Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Most Amazing Cranberry Sauce EVER!

I never liked Cranberry sauce until I made this. It is so delicious and the aroma that fills your home is heavenly!

Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

2 Cups Cranberry Juice
6oz bag sweetened dried cranberries
1 cinnamon stick broke in half
1 Cup of sugar
2 Gala Apples peeled, cored, and diced
2 tsp cornstarch

In a medium sauce pan on medium heat add cranberry juice, cranberries, cinnamon, and sugar

Bring to a boil and let cook 5 min - you know it's cooking when you can smell the cinnamon :o)

Add apples and cook, stir occasionally until cranberries are soft and apples are tender, about 5 minutes

Remove 8oz of liquid to small bowl and whisk in cornstarch

slowly add cornstarch juice mixture to the cranberry mixture stir constantly and cook for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and pour into a serving bowl refridgerate until thickened about 30 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks and serve.

Enjoy this bowl of pure deliciousness!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

22 weeks!

Not a whole lot new this week. Sometimes our little boy will move like crazy then other times not at all... well I think he moves but I just can't feel it. When I don't feel him for a while I will use my doppler to listen and I can hear him moving but I just can't feel him. Last night when I went to bed he started moving a lot and it actually made it really hard to fall asleep. It would be nice if we could change our babies sleeping routine in utero haha. Thanksgiving is coming soon and I'm pretty excited! I saw this apple cinnamon cranberry sauce recipe on the food network that I am going to try! Anyway Happy Thanksgiving to all because I may not post until then!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

We're having a BOY!

We ended up having an ultrasound today instead of tomorrow because of a little scare we had yesterday. I went to work after my appointment and had a little brown spotting with a lot of discharge and I freaked out because I thought it was my mucus plug. I called my doctor and he told me to go home and lay down and we would see what the ultrasound had to say on Thursday. I was on my way home and then my doctor called me back and wanted me to come in to his office again so he could do a pelvic exam. I was completely closed but he was a little worried that I was thinner than I should have been so he set me an appointment with a high risk doctor (perinatologist) and we had an ultrasound today. She said that everything looks perfectly fine and that I am just way sensitive to my contractions. She said that some people don't feel them until later but others are really sensitive and feel them right away like I did at 8 weeks. She also said that everyone contracts from the time they conceive they just don't all feel it. She also said that because the cervix is a glandular organ that it's not uncommon to have a lot of discharge and she said that the brown spotting was probably just a broken blood vessel because there is absolutely no sign of bleeding anywhere in my uterus. Yay for no Placenta Previa!!!! So all is well and I honestly think it has a lot to do with our prayers and the blessing I was given last night. I also no longer need to be on bed rest! The US tech told us he was a boy and then the doctor came in and did her thing and she said do you guys want to know what the sex is? We said we were already told and she said, "well good because he's not being shy at all I keep trying to stay away from the area but he is just right there!" haha!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

20 weeks!

Today was our 20 week appointment! Greg didn't go this time due to school :o( My doctor brought out his lovely tape measure this time and said everything was measuring normal! He told me that I am a little behind on the weight gain, but he didn't seem too concerned. Again he said, "sounds like a boy." We will see on Thursday! I'm so excited for that ultrasound I can hardly stand myself. I've been having braxton hicks contractions since 8 weeks that never hurt but I can just feel something going on so I touch my belly and it's hard. He said it was normal and not to worry about it. I have them about one every hour sometimes less, but he isn't concerned at all... I am... but what do you expect? I'm a little nervous about the ultrasound probably just as much as I am excited because I want to know if my cervix has shortened... I really really hope not! It's already on the shorter side to begin with so it makes me nervous. He thinks everything is going to be fine. I'm really glad he doesn't seem to mind that I'm so paranoid. He said even if it is short they will just monitor it closely with more ultrasounds throughout the rest of the pregnancy. Anyway we are hoping for all good things and I really don't feel like anything is wrong I just know a little too much about some things and sometimes that's not always the best.... I almost wish I would have gone through nursing school after I had all my kids... I would be less of a spaz!