Fall recipe redux

This time of year always seems like a good time to round up some seasonal recipes. Maybe it’s the combination of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and treks to the apple orchard that make us not want to miss out on the ingredients that will only be good for a few more months. Or maybe it’s the idea of curling up in your warm socks with some comforting food. Whatever the reason, I embrace it fully! Here are some of my favorites:

Pumpkin-pecan muffins

Toasted pumpkin seeds


Stuffed turkey tenderloins

Butternut squash bisque

Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting

 and caramel apples (freakin’ yum!)

On enjoying pregnancy

I’m 25 weeks pregnant now, and I have to say I’m really enjoying this time. I was kind of worried that there would be a long period of time in which I couldn’t do my work easily or was really uncomfortable, but I still seem to be able to do pretty much everything I was doing before. I just brush into more things. 😉

I think I’ve reached the point where there’s no doubt I’m pregnant. I have a long torso for a woman, so it’s taken a while for the baby to really get high enough to stick out. I had my first stranger ask me how far along I was. And she even seemed to know I was having a girl, which was weird.

I was trying to capture the roundness of my belly, but I ended up loving this for Sadie’s expression. She has no idea what’s coming.

Our Bradley classes have been going well, and I started a prenatal yoga class. I am so grateful for the exercise that is catered to a pregnant body, and the set times I know I am going to have some relaxation. It’s also nice to be around a lot of other pregnant women. It kind of plugs me into the holistic pregnancy scene, which I was much more familiar with in Des Moines. I now know more than one person who does belly henna and several doulas. It seems like everyone in Berkeley is a doula!

So far the videos we’ve watched in class have been really dated and sort of funny. But also kind of terrifying. We all look at each other like, “oh wow, we’re actually gonna have to do this.” But it’s been interesting to learn about all the things you can do to help your baby get and stay in the right position and what to expect during labor. I was a little bit afraid that choosing holistic mentors would mean a lot of out-there advice, but so far everything has been exceedingly practical.

I can’t believe I am almost to the third trimester. Now that is crazy!

Another good thing — I have had some of the best sleep of my life in the past couple weeks. I can only guess that it’s my body preparing for what’s to come. Also, I’m working more and I don’t take naps like I did in the first trimester, so I’m more tired when I go to bed. I know I’m sleeping well because I continue to have such bizarre dreams and I remember a lot of them.

The Bradley classes have you track what you eat, and I have learned that I can (and should) have two eggs a day now. Some people hate that part, but I love an excuse to eat more eggs. I also found the most amazing yogurt that has quite a bit of protein and not too much sugar. Have you tried this?

I don’t know if you other pregnant women and mamas have experienced this, but it seems like every time I say I’m liking some part of pregnancy, people respond with something like, “enjoy it now because it’s about to get a whole lot worse.” Which may be true, but it’s like, let me have my happy time. I know it’s limited and so much about our lives will change and get harder in a few months. I like this time when I get to watch my belly get rounder and wiggle (mostly at night). I like imagining how tiny her little toes must be.

It’s interesting how your hand instinctively reaches down to touch your belly. It doesn’t take long to start feeling protective of your baby. Mike and I were talking about how we both felt ready to move from the part of our lives where we think so much about ourselves —overthink is probably a better word — and start caring for someone else. I think we all want to feel like someone else needs us that badly.

Sales have picked up again and I’m getting ready for pre-Christmas craft shows, but I’m really starting to want to make some baby stuff for myself. I’m thinking about a seed stitch blanket (pink with brown trim or maybe no trim at all), similar to this:

Or a soft striped one with some leftover yarn I have. Once I get started, though, I don’t know if I can stop myself from making little hats and little shoes, and on and on. Some patterns I’d like to try:

Jen’s newborn baby hats
This adorable striped cardigan – though I’ve never made a sweater
Yarn mobile
• Canvas baby shoes
• Felt baby shoes

This is the pattern I use for baby legwarmers and here’s the one I have used to make a chevron baby blanket. Let the nesting begin…