Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

I have a baby update for you! I went to the doctor's yesterday and he is going to induce me tomorrow at 12:00. Please keep me, baby and hubby in your thoughts and prayers!

A little while ago, I was thankful for the gift of time. Well, I have to say that today, I am thankful again for the gift of time.....but this time it's a little different. For the past few weeks, my family has been super duper awesome in making sure that I'm not by myself when the hubby works late....just in case I went into labor.

During that time, I've had the opportunity to spend more time with my aunt, cousins, grandmom and mom, and I've enjoyed each and every moment.

I'm a lucky girl, and I am so thankful.

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My Current Obsession

Happy Wednesday!

I go through stages when it comes to food. Sometimes, it's a fruit stage.....two summers ago, I couldn't get enough of pomegranates. Other times it's ice cream...there have been weeks where I have to have a little taste of ice cream before I'm finished with my dinner.

Lately, my stage has been peanut butter....the chunky kind to be exact. My favorite way to eat peanut butter? On top of a banana, of course!



I could literally sit down with a spoon and a jar of peanut butter and go to town. It's just that good to me!

Question of the Day:
What's your current food obsession?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

One of the Benefits....

Since the doctor wants me to stay out of work from now until the baby gets here, I've been trying to keep myself busy so I don't drive myself too crazy! One of the benefits of staying at home is blogging at 7:00 in the morning and knowing that after this, I could take a nap if I wanted to.....hehe.

Last week, I asked the hubby to pick up some fruit from the grocery store. I had mentioned to him that I'm loving the Fall season because of spaghetti squash.....I think it's one of the best things about Fall!

Lo and behold, when I came home from work, the hubby had this sitting on the counter.


Yay for spaghetti squash!

I was first introduced to this when I was on Weight Watchers. It's a veggie that resembles spaghetti strands once cooked. Although it has more of a bite than spaghetti, it definitely gives the impression that you are eating spaghetti. It's such a good vegetable for you and it keeps you full for hours!

There are different ways you can make it, but I take the easy way and have cooked spaghetti squash in about 10 minutes. First, cut the squash in half length wise. When you cut it open, it should look like this.



Take one half of the squash and wrap it in saran wrap. Put some water on a dish and place the spaghetti squash seed side down on the plate. Pop it in the microwave for about 10 minutes, depending on the size of the squash.

Once it's done, make sure to let it cool for a bit......believe me, I've gotten hurt more than once trying to scrape out the spaghetti squash.

Next, scoop the seeds out with a spoon. After that's done, take your fork and run it down the length of the squash. You will start to see spaghetti-like strands coming from the squash.


See?
Put it in a bowl and top with your favorite sauce. I usually put marinara sauce on mine, but I've also used an alfredo sauce and I've heard of people putting butter and cinnamon on it. I haven't been tempted to try that combo yet though!

Yummy!
Question of the Day:
Do you like spaghetti squash? What's your favorite sauce to use with it?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie


Monday, September 27, 2010

Still Here...With No Baby!

Hey everyone,

Still waiting for the baby to arrive! I have a doctor's appointment on Wednesday and another non-stress test on Thursday. I'm hoping it won't be much longer now, but I guess we'll see!

Lately, I've been craving chips, but instead of indulging in the greasy kind, I decided to make my own.

I started with a whole wheat wrap and cut it up into chip-sized pieces.




Next, I preheated my oven to 350 degrees and seasoned the chips with some salt and garlic powder.



I popped them in the oven for about 10 minutes and sooner than I thought, I had......


CHIPS!!
They were delicious and guilt free, which is best, in my opinion :)
I'm hoping the next time I blog, there will be a baby here, but it doesn't look like it's going to happy any time soon. This baby is nice and cozy in there....
Question of the Day:
What's your favorite flavor chip?
I love BBQ chips....I could literally eat an entire bag!
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thankful Wednesday?

Happy Wednesday!

Since I won't be around tomorrow (because of my non-stress test), I thought I'd make today's post my thankful Wednesday post instead of thankful Thursday.

Today, I'm thankful for the gift of sleep. Sounds silly, but the more I talk to others about the baby's arrival, the more I hear the advice of "sleep while you can!" So, even though it's a sleep that's interrupted, I'm thankful that I am still getting a decent night's sleep.

I know it's about to change soon, so I'm holding onto it as much as I can!

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cold Weather Food

Happy Tuesday!

This weekend I was in the mood for some more cold weather food. I found this 15 minute vegetarian chili recipe and knew that I had to make it for a few reasons:

1. It looked tasty
2. It didn't require much cooking time
3. The recipe was beyond easy


All you need to make this vegetarian chili are kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce and stewed tomatoes.

Put it all in a pot and you get this yumminess:



Sorry for the not so nice looking picture-right after I snapped it, some friends were knocking at the door.

Hot food on cold days warms not only the tummy, but also my heart.

Question of the Day:
What's your favorite cold weather food?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Sweet Things

Happy Monday! We are officially at the "baby's supposed to be here" week. Each day that goes by, I wonder whether or not the baby is going to decide to show up, or whether he or she will wait until next week, when the doctor said he would induce labor.

What's a girl to do during this time? I don't know about you, but I've been craving (and eating) the sweet things in life.....







COOKIES!!!
Lately, it seems like I can't get enough of them!
I'm hoping that my ripened bananas will magically turn into a sweet, healthier treat of banana soft serve.
Question of the Day:
What sweet things do you crave?
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, September 17, 2010

NuStevia

I've seen a lot of NuStevia on blogs lately, so when I won a blog giveaway for the stuff, I was pretty excited!


The giveaway came with packets, a baking blend and vanilla extract.

According to their website, NuStevia contains a part of the Stevia plant (Rebaudioside-A), which is FDA approved. I think that is a pretty cool aspect of this product, not to mention it's added fiber.

Being a Splenda girl myself, I can't wait to dig in and try NuStevia. Do any of you use this product? What are your thoughts?

Question of the Day:
Fun weekend plans, anyone?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

Today, I'm thankful that I have, at the most, two weeks before I meet the baby. I went to the doctor's last night, and while there is no change, he did say that if I don't deliver by next week (on my due date) that he wouldn't make me go past 41 weeks. I can't believe it's this time already, and the more I think about it, the more anxious I become!! Thankfully, I've got an amazing support team behind me :)

Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It's the Simple Things

In the hustle and bustle that is life, sometimes it's nice to sit back and reflect on the simple things that make life so wonderful:

A warm bath
A nice day
Smiles
A walk in the park
New life
Dancing
Love
Family
Friends

.....and on the food front....


Tuna melt......

....with tomato soup



It doesn't get much simpler than that, but oh my, this combo is so satisfying.

Question of the Day:
What are some of the simple things you enjoy?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's Back!

Happy Tuesday!

After last week with no pasta, I had to bring it back on this week's menu.


Boiled, drained and ready to be baked.
Ah....all is right with the world again.
Last night I had the strongest urge to make homemade pasta. I've made it a handful of times, and for some reason, I had been bitten by the homemade pasta bug. I started measuring out my flour and I noticed something seemed off. I tasted it and realized I was adding powdered sugar and that I was out of flour. DOH! Oh well....at least I hadn't started the mixing process.
Question of the Day:
What's the silliest mistake you've ever made in the kitchen?
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, September 13, 2010

Eating What You Crave

Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I spent Saturday with the hubby at a party and Sunday was pretty much a lazy day filled with relaxation. No complaints from me!
Lately, I've had the strongest craving for Chinese food. It started Friday around lunch time and by Saturday night I was still talking about it. Needless to say, on Sunday morning, I woke up with Chinese food on my brain. Even though it was 8:30 in the morning, I decided that instead of traditional breakfast food, my body was craving fried rice.
I ended up making some brown rice, frozen veggies and a hard boiled egg and threw it all together in a bowl.

I topped it with soy sauce, pulled out my chopsticks (yes, I have reusable chopsticks for this very reason!) and enjoyed my mock fried rice. It satisfied my craving, which is exactly what I needed. The hubby thought it was rather odd, but I thought it hit the spot.
Question of the Day:
Do you eat what you crave, even if it's at a weird hour?
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, September 10, 2010

Veggie Burritos

The hubby and I went vegetarian style for dinner every night this week, and we've really enjoyed it. I found a recipe for Veggie Burritos from Betty Crocker's website that sounded incredibly easy and delicious, so I went with it.

I combined a chopped pepper, a can of diced tomatoes, corn, black beans and brown rice in a bowl.


Colorful, no?

Next, I put about a cup of the mixture on a wrap, rolled it up and put it in a 9x13 pan.



Cover with some salsa and cheese and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.


And then you'll be greeted with this yumminess....

Delish!! Total comfort food, if you ask me!
Question of the Day:
Any fun weekend plans?
My friend received his doctorate, and the hubby and I are going over his house to celebrate. We're so excited!
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday!

As I walked out of the house today, I was greeted with a cool breeze. It was so cool that I had to go back inside and grab my sweater.
I am SO ready for the Fall-like temps. Today, I'm thankful for the beautiful, cool, sweater weather.
It could stay like this all year round and I don't think I'd mind!
Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Soup - in this Weather?

Happy Wednesday!

Last week, while I was listening to the weather, I could've sworn that I heard it was supposed to be cooler this week. I thought the cooler temps would be the perfect excuse to make some soup. Fast forward to this week, and it's sunny, warm and beautiful....not exactly soup weather, but it's what I made for the week!

I got this recipe from Betty Crocker's Website. It was a simple bean and pasta soup recipe, and one that I'm putting in my archives to make when it really gets colder outside.

I put one carton of vegetable broth and one can of chicken broth in a pot and brought it to a boil. While that was going, I rinsed off a can of black beans and corn.....



.....and chopped up the pepper. Once the broth was boiling, I added the beans, corn, pepper, 1 jar of salsa and some rotini pasta and simmered until the pasta was soft.


Hearty soup!

Another view.
It was quick, painless and very filling. I love that the salsa gave the soup some added spiciness.
Question of the Day:
Do you eat soup on hot days?
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In a Pizza Kind of a Mood

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you all enjoyed your three day weekend. I came into work this morning to comments like "you're still here? I thought for sure you'd have the baby this weekend!" Nope, not yet, folks. I still have 13 more days until my due date.

Even though the hubby and I went out for pizza this weekend, I couldn't get pizza out of my mind yesterday. So, I did the next best thing I could think of....I made some quick pizza at home!

I took one Aldi's store brand wrap (similar to a Flat Out wrap) and put some tomato sauce, seasonings, and mozzarella cheese on top. I preheated my oven to 350 degrees while I assembled the pizzas.


One for me and one for the hubs, of course!

I put them in the oven for about 10 minutes, and when it was done, my house smelled like freshly baked pizza.




It satisfied my craving without all of the extra calories.

On Sunday, the husband and I drove to our local produce stand.....not to buy produce but to drop off some clothes to the clothes bin. While he was unloading the car, I came across "Corn Man" I couldn't stop laughing at him and how enthusiastic he was! I think I need to take more trips to this produce stand to see what other costumes they put people in throughout the year.



Question of the Day:
Would you (or have you ever) dressed up like the guy in this video for work?

I can't say that I have, but I can say that if it were me in the suit, I wouldn't be that entertaining!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Baby's Room

I've been getting a lot of comments and questions about it, so here you go!

Please ignore the terrible lighting in this video. I need to figure out the movie function on my camera so that it doesn't make everything dark.

Question of the Day:

What color is the favorite room in your house?

Until next time!

~Anne Marie

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday! One more day to this work week and then a nice, relaxing 3 day weekend! Seriously, there should be more 3 days weekends in the work year.

Today, I'm thankful for the people at my work. Last week, they threw me a baby shower that was absolutely adorable. One of my co-workers captured some pictures from the event, so I thought I'd share a few with you.

I call this one the reaction face......




Seriously, some of the most amazing cookies ever. They were shortbread cookies with chocolate icing on top. I think the cookies were just a vessel for the icing, which was perfectly fine with me!



Obviously, something was funny!


I was thanking everyone for coming and telling them how amazing they are to work with :)


Cake!

They look like roses, but are really wrapped up baby socks....aren't they adorable? My boss made this bouquet of rose socks for me.
I have the best job ever and work with the best people ever. It was so sweet of them to throw me such a beautiful shower!
Question of the Day:
What are you thankful for today?
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's Time for Cookies!

On Sunday, the husband and I went to visit some friends, and I was in charge of bringing a dessert. I went the easy and simple route (but seriously, do I ever NOT take that way?) and bought some pull and bake cookies.


The snickerdoodles on the left were an EPIC FAIL. They never flattened and burnt. It was awful!

I ended up going to the store and buying some pull apart sugar cookies which worked much, much better.



I think pull and bake cookies are seriously one of the best time savers ever.




24 cookies in 24 minutes?

Yes, please!!

These were a big hit and took very little effort. When it comes to holiday baking though, I have to say that I prefer making homemade cookies. There's something about the holidays that screams mixers, chocolate chips and flour all over the place.
Question of the Day:
Pull and bake or homemade cookies - what's your preference?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie