Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Here's the recipe for you all. It's SUPER easy and so perfect for the season!
2 cups whole wheat flour
15-ounce can pumpkin
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (big handful) raisins
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup molasses
Preheat your oven to 350 and butter a 9” inch cake pan.
In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flours, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda). Mix well.
In another bowl, whisk together the canola oil, eggs, pumpkin, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
Fold in the raisins (walnuts if you’re feeling sassy) and then pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake for about fifty minutes, or until the cake starts to pull away from sides of pan.
Let cool for ten minutes and then invert on a plate and let cool all the way.
Wait until fully cooled before frosting it!
Monday, October 25, 2010
It was one of the more crazier weekends for me but it was AMAZING!
It all started Thursday at our doc appointment. Lil’ Los is doing great and is, get this, AVERAGE SIZE! Right!?!? Who knew! For his bone and head measurements he’s in the 55 percentile. I’m baffled but excited… I know everyone says you want a big baby but I was getting a little nervous. Obviously we have two more months of growth ahead of us but I think the automatic c-section discussion is off the table. Yeah!
After the doc appt is was off to Blooma for the start of my prenatal yoga training weekend extravaganza. It would take PAGES to describe what an amazing training it was… I’ll spare you but I will say this:
- I had some kick ass women in the training with me who totally owned it all. Their confidence, fear, sexuality, accomplishments, failures, opinions… everything! It was very empowering
- I never thought I would see so many vaginas in one weekend. We probably watched 7 different labor videos. I can officially cross-off doula and midwife from the “potential careers” list
- Prenatal yoga is tough – Saturday morning’s practice was one of the hardest yoga practices I’ve ever had! This is NOT a cute picture of me but you can tell by my bright red face that I’m working it!
- Mindful listening is one of the best and most challenging things to do. To actually listen to someone for 5 minutes and then repeat back what you heard (in your own words)… Powerful and very therapeutic
- I’m going to try for a natural birth… no drugs! I want to be able to apply what I’ve learned this weekend which means being able to move.
On top of this amazing 4-day training I got to shake my butt and spin around a pole for Kim’s Bachlorette party! It was SO great to see all my old college roomies and giggle like never before. Again, I’ll spare you all the details but having a big belly definitely helps swing you around a stripper pole! Might not look too sexy but damnit, I could do it!
So there it was… Doesn’t look too busy written out but it was… and I loved it!
I hope everyone else had a great weekend!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sorry no posts… It has been a CRAZY week and it’s only half done!
Quick Thoughts from a spastic person:
Great [past] weekend filled with giggles, apples, cake, family and “words of advice” (good job J)
Stressful week filled with too much work, teaching yoga, preparing for next week’s United Way drive that I’m overseeing, doctor appointment with ultrasound, finishing prenatal yoga training, bachelorette party and finally saying good-bye to my Lewis (well, not good-bye, just see you later)
I vow to write a longer post with pictures and wittiness on Sunday!
P.S. Jason, who is in Washington DC for a nerd conference, says “Happy World Statistics Day” to all!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
How big is baby? This kid is definitely still on the hefty-track. According to Dr. Gosen he’s still about two weeks ahead which puts him at about 3 ½ lbs and 17 inches long. My doc appointments are now every other week so they’ll be keeping a close eye on how big he gets. Next week I’ll be having another ultrasound to measure his shoulder width/tummy size to make sure he’s going to “fit” – if not, then good bye six pack!
Maternity Clothes? I’m getting a little sick of my wardrobe at this point. I’m used to a much deeper rotation and right now it’s limited to about 5 dresses, one pair of jeans (one pair of my maternity jeans makes my legs feel like squished sausages so I’ve retired those) and yoga pants. Since it’s somewhat frowned upon to rock lululemon’s at work I’m getting a bit tired of my dresses.
Food cravings: Still no cravings but boy have I been baking (re: the past four posts)
What I miss: Being able to get off the couch without help (I’m a turtle stuck on my back) :: being able to tell the difference between my dreams and reality :: red wine :: touching my toes :: seeing my toes
What I am looking forward to: Having a baby! Since my last doc appointment I’ve had to think a little more about labor and the fact that it’s pretty much all out of my control – I’ve realized that I’m totally fine with that and that no matter what happens I’ll get to leave with my lil’ guy. Now, I’d like to go out walking on my own without (A) stitches in my tummy or (B) stitches down below… but I have a feeling one of the two is going to happen so I should just stop worrying about it.
Milestones: We got the crib put together and in the nursery. We finished registering (Target). We start birthing classes this week. I’ll be certified to teach prenatal yoga soon. Only 10 weeks left!
Say What?: I finally started getting random stranger comments. I’m not a fan but I know these weirdoes mean well.
Lady at Great Harvest: Congrats!
Me: On What?
Lady: The baby…. (said very cautiously)
Me: Oh! That’s right. Thanks!
Guy at convenience store: No peanut butter and pickles?
[Apparently my Root Beer, Doritos and Fruit Mentos was not an odd enough combination for him]
Manager at Caribou and some yoga students: Every time I see you that stomach gets bigger and bigger!
Me: No shit!
[Ok, I didn't say that but I wanted to…. ]
What this picture doesn't show are the clumps of mallow in the chocolate sauce! My high hats weren't too high after that!
None the less, they tasted amazing and looked really cool when you cut them in half. This one is missing the graham center but it was still yummy!