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vanilla milkshake, the latest craving

It seems like it has been a few months since I could pinpoint a craving. Yes, I am always hungry but I have yet to send David out in the middle of the night to grab me this or that. Nor have I eaten the same meal or snack for multiple days in a row. The first trimester was my craving center. From spicy pad thai to pickles, I needed these items and craved them but rarely did I actually give in to my desires on a daily basis. Instead, I would distract myself with something I hoped would be a healthy alternative and move on. Unfortunately, 9 months later that early craving bug has kicked back in and this time it doesn't like to be distracted or denied! Vanilla Milkshakes have become my calling. I think about them probably 90% of the day (especially since I am home from school now and impatiently waiting for this little one). I think about the next one I am going to have, the one that I am currently having, and then ponder which of my milkshakes has been the ultimate shake. While I am a bit worried about the fat and sugar content, my baby brain keeps telling me "Hey it's calcium."  With about 1 week to go until the little man's arrival, I am going to give into this craving. How much damage can it do me at this point??  (Yes, I am very skeptical too about this).

Regardless, it seems my baby (and/or just me) is in the need of some TLC that can only come in the form of a vanilla milkshake. Cheers to you baby!

Ingredients:

2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

1/2 cup of non-fat milk

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Mix all ingredients into a blender, pour into your favorite glass, and enjoy!

fresh bruschetta

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 7.13.53 AM On snow days, I am all about comfort food. Give me macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, or a hot minestrone soup. My belly demands the warm comfort of rich, savory foods. This last storm though was a little different. While David shoveled us out of almost twelve inches of snow, I diced up some tomatoes tossed them with some oil and vinegar and toasted a baguette.  Dinner was light, cool, crisp, and clean and the bruschetta was just delicious (even if it wasn't my usual macaroni and cheese)! I  burnt my finger a little while toasting the bread because I was over-zealous is my desire to eat this up immediately, so be careful when you flip the toasts.

Ingredients:

2 cartons of red cherry tomatoes

2 cartons of yellow cherry tomatoes

balsamic vinegar

olive oil

garlic

basil

salt

pepper

red pepper flakes

baguette

In a frying pan, toast 5-6 cloves of garlic in olive oil until they are golden brown. Transfer the garlic and oil to a medium size bowl.  Slice the tomatoes in half length-wise and add them to the bowl. Bunch basil together on a cutting board and slice into thin strips, add these as well to the bowl. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and red pepper flakes into the mix. Toss in about 1-2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Mix everything together and taste.  Add whatever you feel you want more of.  Set aside to let the bruschetta juices mix together and become amazing. Then slice the baguette. In the same frying pan that you browned the garlic, add a tablespoon of butter and place the slices of baguette into the frying pan to toast. Flip the toasts after 1-2 minutes to brown both sides (add more butter if necessary so as not to burn the toast). Transfer to a serving plate. Enjoy!!

oktoberfest kielbasa

This afternoon David and I are going to our neighbor's house for an Oktoberfest party. Having lived in an apartment downtown for three years in which our neighbors neither said hello nor made eye contact with us, this new phenomena of visiting with neighbors and spending what could be a few hours with them is still new and exciting. Of course, we have to bring something and so I thought I would make this super simple crockpot kielbasa that I learned from a college roommate.  Every superbowl in college, Kellyanne made this dish and we devoured it.  While the ingredients are simple and perhaps a little odd...I promise the tangy sweetness these slow cooked sausages get in the end is amazingly delicious!

For a medium to large pot of kielbasa, I usually purchase three. Slice them up thin and throw the slices into the crockpot bowl. Take two jars of chili sauce and two jars of grape jelly and empty the contents of the container over the top of the kielbasa. Mix the ingredients well. Turn the crockpot on low and cook (stirring occasionally) four -six hours.

oktoberfest kielbasa

This afternoon David and I are going to our neighbor's house for an Oktoberfest party. Having lived in an apartment downtown for three years in which our neighbors neither said hello nor made eye contact with us, this new phenomena of visiting with neighbors and spending what could be a few hours with them is still new and exciting. Of course, we have to bring something and so I thought I would make this super simple crockpot kielbasa that I learned from a college roommate.  Every superbowl in college, Kellyanne made this dish and we devoured it.  While the ingredients are simple and perhaps a little odd...I promise the tangy sweetness these slow cooked sausages get in the end is amazingly delicious!

For a medium to large pot of kielbasa, I usually purchase three. Slice them up thin and throw the slices into the crockpot bowl. Take two jars of chili sauce and two jars of grape jelly and empty the contents of the container over the top of the kielbasa. Mix the ingredients well. Turn the crockpot on low and cook (stirring occasionally) four -six hours.

oktoberfest kielbasa

This afternoon David and I are going to our neighbor's house for an Oktoberfest party. Having lived in an apartment downtown for three years in which our neighbors neither said hello nor made eye contact with us, this new phenomena of visiting with neighbors and spending what could be a few hours with them is still new and exciting. Of course, we have to bring something and so I thought I would make this super simple crockpot kielbasa that I learned from a college roommate.  Every superbowl in college, Kellyanne made this dish and we devoured it.  While the ingredients are simple and perhaps a little odd...I promise the tangy sweetness these slow cooked sausages get in the end is amazingly delicious!

For a medium to large pot of kielbasa, I usually purchase three. Slice them up thin and throw the slices into the crockpot bowl. Take two jars of chili sauce and two jars of grape jelly and empty the contents of the container over the top of the kielbasa. Mix the ingredients well. Turn the crockpot on low and cook (stirring occasionally) four -six hours.

sautéed choy sum

My co-worker is from Malayasia and every few weeks we go to his house for dinner. His curry dishes and sautéed vegetables are always so delicious.  Eating at his house is one of my favorite pastimes. Alongside his spicy curry dish is usually a simple vegetable.  I always want to ask him exactly what the sauce is made with but have felt awkward to do so. Finally, I asked last night.  He eagerly shared his recipe.  All day long at school, I was salivating over the prospect of making this veggie dish for myself. I bought a bunch of choy sum, oyster sauce, and fish sauce and headed home to make my simple and yet satisfying veggie side dish.

Take a bunch of choy sum (or baby bok choy) and separate the leaves from the base.  Rinse well and toss into a sauté pan with a dash of oil.  Heat over medium heat. Once the leaves have begun to wilt add 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of fish sauce.  Toss the ingredients in the pan and continue to sauté until the base of the leaves are cooked through and fragrant.  From start to finish, I sautéed the veggies for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

sautéed choy sum

My co-worker is from Malayasia and every few weeks we go to his house for dinner. His curry dishes and sautéed vegetables are always so delicious.  Eating at his house is one of my favorite pastimes. Alongside his spicy curry dish is usually a simple vegetable.  I always want to ask him exactly what the sauce is made with but have felt awkward to do so. Finally, I asked last night.  He eagerly shared his recipe.  All day long at school, I was salivating over the prospect of making this veggie dish for myself. I bought a bunch of choy sum, oyster sauce, and fish sauce and headed home to make my simple and yet satisfying veggie side dish.

Take a bunch of choy sum (or baby bok choy) and separate the leaves from the base.  Rinse well and toss into a sauté pan with a dash of oil.  Heat over medium heat. Once the leaves have begun to wilt add 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of fish sauce.  Toss the ingredients in the pan and continue to sauté until the base of the leaves are cooked through and fragrant.  From start to finish, I sautéed the veggies for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

sautéed choy sum

My co-worker is from Malayasia and every few weeks we go to his house for dinner. His curry dishes and sautéed vegetables are always so delicious.  Eating at his house is one of my favorite pastimes. Alongside his spicy curry dish is usually a simple vegetable.  I always want to ask him exactly what the sauce is made with but have felt awkward to do so. Finally, I asked last night.  He eagerly shared his recipe.  All day long at school, I was salivating over the prospect of making this veggie dish for myself. I bought a bunch of choy sum, oyster sauce, and fish sauce and headed home to make my simple and yet satisfying veggie side dish.

Take a bunch of choy sum (or baby bok choy) and separate the leaves from the base.  Rinse well and toss into a sauté pan with a dash of oil.  Heat over medium heat. Once the leaves have begun to wilt add 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of fish sauce.  Toss the ingredients in the pan and continue to sauté until the base of the leaves are cooked through and fragrant.  From start to finish, I sautéed the veggies for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Simple Snack

Sometimes the simplest of snacks can hit the spot and leave you feeling like you made a healthy choice that is also satisfying. Boil water on stove in a medium pot.  Once the pot reaches a rolling boil, toss in the edamame (fresh or frozen in shells) for approx 3-4 minutes or once they float to the top.  Strain them in the sink.  Transfer the edamame in their shells to a plate or serving bowl and sprinkle with sea salt.  Enjoy a simple and very healthy snack!

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Simple Snack

Sometimes the simplest of snacks can hit the spot and leave you feeling like you made a healthy choice that is also satisfying. Boil water on stove in a medium pot.  Once the pot reaches a rolling boil, toss in the edamame (fresh or frozen in shells) for approx 3-4 minutes or once they float to the top.  Strain them in the sink.  Transfer the edamame in their shells to a plate or serving bowl and sprinkle with sea salt.  Enjoy a simple and very healthy snack!

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Simple Snack

Sometimes the simplest of snacks can hit the spot and leave you feeling like you made a healthy choice that is also satisfying. Boil water on stove in a medium pot.  Once the pot reaches a rolling boil, toss in the edamame (fresh or frozen in shells) for approx 3-4 minutes or once they float to the top.  Strain them in the sink.  Transfer the edamame in their shells to a plate or serving bowl and sprinkle with sea salt.  Enjoy a simple and very healthy snack!

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