Friday, January 31, 2014

January Snippets

After the last few days, I am ready to say goodbye to the month of January. Mostly just to winter in general. The last few days have been crazy in Alabama, but we have a lot to be thankful for. When the snow hit Tuesday, the whole city was taken by surprise. Everything at work shut down, and I attempted to leave work with a co-worker (Fletcher was out at another location). There were cars all over the road. I have never seen anything like it.  We quickly realized that driving was not an option, and my co-worker and I decided to park her car in a safe spot and walk home. Walking home 4 miles in the snow while 27 weeks pregnant, is a memory I will never forget! Fletcher came to meet us (on foot) and walked the last two miles with us. I was so happy when we finally made it home. I am thankful that both Fletcher and I were close enough to walk home, that we both had a co-worker with us, that I happened to have on uggs when I never wear uggs to work, that Fletcher and I were together for some of the trek, and that we were able to walk home before it got dark. God is good and we are thankful! Today the roads slowly began to thaw, and we are hoping to resume life as normal! 
 
Earlier this month we took a trip to Helen, Georgia with some friends. It was such a relaxing getaway. We had a great time with our friends and exploring Helen. The cabbage patch factory was definitely a highlight!
Other highlights of the month were getting to soak up time with our nephews. I have really enjoyed the pace of our lives these last few months. With less on the calendar we have really been able to soak up quality time with friends and family here in Birmingham. 
Our recent donut date was one of my favorites! Saturday mornings are my favorite time of the week. Especially when I spend it with these two guys...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

White Chocolate Pecan Bars

I got this recipe from my friend Anna and ended up making it multiple times throughout the Christmas season. I love finding new easy pick-up desserts and this one was quite the crowd pleaser. Warning - the dishes aren't very fun to clean, spray the pan well before pouring batter in! Other than the dishes, this recipe is easy peasy.

White Chocolate Pecan Bars
1 package (12 oz) white chocolate chips, divided
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups AP flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 can (14 oz) eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chopped peans, toasted
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Grease (well!!!) a 9x13 baking dish. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt 1 cup of the white chocolate chips and butter. Stir in flour and baking powder until blended. Stir in eagle brand milk, pecans, egg, vanilla, and remaining chips.

The mixture will be thick. Spoon mixture into 9x13 pan. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut and serve.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pregnancy Post: Second Trimester, Part 2

The weeks are continuing to fly by as I enjoy the golden stage of pregnancy. I am now 24 weeks pregnant. It is really hard for me to believe I am 6 months along, and closer to the end of the pregnancy, than to the beginning. We are starting to get things done, but we still have much more to do! Since I last blogged, here is what we have accomplished...
  • Baby girl has a name! I have decided not to share it on the blog, but we do have a name!
  • Registry 
  • First stage of nursery: operation clean out the room
In an effort to not be overwhelmed, I have decided to take it one month at a time. Here is what I'm looking to accomplish in the next month...
  • Sign up for baby classes and a hospital tour
  • Start reading the books on my bedside table
  • Phase one of nursery decorating: choose paint, bedding, and curtains
There are a few things I want to document for my own sake, that are probably boring to read. But here it goes...
  • I am really hungry in the mornings. I think I could eat from 8-11am straight. My appetite levels off at lunch, but at this time I have 3 phases of breakfast. 6:30am- cereal, 8:30am- peanut butter crackers, 10:00am - apple. These morning snacks get me to lunch time, when thankfully my appetite settles down. 
  • I can feel her kick! I felt her kick for the first time between 23 and 24 weeks. I feel it the most in the evening hours. It makes me really happy to feel her moving around.
  • Nightly walks. About a month ago, Fletcher and I started taking walks together every night. I read that it is supposed to help nightly leg cramps. It has now become one of my favorite parts of the day. It is such a sweet time to talk about our days together. We have taken a few days off due to the arctic blast, and I have really missed our walks. As long as it is above 20 degrees, we bundle up and take our nightly walk. 
  • Cravings. I get a lot of questions about cravings. I don't feel like I crave one specific thing. Rather, when I decide I want something, I really want it...It just seems to be random at this point (but nothing too weird yet). I do have to admit that I have taken a serious interest in Taziki's chocolate cake.
     
    I never really cared about it before pregnancy, but it is one of my favorite desserts now. Fletcher got take out the other night and it made my day when I saw that he got me a slice of cake! 
  • Food aversions. Thankfully, I am over my aversion to meat. Maybe baby girl isn't a vegetarian after all. As the weeks go by, my pickiness is slowly fading, and I am thankful. 
  • Baby bump. I think I am on the verge of a big growth spurt. Some mornings I wake up and can tell I grew noticeably overnight. The baby bump is now obvious. For a while it depended on my outfit, but now you can tell I am pregnant no matter what I'm wearing. I do feel like the bump has been growing slowly up until this point. I know a big growth spurt is just around the corner.