Chocolate Cream Pie: Dear God Yes

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Ugh, I am still “Great With Child,” as the Herdmans would say. Any day now … But in the meantime I have to keep myself busy. And X takes care of that for the most part. Like, 96% of my time. Just running after him is more exercise than I ever got ever before in my entire life. Only 35 ungainly extra pounds putting an extra graceless waddle into everything. It’s delightful. My particular favourite is taking him to his swim lessons, where the only thing that still fits me is a teensy weensy bikini. It looks … different now, is all I’ll say. Have I written about his terrifying swimming lessons yet? Remind me if I haven’t. But that’s for another time. This post is all about chocolate. Continue reading

Book reviews (while I can still read)

I’m still reading like crazy, since I can’t do very much else (including sleep at the moment). It’s all good, because soon enough I suspect stealing a few minutes to read here and there is going to be nothing but a pleasant memory. I have no idea how people take care of two kids at the same time. Like, I’m actually a little scared. I’ve been encouraged by many, including my pediatrician, to spend as much time at the hospital as possible, before coming home to the chaos that I will find as the mother and primary caregiver of a two-year-old and a brand new infant. Oh dear god.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading.

Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull

Book description: For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most. Continue reading

Pre-Baby Baking

I have finally made it to term with my pregnancy! As far as I’m concerned, this little one can come out any time, the sooner the better. Like, really. I’ve forgotten how painful this stage is. Everyone I meet on the street sort of winces when they see me. That’s an awesome feeling, by the way.

I am lucky to have pretty much the most amazing Mom, who’s come out early to help me out in these last few weeks before baby comes. What with X getting even more active, I swear, I just can’t keep up. I can’t even pretend to try to keep up. All I want to do is collapse on the couch and wait this baby thing out, but little man just doesn’t allow it. Having my mom here is so nice, I break into tears every time I think about it (another pleasant aspect of being this pregnant). I’ve been having fun showing her around Geneva, walking as much as I’m able to try to bring this thing on. Continue reading

Cooking with puff pastry

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Allow me to introduce you to my most lazy way of putting dinner on the table: putting all the ingredients into puff pastry and baking it, then serving it like I actually took time to make something. I’m sure it has to do with my status as a water buffalo right now, but I’m not particularly committed to slaving over the oven for hours on end right now. So, I cut corners while trying to make sure my family is fed. Here’s what I came up with!

Other benefits of cooking this way – these little hot pockets are easy to transport and reheat, making for delicious lunches. I started doing this with my Thanksgiving leftovers, my addictive Turkey Empanadas, and now I can’t seem to stop. Here are two new faves. Continue reading