Monday, December 26, 2011

Dutch Baby for Christmas Breakfast

Matt and I had a very quiet, laid-back Christmas this year.  We are usually with Matt's family for Christmas, but Matt's brother went on a cruise with his wife's family for Christmas, so we celebrated with their side of the family one week early.  My family gets together to celebrate Christmas in January, since everyone is married with kids and in-laws it's just easier and less stressful this way.  So, this Christmas we slept in, watched a couple movies, got some stuff done around the house, and I cooked and baked!  I'm starting to feel better as far as the nausea goes (the Strep throat that turned into a cold is another story), so it was a Christmas present to myself AND Matt that I was able to spend a lot of time in the kitchen making the day special even though it doesn't really seem like Christmas.  It was probably a good thing we stayed put this year, because my throat started hurting again today and I need to kick this bug out of my system already!

I started the day by making a big Dutch baby, then made chocolate crinkle cookies, and for dinner we had prime rib roast with thyme potatoes and green beans with glazed shallots in lemon-dill butter (I'll share the dinner recipes later).  It's been a really long time since I had a Dutch baby.  I used to live near an Original Pancake House, and their Dutch babies are mouth-watering.  I've never attempted to make one before, but thought it would be a treat, so I ventured out Christmas Eve to buy a cast iron skillet. On the first try, the Dutch baby didn't rise like it's supposed to, but we ate it anyway while I did some research on what to do differently.  After reading through several other recipes and some reviews I came up with a recipe for breakfast round #2, and we think it was a success.  I found the key was making sure the eggs and milk are at room temperature.  If you don't have time for them to sit out and come to room temp (like myself), you can warm up the milk in the microwave for about 20 seconds and let the eggs sit in some warm water for about 5 minutes.  I used nutmeg in the first Dutch baby, and left it out for the second...it was good both ways. 
What You Need:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup milk (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 cup flour (sifted)
  • 1 lemon
  • Powdered sugar
What You Do:
  1. Place 12-inch cast iron skillet in oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 
  2. While oven is heating, beat eggs until light and slightly frothy
  3. Mix in milk, vanilla, salt, nutmeg (if desired).
  4. Slowly mix in sifted flour until well combined.
  5. When oven is up to temperature, remove skillet and melt butter so it completely covers the bottom of skillet.
  6. Pour batter into skillet and place skillet in the oven, bake for 25 minutes or until edges puff up over edge of skillet and are golden brown. 
  7. While Dutch baby cooks, slice lemon into wedges for serving.  Serves 2.
I cut the Dutch baby into four sections to make it easier to eat and served with butter, lemon juice, and powdered sugar.  It's also good with some maple syrup.
Merry Christmas!

Pregnancy Points:
  • I'm 13 weeks today!
  • I have now replaced my shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and hand soap.  Much better :) I've found that I can tolerate fruity smells just fine.
  • I bought new prenatal vitamins.  They're soft gels, don't smell or taste, go down much easier, and don't upset my tummy.  YAY!
  • Nausea is starting to improve.
  • So far, I haven't gained any weight, but now that I'm able to eat again I'm sure that's going to change.
  • I'm so looking forward to the day I feel Baby B moving around!

Friday, December 23, 2011

I have a bun in the oven and the timer is set for July 2nd, 2012!

October 25th, 2011, I woke up anxious and excited. I normally hit the snooze button a couple times, but on this day I woke up like I was eight-years-old and it was Christmas morning (going to bed felt like Christmas Eve). This was the first day I could take a pregnancy test, and knowing this could be the day our lives would change forever was highly anticipated.  As big of a responsibility creating and shaping a human being's life is promised to be, we were ready for the responsibility.  The first thing I did upon waking was pee on a stick, and then I brushed my teeth while trying not to look at the pregnancy test.  I didn't make it to the end of my Sonicare's 2-minute cycle before glancing down at the test and I saw this!

I stopped brushing my teeth before the 2 minutes was up so I could go jump on the bed and share the news with Matt, who was still sleeping.  He said he knew it was positive by the way I opened the bathroom door (I was not quiet), and we had a moment to let what was happening sink in before I had to focus and get ready for work.  Oh baby, I wanted to tell the world right away, but we decided to wait until I reached 12 weeks (which is now) and kept the excitement to close family and friends. 

We had Matt's birthday dinner with his parents one week after we learned I had a bun in the oven and we were so excited to share the news with them.  They've waited patiently for a grandchild, and Baby B will be their first!  I am the youngest of five children and the last of my siblings to have a child, and Baby B will be grandchild #13 for my parents!  To tell Matt's parents, we gave them these gifts...

We had our 2nd appointment with Nancy, our Midwife, last week when I was 11 weeks along and we got to see our little Baby B kicking its arms and legs around and stretching (very active baby!), but most exciting was hearing the heartbeat for the first time.  I am amazed at the miracle of life, I always have been, but even more amazed when the miracle is taking place inside of me.  Life is a blessing, and we are honored to have been given this life we are anxious to meet in 6 months (due date July 2).
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"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
Psalm 139:13-14

Pregnancy Points
  • Nausea started around 5 or 6 weeks and is worse at night (which I prefer over the morning).  Luckily, I've only actually "ejected" a handful of times.
  • I have no longer been able to wear my retainer at night nor use my Sonicare, and I've had to change toothpaste.
  • I cannot stand the smell of our shower gel, my shampoo/conditioner, most of my face products, and the hand soap in 2 of our 3 bathrooms.  Don't even get me started on what the smell of Bio-Oil does to me! I plan on a trip to Bartell's tomorrow to update some items; I can't take it any more.
  • I have really been slacking on grocery shopping and cooking because, well, for obvious reasons (sensory overload!), but Matt has been very helpful and understanding. 
  • We have about three boy and three girl names picked out already.  The list may change/grow over the next 6 months, but as of now we agree on our #1 names. 
  • Today's craving:  Sweet Tarts and orange juice.  Actually, acidic/sour/vinegar has been a pretty constant craving throughout, such as Greek salads, pickled baby corn and green beans, kiwi, oranges.