Happy Monday everyone! I woke up fully energized after a nice long weekend. It has been almost a week since we returned from New York and I think I am FINALLY caught up on my sleep from that trip! I probably will not feel rested until I have this baby of mine, but I can say for sure that I feel wonderful today. That is all that counts. Living one day at a time and with purpose.
Saturday morning was spent cleaning house. After being away from home, there was plenty of unpacking, cleaning, and washing to be done. Saturdays were usually cleaning days but who wants to be doing that during the weekends? Ha ha ha, right, I know.
Well, I got up at 8:30am and had many plans. I left the house thinking I could do errands for a quick 30 minutes and then return home and have breakfast. WRONG. Waves of nausea attacked me and I had to pull on the side of the road, enter the supermarket parking lot and heave. How embarassing! What can one possibly have in their tummies just after waking up? Yeah, you DON’T wanna know.
I quickly bought an egg sandwich to get some protein in my body. Yes folks, I have been eating more like a vegetarian lately. Well, all in all, I have needed to eat meat since I have not been able to stand the sight of beans, tempeh, or tofu. I am seeing this as a stage where my hormones are raging against me but I know I still need to eat. I know I need to do what is best for my body and my little figgy at this moment.
Anyway, I learned after getting sick in the parking lot, that I should not leave home without forcing myself to eat something AND to take some snacks with me. I am so slow, but eventually I will get there. Good news though! I am 11 weeks into this pregnancy which means I have one more week until I am past the 1st trimester, which means that morning sickness should be gone. Please Lord it needs to be gone.
The rest of the day was focused on cleaning the wood floors, dusting, laundry, and making dinner for company. Wowzers, was I ever tired by the end of the day! Ryan suggested I take a nap before I put in some pies to bake and before company arrived. He is so sweet and thoughtful. I am blessed to be married to such a great guy!
|Strawberry-Rhubarb Orange Pies|
Onto my post. I think the next several posts are going to be focused on desserts, since those are all still vegan and mostly gluten-free. If it is one thing, I have hardly craved anything sweet and if I do it is all natural sweetners.
My mother got me a gluten-free cookbook at Christmas called Great Gluten-free Baking by Louise Blair that I had not made anything out of yet. It is not a vegan cookbook so when I came across a tantalizing recipe for shortbread bars, I jumped at it. The recipe is originally called fingers, but they did not look like fingers at all. I think they also should have been called Crunchy and Fruity Shortbread Bars because it has lots of cornflakes on top of these bars.
These shortbread bars taste buttery even though I used Earth Balance margarine and they are more like a trail mix bars but with a shortbread crust. They are super lovely, even Ryan said that they tasted buttery! 2 thumbs up! They are really easy to make and they are a great snack or dessert. I hope you enjoy these as much as we did.