Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Good Laugh

I am definitely past this point but thought this little cartoon was funny and wanted to share it... especially if you have been through this stage where you stare at your stomach every chance you get to see if there is a slight baby bump coming through. You know you've done it, too.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Bun in the Oven

It's true! The cat is out of the bag. We're pregnant and couldn't be more excited. Baby Waldram is due on Black Friday, November 25th. This happens to be one of my favorite days of the year, but it looks like I won't be doing any shopping this time around. I just hope I get to enjoy some thanksgiving leftovers before the big appearance.

I had my 12 week appointment today and the baby was moving so much! I saw it's little arms and legs moving like crazy. It's so weird that's going on in my belly and I can't even feel it! Apparently the baby is the size of a lime, about 2 inches long.

The story.......

March 23rd was one of the best days ever. The test was positive.

The day construction on our house was being wrapped up and we were moving stuff in, we found out we were preggers. It was perfect timing! We've been wanting a baby for awhile, so I was in shock when I saw the plus sign. I had to rub my eyes and pinch myself because I didn't think it was real. We had construction workers at our house, so I kindly yelled for my husband to come see me. He didn't know I had taken the test, so he was taking his time finishing up what he was doing. I finally yelled again, this time not so kindly, and he came into the room where I showed him the test. Mike teared up :) How cute.

This oven must have been preheated to 400°F and needs to be turned down a little because I started to get a pooch/belly around 10 weeks. I'm in that chubby stage where it looks like I have gained  more than a few pounds. However, I went through my first trimester without gaining a pound! My mom said she looked full term at 6 months and people would constantly ask her if she was about ready to pop, even though she had 3 months left. My sweet mother also told me that she could not find maternity clothes big enough to fit her. This isn't looking promising. I have a feeling I'm following in my mother's footsteps in yet another thing.

So far I have been SO lucky and have not been sick at all. I have my moments, but it was a very smooth 1st trimester. I managed to go through the first three months without puking once! In fact, if I ever feel nauseous, I actually sneeze. It's the weirdest thing... but I would much rather sneeze then puke. I have had food aversions (like Italian food), haven't had as much of a sweet tooth, get tired earlier at night, and have to eat more frequently. I didn't think I was moody and told my husband I was impressed with how I was doing on moodiness. Mike gave me a "are you kidding me?" look, so apparently there's been a little of that, too. As far as cravings go, that hasn't really started yet, but I do enjoy Double Deckers from Taco Bell a little more than normal.

12 weeks down and many more to go!

I had to add this. It's a little creepy and funny at the same time.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What's for Dinner

I have always loved chicken pot pie. If it was on the menu, I ordered it. A couple of years ago I came across a recipe on allrecipes.com for a delicious looking pot pie and decided to give it a try. Destiny. This was meant to be mine. Ever since, this has been my go to comfort food. I never order it at restaurants anymore because they never compare to this bad boy. I made it for my family last night and everyone raved about it.

I have made a few modifications over time, so feel free to add or take away anything. It does take a little time and effort to make from start to finish, especially the first time. Enjoy!

This is a pic from the first time I made it.

Chicken Pot Pie

1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts - cubed
1 small potato, peeled and diced into small pieces
1 cup sliced carrots (I usually just buy a bag of shredded carrots to save time)
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 3/4 cups chicken broth (+ extra for boiling veggies)
2/3 cup milk
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 425

In a saucepan, combine chicken, potato pieces, carrots, peas, and celery. Add extra chicken broth (if you have any, but make sure you do because it totally adds flavor) and/or water to cover and boil for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.

In a saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. SLOWLY stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. This can take awhile so be patient! Remove from heat and set aside.

To avoid a soggy pot pie, pre-bake the bottom pie crust in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Before popping it in the oven, brush it with a little bit of egg white and poke holes in the crust with a fork. 

Place the chicken mixture in the baked bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Spread a little big of egg white over the top and make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Be sure to keep an eye on it just in case the edges start to burn. I usually add some foil around the edges if it looks like it's going to burn. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. We usually serve ours with rice.

Make it... tonight! I've made it NUMEROUS times so let me know if you have any questions!!!