Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The baby has a sweet tooth!

Today as I was browsing for some dinner ideas for tonight (on my lunch break, of course…) I came to a realization:

I haven’t really cooked much at all during my second trimester! I have baked up a storm for sure, but I haven’t done much cooking! I didn’t think that I had cravings that bad, but apparently my body just wants something sweet these days!

A prime example is one day last week when my husband came home from work. Usually I have supper ready around when he walks in (good timing on his part really), but that day I this is what was coming out of the oven:

Peach Cobbler and Cinnamon buns. That was our supper.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Baby Fun!

We are now closing in on our 23rd week, how crazy is that? I still cannot believe we are 5 months in, with only 4 to go until our little one makes an appearance!

My husband has been working his butt off getting the nursery up and ready for our baby :) He has gutted the room across the hall from ours and has been mudding, sanding, ripping up carpet, painting, and laying new floor whenever he has a spare moment over the last few weeks.  How spoiled am I to have such a great guy?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Double (Triple?) Cake

Remember the "unbirthday" cake I made last year? This year they had a slightly bigger request! A Welcome Home/Happy Birthday/Unbirthday cake! 

I made a marble cake and filled it with this amazing chocolate frosting. It was then coated in vanilla buttercream and the decorating began!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Brown Butter Glazed Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts

As I sit here typing this, my keyboard is getting progressively stickier because I am currently shoving the third one of these, in as many minutes, into my mouth.

No shame.

And since the recipe only makes 6 doughnuts, I either need to pack them up in order to save some for my husband OR finish the other three and clean up my baking mess so he never ever knows that doughnuts were even made today. 

I like the second option personally, but I have a sneaking suspicion that he can smell homemade doughnuts from a mile away.  I tell ya, he is right on par with my few pregnancy cravings!  Also, please tell me I'm not the only one who considers hiding the treats in the house from their husband? Right?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

French Raspberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Wow this has been a fantastic summer! Wanna know why? It is HOT! Wonderfully, beautifully, sunny, random thunderstorm-y, HOT!  You would think that I would be complaining being that I am 22 weeks pregnant and walking around in 30C heat, but I could not be happier.  

Last summer it rained for about...5 weeks straight. You may think I am exaggerating, but I missed 5 weeks of golf in a row due to rain last July/Aug! I was starting to think that I would never golf at the 2011 ladies league again! But then it dried up a bit in August and we were able to finish off the season through September, whew! Even still, we had some chilly wet games in September too.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mint Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Macadamia Nuts

Cookies! Warm, gooey, rich, tasty cookies! What more can you ask for right? How about the addition of some roasted salted macadamia nuts? Oh man, now that is perfection!

This cookie recipe is from Joy the Baker's new cookbook: Joy the Baker Cookbook - 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes. This book is full of so many amazing recipes; I have tried about 4 so far and have at least another dozen bookmarked to try right away! Everything is just so tempting, as soon as you see one of the pictures you convince yourself that you have been craving that dessert for weeks and have to have it right away. As in right now.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Birthday cake for a little monkey!

This past weekend one of our neighbour girls turned 1! 

A marble cake was requested, and the theme? A pink monkey cake! How fun is that?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hello 'Baby Brain'!

I’m not sure if it is the often blamed ‘baby brain’ or if I am just losing it, but apparently my last FOUR posts have not gone up. Which has made for a sad and lonely blog over the last 2 weeks or so!

Is blogger down? Nope
Computer crashed? Not at all

Did I leave all of those posts in DRAFT instead of publishing them? Yup

To apologize, is a picture of me looking all chubby and round (at 20 weeks) to make it up to you:

I mean seriously, just look at those cheeks! (both on my back end and my face, they are all filling in nicely…oy)

SO! I have a backlog of fun posts for you! I am trying to decide whether to back-date them and post them when I had originally intended (For example, Day 5 of doughnut week should have gone up on June 22, etc., le sigh) or whether to start fresh and move forward :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy Canada Day!!

Happy Canada Day everyone! I hope it is full of fun, food, family, and fireworks!!!

Here are some tasty Maple Cupcakes with a Vanilla Bean Swiss Meringue Buttercream to help you celebrate!