Food

Chicken Soup (Chinese Style)

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1 Organic Cornish Game Hen

2-3 Fresh Gold and/or Red Potatoes

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Ginger Root

1 Tablespoon of Goji Berries

1-2 Cups of Fresh Cherry or Grape Tomatoes

1-2 Cups of Shitake Mushrooms

1 Cup of Fresh Celery Chunks

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Red or Yellow Onions

2 Teaspoons of Fresh Chopped Green/Spring Onions

Add all of the above to soup pot or pressure cooker pot (placing chicken first and on the bottom).  Fill soup pot or pressure cooker pot with water until all contents are 1/2 to 3/4 of pot.  Program to cook in pressure cooker for 1 hour.  For stovetop (soup pot), boil on high for 1 hour and then medium to low for 1 hour.  Serves 3 to 4.

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas

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For those of you who plan on taking advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday to shop for gifts, here are a few ideas to get you started:

(1)  Aromatherapy–Pregnant or not, many people appreciate a soothing scent.  Great for the office or home, male or female, this gift is perfect for just about anyone.  Ideas include diffusers, candles,  and/or soaps.

(2)  Philanthropic Causes–Donate to a worthy cause in honor or memory of someone important in your life and/or help create awareness of a charity.

(3)  Food–Food has always been my favorite things to receive as gifts.  Whether it’s a hearty batch of soup, a dozen boxed cupcakes, and/or a basket of trail mix, food is a sure crowd pleaser.

(4)  Classic Movies–Know someone who’s a fan of movies from the 80s, 50s, or any other decade?  Amazon has some great deals on DVD sets.

(5)  Activities–Recent studies show that money can buy happiness: it’s better to spend money on experiences instead of things.  Ideas include a cooking class, gym and/or workout class, art class, museum exhibit and/or event, etc.

(6)  Cold Weather Accessories–Many people I know (including myself) tend to lose gloves, ear muffs, and/or scarves every winter so it helps to have an extra set just in case.  Ideas include ear muffs, scarves, gloves, and/or hats.

Thanksgiving Menu

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Hope everyone is geared up for Thanksgiving.  I am just recovering from three weeks of bronchitis and flu (on my last day of antibiotics) and it feels great to be blogging, again.  For those of you who have never tried Breathe Right nose strips, I highly recommend them (you can buy the regular version at any drug and/or grocery store but I’ve only seen the menthol version online).  They might even make great stocking stuffers and/or holiday gifts.

As for Thanksgiving, it will be a quiet one for us (with only a few weeks until the baby arrives).  This year, the menu will be provided by Whole Foods and a local Chinese restaurant:  Peking duck with scallions, Szechuan string beans, chicken corn soup, mashed maple sweet potatoes, mixed fruit platter, and strawberry cream cake.  Short, sweet, simple, and hits the spot.

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FishFilet

Every couple weeks or so I’ll crave McDonald’s–specifically, their Filet O’ Fish Sandwich.  What I’ve noticed for the past couple years is that the price has risen and the sandwich has gotten smaller.  What is now $4.38 (including tax) used to cost less than $3.00.  WTF?

Eggs with Tomatoes

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6 or 8 eggs
Half of a small box of grape tomatoes  (cut in halves) or three large vine/beefsteak tomatoes (cut in quarters)
8 stalks of green/spring onions (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
Olive oil
Soy sauce
Wok or large frying pan or large sauce pan
 
Coat bottom of wok (or frying pan or sauce pan) with olive oil
Add garlic
Add chopped spring onions
Add cut tomatoes
Turn stove heat on low
Break eggs into mixing bowl
Beat eggs until uniform
Pour egg mix into wok (or frying pan or sauce pan)
Turn heat on high
Stir and flip with spatula to ensure that egg does not get burnt
Add ground pepper
Add soy sauce (per your tastes)
Stir and flip with spatula
Cook eggs until done to your liking
Serve with white rice
 

To Do List

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As Matthew McConaughey would say, “Alright, alright, alright…”  So, yes, it’s been a little while since my last blog entry but I have not forgotten about you.  Lots of tech issues lately but it looks like everything’s being resolved.

In addition, lots of things in the air in terms of my and D’s life–baby’s due on Christmas Day, my pregnancy has now been classified as “high risk” due to a low placenta (medical term is placenta previa), baby hasn’t been moving much for the past couple weeks (next check-up is 10/10), I’m looking into various grocery delivery services (for a few weeks after the birth of the baby), and we’ll be moving, again, in early spring (we just don’t know where–D was given a few possible locations for his next job but nothing has been set in stone), which is quite nerve-racking given the fact that I’ve been tasked with finding our new home (and, of course, with that, comes research on neighborhoods, school districts, real estate prices, etc.).

 I will get back to writing poetry.  Just haven’t felt inspired lately due to everything that’s been going on.  Plus, I’m getting larger every day (as big as a house now).  And errands and chores have become a bit cumbersome.  The only thing I have been doing (happily and with great vigor) is eating.  I had eggs every day for breakfast before the pregnancy.   During the first and second trimester, I shunned them (guess that was my body’s way of saying, “I’ve had enough.”).  Now, in the third trimester, I can’t get enough of them.  My favorite breakfast (and afternoon snack) has been eggs with tomatoes and spring onions.  Recipe forthcoming.

Lust

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Come hither, you beautiful thing
The desires from me you bring
 
Drawn to you I am
I don’t give a damn
 
Fill me with your warmth and sweet
You know you’re a wondrous treat
 
My husband need not know
To you I cannot say no
 
Ravish you I must
In me you I thrust
 
You are many a wet dream
My darling Krispy Kreme
 
 

Chia Seed Pudding

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Organic chia seeds (mix of black and white varieties)
1 can of organic coconut milk (sweet or unsweetened)
Boiling water
Cereal bowl
Cut mixed fruit or berries
Sliced and blanched almonds
 
Fill cereal bowl with 1/4 chia seeds
Add boiling water (enough to cover chia seeds)
Stir
Add entire can of coconut milk
Stir
Let stand until cool
Refrigerate until firm
Top with cut fruit and almonds
 
(Optional:  Drizzle with organic honey)

 

 

Honey Lemon Water

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1 cup of boiling water
Glass pitcher
Half of a lemon (equal sized slices)
Organic honey
Cold/iced water
 
Place slices of lemon into pitcher
Add desired amount of organic honey
Add cup of boiling water to the mix
Stir
Add cold/iced water
 
(Optional:  Slices of lime)

Preggers

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Yes, it has been a while since I’ve written.  But I have a very good excuse–we are now officially pregnant (at 16 weeks in the second trimester) and I have been very sick as of late (first with fever and then kidney infection) and we wanted to make sure the baby was okay before announcing the pregnancy.  Where do I begin…

For starters, the first trimester was no fun.  Whoever referred to the “glow” you get from being pregnant was lying.  There is no glow.  Just plenty of acne, nausea, fatigue, heartburn, gas, and acid reflux.  Every day.  I was going through all that plus being ill (and taking antibiotics) plus worrying about whether we were going to have a miscarriage.  Plus, wanting to write in this blog but, at the same time, not wanting to hide the small detail that we’re pregnant.  Every day.

Then, we moved into a larger place (for obvious reasons).  The move, although exciting, was also quite stressful.  We are finally getting settled in and the place still looks like a warehouse.  We live in Box City.

Now that we’re in the second trimester, I’m starting to show.  And feel (and look) about as sexy as a hippo in a thong.  Nothing fits me comfortably, anymore, except for my empire waist/elastic band maxi and sun dresses (which turned out to be great investments, after all).  The question is now, “What the hell will I wear during the fall and winter (that will be as comfortable)?”  Thankfully, the symptoms above have subsided (guess that’s why they call the second trimester “the honeymoon period” of pregnancy), although I still get occasional nausea.  As for food, I have turned into a one-woman demolition derby, eating at any and all hours of the day (and night).  Cravings have been the usual childhood favorites (grilled cheese with tomato soup, school cafeteria pizza, spaghetti with meat sauce, vanilla ice cream that comes in the little plastic cups, etc.) as well as certain fruits, veggies, and meat (especially beef).

As many of you know, I have taken a hiatus from my fashion blog and personal shopping business to focus on my health and carrying this baby to term.  With that said, I made a discovery that every pregnant woman (or non-pregnant woman whose weight fluctuates often) should know about–Cake Lingerie.  The material is amazing (actually stretches with your body).

Mom is in town for a visit and will be cooking some favorite Chinese dishes this evening (I have lots of favorites when it comes to food, as you can see).  More updates to come.