Before I got pregnant I always thought it would be the same for me as it is in the movies – craving odd combinations like pickles and peanut butter, weird flavoured ice cream in the middle of the night, and all the other baffling snack demands you hear about from preggo ladies. I am happy to report it has not been the case, mainly because I like pretty ordinary food and do not have an overpowering sweet tooth (I am more of a bag of chips kind of gal!). Luckily, my cravings fall more to the fruits and veggies area. I do not have an issue taking back a big bowl of blueberries and yogurt on the daily. I know that fruit can contain a rather high amount of sugar but it can’t be as bad as the chocolate cream pie I made my husband last night. With all the yummy treats that I have been enjoying, I decided to put together a post with some of my absolute favourites of the moment; everything I am craving on the daily at 29 weeks. I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoy consuming them! (Baby girl seems to like them all too)
1.) Okay I know this is not an item to eat, but I wanted to share it anyways! This is my favourite flatware set; who doesn’t love gold flatware! This particular set can be found at Macy’s but Anthropologie also carries a beautiful set. Nothing quite completes a table setting like this elegant and feminine choice of flatware and it can tie right into your decor.
2.) So mommas-to-be will know exactly what I am talking about when it comes to missing coffee! Or so I thought…. I knew all along that you were only allowed a certain amount of caffeine. I should have looked into it earlier as the amount of caffeine you are allowed is pretty much what I drank regularly before I got pregnant. A cup of coffee a day won’t hurt anyone, especially baby girl. You just need to be careful that while you are allowing yourself this daily intake of allocated caffeine, you are not getting it from other sources like chocolate or soda. It needs a close eye like many other things when you are preggo. With the extremely hot weather, I had been craving a good ol’iced coffee like nobody’s business! My first step was brewing a full pot of Tim Hortons Decaf coffee and letting it cool, then adding ice and having it available in the fridge whenever the cravings hit. I was out getting groceries and decided to give this bad boy a whirl, available at Walmart. Holy moly is it ever tasty! Available in Mocha and Caramel Macchiato, I opted for the latter as caramel is my weakness. To cut the sweetness, I do half of my trusty decaf Timmy Ho’s and half of this dreamy goodness. Voila! You have the perfectly, sweetened just enough, with a perfect and safe amount of caffeine, iced coffee. Hits the spot on these hot summer days!
3.) My mum read that for some reason, pregnant women LOVE Granny Smith Apples. I have no argument here. I take down one a day! After our sunny trip to the Okanagan, I hit up all the fresh produce stands in Keremeos and came home with bags of them!
4.) I am fortunate to work in a place filled with adorably lowly ladies. They are always being sweet and doing sweet things; including bringing sweet treats to work! One of our darling associates brought in these Mexican Hot-Chocolate Cookies. I am not going to lie, the name threw me a little and I was tempted to avoid them all together. However, I eventually succumbed to the beckoning of these little darlings. They were DELICIOUS! I tried a couple different recipes at home and out the two I attempted, I recommend my dear friend (I wish) Martha Stewart. Just a gem, I promise!
5.) Couple weeks ago I made a quick trip across the line to visit Trader Joes and Walmart, etc. They just have much more unique items then we do in Canada! Not to mention saving a few dollars here and there. Anyways Walmart carried these refreshers and I feel for them immediately. At a buck a piece they are low on sugar and simply a tasty dream come true. I would make the trip back JUST for a case of these! Keeping my eyes peeled at our Walmart too.
6.) Well big surprise, a candle from Anthropologie in my kitchen. There is an entire like of these Boulangerie Jar Candles however this one takes the cake! The scent is to die for and will compliment the aesthetic of any kitchen. This one is a personal favourite!
7.) Like I mentioned above, berries seem to be the meal of choice, ever since I got pregnant. Seasonally, blueberries are everywhere these days! I add them to yogurt, salad, eat them straight on their own, or mix them into recipes (see point #10). They are an extremely versatile fruit and look so adorably cute in my Anthropologie Berry Basket!
8.) For the record, I was drinking Chai Tea Lattes from Starbucks long before my idol Oprah (another dear friend!) started endorsing them. The fact that when I order one now and have to ask for an ‘Oprah Chai’ just makes the pie that much sweeter! i have no problem with that. I do have a problem though with craving these tasty beverages at home and not being able to head out to Starbucks and fulfil my need of chai. So I picked up my own supply from Starbucks. I saw them available at Walmart as well if you are looking for competitive pricing. Now I just need to head to my fridge when I feel like my fix of an Oprah Chai. Thanks girl!
9.) I am a very eclectic collector of tea cups, mugs and glassware. Working at Anthro, this is very easy to accomplish. My husband says ‘you think I don’t knot ice when I pull a new cup out of the cupboard but I do’. He is wiser than I thought! My subtle shopping techniques are being figured out! This one is a definite favourite, good for HIM and HER. We have an H one that I bought for Henry as a Christmas gift last year. He tends to drink a much larger cup of coffee so I end up using it the most – which is fine, H for Hayward. These mugs are fantastic gifts as well. In case you are wanting one of your own, ask for a Mr Mug when you pop into Anthro. They should have every letter you need!
10.) I left this one for last because you always leave the best for last! With the abundance of Granny Smith Apples in my home, I decided to call mum over and we made a couple cinnamon apple cobblers. With so many blueberries in the fridge as well, we thought why not add them?! I took my recipe from one of mum’s old school cookbooks however there are endless options on the Internet. Rachel Ray’s looked great as well as one off the Food Network. I am sure you can’t go wrong with a straight forward cobbler recipe. Just don’t forget to get creative with other fruits like blueberries! Baking in the kitchen means time to get crazy!
Thank you for reading! Stay tuned for more favourites and a chalkboard update on this growing belly (which is feeling huge might I add) real soon! XOXO