Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Mrs. Eigsti's Belly
Baby E is locked in jail
Get me out of here!
19 inches scrunched and squished
She's a ninja, dear
Mrs. E hits marble jars
with her great big gut
Baby E has no idea
'cuz her eyes are shut!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Yesterday we toured the hospital in which we will be delivering our little gal and it made me VERY excited for D-day. I can't wait to meet her. I wonder every day what she looks like, how much hair she'll have, if she'll be really chill or a wild banshee....it's going to be so fun to learn her! *sigh*
I also just threw in my very first load of very pink baby laundry. We've got to start thinking about packing a little (VERY cute Vera Bradly from my amazing sister-in-law) bag for her. And I suppose one for Nate and me (not V.B.) as well. How exciting! She's almost here!!!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Today I'm making a Minestrone soup from my all time favorite, Ellie Krieger. My dad actually found this recipe and made it the other day, not realizing that it was from Ellie. He and my mother both liked it very much, so that's what I've got on the stove as I write- filling the house with some oh-so-yummy smells. Here's the recipe:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1/3 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 28-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 15-ounce can low-sodium kidney beans, drained and rinsed
cup elbow pasta
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the celery and carrot and cook until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the green beans, dried oregano and basil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; cook 3 more minutes.
Add the diced and crushed tomatoes and the chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in the kidney beans and pasta and cook until the pasta and vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Season with salt. Ladle into bowls and top with the Parmesan and chopped basil.
Per serving (2 cups): Calories 260; Fat 8 g (Saturated 2 g); Cholesterol 5 mg; Sodium 560 mg; Carbohydrate 37 g; Fiber 10 g; Protein 15 g
Find the website here.
The other recipe I'm posting today is a no-fail brown rice that is easier than putting on my socks at 34 weeks pregnant. Seriously. It's from Alton Brown- a chef mastermind. Here's the wonderful blog that introduced me to this recipe. I made it last week and it. was. amazing. Here's the recipe:
Baked Brown Rice
adapted from a recipe by Alton Brown
1 1/2 cups brown rice
2 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon butter
1 tsp. salt
Preheat your oven to 375 F.
Boil the water in a saucepan and add the butter and salt. Bring to a boil.
Pour your brown rice into a glass baking dish (I use a square one). Once the water mixture is boiling, pour it over the rice. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and place in the oven for one hour.
After the hour is up, take out the rice and fluff it with a fork. It will be perfect!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
We’ve had 2 snow days this week. That’s right, TWO! Yesterday I spent the day in my pajamas working on projects on the couch. I’m embroidering some gifts and got quite a few of them finished. I worked on some hats, separated old yarn projects and rolled extra yarn into balls (you yarn-heads understand the tediousness of this task!)
I also worked on burp rags for our little girl!!! The worst part of these for me is the cutting. I hate to measure. I hate following the rules- but in order for these to turn out right, some measuring and cutting on the lines is required. I used my new pinking shears for these gems and have a nice little pile to stitch together later this week. The worst part is over!
My sweet little Charlie kept me company all afternoon- shifting on the floor as the sun moved across the sky. What a doll.
Here’s a little turtle for our sweet gal. I can’t figure out how to turn this photo. That will have to happen after Nate comes home.
And a bird: I still have to stitch around the edges and make the legs. I think he’s pretty cute.
And this tree was kind of an afterthought, but it turned out to be my favorite. First I cut the trunk and circles out of fabric that I used to make a quilt for Nate in 2007 for Christmas- before we were even engaged. I loved the idea of using “dad’s” fabric for a shirt for his little girl. Plus, I really loved the greens together. After all, spring is just around the corner!
Anyway, then I arranged the “leaves” several times before it looked the way I wanted.
Next I ironed on the leaves and trunk and then started to play with different embellishments. Usually I embroider around the edges of my iron-on patterns. But then I saw the buttons. Oh, the buttons!
We’re at 32 weeks and 2 days. Less than 8 to go! Every day we get more and more excited for our little girl. I have a baby shower this Saturday and I’m really looking forward to seeing friends and family from out of town! Hooray for everything Baby Eigsti!!! We are SO THANKFUL!!!!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
I'm so excited. I can't wait to meet her!!! But I also know life will never be the same and I'm trying to really appreciate the time Nate and I have at home- in peace and quiet. :) Can't wait to meet you little girl!!!
Saturday, January 1, 2011
He is so talented and I'm really thankful that we have moments like this captured. We feel beyond blessed to still be carrying this little girl and look forward to her arrival in 9-ish short weeks!
With the new year, I have many goals and hopes for 2011. I dream daily about what life will be like with our little girl living here with us. My heart still aches when I think of little Oliver and the lack of his physical presence in our home. Looking back on 2010, I recall many MANY blessings, but have a hard time seeing around the hurt of losing Oliver. We've grown stronger because of that season and we have seen God's hand at work through that heartache. But the hole in our family will always be there.
On Christmas I couldn't help but think of what his Christmas celebration looked like- so much brighter, more majestic, celebrating with JESUS himself. Some day we'll be there with them, and that will be a wonderful Christmas indeed.
As far as little E goes, I can't stop shopping for her! Her room is cleaned out, painted, decorated and ready for baby showers coming up this month. She is such a joy to us already! We can't wait to meet her. I'm feeling all kinds of squirms, foot jabs, wiggles....it's so fun! We refer to her by name when we're at home and we're trying really hard not to let it slip. So far, so good!
I love these belly photos. They're one more reminder of our little miracle and the fact that God has allowed us to keep her this long. We hold her with open hands, knowing that HIS plan is divine. However, we really hope that He lets us keep her for a long time. We're so excited and looking forward to 2011- the year we welcome our little girl into the world!
Happy New Year!