A Sneak Peak Into Baby A’s Nursery

This year has really been a rough one for us, its been trial after trial and just when we think everything will be good for a while its back to where we started. Yesterday we found out that our landlord has put our little house up for sale, so now we are back to looking for a new place when we just made this place a home.  It was just at that moment when things finally looked a little better, I’ve been trying to smile through all the hardships this year, but man! this one was just a little bit too much to bear.  All the stress caused me to have severe stomach pains last night, I actually thought I might go into early labour!  I had pain until the early morning and started feeling better when I lay on the floor for a bit. Even though I’m still really depressed about everything, I’m feeling a bit better today.  Extremely exhausted and depressed, but at least  no signs of labour.  I trust in Gods plan, but I just wish things would look a little better for once.  It feels like everything went completely wrong for us as soon as we got back to South Africa.  Maybe its God’s way of telling us we shouldn’t be here, or just testing us.  I guess we will see what the plan is eventually.

So before we have to leave I decided to give a little glimpse into our little unfinished nursery for baby A.  We decided to do a gender neutral woodland themed nursery with a little more foxes around than necessary, because of the one night we were walking home in Dublin and as we were talking/ ranting about how much we didn’t want to go back to South Africa we saw a fox.  It was one of those moments where everything felt calm, and we later found out that’s about the time baby A was conceived.  Baby A reminds us of that fox and how calm we felt in that moment, our little Irish baby.   Lets take a look into the nursery. Shall we?

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^^ we wanted to make this room magical for baby A with fairy lights draped above the crib, I was waiting for Carl to drape it a bit more than my quick slap dash job here.

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^^ This little chest of drawers was the best find this year.  I found it for really cheap online, painted it a light green (it looks blue in this photo) and spray painted the knobs gold.  If you look to the left you can see my home birth vomit bucket.  😛  I was still up in the air about painting the ceiling white, I really wanted to, but the little tree house feel made me want to keep it as is.

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^^ We put up this shelf to hang some cute little clothes and have some knick- knacks displayed.  Some of the extra drawings I did on the changing mat.

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^^ I wanted a nursing chair that could be moved around the house easily later on and this one is not only comfy, but meets all the other criteria.  I spray painted the legs gold.  Carl and I also made the little yellow monster and arm knitted the blanket.

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^^ Added a bit of boho to the room with this handmade hanging thing.  I also hand painted the clouds on the walls, to give a touch of whimsy.

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^^ I ordered these crib sheets from amazon and I just love it!  They come in a set of two and its just beautiful!  Also featured, bunny wearing his neckerchief drool bibs I sewed.

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^^ I was only going to make a 1 tier woodland themed mobile, but Carl convinced me to make a two tier one.  I’m really glad he convinced me, I had a lot of fun making these little guys and I just love the hedgehog.

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^^ This buck head was one of the first things we got for the baby’s room, I spray painted the horns gold to make it look a bit friendlier.

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^^ I really wanted a bookshelf up in the baby’s room, but because we don’t have an IKEA here, just buying one wasn’t an option.  We made a plan and found this piece of wood  that made a perfect book rack.  Ordered most of the books from amazon.

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^^ I painted three sleeping watercolour woodland animals, forgot what a deer looks like and now my deer looks more like a hyena than a deer.  I still like them.

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^^ Little fox hooded towel.

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^^ I crocheted two of these granny square blankets, one for a boy and one for a girl.  This one is for a girl and is in the colours of the northern lights and the one for a boy is in the moses basket in our room.  I ripped out some stuffing to make this cute little bear rug.

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^^ Things we still wanted to do was put a garden gnome in that empty spot on the right with two soft mushroom stools, paint the ceiling white and add a little more bits and pieces.  This room brings me great joy, I wanted our baby to have a magical place to play and to grow, where imagination could run wild.  I just love this room.

Flavourful Aquafaba Mayonnaise

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, everyone in the vegan/ allergy world has heard about the miracle that is aquafaba! If you haven’t its okay, my dear little rock dwelling friend, now you know about the miracle that is basically bean juice…..Yes, bean juice, or the brine left behind in a can of chickpeas for the less dramatic.  This miracle brine has been a lifesaver for egg-free cooking, being able to be whipped up to make light and fluffy meringue, macaroons, replacing eggs in cakes and baked goods and making the most amazing thick egg free mayonnaise.

This flavourful mayonnaise is something you definitely need to try.  Garlicky with  the perfect amount of tang, this is a recipe to keep bookmarked and keep making over and over. Its also really versatile, play around with it until you have something that makes your taste-buds sing, if you like more garlic.  Add it! This is a perfectly flavoured recipe for me, but we all like things differently.  Add some herbs for a fancier mayonnaise or an added taste kick.  Just be prepared to feel like a cooking genius, this recipe is that easy to whip up, but will impress all your friends and family.

FLAVOURFUL AQUAFABA MAYONNAISEserves 16 

Aquafaba  Mayonnaise

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp aquafaba, the leftover brine from a can of chickpeas, or freshly cooked beans.
  • 1 heaped tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 – 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 a lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp liquid sweetener
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 – 1 cup oil ( I used olive oil, but sunflower or canola would work)

Directions

Combine all the ingredients except the oil in a blender or food processor.

While blending on low-medium, start adding the oil slowly.  About a tablespoon at a time, until you’ve used up all the oil.   The mixture will thicken up fast.

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Taste and adjust seasoning.

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Transfer to a bowl or glass jar.  Store in fridge for 2 weeks.  Use on everything!

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^^ Picnics on the beach.

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^^ I  wanted to feel how cold the water was without getting wet so I just stood there until a wave lapped at my feet.  I kind of look like a child from behind….My workout pants seem to be getting baggier and baggier…..bad workout pants, you should stay up.

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^^ The most dramatic towel shaker ever.

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^^ Shark watch flag.

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^^ Found a little friend on our walk.

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^^ early morning walks, making friends with fluffy weird haired cats, while I have fluffy just got up bed head hair.

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^^ Invited my parents in law over for lunch and made these two desserts! A raw chocolate pie and a crushed lemon tart trifle.  So good.

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^^ Picnic with a view.  I only ate my avocado sandwich and a couple pieces of fruit, the wind was so intense, all the food was covered in sand almost instantly.

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^^ Birds being dramatic.

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^^ So many of them.

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^^ my parents in law got me an early birthday present, the most amazing food processor/ blender ever.  In an instant I had the most amazing sunflower butter without oil.  It tastes so good and is so creamy.

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^^ Made little drool bibs/neckerchiefs for the baby, because all babies needs to be gangsta while drooling.

Hi friends! How was your weekend?  Is everyone still recovering from Thanksgiving binge eating? Over the weekend we decided to go for a little beach picnic we were all set to take a walk down to the beach, but I was standing in the sun really early in the morning by the way, sending someone a text I realised I might not make it back in this heat.  It was like standing in an oven before 8 o clock in the morning.  So we decided to drive to beach, when we got to the beach, it was insanely windy! Its one of the things I hate most about Cape Town, the fact that it can be so hot and the wind can be so cold, yet harsh that you just don’t know what to do.  We powered through and continued as planned with our little picnic.

On Sunday we invited Carl’s parents over for lunch and I cooked up a mini feast.  I warned Carl about the risk of eating large quantities of dairy and oil when he’s been on a clean eating diet, but he didn’t believe me, I couldn’t stop laughing when he got badly effected by it and wanted to vomit, while having a headache and stomach pains.  It was a lovely weekend and we finally feel kind of ready for this baby to arrive!  I can’t believe how in a couple of weeks I will be holding my little baby in my arms, while asking baby A, “why did you have to abuse mommy from the inside so badly?”  I hope everyone has a great Monday and an even better week.

Tempeh Banh Mi less Lettuce wraps

I don’t know if its the weather or the fact that I’m trying to eat all the cooling food I can possibly get my hands on before confinement starts, but I’ve been on a complete easy meal kick.  Especially on the weekends! The weekends around here are just so intense that we sometimes don’t even get time to eat  lunch, with all the driving around trying to find stuff and ending up on the complete opposite side of where we live, things are always just chaotic here. We even try to be out of the house before 8 so we can get to everything before all the shops closes at 1 or 2 on a Saturday.  So eating lunch is a luxury for us, on the special days we manage to get home at a decent lunch time we are so ravenous that a quick lunch is the only thing that will do and with all my pregnancy dietary needs I’ve got going on, grabbing the wrong thing to eat can end up in heartburn for the rest of the day or a sleepless night!  Not pleasant at all.

This recipe was created on one of those days where I just wanted a quick meal that would be yum, filling and that I could just eat with my hands.  So why the weird title? Well banh mi literally means baguette in Vietnamese and seeing as there is no gluten or bread in this recipe, but it has all the wonderful banh mi flavour it just seemed like the perfect title?

If you remember a while back I was talking about how I’ve cut out soy in my diet, but kept in fermented soy products for their endless health benefits.  So why tempeh?

Tempeh is processed less than all your other soy based products, its also a great source of protein making it a great plant based source of protein, because its fermented it makes it easier to digest.  The fermentation also increase the ability to absorb your nutrients as well as keeping your gut healthy.

TEMPEH BANH MI LESS LETTUCE WRAPS 10 wraps

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz tempeh slices into pieces
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 small carrots, grated
  • 1 small diakon, grated or chopped into matchsticks (or radishes)
  • 1/2 a small cucumber chopped into matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup liquid sweetener
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • juice and zest of a 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • lettuce butter lettuce or romaine lettuce
  • coriander
  • jalapeno slices (optional
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp sriracha

Directions

In a bowl combine the apple cider vinegar, lime juice, sweetener, diakon, carrots and cucumber.  Toss and refrigerate until ready to use.

In a pan over medium high heat add the oil and tempeh.  Lightly brown the tempeh on both sides.  Add the tamari, garlic powder, juice and zest of lime and ginger, making sure it gets covered.  Remove from heat.

In a small bowl combine the mayo and sriracha, taste and adjust.

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Add the refrigerated veggies to your lettuce wraps, tempeh and a drizzle of mayo.  Garnish with coriander and jalapeno.  Serve!

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an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Our first package from amazon arrived! Before the stuff we ordered from South Africa… Pretty silly I think!

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^^ Walks around Kalk bay, are always interesting.

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^^ old signs.

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I love this garden statue!

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^^ Cacti in cute little cups.

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^^ I’ve been missing Ireland like crazy lately, well I’ve been missing anywhere that’s not here, but Ireland will forever have my heart and these saints made my heart hurt a bit.

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^^ Pretty flowers on our walk, can you spot the bee fattening himself up?

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^^ This place is apparently the best place to eat fish and chips.

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^^ Really disgusting fish drying!

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^^ Harbour boats.

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^^ Everything is so colourful.

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^^ I finally found a mango! My sister told me about a fruit stall selling mango and I couldn’t wait to get one!  The beach and a mango, seems almost too good to be true.

Hi friends! How was your weekend? is everyone ready for thanksgiving/ friendsgiving? We’ve still been on a mad rush trying to get everything done before the baby arrives and getting all the herbs I need for my confinement.  We want everything to be really well stocked so the confinement goes really smooth.  With the mad rushing to sort out everything before baby, confinement for a month, resting and bonding with baby seems like pure bliss!

Hope everyone has a great week!

Thanksgiving Cauliflower Roast with Brown Rice Stuffing

aaw, thanksgiving.  The time to come together as friends and family and be thankful for all the blessing we have in our life.  Lets be honest its the time to panic about your meal prep, have way too many cooks in the kitchen and the time to stuff your face with so many things you can’t believe that you didn’t get rolled out the door.  We don’t celebrate thanksgiving here, but I’ve always felt like its the best holiday ever, cute turkeys, pumpkin everything, yummy sweet potatoes, and a whole lot of thankful-ness.   That’s what thanksgiving means to me!

So this year lets try and be more thankful and cook some easier meals that wont have us all stressing out, so we have more time for fun and happiness.  This delicious whole cauliflower roast with some roast vegetables and an amazing brown rice stuffing is the easy no fuss vegan extravaganza you’ve been looking for!  Roasting the whole cauliflower makes an impressive centrepiece that’s pleasing on the eye, but even more pleasing on the taste buds, without making you feel all bloated afterwards. Serve it with some roasted vegetables and you’ve got a pretty quick main course lined up for you.

What would thanksgiving be without stuffing? that would be like Christmas without stuffing? Pure madness.  This brown rice stuffing is way better for you than its bready counterpart, but its not lacking on the flavour department!  Cover the entire meal with your favourite gravy and you’re all set for an easy thanksgiving meal that you wont soon forget.

GARLIC AND ROSEMARY WHOLE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER 

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Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • zest of half a lemon
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast.

Directions

If you’re in a hurry, you can steam the whole cauliflower until tender and then roast it or you can just pop the whole thing in the oven.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F / 180 degrees C.

Trim away the leaves of  the cauliflower and the bottom stalk making sure to be careful to keep the cauliflower intact.

Drizzle the whole head of cauliflower in olive oil.  Stuff some rosemary in a couple of the florets all around the cauliflower.  Mince the rest of the rosemary.

Rub the rest of the ingredients liberally all over cauliflower.  Take the salt and pepper and make it rain ! really get it all over!  If roasting other vegetables, cut them up and scatter them around your baking dish! I would suggest you do this, as the cooked cauliflower kind of looks like a brain just by itself!  I roasted some broccoli, yellow and white sweet potato and zucchini, with a light seasoning of gram masala and covered in a bit of oil.

Place the cauliflower in the centre of your baking dish surrounded by all the vegetables, cover with foil and cook for 30 minutes covered.

Remove from oven, remove foil and roast uncovered until golden brown on the outside and tender on the inside.  Carve.

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Serve with the vegetables, stuffing and gravy.

EASY BROWN RICE STUFFING with CRANBERRIES AND ROASTED SUNFLOWER SEEDS

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice, rinsed and soaked in water for 3 hours or overnight.
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or any other oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 16 oz button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley or fresh
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

I soak the rice to make it easier to digest and remove the phytic acid, but if you don’t have time you can just rinse the rice and cook it without soaking.  I find that soaking it also makes the brown rice cook faster and gives it a fluffier consistency.

Add the rice and vegetable stock to a pot over medium high heat, allow it to come to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until fluffy.  when the stock is almost cooked out I usually cover it with a lid that doesn’t have a steam escaping hole,  remove from heat and allow to steam covered for a couple of minutes or until I’m ready to use it.

 

In a large skillet, add the oil and saute the onion, celery and mushroom.  allow to cook while stirring until everything is cooked through and fragrant.  Add the rice and any leftover liquid to the pan.  Season with the remaining ingredients except the cranberries and sunflowers.  Allow to heat through, stir in the cranberries and sunflowers.  Taste and adjust seasoning.  Serve with your delicious cauliflower roast.

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and for dessert? Gluten Free sugar free pumpkin pie bars or a pumpkin custard!

Amazing Almond Banana Protein Smoothie

I’ve been loving smoothies and shakes lately! Making a quick shake or smoothie is a fast way for me to get in a lot of nutrients in a short amount of time.  When I need a protein filled snack, bam! Lets have a smoothie.  This is my favourite smoothie EVER.  Yes, it might not be a vibrant ,beautiful green or a wonderful colourful colour, but the simplicity of this boring looking smoothie is all sort of amazing on the taste buds.  Filled with all the wonderful super foods you need with a whole lot of yum, this is definitely the treat with so many health benefits you need.

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MACA BENEFITS

  1. Hormone Balance; Maca is believed to balance estrogen levels.  Which can help with ovulation and pregnancy.
  2. Decreases levels of anxiety and stress.
  3. Helps with male fertility
  4. Increases endurance, energy and mood.
  5. Antioxidants booster; Helps in fighting disease and is great for cancer prevention.

COCONUT OIL BENEFITS

  1. Prevents heart disease and high blood pressure.
  2. Protects the liver
  3. Reduce inflammation and arthritis.
  4. Cancer prevention.
  5. Immune system booster.

ALMONDS BENEFITS

  1. Prevention in heart disease.
  2. Supports healthy brain function.
  3. Helps keeps your skin young, thanks to the anti ageing benefits.
  4. Helps control blood sugar levels.
  5. Helps with weight loss.

FLAX SEEDS BENEFITS

  1. High in fibre and great for gut health.
  2. Keeps your hair and skin healthy.
  3. Helps with losing weight.
  4. Lowers cholesterol.
  5. High in antioxidants.

CARDAMOM BENEFITS

  1. Helps prevent cancer.
  2. Keeps your heart healthy.
  3. A great anti – depressant.
  4. Helps with treating urinary disorders.
  5. protects against gastrointestinal diseases.

ALMOND BANANA PROTEIN SMOOTHIEserves 2

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Ingredients

  • 1 large, banana peeled
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 -2 cup almond milk (depends on how thick you like it, start with a cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 heaped scoop protein powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 large pitted medjool date.
  • Ice

Directions

Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a glass and enjoy all those delicious health benefits.

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35 Week Pregnancy Update

The final countdown has begun! baby will be here in about a month and the time for panic has kicked in!  I can’t believe how much we still need to get done and that we waited a bit too long with our second batch of cloth diapers. We found this amazing affordable cloth diaper company, that had really amazing packages for around the same price as what we bought our second hand cloth diapers for, but these diapers are brand new, comes in amazing colours and the reviews are just great, unfortunately with all the procrastination we were doing, most of the diapers are sold out!  Let this be a lesson kids, never say you will buy something later, sometimes later is a little bit too late!  We can’t seem to find another cloth diaper company that’s as affordable so we will have to stock up on more biodegradable diapers before baby A arrives.

I’ve also been in full nesting mode and nothing is surviving the rampage I’m on.  I even started buffing Carl’s laptop clean.  Yes, things have gotten out of hand.

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^^ This baby is so high up.

After doing a lot of research, I’m always up for an experience;  I’ve decided on doing a month of confinement when the baby arrives.  The whole process makes a lot of sense to me, so I’ve been raiding all our Chinese grocers,  stocking up on a lot of confinement herbs, I’m not going to go completely authentic in it, but I’ve made a couple of western adjustments to the diet and rules to suit my needs a little better.  I’m really excited to try it out and have the month to bond with baby, while letting my body heal and putting heat back into my body after my home birth.

35 weeks pregnant

Speaking about home birth, I’ve finally started getting my home birth supplies!  I was waiting until my last midwife appointment for them to tell me if everything is fine and that baby A is still in the head down position.  Well I got the heads down, A okay I needed and just started buying all the “wonderful” incontinent supplies I needed!  Nothing makes you feel like a grown up like standing in line with a trolley full of linen savers, adult diapers, a plastic fitted sheet, gauze and surgical spirits.  The cashier must have been wondering what I’m up to!

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How far along? 35 weeks! Almost time to meet this little baby.

35 weeks pregnant

Weight? I’ve actually been really consistent with my weight and kept losing weight or staying the same, I only gained some weight with my last appointment.

Cravings? Still craving watermelon, mangoes, pears, grapes and Ice.  I’m about to hop on a plane in search of mangoes, I’m getting that desperate.

How I’m feeling? I’m feeling really prepared and ready to meet this baby! This last trimester has been a rough one!  I’m constantly hungry and need to snack the whole time just to stay functional.  To be honest I’m getting really tired of eating! I feel like I’m getting jaw muscles.  I’ve still been eating healthy food, so no gluten, no sugar, clean eating meals that keep me going and doesn’t make me feel pooped.  Even Carl loves this diet, he’s looking better than ever, his hair is shiny as can be and he seems to be losing wrinkles!  I’m definitely going to continue eating this way when the baby arrives.

Sleep? I’m still sleeping pretty well, I just get up more often to use the loo, but I fall asleep almost instantly after.

Maternity Clothes? I’m wearing my maternity jeans often and a couple of dresses, but I’m mostly just wearing clothes I wore pre pregnancy.

Best Moment? Finishing up the baby mobile, painting the baby dresser and sorting out little things in the baby’s room.  Finding out our baby’s got a small head.

Worst Moment? Getting the pregnancy rash on my tummy….Its so unpleasant, combine that with the unattractive veins popping out all over my body, it makes you realise anyone who ever said pregnancy was beautiful was a giant liar.  I’ve been trying out mama naturals methods for getting rid of the rash and it seems to be working.  I also got an allergic reaction at church that left me with a swollen face, thanks to all the proteas and fynbos flower arrangements all over the show.  I’m allergic to South Africa’s national flowers, good job body.

Movement? So much movement! This baby doesn’t seem to like loud noises or people speaking in loud tones ( Shouting) and really lets me have it when I’m around anything baby doesn’t like.

I can’t wait to meet this little person soon!

Baked Pumpkin Custard (Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Vegan)

After finding out how easy it is to make pumpkin puree (even with the long wait for all the water to drip out) I’ve been on an insane everything MUST be pumpkin flavoured kick! and with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, its the best time to be all pumpkin crazed.  My dark chocolate pumpkin bread was a bust, a very delicious pudding like bust, but these baked pumpkin custards were a great success! Sometimes you have to mess up one recipe to find an even yummier other recipe.

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Perfectly spiced and served in individual bowls, this dessert makes portion control so easy, but what makes it even more special is the fact that is sugar free, gluten free and vegan.  Its the perfect no guilt treat to serve for any holiday celebration, but don’t just serve it for the holidays.  Lets just build a pumpkin custard swimming pool and eat this dessert all the time! Yes, that seems like the only solution that will work.

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This recipe popped into my mind after I made the most amazing pumpkin pie filling for my pumpkin pie bars, its just so good that I could have been content with just eating the filling and calling the crust an unnecessary luxury.  Don’t get me wrong the crust is the best part of the pumpkin pie bars, but sometimes you just want a whole bowl of delicious, creamy pudding to get you through the baking process! So lets get custard making!

BAKED PUMPKIN CUSTARD serves 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 can pumpkin puree or 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup – 1/2 cup honey or liquid sweetener of choice – Depends how sweet you like it.
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 cup raisins – optional

Directions

Place everything except the raisins in your blend.  Blend until combined.  Taste and adjust to your preference.  Fold in raisins.

Pour mixture into four ramekins.

Pour boiling water into baking pan. 1 inch of water.  Place your ramekins inside the water bath.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Remove from bath.

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Serve hot or cold, with a dollop of coconut whipped cream.

 

 

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^^ A daily walk that ended up at the beach…again…. We’re not even beach people, but when its cloudy we love it!  I also took my new diaper bag out for a spin.  It held everything! Even my camera!

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^^ I accidentally painted my baby bump! Whoops

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^^ Carl turns into a model on windy days.

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^^ This seagull was walking so gently on the wet sand, it was like he really didn’t want to get dirty.  I feel you little guy.

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^^ Every morning its cloudy, but by the afternoon the wind seems to have blown away all the clouds, come on clouds! We need rain! stand strong.

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^^ I don’t know what was the deal with these geese, but Carl thought they wanted bread, I was convinced I saw murder in their eyes, while I ran away screaming this is the worst day!!!!

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^^ Pretty memorial flowers left behind on a bench.

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^^ Walking, walking, walking!

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^^ Pretty flowers on the side of the road.  Nature is always trying to prettify ugly things up.

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^^ Gluten free, Sugar free pumpkin bread.  This tasted delicious, but was a little bit too soft in the middle! Back to the drawing board!

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^^ Enjoying a watermelon lunch, wondering when will mangoes be in season! My craving is killing me! I can’t even find one overly priced out of season imported from who knows where mango lying around somewhere!

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^^ Always matching.  We found a baby pair! Soon baby will be matching to! Sorry baby.

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^^ Beautiful light.

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^^ Geese ignoring Carl.

Hi friends! How was your weekend? We’ve been busy, busy, busy! We’ve been in a slight panic mode, when we realised we basically have a month left before this baby arrives!  We still have so much to do and get, but Cape Town really does not make it easy for us. Everything closes before 2 on a Saturday or requires a long commute to get anything, and shopping on week days is just not an option for us, work keeps us busy!  Sundays we attend three hours of church that can sometimes feel like a million hours, and keeping the Sabbath day holy after that, doesn’t give us much time to sort out everything on our to do list!

We’ve started ordering stuff from amazon, just because delivery is faster than most of the South African online shopping experiences we’ve had! For all our organic needs we order from faithful to nature, they have been amazing and delivered within a day! Like it should be!  Stocking up on our biodegradable diapers has been easy with them by our side!

At my last midwife appointment, my midwife asked me if I’m ready for labour and I’m so ready, I don’t think she usually hears first time moms, being excited about labour. I feel like the pain we endure as expecting mothers in labour, prepares us, and shows us how strong we really are and that we can do this motherhood thing, but I’ll let you know how I feel when I’m actually in labour.   I’ve given Carl the heads up about the transitioning period and told him he should just remember I love him before I get mean, and he should just keep encouraging me if I feel like giving up.   I can’t wait to meet our little baby in a month, our midwife told us Baby A is thin and long, with a small head, after seeing Carl’s giant head as a baby and how he seemed to have grown into it as he got older, I’ve been really worried about what I’m in for, the head thing was a bit of a relief!

Happy Monday, Hope everyone has a lovely week and gets to everything they need to get done this week!.