Playing Catch Up

so over the course of the next couple of days (or weeks… months… i’m lazy) i’ll be posting about some things i’ve been storing up. last november i gave birth to my beautiful daughter, abigail. my world revolves around her now and i’m perfectly happy that way. so the last few months i have slept when she has slept, or i’ve vegged, showered, scarfed down poptarts, and that has not given me a lot of time for writing as most of the time she would only nap for 20-30 minutes. now that she is starting to sleep a little more predictably and sometimes for longer periods, i am going to try to catch up on all the things that have been on my mind. so for now, here is another darling picture to tie you over. try not to weep over her beauty ūüôā

i think we know who’s been stealing the socks!

And it’s been awhile since I last saw you…

wowza! ¬†i haven’t posted anything since march 5th! ¬†what up wit dat?? ¬†well there’s been A LOT going on. ¬†well really there’s been ONE major thing going on but that one major thing has had a ginormous impact on my life.

I’M PREGNANT! ¬†yes, this zombiewife is going to be a zombiemommy! ¬†i suspected in march but found out for certain on april 13th. ¬†at that point i was 8 weeks 5 days! ¬†hearing the heartbeat was the most beautiful sound i’d ever heard in my life. ¬†however, i had a few pregnancy symptoms in, what i felt, was extreme abundance. ¬†primarily exhaustion and sickness. ¬†oh man i was tired ALL THE TIME the first couple of months, and even now i have a hard time staying up past 9:30pm regardless of how late Big Kitty lets me sleep before waking me up for 3rd or 4th morning feeding (my kitties in their mature ages are providing me with lots of late-night-wake-up-for-feeding practice). ¬†i haven’t yet thrown up but that’s been more of a matter of will power than sensation. ¬†i HATE HATE HATE vomiting. ¬†and so even though i’ve had a lot of nausea, and felt like i could throw up many times, i haven’t done it. ¬†that means a lot of laying on the couch or in bed moaning and groaning. ¬†but, nearing the end of the first trimester, its subsiding a bit. ¬†so combine the constant nausea with the¬†debilitating exhaustion, and you have one zombie who hasn’t wanted to make the effort to post a thing!

add to that the fact that i’ve had no motivation TO DO anything. ¬†i’ve hardly cooked in the last three months. ¬†mostly, if we’ve eaten at home at all, its been boxed mac ‘n’ cheese or frozen food from trader joe’s, which, btw, they make some awesome polenta dishes! ¬†and the gorgonzola gnocci… YUM!! so sad that i’m not allowed soft cheeses LIKE gorgonzola anymore ūüė¶

remember the Vegetable Wellington i made in february to practice as a possible Easter dinner? ¬†well i bought all of the ingredients again, and on Easter… i was too sick and tired to make it! ¬†double ūüė¶ ¬†we ended up having mac ‘n’ cheese i believe. ¬†i later found out i’m not supposed to have goat cheese so it was a good thing i skipped. ¬†okay let me just say, i know its UNpasturized cheeses i’m not supposed to have. ¬†and as long as the goat cheese is¬†pasteurized¬†i can have it. ¬†but this is my first… goat cheese isn’t worth the risk. ¬†no matter how herby and creamilishious it may be… mmmm!

however, i did make Mexican Wedding Cookies for a Cinco de Mayo pot luck we attended the other day. ¬†now let me just start by saying i am not a baker. ¬†so this was definitely a learning experience, but it turned out to be a rewarding one. ¬†if you aren’t familiar with these cookies, they are dry but kind of melt in your mouth, filled with chopped pecans, and covered in powdered sugar. ¬†i found a recipe on kraftrecipes.com that looked fairly easy with few ingredients and steps. ¬†i wanted to make the cookies vegan because i knew most of the attendees would be vegetarian, and one would be vegan. ¬†as i’ve said before, i hate being the only vegetarian in a group of meat-eaters and feeling left out. ¬†so, since she is the only vegan in the group, i didn’t want her to feel left out when it came to desserts. ¬†so i discovered Earth Balance which makes a couple of butters and¬†margarines¬†without any animal products (fish oil, whey, etc). ¬†however, Albertson’s didn’t carry Earth Balance but i did find Smart Balance Light which had no fish oil and no whey… yey! ¬†i bought my ingredients and got to work.

first of all, if you decide to use margarine, don’t use tub margarine! ¬†i didn’t know this and found out the hard way (though it still turned out okay). ¬†i followed the recipe pretty much (except i forgot to divide the powdered sugar and i didn’t coat the cookies in powdered sugar). ¬†when i had all of the ingredients mixed, my batter seemed too runny to “form into 1″ balls” so i added about 3/4 cup of flour and a splash of vanilla. ¬†that did the trick! ¬†so i formed my balls, stuck them in the oven, and pulled them out at 15 minutes. ¬†still looked raw inside and not yet browning. ¬†hmmmm… another 5 minutes? ¬†10? ¬†a total of 35 MINUTES cooking and they finally seemed done through. ¬†the uncooked dough in the bowl had also developed droplets of oil like a cheese pizza. ¬†i¬†frantically¬†texted my sister who bakes all the time and provides the desserts for all of our family gatherings. ¬†per her suggestion, i popped the dough in the fridge and resolved to never use tub margarine in place of butter for baking again! ¬†too much oil!! ¬†after that the balls still took 25+ minutes to cook but what other choice did i have??

on the way to the potluck, we stopped at Food City to pick up some “authentic” mexican baked goods just in case my cookies didn’t go over. ¬†well guess what?? ¬†our friends LOVED my cookies and didn’t even touch the store bought stuff! ¬†i was so flattered and surprised! ¬†now imagine how good they would’ve been if they’d been done right!! ¬†sorry i don’t have any pictures of the finished product… i ate them all! ūüėõ