Thursday, July 17, 2014

Peach frozen yogurt


This hot summer evening I made a light and easy dessert - peach frozen yogurt. 


Ingredients 
Frozen peaches - about 16 oz. cut up
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp lemon juice
Sweetener to taste. 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup sugar 


Directions 

The night before peel and cut up fresh peaches. They are in season here so I got some local ones. I used 4 large peaches to get approximately 16 ounces. Freeze them on a tray or plate. Lay them out on parchment paper so they don't stick. I regret missing this step since I had to pry mine off the plates.

Once they are frozen (or start here if you bought pre frozen peaches from the grocery store) place about a third of them in your food processor. Add all the Greek yogurt, lemon juice and sugar. I used stevia but you could subsitute honey, sugar or any sweetener here. Blend for a few minutes until soft. This may take up to ten minutes. Stir intermittently as needed to break up the chunks. It will blend soft eventually. Add the remaining peaches slowly until all blended. You may taste it and include more sweetener if you'd like. 

You may eat it now but will probably be the consistency of thick soupy froyo. I recommend packing in ice cream tubs or Tupperware and freezing for a few hours to overnight. 

Enjoy!




(Here's where I thought putting all the frozen peaches in the food processor at once would be a good idea! I have a 7 or 8 cup machine I believe, and that was a bad idea. I recommend starting with just a few and adding more slowly)




Used Jenis containers optional. Freeze and eat yum! 

Makes approximately 1.5 pints. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer videos 2014

We've been trying to enjoy the summer before the baby comes in every way we can. That means going out to eat, seeing movies, Saturday morning coffee dates, getting out of the house and enjoying time together. Tony has made a couple videos of our recent 4th of July fireworks and a camping trip we went on to the Charlottesville area. Yes I went camping at 6 months pregnant. I still feel great so why not? 





Monday, June 30, 2014

Meals for the Week – June 29th 2014



Here are our meals for the week. We went to the local farmers market this weekend and got some local produce – fresh mixed greens, berries (not the grocery store ones below!), tomatoes and peppers. There is this one berry farmer that comes and they have all sorts of berries when in season. I wanted to try a couple that I’d never seen before but they were sold out. I can’t remember what they were – black raspberries maybe?

I’ve found that we are buying more organic again lately. For a time when money was tighter we were less semi organic and just regular. Now I’ll say we’re semi organic again. We buy organic cows milk, organic lettuce, spinach, produce, often yogurt, eggs, some fruit, and some meat.

The grilled turkey tenderloin last night was great. I’ll have to post the recipe I made up on the spot for the sauce. Basically a few things tossed in a small pan and you’ve got a sauce! The teeny tiny potatoes from trader joes are so cute and perfect size for baking. They take the same amount of time to cook as brussel sprouts without even having to cut them up! I added some EVOO & s/p for about 25-30 mins at 350F.

Our garden is coming along as well. Very very soon we’ll have real home grown tomatoes. Maybe a week or 2 before the first ones are vine ripened. Actually we did have a few that turned red but they had bottom rot so we tossed them. We’ve since gotten calcium for the plants and can report that there are no signs of bottom rot now! Talk about local!







Wednesday, June 18, 2014

100 days until Baby!

Only 100 days left until our baby's due date! Here's an update on how the 2nd trimester is going with our little girl.

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How far along? 25 Weeks

How big is baby? 9 inches and about 1.7 lbs

Total weight gain/loss? well... within the range of normal. Less than 20lbs.

Maternity clothes? I've done more shopping in maternity stores last couple weeks. I think I've completed my maternity wardrobe for this pregnancy. Buying more things right now seems over the top since I can make it a week or 2 with plenty of clothes that fit well with my bump. Dresses are amazing for the summer both for work and weekends.

Sleep? Great

Morning Sickness? none

Symptoms? Lots of baby kicks and movement. Is that a symptom? I suppose if it's uncomfortable. So far I haven't made it to uncomfortable baby movement yet but I have a feeling its in my future as I move towards 3rd trimester. I read that this is the peak time for movement now since in about a month or more she'll start to run out of room.

Best moment this week/weeks? So many baby kicks and being able to feel & see them from the outside.

Food cravings? I love ice cream

Food aversions? none

Gender? Baby girl

Labor signs? I may have had 1 or 2 BH's. Maybe.

Belly button in or out? I don't have a complete outie, but you've been able to see my belly button through my clothes for a couple weeks.

What I miss? Wine

What I'm looking forward to? Getting the nursery more finished. Getting some of the bigger needed items like car seat, stroller etc that we haven't got yet. I signed up for a few baby classes at the hospital so I look forward to going to those with Tony. General baby care/safety baby cpr, along with breastfeeding, and a birthing class.

Milestones? almost to the 3rd trimester! Everyone notices the baby bump. Everyone at my work and strangers now notice and comment on my pregnancy.

Bump? It's getting bigger and bigger! I now am starting to get an 'underbelly' which is totally weird since I've never had an underneath to my stomach before. The bump is also getting heavy. Pregnancy can be weird.


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Here is a collage of the nursery items we have and are planning on getting. We received the red trim nursery furniture as I mentioned in my first baby update. The other pieces I've worked on in the last month and are coming together. It is a red themed little girl woodland nursery.

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  • 4 fabrics - Joanne's (except the top left white fabric with black leaves; they are curtains). I'm making the wood print fabric into a pillow cover. The red print leaf fabric may be a crib skirt, and the tan/white print may turn out to be moses basket linens. The panel with the baby animals will hopefully be a wall hanging - although I believe its designed to be a crib blanket.
  • Curtains - the 5th fabric is actually a curtain from IKEA (similar ones here) from about 3 years back. So glad they work in this room. I'm going to buy some black-out liners for the windows since the nursery gets a ton of light and the curtains are very thin. We also have mini blinds but the room is still super bright - especially in the morning.
  • red trim furniture - http://en.paidi.com/ circa 1984
  • wheels for crib - home depot
  • crib mattress & white crib sheets - IKEA
  • chair POÄNG - from IKEA - http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/07472/# 
  • fox print - etsy store https://www.etsy.com/shop/lulufroot?ref=l2-shopheader-name. I need to buy and frame this.
  • white shelves with black brackets - home depot
  • owl decor - clearance from Target
  • cuckoo clock - personal childhood decor
  • bird mobile - personal childhood decor. This used to have fish but I swapped them out with super glue for birds (birds from AC Moore)

Nursery room progression since 2013. The room used to be a guest room with just a bed and not much more. We are in the process of transforming it into a nursery.

This room is right across from ours so hopefully she can sleep in her crib from day 1. Key word hopefully! There is no extra room in our room for a bassinet, or co-sleeper, pack n play etc. Since her crib and our bed will be 6 footsteps apart anyway (yes I counted) I hope this arrangement will work. Well maybe 12 steps from my side of the bed!


previous baby updates: our announcement! and a 20 week pregnancy update.

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