April 2018 Recap

April didn’t quite feel like spring here in New England so I used it as an excuse to get some last of the winter meal repeats in. I didn’t blog quite as much as usual, but maybe this is the new usual. I had a cold that really wiped me out and seemed to last almost 2 weeks. This pregnancy has made me miss nyquil! Tonight Mr. J and I are heading to the event I used to work on and I’m psyched to get to eat the food!

He did all the demo of the basement for that to become play-space/lounge-space/office area/laundry room. We figured I shouldn’t really be around the drywall dust so I was on toddler duty. Mr. J literally tore it down to the studs and carried out 4,440 POUNDS to the dumpster-that’s a weight from the dumpster disposal people! I cannot wait for it to really move along.

These Marsala Mushroom Toasts were probably my fav thing I cooked this month.
The Three Bite Rule - Marsala Mushroom Toasts
A Snickerdoodle Latte at home is so good, and surprisingly easy since I don’t have a fancy milk frother or anything!
The Three Bite Rule - Snickerdoodle Latte

I was pretty psyched to pop these Chicken Parm Turnovers together in advance so when I got home from work they went into the oven to heat/melt the cheese.
Chicken Parmesan Turnover - The Three Bite Rule
I don’t have much planned ahead for May. I plan to relish the spring weather, likely grill more, and envision there are lots of ice cream cones ahead for me! I have a bunch of breakfast ideas so maybe I’ll work on them for May. I thiiiink I have Mr. J’s birthday burger idea for June so that frees up the rest of my burger-topping lists for the rest of the spring/summer!

The Little One:

He’s so fascinated with the basement demo Mr. J did and the “workers” (aka, contractor & plumber) and the dumpster etc. I’m amused how often he’ll tell us he needs to do some work and uses the plumbers first & last name. He likes what he calls “workin’ pants” that have pockets. I say go as long as possible in comfy pants, especially when you nap in them! I’ve really paid attention to his hope that weekend days are “home days”, that he has less desire to leave the house on the weekends than I do, and after a busy day of fun at preschool he relishes solo-play with his stuff when we get home. Food-wise, he continues to eat pretty much everything, sometimes in mass quantities. He loves over-easy eggs and wants to be the one to break the yolk. Avocado, PB&J, feta cheese, rice, bell peppers, and pasta are still favorites. He’s been into salami and eating the yogurt right from the container/cup. Meat is hit or miss. He takes a few bites but usually doesn’t want to have to chew it much.

Bump Update:

I’m into my 6th month, about 26 weeks along. I feel pretty good. While I’m so thankful to be pregnant and feel as though I shouldn’t really complain, I don’t enjoy being pregnant and am counting down to full-term-ness. Sleep is hit or miss. I feel enormous already but am on track according to the midwife. I’ve been hungry a lot of the time but trying really hard not to eat too much. With spring-ish weather I got back into smoothies for breakfast and have made a lot like this PB&J Smoothie but with a green base or green base + random frozen fruit. Getting dressed for work is becoming a struggle. Finding work clothes that aren’t $100 per piece is so hard. Gap & Loft maternity sections seem to think a white knit tee shirt is work-wear.

This Year’s Goals:

Year of the candle: I had saved this gardenia soy candle from my birthday to enjoy in April. It is subtle but nice for spring!   
Cook more appetizers/snacks:
I didn’t really make an app, but think these Marsala Mushroom Toasts would be perfect as tiny crostini and these Chicken Parm Turnovers could easily be miniaturized as an app!  
Taking time to blog thoughtfully:
I’d say I hit my goal on the Marsala Mushroom Toasts. More daylight is so helpful!
Journal the cute moments of my little one: I overheard him tell Daddy from the top of the basement stairs that he was impressed Daddy could run up the stairs without a railing. It was so sweet. 
What I’m reading: 
 at bookclub we read The Handmaid’s Tale. I didn’t love it, and won’t watch the TV series. Maybe I’m guarded reading it while pregnant, or because of the hype, but it wasn’t my fav. 
What I’m watching:
we watched I, Tonya and I loved it. Allison Janney can do no wrong in my book, and I loved how they captured kind of “the other side of the story”. TV hasn’t really have anything making me feel hooked. I rediscovered The Office reruns and absolutely crack up when I need some veg time.

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