Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nesting and #WIAW

The last few weeks have been a dozy. I do best when both my feet are firmly planted on the ground. Unfortunately I had work trips planned months ago during a time when I was unaware of what was to come. Motion sickness is a very bad thing when you travel.  I had two flights two weeks in a row. Let's just say it did not go over well.  Come 24 hours later, I start to feel better but that pretty much is half the week when you take to flights.   

Luckily this week I was able to cancel my trip and I am not planning on doing any more travel till this little baby is born.

Not feeling well has lead me to really watch what I have been eating.  When I am not doing great I try to eat but crackers are about all I can handle. Once I feel better though I am able to handle a lot more. Not that I get too daring. Yesterday I woke up early and was hungry. Hello cereal at 5 am. 

My second breakfast came around 7:30 with a green smoothie. I have been adding more PB each more to make sure I get my protein in.  And yes, that is my belly sticking out over the counter.  Bumping into things with my belly is now the story of my life. 

Another snack came around 11 am with an apple. 

Followed by a 12:30 lunch of leftover frozen pizza. My second serving of greens for the day. I am counting this as a win.

Mr. J was out and I opted for an easy frozen mac and cheese dish. I think I eat mac and cheese most days of the week. With the exception of my green smoothie I think I eat like a two year old. Spicy food is completely out of the picture.  

I am wondering once my body realizes I am not traveling any more if I will be able to add a bit more variety to my diet. 

What is your favorite frozen meal?  What did you eat Wednesday?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Peppermint Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies #fbcookieswap

Its that time of year again. One my my favorite things during the holidays right these years is the #fbcookieswap put on by Lindsay and Julie.  Each November they organize hundreds of bloggers in a great worldwide cookie exchange.  This year was a bit interesting for me trying to negotiate work travel, baby room updates, and nausea.  By some miracle though I managed to wrap up and mail three boxes of cookies before Thanksgiving. 

I always try out a new recipe for this exchange. Its great fun searching for a unique Christmas cookie that is hopefully universally pleasing.  The bad news is if it turns out amazing Mr. J has to watch with a growling stomach as I wrap up each and every one of those cookies for others. 

These cookies have all sorts of goodness in them. Mini chocolate chips, Peppermint JoJos (Trader Joe's version of Oreos) and candy canes. I cannot think of a more Christmas combination of sweet add ins.

After a few munches on the two extra cookies off these cookies went. 

Over the last few weeks I have gotten a few shipments of cookies as well. One even came all the way from Hawaii complete with toffee, macadamia brittle and coffee.  Funny enough, another package was filled with very similar cookies to the ones I made.  Mr. J got his cookies after all. Thank you to  Lindsay and Julie for putting this big event and to the marvelous bloggers who sent us cookies. 

Peppermint Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Emily Morris, Adapted by Inside Bru Crew Life
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus 30 minute chi
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Ingredients (36 cookies)
  • 1 box white cake mix (15.25 oz.)
  • 1 stick butter, melted (8 Tbsp.)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Oreo cookie chunks
  • 1 cup candy cane pieces
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Combine the cake mix, melted butter, egg, and extracts in a bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until a soft dough forms. Add the cream cheese and beat in gently until combined.

Remove bowl from stand mixer. By hand stir in the candy cane pieces and chocolate chips first. Then gently stir in the cookie pieces by hand being careful not to break up the cookie more. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes.

Roll the dough into 36 balls. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. Do not over bake. The cookies will be very soft and look undone. Let them sit on the hot cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then gently remove them with a spatula to a piece of wax paper on the counter.

Very gently tap the tops of the cookies with the bottom of the spatula to even out the tops. Let them sit until completely cool. Store in a sealed container.
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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I survived the Glucose Test and #WIAW

Yesterday was a bit of a rough day.  I was officially set to take my glucose test.  This was something I was dreading for months.  One you have to get your blood drawn; this is never something I look forward to having done. Two large quantities of sugar make me feel miserable. I was expecting the worst. 

My doctor suggested a protein breakfast to help curb the sugar effects.  My two eggs took about 30 minutes for me to eat. I have a love/hate relationship with eggs. Yesterday I hated eggs.  Well, the test was pretty miserable but I survived. The time lunch rolled around I was feeling much more like myself. 

I was in Boston on Monday till late and picked up dinner on the way home. I had the second helping for lunch. A chicken Cesar salad and some mac and cheese. I think I have consumed more mac and cheese in the last few months than I have in my entire other 30 years. 

My afternoon snack came a bit later than normal and I quickly scarfed down my yogurt and granola. The rest of the homemade granola is gone. Making more is on tap for this weekend. 

Other snacks for the day included a pre dinner munching of raspberries. I have gotten the best raspberries lately at the store. And they haven't been expensive.  Crazy for December. 

I go every where with saltines nowadays. They saved me after my test.  

Dinner was leftover chicken stir fry from the weekend. Mr. J was coming home from a trip and got Chinese take out. I convinced him to share some of his egg drop soup.  

What did you eat Wednesday?  Have you taken the Glucose Test?

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