Friday, October 24, 2014

chocolate banana applesauce cake...

It's been a while since I've had a nice thick slice of chocolate cake. 

I used to crave the stuff all. the. time. But for some reason for the last couple of years, I've been more and more into pies and such. This new obsession has left my long lost love- the chocolate cake, in the dust. I'm sorry chocolate cake. Please forgive me. 

Not just any chocolate cake either. I need a big huge slice of warm, gooey, moist chocolate cake. One that you sit back and get comfy and eat reallllllllly slow. Preferably dripping in homemade chocolate ganache or fudgy frosting. Holy cow. 

When I stumbled upon this recipe a few months ago, the pictures alone made my mouth water. It looked so moist, so gooey and chocolatey, that I left it open on my tabs bar immediately. "I'm going to make this ASAP!" I said to myself. And there it sat. Forever. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

baby update // 22 weeks...

So friends, not only are we more than half way through this pregnancy of mine (say what?!?), but you guys- Baby Main is the friggin size of a spaghetti squash! Someone needs to seriously come and pinch me because things are just moving so fast and getting so real. A spaghetti squash friends. A freaking humungous, heavy, and very delicious, squash of spaghetti. I can't believe it. I know for a fact every week's size increase is going to shock me like this, haha. And all the moms before me said together, "Wait until the end and you're pushing a watermelon out!" Yeah, yeah, I know. 

I love that he is the size of a spaghetti squash this week because it's been on our dinner table frequently! I'm so in love with the veggie that we've been eating it like crazy. Maybe that's morbid actually. Whatever. It's neat and I love it and I love spaghetti squash and I love Baby Main. So there. 




Man oh man has my appetite come back, with a vengeance might I add. I feel like I am hungry ALL the ding dong dang time. I literally cannot go an hour without needing food in my face. I'm really trying to make this the healthiest pregnancy I can, so I try and make sure whenever I'm hungry I eat a variety of foods- especially protein and calcium. This is proving WAY harder than I thought it would be. All I want are carbs and sugar. So come dinner time I'm way above my carbohydrate and sugar intake and way below my daily requirements for calcium and protein. Grrrr. So, whenever I'm hungry I have to really force myself to grab some chicken or milk instead of toast and cookie butter. Sad face. 


Still drinking more water than I know what to do with. This has helped immensely with the headaches I was getting about my 13-15th week. Also, still adding splashes of cranberry juice (the real stuff, not the cocktail) to fight any bladder infections, or lemon or lime juice to spice it up a bit. I crave my morning decaf coffee every night and can't wait for the morning when I can have some. Plus I add pumpkin spice and almond milk to it (which boosts my calcium intake)! I had my first Starbucks Steamer yesterday which was AMAZING guys. I had the sugar free Cinnamon Dulce version which means it's basically steamed milk (more calcium) and a few squirts of the syrup stuff. Probably not the best thing I could have ingested, but when what I wanted was two of their old fashioned donuts, this was a much better choice :)


Not much to report here. Still the same things :)


I'm starting to really become excited to see our little man. I find myself almost not being able to stand it and getting pretty anxious that it's still 18 weeks (or so) away. I even had a dream the other night that I DID see him! He was amazingly beautiful and had the thickest head of dark dark brown/black hair. I guess, kind of like my hair color, but a tad darker. It was awesome. 


I've been praying a lot more for my husband, his heart, protection over his mind and against any doubt that might creep in, his job situation, and that the Lord would just continue to provide him with wisdom and discernment during this new season of ours (and forever, really). I couldn't imagine (nor would I even want to) being the head of the household, particularly when a little one is on it's way. Sheesh.


Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Sleep. Yeah, sleeping has become an interesting thing. I feel like my "sleep" has become more cat nap like. I sleep a little bit here and there throughout the night and if need be, during the day. Good news is, the weird little bit I do get through the nights have actually for the most part, been enough to get me through the day. I finally graduated to a huge body pillow, a pillow for between my knees, my head pillow, and one wedged against my back. I toss and turn back and forth between the giant pillow which allows me to sleep a bit more forward, taking almost all weight off my hips (ahhhhh, amazing) and then over to the littler pillow against my back which allows me to "sort of" sleep on my back. Well, my back/side. Anything to get me off of my hips directly is a good thing. 


Still wearing my regular jeans (fitted with the BeBand, of course- there's no getting that button even remotely close to closed), t-shirts, tanks, maxi dresses and skirts, and my two or so pairs of maternity jeans. I'm pretty happy with the fact I can still get my old pre-pregnancy jeans up...hoping to be able to "wear" them throughout. The fun new thing is shoes. I have officially reached the point where getting socks and any sort of tie shoe on, is a joke and extremely uncomfortable. So I usually stick to slip ons or sandals. It HAS been a bit cooler here on a few occasions, to which I wore some moccasins and boots. My lovely husband had to put those on for me, haha. Such a sight!


Still feeling pretty good body-wise! Although I am starting to feel the new baby weight and have had to scale back the length of time we go walking because after a little bit, my pelvic bones start screaming at me, and continue to do so for days afterwards :( Biggest bummer right now. So I'm switching it up to yoga and pilates for exercising, as of now.


I CAN FINALLY FEEL BABY MAIN! Not only that, but so can Bill, which has been the neatest thing. I've been able to feel him for a few weeks now. And although I thought I'd never be able to tell the difference between gas bubbles and him, I certainly can! He's quite the busy body in there making some pretty big kicks and/or punches! I love it! At first they were the weirdest little things but now they've gotten stronger and stronger and I sometimes have to stop what I'm doing and look down at his home and laugh. "What the heck are you up to, little man???" Since they've gotten so strong, whenever he's up to his shenanigans, I immediately grab Bill's hand, shout, "FEEL! FEEL NOW!!" and have him rest it on my tummy. 40% of the time, he can feel those kicks! It's AWESOME. I mean, literally the coolest thing this pregnancy. Now it's not just me, you know? He's actually, physically, a part of it as well. Not that he wasn't before- but it's different. Bill can feel the baby too- it's not just all in my body. Such a fun experience. 

Tank // H&M. Skirt // Brickyard Buffalo

Monday, October 20, 2014

butterfinger fudge // take 2...

Friends, seriously.

Ever since I made this recipe last year, I have been C.R.A.V.I.N.G it like no one's business. I looooove me some Butterfinger candy bars and knowing that the flavor was easily made into fudge form blew my mind. In a really delicious and amazing way. I sent some with Bill to work for the sake of my health (I could have eaten the entire batch my dang self). There are co-workers there who still talk about it to this day. One in particular pretty consistently asks Bill if I'm making any anytime soon, hehe. Yeah, it really is THAT good. 

Thing needs candy corn! Unless I wanted to spend an arm and a leg in April, online, ordering candy corn, I really DID need to wait until fall when the stuff would be everywhere. Kind of a bummer...but then, not really because of the sake of my health and all ;) Also- I'm going to be honest here- I'm lazy. If I need to go to three different stores (or even two for that matter) to buy ingredients for one recipe, chances are I prooooooobably won't do it. 

But this fudge! Fall was here and I needed to make some! It had been almost a year since my tastebuds enjoyed a piece... or 20. And Bill's co-workers- what about them?? They deserved some as well. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

baby update // and we're having a...

Well, well, well, would you look at this. We officially know what we're having! After 19 very long weeks, we headed to the Dr for our normal checkup and right away were told if we were going to be blessed with a little boy or a little girl. We couldn't have been happier. Not going to lie, there were total tears of joy. We're both so stoked. 

Not wanting to announce anything subtly (haha), we decided what better way to let our family in on our secret than with a little party. Honestly, it's just an excuse to get family together for a Sunday afternoon. 

We decided on having a very low key, budget friendly, little dessert and coffee gender reveal get together at my uncle's house. Since Bill and I already knew the sex, I saved money by making our own gender reveal cake. This would be how we'd tell our family- we'd gather round and slice off a big 'ol piece! Worked like a charm and super fun. 

Here's how it all went down...