Harvest Day!

Today was harvest day at the Peterson house. Our first sizable crop of blueberries before the birds got to them (thanks to the bird netting). Homebrew and home grown blueberries, can’t do much better in the summer. This is Jake signing off!Blueberry harvest

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Happy 4th of July

We spent the 4th of July in Montana.  And it was awesome.

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P1030265 P1030260 P1030254 P1030250 P1030247We spent 2.5 days at the lake and it was gorgeous.  We did a fair amount of swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, walking, yard games and relaxing.  It was nice a break from “life” and we also escape this crazy hot weather we have been experiencing.

The highlight of the weekend was a baby shower.  Since it was just family (and BF Kim) I was expecting some food on the deck… nothing fancy.  Of course, my mom and sister exceeded by expectations!

IMG_0508 IMG_0507 IMG_0505 IMG_0504The decor was adorable and the food was delicious!  We played a couple games (I was the slowest to diaper a baby and my sister was the fastest… I hope she comes to visit!!) and enjoyed everyone’s company. Kim is due in just a few weeks with her second baby.  I can’t believe my belly is going to keep growing to that size! Eeepp!

IMG_0511Before we left on our trip, Jake finished brewing two batches of beer (they were a huge hit!) and we also picked lots of blueberries off of our first producing blueberry bush.  Unfortunately, the birds found the trees right after that so any remaining berries were toast.  We are going to have to put some bird netting up to keep the pests out so we can continue to reap the harvest from our other bushes.

IMG_1250 IMG_1251If you can believe it, Jake and celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary yesterday.  Technically, we haven’t celebrated yet, but we plan to in a couple weeks.  Time has flown by but at the same time we have done SO. MUCH. in these last couple years.

Here is to many more years of wedded bliss!

Jessi & Jake-2013- Reception -157 Jessi & Jake -2013-B&G-009If you are looking for a good recipe to try this quiche (my mom made it for the shower and it was really good) or these vegetarian tacos.  Both will be staples  in our house!

It’s Summer + Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Hello!

I’m back.  And hoping that I will have an opportunity to post more often (how many times have I said that!?).

In complete honesty, I have spent the last 2.5 months studying for the Certified Diabetes Educator exam which didn’t leave me with much free time (or brain power) at the end of the day.  The good news is, I passed.  I can now officially place CDE behind my name!

Besides studying, I have been growing a baby which is an interesting experience for sure.  This is the first week I have had people straight up ask me if I’m pregnant which is much better than having people stare awkwardly at my belly.

Here are a couple “bump” pictures.  We are not very regularly about them.

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19 weeks – My first little bump!

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21 weeks

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25 Weeks, 6 days – Today!

Overall, I am feeling pretty good.  Exercising like I did prior to pregnancy (minus running, that stopped being fun around 22 weeks), able to eat most things without a feeling my stomach turn, and full of energy (unlike the first 16 weeks!).  Most days I am eating like a teenage boy – last night I ate 6 (SIX!!!!!!) tacos + shared a nachos with Jake before I felt satisfied.  You can bet our grocery bill has increased!

IMG_1233Jake has been doing lots of work on the house, brewing beer, exercising and taking REALLY good care of me.  I appreciate him so much!

Last Friday after dinner we went to Minto Brown Park and did a nice long walk.  Afterwords, we were both in the mood for some frozen yogurt.  Rather than go buy some, we decided to stop at the store and make our own.  Although the yogurt is delicious no matter what, I like it best straight out of the ice cream maker.

Frozen Yogurt

2 cups full fat plain greek yogurt

2 cup full fat plain yogurt

1 cup sweetener (we used honey, and will use less in future.  I like my yogurt tart!)

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and mix according to manufacturers instructions (ours took about 20 minutes)
  3. Enjoy with toppings of your choice.

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Big News

As many of you know, the big news is:

IMG_1148We are excited/nervous for the next adventure.  My first book purchase was this one (the dietitian and cook in me couldn’t help it!) –

IMG_0107And I have spent a lot of time curled up on the couch watching Netflix (Orange is the New Black News Season is coming out in June! Gah!) because I have been so exhausted (seems to be improving now!).

IMG_1130Food really hasn’t been too appealing so I haven’t been doing much cooking lately which is why there have not been any recipes on here in a while.  Jake has been a real trooper but I am sure he is ready for my usual home cooked meals to come back in full swing (I am too!).

We haven’t been totally worthless though!

– I went to Las Vegas for a long weekend for a training (worst place for a pregnant lady – smells, cigarettes, and booze everywhere!) and when I came back my bedroom was in the living room!

IMG_0108That was a surprise but well worth it.  Jake and his dad painting our entire bedroom and did some rewiring while I was away.

–  We keep plugging away on the yard.  It is coming together and our blueberry plants look great!  Already looking forwarding to reaping that harvest!

IMG_0109– This morning I Face Timed with Emily and as I was chatting heard loud bangs coming from Jake’s study.  I guess he decided it was time to get rid of the pocket door and make a wall of it. There was a pocket door between the study and bathroom which both have doors out to the living room less than 1 inch apart.  The pocket door really made very little sense but I didn’t see it leaving so soon. Leave that guy alone for 30 minutes and you will have a whole wall torn down.  I was really hoping my bathroom reno was next! :S

IMG_0111– One of the highlights of the last month was spending a long weekend over Easter with my family in AZ.  Surprisingly, Jake and I didn’t take one picture!  We were too busy relaxing.  I read The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult and it was so good! I couldn’t put it down.  We spent a lot of time by the pool, eating, and doing a little bit of hiking.  It is always great to see family, but so hard to leave.

– An update on my smoothie packets: they worked awesome!  I especially loved the tropical one.  It was so good.  I think we are going to add a high power blender to our baby registry (is that weird – maybe I should ask for Christmas instead) so I will have an easier time pureeing baby food when the time comes and I can use it to make smoooother smooooothies.

– We are still on a Breaking Bad kick.  OMG!  I can’t stop watching it.  I just don’t get how it can drag out for another 2.5 seasons!

– Finally, I have started to try and compile a list of baby things.  For you mom and dads out there, what things couldn’t you live without?

Hope you are all enjoying spring weather!

xoxo

Jessi