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This afternoon I baked a bread to go with the pumpkin soup I cooked. This bread is awesome, because even if it has a little sweet taste (thank you maple!) it goes really well with any other flavor.. so I dunked it in my pumpkin soup and it was delicious!

Servings

1 loaf ( 1.5 lb)

Ingredients

* 2 cups bread flour (in Canada you can use all-purpose flour)

* 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

* 3/4 cup old old fashioned oats

* 1 teaspoon salt

* 2 1/4 teaspoons bread maker yeast (dry yeast)

* 3/4 cup +2 tablespoons warm water

* 1 tablespoon  olive oil

* 1/3 cup pure maple syrup

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Directions

-As directed by your machine, pour the ingredients in the correct order-

(This recipe was tested on my machine, it is effective for the Rosewill and Sunbeam bread makers.)

 * In the machine’s container, pour the liquids first. (Water, oil and maple syrup)

* Add salt, all-purposed flour, wheat flour and old fashioned oats. Do not mix!

* Dig a small shallow hole. Pour the yeast into the hole. Do not mix. The yeast should never be in contact with liquids or salt, it will not be working properly and the bread may not rise.

* Close the lid and start the machine for a 1.5 lb loaf. Use the BASIC bread setting.

* Serve and Enjoy!

27 WEEKS

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27 WEEKS

(Tuesday September 2nd , 2014 to Monday September 8 , 2014)

13 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the size of a head of cauliflower

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During week 27,  Axel weighs around 2 pounds (about the size of a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended.

She’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, Axel’s brain is very active now.

How I’m Feeling:

I’m feeling great! this week I went to the hospital to do the diabetes screening test. I guess I don’t have gestational diabetes because they told me they would call me the day after if there was problems and they never called. I’m not surprised at all.. everything was fine with my two past pregnancies.

Can’t wait to turn 30 weeks pregnant because then it will go by faster.. damn 40 weeks is sooooo long, hahaha! But Time is going by fast these days.. since Fall is coming soon, the weather is cooler in Quebec, soon the leaves will be changing colors and will fall and the next time I’ll know is that it will be Halloween.. then a month after I’ll give birth to baby Axel.

This week Axel moved A LOT!!! and when I say a lot.. it’s a LOT!!! All day long… well it’s maybe because she’s getting bigger every day that i feel her that way. I had weird back pain too and few braxton hicks contractions, but nothing too serious.

How I’m Changing:

I don’t think I change a lot, my belly is getting slightly bigger each week, nothing incredible.

Tonight I was tired of my hair growing fast like I never seen that before so instead of going to the hair salon, I took a clipper and shaved my head myself. Anyway I’m used to it, for many years I had punk hairstyles. But hey.. I didn’t shaved my entire head, I still have kind of the same haircut than before!

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

Still eating the same.. nothing has changed. Well maybe the fact that I drink more raspberry leaf tea than before… now I drink 2 cups a day. I strongly believe in all the positives effects from that tea. I never used it with my 1st child and the labor/delivery was long (10 hours) and painful, with my son I had drink that tea and everything went so fast, I got at the hospital and 2 1/2 hours later I had my son in my arms. It was painful, but way less! So this time.. I will drink more!

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Total Weight Gained:

I was about +8 pounds. and I thinks it’s very great at 27 weeks. I just don’t want to be like when I was pregnant with my daughter ! (+65 pounds in the belly, I had massive knee pain!!, with my son it was +12 pounds and I felt way better in my body)


Workouts: 

Lots of walking outside, housework, playing outside with the kids.


Prenatal Care :

Still taking vitamins, eating healthy too.

I increased my calcium daily intake. Since in the 3rd trimester the baby is taking at least 250 mg of calcium in your body each day I decided to take calcium supplements too. I want to be sure I don’t have bone or tooth problems later on.

My next appointment with my doctor will be on September 23 (I’ll be 30 weeks). After that one it will be each 2 weeks (so 32, 34, 36), then each week (37,38,39,40)

Sleep:

This week was weird.. plenty of very weird and intense dreams, waking up tons of times each time and the usual… being thirsty all night long, haha!

See you next week!

26 WEEKS

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26 WEEKS

(Tuesday August 26 , 2014 to Monday September 1st , 2014)

14 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the length of a scallion

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26weeks

During week 26, Axel is about as long as a scallion and weighs about 1 3/4 pounds. (Length: 35.6cm, head to heel.)

The network of nerves in Axel’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. She may now be able to hear our voices as we chat with each other. She’s inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of her lungs.

How I’m Feeling:

Feeling great! This week it was smooth. I saw 2 times a very good family friend (one of Axel’s godmother). We did a dinner with her and her family, it was like always, lots of fun. This week was also my husband and I 4rth couple anniversary. I saw another very close friend of mine (and godmother of my son and baby Axel). Awww weeks like that are always great. Other that that, the pregnancy is doing great. I have nothing to complain about :)

How I’m Changing:

Not changing a lot.. when I look at myself in the mirror I think I look the same as last week. The only thing is that my hair are growing way faster than usual!!! It’s almost scary, hahaha! soon I’ll need a new haircut, haha!

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

The usual, lots of fruits, veggies, water, smoothies.. My appetite is increasing a bit so I snack a little more.. fruits, nuts, sunflower seeds (I’m addicted, hahaha) and I must admit, chocolate too, haha. An old tale tells that when you’r epregnant with a girl you will crave sugar.. and salty stuff with a boy. With my girl Dalie it was sugar indeed, with my son it was oranges and this time it’s sunflower seeds and chocolate.. hehe.

Total Weight Gained:

Didn’t weight myself! :D I don’t want to become super obsessed with that.. I eat healthy, I move a lot.. and I don’t pack weight like crazy so no need to weight myself every 2 seconds, hehe.


Workouts: 

Lots of walking outside (summer is perfect for that!!), housework, playing outside with the kids.


Prenatal Care :

Still taking vitamins, eating healthy too.

My next appointment is September 2, it will be my diabetes screening test. After that my appointment with my doctor will be on September 23 (I’ll be 30 weeks). After that one it will be each 2 weeks (so 32, 34, 36), then each week (37,38,39,40).

Sleep:

Nothing to say about that.. it’s still the same.. I’m always thirsty, hahahaha!

See you next week!

Vegan Banana Muffins

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I had many very ripe bananas on my counter and I wanted to bake something.. usually I put them in my smoothies or I bake banana bread, but this time I decided to do muffins instead.

They taste almost like banana bread so they are delicious (and full of good stuff for you!) :D

Also, I’m starting to be always hungry (I’m turning 28 weeks pregnant tomorrow) so I really need to eat good and healthy snacks otherwise I would be eating sugar like crazy and packing weight like crazy, haha and I don’t want that so! Healthy muffins here I come, hehe.

Servings

12 muffins

Ingredients

* 2 tablespoons flax seeds meal

(I use flax seeds that I grind myself)

* 6 tablespoons water

* 1 cup whole wheat flour

* 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 3 medium very ripe bananas, mashed (around 1 1/2 cup)

* 1/2 cup brown sugar

* 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

* 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce

* 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts, chopped

(you can use another type of nut, chocolate, raisins.. or nothing, it’s up to you)

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Directions

* Preheat oven to 350′F

* In a bowl or a stand mixer, combine the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, salt and baking soda.

* In a small bowl combine the flax seeds meal with the water. Set aside for few minutes to thicken.

* In your bowl or stand mixer add the mashed bananas, melted coconut oil, applesauce, brown sugar and flax seeds meal mixture.

* Mix well. Then fold in the chopped hazelnuts (or any other ingredients you want.. another kind of nuts, seeds, raisins, chocolate, carob..)

* Spoon the mixture into  muffin pan (you can decorate them if you want. I sprinkled them with flax seeds and flax seeds meal ) and bake. (I’m always using silicone! No need to throw papers!)

* Bake for about 20 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean, the muffins are ready.

* Remove from the oven, let them cool for few minutes, serve and Enjoy!

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Vegetable Juice

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On the site JUICERECIPES they have a calculator to figure what you are really drinking in term of vitamins, minerals, calories.. you can find it HERE

So in the juice (3 1/2 cups, about 2 large glasses or 3 small glasses) I just made there is…

-  152 calories,

-  57 % Daily Value (DV) of potassium,

-  138 % DV of Vitamin C,

- 55 % DV of iron

- 15 % DV of Calcium

- 10 g of proteins

and much more.

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Yesterday I made some vegetable juice for my husband since he’s a fan of V8 kind of juices. We added some pink salt, pepper and Tabasco (to add a little heat) and he told me that it was a million times better than the one from the stores :D Before buying a juicer, we used to make vegetable smoothies, it was super delicious too, but the texture is way more fun in the juice form, hehe.

Servings

3 1/2 cups

Ingredients

* 2 celery stalks

* 1 green onion

* 4 small carrots

* 1 green bell pepper

* 5 yellow tomatoes (and few small cherry tomatoes)

* 1 onion

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Directions

* Wash all the veggies. Peel the onion, core the pepper and cut all the veggies.

* Juice.

* Serve and Enjoy.

You can store the juice between 24-48 hours in a glass container in the refrigerator.

Citrus Juice

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On the site JUICERECIPES they have a calculator to figure what you are really drinking in term of vitamins, minerals, calories.. you can find it HERE

So in the juice (2 cups, about 2 glasses) I just made there is…

-  252 calories,

-  24 % Daily Value (DV) of potassium,

-  263 % DV of Vitamin C,

- 12 % DV of iron

- 19 % DV of Calcium

- 5 g of proteins

and much more.

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Awww the other day the oranges and the grapefruits were in sale at the supermarket so I bought many… we ate a lot, haha (the kids are BIG fans of oranges and usually I’m not the biggest grapefruit fan but don’t ask me why, since I’m pregnant I started to love like crazy that fruit..) but I decided to juice some too. The result was very delicious. Usually I try not to put too much grapefruit in my juices/smoothies/recipes because my husband don’t like that a lot, but this time he liked the juice a lot! Yeah!

Servings

2  cups

Ingredients

* 4 oranges

* 1 pink grapefruit

* 1 lime  (I kept the skin on)

* 1 medium apple

(I added an apple to add a little sweetness in all that acidity)

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Directions

* Peel and cut the fruits. (Except for the lime and the apple, I left the skin on)

* Juice.

* Serve and Enjoy.

You can store the juice between 24-48 hours in a glass container in the refrigerator.

Vegan Pets-de-soeur

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Pets-de-soeur is a very well known dessert in Quebec.

Despite it’s funny name (nun’s farts) it’s just a very easy pastry that people used to make when they had too many leftovers dough when they were doing pies.  There is many recipes for that here, one made with water and no milk, one with milk (from a cow), one with butter.. mine is vegan, hehe, so no real milk (I used non-dairy) and no butter (I used margarine and shortening). It’s very sugary so eating more than 1 or 2 at a time is not the best idea in the world, hahaha! Also the original recipe is straight like that, no ”syrup” under the pastry, but I wanted to change that and make them my way, so I added a maple-brown sugar syrup.

Last time I eat that I was so young. I remember my mom doing some after baking pies.. aww sweet memories!!!

But in the end, cooking is like art, you can do whatever you want to do! Feel free to be super creative! :)

Servings

10 rolls

Ingredients

* 3 cups all purposed flour

* 3 teaspoons baking powder

* 1 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 cup vegetable shorting

* 1/2 cup margarine + 1 tablespoons

(make sure it’s vegan if you want a vegan recipe)

* 1 cup non-dairy milk

(I used hemp milk)

* 1 cup brown sugar

* 1/4 cup water

* 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

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Directions

* Preheat oven at 400’F

* In a bowl (I used my stand mixer with the hook attachment) combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add the shortening and the margarine.  Mix until it become a crumbly mixture.

* Add the milk in small quantities at a time while kneading/mixing at the same time until your dough has the consistency of a pie crust dough.

* Roll dough flat into a long rectangle (about 1/4 inch thick)

* Lightly spread margarine (about 1 tablespoon) over the rectangle than sprinkle with 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

* Roll up the dough (thigh) into a log and then slice into rolls.

* For the ”sauce” I combine in a small pot over low heat, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup water and 1/2 cup pure maple syrup. When the sugar is melted, remove it from the heat.

* In an oven safe dish, place the sauce on the bottom then add the rolls. I used a circle shaped pan because it kind of looked like a flower (and it’s pretty that way, hehe) but you can use a square one too.

* Cook at 400’F for 30 minutes.

* Remove from the oven and serve warm.

*Serve and Enjoy!

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25 WEEKS

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25 WEEKS

(Tuesday August 19 , 2014 to Monday August 25 , 2014)

15 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the size of a rutabaga

(it’s not my hand on the picture, the rutabaga in my house were too small, hehe)

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During week 25, Head to heels,Axel now measures about 14 inches. Her weight is around 1 1/2 pounds so about the same weight as an average rutabaga.

She’s growing more and more hair, hehe.

How I’m Feeling:

I’m feeling fine. I saw my doctor and told him everything about the bleeding and the doctor that didnt do anything. He did an ultrasound to check the cervix and the placenta. Everything is perfect. PERFECT!!! Awwww!! I feel way better now. I was so happy to see my lovely Axel once again. the doctor told me that finally she was bigger than he thought, so she might be bigger than her bro.. we will see that in 15 weeks, haha!

This week my big girl turned 3 1/2 years old, can’t believe she’s growing that fast!!! (and big boy is 16 months old). this week was also my husband and I 3rd wedding anniversary.  We took a 2 hours off from the kids (my mom checked them) and we went to have dinner at a very great Japanese restaurant that we love. It’s crazy how summer went by fast.. it’s almost already September!!

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How I’m Changing:

Not changing a lot.. my belly is growing slowly, it’s maybe a little rounder than before.

I feel more and more big kicks. It’s easy to know when Axel is awake or sleeping, haha! She’s a night owl.. and very active if I’m eating.  I know exactly where she is and can ”touch” her. When I do that she gets all active, hehe.

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

Still eating the usual, tons of fruits, veggies, water.. and haha still eating a ,lot of sunflower seeds, haha it’s just crazy!

Total Weight Gained:

At my doctor’s office I was at around +6 pounds. It’s not that bad for 25 weeks, hehe!


Workouts: 

Lots of walking outside (summer is perfect for that!!), housework, playing outside with the kids.


Prenatal Care :

Still taking vitamins, eating healthy too.

My next appointment is September 2, it will be my diabetes screening test. After that my appointment with my doctor will be on September 23 (I’ll be 30 weeks). After that one it will be each 2 weeks (so 32, 34, 36), then each week (37,38,39,40).

Sleep:

My nights of sleep are great, the only thing is that I started again to be supppppppper thirsty during night so I drink all the time…  I wake up just to drink water.

See you next week!

24 WEEKS

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(Tuesday August 12 , 2014 to Monday August 18 , 2014)

16 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the size of an ear of corn

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During week 24, Axel is now about 1 1/3 pounds and around 30 cm long, about the length of a big ear of corn.

Her body is filling out proportionally and she’ll soon start to plump up. Her brain is also growing quickly now, and her taste buds are continuing to develop. Her lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. Her skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

How I’m Feeling:

I’m doing fine. I was stressed a bit because I had bleeding for like 5 days.. I went to the hospital and the doctor that saw me didn’t do any tests.. I was kind of mad, he only checked Axel’s heart and since she was really there and in good shape he discharged me. Pfff! but I see my regular doctor on Aug 19 so I’ll talk about all this with him.

Other than than, I’m feeling very great, can’t wait to see December coming, haha!

this week I had a dentist appointment. Aww it feel so great to see the dentist while pregnant (to get a teeth cleaning)

How I’m Changing:

I’m not changing a lot, since I’m not gaining weight like crazy, my belly always kind of look the same.

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

Eating the usual. the only thing is late at night I get these crazy heartburn. Pfff!!!

I have one craving, hahahha I eat TONS of sunflower seeds, hahahaha!

Total Weight Gained:

Forgot to weight myself this week , awww!


Workouts: 

Still walking a lot, doing exterior housework too.


Prenatal Care :

Still taking vitamins, eating healthy too.

My next appointment is Tuesday August 19, 2014. I will be 25 weeks pregnant. Can’t wait to see my precious little Axel once again.

Sleep:

Everything is doing just fine!

See you next week!

Vegan Beet, Orange & Chocolate Cupcakes

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This morning Dalie and I made awesome cupcakes (oh yeahhhhhh made of beets!! muahahhahaa!)

I had some cooked beets in the fridge so I thought it would be fun to make cupcakes with them. In the past I had try many recipes, but this time I tried one  (but I made some changes like adding orange, less cooking time and using sunflower milk) from MINIMALIST BAKER . I thought 25 minutes of cooking was way too long.. after 20 minutes they were PERFECT, so moist and fluffy, they taste like heaven, hehe.

You should all try it at least once. Even the one who hates beets should try it! The cupcakes don’t taste like beets at all. Mine taste like chocolate and orange. That’s it! the beet puree is adding so much moisture, it’s super delicious!

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Servings

12 cupcakes

Ingredients

* 1 cup sunflower milk

(or any other non-dairy milk)

* 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

* 1/2 cup of beet puree

(I used 4 small cooked beets)

* Zest of one orange

* 3/4 cup granulated sugar

* 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

* 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

* 1 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purposed flour

* 1/2 cup pure cocoa powder

(more if you want to decorate the cupcakes with some)

* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* pinch of salt

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Directions

* Preheat oven to 375′F.

* Whisk together the sunflower milk and vinegar in a bowl, and set aside for a few minutes.

* In a stand mixer bowl or in a regular bowl, pour the milk mixture. Add the sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract, orange zest and beet puree. Beat for few minutes.

In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

* Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture.

* Beat on high speed for 2-3 minutes to incorporate air bubbles in the cake batter. Once cooked they will be all fluffy and moist.

* Spoon the mixture into muffin pan and bake. (I’m always using silicone! No need to throw papers!)

* Bake for about 20 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are ready.

* Remove from the oven and let cool.

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