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Vanilla Beans

I got an amazing Christmas present.

A huge quantity of vanilla beans!

You can spend $20 on a couple vanilla beans at the grocery store, or you could go to Ebay and spend the same on a couple hundred beans. My husband chose the second route.

It’s lovely.

This afternoon I took the opportunity to use a few of my new stash.

Rather than just copy other people’s recipes, I’ll give you a couple of links and tell you about them.

Joy the Baker has a beautiful recipe for Giant Vanilla Cookies.

They are delicious. I think when I’m done typing I may just have to sandwich some vanilla bean ice cream between two of them.

Deb at Smitten Kitchen posted exactly what I was dreaming about with her recipe for Rice Pudding.  I’ll admit that I used boring old white rice and wasn’t brave enough to try the bay leaf.  The warm spoonful I had right off the stove was amazing, I can’t wait to have some for breakfast in the morning.

Next I’m thinking some panna cotta or pots de creme.

Anyone have any favorite recipes?

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Don’t get me wrong:  I’m still exhausted and sick and sore.

Yesterday, however,  I discovered some things (besides Saltines and applesauce) that helped immeasurably:

1. Baking bread

Just the feeling that I’ve done something to prepare for the week is so helpful.  The smell and taste of homemade wheat bread are a huge bonus.

2.Cleaning my house

We cleaned yesterday- as in scrubbed the windows inside and out, cleaned inside the oven, scoured the shower, mopped, and everything in between.

It is so exhilarating to have a clean house and not feel like a slob.

3. Baking and decorating a cake


I know I already have baking on my list, but I took it one step further and made a carrot cake last night.  I didn’t feel like I’d be able to finish when I started, but it felt good to use my talents and be creative.

4. Shaving my legs


Oh, boy. Does this make me feel more like a person and less like a bloated baby vessel?

Yes. 100% yes.

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I forgot.

I wanted to tell you that my baby is the size of a blueberry this week, assuming I’m correct about how far along I am (7 1/2 weeks).

That is roughly the same size as a huckleberry.

I think that just may be worth mentioning.

Next week I’ll have my first doctor’s appointment. Perhaps he’ll decide I’m not quite to huckleberry stage yet, or that I’m actually at kidney bean stage.

Grape would be fun, too.

I’ll keep you posted!

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Is this me?

Ahem.

Yes, I’m still here.

I’m sorry.

My dearest readers, I’m afraid I’ve hit a temporary slump.

I just don’t know what to say. 0% creativity. And when I do know what to say, I’m too tired to say it. 100% fatigued.

Sheesh, pregnancy makes you sleepy.

And because I’m sleepy I’m not doing too much that you would want to hear about anyhow.

*Yawn.*

Final excuse for this small blogging break: Its too dark to take decent pictures because I made curtains and Steve replaced our light bulbs with a lower wattage.

There you go.

That’s it.

I promise to come back soon.

I hope you’ll come back someday, too.

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I’m not capable of saying anything that hasn’t been said about what is going on in our world right now.

My prayers are with those in Haiti and I know so many of yours are, as well.

I’m grateful to belong to church with such strong ties to humanitarian aid and the resources to care for people all over the world. Please read this article about what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is doing to help our brothers and sisters in need.

One day I hope to be able to do more than send prayers and the small amount of money we can sacrifice when there is an emergency like this.  How I would love to be with a group of volunteers providing medical care or some other type of assistance.

For now, all I can do is share with you how I feel and hope to inspire a few more prayers and perhaps a few more donations.

Donations for relief efforts can be made at http://give.lds.org/emergencyresponse.

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Babies on the Brain

Last night Steve and I checked the mail for the first time this week, and was I ever surprised to find a package from sweet Leslie!

Here is what I found inside:

The cute sayings are tile magnets.  I love them.  And the treats are spectacular.

It totally made my day.  My whole week, probably.

Thanks, Leslie!

What is really on my mind lately is all baby-related, though.

As an official start to my pregnancy I’m going to do something I hate…

…and post a profile picture.

Its probably cheating a lot, but I was wearing nylons in this picture.  If I get brave enough to post a picture every month you can expect a lot of belly growth in the next picture, probably not entirely baby-related.

In other baby-related news, I finished my first baby-sewing project.

These are just some simple burp cloths I made from fabric I had stashed away in a box. I have no clue where it is from or how long I’ve had it.  I realize I’ll probably be given more baby stuff than I’ll ever need (thats what everyone keeps telling me, anyway), but I felt the need to sew something!  It certainly won’t be the last thing I sew, either. I’m afraid that when we find out the baby’s gender I’m probably going to go into a frenzy of crafting, but I’ll try and hold back.

Thanks to everyone for all of the congratulations and well-wishes!

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Ladies and Gentleman,

In order so somehow tell you how I’m feeling I’ll start with the words of someone much wiser.

Joseph F Smith once said this:

“Everywhere in nature we are taught the lessons of patience and waiting. We want things a long time before we get them, and the fact that we want them a long time makes them all the more precious when they come.”

Steve and I are so happy to shout from the rooftops and tell the world that we are going to have a baby.

After much fussing and fighting and prayer and hope and doubt, my body has decided it will work properly after all.

We found out on January 1st, which seemed to be appropriate timing.  The baby is due around September 8th, although you should probably stay tuned for more updates as I have a strong feeling that will change.

I couldn’t be happier.

Steve pretends he is a little disappointed to share his birth month, but he is just as excited as I am.

When my brother and sister-in-law announced they were having a baby they shared this video, and it touches my heart and so I’m copy-catting them and sharing it with you.

Enjoy:

So far I only have one question – what do I sew first?

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