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Due Dates and Other Such Nonsense

Well, today’s my due date.

And all signs are pointing to my still being pregnant tomorrow.

Yay.

I have, however, decided to do some “research” on natural ways to induce labor.  Pretty much, I’m going to tell my husband that anything I like will help speed the process up.

Yep, mini french silk pie blizzards help women go into labor.  Barbecued hamburgers also have been known to help.  Back massages, too.  Watching partners vacuum and mop is great for inducing labor in the pregnant woman.  Rereading favorite books can also be beneficial when trying to speed up the laboring process.  Sleeping in and being served breakfast in bed is almost a surefire way to get labor going in a high percentage of women.

Am I missing anything?

Easy Eggless Cookie Dough

Eggless Cookie Dough

Eggless Cookie Dough

I had a hankering for cookie dough for the past several hours.  Unfortunately, my willpower only held out a few hours.  Fortunately, I had a handy little recipe to satisfy this craving.

I blame pregnancy.  I mean, cravings are more intense and willpower is weaker…so needless to say, I made some eggless cookie dough (you know, salmonella risk and pregnancy not a good combo).

This is not healthy, but it is delicious!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
3 Tbsp milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Cream together butter and brown sugar.

Mix in salt and vanilla extract.

Mix in flour, 1/4 cup at a time.

Mix in milk.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Eat!

This makes about 1.5 cups of deliciousness.  Which is hard to consume in one day…even for a gal who’s 39 weeks pregnant.  Fortunately, it stays good in the fridge for several days…don’t ask me how many days, it never lasts more than four in my fridge 🙂

Eggless Cookie Dough.  Easy, quick, delicious!!!

Eggless Cookie Dough. Easy, quick, delicious!!!

I’m thinking that future recipes of this sort might involve peanut butter and possibly oats…we’ll see!

Getting Ready for the New Baby

My husband called me upstairs to look at something.  I was in the kitchen, cooking, so I may have been slightly irked to get called upstairs to look at some unknown something.  Until I got upstairs.  Then I giggled and made my husband take some pictures.

Because really, what else does one do when your two-year-old daughter puts a diaper on ALL of her friends…even the ones that are so small they are practically eaten by the diaper.

So we’ve decided.  Once SweetPea’s brother is born SweetPea is officially in charge of all diaper changes.  Officially.  Ok, maybe not.  But she’ll definitely be a good helper!

Here I am, sick of diapers.  But my kid loves 'em!

Here I am, sick of diapers. But my kid loves ’em!

SweetPea is pretty proud of what she's accomplished!

SweetPea is pretty proud of what she’s accomplished!

Chocolate Banana Bread

Now I like banana bread.  And I especially like banana bread when it has chocolate chips in it.  How could you possibly beat a recipe that is chocolate chocolate banana bread?  That’s right, you can’t.

I found this recipe here and couldn’t resist making it.  Especially as fall approaches.  The days are still pretty warm around these parts, but the nights are cooling into those crisp fall nights that give the perfect goosebumps…just thinking about those nights makes me want to bake apples or make pumpkin cookies…I guess we know what’s going to pop up soon on this blog…but anyways.  Cool nights just beg for warm baked goods and hence this banana bread was baked.

I actually baked this early in the morning.  Why?  Because I’m pregnant and that makes sleep elusive.  So instead of laying in bed hoping to fall back asleep I got up and started baking.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup applesauce
3 mashed bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray bottom of 8×4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In large bowl, beat sugar, eggs, and applesauce.  Beat in banana and vanilla.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.

Mix flour mixture into banana mixture until just combined.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Spoon batter into pan.  Bake about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.

Enjoy.  Enjoy with vanilla ice cream.  Or on it’s own.  Or as a ridiculously decadent and chocolately french toast.  Or on it’s own.

Here it is ready to go

Ready to go in the oven...ignore the reflection of me still in my pajamas...

Ready to go in the oven…ignore the reflection of me still in my pajamas…

Fresh out of the oven

Fresh out of the oven

Fresh out of the oven

Sliced…

All sliced up

All sliced up

and Served!

Served and ready to go!

Served and ready to go!