Stories of life in the suburbs with Husband and our daughter Squishy and son Button!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Button Blogs! Half Way There

Today marks 20 weeks, or half way through my pregnancy. It remains blissfully uneventful. I thought I would be writing a lot more about it, but I don't want to bore you all.

We did have our first, and most likely only ultrasound! If you've read about my ultrasounds with Squishy, you'd know that they were great, but the technician always leaves something to be desired...

Well, I tried my best to prepare. This was my fourth ultrasound with this particular technician. All I had to do was have a full bladder! I stopped peeing at 12 and drank two bottles of water, and sipped throughout the afternoon until our 3 PM appointment.

Husband and I were asscorted to the ultrasound room. I dropped trou and got on the table.

We were then scolded for having children so young. She was certain that this was my first baby. I said we had a little girl waiting at home. I said this in a loving way. Making it perfectly obvious that Squishy is my world and the apple of her father's eye. Nope, we should have waited to have kids.

Then when mentioned Squishy's age (almost 17 months) we were further admonished for having our kids so close together!

I felt like walking out. But I expected nothing less from this woman. And I was pantless and covered in gel so it's a little difficult to make a dramatic exit at that point.

But surely I would be praised for my full bladder, right???

Nope. It wasn't full enough for her liking. Shit. 0 for 3. Can I just see my little Button now, please?

Button with hand in mouth.
Button didn't stop moving the entire time during the ultrasound. Most of the pictures we got were blurry, but we did get to see tiny tiny boy parts! That's right, baby Button is a boy!!!

I felt very proud that I was going to have a son. It was a kind of pride I didn't have with Squishy, or just some variation of an emotion. I am most excited for Squishy to have a baby brother. They will be young at first, but I expect their ages to foster a strong sibling relationship. Also, I was immediately struck with the need for instant gratification. I want my baby already!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cottage Cheese, I Will Never Forsake You

My cravings called for a revamp recently. I went on the search for my new food love, only to come up short again and again...

I am through the spicy phase since heartburn has kicked in with medium force. Not wanting to tempt it, I began my search for something...less burning.

I thought my brain (or my uterus, really they are one in the same these days) had been trying to tell me to eat something white but I had a time getting to the correct item. 

I started with bleu cheese dressing. I used it to dip my buffalo wings. Ah, the spicy affair with spice ended and I was forced to move on. 

Next was yogurt. I'm not a fan, but sometimes I dabble. But after three containers of Chobani vanilla bean sat in the fridge for a week and I was never tempted, it became clear I had again missed my mark. 

Perhaps sour cream? Nope! Gross.

Then, last week, Squishy and I were wandering the grocery store for inspiration (a horrible habit for a preggie to have). I saw it there, in the dairy isle. The cottage cheese section. We looked at each other. I had an overwhelming sense of knowing. 

Then came the task of choosing. I wasn't aware there were 17 different kinds of cottage cheese. I doubt that Little Miss Muffet had this much trouble....I went back to my roots. Old Home, the blue container. That's what mom always got. I was confident I had made the right choice.

Thus it came to be that my new food love is cottage cheese. And I'm going to eat it all. Especially since Squish is allergic and Husband won't go near it. Paired with apples, strawberries, or cucumber slices. Really, I've eaten it with anything and everything so far. It's the perfect little side dish. 

Cottage Cheese, it's been a long time. I'm glad we've found each other once again. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Preggie's Gotta Learn

When the semester ended in December, my Argument professor said she was planning on teaching a class starting in January. I thought I was going to take a semester plus the summer off from school, but after hearing her description I slept on it for a few days.

Well, skip over my thought process. I have school tonight! 

Just this one class to get me out of the house and talking with adults once a week. Should take me well into my third trimester. I hope my water doesn't break on the classroom floor...

EDIT: I'm just about to start class for the night. I forgot that this professor uses all the allotted time for class less one potty break. Hmmm...four hours and I forgot a snack. Must plan better next week. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Recipes: Tiramisu

This is my maiden voyage with this recipe. Tiramisu is my second favorite dessert and my favorite dessert to order in a restaurant. I wanted to find a good recipe. After researching for three days, I found there is a huge debate out there about this dish! Eggs or no eggs, cheese or cream, sponge cake or lady fingers, authentic Italian or not, easy or hard. I found four promising recipes. Hundreds of comments later I mixed the four together into what I hope is a semi-authentic Italian tiramisu recipe. I gathered my supplies and set to work. So, without further ado...

Tiramisu

6 large egg yolks
3/4 c. and 1tsp. granulated sugar
2/3 c. milk
16 oz. mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
1 1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. strong brewed coffee
1/2 c. rum or brandy
2-3oz packages of soft lady fingers
3/4 c. cocoa powder for dusting
*I used an 8x8 pan and a small tupperware to make two tiramisus. This recipe is enough for a 7x11 or a spring form pan.


Making the custard filling requires two different parts that are eventually mixed together.

Part One
1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat egg yolks and 3/4 c. sugar together on medium speed until lemon-colored.
2. Transfer to double boiler. Over medium heat, whisk egg/sugar mix constantly for 10 minutes. Slowly incorporate milk while whisking. *I used a large metal bowl over a saucepan for this because of the constant whisking. You don't want the eggs to sit at all while they are cooking.
3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, 3-5 minutes.
4. Add mascarpone cheese and whisk or beat until blended.
5. Cover and chill for one hour.

While it's chilling, brew strong coffee and mix in rum. Set aside.

Part 2
1. Beat cream, 1 tsp. sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
2. Fold in egg/cheese mix with the whipped cream. Result should be a smooth, fluffy custard filling.

Assembly
1. Place a single layer of lady fingers (cut in half lengthwise, mine came that way) in pan.
2. Using a brush, paint coffee/rum mix on each lady finger. *I didn't dip them because they were already soft, and they would have absorbed too much and turned mushy.
3. Spread half of the custard filling over lady fingers evenly.
4. Dust a thick layer of cocoa powder on filling.
5. Repeat 1-4. Do not dust the top of the dish until ready to serve.
6. Cover lightly and chill 24-48 hours.

Pictures...
Sugar and yolks 
Sugar and yolks blended, before cooking and milk addition.
Mascarpone cheese...I got the tiramisu flavored for added gravitas.
I had a serious issue buying something that said
 "A Sophisticated Dessert Cheese" without a silver spoon up my butt. 
I stopped whisking for a moment to get a picture of the eggs/sugar on the stove.
Adding milk also in this step. Keep whisking!!!
After cheese was added. Smooth, liquid, rich custard. 
My two containers with a single layer of halved lady fingers. 
After brushing lady fingers with coffee/rum mix.
Added layer of custard and  liberally dusted  with cocoa powder.
Ready for chilling! Two layers in the pan.
Three layers in the tupperware
I got rave reviews from people on this dessert. The 24-48 chill time is absolutely mandatory in order for the flavors to merry and mellow. I sampled it at 12 hours and it was insanely unbalanced and rum-heavy. I am looking forward to doing this in a springform pan for a party.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Button Blog! Cravings

There's a doughnut sitting right next to the computer. I'm getting sick just looking at it.

I went to the store hungry and we all know that's a mistake when you're a normal person.

I'm a preggie and I went to the store hungry. Sorry, Husband, but I think I spent the week's grocery budget on cravings. What's a list, again?

I bought grapefruits and clementines since they're in season and Squishy likes them. The citrus is giving me heartburn...
I bought doughnuts for some stupid reason...I don't like doughnuts that much. Sometimes if Husband has a doughnut I take a bite and that's plenty.
As soon as I got home from the store the only thing I wanted was cucumber slices. Didn't buy a cucumber.

I want spicy! I want hot and toasty Italian subs with peppers. I want all the boneless buffalo wings I can find. I want endless enchiladas. Whenever I'm not drooling over a Taco Bell commercial I'm dying for some fresh strawberries (out of season), cucumber, carrots, and iceberg lettuce. I'd say that's a healthy balance between the good and the bad.

I guess we'll see how my eating habits are panning out after my 3rd pre-natal appointment. I haven't gained any weight yet which is fine because I wasn't the thinnest person to begin with!

Seriously, though...I need boneless buffalo wings stat.