You might have noticed my absence over the past couple of months. First, it started out as summer was just full of family stuff and I just didn't have time to sit down and write and then, it turned into something else. Something I needed to keep under wraps for a while. But now is the big reveal.
That is my 12 week ultrasound. I'm having a baby in April though if things play out like last time, Mini-Hindi 2, will be here in March. My absence has been mostly due to the fact I have had awful (in my terms) morning sickness where I am not hungry, the smell or site of bacon makes me want to vomit, I am tired all day, all night and I don't want to get out of bed. I have spent my weekend blogging time napping or just sitting on the couch moaning and groaning for the sickness to go away. Today I went to the doctor and have lost 8 lbs since my last appointment.
We are excited but I still think I'm in shock. Of course, I have plans to be to as natural of a mama as I can be but we do have most of the gear from last time and I might take a stab at cloth diapering again, though I sold all my diapering stuff.
I'm busy working away on our goals in the background and gearing up for October's Eco Challenge where I will be focusing on energy goals. Hopefully, I can get my home monitoring system working. Oh the pressure!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I have pretty much simplified my make-up routine to just concealer and mascara (I will wear eye shadow, eyeliner and blush on occasion but not every day) and since I switched my concealer a few months back, I was dreading looking for a new mascara. My stand-by has been Mary Kay or everyone's favorite Great Lash by Maybelline. I have long thin lashes that require a lash curler so I need something that helps them look not so thin.
From what everyone was telling me, I was going to have to pay good money for an all-natural mascara. Which was SO not the case. One Friday night, I was shopping without my child and decided to look through the cosmetic aisle at Fred Meyer. I was so exited to see that Physicians Formula has two 100% natural original mascara options that hold the ECOCERT certification (though neither is listed on the cosmetic database). Retail value on the Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara was $9 which was easier to shell out that the $30 I thought I was going to be facing.
I was thinking to myself, this stuff probably isn't going to work well with my long, thin eyelashes -- boy was I wrong. This stuff was better than my ole stand-bys. It does live up to offering big, thick, dramatic lashes as the packaging suggests!
Now my daily beauty routine is natural and I can't wait to try other products through the Physicians Formula Organic Wear line.
P.S. I have no affiliation with any of the products/companies/organizations mentioned in this post
Monday, September 26, 2011
Since I love to cook and bake, I have started a board on Pinterest called I like to eat. It's been a great place to post recipes I've been dying to try The Cutting Edge of Ordinary's Gnocchi Mac and Cheese. It is super easy to make and oh so yummy! Enjoy.
Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
1 pound purchased or homemade gnocchi
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup shredded fontina cheese
Salt and white pepper to taste
1/3 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano
Basil leaves for garnish, optional (I chopped fresh basil and added it in to my cheese sauce)
Preheat oven to 375. Prepare gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and place gnocchi in a single-layer in a 1-1/2 quart shallow baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in flour until it thickens and bubbles, then whisk in milk and Dijon. Continue to whisk mixture and cook until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
Combine Gruyere and fontina, then add by the handful to milk mixture, stirring until melted before adding the next handful. Once all cheese is melted, season sauce with salt and pepper.
Pour sauce over gnocchi and sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano over top. Bake gnocchi until they puff and the cheese is golden and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Let gnocchi rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Yes, I have been slacking a bit on the blogging. My family has been keeping up with being green and our goals but time for blogging when working full time and chasing around a three year old, has been sparse!
In my free time, I have been working on marketing (Alissa has been working on organizing) the Central Oregon Children's Costume Swap as part of National Costume Swap Day. We are holding it a week early because we got a great FREE space at the Bend Fall Festival!
Here are the details:
October 1, 2011
October 1, 2011
Bend Fall Festival
Join us to recycle your gently used Halloween costumes and select low cost costumes to outfit your kids this year!
How it works:
Swap opens at 10:30 a.m. for those that have previously donated
Open to the general public at 11 a.m. and continuing all day as part of Fall Festival through 6 p.m.
All costumes $10 (proceeds to the Family Access Network)
Donate a costume to the swap and receive $5 credit toward your selection.
Donate 2 costumes and select a new costume free!
What we’re looking for:
Full costumes only – no solo accessories please.
Quality handmade costumes accepted at the volunteer’s discretion.
Costume drop off will be Friday, September 30 from 6-8 p.m. at a yet to be determined location.
Special thanks to Green Halloween for developing such an event! Our costume swap has come along way since last year!