Sunday, July 30, 2017

Monthly Meal Plan-August (Back to School)

August Meal Plan-mainSay it ain't so!! It's almost August, which means summer is almost over! But don't worry-we have you set with simple recipes that should be perfect for all the busy days ahead.


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Something Saturdays (7/29/17)

Hello hello, another work-less week passed for me. The baby is getting bigger, though, and I've been feeling it move more and more-Michael was even able to feel it move once earlier this week.

Last weekend we had a pool party at my Grandma's, which is always fun. Monday I visited my cousin and her baby (the sweetest, happiest little girl, I swear!) Tuesday I didn't do much but I did visit a bit with my little sister-in-law when I went to pick up a pie from Michael's mom's house. Wednesday I spent the day with my friend Jenna in Hudson, walking around and shopping. We also had a DELISH lunch/dinner at Peachtree Southern Kitchen. I had fried chicken and biscuits with gravy, she had chicken and waffles, and then we shared beignets for dessert.

I've also been getting my hands on baby photos to use for a baby shower game-which led to me making this collage of my mom, brother, and I as babies. Too funny!

Thursday was uneventful, then Friday I went and visited with Michael's mom and sister for his mom's birthday (and he joined when he got home from work). Today we're just getting stuff done at home, pretty uneventful! What are you doing?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Peanut Butter S'mores Skillet Brownie

Peanut Butter S'mores Skillet Brownie
So this was supposed to be a Peanut Butter S'mores Pizookie--which is a copycat from a place called BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse. However...this didn't exactly end up being close enough for me to call it that--I made a slight mistake and did a skillet brownie instead of cookie. So-it's not the same. BUT it is YUMALICIOUS and perfectly deserving of its own title. So PB S'mores Skillet Brownie, here we are!
Peanut Butter S'mores Skillet Brownie
Essentially we have a super fudgy and dense and chocolatey brownie (with chocolate chips/chunks) baked in a skillet. THEN there's a layer of peanut butter. THEN we put some marshmallows on top and get 'em all toasty. And the result is gooey and rich and really just awesome.
Peanut Butter S'mores Skillet Brownie
Michael would've liked this better if it had just been the brownie and peanut butter without the toasted marshmallows...because I've married a weirdo. BUT-more for me!!! Even though this is a medium sized skillet brownie...and even though I'm pregnant (although honestly my appetite has gone down if anything so far)-I did not finish the whole thing in one sitting! I cut off little wedges to eat over the course of a few days. But if you eat it all at once I will do nothing but love and admire you.
Peanut Butter S'mores Skillet Brownie
I mean...it's messy. And gooey. As all the tastiest things are!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Something Saturdays (7/22/17)

Last Saturday's wedding with Perfectly Planned was beautiful and went flawlessly!! And, on the topic, the styled shoot we did a few months back has been featured on Cake and Lace (if you like prettiness you should check it out!) 

Sunday Michael had a paper to write but every one of his aunts and uncles from his mom's side of the family were in town and at his grandpa's house (his mom has 10 siblings and their pretty scattered, so it's a big deal when everyone is in one place at one time)--largely because his aunt and new baby cousin were in town so everyone wanted to see the baby. So-I went without him, and it was so nice to see everybody (and get some baby cuddles)! 

My Barefoot wine work schedule is "currently on hold" (ask me how annoyed I am by that) so I'm currently not able to work until that's taken care of, so I spent most of the week just getting some stuff around the house done, making a few recipes for this blog (yay!), and generally relaxing and being lazy lol. Tuesday I did get to spend some time with our friend and his 3 daughters (the twins were a couple of our flower girls) because he had them for the week. And Thursday I got to spend a little time with my friend Molly and check out her amazing new dance/performing arts studio that she opened (if you're in the Canton area, I hiiighly recommend Inspire Performing Arts Center!) Today is a rare Saturday where...I'm doing nothing! So I'm going to enjoy it!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here it is--my first recipe that I've made and photographed for the blog since that darned first trimester fatigue/nausea hit me. And-of course-the lighting was not my friend. So...sorry about the pictures. Bear with me.
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Now the important thing here is HOW GOSH DARN TASTY these are. They're are super duper peanut buttery, very very flavorful-and there's no flour or butter. Lots of winning. Full disclosure, though--forming the dough into balls was THE BIGGEST PAIN IN MY BUTT. They were so crumbly and it was rough. Now-this may be partly because I used PB & Co peanut butter which I thought wouldn't count as natural peanut butter but...maybe it did and affected the texture. I couldn't tell you. But but but seriously they're so yummy.
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Michael was a giant fan of these cookies-they got sent in his lunches every day (I love that I'm already well versed in packing lunches before even having given birth) and they were perfect for my occasional peanut butter cravings (which I'm attributing to the fact that I haven't been eating a ton of meat since getting pregnant so I probably needed the protein.) Whatever reason you may have for wanting them, you won't be sorry you made these cookies. Even if you're cursing their existence when you're scooping and shaping them :P

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Something Saturdays (7/15/17)

This has been a pretty good week, actually! Busy but not overwhelmingly so-the perfect balance :).

Saturday night, Michael and I ended up checking out a new restaurant that just opened near us (Walther's Twin Tavern) and had a  super nice evening. Sunday we slept in and then got some things done around the house-such as putting together our new end table. Monday I checked out a sale and bought a ton of cloth diapering things before coming home and cooking. Tuesday and Wednesday I just got some stuff done (although I also, briefly, saw Michael's cousin for a bit on Wednesday). Thursday I hung out a little with my cousin before cleaning the kitchen (which I despise because of how quickly it gets dirty again). Friday I worked. Today I have a wedding-the better kind of work! 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Baby Update -- 17 Weeks

Baby Update -- 17 Weeks
How far along: 17 Weeks (I'll be 18 weeks on Friday, though)

Due Date: December 15, 2017

Baby's Size: 5.1 inches, 5 oz. (According to my app, it's the size of a white onion.)

Total weight gain/loss: Nothing, so far!

Maternity clothes: Mostly still in normal clothes, but I do have a pair of maternity jeans from Target that I LOOOVE.

Stretch marks: So far, none. Still early, though!

Sleep: Pretty great currently, although I have to wake up A LOT to pee-which is concerning considering I know it's going to get worse lol.

Best moment of this week: Going to the doctor's on Friday and hearing the baby's heartbeat with Michael. And buying pretty much everything I need for cloth diapering (although I did not love the price tag attached...I have to keep reminding myself that I would've spent that in a few months of disposable diapers!) I also found a pediatrician for the baby so that's a relief to have taken off my to-do list!

Miss anything: Being able to just eat stuff and not wondering about if I'm actually going to want it--I'm closer to normal now than I was in my 1st trimester but still not the same. Mainly meat has been tricky.

Movement: Nothing yet *sigh*

Food cravings: Meh nothing in particular. No more than usual, anyway haha.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not right now!

Have you started to show yet: Just got a little bump in the last couple weeks.

Gender: Gahh don't know yet.

Labor signs: Nononooo

Belly button in or out: Still in.

Wedding rings on or off: On at the moment.

Happy or moody most of the time: I've been lucky-I'm pretty happy and calm for the most part!

Looking forward to: Baby shower planning stuff, eventually feeling the baby move, and finding out the baby's gender next month!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Something Saturdays (7/8/17)

Holiday weeks are fun weeks. Holiday weeks are exhausting weeks. Saturday I was the head coordinator for a wedding that was lovely, but far away lol. Sunday I went to church with Michael and his cousin and her husband who are visiting from out of town, and then we all got brunch before coming home for me to be tired and Michael to write a paper for school. Monday I worked. Tuesday we celebrated the 4th with a pool party at my grandma's, which was fun! Wednesday I spent the day hanging with Michael's aforementioned cousin, and we had an awesome time. Thursday I just got some stuff done at home, and yesterday I had a doctor's appointment (baby is doing well!) and then I worked. Today is more work and then, *shrug*. We'll see! How did you all spend your holiday?

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Something Saturdays (7/1/17)

Hi hi hi! It's July July July!

I've had a pretty cool weekend. Last weekend was nice, I did a little shopping with the hubby hubs (got a few things we needed-an end table, a drill, a patio umbrella...stuff like that). Then Sunday we spent the whole day together: we went to church, breakfast, got Michael a new phone, got ice cream, then came home and watched a movie and hung out. On Monday I ran a couple errands (and found this amazing place called The Breastfeeding Center that has SO MUCH information and amazing products, I just wish I didn't live 30 minutes away from it!) and then hung out in the evening with Michael's mom and sister and then later on he joined us, as did his aunt and cousin. Tuesday my boss and I got dinner and then went to our monthly collaborative networking group. Wednesday Michael's stepmom took me out to Chagrin Falls for a day of fun, burgers, and Jeni's ice cream. Then we hung out with Michael's dad for a bit before getting some wood fired pizza. Thursday I just did boring work. Yesterday I went to the rehearsal for today's wedding-of which I'm the head coordinator! So it's gonna be a cuhraaaazy day. But tomorrow I get to just recover :)

What are your weekend plans?

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