Monday, July 22, 2013

27 Weeks & Gluten-Free, Vegan Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Well someone has been doing some growing since the last time I posted! Now although I'm just 27 weeks, I'm starting to feel a bit big in the belly department. I can't complain too much though, I feel great and after a visit with our midwife last week, Mila seems to be doing great as well.

This week's photo background: This week's photo background is at the clubhouse of a local lake. I've always thought the aged and weathered shingles looked pretty cool, so they were a must-have for this belly shot project.

An old-shingled wall at a clubhouse for a local lake.

The lake. 
Usually Avery is pretty content just to see the lake and venture out onto the dock, but as we were walking back, a guy who worked for the water patrol asked if we wanted to help feed the fish. We figured he was referring to the tiny little fish we saw swimming a few minutes before. But the second he threw the food into the water, a group of massive catfish came to the dock!

Avery was very excited and gladly started throwing fish food into the water...

Feeding the fish with Dad.

Here's two of the biggest fish we!

Sometimes the fish would get so excited they would splash
around and get Avery wet.  She didn't complain one bit!

Can you tell she took her job very serious?

We wrapped off our "belly bump adventure"
with a little bit of swing time.
I love the memories we're making with these bi-weekly photo shoots!

Questions of the week:

1. How big is the baby (with Avery's help)?

Cauliflower seems pretty fitting for the baby size this week...finally a food that seems as big as I feel or at least how big Mila feels. 

"Wow, that's pretty big."

"Well, I can't throw it so I better just eat it."

We then took it inside and whipped up an awesome "Vegan Queso Dip" from the blog Eat & Talk (yes, there's cauliflower in it!).  I had some trouble finding a link to the recipe that would work, so here's the recipe: Boil 1 cup chopped, peeled russet potato, 1 cup chopped cauliflower, 1/3 cup diced yellow onion for 10-15 minutes until soft. Drain and add to a food processor. Blend vegetables with: 1/4 cup cashews, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 clove minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/3 cup Earth Balance vegan butter. Blend until smooth, add water if needed to thin out, and serve with veggies or chips.

Veggie-ful Vegan Queso with organic corn tortillas

That dip is a pretty big hit in our house, as you can tell by Avery's reaction...

"Is there cauliflower in this?"

"I think I feel like dancing!"
(Never mind those pink undies and the
potty in the background, it's been a
"potty training" kind of summer over here!)

2. What I'm eating...
Isn't it funny how pregnancy makes you get creative in the kitchen? My craving this week was chocolate-covered pretzels.  These have been a favorite snack of mine for years and we even had them (covered in caramel and chocolate) at our wedding reception. But when I went gluten-free, and vegan traditional Almond Bark was out. On top of that I had a bit of trouble finding a good gluten-free, non-GMO pretzel! 

But the other day, the stars must have aligned and I realized I had all the ingredients I needed to make gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO chocolate-covered pretzels!  Here's the recipe:

Gluten-Free, Vegan Chocolate-Covered Pretzels
Makes about 15-20 chocolate pretzels (enough for 2 people, or 1 pregnant mama!). Feel free to double or triple the recipe if you would like to serve more.

The ingredients.

1. Melt 1/4 cup chocolate chips over medium heat with 1/2 tsp.
coconut oil until melted.

2. Remove from heat immediately once melted. Drop pretzels
in a few at a time and stir them around with a spoon
 until covered.

3. Place dipped pretzels on wax paper or a Silpat mat.

4. Top with sprinkles if you would like. 

5. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes or longer.  

Then eat up these yummy "veganized" salty and sweet snacks!

3. Best moment of the week?  My favorite moment of the week comes something Avery said while playing at my parent's house. Earlier in the day we spent some time going through her old toys, and we had her help us find some toys we could put in Mila's room.  The whole experience was pretty funny because it was the first time Avery had seen some of those toys in several months, others in over a year, so aside from getting some for Mila, we also let Avery pick out some to bring up to her own room. It was like Christmas all over again!

Fast forward a few hours later and while she was playing with a toy dollhouse at my parent's house, she began fixing up a pretend room for Mila. She placed all kinds of toys and furniture in  one of the rooms of the house and while doing it she would say, "Mila needs a bed. Mila needs a potty. Mila needs a plant. Mila needs some toys."  She wrapped it all up by saying: "Her needs lots of stuff!" LOL! It was so cute to see her playing out what we had just done and starting to take care of Mila already. I know she's going to be a great big sister!

Pretending to get Mila's room all ready for her.

Here she is taking having the big sister take care of the little
baby in the bed. 

See you in two weeks for the next update!

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1 comment:

  1. You're looking great! I miss being pregnant (sigh) so it's been fun seeing your updates every other week.

    I'm going to be making your chocolate covered pretzels tomorrow. They used to be one of my favorite snacks before going vegan and now that my I'm gluten-free (my toddler has a wheat allergy and I'm still breastfeeding), I figured finding gluten-free vegan chocolate covered pretzels was out of the question. Can't wait to taste them! :-9


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