Sunday, January 1, 2012
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday I had my long, 3 hour glucose test. It wasn't so bad. Except for the 2 blown veins it was fine. I showed up a little early and the lab was gracious enough to start me test ahead of schedule. There was another pregnant lady, Tanya, who was doing her 3 hour so we became fast friends. She's very pleasant and I really enjoyed our time together. We had so much in common and it's amazing how stressful situations can cause artificial bonding. I'm not sure of the protocol when you've spent 3 hours enjoying the company, hourly blood draws and lack of food but I left my number with her on the back of a lab slip just in case she and her little man "Diesel Jett" want to meet Bug and I for a play date some day.
While I was sitting on the horribly uncomfortable waiting room chairs I realized I hadn't update the food portion of my blog in awhile. These are some delicious, summery cookies that I mad not too long ago but forgot to mention. It's my own recipe creation based off of Marc at [No Recipes] Strawberries and Cream Melting Moments . Those cookies are fantastic and everyone needs to make them.
These Lavender Lemon Dreams are my spin. I had a craving for the strawberry version but I couldn't find the strawberries so it was a back with what I have on hand kind of night. Those are always pretty fun. These are perfect for a tea. I took all of these to work and people loved them. There were a few who were a little thrown by the floral or tea like qualities of the cookies but at the end of the day, ever single one was devoured.
-2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
-2/3 C powdered sugar
-1/3 C cornstarch
-1 1/2 C of all-purpose flour
-2 tbl lavender flowers
-1 tsp lemon zest
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a blender, pulverize the lavender flowers with 1 cup of the flour. Sift into a bowl to remove leftover large bits of the flower. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together for a few minutes until it is white and fluffy.
Add the cornstarch and the 1 C. lavender flour into the mixing bowl and mix until combined. Add the remaining ½ C flour into the dough and mix until just combined.
You can either use a cookie press to create small snack size cookers or spoon small teaspoon sized balls of dough into the palm of your hand and roll into a sphere then place it on parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for about 13-14 minutes, but do not let them turn brown. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for a minute on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough. Once cool, place a small bit of frosting on a cookie and sandwich the crème between the two. These are delicious cold so you can place them in the refrigerator for a nice cold snack.
-5 tbl butter (Unsalted)
-½ c powdered sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 tbl lemon juice (1/2 a small Lemon from my tree)
-1 tsp lemon zest
Combine all the filling ingredients in a kitchen-aid mixer and beat until fluffy.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Well, not me per say but I failed the 1 hour glucose test. That was a bummer. It's not even like I really failed. The national cutoff for the glucose test is supposedly 140 but being a really good Dr, mine would rather have more false positives than misdiagnose gestational diabetes so he makes everyone who scores over a 130 take the 3 hour test. I scored a 132....It could have been the cheese I threw on my eggs that morning or the stupid Almond Joy Cake I made for my sister's birthday and ate really late...at this point I don't even care. It doesn't change the fact that tomorrow I am looking to down some really nasty stuff and then possibly get sick in public and wait for 3 hours while I get poked by stupid little needles.
I really hope I don't get sick.
They don't even have a little room to relax in if I get nauseous or dizzy or anything. I have to wait, in the waiting room with all these sick people and hang out for 3 hours. Ugh! Well, wish me luck. Better get some rest for the big day.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Today has been awesome. I feel like Bug is my little lucky charm. We had our 24 week appointment today and along with that was the dreaded 1 hour glucose tolerance test. I’ll be honest and say I’ve feared this most for a completely silly reason…I’d have to drink a nasty flat Orange Fanta flavored beverage. I hate orange soda. To me it’s so unnatural and burns and is disgusting. I feared vomiting from the sugar if, and only if, I was even able to get it done in the first place. As luck aka God’s blessing shining down upon this poor tired pregnant woman would have it, I was spared! When I was handed this cold clear glass of fluid I was pleasantly surprised to find the most “delicious” flat, sickeningly sweet lemon lime glucola. I practically lived off of Sprite or the like for my entire first trimester so I knew I could hang in there and get it down. I doubt I will crave Sprite anymore this pregnancy but man was I relieved.
The appointment was awesome as usually. Bug is growing normally and is perfect in every way. My little sugar fiend was having a blast during the brief exam. The Doctor mentioned that the scratches we were hearing during his Doppler exam were from all of his movements. If he is anything like his father, I’m going to have big trouble on my hands when this kid is given sugar.
After the appointment we ran to get some teriyaki grill so I wouldn’t crash when the glucola’s effects wore out. It was delicious and I’m so thankful it worked. I had already started feeling really sluggish and blah until I got the best text in a long time. I had won the Beaba Babycook from Mandy’s OMG…I’m a Mom blog. I’d been following Mandy from my Weddingbee days back in 2007-2008 so I was really excited when I found her new blog(s) when I was planning to plan conceiving.
The only thing I’ve know for certain about this motherhood thing is that I wanted to cook for my baby. I want to share my love of food with him and teach him what I know. In our home the kitchen is the happy place, the safe place, the center of our home. I want Bug to love it the way his father and I do. Of all the important purchases for an expectant mother to think about, the Beaba Babycook was the only thing I knew for sure I wanted and had actually researched. When I saw Mandy’s give-a-way it felt like destiny, like Bug was meant to have this and I was meant to make some really awesome food for him. I’m really excited to play around with this and make some totally awesome foods for him. First up is vanilla scented pears from Smitten Kitchen. This baby food thing is so going to rock. Thanks Mandy!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I am constantly impressed with pregnancy. It is so different than what I had expected and yet exactly what I thought it would be. No amount of planning or preparation can help a woman to understand fully what this journey is like. I can only say I have been blessed with the health and pregnancy I have been given. I'm really grateful for the mild morning sickness sans puking and feeling great except for pretty tired. I'm blessed that I have low blood pressure and low blood sugar instead of the dangerous highs. If only I could get rid of feeling like an air heady space cadet everything would be perfect but I'll deal. In 19 weeks I should be better than normal with my little Bug in my arms. I can't think of any living person more perfect to sacrifice for.