Whole Wheat Bread

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I love homemade breads! They are the best!! Since I was making a soup yesterday, well I did a bread to go with. :)

Servings

1 loaf ( 1.5 lb)

Ingredients

*  1 1/4 cup water

* 2 tablespoons olive oil

* 1/4 cup agave syrup

(or maple if you don’t like agave)

* 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

* 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten

(it will help a lot with the texture of the bread!)

* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

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

* 1/3 cup seeds (optional)

(I used half sunflower seeds, half flax seeds)

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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 agave)

* Add salt, wheat flour and vital wheat gluten. 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 (or setting for white bread… the setting for whole wheat bread is wayyyy too long) bread setting.

* when the machine is telling you it’s time to add nuts, seeds or things like that (mine makes a big noise), you can add your seeds if you decided to add some.

* Serve and Enjoy!

Leek & Apple Soup

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Fall is finally here.. yeahhhh! It’s my favorite time of the year!! :D

It was kind of starting to be cold outside.. but for the past few days it’s like summer again… but it doesn’t matter, it’s soup & homemade bread season anyway, haha!

Yesterday I wanted to do something with the giant leek I bought at our local producer for 1$ and with the tons of apples we have since we went apple picking… so I made a soup!

Soups are awesome, they are super cheap to make, super tasty, hot and comforting.. I cannot ask for more!

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Ohh less than 66 days and I’ll have my 3rd child in my arms… Can’t wait!!!

My kids are my everything, they are making me a better person, they opened my eyes about life, they showed me what true love is..

Being their mom is a true blessing, I cannot thank life enough for the chance I have.

Servings

4 bowls

Ingredients

* 2 tablespoons olive oil

* 1 very large leek

(Mine was enormous)

* 2 large apples, peeled and cored

* 5 medium/large potatoes, peeled

* 5 1/2 cups vegetable broth

* salt and pepper to taste

* 1 1/2 tablespoons Herbe de Provence

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Directions

* In a large pot, heat (medium) olive oil and leek. Cook until they are soft, not more than that.

* Add apples, potatoes, broth, herbes de provence, salt and pepper. Stir and when the mixture is boiling, reduce heat and and simmer for  about 20-25 minutes.

* When the vegetables are tender, remove from heat and reduce with a blender, until you have a smooth texture.

* Decorate and serve with homemade bread (optional) and enjoy!

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29 WEEKS

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29 WEEKS

(Tuesday September 16 , 2014 to Monday September 22  , 2014)

11 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the size of a butternut squash

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During week 29, Axel now weighs around 3 pounds (about the size of a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel.

Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain.

How I’m Feeling:

I’m feeling great! I’m thinking about tomorrow and the fact that I’ll be 30 weeks pregnant… 30!!! oh yeahhh! the end is near!!! Can’t wait to meet my little girl. In fact I can’t wait to show her to Dalie and Auguste. Dalie is super excited to have a baby sister soon, she’s always talking about her.  So 10 weeks left = 70 days left.. awww!!!

This week we went apple picking in Rougement  (Quebec), we do that every year.. and each year on our family picture there is somebody else.. first year it was just my husband and I.. oh and I was pregnant with Dalie, the year after it’s my husband, Dalie and I. I was also pregnant with Auguste. the year after it’s my husband, Dalie, Auguste and I… and this year well there is Axel in my belly. Can’t wait to take next year’s picture, hehe. We love apples so much!! Awwww!!! Fall is starting tomorrow and I’m super excited, it’s my favorite season. I’m a huge pumpkin/squash fan and they are starting to be available at my local producer (and supermarket too). Yeah!

Other that that, yesterday I was feeling strange and had a lot of contractions in the evening, but today I’m doing fine. After all, I’m 30 weeks tomorrow.. not 10 and the end is near. Other that that I’m feeling great (except that I’m a little tired, but hey who wouldn’t be with two kids under 4.. hehe)

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Her room is all done, well it’s missing some artwork. Today I finised one funky zebra artwork for her room. (The picture has crappy colors.. in fact it’s fuchsia and bright green) It’s still drying and waiting to be varnished. I’m so excited to hang it on her wall.

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How I’m Changing:

Not changing much.. my belly is still about the same. My hair are growing soooooooooo fast, it’s just crazy, haha!

Axel is moving a lot, kicking and changing positions.

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

Still eating the same.. lots of fruits and veggies, water… still drinking my raspberry leaf tea. I’m not snacking a lot, in fact I’m not snaking at all during the day. I kind of had a weird small flu the last 3 days and it affected my appetite a lot.. I’m not hungry at all.. but I forced myself to eat at least fruits and veggies, hey I’m not alone in that body.

Total Weight Gained:

In 30 weeks (minus 1 day, haha) my total weight gain is 10 1/2 pounds.


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 tomorrow, September 23. After that one it will be each 2 weeks (so 32, 34, 36), then each week (37,38,39,40) Can’t wait to see my little girl once again with the ultrasound machine. Each time is awesome!

Sleep:

I do lots of crazy realistic dreams.. I’m sweating like crazy, I,m always thirsty, I always have to go pee.. there is no comfortable position to sleep.. hahaha the fun has begun for real, hahahahaha!

See you next week!

28 WEEKS

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28 WEEKS

(Tuesday September 9 , 2014 to Monday September 15  , 2014)

12 to go..  :)

YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH It’s the beginning of…. the 3RD TRIMESTER!!!

Baby is :

Baby is the size of an eggplant

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(It’s not my hand.. we rarely buy eggplant here.. my husband hates them a lot.. and for myself.. I don’t hate them.. I’m just not a big fan, I’m kind of neutral about that, hahaha)

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During week 28,  Axel weighs around 2 1/2 pounds (about the size of a large eggplant) and measures 15 inches from the top of her head to her heels.

She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

How I’m Feeling:

I’m feeling great! I’m very happy I’m finally in my last trimester! Not that I don’t like being pregnant, I love it, but the ultimate goal is to have the baby in the end.. and I’m kind of excited about it. I’m sorting everything in my house, the other day I was laughing alone thinking about the nesting instinct that all animals have, hehe.. I guess it has started sooner this time, haha! I want everything to be done before Axel’s arrival. I’m de-cluttering all the storage spaces in my basement and in the rest of my house.. I’m canning food.. I’m giving away to donation tons of stuff, awww! Axel’s room is done.. well not 100% done, I still need to paint one large funky painting for her room, I already know what I will do. I had few days of bleeding again.. even if my doctor told me it was normal and I was having a sensible cervix, I don’t like that at all, it’s stressful and I hate it.  Hope it will leave me alone…

How I’m Changing:

Not changing much.. Axel is moving a lot, it’s funny how I can interact with her, when I feel her very close, I gently press on her and she kicks back, hehe, or move. Awwww! Life is so precious!

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

Still eating the same.. nothing has changed. Still drinking my raspberry leaf tea. I started feeling nauseous in the morning.. don’t ask me why, I’m still wondering myself. Heatburns are also part of my life now, nothing too intense for now..

Total Weight Gained:

Don’t know, haha! :D


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:

It’s kind of weird.. some nights are better than others.. but in general I’m still waking up a lot just to go pee, haha, but also because I’m super thirsty and because I’m sweating like crazy.

See you next week!

Maple Bread

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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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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.