13 Week Update

Hello! Pregnancy has brought back the almost sort of frequent blogging!

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Sorry about the weird shadow. I’m not sure what the problem was.

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So not too much different from 12 weeks though I feel bigger. I took this idea below from another blog that I read and I’m going to try to include it in the weekly(ish) posts.

  • How far along? 13 weeks, 4 days

  • Total weight gain: 3 lbs as of 12 weeks, 6 days

  • Maternity clothes? Not yet but I wore the belly band one time

  • Sleep: very good

  • Miss Anything? not worrying about falling down stairs

  • Movement: zero yet

  • Food cravings: barbecue sauce, meat, milk, shrimp curry from Taste of India

  • Food aversions: hummus, salsa, Mexican food

  • Gender: No idea but will find out March 5th!

  • Symptoms: Not too much, pants getting tight, hungry a lot

  • Looking forward to: Finding out the sex

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On Sunday I tried out another chocolate chip cookie recipe for potluck Sunday at church. I’m trying to find my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe so every time I make them, I’ve been trying a new recipe. I used this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker (who is a big time Pittsburgh blogger) which is originally from America’s Test Kitchen.

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I liked this recipe. The cookies didn’t come out too flat which is my issue with a lot of cookies like the Nestle recipe. I like that you use melted butter so no need to remember to let the butter get to room temperature. I also liked that it required no unusual ingredients and did not call for nuts. I did not like that you are supposed to let the cookies cool on the cookie sheets. This resulted in me dirtying every single cookie sheet I have and required me waiting around one or two times for a cookie sheet to cool. I doubled the recipe so I had A LOT of dough to make into cookies.

The cookies did turn out very soft and chewy but I thought they were a bit too sweet. Maybe a tiny bit more salt would help or use bittersweet chips rather than semi-sweet. I’m not sure. I used Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chips for these. My doubled batch made about 55 cookies. I didn’t make them quite as large as the recipe suggests.

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And another new recipe that I tried out last week was a pork chop recipe. That was the first time I ever made pork chops. They were good! I used this recipe for Pork Chops with Country Gravy from My Recipes. I followed the recipe exactly except used Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute in place of the poultry seasoning.

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Lastly, Aaron got his diploma in the mail this week! Exciting! Here are some pictures of it.

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Yay!

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