting board while he was slicing it up!
I did all of this 98% by myself. Brad helped here and there - helped chopped the potatoes, did a quick rice intervention, helped me drain beef, etc. But mostly all me!
Tomorrow night will just be leftovers/FFYS (fend for yourself). We are expecting a HUGOMONGOUS blizzard this weekend, so we will be hunkering down. Still aiming to cook/bake something every day though!
Saturday: lemon or strawberry squares - very basic recipe, but just for something sweet
Sunday: slow cooker fried rice and homemade sweet and sour chicken - a double whammy! TWO things I've never made before!
Monday: Slow cooker turkey breast
Tuesday: this is going to likely be our Valentine's date night, so we are going to go out for supper, but I am going to attempt to make homemade nutella/strawberry poptarts (!)
Wednesday: turkey sandwich leftovers and slow cooker corn chowder!
I don't plan more than about 5 days in advance, so this should hold me!
Now - I need something from all of you. Vibes/prayers/good feels for the following:
1) Little Bean stays PUT at least until Monday - we are getting a double whammy of a blizzard - what is hitting New England PLUS what is hitting Ontario is expected to converge pretty much in my front yard. We do NOT want to have a baby in the middle of this!!
2) No long power outages - those who are from here remember White Juan of 2004? That's what they are comparing this to. I can hunker down for a day or so under blankies with hubby (thank heavens, someone at his work had the balls/foresight to cancel ALL jobs for tomorrow and not leave it to chance!), but 24 hours is about my limit for my sanity! - That's a lot of Spark-less time!
... and also... I have recipes I want to try that require electricity!
3) If you have additional vibes left after this - send them all to Bean, he needs to stay PUT! I saw my doctor yesterday, and she feels no earlier than the 14th, although I am progressing well for a "first timer" - for those that this means anything to: 1-2cm, 80% effaced, -2 station.
To quote my awesome doctor "Not an unfavorable cervix at all! The girl that was just in before you, same due date - not a chance she's giving birth by then, but you - you have a chance!"
I will do my best to at least do status updates on my phone if the power does go out - can't have y'all thinking Bean has gone and misbehaved his way outta me! *because that is NOT happening in a blizzard!*
Have a wonderful weekend!! For those of you that will also be hit by the storms - stay home, stay warm, stay safe!!