If you are like me and think you spend a little too much money at coffee shops these days, here is a neat solution!
Introducing your very own homemade frozen coffee delight!

I'm not sure if this is a healthier version of the ones found at the coffee shop but I would venture to say that since you have control of the ingredients, you can make it as healthy or not as you would like!

Homemade Frozen Coffee Delight
Makes 1 large or 2 small servings

1 1/2 cups of ice cubes
1 cup chilled brewed coffee
1/8 c sugar or Stevia. You can add as little or as much to your coffee liking.
1/4 c 1% milk (this is another opportunity to make it healthier or not)
sprinkle of cinnamon

1. Blend all ingredients except the milk until smooth consistency.
2. Add milk and blend again until mixed.

Pour into a fancy glass with some whipped cream and some more cinnamon and enjoy the fact that it cost all of 5 cents to make this =)

Enjoy!





Find the inspiration for this recipe and more coffee recipes here
 

Big Head

01/29/2012

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Today marks the official 7 months mark! Only 12 or so weeks left!

Introducing our new and improved Lettuce!
Lettuce is now 2 1/4 lbs and 14.8 inches long. He also has eyelashes now and can open and close his eyes. At this point, he should be able to react to light stimuli so we're planning on shining a flashlight at him sometime this week to see if he does anything!

Lately, its been fun to just watch him (or her) move around and do flips and dance moves inside of me. Its such an interesting feeling and I've gotten so used to it that I don't remember what its like to not have something constantly moving inside of you!

Here is Lettuce at 28 weeks:
I've been keeping up with the vast array of pregnancy exercises that our Bradley class has taught us to do including squats, sitting indian style as often as I remember to and some other leg and core strengthening fun ones!

We've been cruising smoothly this past week with nothing really new to report except . . .
Our stroller came in!!! We decided to get the BOB Strides stroller based off of reviews and other recommendations and ultimately for our baby's safety.  Its verstility also sold us since we've always been a pretty active family. I can't wait to take Lettuce on walks, hikes, and runs in his cool new stroller =)

Baby Room Progress: Bedding has been ordered, and dresser has been painted and is waiting on new hardware!
Bye!
 
 
Hello!

If cauliflower doesn't make you feel warm and fuzzy inside (like me), then this recipe will probably not seem very appetizing at first. but rest assured that this is a GREAT recipe! I got my weekly stamp of approval from my dear husband Matt =)

I've been holding on to this head of cauliflower since last week's events not knowing what the heck to do with it because I'm not really a fan of cauliflower in its original state.
So I decided to get creative and do something I've been wanting to do for a while now. . . pureed cauliflower "mashed potatoes."

I've heard about this dish from several people in my dietetics bubble and I simply had to give it a try for myself.

Disclaimer: Just so you're aware, there aren't really any mashed potatoes involved in this dish

Its incredibly simple and so healthy! 1 head of cauliflower is only 145 calories and 14 grams of fiber! WIN!

Spiced Cauliflower Puree
Makes 2-3 servings
1 medium head of cauliflower, with greens removed and chopped into florets
3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp butter
1% milk
Sea salt
pepper
paprika
red pepper flakes
garlic powder

1. Put the florets and garlic cloves into a steam basket and steam until soft, about 25 minutes.

2. When you're done steaming, pour into food processor with the butter, a small squirt of milk (less than 1/8 of a cup). Gradually add the other spices to your liking.

3. Keep taste testing until you have achieved the flavor that you like.

4. Serve hot and enjoy!
Although this looks like mashed potatoes, the similarities stop there. I must say that they do not taste anything like potatoes. They DO however, have another delicious flavor of their own. Matt and I polished it ALL off. . . AKA we each ate half a head of cauliflower in one sitting. Talk about getting our veggies!

Maybe next time I will do half mashed potatoes, half cauliflower and add some shredded mozzarella to kick things up a notch!

Enjoy! and as always, don't hate till you've TRIED IT! =)
 
 
 
 
Its that time of the week again! Welcome THIRD trimester!!

Our sweet little baby _______ (insert your preference here!) is moving around all day everyday probably wondering why its living space is getting smaller and smaller.

This week, the baby weighs as much as . . .
. . . a Cauliflower head! Making him about 2 pounds and 14 1/2 inches long.

Cauliflower sleeps at regular intervals now. I'm just hoping its the right intervals and its nights and days are straight in its head when it comes out hehe.
Cauliflower is also getting hiccups regularly causing random fluttering movements to happen. And here I thought my intestines were just doing weird things!

Now that I am 27 weeks, I had the wonderful privilege of participating in a special test done at the doctor that checks for gestational diabetes. The test entails fasting from midnight the previous night, and then drinking 50 grams of straight up GLUCOSE, which looks like corn syrup and tastes like a very very thick version of Sprite. I know all of you are dieing to try it. After drinking the solution, I waited an hour and then had blood taken to see how efficiently my body dealt with the sugar rush.

The worst part about it wasn't the gross drink, or the blood taking, or the impending results (which I'm not worried about), but the fact that I had NOTHING TO EAT FOR 10 HOURS! When the doctor told me last week I would have to do this he might as well have told me that Disney World was closing down . . . (the horror!)

Needles to say, I survived and promptly scarfed down a pancake twice the size of my head when I got home =)

Here is Cauliflower at 27 weeks:
Total weight gained at 27 weeks: 15 . 8 lbs

Baby Room Progress: The dresser is almost done being painted and there are only baby items in the room now woohoo!
Last weekend my sister threw the most beautiful baby shower. The overall theme was "Stork Express Airlines" and the details were pristine! The guests were greeted with "complimentary" snacks and drinks from the "airline," and a message board with flight information saying Baby Rodriguez is "On time." Delicious sandwiches were wrapped in white linen "diapers" and the guests all received a little suitcase with their party favor inside. The shower also included a hot chocolate station, pomegranate sparkling juice + champagne (not for me), red velvet cupcakes, and of course, cake! I wish I had more pictures to share but when I get them I will post them! It was so thoughtful and Matt and I loved every minute of it! Thank you Andrea!
Note: the baby industry doesn't make neutral ribbons, hence I had to wear a blue one =)

Till next week!
 

Bite time

01/15/2012

 
 
 
Hello!

This week we have hit the 26 week mark! 14 weeks to go! Time is flying and I feel like I'm constantly writing one of these baby update posts!

Brace yourselves for this big reveal. When I picked up this item at the grocery, I was astonished by its size!

This week the baby is the size of . . .
An English Hot-House Cucumber! Has anyone ever heard of that?? Its like 2 cucumbers in one! This was definitely my first experience with one of these rather expensive vegetables but it was worth it =)

Keep in mind that we are measuring LENGTH again this week, which at this point is a whopping 14 inches! (Hopefully the baby is a little chubbier than that cucumber at this point haha). He is also 1 . 6 lbs and adding more and more baby fat every day.

According to our handy resource, the baby's ear nerves are well developed and very sensitive to sound. Just Monday night as we watched the National Championship and yelling at the TV was at its peak, Cucumber was flipping around like crazy in there! (I would like to think that he was hyped up about the game too hehe)

Cucumber is also inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid to strengthen his lungs for his first breath outside of the womb.

Here is Cucumber at 26 weeks:
Matt and I started going to our Bradley Classes, which is just one type of birthing method. We're excited to learn a lot from our 12 week session, especially some good pain relieving techniques during labor that are characteristic of this method. I will keep you all updated as I learn more and more in the next few weeks. For now, I've been told to sit indian style as much as possible and to squat as much as possible (rather than leaning over at the waist).

I'm still staying as active as possible and I'm not really feeling inhibited at all when I exercise, which I'm so thankful for. The only (pretty funny) thing I have noticed is when I go to my weight lifting class and do a move that makes me lift the bar above my head, I usually end up slightly lifting my shirt up with the bar since I'm not used to the belly being in my way. I hope no one notices . . .

Total weight gained at 26 weeks: 14 . 4 lbs (This is less than last week but last week's number was a mistake, my bad!)

Baby room progress: No comment . . .
See ya next week!
 
 
This pizza is so good my friends. We had our friend Deacon Kyle over for dinner this evening and him and Matt both liked it! Healthy dinner success in my book =)

I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs eatliverun.com so check it out when you get a chance!
I wish I would've gotten a picture of the whole pizza but we were way too hungry to wait and I almost didn't even get a picture at all!

I also used the dough recipe on that same website so if you are looking for a tasty pizza dough recipe you can find it by clicking on that link.

Click here for this fabulous recipe! I promise you won't be disappointed. Do keep in mind that I used 2 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella instead of 2 cups just because I'm a cheese lover =)

This is a great way to incorporate more veggies into your diet and zucchini is definitely one that is packed with nutrients and fiber.

Enjoy!
 

Shadow Play

01/08/2012