WIAW: Pumpkin Waffle French Toast

If you’ve ever been pregnant I hope you will support me when I say PREGNANCY BRAIN IS REAL.  I feel like a total airhead.  I could have sworn that I published this post yesterday.  I thought I was going to be super awesome and post super early for a change, so everyone could drool over my delicious breakfast recipe…  But that never happened because I never hit “Publish.”  Face palm.

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Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

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breakfast: frozen berries {great way to save $$$!}, turkey bacon, & Pumpkin Waffle French Toast with peanut butter chips

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mid-morning snack: peppermint tea, Blue Diamond Almonds, & a pear

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lunch: an orange, cooked peas + carrots, an avocado + turkey wrap, & baked chips

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afternoon snack: an apple & Clif Mojo Trail Mix Bar {salty + sweet = heaven}

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stressful day = a trip to Target for nursing bras & junk food

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dinner: after spending 2+ hours at Target, dinner at 9PM was burrito night {Monday} leftovers & a couple of Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies + cookie dough ice cream

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Ingredients:

Directions:

Coat a medium skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat.

Toast waffles in toaster until crispy – you don’t want soggy french toast.  While waffles are toasting, whisk all of the ingredients together in a medium, shallow bowl.  Dip waffles into batter to coat each side.  Use a fork to poke holes into the waffles so they can absorb as much batter as possible.

Cook waffles for approximately 2 minutes on each side or until light brown.  Serve with a little butter and syrup or Trader Joe’s peanut butter chips for maximum deliciousness!

Question:  Do you believe in pregnancy brain?

Question:  Waffle french toast.  What?!

— Allison

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WIAW: Fish Stick Tacos with Creamy Cocktail Slaw

Have y’all seen the show on E! called Botched?  Oh.ma.lawd.  Yesterday it poured until about 4PM so Charlie and I spent a majority of the afternoon icing my foot – I did something to my left heel while walking around Philly – and catching up on the DVR.  Bravo and E! are two of my guilty pleasures.

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Botched features people who have had plastic surgery and for whatever reason it got botched.  One lady {after a recommendation from her mom!} went to Tijuana for a tummy tuck…  The surgeon didn’t use anesthesia, but rather two nurses placed a large block of ice on each hip to freeze the local area.  Gah, I can’t even imagine!  As another woman said, she’s “a walking mistake.”

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

I’ve mentioned in my bumpdate posts {24 weeks, 25 weeks, 26 weeks} that I haven’t been fond of sweets.  Savory and salty eats though, I can’t get enough of them.  In an attempt to use up a few pantry odds and ends before we move this weekend, I made my first stack of pancakes in months.  Sadly, they weren’t as delicious as I remember.  But the bacon, oh the bacon.  I could have eaten the whole package.

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cantaloupe, turkey bacon, & homemade pancakes topped with cottage cheese + peanut butter

After tutoring I stopped by Starbucks because I forgot to restock my bag with snacks.  During my first trimester Ryan had to remind me to pack extra snacks because when pregnancy hunger strikes, it comes in roaring and nobody’s got time for a hangry pregnant lady.

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  a banana & decaf coffee light frappuccino

By the time I got home from the gym it was past 1PM and I was more than ready for lunch.  While the fish sticks browned on the stove, I munched on roasted veggies leftover from Monday’s dinner and fresh grapefruit slices.  On Sunday I picked up a box of Trader Joe’s Frozen Fish Sticks which make a tasty taco filling…  Especially when topped with a creamy cocktail slaw.

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fish stick tacos with creamy cocktail slaw & Trader Joe’s White Cheddar Puffed Corn

Creamy Cocktail Slaw

Ingredients {for 2 tacos}:

  • approximately 1/2 c broccoli slaw
  • 1/4 c Greek or European yogurt *adds a nice tang*
  • 2 – 3 tsp cocktail sauce

Directions:

In a small bowl, cut broccoli slaw into fine pieces.  Add the yogurt and cocktail sauce.  Mix until broccoli slaw is evenly coated.

Mid-afternoon I took Charlie for a walk around the block since the rain finally let up and then fixed a little snack plate.  I like cheese and crackers, but we’re out of crackers so I improvised with Cheerios.  Apple slices with cheese is one of my favorite current snacks.

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apple slices, Swiss cheese, & Cheerios

I’ve had brick oven pizza on my mind since we walked by an Italian restaurant in Philly last week, so for dinner I made a thin crust pizza and served it with roasted artichokes, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts.  If you love a good pizza crust, I highly recommend investing in a pizza stone.  We use it for both homemade and store-bought frozen pizzas.

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Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough + marinara sauce + goat cheese + sliced baby bella mushrooms

And just before going to bed, I ate a couple of peanut butter and banana graham cracker sandwiches…  I shouldn’t have been surprised, peanut butter and banana sandwiches are a classic, but the touch of cinnamon made these sandwiches even more delicious!

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cinnamon graham crackers + peanut butter + banana slices

Question:  What’s your favorite guilty TV channel/show?

Question:  What are your favorite pizza toppings?

— Allison

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WIAW: Spinach Stuffed Shells

This morning didn’t go as planned.  Nothing bad happened, but nothing went how I envisioned in my head last night.  I planned to wake up, eat breakfast, write this post, go to BodyPump, stop by the grocery store, and indulge in leftovers from last night.

But instead…  I woke up, ate breakfast, made breakfast for Ryan, and then took a “nap.”  Are they called naps in the morning?  Or should I just say that I went back to sleep?  Oh well, I’m pregnant – that’s my excuse.  When in doubt, blame it on the baby because she’ll never know.  I’m kidding.

After filling up my gas tank {getting stranded on the side of the road is a real fear!}, I managed to go to the gym for 50 minutes of cardio and enjoyed a large plate of  spinach stuffed shells when I got home.  I suppose the day hasn’t been a complete wash, although I have no idea what I’m going to do after I publish this post.  Maybe I’ll see Melissa McCarthy’s new movie, Tammy.

While on summer break, I’ve been trying to make an effort to make/create new recipes.  Some days my stomach has been wonky and all I’ve wanted to eat is carbs  and drink ginger ale #pregnancyproblems, but yesterday’s eats didn’t disappoint.

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

breakfast

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coffee, {farm fresh} peaches, & chocolate chip oatmeal pancakes topped with plain Greek yogurt + peanut butter + grape jelly

morning snack

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bite-sized {farm fresh} plums & an English muffin with horseradish hummus

lunch

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{farm fresh} corn, orange slices, a wafflewich with eggs + lettuce + ketchup + Parmesan yogurt spread, & pretzels

afternoon snack

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orange slices & rice cakes with {scraps from the bottom of the jar} peanut butter + grape jelly

dinner

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a simple green salad & Skinnytaste’s Spinach Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce

*I subbed dried basil for fresh, added a shot of Tabasco, & omitted the ground turkey because we didn’t have any*

dessert

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Cheerios + vanilla yogurt + dark chocolate chips + banana slices + whipped cream

Question:  Do you like stuffed shells?  I’m either experiencing an intense pregnancy craving or this is my new favorite recipe!  I typically don’t care for leftovers, but I ate them for lunch today and probably will have them again tonight for dinner.

Question:  What myths have you’ve heard about how to lose cellulite?  Dr. Oz just came on and that’s today’s topic.  By the way, his props are always so cool.  Mad “props” to whoever creates them ;)

— Allison

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