My cravings primarily come in two categories: salty and spicy. I find myself picking the spiciest item on the menu or adding drizzles of Sriracha sauce to everything (including my lunchtime salads!). This little dude has a “hot” tooth and I find myself giving in to it every day. Thankfully,David already was a spicy food eater otherwise this latest phase of food cravings would be miserable for him. I sort of want to try a chicken wing eating contest with him now to see who can handle the hottest of hot. Prior to the baby-to-be, I wasn’t a lightweight when it came to spice but I definitely feel a new level of spice competency! It is my latest “super power” perhaps?
Last night for dinner in order to tap into this craving, we cooked up a spicy pork and mustard green soup from Bon Appetit. With David helping as my sous chef, cleaning the greens and dicing the scallions, the dinner from beginning to end took no longer than 20 minutes to make. Super easy, spicy, and flavorful my craving was satiated….for now. (Though a drizzle of Sriracha really added just that little bit extra I needed).
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The Winter is a beautiful season in New England. Snow covers the trees, streets, and yards of every home, while people huddle with loved ones and friends to stay warm. The sun shines brightly most days with clear blue skies, but the temperatures remind you that winter prefers for you to stay indoors or to layer yourself. I like to pretend sometimes that I live in the North Pole when the banks of snow are higher than my thighs. How rugged are we? I say as I take Buster and Bella out back to carve a path. This winter has been particularly snowy. Snuggling indoors with David, we cook solely belly-warming meals like paella. Yet, this winter has turned me a bit against it. Part of me has started to ache for warmer temperatures and springtime rains. Perhaps being pregnant contributes to this a bit. Snowy streets are treacherous for me now. I worry a lot about falling down and what that could mean for the little one. Thankfully (knock on wood) I have avoided this seasonal hazard so far. This morning though, I was in a panic as I tried to climb the hill to my school and found myself sliding backward more than moving forward. While I definitely don’t want to “wish” winter away, I am getting ready for the Spring thaw to come our way.
It is clear from the minute you walk into a baby store that little girls have some really cute outfits. From tiny tutus to sundresses and funky jeans, little girls have cornered the market on cute….or so I thought. Little boy clothes have gotten pretty darn cute and we have started our little collection of wardrobe items for our baby boy-to-be. It will be so cute to see our little man dressed not only in onesie footie pajamas with little puppies, monsters, and elephants on them but also in a few of these extra cute (and sort of wonderfully ridiculous) hipster clothes. He will be one dapper fellow!
I had to also show off his tiny and oh so cute swimsuit. Hehehe! The guy already has a summer suit for our beach days to come! And, yes I used the word “cute” at least 6 times in this post!
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My thoughts have been consumed by food this week. When will I eat lunch? What is for lunch? Is there a snack in the faculty room? Can I convince David to go out for Thai food tonight? Will there be enough dinner to share between the two of us? These are just a few of the questions I ask myself multiple times everyday. It is clear that my body is busy busy busy growing this little boy and that my stomach and appetite have not yet been affected by a constrained size but have rather been enhanced by my new maternal burden. Whenever I see someone eating, even if it is just someone passing by in a car, my stomach is triggered and I am immediately famished! Full and content one moment, the smell of food can instigate hunger pangs instantly. It has gotten to the point that I sometimes have to stop myself and say, “Whoa…are you really hungry or are you just being a food-crazed pregnant woman right now?” Typically the answer to the question is the latter. When I am able to reflect past my hunger mood swings, I am left laughing from my ridiculous food thoughts. The other afternoon for example, I walked out of my classroom and there on the ground in the hallway was one lone gummy bear. He stared up at me with his delicious gummy self and I felt compelled to bend down and gobble him up. There I stood deeply conflicted. I wanted to clean up the gummy bear from the floor in order to keep the school tidy, but what if I was unable to stop myself from eating the gummy bear once I bent down to pick it up!? Clearly I restrained myself but laughing I was left thinking, “This is clearly only something that a pregnant woman thinks!”
On snow days, I am all about comfort food. Give me macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, or a hot minestrone soup. My belly demands the warm comfort of rich, savory foods. This last storm though was a little different. While David shoveled us out of almost twelve inches of snow, I diced up some tomatoes tossed them with some oil and vinegar and toasted a baguette. Dinner was light, cool, crisp, and clean and the bruschetta was just delicious (even if it wasn’t my usual macaroni and cheese)! I burnt my finger a little while toasting the bread because I was over-zealous is my desire to eat this up immediately, so be careful when you flip the toasts.
2 cartons of red cherry tomatoes
2 cartons of yellow cherry tomatoes
red pepper flakes
In a frying pan, toast 5-6 cloves of garlic in olive oil until they are golden brown. Transfer the garlic and oil to a medium size bowl. Slice the tomatoes in half length-wise and add them to the bowl. Bunch basil together on a cutting board and slice into thin strips, add these as well to the bowl. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and red pepper flakes into the mix. Toss in about 1-2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Mix everything together and taste. Add whatever you feel you want more of. Set aside to let the bruschetta juices mix together and become amazing. Then slice the baguette. In the same frying pan that you browned the garlic, add a tablespoon of butter and place the slices of baguette into the frying pan to toast. Flip the toasts after 1-2 minutes to brown both sides (add more butter if necessary so as not to burn the toast). Transfer to a serving plate. Enjoy!!