Previous Posts: June 2013

Pregnancy Update Week 20

How far along? 20 weeks today

Baby is the size of… a banana

Best moment this week? Having a weekend off with my hubby!

Miss anything? Still missing Antihistamines!!!!

Movement? A big YES!!

Sleep? Leg cramps have set in now, last week I shared that I was getting a numb leg from sleeping on my left side this week I have leg cramps to add to the joy ;o) I think its partly sleeping position and partly with the humidity at work someone please turn on the aircon! Good thing I have a hubby who plies me with drinks every 30mins

Food cravings? none but again the baking continues Challah, White Chocolate and Raspberry Loaf, Lemon and Poppy Seed muffins and last night made a batch of Chocolate cookies

What makes you queasy/sick? sneezing repetitively! oh hayfever go away!!

Morning sickness? nope

Gender? My boy theory is being confirmed by more people at work who think because I haven’t put weight on all around and just have a neat bump at the front it must be a boy.
I am trying not to eat for 2 and just eat what I normally would so that may have more to do with this. Guess we will find out in 20 weeks time

Looking forward to… Looking forward to Monday and see Mini Smith hope He/She isn’t camera shy!

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Pregnancy Update Week 19

How far along? 19 weeks today

Baby is the size of… a mango

Best moment this week? Mini smith has been on the move! So exciting randomly mini smith feels so more real now even though we have had a scan and heard the heartbeat baby moving is the best.

Miss anything? Still missing Antihistamines!!!! Also on a semi pregnancy note I miss nice customers at work, sales do things to people i tell you! I was in tears this week thanks to a lovely customer any other time I would brush it off but pregnancy hormones are a killer on the crying front! Why would you want to make a pregnant woman cry shame on you!

Movement? A big YES!!

Sleep? Ok with all the joys of pregnancy sleeping is a pain now! I love sleeping on my stomach all my life that has worked for me! Not anymore I only want the best for mini smith but sleeping on my left side just ends up with me having a numb leg!

Food cravings? none but I am so glad that I am back on the baking front challah last week and this week I have made a lovely raspberry and white chocolate loaf nom nom.

What makes you queasy/sick? sneezing repetitively! oh hayfever go away!!

Morning sickness? nope

Gender? So confused at the moment of whether its a boy or a girl Luke is still non committal because he doesn’t want to be wrong :o)

Looking forward to… Looking forward to next weekend we are going to see my sister and brother in law for a farmers market and a nice dinner and then Monday we have our scan! Whoop whoop!

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Raspberry and White Chocolate Loaf

The second trimester is so lovely I am feeling a little more myself apart from my random moods but hubby would say that I am back to my usual self :oP
Now I am actually feeling more normal I have got back to baking on my day off and thought I would share with you a really simple and yummy recipe my White Chocolate and Raspberry Loaf.
This was a recipe that I have adapted it was originally with cherries but who doesn’t love raspberries and white chocolate? Word to the wise however this is a very moist cake I think Paul Hollywood would worry about an under bake so make sure that you thoroughly dry the raspberries after washing and do not under any circumstances use frozen fruit.

You will need
225g/8oz unsalted softened butter
225g/8oz caster sugar
4 beaten eggs
2tsp vanilla extract – use the best brand you can afford it really makes a difference.
225g/8oz sifted self raising flour, plus a little extra for dusting
375g/13oz raspberries
175g/6oz white chocolate chopped into small chunks and 100g/4oz to melt later.
140g/5oz mascarpone at room temperature

Heat the oven to 180C/160Cfan/gas4/350F Line a 2kg loaf tin with a loaf tin liner
First beat the butter and sugar together (this is where I love my KitchenAid so my arm doesn’t hurt) till the mixture is pale in colour and fluffy.

In a glass jug have your beaten eggs ready I check each egg individually in a small glass there is nothing worse than having a blood spot or a dodgy egg cracked in last. I always use free range organic eggs and you can still get a bad egg with those.
Add the eggs a little at the time to start this process I add a spoonful of the sifted flour to prevent the mixture from splitting, add the vanilla and then the rest of the flour.
Your mixture should look like this at the end of this process.

 

Add half of the chopped chocolate to the mixture you can either beat this into the mix with your mixer or by hand this is dependant on the type of mixer you have.
Dust the raspberries into a little flour this will stop the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the loaf and add half to the mix. Sadly KitchenAid would destroy the fruit so fold gentle with a spoon.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin
Scatter the remaining raspberries and then the remaining white chocolate chunks on top. Press down lightly.
Pop the loaf tin on a baking tray and bake for 1hr 10-15mins I tend to check after an hour then place a piece of foil over the top and then bake for the remaining time. Check with a skewer (you may hit fruit) if it comes out clean your done or leave for extra time if needed.
Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.
Melt the 100g chocolate and stir in 1 tablespoon of the mascarpone quickly and then beat in the rest. Spread over the loaf and decorate with either chocolate curls, chocolate shavings or chocolate chips
Enjoy!!

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Pregnancy Update Week 18

How far along? 18 weeks!

Baby is the size of… a bell pepper

Best moment this week? Luke taking off my 4 week old chipped toenail polish after I had been on my feet all day at work … he loved it ;o)

Miss anything? Antihistamines!!!! I am sneezing my head off and one miracle pill would solve all problems. the sacrifices I make for mini smith ;o)

Movement? not 100% sure but somethings going off in there!

Sleep? waking up to go to the loo is no fun! turning into an 80yr old

Food cravings? none but ate loads of hummus at a picnic we had on sunday  nom nom

What makes you queasy/sick? sneezing repetitively! oh hayfever go away

Morning sickness? nope

Gender? I think boy Luke is non committal because he wants to be right ;o) Although from the heartbeat rate I know are old wives tales on the quicker the heartbeat the more likely it will be a girl.

Looking forward to… Still looking forward to feeling some movement please mini smith and our 20 week scan.

 

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Accessories

To carry on with what Kiri purchased while on holiday who doesn’t love some statement necklaces?
To be like every follower out there I love the JCrew bubble necklace but I can justify paying $150 for one! So I have me some mock versions which I purchased online. The only down side to me is that they are quite heavy so I will wear them for a couple of hours and then have to take them off, so while in Forever 21 I found some shorter necklaces which I thought were really cute, take a look.

 

 

I also love my mini mannequin this was actually part of a prop in a Monsoon store which I worked next to, the girls at our store rescued these for our jewellery at home.

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