Procrastination by Blogging.

So I am procrastinating on all of the things I need to do today, like go to the grocery store, finish the dishes, fold my laundry, andΒ  clean the living room by blogging. I don’t even really have much to say today, except for the fact that I’ve got this long list of things that need to be done and I just don’t want to do them right now, because I am being lazy and would rather watch old reruns of TV shows on my computer than get off my rear-end and actually do a little work around the house.That sink is calling to me, but I am ignoring it for now to say hello to all you guys out there.

In baby news, I felt the baby move for the first time and that was really exciting. Paul can’t feel it yet, but I am sure that it won’t be too long before he can. I’ve started having Braxton Hicks contractions and it’s not a lot of fun, kind of painful and crampy. The only time they’ve been happening is during/after a long shift at work when I’ve been standing for 7-8 hours, and as long as I am not on my feet for that long they don’t bother me, so I quit my job, (more time to knit, right?)Β  my last day is on Saturday. I feel like such a loser, getting them to hire me and then quitting on them 3 months later. Whoops? Sorry dudes. But the Nurse Practitioner at my OB’s office said it was probably a good idea to take it easy, especially since my pregnancy has been somewhat turbulent so far. Oh, and sorry for no 18 week picture yet, maybe later in the week when I am feeling put together or something? And when there is a clean spot in my house to take a picture in? Or maybe on a day when I remember to put makeup on. Yes, that will be it. I’ll take a picture tomorrow, since I need to actually look presentable for a social event anyway.

Ok, well, the kitchen has reached a state of disaster (meaning I want to go get a glass of grape juice, but we have no clean cups, so I actually gotta go do something about this situation.) Happy Tuesday, ya’ll.

Mid-Day Snacking

Is there a better snack on earth than Fuji apple slices, mozzarella cheese and crackers?

I really don’t think there is.

Yum.

I’ve got the day off today, I love having days off. Especially when it’s in the middle of the week, it just feels so novel. Being able to go to the grocery store without it being packed, doing a little shopping, stuff like that. It’s so nice! Today I went maternity shopping and got a super cute maternity swimsuit for only 67 cents. Yesss! Well, it wasn’t really 67 cents, but I had a bunch of gift cards to store that I never shop at, so I was able to use up those and only had to fork over the 67 cents to get it.

(Picture by Motherhood Maternity)

I don’t think I’ll look quite that good when I’m 8 months pregnant… but whatever, it’s going to be hot and I probably won’t really care that my thighs have stretch marks on them, right? I’m definitely thinking about getting a pool pass this summer so I can use this swimsuit as much as possible. (The pool here in Moscow has a lazy river that I am definitely going to be taking advantage of this summer)

Ok, so since I have the day off I should probably try to get some productive stuff done… like folding the 3 loads of laundry that have been sitting there for 3 days, or maybe cleaning the bathroom. We’ll see how much I get done…

Beef Stew

I had to work a little bit late last night, so I decided to make a crock pot dinner, so that I could eat as soon as I got home. Turns out it was an awesome idea.


I had some beef in the freezer and a bunch of veggies that needed to be used up.

And it turned out totally amazing. I definitely needed that hearty delicious dinner after work yesterday! And Paul even made biscuits to go with it!

And today, well, today I am going to lay low, sit in my pile of tissues and try to recover from this cold I’ve gotten. I hate being sick! I haven’t been sick in 4 months, which I am pretty sure is a new record for me! So being sick on top of morning sickness, well… you know how fun that is!

I’ll be back a little later today with the “You Knit What?!”, I’m just moving a little slowly today!

Little Bear Hat

I got a custom order for a set of 3 baby hats, this was the first one I made.

Little bear cub.


Yeah, and I have no baby heads to showcase my hats on, so the coffee canister will have to do for now.

A few things…

First! It was such a beautiful day here in Moscow.


(taken from my front porch about 7:30 this morning)

Second! My cactus is in full bloom! I am so excited about this, guys.

Third! I am attempting to redo that fail of a hat I made yesterday. Hm. Well, I’ll let ya’ll know how this one turns out.

 

Christmas Cactus

Our Christmas cactus is almost blooming! I am so excited. I was disappointed last winter when it didn’t bloom like we were told it would.

I don’t know how long it’ll be til it opens up, but I hoping that the blossom sticks around for a while. My table is very green, so that pop of hot pink is very eyecatching!

Pesto

Made pesto this evening.

Love. love. love pesto.

Love making pesto pizza, pesto chicken, pesto pasta… oh, we love pesto.

My only wish is that I had a bigger Cuisinart. But this one does just fine, just small batches.

Also, a little tip I learned… don’t waste your precious money on pine nuts. Yes, they are delicious, but since they are so pricey I substitute walnuts and nobody even notices. Yum.

Weekending

So, my sisters Erika and Heidi, my mom, Ezra and my brothers girlfriend Cynthia got to come hang out this weekend. And it was awesome. It was a less-than-24 hour trip, but I enjoyed it so much!

My nephew is a lot of fun to hang out with.

We went to the Farmers market, The Storm Cellar, and made pizza.

I got two HUGE bunches of basil! They were only $3.oo a bunch, so I got all they had, planning on making some killer pesto tomorrow.

And I had to move all of my succulents inside since it is getting really cold out at night here. But as of right now I have nowhere to put them, so they, too, are on the kitchen table.


It’s getting a bit crowded in there.

And, just because I can, here is a parting shot of my nephew eating the pizza we made for lunner (lunch/dinner).

Carrot Top

Ok, question. I always end up with all these carrot tops… I am getting conflicting information online. Some say they’re poisonous, but others post recipes of what to make with them! Have any of you ever used carrot tops for anything?

(carrot tops)

Other than that, I got a good haul at the Farmers Market today. Tons of good fall things.. lots of gourds, pumpkins, apple cider, mmm. I could have spent our monthly allotment for food there this morning…

(R to L: , braided loaf, Butterhead lettuce, green beans, gourds, carrots, apples.)

Check out that gourd in the back left. It’s the craziest gourd I’ve ever seen. I love it!

What we did with all those peppers…

Thanks, you guys! I never knew that having a blog could be so helpful. Got lots of ideas on how to prepare and eat up those yummy peppers! We still have a few more, and farmers market is only 3 days away, so I will definitely be buying more to try some more of your recipes!

We ended up making Quinoa Stuffed Peppers (yum!)

Uh, this looks kind of gross, but it wasn’t. It’s a super-duper easy recipe.
Saute 2 stalks celery and 1 medium onion in olive oil for about 5 min
Add 1 can of drained black beans (or any kind of beans, really, I suppose)
1 large diced tomato
Add 2 cups water and 3/4 cup quinoa (or you could substitute rice, couscous, even groundbeef or sausage, but if you add meat don’t add the water)
Bring to boil, let simmer for 20 minutes, or until quinoa is soft and most of the water is absorbed

Then, gut your peppers! The poor yellow one had to go sideways because he was not able to stand on his own.

Then, stuff them! I used a ladle to get it in there, but I did end up spilling all over the edges…

Then add some shredded cheese to the top, if you want. (Cheese is always a yes in this household)

Then bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. (I cheated and baked them at 375 for 45 minutes, we were starving at that point since we didn’t start making it until around 5:30, and it was bordering 7:00pm….)

They weren’t super filling, so next time I might add more quinoa, or possibly some ground beef (that might make the husband happy) just to make them stick with you a bit longer. But I thought they were really, really tasty!