Saturday, November 11, 2017

Something Saturdays (11/11/17)

I'm exhausted. Luckily, I have finally got done most of the things that NEED done pre-baby (baby laundry, putting his stuff away, packing the hospital bag, etc.) but there are still many things I'm trying to do! Of course, I don't really feel like he's going to be arriving anytime too soon so I suppose I have some time.

Monday I babysat my cousin's baby all day and it was so fun and she is so cute but BOY did it wear me out (and I was pretty darn sore, being 8.5 months pregnant and running around after an 8 month old when you're not used to it really takes it out of you). Tuesday I had my early birthday lunch with my mom (at Table 6) and later on went to a networking group event thing with my boss for Perfectly Planned, which is always fun. Wednesday I had a doctor's appointment (and great news the baby is still head down! I was worried he'd flipped) and then I worked Thursday and Friday (and I work tomorrow, as well).

My birthday is this coming Monday so I took today off to celebrate and spend the day with my Michael :) 

Also, anybody else have this song in their head perpetually?

Posts from this week 

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
Outlander-Oh poor Young Ian, you're always getting into trouble.

Supernatural-Not sure how I feel about Billie being Death. And yay, Cas is exactly what Dean needs right now!

Instagram Latel(a few highlights from this week on Instagram)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream

A simple recipe for vegan peanut butter ice cream, using only 4 easily found ingredients, that is creamy and delicious!

Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream
So...Michael isn't technically lactose intolerant. But he's definitely having a harder time with large amounts of dairy the older he's getting. So we've been cutting back a bit and subbing in with cashew milk. But he's a bit of an ice cream fanatic. So I decided it was high time I tried to make some dairy free ice cream for him and when I went looking for a simple recipe (with no weird, random, ingredients that a non-vegan person wouldn't normally have) this one jumped out at me! It's got only FOUR ingredients and is nice and straightforward. 
Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Michael also likes chocolate chips or chunks in his ice creams so I added that as an optional mix-in as well! Either way, the ice cream is creamy and flavorful (so peanut buttery) and Michael and I both loved it! I will say, you should leave the ice cream out for a bit after having it in the freezer before serving because it gets REALLY hard in the freezer. Like...unscoopable. But if we can't have patience for ice cream, what can we have patience for?

Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Adapted from "The Vegan Scoop: 150 Recipes for Dairy-Free Ice Cream that Tastes Better Than the "Real" Thing" by Wheeler del Toro

Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Makes 1 quart.
  • 2 cups cashew milk (or preferred non-dairy milk)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Optional-2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
  • In a medium sized saucepan combine the cashew milk, peanut butter, and brown sugar and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  • Refrigerate mixture until chilled, approximately 2-3 hours. Freeze according to ice cream maker instructions. 
  • During the last bit of the freezing process, add the chocolate chunks (if using).
  • Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. For easier scooping, take out of the freezer at least 15 minutes before serving.
Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream
I kind of wish we had just served this soft-serve style straight out of the ice cream maker. It looked so good! 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Something Saturdays (11/4/17)

Ahhhh seriously busy busy busy around here! I went through my old boxes of stuff from my mom's house (ah, nostalgia), I put lots more baby stuff away, did more baby laundry, installed our carseats, did some cleaning, decorated for Christmas (he's due in December! Don't judge me for getting a jump on it!), did some work on setting up Michael's student loan repayments (oh joy), etc. etc. Poor Michael and I are so exhausted and we still have so much to do *sigh*. BUT we also really enjoyed this week's childbirth class (we learned about pain management and the whole labor process and watched a video of a birth-Michael cried twice <3. He also learned about techniques to use to be a good support person and honestly he's just going to be amazing, I'm so so lucky!) and got to spend a little bit of time together when he took the day off from work yesterday. And we're getting super excited about how soon we're going to get to meet our little guy. It's a lot but it's also pretty awesome :)

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