Extreme Heat Wave

So, here I am at 37 weeks pregnant, full-term (YAY!) and it’s ridiculously hot. Like, stay inside all day with the blinds drawn, hot.

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That’s the temperature, without the humidity. Gross.

I forgot how much hotter it is when you’re pregnant in the middle of the summer. Maxton was born August 24, so I have been through this before. As hot as it can be, it’s fun having summer babies.

I can’t say I will be spending much time outdoors with the way the temperatures have been the past few days. Lots of air conditioning, ice cream and cool drinks for this pregnant Mama. I can’t say Steve or Maxton are complaining about the increased amount of ice cream we have been consuming…

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Not much longer now…

An Antibiotic Easter

Happy Easter everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. 

I can’t say ours was “wonderful”. I enjoyed spending the time with Maxton and Steve of course, but most of mine was spent in bed. We all headed to the walk-in clinic on Good Friday, after Maxton had been sick with a cough, and on/off fever for five days, and my throat was sore and I had started a cough. It turns out Maxton had the start of a double ear infection, so he was prescribed antibiotics, and puffers for the cough. We noticed in an improvement in him after one night of puffers. He wasn’t waking in coughing fits 6-8 times a night anymore. Poor guy. Thankfully today, he is much, much better and back to his old self!

I wish I could say the same for me…I was told I had a virus and all I could do was “rest”. Sure I was happy that they didn’t prescribe me any drugs, but a part of me wanted them to, just so I could hear “you should feel better in 24 hours or so”. No such luck.

So here I am on day 5 of whatever this virus is, and I am not better. No fever today, which is good, but I have a HORRIBLE cough (which has caused me to lose my voice), a throat that seems to be holding a 24 hour bonfire session, and a congested head/nose (that just started today, joy). So, I went back to my doctor today, he took a swab of my throat, but said it’s probably just viral.

Popsicles, honey-lemon tea, lozenges: that’s about all I can do at this point. My doctor wrote me off work for the week and told me to “rest”. My job involves me talking for eight hours straight, so I will definitely need a couple of days to get my voice back, and be able to talk longer than two minutes without breaking out in a coughing fit.

So that was the extent of our Easter weekend. We had to cancel Easter dinner with my Mom’s family and Steve’s family, but everyone understood. It happens.

The Easter bunny still managed to make it to our house and visit Maxton, despite how Mama was feeling. He may also make a reappearance later this week for an Easter egg hunt, that didn’t happen in our house this weekend. Thanks Easter bunny.

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Makeshift Monday

Happy Monday!

I’m home with my sick little guy, today, and am fighting something myself. It seems that he goes about two weeks in between some kind of (daycare) sickness.  Two weeks ago it was diarrhea, two weeks before that, vomitting, two weeks before that, a bad cough/cold that required puffers. Everyone says the first year at daycare is the worst, and we are only three months in…

Hopefully we are all healthy for Easter, which is coming up this weekend. I thought I would share a delicious dessert perfect for Easter dinner.

Banana Cream Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs 1-1/2 1-1/2cups cups(375 mL) (375 mL) graham wafer crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter , melted1/3 1/3cup cup(75 mL) (75 mL) butter, melted
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate , melted2 2oz oz(57 g) (57 g) semisweet chocolate, melted

Filling:

  • 4 egg yolks 4 4egg yolkegg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 1/2cup cup(125 mL) (125 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch 1/3 1/3cup cup(75 mL) (75 mL) cornstarch
  • 3 cups milk 3 3cups cups(750 mL) (750 mL) milk
  • 2 tbsp butter 2 2tbsp tbsp(30 mL) (30 mL) butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla 1 1tsp tsp(5 mL) (5 mL) vanilla
  • 2 small bananas , sliced2 2small bananabananas, sliced

Garnish:

  • 1 cup whipping cream 1 1cup cup(250 mL) (250 mL) whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp semisweet chocolate , grated2 2tbsp tbsp(30 mL) (30 mL) semisweet chocolate, grated (optional)

Preparation:

Filling: In bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the milk; set aside.

In heavy saucepan, heat remaining milk over medium heat until bubbles form around edge; whisk into yolk mixture. Return to pan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until thick enough to mound on spoon, about 5 minutes. Stir in butter and vanilla. Scrape into bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate just until cooled, about 2 hours.

In bowl, stir graham wafer crumbs with butter until moistened; press onto bottom and up side of 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Drizzle melted chocolate over bottom of crust; spread evenly with back of spoon. Refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes. Without stirring custard, spoon half over chocolate. Arrange banana slices over top, overlapping slightly. Top with remaining custard. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.)

Garnish: In bowl, whip cream. Using piping bag or with spatula, pipe into rosettes or spread to cover top. Sprinkle with grated chocolate. (Make-ahead: Insert 6 toothpicks into pie; drape plastic wrap loosely over top and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.)

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Enjoy!

Unmuted

Test. Test. Good, my computer still works.  I just had to brush a layer of dust off of it.

I have been absent for FAR TOO LONG. I had prepared a post for New Years Eve, but WordPress would not cooperate with me and it didn’t happen. A couple of days later I was back to work, and Maxton was in daycare full-time, so it’s been an adjustment around here. New routines and changes around here are leaving us exhausted, and wondering how we can add extra hours to our evenings…

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! I will share a (very late) glimpse of our Christmas with you (hopefully later today), and will try to get myself back on track.

I am home today, celebrating Ukrainian Christmas with my little man. I had my family over last night for a traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner (which my Baba prepared), and will be enjoying the leftovers today!

Most of the decorations came down this weekend (have to take advantage of the time I am home), but we are leaving the tree up and lit for today.

I will catch you all up later this week on how Maxton’s transition to daycare is going, and how I am handling the whole “back to work” thing.

I wish you all health and prosperity in this fabulous year of 2013!

Merry Ukrainian Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Well I definitely didn’t get around to completing as many Christmas related posts as I had anticipated. I didn’t share some toddler gift ideas, or gift ideas for your favourite hostesses! Things have been busy around here and I will share more on our projects in the new year.

This will be my last post before Christmas. We will be busy spending time with both of our families next week, so watch for the recap late next week. Next week is also my last full week off before going back to work (WHAT?!), and Maxton also starts daycare next Thursday (sniff).

Before I leave you, I am sure some of you will be attending some Holiday parties this weekend. Here are some quick and easy (and inexpensive) hostess gifts you can bring along with you! (Don’t be so quick to grab a bottle of wine to bring, just for the sake of bringing something – unless you know your hostess drinks wine, and what kind of wine he/she likes. Otherwise your wine will probably end up being a re-gift.)

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How great are these? The instructions to make these can be found on the Martha Stewart website. They are quick and easy, and make one dozen at a time.  You can personalize them with your own jars and personal message!

Peppermint Bark

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This is such a quick and easy recipe, and there are so many beautiful ways to package this, to personalize it. Your hostess can put it out for his/her guests to enjoy, or save it!

Homemade Jam (or Salsa etc.)

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Another fun and easy gift. Who doesn’t like jam? For those of you who spend days making your favourite jams in the summer after berry picking, make some extra and save it for Christmas. Your hostess will appreciate this on Christmas morning!

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Christmas, and enjoy the time with your loved ones and those closest to you.

Merry Christmas!!!