Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Chocolate Pecan Pie

I had every intention of having this recipe up before Christmas.

We all see how that went. Pregnancy has really done a number on me, 1st trimester I was sick as a dog, 2nd I felt great but neglected the blog, and now in the 3rd it hurts to sit, stand, sleep, or exist.

Much less sit at a computer long enough to edit photos.

Has anyone else experienced the numb upper abdomen thing? Ick.


The pie I'm sharing today isn't the most beautiful, but it tastes amazing.

Nanny, who I've said before hated chocolate, made this several times and I was quite happy every single time I got to the house to see this sitting in the kitchen.

Even better than the fact that it's super easy and insanely delicious is that the recipe makes 2 and it freezes incredibly well.


Chocolate Pecan Pie


Ingredients::
3 1/2 cups sugar
3 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
dash salt
6 large eggs
1 stick of butter, melted
1 12 oz can of evaporated milk (Pet Milk for the Southerners)
2 cups of pecans
2 prepared pie crusts (homemade or store bought - but uncooked)

Directions::
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide the pecans between the two pie crusts, if using halves this is the time to lay them out pretty. In a large bowl combine sugar, flour, cocoa, salt, eggs, butter, and pet milk. Beat with an electric mixer until combined and then divide between the two pie crusts. Place pies on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes until set.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

32 Weeks

We are growing, and I say we because there is no way the weight I gained since my last visit is all baby. Oh how I can't wait to breastfeed and shed some of this nonsense!


Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 32 weeks
Size of baby: Baby H is the size of a squash
Maternity Clothes: All maternity pants and bras, and Piko tops. Plus whatever of Jeremy's that fits. - added a support belt to the mix. 
Gender: Boy
Movement: Not as jerky as it was, he seems to have run out of room and randomly sticks things out and I have to push them back in.
Sleep: Decent this week as long as I take an Epsom salt bath before bed. Only getting up twice to potty is pre-pregnancy sleep behavior for me!
Cravings: Cold stuff, ice cream and ice. The enchiladas from yesterday are calling my name.
What I miss: Getting up easily and weighing way less than this. 
Highlight this week: The baby shower was this week and it was adorable! Plus we had our last regular OB appointment today. He is measuring at 34 weeks. In three weeks we have our last ultrasound, and I get tested for the next round of fun. Plus it begins the violations! Then it's weekly visits from there. Eek!!


I got these baby shoes at the shower, are they not to die for! Reminds me of something Jeremy would wear.


My goal was to write all my thank you notes this week, and I totally checked that off the list. Now to have time to mail them tomorrow. Luckily the embosser Mom got me for Christmas came in and it made return addressing a breeze.


Also I've said it before, but I've been freezing meals every week so we can survive when everyone is gone after the baby gets here. If you haven't tried The Gracious Pantry's Enchilada Sauce you should. I tend to make the rest of it not as clean eating (chicken breast filling but with fat free refried beans and cheese). Jeremy loves her sauce so much I haven't bought enchilada sauce in probably 3 years. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Meal Pinning Monday

A week that involves an extra day off of work is the best kind of week. 

Especially when you didn't have time to grocery shop on Saturday as usual, or Sunday... so it looks like it's a Monday grocery run kind of day. 



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Clean Eating Enchilidas & Sour Cream Rice (brown rice) - this is also a frezer meal for post baby dinners. I added green onions to the rice, precooked it, and only baked until it was bubbly to cut down on the time. 


Tuesday - leftovers

Wednesday - Chicken with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce over Grits

Thursday - Williams Sonoma Mexican Lime Soup (all time favorite soup)

Friday - Leftovers

Saturday & Sunday - I'm out of town so Jeremy is fending for himself:)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

31 Weeks

The Bump claims the baby is the size of a pineapple this week, I'd like to disagree. 
I'm pretty positive I'm harboring something more Ellie sized in there right now. 


Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 31 weeks
Size of baby: Baby H is the size of a pineapple
Maternity Clothes: All maternity pants and bras, and Piko tops. Plus whatever of Jeremy's that fits. - added a support belt to the mix. 
Gender: Boy
Movement: Not as jerky as it was, he seems to have run out of room and randomly sticks things out and I have to push them back in.
Sleep: Decent this week as long as I take an Epsom salt bath before bed. Only getting up twice to potty is pre-pregnancy sleep behavior for me!
Cravings: Anything and everything that isn't currently residing in my house. I can't quit eating this week and have done well with not having a lot of cravings. 
What I miss: Touching my feet, and not having rib pain. This kid is long, and I'm only comfortable when he isn't stretched out and settled down in the bottom of my uterus. When he stretches I can feel him the entire length of my torso... which isn't a lot to begin with. 
Highlight this week: Nursery prints came in and I'm in love. I'll share the nursery on here once it's completed, just a few more things. 

In all seriousness, pregnancy hormones need to give me a break this week. I am constantly ticked off at work and don't have the patience for anything. 
At home I'm great, but Jeremy makes that easy. 

I think I'm going to have to suck it up and say something about my pain at the next appointment. That has a lot to do with my mood. If I'm standing my back is killing me, and when I sit this kid shoves into my ribs so much that my skin goes numb and my muscles ache. 

8 1/2 more weeks to bodily freedom. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Meal Pinning Monday

Another week, and I'm trying not to be a blog slacker this go around. First up - Meal Planning Monday. Which has turned into a series of what can I double and freeze meal plans since about November. 


[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - South of the Border Chicken Casserole (eat, freeze, and freeze another for a new mommy friend)

Tuesday - Leftovers

Wednesday - Spicy Chinese Noodles (P90X modified recipe)

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Eating out

Saturday - Baby Shower Day! We are taking Joshua to the movies and where he wants to eat dinner for his birthday. 

Sunday - Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Chips

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

30 Weeks

Growing pains have hit, and I'm sporting a church bathroom picture to boot. 

In true Thibodaux praise team fashion I was running behind and Jeremy had to be at church earlier than usual for practice. Hence the bathroom pic, I also finished teasing my hair in there. 

Still doing better than the Thib Sundays when I was on the praise team and did my makeup with my phone camera on a music stand. 


Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 30 weeks
Size of baby: Baby H is the size of a cantaloupe
Maternity Clothes: All maternity pants and bras, and Piko tops. Plus whatever of Jeremy's that fits. - added a support belt to the mix this week. 
Gender: Boy
Movement: All day, every day. He keeps sitting somewhere weird and causing me to have this strange numbness/pain sensation at the top of my stomach. The heating pad seems to help diminish that.
Sleep: Not so good that work started back. 
Cravings: Crushed ice, eating it really helps with heartburn. I'm also wanting sweets, which I haven't been craving that much.
What I miss: My old bra size. I finally measured because my Coobie bras were cutting into me (these are one size fits all bras) and I had out grown them and needed the full size. Kid you not, 3 bra sizes in growth. I imagine my milk coming in will only add to the fun.
Highlight this week: Jeremy got the furniture and baby room basically complete. All that's left for me is minor decorating. He seriously ran with the bookshelf after I sent him a pic, it's really been fun having him get excited about baby stuff. I know not everyone gets that and I'm not taking it for granted one bit.

So question, I can't use Icy Hot can I? I really want some Icy Hot, this kid has kicked up into my ribs so much that the muscle around where my bra sits in insanely sore. 

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Meal Pinning Monday

This week is back to the grind of work. I can't exactly say I'm excited, it was really nice being at home for an entire week during the break with Jeremy. That is something you rarely see us do over a work break. 



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Grilled Chicken with Cheesy Cauliflower Poppers 

Tuesday - Sausage Potato Spinach Soup

Wednesday - Leftovers

Thursday - Barbacoa Beef Tacos - made with pork since it was 1/2 the price

Friday - Leftovers

Saturday - Date Night

Sunday - Eating out after church
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