Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Better Late than Never

I'm still pregnant

Which is great if I'm still in the "this baby will be born EARLY" mindset. But I'm not. I am exhausted, I can't sleep, I pee every 5 minutes, and I am HEAVY. My last doctor's appointment showed a weight gain of over 7 pounds in one week. That would put my current weight at a grand total of 190 pounds. Holy mother of Jesus, that weight better come off fast, considering it's mostly water retention. If I showed you a picture of my swollen feet it would shock you. I'm choosing to spare your eyes.

I'll post a picture of my belly at 37 weeks sometime soon. I'm due in 3 weeks so all I keep thinking is tick-tock. I've been walking a lot, and have been doing a lot of exercises to help the baby 'drop.' Although, I have been warned that once she drops I'll be even more miserable than I am now cause it'll feel like there's a bowling ball in between my legs. LOVELYS.

In other news, here are the pictures of all the lovely things I've been cooking up.

Home-made bruschetta:

Mmmm, and so EASY to make - the trick is to find an excellent balsamic vinegar.

Then there's my lovely homemade mini-quiche:

It really is YUMMY. The dough itself is SUPER easy to make: flour, cream cheese, cold butter, and salt. The trick is keeping it in the fridge for at least 12 hours before using it. You then have to separate the dough evenly in a mini muffin pan and put it in the oven (HOT) for about 10 minutes. Then you're free to use any toppings your heart desires. The first batch I made I used mushrooms, onions and topped off with mozzarella. The second batch I used carmelized onions, pineapples, and mozzarella. Once you put the toppings, they only need to go into the oven for about 7 minutes. It's a great appetizer for when you have visitors - serve hot.

Then there's Nathalie's Love:

I created this masterpiece one afternoon in Austin. It's basically a rice and chicken (and veggies) dish cooked in a creamy broth, topped with mozzarella and some bread crumbs. Yes - in the oven. I like my oven. It's delicious. If interested let me know and I'll email you the recipe.

And finally, I dabbled in cookie making:

I was pleasantly surprised to realize I had ALL the ingredients for oatmeal raisin cookies. So on Valentine's Day eve I made these. Feel free to make fun of the heart-shaped ones. They were delicious. I got the recipe from my food bible: The Joy of Cooking.

They were YUMZ.

I also made guacamole, but didn't take a picture.

Ok, sorry for the food overdose. I'm sure you're all motivated to make your own and then share them with MEEEEE.


tatalie said...

I almost ate my fucking computer screen!!!!
What would I do right now for some "Nathalie's Love".
Everything looks divine!
I am currently really jealous of your husband and that baby eating all this great food!
Miss you tons...Missing you cooking even more
Love you

The Caustic Critic said...

Please send the recipe for that cassarole--it looks delicious!

For some reason, I thought you were a vegetarian and didn't send you any of my chicken recipes...It's amazing what you can accomplish with canned chicken.

Some girl said...

Natha - I laughed my ass off when I read your comment. I promise the next time we see each other you're getting some of Nathalie's love for sure.

Siege - I've been looking everywhere for the recipe (I wrote it down in a nice, coherent way) and can't find it. So I'll re-type it and email it to you.