The countdown is on…less than two weeks until I head to the hospital and 4-6 weeks until baby boy is here.
I’m balancing soaking up this sweet time with Jeff, getting the house ready, working ahead so I can take a maternity leave, and planning how I’ll spend my time once I’m on bedrest.
I’m also thinking about how to make the room more cozy (diffuser, plants, cozy blankets and slippers, picture frames) so it feels like home since I can’t have any visitors (no, not even Jeff until delivery). Boo, Covid!
I’m enjoying eating all the yummy food at home while I still can!
Jeff and I decided to stay in Columbus this year for the holiday. We’re super bummed to not be seeing our families in Cleveland and Youngstown, but we know it’s absolutely the safest decision for everyone. Even though it’s just us two, you better believe I’m still making a feast!
Jeff made this brine for a turkey last night. It’s our first time ever making one! I’ll be making my Spinach Mushroom Stuffing with local sourdough, Gravy, Cranberry Orange Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, this Brussels salad, and Pumpkin Pie.
I’d love to hear about your Thanksgiving go-to recipes in the comments!!
Lovely Meals and Snacks Lately
I’ve been making us big green smoothies for snacks with frozen banana, pineapple and zucchini, peanut butter, avocado, spinach, and coconut water. So refreshing!
Salmon roulade with turmeric black eyed pea rice…my fave Alchemy Meal Prep meal! Paired with a leftover pizza app (YUM) and salad with apple cider vinegar dressing.
Honeycrisp apples and sunflower seed butter…divine.
DIY trail mix! Jeff likes to take this to work. I used roasted almonds, walnuts, pepitas, tart cherries, and coconut.
Reunited with chocolate covered pretzels…my obsession. These are most definitely coming to the hospital with me.
A spin on my cream of mushroom and wild rice soup (cooked on the stove with lots of carrots, kale, brown rice, no mushrooms) with avocado toast on Dan the Baker sesame sourdough. I layered the toast with kraut and micro greens!
A very necessary Saturday sticky bun snack on the way to picking up baby stuff from Ikea. I got this white cart for diapers and such to go next to the dresser, this white side table, a few of these racks for books and stuff, and these cubes to organize baby’s drawers.
I’m trying to balance smaller stuff with the bigger ticket items like the rocker!
Practicing apple crumb pie!!
Trader Joe’s brown rice penne with steamed cauliflower and bell peppers, vodka sauce, parmesan, and fresh parsley. Dinners are very simple these days!
Aaaaand here’s a fun Trader Joe’s haul pic. Any other mamas to be struggling with third trimester water aversion? I dealt with it early on but it’s back with a vengeance. OJ to the rescue!
Things I’m Lovely Lately
WEARING: Just bought these adorable winter boots (I got black) for 25% off, plus free shipping site wide! I need a pair of waterproof boots for winter that are actually warm and these look perfect. If you’re in need of a cozy pullover (great gift), snag this one for $29 (61% off). How cute is this “wish you were here” candle?
Random but if you’re a mama in the market for a stroller, the Nuna Mixx is on sale for 38% off at Nordstrom right now, which is crazy. I couldn’t buy it fast enough!
WATCHING: We just finished the newest season of The Crown, loved it! Now we’re enjoying The Great British Baking Show.
READING: I’m still listening to The Glass Ocean on Audible and really enjoying it so far. I have The First Forty Days on my list for the hospital! It’s about caring for the mother after birth and I’ve heard wonderful things.
THINKING: “Gratitude is the attitude!” Sometimes the only way out is through.
I’m so thankful for you all for being here. Have a safe and delish Thanksgiving!