Baby Love

 

So, there is a little bit of controversy and varying opinions on the etiquette of having a shower for your second child. Luckily, when you have a group of wonderful friends, all rules are out the window and they plan an event around you and your new baby anyway. It is a beautiful things because, we all know, the second pregnancy is nothing like the first. The novelty is gone. You’ve been there, done that, and you know there will be many moments of discomfort.

In addition, now you have someone else who is super dependent on you, so you can’t run out for pickles and take naps whenever you want to.

That is why when friends get together just to make a fuss of you and your new nugget, it helps you realize what’s happening. Right now, I am making the best gift I could ever give to my daughter. Giving her a companion through growing up in our crazy family. Someone she loves already and never forgets to kiss goodnight. Some of her teachers at preschool say she talks about him nearly everyday.

When I think about that and how much I love my siblings, the discomfort I am feeling in this 8th month seems to subside. I get that pregnancy glory for a moment and I really feel like I am doing something noble, something good. Then, the feeling is usually disrupted by Braxton Hick contraction and I am back to square one. But even if the feeling doesn’t last forever, thank you ladies for taking the time to remind me anyway!

 

My Paleo Stir-Fry

So, today I have a recipe for you all, and as promised it is a paleo recipe.  It is not simply paleo though; it is autoimmune paleo, which makes it even better.

While this recipe is specifically tailored for those like me who are trying to heal themselves of an autoimmune disease, it can be enjoyed by anyone as long as you don’t hate cauliflower.

While it makes my house smell bad sometimes, cauliflower has been a Godsend for me since I started this new diet.  I don’t love it mashed, but I use it as ‘rice’ at least every other day.  It has been my side dish for dinners, a snack and used in my homemade sushi rolls.

Today I want to share a paleo stir-fry recipe that I whipped together yesterday.  This would be great for anyone who wants an easy*, low carb, super filling dish.

Below is everything you need for the recipe.  Cauliflower, frozen peas, baby carrots, a naked rotisserie chicken, a healthy cooking fat and fish sauce (salt and pepper are optional).  I use this brand of fish sauce.

 

Steam, bake or boil your baby carrots.  Just do what you think is easiest; I steamed mine.

Grind up your cauliflower in the food processor and it should look like the picture below.  Begin to sauté in your fat of choice for a few minutes.  I used avocado oil.

By now, your carrots should cooked.  Cut them up and add them in with frozen peas and toss.

Break off some pieces of chicken and throw those in with a few drops of fish sauce.  Your finished product should look like the photo below.  Bon appétit!

You have options with this recipe.  What I do is I grind all my cauliflower at once so I get it over with and sauté it just for a couple of minutes so it is partially cooked.  Then I put in the fridge and use it throughout the week.  I always have some steamed veggies in the fridge as well so when I made this recipe, I was already half done.

If you enjoy this dish, you can always do the same type of thing.  Imagine just scooping partially cooked cauliflower ‘rice’ into the pan, chopping and adding some carrots and peas, throwing in the chicken and sauce and being done.  With things already prepared this recipe takes less than 10 minutes to put together.

*Now, if I had read on the blogs 2 months ago that this recipe was easy, I would have rolled my eyes.  The reason is because you have to use a food processor.  I have always loved to cook, but I was never into gadgets.  Turns out, they really do open the door to a lot of options with your food, and they save tons of time especially if they are dishwasher safe.  So, this recipe is easy IF you have a food processor.  If you don’t, you have to use a hand cheese grater.  While it is not difficult, it is just frustrating when you are hungry and want to eat.  I’ve been there.

UPDATE: Now you can just get riced cauliflower at the store!

The Last of My Twenties

 

As I woke up on my birthday morning, I looked on my nightstand to see two cards. One that had my name on it, the name I was given at birth. The other had the name on it that I was given on April 14th 2012. Yes, one card said “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy” on the front of it. One “Mommy” is never quite enough for my little one. Of course, my husband wrote on these cards and I couldn’t thank him enough for having them out for me on this day. I turn 29. Yeah, it’s no 30, but it is my last year of my 20’s and I will be mourning the loss of my twenty-something self all year.

I am not afraid to turn 30 at all, and there are plenty of things that I wouldn’t mind leaving behind in my 20’s and moving on. But there is still the fear of aging that I think we all have to an extent; the fear of the unknown future.

At this point, I am halfway through my second pregnancy and I am expecting a little boy in November. We are planning a move in about a year and while we are unsure of where we will go, I know it will be exciting. The future, while mysterious, is looking quite bright and I am starting this blog now to document my family’s journey through it all.

I have so many interests and passions, so I won’t even attempt go over what this blog will be about. Just consider it will probably be a mosh posh of family outings, experiences, fashion (mommy & baby), recipes (mostly paleo), photos and other random things I feel compelled to share.

Right now this is just family and friends, so I want to tell you all that I love you and thanks for your support.