Some days you really need a treat and this serving suggestion really hit the spot! Last night I had planned chilli for dinner (leftovers from the freezer) but at the last minute I really didn’t fancy it.
I usually serve my chilli with rice and sour cream. Yummy but I know I am missing out. There are loads of creative ways to serve a chilli!
At 37 weeks pregnant I am finding that by the evenings I am getting really tired, especially when I have been busy during the day. Yesterday I had lunch out with my friends from my antenatal class (I know, its a hard life!) and then spent a couple of hours on chores around the house. By 6.30 I was tired and not inspired to stand at the cooker – even though reheating chilli and boiling some rice is hardly difficult!
A quick exchange with the husband showed that we both fancied a treat but didn’t fancy the hassle of going out.
And then it came to us… we could make our favourite chilli nachos at home!
- 1 serving of your favourite chilli recipe
- Tortilla chips
- Grated cheddar
- Sour Cream
- Add the chilli to a pan and heat over a medium heat.
- Put the tortilla chips into a bowl and sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese.
- Place under the grill until the cheese melts.
- Top the chips with the heated chilli.
- Top with your favourite toppings (we went for the full restaurant experience and used sour cream, guacamole and salsa).
- Dig in and enjoy!
Doesn’t this look amazing?? Ok not the healthiest but hey, everything in moderation! I am now inspired to try some other exciting serving suggestions for the rest of my freezer chilli!
I recently found out about another pregnancy freebie kit and thought I’d share it with you in case any mums to be in the UK don’t know about it. This one is the Emma’s Diary Bump to Baby pack and I collected mine today while I was out shopping in town.
Emma’s Diary give you vouchers for a couple of these packs through your pregnancy and this one is the preparing for baby pack which can be collected after you are 27 weeks pregnant.
All you need is a voucher which you then take along to Argos or Lloyds Pharmacy to exchange for your pack.
I called in at Argos today and collected mine. All I had to do was hand the voucher over at the till and I was given a collection number to wait for my pack as usual in Argos.
I managed to wait until I got home to break into the pack.
And I could immediately see some goodies!
The content of these packs will always vary so don’t expect your pack to match this completely, but hopefully it gives you an idea of what you might expect.
I got the following samples…
- Blackcurrant Fruit Flakes
- 2 Lansinoh Breast Pads
- 12 Bepanthen wipes
- Pak of Kleenex tissues
- Samples of Palmers Cocoa Butter products
- 16 Huggies Pure wet wipes
Definitely some useful bits in there!
Then there was the usual paperwork…
Most of this was adverts and competitions. The highlights were the Baby’s First Year leaflet and a development chart for the first year of baby’s life.
As you may have guessed, most of this headed straight to the recycling box as I had either seen it already or wasn’t interested. Shame there is so much waste in these packs.
So that was my Emma’s Diary Bump to Baby pack. Hope it was useful to see what it contained.
Can you believe September is here already?
I am 7 months pregnant today and we have exactly 2 months to go until our due date. Doesn’t sound long does it?
I wanted to set some mini goals for the next month to help me stay focused and not panic too much about what we have left to do!
In September I would like to…
- Make a list for my hospital bag and make sure I have everything I need.
- List everything we still need to buy for baby, and get most of it!
- Finish work!! (My last day is the 1st October so technically not quite this month).
- Tidy the garden
- Organise the nursery
- Organise the spare room
- Grocery challenge to help us save some money
- Create a budget for my maternity leave
So quite a lot to do then. Expect some updates on these as the month goes on.
I am really interested in the topic of body image in pregnancy at the moment (for obvious reasons). I have been quite disturbed by some of the things I have read lately on some of the popular pregnancy forums.
My personal thoughts…
In some ways my personal reaction to the changes in my body has taken me by surprise. I have always been negative about what I see in the mirror, and struggled to focus on anything but the negatives I could see. My body image started to change when I found out I was pregnant for the first time last November. It was an amazing time. For the first time I felt truly in tune with my body. I knew I was pregnant really early on – I felt changes in my body in the days following conception, and by the time I took a test 2 weeks later, I knew what the result would be. Unfortunately that first pregnancy ended in miscarriage 7 weeks later. While this was a really traumatic event for us, I was comforted by the fact that the whole thing happened completely naturally, with no medical intervention. Even at the moment I realised I was definitely losing the baby, something inside me said that it was happening for a reason. I was able to trust my body in my darkest hour.
So fast forward to February when I became pregnant for the second time. Again, I felt the changes in my body immediately, although not as strongly as my body hadn’t completely reset from the first time. I tried to relax through the early weeks leading up to my 12 week scan and trust that whatever happened was for the best. The relief we felt when we saw a strong little heartbeat at the 12 week scan was unbelievable.
From this point onwards, the physical changes have stepped up a gear. My belly became rounded and very quickly my usual clothes became too tight. This was a strange feeling. Usually, I would respond to this by trying to hide it while I lost a couple of pounds. This time, I was proud of it. In fact I was willing it to grow! I loved going out to buy maternity clothes for the first time (love those elasticated waistbands!).
Now, at 28 weeks pregnant, I have a beautiful big round belly. And its only going to get bigger! There is lost of advice about how much weight you should gain in pregnancy. And to be honest, I have ignored most of it. The midwife weighed me at 7 weeks, and I was weighed at my first scan at 12 weeks (I had put on 1.5kg) but since then, nothing. Instead, my bump gets measured at each midwife appointment (from 25 weeks onward) and is plotted on a personalised graph. As long as the measurements stay within the upper and lower limits on the graph everyone is happy. I did step on the scales out of interest for this post and have now gained 6.5kg since my 12 week scan. Not bad when you consider what my body is now carrying around!
I know I will gain weight faster and faster over the coming weeks and plan to go with the flow and enjoy it.
If you are reading this and are pregnant or planning to be pregnant my advice is to stay off the scales. Eat a healthy balanced diet (as far as your sickness will allow you to) and keep active. Trust your body through this process – its really quite liberating!
What’s happened to summer?? It’s the middle of August and the weather here is not summery in the least! The rain hasn’t stopped all day. Oh well, at least it saves watering the garden!
Luckily tonight’s dinner was a great way to cheer us up – an indoor BBQ!!
Under the grill tonight was this delicious lamb and mint burger which I picked up from the farm shop over the weekend. Yummy!
Served in a bun (white – oops!) with salad, coleslaw and baby jacket spuds. We picked up these cute Rooster potatoes in the supermarket at the weekend and I decided that baking them would work best with tonight’s dinner. What a great idea for a work day dinner! The baked potatoes were perfectly soft with crispy skins after just 50 minutes in the oven at 200. Much quicker than a standard jacket spud.
Loved the fresh flavours in this and really enjoyed the salad too. Not sure why I have been off salads for a while – maybe a hangover from early pregnancy where my sickness stopped me from enjoying any fruits and salads. But at least I have rediscovered them now. It’s strange how my tastes have changed through pregnancy. From the carb cravings leading up to 12 weeks, to dairy cravings around weeks 12-18, and now back onto real foods (and plenty of them!).
I have read a couple of articles recently about body image and weight gain in pregnancy and have some really strong views on the subject. I’ll save them for another post, but what I will say is that this pregnancy is the first time in my life that I have really trusted my body – and I’m loving it. I am eating more, but my weight gain is well within guidelines, so I am happy to go with it. And that goes for eating what I fancy, as well as when. So some full fat dairy has crept in, carbs are up, and desserts feature more often than they used to. I figure I need the energy and as long as my weight gain is ok, I am happy to roll with it!
Off to my first NCT antenatal class tonight – feeling excited but nervous! Wish me luck!