Summer time!

2013 seems to be flying by! I can’t believe we are pretty much halfway through July, which means we are only 166 days away from Christmas. Which also means we are only 109 days left from the arrival of Baby C.

Wait what?

That’s right, Baby C!

Surprise! Wes and I were so excited to find out that we are expecting a precious baby girl at the end of October.  A little Halloween baby!

Hopefully that will help explain my long, over-due absence from the blog. For the first 13 weeks, I lived off of a constant supply of various carbs, including butter crackers, Ramen, cereal, and bagels. If I didn’t eat something every two hours, I felt pretty miserable. Poor Wes suffered through that time with me having to fend for himself for meals.

Luckily Wes is a great cook and also didn’t mind the abundance of sandwiches we were eating. I am fairly certain that boy could live off of sandwiches and sandwiches alone.

Now that we are well into the second trimester, actually nearing the end, my eating and cooking habits have gone back to normal. So really I have no excuse, other than I’ve been lazy.  Growing a baby is hard work!

According to The Bump, our baby girl is about the size of a cantaloupe this week. She is almost a foot long and could weigh up to 20.8 ounces. Amazing! I’ve been feeling all sorts of fun movements throughout the day and you can even see my stomach move if you watch closely. Wes got to feel her kick for the first time on Father’s Day. We both thought that was pretty special.

Other than having to go to bed every night at about 9, I really can’t complain. I’m still able to run, go to bootcamp, do headstands during yoga (only for a few seconds, don’t worry!), bake pies, and for the most part keep up with Wes.

I’m still waiting for the day when a stranger asks me if I am pregnant. To me, and especially in this picture, it is incredibly obvious.

But, I’m still a bit scared to wear anything form fitting out of the house yet. I think next week will be the week to experiment. She is growing incredibly fast, so I know my baby bump has to follow! However I’m hoping my chest opts to stop growing. Things are getting a bit ridiculous…

So there you have it guys.  I will try and be better about blogging again. I know I will appreciate having this when I’m looking back on our pregnancy.

Plus I’ve been coming up with some great recipes that I really need to share. We had a chicken salad this week that pretty much rocked my world. I’m hoping to recreate it next week, so maybe that will make an appearance.

Possible chicken salad on the blog… I know I’ve got you on the edge of your seat now. 🙂

Crawling out from the depths of my kitchen…

Wow!

Happy New Year!

I apologize for my long leave of absence. I’m not even really sure where the time has gone. It went from getting married, to starting a pie business, to leaving for Christmas, to a week after the new year in about three seconds flat.

But, I’m glad to be back.

And guess what I’ll be sharing today…

That’s right.

More pie!

Wes has been under the weather and the Dallas rain has kept me from doing any photography this week, so I thought I would share some pictures of my most recent pie creation. This lovely meyer lemon chess pie…

We were in McAllen for a few days over Christmas and one of our neighbors had a meyer lemon tree that was just filled to the brim with ripe lemons. Wes and I had to get a few before we left. We ended up coming back to Dallas with around 30 lemons.

I couldn’t let them go to waste!

Needless to say, there have been quite a few meyer lemon creations in the last week or two.  I found a great recipe for meyer lemon Panna Cotta that I’m just dying to try.

Since we last talked, Pie Flutin’ Pastries has been very busy. Lots of orders have been completed and Uncle Uber’s is even re-selling a few of our tarts, which is very exciting. I’ve been working on coming up with a few Valentine’s day specials and new fillings. Needless to say, most of my experimenting in the kitchen has been with pies.

Wes did smoke an 8 pound brisket on the Green Egg this weekend. It was our first long cook. Overall it turned out pretty good, although the cut of meat we purchased with a bit disappointing. Next time we will have to make sure to talk to the butcher before investing in a large cut of meat. It was just way too fatty. We still were able to get two full meals out of it. But at 8 pounds, you would think we would be eating that thing all week!

Hope everyone is having a lovely 2013 so far. New recipes and pictures next week!

Lemon Chess Pie
Dessert
8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 batch pie dough
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp lemon zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter until creamy. Beat in eggs and milk. Add flour, cornmeal, lemon juice, and lemon rind. Mix until smooth. Pour mixture into pastry shell.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes or until center has set.