Weekend Wrap Up: Busy, Busy, Busy

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This weekend was one of the busiest and most productive weekends we have had in, um, months? Friday night was a little on the lazy side, we had dinner and relaxed on the couch and I went to bed early.

Saturday I was up early to get a little cleaning done and then off to my girlfriend Cate who was in town for the weekend so we could chat and go over plans for the baby shower she is hosting with help from my mom in June. We also indulged in some sticky buns that Neil was ever so nice to get up and bake us Saturday morning (unfortunately no photo).

After my visit with Cate, Neil and I headed out to run a few errands around town.  We also stopped into the new sandwich shop to pick up an Indian Chickpea grinder to share for lunch. It was a really great sandwich on delicious bread but both Neil and I didn’t totally get the Indian part of it, but either way we enjoyed it.

The remainder of our Saturday was spent organizing, relaxing on the couch, reading and eventually I made a delicious dinner which will be tomorrow’s recipe of the week.

Sunday: There was no rest at our house this Sunday, it was our most productive and busiest day of the week! Neil and I got up early to pick up the floors (in our carpeted rooms) and move everything out of the nursery so we could shampoo the carpets.

While we waited for my parents to arrive with their machine Neil prepared some homemade bagels and coffee and I worked on the bagel toppings and a nice fruit bowl.

Everyone (except me) got their coffee on and then it was off to the cleaning and shampooing!

After shampooing all of our carpets we decided to head out for a few hours to run some errands and have a picnic lunch while the carpets dried.  After stopping at a few shops, Buttered Noodles and Home Depot, we decided to find a spot for lunch.  We enjoyed a nice spread of homemade ginger peach iced tea, hummus, crackers, berries, and pasta salad.

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad: 1 packaged of cooked whole wheat shells; 1 15-oz can of black beans and 1 15-oz can of chickpeas, a bunch of cherry tomatoes cut in half, one small red onion diced, a handful or two of baby carrots cut into circles, lots of black pepper and enough of Briannas French Vinaigrette to coat everything.

After our outing we headed back to our house to move things back into place and my mom and I worked on decorating the nursery while the guys watched the remainder of the Yankees game.

Once my parents headed home I made some dinner and we settled in on the couch and caught up on a few shows before heading to bed to read. After a busy day my snoogle never looked so good.

How did you spend your weekend?

April Foodie Pen Pals

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How did it already become April 30th??? I almost forgot all about it then I remembered it’s Food Pen Pal reveal day!

The Lean Green Bean
This was my first month participating and I loved it so much I decided to participate again next month…and so did the Husband!
I received my package from Jeannette who sent me a fantastic package of goodies.

The favorite item was the homemade vegan brownies which the Hubz and I spent the weekend enjoying.

Thanks so much Jeannette for a great box! I really loved everything!

Quick & Easy Recipe: Stir-Fried Noodles

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Stir-Fried Sesame Garlic Noodles with Tofu and Veggies

This recipe is quick, easy and it’s cheap! This dish is reminiscent of an (Americanized) Chinese lo mein dish, but much healthier.  It is also the perfect recipe to make when you need a quick and easy lunch or dinner and it is wonderful hot or cold.

Serves 2-3
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 block extra firm tofu, cut into 1/2” cubes
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 small zucchini, sliced
6-8 button mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 cup low sodium tamari or soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1-2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce or 1 teaspoon chili flakes
2 servings of cooked noodles (capellini, rice noodles, soba noodles, or udon noodles)

Heat the oil in the saute pan over medium-high heat for one minute.
Add the tofu, bell pepper, zucchini and mushrooms to the pan and immediately toss with the oil to coat.  Cook for 5 minutes.
Stir in the garlic, tamari, sesame oil and black pepper.  Cook for 5-7 minutes or until veggies are tender.
Add the noodles and chili garlic sauce. Stir to combine. Serve.

{Pregnancy Update} 29 Weeks

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How far along are you: 29 Weeks (photo 28 weeks 3 days)

How big is the baby: Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day. (source)

Baby’s Gender: We both think it’s a boy and find ourselves referring to them has he….

Baby’s Name: We have a name for a boy or a girl

Weight Gained: 18.5 lbs

Clothes:  I picked up two new dresses this weekend- wahoo!

How are you feeling: I am feeling pretty good but I am definitely feeling tired out. Today I had to go to an out of town meeting which involved 2 hours driving each way (luckily I didn’t have to drive) and then sitting on an uncomfortable chair for 3 hours.  This trip left me exhausted and ready for a nap as soon as I got home.

What do you miss: Sleeping. Energy. Running. Sprouts.

Symptoms: Lots of aches and pains, especially my hips at night.  Lots of heartburn.  Some mild headaches from not enough sleep.

Cravings: Veggie burgers. Berries. Oatmeal.

How are you sleeping: Hips are sore when I sleep, waking up all the time to pee and so thirsty. Tossing and turning.

Workouts: I lots of walking last weekend and I went to yoga.

Things I’m looking forward to: Starting our birth classes next week. Our baby shower in June.

Sacred Pregnancy by Anni Daulter

This Week–> Sacred Pregnancy Week 29: Water Energy

This Week’s focus:

Have you considered laboring and birthing in the water? What are your thoughts on this and are there any feelings relating to this process that you feel you need to cleanse at this time?