Meal Pinning Monday

Blame it on the move, but I'm having to get to two recipes this week that I haven't toughed yet.

The biggest upside from the downsize... the deep freezer fits in the kid's closet. Insert all the praise hands.

Once I have finished unpacking and have decorated as much as can be decorated then I'll post a home tour. It's interesting to downsize after having double the space we've had in years. That being said, we are clearly goldfish and have grown into our house pretty well.


[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 - Beef and Broccoli (last week)


Wednesday - leftovers

Thursday - Creamy Salsa Chicken with Rice (last week)

Friday - leftovers

Saturday - Eating Out

Sunday - Granny Sarella's Spaghetti Sauce (this is our absolute favorite spaghetti sauce)

32 Week Pregnancy Update

32 Week Pregnancy Update


Size: Baby B is about 17 inches long, nearly 4 lbs, and the size of a squash. 

Due Date: November 2 (measured for Nov 6 at the ultrasound, but they aren't changing it). 

Heartbeat: It ranges from 122 - 166 depending on the day. 

Symptoms: Indigestion, leg cramps, shooting pain near my pelvis (I think it's ligaments). I'm moody as heck. I basically have zero time or patience for anyone who is in my way of whatever I'm trying to do. Essentially... leave me alone and don't ask questions. 

Currently Missing: Not having heartburn.

Cravings and Favorite Foods: Fruit and raw veggies. I bought peaches this week that were amazing.

Sleep: This baby thinks it's out of the womb and needs to wake up all night. If I roll over or get up for any reason it gets to kicking for a minimum of 30 minutes before I can go back to sleep.

Food Aversions:
Eggs aren't that appealing.

Exercise: I absolutely do not have the energy for it at this point.

Reading/Baby Related Classes and Prep:
Mama Natural Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth
Mom's On Call 0-6 Month

Weight: At the last appointment I had only gained 20 lbs! That's a personal best considering I was massive last time. I also haven't had any sweeling or high blood pressure, which is really nice after the stress of Harrison's pregnancy.

Movement: Constant and painful. The baby books say movement should be slowing down due to lack of space but the baby hasn't gotten the memo.

Maternity Clothing: Yes. Some of it is even starting to not fit.

Gender Guess: Learning towards girl this week.

Side by Side: Still thinking my face is more swollen with Harrison. My belly is about the same this time, only difference is that it might be a touch lower right now.


Chicken and Zucchini Curry Coconut Soup

Not only do I love a good soup. I also love when fall is creeping up and winter is on it's way. 

It just gives me more of an excuse to make soup. 


I recently made this Thai Chicken and Zucchini Curry Coconut Soup and fell in love with it. It came together quickly and was very filling. 


Chicken and Zucchini Curry Coconut Soup



Ingredients:
4 cups chicken stock
2 (14.5 oz) cans full fat coconut milk
1 whole rotisserie chicken (save time with this!)
3 zucchini
1 large red onion
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp dried cilantro
1 tsp tumeric
Juice of half a lemon
3 tbsp fish sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Pick your chicken and set the meat aside. Dice the red onion and saute over medium high heat until translucent. Cut the zucchini length wise and then slice into bite size pieces. Add cut zucchini into the pot and saute for about 3 minutes until softened. Toss chicken into the pot and add in all other ingredients except salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 25 minutes. Add salt and pepper as needed. Serve.

*I found I needed very little salt added due to the fish sauce. 

Meal Pinning Monday

So I did a thing this week.

A thing that I've been a part of the resistance towards.

You see, I've been a big proponent for owning a regular pressure cooker. I did not need another appliance (thanks Alton Brown for influencing my kitchen purchases since before I owned a kitchen).

But the rice cooker died.

The crock pot has been on the outs.

The 8 quart Insta Pot was on sale for less than the 6 qt... so I bought one, and threw away everything else.

All I've got to say is this... that's a massive piece of kitchen equipment.



[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.

Also, I'm behind on recipes this week and playing catch up. 

Monday - Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Sweet Potato Fries and homemade Chick-Fil-A sauce. 

Tuesday - Possibly leftovers... if not then the Paleo Pizza Casserole from last week. 

Wednesday - Clearly leftovers

Thursday - Beef and Broccoli


Saturday - Eating Out


Breakfast - My favorite Oatmeal Muffins

Lunch - Breakfast Burritos and a Peach - just homemade sausage, bacon, eggs, onions and peppers, and cheddar cheese in a low carb whole wheat wrap. 

My Month at Pure Barre

This summer I won a free month at the Pure Barre studio in Lafayette, so I thought I'd recap it and give you my take on it.

Especially as a pregnant lady.

(Maternity Compression Leggings from Old Navy)

I actually ended my 2nd trimester during this time and started venturing into the 3rd to give you an idea about how I was doing physically.

Pure Barre does a section of floor core work, this had to be majorly modified to complete. Only because of the stage of pregnancy I am in. Don't let your belly cone ladies... it just means issues postpartum. That mainly meant not stretching my legs in certain ways that caused coning, minimum twisting, and no crunches. Don't worry too much about knowing your mods ahead of time, every instructor I had was insanely helpful and monitored me throughout the class.

I absolutely loved that is was low intensity and yet I'd be sore the next day. This was great for pregnancy since I didn't have to worry about getting out of breath. Which might I add is so easy to do when you're toting a watermelon for a belly around.

The absolute best part was the stretching, oh my word they did stretching between each segment of the exercise and then at the end. The last bit of stretching with the lights off was like the savasana part of yoga. So relaxing.

Plus, we had our anatomy scan during this workout stint. The baby was all out of place and we couldn't get a good view. I went to my first Pure Barre class and that little sucker turned into perfect position to see what we needed when we redid the scan.

I'd recommend it for pregnancy with modifications just from the aspect of it being so opening to the pelvic area and encourage the baby into place.

Alright what else do I want to add? I loved it really.

Oh, the price.

It's expensive.

This isn't something I could afford to do, if I'm being honest. Which means I'm just not their demographic. It's a great workout and I absolutely loved it. It's just out of my price range. But that is common for these boutique workouts. The regular figure-it-out-yourself gym is much cheaper for that reason, you have to figure it out yourself.

There's one cheaper option, they have Pure Barre OnDemand on the website for 1/3 of the price. I'm seriously considering getting it eventually.

Anyway, if you have any questions about it leave a comment and I'd be glad to update and answer it in the post. 

Meal Pinning Monday

I know it's Tuesday, but it's technically Monday... because the week only exists when you're at work.

I'm trying to start working towards cleaning up our diet and taking out all the lovely fatty Southern casserole I've been making. I know as soon as I start breastfeeding again I'll be back on the Paleo train. So I might as well get started now.



[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 - Stuffed Pork Chops (from Shawn's Meat Market) with Parmesan Zucchini and Corn

Tuesday - Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Potatoes

Wednesday - leftovers


Friday - leftovers

Saturday - eating out

Sunday - Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Baked Fries and Honey Mustard