Saturday, August 19, 2017

Something Saturdays (8/19/17)

The wedding I did last weekend with Perfectly Planned was awesome (two words: S'MORES BAR. With homemade marshmallows!) Then, Sunday, Michael and I just got stuff done at home (which included some setting up of the nursery which was so exciting). I had a photo shoot on Monday (uh hi apparently it's been a minute since I modeled because I feel like I look so old-and huge but I know I know I'm preggo-in the pics I saw. But, c'est la vie! Tuesday I had a dentist appointment and other than that I just worked on getting some cleaning and baking and such worked on to prepare for the baby shower (WHICH IS ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW!) which is also what I did the rest of the week.

Today I'm working and then going to a dinner with a bunch of family! What are you plans?

Additionally, Tina Fey in this clip is me. I am her. Get yo'self some cake.

Posts from this week 
Extra Crispy Baked French Fries

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
Game of Thrones-TBH I feel like Dany handled that whole thing well. The love triangle-esque tension with Jon and Dany and Jorah made me giggle. GENDRY. I don't think Cersei is actually preggo, I think it's a ruse to keep Jamie loyal. JON IS A FRIGGIN LEGITIMATE TARGAERYAN YO. I hate Little Finger. And ohhhhhhh my gooooodnesss here we go.

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Extra Crispy Baked French Fries

Extra Crispy Baked French Fries
I meeeean....we all love french fries, right?? But generally frying them is a messy and unhealthy thing we don't wanna mess with at home. That's why baked fries are so awesome--but I feel like they're never quite crispy and flavorful enough...

until now!
Extra Crispy Baked French Fries
The two things that really help crisp these fries up is soaking them in water (this helps get some of the starch out, which gets a crispier result) and making sure to dry them after that. As far as flavor goes that's on you: salt the heck out of 'em. Put some truffle oil and parmesan cheese on them (that's what I diiiid!). Do garlic or a spice blend. Whatever makes your french fry loving heart happy.
Extra Crispy Baked French Fries
Have I told you all my french fry shame? The kind of gross way I used to eat (specifically McDonald's) french fries as a kid? I used to....*deep breath* suck off the salt and then dip them in ketchup. They were soggy and gross and I don't know what was wrong with me....I'm so sorry. Please forgive me. I was a weird kid with weird food habits.
Extra Crispy Baked French Fries
I'm a changed lady, now, and am in fact a bit of a french fry snob. These were definitely the best fries I've ever baked at home and they will be getting made again (so that Michael can actually try them because I maaaay have eaten them all before he got home. Oops!)

Extra Crispy Baked French Fries

Adapted from Layers of Happiness

Extra Crispy Baked French Fries
Makes approx. 4 servings.
Ingredients:
  • 3 medium sized russet potatoes (russet are the best choice for crispy fries)
  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil (I used truffle oil)
  • Salt and/or other seasonings, to taste
  • Optional-2 tbsp. grated Parmesan
Preparation:
  • Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut off the ends. Using a sharp knife, cut the potatoes into thin (1/4 inch wide) slices.
  • Put fries in a bowl and cover with cold water and let soak for at least 30 minutes, or up to 12 hours. If letting soak for longer than 1 hour, keep in the refrigerator. 
  • After they're done soaking, drain the fries and place on a paper towel lined cooling rack to dry while the oven preheats. Blot the tops of the fries with more towels to get any excess moisture.
  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees and line a baking pan with parment paper or foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Dry the bowl you used for soaking the potatoes and add the dried fries. Add 1-2 tbsp. oil and the salt/any seasonings you'd like, tossing to combine and mix.
  • Evenly line the fries on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer-don't let the fries overlap or they won't cook properly. 
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the fries/mix them around (still making sure they're in a single layer). Bake for another 15 minutes. Increase heat to 425F degrees and bake until they look crispy and browned around the edges. 
  • Sprinkle fries with salt/any other seasonings you'd like. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately!
Extra Crispy Baked French Fries
Dipping fries into a cute little ramekin of ketchup makes them taste better. I don't know why...but it does.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Something Saturdays (8/12/17)

I got a lot of stuff done this week-some cooking and making phone calls, stuff like that. But I had lots else happen too! Last weekend Michael and I traded in his dying 2003 Honda for a new Subaru Forester that we're leasing (aka I got a mom car lol). I love it so much and spent so much time playing around with it, Michael's enjoying getting my Elantra to himself now (since it's 2015 it's still so much nicer than what he was driving). The wedding I worked afterwards went great and I have another one today, yay! On Sunday, Michael had to study for his big comprehensive exam (he needed to pass in order to graduate from his master's program in December) but we also ran an errand, grabbed dinner with friends, annnnnd wandered into Target and bought our baby 6 adorable outfits. I did some maternity clothes shopping and got some super cute stuff on Monday (Michael also took his exam and passed! Woo!). Tuesday we had a pre-baptism class at our church and it was actually surprisingly nice. Friday I bought some more stuff for baby (who can resist!?) and then had a girls night with my boss, Val, and our mutual friend Evie. It was so nice!

Did you have a good week?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Baby Update -- 20/21 Weeks


How far along: Currently 21 (and a half) weeks

Due Date: December 15, 2017

Baby's Size: According to my app, about 10.5 inches and 12.7 oz.

Total weight gain/loss: I've gained about 5 pounds.

Maternity clothes: Still wearing some normal clothes, but it's getting more difficult. Still liking these jeans from Target and I have a newfound love for stuff from Wren and Ivory. I also went on a mini shopping spree and got some tops, a dress, and a bra from Motherhood Maternity.

Stretch marks: Not yet!

Sleep: Pretty good.

Best moment of this week: Finding out the gender-everything feels so much more concrete! And seeing it on the ultrasound-at one point I could feel and see it jerking around at the same time, so surreal <3 I also had fun shopping at Motherhood Maternity, hehe. Oh! And a bunch of stuff off our registry is starting to get purchased so that's fun!

Miss anything: Not having to essentially buy a whole new wardrobe lol. So I miss money.

Movement: Yepp! Started feeling it a couple weeks ago. He's getting pretty active lately.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really! Just the normal stuff I've never liked lol.

Have you started to show yet: Yepp I am definitively showing now! It feels like all of a sudden I got huge lol--in fact, since that picture above was taken I'm pretty sure I'm already bigger.

Gender: 

IT'S A BOY! Even though I was in no way sure, there was a part of me (and Michael) that felt like we were having a girl, and the vast majority of friends family felt the same so we were a little shocked when the tech told us that we're having a boy! And apparently he was quite proud to show that he is, in fact, a boy lol. We're so excited!

Labor signs: Noooo.

Belly button in or out: Still an innie!

Wedding rings on or off: On, but I can feel it getting a bit more snug.

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly happy happy happy!

Looking forward to: More movement and the baby shower-it's in about 2 and a half weeks!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Something Saturdays (8/5/17)

Woo! This week feels like it's been so busy! Last weekend was my family's family reunion, which is always lots of fun-and there were a couple babies there to play with this year so Michael and I were extra happy. Monday I got some stuff done at home and then also hung out a little with Michael's mom and sister (and her friend, Allie). Tuesday I, again, just got some stuff done. Wednesday was exciting because my friend Kevin took me along with him to the Shawn Mendes concert in Cleveland (with Charlie Puth as the opening act). We were in the fourth row and it was AMAZING. It was both of our first concerts and it was an awesome experience. They were both great, the music wasn't overly loud, my only complaint was how old I felt surrounded my squealing teenaged fangirls lol. Thursday I got more stuff done and then spent some time with Michael's mom, grandparents, and aunt. This was all to help keep my mind off how anxious I was for FRIDAYYY--when we learned the baby's gender!!! Check back for a pregnancy update on Wednesday for more about that lol. But then I ended up spending time with Michael's dad and stepmom and having dinner with them, which was super nice.

And today I'm working a wedding-so all good things!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Butterfinger Oatmeal Cookies

Butterfinger Oatmeal Cookies
I don't hate these pictures! It's a miracle!! I've been sort of ho hum on my food photography lately-as I'm sure you can probably tell. But I had a bit of inspiration with the styling for this one and the light decided to cooperate so I can show you these cookies in all their glory.
Butterfinger Oatmeal Cookies
Chewy oatmeal cookies full of crunchy bites of Butterfinger=perfection!! I made these for Michael to bring to work one day for some sort of party or something that they were having. I will admit that I think my oats may have been stale and thusly I wasn't in love with the cookie I sampled before sending them off, which made me super worried. But Michael insisted they were tasty and all his coworkers raved about them soooo....I have no idea. I'm sure the recipe is still great--but just for safety, make sure your oats aren't expired...ha.
Butterfinger Oatmeal Cookies
Seriously, these are an ideal cookie for bringing to parties or mailing in care packages since they're pretty sturdy and the nature of the oats and butterfinger bits means they're super delish at room temperature (as opposed to my own personal preference of cookies being warm and gooey, usually). Plus-almost everyone loves butterfingers. Can you say "crowd pleaser"??

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