I can’t even begin to describe how happy it made me (and Dave) to get the news out this week that we’re expecting a little addition. Being pregnant is a funny thing — because you want to be so excited from the outset, but then you’re not supposed to let on that something is going on until a certain point. Well, I reached that point, and I was about to burst. So now I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders!
To all of you wonderful friends who commented on Facebook, Instagram, sent me a message, wrote me an email or even a text or commented on this post, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ve been putting a lot of my life out there on the Internet for a few years, but there’s been a little part that I’ve been holding back on the fertility struggle side. It feels SO good to know that you guys now know what’s been going on, and I can now start sharing so much of my journey to get pregnant and how I made some changes in my life. But I mean, we don’t have to talk any more about that today. Let’s talk about light and fun and simple stuff, like FOOD and FAVORITES. Ready for them? (Oh and for those of you who are not excited to see this blog turn into a pregnancy diary, I’ve got you covered. It WILL NOT take up every thought. K? I promise!)
My favorite pantry staples: Bob’s Red Mill
*Thank you to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring this mention. I received complimentary product and compensation, but the words, pictures and thoughts are totally my own. As always, I appreciate you supporting the great companies who support A Lady Goes West.
First of all, you know I’m so into supporting family-owned companies, and Bob’s Red Mill was started by Bob and his wife, and is now completely employee owned. With beginnings in the state of California, Bob’s Red Mill is now headquartered in Oregon.
The brand sells whole grain and clean flours, baking goods, oats, cereals, granolas, mixes and even nutritional boosters. The products are non-GMO and some of them are also gluten free. The kind folks at Bob’s Red Mill let me pick out a few items to try, and I had a tough time, because I wanted it all! However, I settled on these four things …
- Organic 7-grain pancake and waffle mix
- Nutritional yeast
- Baking powder
- Gluten free organic old-fashioned rolled oats
Just in time for Easter, and much to Dave’s excitement, I selected a holiday-inspired breakfast recipe to prepare for us this past weekend using some Bob’s Red Mill products, and you can bet it will be happening again on Easter and throughout the year. Ladies and gentlemen, I made carrot cake pancakes using the organic 7-grain pancake and waffle mix, and it was SO easy. (Oh, did you know that I love carrot cake?)
I was inspired to make the carrot cake pancakes because I found the recipe on the Bob’s Red Mill site, which was super helpful. When you scroll through the product options, you can find corresponding recipes for each. Love that!
In less than 10 minutes, I had made a delicious plate of pancakes for us both, full of raisins, walnuts, carrot shreds, coconut oil, one egg, cinnamon, and of course, the organic 7-grain pancake and waffle mix. The pancakes were DELISH, and we each devoured our plates. (True story: Dave had two small pancakes, and I had three large ones … #eatingfortwo-ish.) In addition to the pancake mix, I’m loving the quality, taste and texture of the oats. And I’ve been wanting to try nutritional yeast as a high-fiber cheese alternative for a while. So simple, so healthy and so tasty! Love it all!
You have maybe seen the Bob’s Red Mill packaging in the grocery store and not known what a high-quality brand it is. Well now you know! Find a store carrying Bob’s Red Mill here. Thanks again to Bob’s Red Mill!
My favorite sweet treat: NadaMoo
So I’m not necessarily a dairy-free person (pizza is life), but I do love coconut, and that’s what originally led me to pick up NadaMoo, which is made from non-dairy organic coconut milk. I was in Sprouts on a Saturday evening strolling for dessert, while holding an oven pizza in my hand (in the height of my very glamorous sweatpants-wearing early pregnancy stage). And of all the ice creams I looked at, well, they just didn’t have the greatest list of ingredients. (I always look at ingredients of products I buy, to make sure I know what every single thing is that’s listed — to me, it’s more important than looking at the fat or calories or carbs or whatever.) Then I picked up NadaMoo, and it was full of good stuff. I bought a little tub of the snickerdoodle flavor, took it home and tried it after dinner and was totally blown away.
The nice people at NadaMoo saw my Insta-story of the snickerdoodle that night and sent me coupons to get even more goodness. So I got three more tubs, and each one is more delicious than the next. This does NOT taste like an ice cream alternative. It’s rich and thick and so tasty. I think that birthday cake is my favorite, because it has amazing little chunks in it, but they’re all good. Thank you, NadaMoo! Healthier desserts are my heaven!
My favorite picture from the week: Rudy
Earlier this week, Dave and I went to get a first trimester screen and ultrasound and came home with some new pictures of the little bundle growing inside me (eeeeek!), showing the baby’s profile, 10 fingers, etc.. As soon as I got home, I pulled the pictures out, and you-know-who was super interested.
He was pawing at them, so I put them on the ground, and this impromptu photoshoot ensued. I die. To be totally honest, I treat Rudy like my little baby right now, and am constantly carrying him and talking to him and fawning over him. I’m slightly nervous about how he will have to adopt to having another small being in the house in just six months. One of my girlfriends told me to get a babydoll a couple of months before I’m due and start holding it, so he gets an idea that something is changing. Might be a good thing to try. Any help out there, you dog mommas who also turned into human mommas?
My favorite links from the week
And here’s what I’ve been loving from around the Web this week …
- I love this article, because it’s so true. We all need to be in nature sometimes. Like way more than we are right now. It’s healing. Get outside and stroll!
- Fitness fails! OMG — who has had some of these things happen to them? I have fallen off a treadmill twice in my life. And BOY does that hurt. Both times happened in Orlando in my condo gym, and I was alone in the wee hours of the morning.
- More talk about the importance of sleep? I’m in!
- I’m a sucker for a good dance routine. This one is AWESOME.
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Questions of the day
What’s your favorite pancake topping?
What are you up to this weekend?