Posts Tagged ‘Food’

We’re Growing! Now let’s get real, Part 2

In Non-Fiction, Opinion/Personal, Personal on November 3, 2018 at 3:13 pm

Part 1: Morning Sickness

Let’s keep right on track with a similar subject to Part 1 – the biggest changes I’ve noted so far are my eating habits.  Obviously, when you’re trying not to vomit for the better part of your day, eating becomes a task all in itself.  So, how does that work when your gut says no, but your brain says “pickles and milk”?

Cravings and Aversions.


Now first, let me clarify that I quickly learned that cravings aren’t always the Hollywood depiction of overflowing bowls of ice cream stuffed with pickles or peppers or some other gross combination every night at 3am.  So far, at 12 weeks, my cravings have been more of a minor obsession on some random food item that completely overtook all my thoughts until I ate it but they were all very normal food items.  First it was Wendy’s chili.  Hamburgers (sans veggies, because apparently this baby doesn’t want me eating lettuce for a while), homemade or from a restaurant.  Grapes, grapes, grapes all day every day.  Anything ground beef, but never ever shredded beef or slabs of solid beef.  Ever.  And all those favorites I trusted in pre-pregnancy – chocolate, coffee, big huge salads with spicy dressing – those are all a no go according to Baby now.  I was an avid coffee lover, 2-3 cups per day.  Now, the smell alone is comparable to old urine and enough to turn my stomach.

Sometimes, your cravings and aversions will even play tricks on you.  You’re out in public and a stranger passing by mentions nachos.  From that moment on, all you can think about are those huge nacho platters from Buffalo Wild Wings or an authentic Mexican restaurant.  It literally lingers behind every other thought you have until you have said platter right in front of you.  Here’s where it can get tricky:

  • Sometimes, you dive in a devour every last bit.  Is it successful?  Or within 5 minutes of finishing, do you realize that you overdid yourself and spend the next 4 hours just trying to breath around the mass amounts of nachos floating around in your guts?
  • Sometimes, you get 3 bites in to these nachos you so desperately needed only to find that this wasn’t actually what you wanted.  You might satiate your hungry anyways, but still feel this nagging in the back of your stomach for something that will truly quench that craving.  Or you might re-activate your gag reflex by trying to eat the nachos that you no longer have to have.  Now, you can add those nachos you loved so much at one point in time to the growing list of foods that Baby does not approve of.

Oh, and regardless of how the eating of the nachos goes, whether you finish, eat half, or only get a few bites down – enjoy the next 4 days of constant heartburn that even Jesus can’t get rid of.

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I’m a gardening fool

In Random on June 21, 2015 at 9:59 pm

Fiance and I decided we wanted to try gardening this year.  He had helped his parents with their garden when he was younger, and I once had a pitiful attempt at a window sill herb garden.  This was a first for us both to really try to garden.  We knew it was going to take work, but we were looking forward to it. Not only would we have vegetables readily available, but we would save a little money – never mind the fact that “fresh” selections at our local grocery stores seemed to be suffering lately and it was becoming more and more difficult to not overpay for a set of anything just to have to throw half of it out the very next day because it was already going bad.

We also enjoy supporting our local and small businesses, so we decided against seed packets from a chain store.  Instead we visited a nearby farmer and his wife who run a greenhouse next to their home.  He cut us a great deal: we were handed a plastic tray that held up to 12 plants.  We filled that tray and purchased 1 extra plant all for just $20.  Because it was our first garden, we stuck to things we felt would be easiest: 4 different kinds of peppers, 3 different kinds of tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumber.

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Nugget #55: New Standards

In Cleverness, Funny, Quotes on June 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

“I mean, I eat potato chips off my belly in sweats watching anime, for Christ‘s sake. If that’s what makes you hot, then I have underestimated myself.”

Ridiculously Good Dinner – My Quesadilla Creation

In Opinion/Personal, Personal, Random, Recommendations on March 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm

This is the first Easter of my life that I wasn’t able to spend with my family.  I was kind of down about it at first.  It seemed like just the cherry on top of all the disasters that have made up my life in the last 3 weeks with work and personal things.  But I refused to stay down about it, so instead I decided to throw a little dinner party.  I cleaned up my place, invited some friends that I knew would provide good entertainment, and threw together some pretty awesome food.  I always have great ideas on how to make food, but it never turns out the way I envision it.  I’m not am amazing cook, but I love trying new things.  So I had this idea in my head of making quesadillas, which I’ve never done before, and was extremely surprised when they turned out to be possibly the best thing I’ve ever cooked.  All my guests loved them and every bit of the food was gone by the end of the night, so I figured I’d share my recipe.  Partially so I won’t forget how I made them, and partially so people can try it or make suggestions on how to make them better.  So if anybody tries it out, let me know how it goes.  If you have your own recipe that is great, share it with me, I’d love to try it!

I used chicken tenderloin from a bag, chopped up and cooked until they were no longer pink.  I sautéed onions and red, green, yellow, and orange bell peppers for a few minutes, then combined them with the chicken and a packet of fajita seasoning.  I added in a bit of water, and little roasted red pepper flakes, and a dash of chili powder.  While that was all simmering, I melted Velveeta queso blanco in a pot with a little bit of milk.  It has jalapenos in it, so it has a tiny bit of kick.  Once this was all done, I put the chicken/onion/pepper fajita mix into a soft tortilla shell, drizzled the queso over it, threw in some tomatoes and shredded mexican style cheese, and toasted it on a griddle so it all melted together.

I can’t eat a whole lot in one sitting, since my stomach is like a bird’s, so I was only able to finish 1 off, but everyone else had 2 and was contentedly full.  All my friends raved about them, and I thought they were one of the best things I’ve ever created in my kitchen.  Since I love to cook, and this turned out so successful, I have decided that I’m going to start writing this stuff down and create a recipe tin for myself like my grandmother has with all of her creations over the years.  So if anyone has any they’d like to share, I’m all ears!

Oh, and Happy Easter!

Nugget #19: SlobStoppers Welcome Here

In Cleverness, Funny, Quotes on November 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm


“Señor, we’ll take a bib.”

Clumsy girls and Mexican food don’t mix well…

Bibs aren’t just for babies.
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Unconventional Thanks

In Opinion, Opinion/Personal, Personal, Random on November 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Most everyone should be well recovered from Thanksgiving by now.  Forgive me if I don’t finish a sentence, or even a word for that matter.  I can barely finish a thought still since my Thanksgiving dinner was just yesterday and I’m still coming out of a food coma.  I’ve also had the pleasure of housing myself, my mother, my grandmother, my aunt, her two daughters, my uncle, and his son in a two bedroom apartment for 3 days.  Oh, and my dog, who mostly hid under the dining chairs or under my bed because she’s terrified of men and doesn’t really care to be pestered by a 10-year-old boy.  Anyways, I did very well this year.  I did not gorge myself to the point of not being able to fit into my clothes for a week, as I normally do when my grandmother cooks her holiday meals.  However, I did have my morning coffee, then turkey and all the sides around lunch time, then went for Fro Jo’s, then got Starbucks, then came home for a late dinner of more turkey and sides, then had some pie, then a late night snack of pop corn.  Somewhere in between all that, I also had a soft pretzel.  My excuse is that I had to take my family to get the treats they usually enjoy while they are in town since they are unable to get these treats, such as Fro Jo’s or Auntie Anne’s pretzels or Starbucks, in my hometown.  Whatever, I also battled the crowd at the mall for around 4 hours, so I think I deserved some treats myself.

As usual during holiday times, my Facebook news feed is overloaded with status updates about life, loved ones, loved ones that are no longer with us, shelter, food, employment, etc.  I get it, people want to express their feelings.  I have never been good at pretending to be one of those people.  Needless to say, my Facebook activity is limited to none around holidays, and basically throughout the entire month of November since everyone jumped on the daily thankful status bandwagon…as if one day full of cheesy paragraph long updates about boyfriends and husbands and daddies isn’t enough.   I’m thankful for things too, but I don’t feel the need to broadcast it constantly.

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