peanut butter cookie s’mores pizza

Posted: July 21st, 2014

peanut butter cookie s'mores pizza

This is just pure fun.  Just pure chocolate and peanut butter and sugary goodness, made into a pizza.

Going through recipes recently and deciding on what to cook, the constant theme for me has been how my cooking is going to change not only in the coming months, but in the coming years.  I think all the time about foods our daughter will hopefully like, about foods we’ll share with her from our plates, about the favorites our kids might have and the meals and desserts they might request for special occasions.  (For me it was always steak and peanut butter pie.) Read more »

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yogurt marinated grilled chicken (+ easy entertaining)

Posted: July 16th, 2014

yogurt marinated grilled chicken

As we’re getting closer and closer to mid-August, everything is becoming harder.  Rolling over in the bed is a whole production that completely wakes me up from whatever sleep I was managing to get.  Getting up off the couch is another ordeal (and so I am just constantly asking Gerrit to get up to refill my water glass/get my phone that I left on the kitchen counter/get my computer from upstairs).  Sleeping is becoming almost impossible.

Just a few more weeks. Read more »

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white chicken lasagna with sun-dried tomatoes

Posted: July 11th, 2014

white chicken lasagna with sundried tomatoes

My goal between now and when our daughter is born is to put one meal per week in the freezer.  We’ll see how many that adds up to (hopefully 4 or 5), but like I told Gerrit the other day I just have this sneaking suspicion that I am not going to make it the full 40 weeks.  But putting meals in my freezer also means that I’ve been having to clean out my freezer to make room for them.  And y’all, can we just talk about how bad I am at keeping my freezer organized? Read more »

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peanut butter pie popsicles

Posted: July 7th, 2014

peanut butter pie popsicles

Without intention, this long Fourth of July weekend became a complete stay-cation (although the kind where we also folded laundry and Gerrit fixed the dishwasher).  On Friday I made popsicles (and lemonade that did not turn out) and Gerrit made salsa and we headed over to my parents’ house for a cookout and fireworks.  It was the most we did all weekend, and it completely wiped me out–so much so that I spent a lot of Saturday in bed.  On Sunday we decided to skip church and instead putzed around the nursery putting some things away and went to the grocery store.

It was one of those weekends where just because of a simple extra added day, our time felt endless.  Gerrit went on long walks down to the river.  I finished reading a book.  We watched soccer and then ate a simple dinner of salmon on our back porch and played a game of cards.  It all sounds so very mundane, but I’m telling you–it was just the loveliest of weekends. Read more »

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homemade moose tracks ice cream

Posted: July 3rd, 2014

homemade moose tracks ice cream

So I’m not really sure why I haven’t been taking advantage of this pregnancy as much as I should regarding food.  I’ve mentioned before that I actually had a lot of trouble gaining weight earlier on, and while the reasons for that were absolutely no fun, I suppose now, at 34 weeks pregnant, it is a nice problem to have had.  I went back for seconds with dessert the other night and didn’t feel bad at all.  Not to say that I’m not still watching things to make sure that it doesn’t get out of hand.  But it’s nice to be able to indulge without worry for now. Read more »

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