Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Mothers Day and Happy 36 Weeks

This Sunday was not just Mothers Day, it was also the ever important 36 weeks milestone for my baby bump! Baby boy will be here oh so soon! I can't believe how quickly these 8 months have gone by!

This weekend we decided to drive down to Portland and watch the Trail Blazers take on the Spurs in game 3 on Saturday night. I am not sure this was a dr approved trip but it sure was fun. It was the closest game in the series so far, but the trail blazers just couldn't quite pull it off. Hubs and I are actually Miami Heat fans, but we like supporting our local teams and Portland is the only basketball team around here now.

We spent the weekend at my SIL and BIL's house in Vancouver, WA and had perfect weather. Sunday morning I had my first mothers day breakfast (delivered to me in bed, by the niece and nephew). After that we headed into Portland and strolled through the Pearl district eating and walking and eating and talking and just enjoying the sunshine.

Hubs and I both stopped in to the Nike store and bought new shoes, I LOVE mine! I'll need some cute and comfortable shoes to get me motivated after baby arrives :)

Here is my weekly bump picture (top and bottom from Pink Blush), I swear if I get much rounder, I am going to topple over and roll down the stairs!



So here is how we are doing this week, 
  • How far along: 36 weeks as of Sunday. My first Mothers Day :)
  • Baby is the size of…: Romaine lettuce, or a small melon 
  • Weight gain: 36 pounds
  • Baby Bump: So big. So, so big. Did I mention big?
  • Stretch Marks: None yet!
  • Exercise: Lots of walking and light weight lifting. 
  • Cravings: Blueberries, salad, water
  • Mood: Excited and tired 
  • Sleep: More please... Bathroom 
  • Wedding Ring: On for half the day. My fingers get swollen whenever it gets hot or when I am particularly busy so I usually take it off just to be safe. 
  • Baby Name?: All decided
  • Gender: Boy 
  • Movement: He is a mover and shaker. He particularly likes to move after I eat and when I am trying to sleep!
  • Maternity Clothes: I seem to be outgrowing all of my maternity clothes, so it's very good that I am close to b-day!
  • What I am looking forward too: Bringing baby home
  • What I miss: Sleeping through the night and real sushi!
  • Favorite thing this week: So difficult to chose just one! All the components of the nursery came and I somehow managed to put them all together while the mr. was at work! Crib is ready, rocking chair is ready, diaper changing station is stocked, closet is full and I am feeling accomplished! Hubs and I had ahhhhh-mazing massages on Friday night and then we celebrated mothers day in Portland. It was just a great week!
I hope everyone took the time to enjoy and appreciate the mothers in their lives, where would we be without so many great moms?

For those of you who entered the PPB wallet giveaway, don't forget to check and see who won!

Samantha
Flour De Lis

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hospital Bag and GIVEAWAY!

My absolutely gorgeous diaper/hospital bag arrived yesterday! And now I officially have baby fever!


Petunia Pickle Bottom
I am seriously in love with this bag! It's the perfect minty shade, it's organic, it has a fun print, tons of pockets and it's HUGE! I have another small bag that I will use more frequently for everyday stuff, this will be more of a travel, longer trip diaper bag. 

I have everything ready to pack inside it for the trip to the hospital, I probably definitely overpacked! But better to have everything I might need, than be missing the one crazy thing I didn't think to pack.


So here's the breakdown of everything I think I'll need :)

  1. Diaper Bag
  2. Water Cup
  3. Safety Sign
  4. Snacks
    1. Trader Joe's Omega Trek Mix packs
    2. Jerky for the mr.
    3. Pistachios
    4. Organic Apple Chips
    5. Organic Protein Bars
    6. Trader Joe's Organic Fruit Leather
    7. Jelly Beans
    8. Bit-O-Honey
    9. Gum
  5. Loose fitting pajama bottoms with nursing top
  6. Flip flops
  7. Robe
  8. Cute grannie panties (thanks Jessica Simpson!)
  9. Baby's going home outfit (daddy picked it out :))
  10. Blum Face Wipes
  11. Travel size deodorant
  12. Travel size Tums
  13. Nail file
  14. Monkey Balm
  15. EOS Lip Balm
  16. Hair bands
Not pictured are my cosmetic bag (probably won't need), toothbrush, a change of clothes for the Mr. and change for the vending machine, just in case we didn't bring enough snacks ;) 


Here's a little update on the giant baby bump! At 35 weeks :)

Now for the good part, when I ordered my PPB bag, they sent me a free wallet! But it doesn't match the bag print and I don't particularly need a new wallet at this time, so I figured I'd just give it away to one of you lucky people!

It's their Wanderlust Wallet in a pretty pink print.  Giveaway ends on Mothers Day!








Samantha
Flour De Lis

Friday, April 4, 2014

Carrot Cake Cut Out Cookies

Just in time for Easter, I made a new roll out version of one of my favorite treats! Carrot cake is just so perfectly, perfect for celebrating spring!




As with all my cut out cookies I started with my basic Citrus Vanilla cookie recipe. It's a recipe that I've tested and tested and I know it's great and it's so east to adapt the flavors.

I added more flour and sugar to this version as you can see, because the carrots add a lot of extra moisture into the mix. If you want to stick with the original measurements or if you choose to use your own recipe and adapt it for these flavors, just squeeze out the carrot juice before adding the grated carrots to the dough.


Just look at those delicious carrot shavings and spices all mingled together! 


Carrot Cake Cut Out Cookies
recipe by me

Ingredients:
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cold
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup finely grated fresh carrot (I used a zester to get very fine pieces)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flake coconut (I like to pulse it in my food processor a few times just to break it down so the dough cuts easier)

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a separate bowl and set aside
  3. In your mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  5. Add the grated carrot and mix until incorporated.
  6. Gradually add in the flour and spice mixture while mixing. Scrape the bowl as you add. 
  7. Add in coconut and nuts (if using) with the last addition of flour and mix until dough is uniform and pulls away from the bowl.
  8. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface (I usually do this on waxed paper sheets so I can pop the into the fridge to firm up)
  9. Cut out the shapes you want and place onto your cookie sheets (lined with parchment paper, not waxed paper!)
  10. I usually place a tray of cut out cookies into the freezer for at least 5 minutes before placing in the oven, they hold their shape much better this way!
  11.  Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Cookies will be lightly golden on the bottom to very slightly brown on the edges. Remove from sheet and cool on rack.


This recipe yields a softer cookie, with a texture closer to Lofthouse sugar cookies (my weakness). These cookies are super delicious anytime, but seemed perfect for spring! So you can decorate them however you want!



Samantha
Flour De Lis

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cookies and baby update

I have so many things to catch up on! And a few great new recipes to share with you! But first, a little update on cookies and the bump!
The last time I shared a picture, I was only 20 weeks and anxiously waiting for my appointment to find out if baby was going to be XX or XY.

And... it turns out our little bundle of joy is a sweet baby BOY!

Week 20. Hello baby boy!

Baby was not remotely shy this round and was happy to show off his goods ;) 

Week 30!
I feel like I doubled in size from week 20 to 30! And here is where we are now,
  • How far along: 30 weeks this past Sunday, 31 just a few days away! I can't believe only 9 weeks to go! 
  • Baby is the size of…: a butternut squash (17 inches and weighs a little over 3 pound!)
  • Weight gain: 30 pounds
  • Baby Bump: Is big and very noticeable! I am not sure exactly what it is about being pregnant that attracts the long and steady gazes of small children, like everywhere I go... It's strange. And it makes me laugh ;) 
  • Stretch Marks: None yet!
  • Exercise: I try to get at least 35 minutes on the elliptical and low intensity stretches and weights several times a week.
  • Cravings: Strawberries, watermelon, dates, water, waffles and lemonade (Starbucks iced passion tea lemonade to be specific, I could drink a gallon of it everyday, but I don't). 
  • Mood: Happy and tired, but mostly HAPPY :D
  • Sleep: Lots of tossing an turning and every time I move, baby decided he needs to move too! 
  • Wedding Ring: On
  • Baby Name?: All decided <3 li="" nbsp="">
  • Gender Prediction: I was totally WRONG about this! hahaha I was so sure it would be a girl. 
  • Movement: All day and day and several times at night. He's a busy little mover and shaker.
  • Maternity Clothes: I started off buying just a few bottoms and tops Pink Blush and then snagged a few more at local maternity stores. I really have been living in leggings and maternity tops and at this point I just don't want to buy anymore with only 9 weeks to go!
  • Baby Clothes: It's sooooo hard to not buy baby clothes! I keep telling myself not to buy anything else until after the shower, but it seems like every time I leave the house I come with something for baby!
  • What I am looking forward too: Baby shower!
  • What I miss: Sleeping through the night (on my back!) 
  • What I am not loving: All this added weight is really straining my feet and legs! My calves and feet have never been so sore! 
  • Favorite thing this week: Sunshine! We have had some really gorgeous days this week and I have loved being able to walk around outside and soak it up! 
I am still making cookies, just a few orders a week instead of a few hundred a week. I appreciate the smaller load, I am not sure I could handle much more than I am currently doing! 

Shipped these out earlier this week for a fun Seahawks theme baby shower! Now I kinda wish I was having a Seahawk baby shower! 



I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and enjoying all the joys of spring! It's finally SPRING! Yay!

Back soon with a great new, perfect for spring cookie recipe! 

Samantha
Flour De Lis

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Baking/Blogging Bucket List

I have more than a dozen blog posts that I've started, with recipes I want to try or recipes I have tried and just haven't taken pictures of etc. I have good intentions and then I never turn those intentions into posts! 
My pinterest boards are bursting with "to-do's" but not very many have moved to the "tried and true" or even the "epic failure" boards (I don't actually have an epic failure board, but with the long list of very intimidating recipes I have ahead I foresee one ;)
I am making an effort to hold myself accountable! This is my resolution. So I am putting this out here, my list of dishes I want to make. Some are sweet, some are savory and some are just so darn delicious I just can't wait to share them with you! Now you can help keep me on track!
That's what friends are for, right ;)
I will try to come back to this list and update it with links to the results as I go. 
  • Macarons 
  • Caramels
  • Beignets
  • Snowball Cakes
  • Lofthouse Style Sugar Cookies
  • Tiramisu
  • Marshmallow Cream
  • English Muffins
  • Hand Pies
  • S'more Whoopie Pies
  • Tempering Chocolate
  • Marranitos
So there is my list (well part of it). So what about you? Do you have a list of recipes you want to try or want to see me try first ;) C'mon little peer pressure can be helpful here!

P.S. If you are wondering about little baby Ngy, I'll have another update for you soon :D 


Samantha
Flour De Lis

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Nursery Plans

The one thing I had known for sure when I got pregnant was that I wanted to do the nursery in mint and gold. It's pretty, it's gender neutral and it doesn't need to be overdone to be great!

I had pinned a ton of ideas over the last year (way before we decided to get pregnant!) that I really loved and some of them will definitely end up in the nursery!

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I am CRAZY about this wood wall hanging! Can't you just picture it with a soft mint background ;)

I am not a huge fan of the chevron trend, it's cute, but I am over it! But I still love the way it looks in these colors.
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You can never be wrong about a cute dresser with a fun pop of color AND a wall of cascading gold polka dots! This must happen!
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1. Print, 2. Palette; Mint, White and Gold, 3. Custom Baby Blanket (from my sweet friend Natasha), 4. Gold Polka Dot Wall Stickers, 5. Crib, 6. Gold dot changing pad cover, 7. Changing Table/Dresser, 8. Glider and Ottoman, 9. Print



Samantha
Flour De Lis

Sunday, January 19, 2014

20 Weeks

I am officially halfway through this pregnancy! It's so crazy to say that, I feel like I JUST found out! It's already gone by so fast. 
I am not really tired, but I have no energy if that makes sense. Making cookies seems impossible just about every day, but I have so many ideas that want to be created! The mr got me a sewing machine for Christmas so I plan to start on my lengthy list of crafts instead! 



I bought this picture frame over a year ago and painted it in a lovely mint green shade. It's been sitting in our spare room for ever! After finding Charlene's blog Becoming the Barrs, I decided I was going to use the frame to document baby's growth month to month. 


We're currently super excited to watch the NFC championship game today! GO HAWKS! 

I can't even remember how many of these cookies I made this week! Seattle is a great place to live and a great place to watch football!



So here is how I am doing this week, 
  • How far along: 20 weeks on Sunday, already halfway done baking! 
  • Baby is the size of…: a mango, a banana or an eggplant depending on which one of my pregnancy apps you believe
  • Weight gain: 10 pounds
  • Baby Bump: Oh yes! Been showing for several weeks now and my belly button is getting close to being an outie!! 
  • Stretch Marks: None yet!
  • Exercise: I try to get at least 35 minutes on the elliptical and low intensity stretches and weights several times a week.
  • Cravings: Fresh fruit, loft house sugar cookies, girl scout cookies, waffles, starburst, dates, anything grapefruit...
  • Mood: Happy and tired, but mostly HAPPY :D
  • Sleep: A little more would be great, I am sleeping pretty well at night, but having CRAZY dreams and waking up sore. 
  • Wedding Ring: On
  • Baby Name?: We've got baby girl covered, but not for a boy...
  • Gender Prediction: Girl
  • Movement: I think I am feeling movement, several times a day and at night!
  • Maternity Clothes: I found some great maternity clothes at Pink Blush and luckily scored some awesome deals on cyber Monday. 
  • What I am looking forward too: Finding out who baby will be 
  • What I miss: Sleeping through the night (on my back!)
  • Favorite thing this week: A totally sweet mint and gold surprise from my awesome friend Natasha! It's so perfectly perfect and unexpected and I just can't wait for baby N to get here and enjoy it!
1. Bringing up Bebe, 2. Pinterest, it's really helping me keep everything organized these days! 3. Fig Newmans 4. Belly Butter, 5. Jessica Simpson maternity leggings, 6. Pink Blush Maternity sweater, 7. Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, 8. Yogi Mother to Be tea, my sister gave me some when I was visiting her and I love it!
I m seriously in love with the cocoa butter belly butter! It's AMAZINGLY smooth and rich and my skin is so soft!
I am getting really excited to see baby's room come together! I'll share my ideas soon :)

Samantha
Flour De Lis