Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Key to Baking Gluten Free Cookies... (HA!)

...is to wear the right head gear!

I have honestly made so many "different' chocolate chip cookies since David went gluten free that I don't really know the actual recipes for all of them, which means they won't all get posted.
 However, this was from a recipe that I pinned.  David liked these pretty well (but I think he liked one I made up recently a little better).  These were of the soft variety, which I know is one of the things David misses.
He occasionally says he misses the soft batch chips a'hoy version.  I think these were pretty close.  Kate did a great job helping and even put a few of the cookies on the pans.
It's still a little hard for her to squeeze the scooper but she put great effort into it.  Who couldn't with a sticker on her forehead?!  :-)

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies From Nerd Family
Ingredients
1 1/4 cups White Rice Flour
1/2 cup Brown Rice Flour
1/4 cup Cornstarch
3/4 cup (or 1 1/2 sticks) Softened Butter
1/4 cup White Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar (packed)
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
 2 cups Chocolate Chips

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugars together. Add eggs 1 at a time, followed by the vanilla. Stir all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.  Slowly blend the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients by adding the dry ingredients in small batches. Stir in the chocolate chips. Scoop the dough onto baking stones or pans.  Place the pan into the oven and bake for 12 minutes.  If they spread, you can add a little more flour.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nutella Bars

Most of my baking these days is gluten free.  However, sometimes I just NEED to bake regular without worrying about "is this gluten free" or "will this work?"  Usually when I do that, I try to make something that David wouldn't really prefer.  He likes chocolate but I don't think he's a big fan of Nutella, so I decided to make nutella shortbread bars.  Um, can we say YUM!  Unfortunately, something happened and they were VERY crunchy.  David took them to the peds lounge and, despite the firmness, they were still all eaten.  If they heated them a little, it helped with the texture.

Nutella Sugar Cookie Bars from Cookies and Cups
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. salted butter room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs vanilla
  • 4 cups AP flour
  • 1 cup Nutella

    Preheat oven to 325. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Set aside.

    Cream butter and sugars.  Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Slowly add the flour into the butter mixture and stir until dough combines together.  Press about one-third of the dough evenly into the pan to form a bottom crust. Wrap remaining dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator.

    Bake crust until firm and the edges are a pale golden brown approx 12-14 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool about 15 minutes. Spread Nutella evenly over crust, about 1/4 inch away from the edge of the crust.  Remove remaining dough from refrigerator and crumble remaining dough on top. Finish baking 20-25 minutes until top is set and lightly golden.  Cool and cut into squares.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hummus Chicken

WAAAAY back in March, David found a recipe for a chicken dish.  It was quick and easy but I must say that I was surprised he picked this one.  It was a hummus chicken.  I'm glad I saw this again because I'll need easy meals coming up and this is SUPER easy!  My mom even tried it at her house and enjoyed it.  Gonna have to do this one again. 

Hummus Chicken
chicken breasts
salt
pepper
hummus

Preheat oven to 425.  Cut chicken breasts to the desired size.  Season as desired with salt and pepper.  Place into a baking pan.  Spread hummus over the top of the chicken breasts.  Place the pan into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the juices run clear.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 15, 2014

TERM!!!! 38 weeks

(Somehow, long post ahead...warning!)  Well, I made it through work.  Friday was my LAST DAY of work until baby comes.  Can I tell you how excited I was.  SO excited!  I had been nervous that I wouldn't make it but I did.  When I was leaving one of the nurses said "Don't look too excited."  Sorry!  I just couldn't help it!  I celebrated by going to kickboxing that afternoon and then out to eat with my mom, David and Kate. 
We went to a local restaurant and got some turnip green bites.  They were actually really good...of course, they were fried and filled with cheese, so.....

Anyway, not too much exciting happened during the week.  I did have a meeting on Tuesday at work that made me late for getting Kate to dance class.  It was a non-issue but stressed me out nonetheless.  Alas!  It's how I roll.  Wednesday the baby bedding came in.  Friday, David and my mom straightened and rearranged the nursery.  Things aren't in their final location and I have a project to do, but here is a preview!  I am so excited!!!  The closet appears messy but it is really organized. 
The diapers are stacked by size, nursing/feeding stuff is together, and toys are together.  We are looking for a changing table/display table but haven't gotten one yet.  I'd probably put it by the chair and move the bookcase to by the closet. 
Still need to add art, etc.  We might move the dresser and bed around some, but the whole room is useable and cute!  Ready for baby.  :-)

Thursday, my mom came to have a party with her friends for her birthday.  She picked Kate up from daycare, which made Kate happy.  Then Friday, she was able to go to the school at eat with Kate.  That afternoon, I was SO tired but we went to get a pedicure.  I picked out a super cute color called...."Moving Out!" 
I figured that was super appropriate.  :-)  Unfortunately, when I took my socks off after kickbox, my socks had damaged the color.  Alas!  It was still fun.

Saturday, I had lots of fun stuff planned; so, despite making it through the work week, I really wanted to make it through Saturday as well.   Success!!!! 
We went to a picnic for the residency program where Kate had a blast playing on the playground and wallering in the sandbox while I took pictures and David played kickball.  I'm not sure those shorts will survive!  And the attendings won.  Woo hoo!!!!  After that, I went to a local painting place with Sarah to do this painting we have wanted to do for a long time.  Christmas in September?  Sure!!!! 
Then, after a little time with David and Kate, I went to the Mississippi College football game to record the tackles.  Unfortunately, we have moved divisions and haven't quite gotten up to the same level as some of the teams.  We lost 58-0.  It was a busy but fun day....then came Saturday night.....

I was having NO problems.  No concerns.  Minimal contractions.  Until I woke up around 330 am on Sunday morning.  At 230, no problems.  330, I was having a painful sensation in my low abdomen.  This was accompanying the typical "tightening" I've had around the upper abdomen.  Hmmm, what was going on.  After not being able to fall asleep, I finally started tracking these sensations at about 415.  Yep, I was having them about 5 minutes apart.  If I was lying down, that painful sensation continued.  If I stood up or turned to my back it didn't hurt.  I lay there for 3 hours.  When David woke up I told him what had been going on and he encouraged me to call my doctor's office. 
Of course, I'm thinking, this can't be labor and I really don't want to go to the hospital and be sent home OR be stuck admitted when I'm not ready.  Thankfully, the nurse suggested taking a Tylenol, a warm bath and drinking a PITCHER of water within an hour.  I complied and was still having some tightening but no painful sensations....then I fell asleep while David and Kate were at church.  I think I slept for about 5 hours yesterday.  By 5pm I felt back to normal.  Who knows what it was but it wasn't labor.  I know baby should be ready and fine, but I just wasn't "ready," probably because it was so unexpected.  We'll see how I'm doing at the appointment on Tuesday.  Last week there were no indications of progress.

Last night, David let me watch the Miss America pageant.  We (well, I) were so excited that Miss Mississippi did so well.  I think that she should have definitely been in the top 5 but the judges didn't ask me.  I actually thought that the talents and interview responses were better than they have been in recent years.  Miss Mississippi ROCKED it!  Piano players was GREAT!  Miss Arkansas had a pleasant voice.  Miss New York had a good voice and was cute but I was just too distracted by the cup to enjoy it.  Sorry!  At the end, I wasn't in agreement with the judges...but rarely am I.  I think the last time I was excited was when Heather Whitestone won...that was a LONG time ago.  Hopefully, I'll be able to start watching with Kate.  I hate that they moved it to Sunday night because she just cannot stay up that late on a school night.  Oh well!
Today, I'm just hanging out at home resting, cleaning, organizing, and cooking.  Maybe we should say nesting?!  :-)

Due Date: September 25, 2014  
How Far Along: 38 weeks 4 days
Fruit/Veggie: Spaghetti squash, Leek  - 19-21 inches, 6.5-7 pounds
Gender: It's a BOY!  
Exercise: Still exercising almost daily...but took a little break this weekend.  As mentioned above, I had an interesting Sunday.  Did kickboxing on Friday and it was quite difficult to do any kicks in front of my body - can we say belly?!  I did start the class with plank jacks and end the class with 100 jumping jacks.  OH YEAH!

Sleep: I'm pretty much waking up every 2 hours but can get to sleep quickly.  I can handle that.  Saturday night was obviously AWFUL...slept for about 2.5 hours, got up, 1 hour and then was awake for the rest of the night.

Cravings:  Anything fried sounds good.  Guess baby boy like fat?!  I still also really still want cold, sweet stuff.

What I love: Feeling and watching the baby move! I'm SO going to miss that.  I seriously think about that every time he moves around these days.  That was have the nursery organized and somewhat set up.  Still need to determine a final location of stuff and get a changing table/display cabinet.  That I am ON maternity leave!!!  Watching Miss America with David.  Football season!

What I miss: turning over in bed easily, sleeping, being able to pick things up off the floor (I seriously make a sound whenever I pick something up off the floor!)

What I'm looking forward to:  meeting baby!!!!  Y'all it's almost here!  Hopefully talking to Kate's class about being a doctor.

What I'm thankful for:  Getting to spend time with David, David's understanding of my need to just rest yesterday, Kate LOVING church and learning all about God's Word and His love for us

Sunday, September 07, 2014

37 weeks

Well, it has been QUITE a week!  We had a great Monday.  We went for bike ride as a family and then just hung out for the rest of the day. 

We had some frustration later that night that I THINK and HOPE has been taken care of.  Tuesday I went to my OB appointment.  No dilation yet.  We got to see little man to check on his size.  Initially she was measuring his femurs to be REALLY short; but then she remeasured and got a weight of around 6lb 4oz.  Hopefully, he doesn't gain 3 pound in 2 weeks!  He continues to hide his face everytime we look.
  But he has some cute feet!  :-) 
 I missed a meeting at work because that appointment ran long and then had to hurry to get Kate to acrodance.  It was a long day.  Thursday this week was MUCH better than last week but still long.  We spent all day together on Saturday.  I took Kate with me to the gym (she LOVES going!) and then we went to the children's museum where we spend two hours.  I guess that was better than being outside for two hours...and I'm glad we spent time together.  She had a BLAST and made some cute artwork.
 After that we went to a local restaurant for brunch.  Kate and I shared the blueberry pancake special and David had the doubleside breakfast.  The pancakes were okay but I'm spoiled by my dad's homemade pancakes.  We did enjoy spending time together.  By the time we were done I was pooped but still needed to grocery shop; so, Kate and David went to SAM's and I went to the grocery store. 
The plan was for a nap but Kate wasn't having that by the time we got home, so no nap for anyone.  Today we had church and Kate and I napped (YAY!).  Then tonight we had a worship night.  The choir sang and essentially stood for the entire 1 hour and 20 minutes.  That was the first time that my back has been sore.  Phew, I was glad to sit down.  Coming up this week - my last week of work!!!!  YAY!  Five more days, we can make it!


Due Date: September 25, 2014  
How Far Along: 37 weeks 3 days
Fruit/Veggie: Honeydew melon, swiss chard  - 18-21 inches, 6-6.5 pounds
Gender: It's a BOY!  
Exercise: Still exercising almost daily...but some days I really just don't want to!  I went to kickboxing and cardioblast this weekend.  Cardioblast does weights and I'm sore from that.  I actually do better in the classes than just on the elliptical.  Go figure!   

Sleep: I've had several better nights recently.  I slept HORRIBLY on Monday night but then Tuesday only woke up once.  I think I was exhausted!  Since then it's been the typical 2-3 awakenings but quick and easy to go back to sleep.

Cravings: Um...not really anything.  Still not much appetite.  One day I was so delayed eating that I felt sick and didn't want to eat anything.

What I love: Feeling and watching the baby move! That it's my LAST week of work before maternity leave.  Seeing my baby on ultrasound even though he STILL won't let us see his face!, football season

What I miss: turning over in bed easily, sleeping, being able to pick things up off the floor

What I'm looking forward to:  getting the baby bedding in, only one more week of work, seeing my mom this week, HOPEFULLY going to paint a nativity painting with Sarah

What I'm thankful for:  My sweet husband, always taking care of me and being patient with me. A healthy pregnancy.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

What a Week! 36 weeks

 What a fun and busy week!  I had my work shower on Monday.  We got a lot of diapers for the baby along with a  few other fun things....and got to eat some yummy food.  Then the next day, my other clinic threw a surprise shower for the FOUR of us who are pregnant.  One of the nurses is due the day after me, one of the other doctors is having twin boys (due one month after me), and another doctor is pregnant as well.  Got lots more diapers there. 
(and I THOUGHT I was showing here!)

Thursday was a CRAAAAAZY day!  I mean, it was so not good.  I arrived at work and had a patient waiting for me.  No biggie.  However, I spent a good deal of time talking with the family.  By the time I was done, another patient had arrived.  After that patient, FOUR had arrived - including one that was supposed to come the NEXT day but came early.  Sigh.  I didn't finish morning clinic until 1256.  My first afternoon patient arrived at 102.  In the meantime, the school had called saying that Kate was complaining of her stomach hurting and wanted us to come get her (no, she didn't have fever, she wasn't sick...her stomach just hurt).  So, David got her and brought her to clinic with him.  She was fine!  The saw the rest of my patients and left to go to a meeting that I was 10 minutes late to.  Then, instead of going to get free dinner at journal club as I had planned, I sat in my office and did notes for three hours...leaving with still two left to do.  I got home at 815 that night.  When I got home, I looked at my feet and asked David if they looked puffy.  Yep!  We both agreed they were.  Thankfully, elevation helped.  I think that not getting to eat all day, being stressed, and on my feet a lot had a lot to do with that. 

Thankfully, Friday was much better!  I had an easier clinic day and came home to rest before going to the gym to do kickboxing followed by swimming with Kate.  Then we went to get the infant carrier and out to eat.  Was a good day.  Saturday, we went to the gym again and then to my friend's house to swim and cook out.  Kate had a GREAT time with another friend's little girl who is the same age.  Last night I organized the diapers and we cleaned out the nursery.  Today, David put together the infant carrier.  I'm a little worried because I'm having trouble un-clicking the carrier from the base.  I've heard you get used to it and it's easier with baby in it.  I hope so! 

I have a doctor's appointment Tuesday with weekly visits following that.  Just praying that Mr. Boogie Man (he is dancing tonight!) stays put where he is for two more weeks so I can finish work as planned.  Then we are ready for him.  So exciting!
 
Due Date: September 25, 2014  
How Far Along: 36 weeks 3 days
Fruit/Veggie: papaya, romaine lettuce  - 17-20 inches, 5.5-6 pounds
Gender: It's a BOY!  
Exercise: Still exercising almost daily.  I'm definitely slower, have a LOT of trouble bending over.  I will say, a lady last Monday told me I was her hero for still being working out.  Really made my day. 

Sleep: Again, not sleeping well.  I think it's just par for the course right now.  Oh well!

Cravings: Um...not really anything.   Still not much appetite.  Cold and sweet things are nice.

What I love: Feeling and watching the baby move! He's having a boogie party right now!  Getting the nursery cleaned up, baby stuff put together, and spending time with family this HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!!!

What I miss: turning over in bed easily, sleeping, being able to pick things up off the floor

What I'm looking forward to:  getting the baby bedding in, spending the day with David and Kate tomorrow, only two more weeks of work!

What I'm thankful for:  My sweet husband, always taking care of me.  A healthy pregnancy. Getting things ready for baby, sweet coworkers

Friday, August 22, 2014

This is when I was Born

So, this past week I surpassed my mom when she delivered me!  I was delivered at 35 weeks.  I also had my last weekend of call at work before going out on maternity leave.  Let me just say, it was a doozy!  I think I got paged in the middle of the night every night and Sunday was just plain crazy!  I was so glad when Monday at 8am came.  No more pager....but hello baby call.  :-)

Sunday afternoon, I had a baby shower from my Sunday School class.  It was really nice.  Several of the girls from class came and some other ladies in church were invited as well.  Kate went and played with her friends while we chatted and opened presents.  I got lots of useful items, some cute clothes, and a stroller.  We were a little taken aback when we found that it wasn't a five point restraint system; however, it does have the infant click system and is a lightweight stroller.  So, I think we're going to keep it.  It is really nice as it is one hand close, rolls easily and steers well.  I like it!

I had my doctor visit on Tuesday and everything seems to be going well.  I don't have another visit for 2 weeks.  I thought for sure it would be 1 week now but I guess not!  So, next visit is at 35 and 5.  Wow!  At that point, I'll have 1.5 weeks of work left.  My little man needs to stay put for at least 3 weeks.  I think we can make it, don't you?!

Tuesday night, Kate started acrodance and seemed to really like it.  I hope she does.  I can't figure out if she'll end up doing dance or gymnastics as she dances all over but was treating her bed like uneven bars the other night.  Who knows!  Wednesday we had church with children's choir starting back.  Then last night I went to a consignment sale where I got both kids (!) some fall and winter clothes.  I am EXHAUSTED!!!  I think that Kate and I will likely go back tomorrow for the half price sale.


Due Date: September 25, 2014  
How Far Along: 35 weeks 1 day
Fruit/Veggie: honeydew melon, bunch of carrots,   - 17-20 inches, 5.25-5.5 pounds
Gender: It's a BOY!  
Exercise: Still exercising almost daily.  I'm definitely slower, have trouble bending over, and doing knee pulls. 

Sleep: This week has not been a great sleep week.  I have woken up most nights three times.  Thursday night I woke up 5-6 times over 6.5 hours.  ugh!  I can nap great.  Hoping for a good one tomorrow!

Cravings: Um...not really anything.  Eating is hard now. I don't really crave much and sometimes eating is just unpleasant.  I'd still say breakfast with cereal as an added pleasant thing...and ice cream!  Really just cold stuff.  It's hot!

What I love: Feeling and watching the baby move! We got all of our family pictures this week and I LOVE them!!!  Can't wait to pick some out and order them.  :-)  Kate is loving acrodance, church and school. It just makes me happy to see her happy and thriving.  David and I mentioned that we really like our new furniture tonight, especially the chair and a half! 

What I miss: turning over in bed easily, having energy, not being tired, going full out at the gym, knowing what I want to eat (though David would say I never do anyway!)

What I'm looking forward to:  work shower on Monday, a cookout with friends on Saturday

What I'm thankful for:  My sweet husband, always taking care of me.  A healthy pregnancy. Being able to set up house - new furniture!