Ok... now time to freak MYSELF out!

Friday, February 08, 2013

*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

BAM! Souffle!

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! emoticon

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!!
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    We call FFYS nights "Jump up," because I expect him to "jump up" and make his own dinner. hahahaha

    You're gonna be a cooking/baking PRO. It's all about creativity AND planning, both of which I know you possess in spades.
    1920 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    That's awesome Grace...go you! Just reminding yourself of how AWESOME you really are!!

    OK, now I'm hungry!
    1923 days ago
    Nicely done! see if you can read you can cook.
    I hope the drop in pressure doesn't bring on the bean but you will be fine. I'll be praying for all the east coasters take care good luck!

    1925 days ago
    Great job! I'll pray for you :)
    1925 days ago
    First off, I second MONICA's comment about the quote from your doctor -- that's hysterical!

    And second, I know I'm coming to the game late but I'm still gonna send tons of big-time vibes your way about the storm and Little Bean. I hope you made it through okay! I can't believe you are nine days away from your due date -- time has flown by! I guess really it could be any day now, huh? Exciting!!!

    Kudos on your impressive cooking this week! I may try your souffle recipe too. I am a big fan of the slow cooker/crock pot even though we don't use it as often as we should. This is partly because I don't want to use it to make side dishes -- I kind of feel like if it will really be saving me time, it needs to cook the main dish! But we've found some good dishes on Spark that we like (like the black bean chicken recipe). It's great that you're trying new dishes -- hopefully you are finding lots of meals with minimal prep time that you can make once LB gets here!
    1925 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    My oh my those meals look scrumptious!
    I hope the weather and your bean cooperate Grace.
    Sending you good vibes!
    1926 days ago
    I sure do hope your bean stays put, I know what storms and babies tend to think. But think positive and stay hunkered down. We wouldnt' be getting out of our driveway right now, cos the wind drifted infront of our house.
    So far not as bad as they predicted so lets hope. Glad all is well and things have gone great and look at you cook!! lol Good for you. Take care.
    1926 days ago
    Wow, look at you go!! From 0 to super chef in 60 seconds! I'm so proud of you! I was so proud of myself for making one dish and here you are making stuff everyday, you rock. ;)

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good vibes being sent your way that you guys stay safe during the blizzard, fingers crossed for no power outtages and I hope lil bean can stay in there as long as he needs to. emoticon
    1926 days ago
    Bahahahaha "Not an unfavourable cervix at all"?!?!?!!! Wow.

    Thoughts and prayers going out to you, your crazy weather, and little bean. (Stay, stay. Stay. .... ... ... stay.) I will try to mail that card this weekend. It's been sitting on the ledge by my stairs, waiting. I know.

    Okay, seriously. The cooking. Wow. I'm impressed! That's a lot of slow cooker, but if it works for you, it works for you. I need to bust mine out of wherever it's hiding and make it work for me! And I may try those souffles of yours! Maybe for V-day...??? Apparently this year I'M cooking a fancy dinner, and Max is getting dressed up in pretty satin shorts. Uh huh. Role reversal!!! emoticon But cooking is great. Particularly baking. It's my happy place. (And you wonder about my weight problem...? Ha!)

    You and your cervix take care. Charge that phone! And don't waste it on long-term Sparking, no matter how bored you get, when you could be saving it to update us about the baby!
    1926 days ago
    Your foods look so yummy! I don't mind cooking.. it's the cleaning up afterwards that I hate. I will cook all the time if I don't have to clean it up. Hope you stay safe through the storm! Also hoping that your bean stays put for you. Definitely not time for delivering a baby during a huge storm!
    1926 days ago
    You should be SUPER proud of yourself. You took up a new challenge and you rocked it. I loved reading about all the delicious dishes and could almost taste them. Keep up the fun new interest. A lot of people find when they cook they actually lose weight because they can play with new foods and new ingredients and increase the variety of your HEALTHY choices.
    1926 days ago
    Sending you the extra sunshine and heat we have in Phoenix, AZ! emoticon Your meals looks delicious :) Good luck with the little one!
    1926 days ago
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