Friday, September 19, 2014

Bump Update: 21 Weeks




Happy Friday! 

The hubby and I are enjoying all things food in Portland, Oregon at Feast Portland. Follow our adventures and eats on intagram (@tiara_wasner) it should be a great weekend in the City of Roses!

How far along: 
Exactly 21 weeks today! We're more than half baked! I seriously can't believe it. Where did the summer go?

Baby's size:
Our peanut is the size of an mango. About 10.5 inches and 12.7 ounces.

Weight gain: 
Roughly 7-8 pounds. I expect to gain another 10 lbs this weekend with all the deliciousness at Feast Portland! Seriously, I'm in foodie heaven.

Food cravings: 
Not really. I'm not joking and I know it sounds so bizarre. Basically I'll think about what I have at home and say oh xyz sounds good. I'll make it and it's typically not as good as I thought it would be. I'll enjoy ice cream now and then, but no more than usual.

Sleep:
Still sleeping great. However, I now sleep with multiple pillows instead of one. HA. Poor Nick.

Gender: It's a GIRL!
 
Movement:
Starting to feel flutters here and there. I'm assuming it's the baby dancing.
 

Best moment this week:
  Obviously, finding out that it's a GIRL! Then I bought this, this and this from the GAP.

Miss anything? 
Bretheless workouts and wine. Especially wine and beer since we're at Feast Portland.

Symptoms:
Aches and pains here and there. I can feel my abs stretching.

Workouts:
CrossFit, spin and walking/running. I'm still logging 6-8 workouts a week :) Keeping it up until I'm told I can't by my body or doctor. I do however need to purchase new workout pants for spin. Any suggestions?

Maternity Clothes?
 I've I bought a few items like these jeans, leggings, and dress among other things. I'm having fun figuring out what items in my closet still work. During my last trip to Target I picked up a belly band. Love! I wish Lucky Brand made maternity jeans.

Mood:
Overall, happy. Getting tried of people asking me how I feel. I know they mean well, but it's starting to become annoying.

Looking forward to: 
  Decorating the baby room now that we know the sex. Let the planning begin!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

We're having a ...



Big news! We found out Monday that we're having a girl! 

We're over the moon with excitement. Obviously, we would feel the same way with a boy, but we're happy to start planning, aka nesting. I can't believe we're already half way.

Monday was our 20 week ultrasound, also our first since our 8 week appointment. Of course, when the tech asked if we wanted to know the sex we quickly said yes. It's an interesting/ funny experience. Baby M was super active and kept moving on us. Every time the tech tried snapping a photo of her face she covered it with her arms.

Now that we've told our families I'm happy to share the news with all of you!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Caprese Pesto Sandwich + A Bonus Recipe

{Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Northern California's Whole Foods Market}

Tomatoes are something I try growing every summer in my garden. Unfortunately in Tahoe my yield hasn't been very big. I'm not kidding. Last summer I was only able to harvest around five tomatoes! Luckily between our local farmers market and Whole Foods Market I'm able pick up farm fresh organic tomatoes. These juicy heirlooms are now in season and are also my favorite. It's true -- I wasn't paid to say that. I love to enjoy these tomatoes sliced and topped with a slice of mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic, basil and a dash of salt and pepper. YUM. 


Last weekend, you could say, I took a simple caprese salad to the next level and made a caprese pesto sandwich. I recently had a very similar sandwich at a local restaurant and knew I had to recreate it at some point. When Whole Foods sent me home with fresh juicy heirloom tomatoes I knew exactly what to make. It wasn't the same as the restaurant, but it sure was tasty! The heirloom tomato was definitely the shining star!

 Caprese Pesto Sandwich
 
Ingredients
Torta 
Lettuce, Spinach or Arugula
Mozzarella
Heirloom Tomato
Pesto (Homemade Skinny Pesto)
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil

Directions
Slice torta in half and toast.
Once the torta is nice and toasted drizzle desired amount of olive oil and balsamic on each side.
Next, on one or both sides spread desired amount of pesto.
Slice the tomato and mozzarella into rounds and stack on the bottom half of the torta. I personally like thicker slices. Season to taste with salt and pepper, add Lettuce, Spinach or Arugula and top with other torta half.
Cut sandwich in half and enjoy.



Love BLTs? Try this twist from Chef Hollie Greene of JoyFoodly.com! I definitely will be making PBTs in the near future.


Serves 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
Heirloom tomatoes, 3-4 (a mix of colors)
Peaches, 2
Bacon, applewood smoked, 4 slices
Basil, fresh, approximately 3-4 tablespoons (when cut)
Fresh farmer cheese (fromage blanc or a soft feta), 2/3 cup
Ricotta cheese, 1/3 cup
Olive oil, 1 tablespoon
Salt, ¼ teaspoon
Pepper, ¼ teaspoon
Sandwich loaf bread, gluten free, 4 slices

Directions:
Slice tomatoes into rounds.
Cutting around the pit, cut peaches into two bigger halves. Then slice those halves into rounds.
Cook bacon until crisp. Set aside over paper towels to cool slightly and absorb any excess oil.
Cut basil into thin slices or tear with your fingers.
In a bowl, combine the two cheeses, about two tablespoons of the cut basil, olive oil, and salt and pepper with a fork until smooth.
Toast bread under a broiler for 3-4 minutes, or until browned and crunchy.

To make your PBT, first slather the cheese mixture on the toast. Next, top with a piece of bacon, then slices of the peaches, then the tomatoes. You can top the toasts with extra cut basil to decorate and add an extra kick of freshness.
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