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Julie @ Tidbits for Today

Quick and Easy Breakfast: Sausage, Pepper, & Onion Quiche

I’ve been on a big quiche kick since having our first baby. They are such a quick and easy breakfast, and quickly are reheated. The perfect solution when time is off the essence with a new baby 🙂

Ingredients:

– prepared pie crusts

– roll of uncooked breakfast sausage

– 1 white onion chopped*

– 1 green pepper chopped*

– 6 eggs

– 1/2 cup half & half

– 1 cup cheddar cheese

– salt & pepper

Directions:

1. defrost 1 pie crust and put into pie pan

2. brown sausage over medium heat until fully cooked

3. put cooked sausage, onion, pepper, and cheese into pie pan

4. thoroughly whisk or blend mix eggs, half & half, and salt/pepper

5. pour egg mixture over ingredients in pie pan, making sure to it is covered (if not fully covered, whisk up 1 or 2 more eggs)

6. Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes, the top of the quiche should be golden and the center should be firm

7. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy! (you can also store in the fridge to eat throughout the week like we do)

* Our grocery store sells frozen pre-chopped peppers and onions, a good time saver!

When your baby smiles at you

My favorite memory from today… Baby A and I did a few errands on this rainy day, and she was a trooper! She hung out in her car seat and in the k’tan wrap while we went to the mall and costco. Once we got home, I fed her and then she needed a nap. I took her in her room, swaddled her, and sat with her in the rocking chair. Like usual, she will look around the room and stair at any shiny objects she can find. Today, she kept looking at me and smiling! Ahh, it was the cutest thing ever and my heart exploded as she stared up at me. I love being a mom and now that she is smiling, there are no words to describe the joy!

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p.s. we had a baby and it’s everything and more than we imagined it would be! More on that soon, but today I wanted to document this memory.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day to my sweet and loving hubby! Although he isn’t officially a ‘dad,’ he has already been an amazing caretaker of this little girl by taking such great care of me through my pregnancy.  Since I first met my husband, I’ve seen him interact with his nieces and nephews. He has been so amazing with them all, I always knew he’d be a great father. I can’t wait to start this parenting journey with him in about 2 months! Love you babe!

Water Your Plants

Do you get the urge to plant things when spring hits like I do? Every March/April when the weather starts easing up, I start thinking about what I can plant. This year I decided to plant two pots of lettuce. One pot has been growing great, the other one a little slower.

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A few days ago, I realized I hadn’t watered my lettuce lately and the lettuce was looking a bit wilted. That evening I watered the plants. The next evening I looked out on the patio and notice the lettuce had already perked up, just from one watering!

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The plant reminded me of life – and what in my life I need to water in order to experience growth. I tend to start projects, then just leave them hanging out there, for instance this blog! I love writing in this capacity (I’m an English major), but I don’t make time for it, even though it’d be a great outlet for me.

Seeing the plants perk up after one watering has motivated me to make time for the things in life that fuel me. What about you? Anything you’ve been ignoring that you should spend some time ‘watering’?

Thinking About…

Capsule wardrobes…

Lately (and it’s not only because I’m pregnant and nothing fits), when staring in at my closet, I just am overwhelmed and feeling like I have nothing to wear. Now, when looking at my closet, it seems quite the opposite! I have an abundance of clothes on 3 hanging racks and 4 shelves… yet, nothing to wear.

The idea of the capsule wardrobes or the uniform idea is really becoming intriguing to me, and with mommyhood on the way, simplicity is what I want. Currently, I have a lot of clothes I don’t wear often or ever, time to sell or get rid of. I want to majorly simplify my wardrobe, and when I have our little girl and am figuring out dressing in ‘normal’ clothes again, my goal will be simplicity!

My plan for the time being, simplify my maternity options… then after baby, when I start buying some new pieces, stick to neutrals which can be mixed and matched. I plan on creating a work uniform, wearing pretty much the same thing daily. I’ll also be decluttering my shoe situation, I have way too many I don’t wear!

I’ll take some pictures tonight of my current closet… won’t you join along on this adventure?

Here’s some good descriptions of the capsule wardrobe concept: Unfancy and Project 333.

1st Trimester Recap

Weeks 1-4:

Around Thanksgiving my husband and I decided now was the time to start trying for our first baby, and with that, we removed the goalie! About a week or so after that, I started having some very early symptoms, abdominal cramping and breast tenderness. I immediately called my older sister, who had a son, and shared with her. She seemed like they could be signs of pregnancy since it was too early for period symptoms. I started getting a little excited! During this time was the two week wait, which is painful when you have an inkling that you could be pregnant! I did take a few early pregnancy tests which came back negative, being only 6 days past ovulation. Finally, when I was about 12 days past ovulation, and it was still 4 days before my period should be coming, but I took a test… and it was positive!!!

After the positive test, which I took during the day, I had dinner with a friend. After dinner with my friend, I ran to Target and got the book what to expect when you’re expecting which was part of my plan to share the news with my husband. Once I got home that night, my husband was watching TV, and I went over holding the book, and said, “Babe, I’d like us to read this book together,” and showed it to him. He looked at the book, confused, then looked at me, and I blurted out “I’M PREGNANT!!” He was so excited and surprised! It was such a fun thing to share, and a night I won’t ever forget!

Weeks 4-8:

Once we found out I was pregnant, I called my doctor to set up my first appointment… which they schedule for 5 weeks away when I was 8.5 weeks pregnant. Such a long time to wait! During this time I continued to experience more symptoms such as food aversions, such as being grossed out by coffee, being nauseous, stomach issues, only wanting carbs, etc.

During this time, we also told our families since we had a lot of family events coming up with Christmas and New Years. We didn’t surprise them in a special way, but told each of them in-person when I was about 4 weeks pregnant, since I didn’t feel like pretending to drink wine, and I’d rather have their support should something have gone wrong. They were all so excited, and we headed into the holiday season with something so special happening! I also told my best friend around week 7 since we had an upcoming trip with her and her husband, and they would know if I wasn’t drinking. I was so eager to tell people, but we really wanted to wait until we heard the heartbeat.

Week 8-13:

Finally our doctor appointment was here at 8 weeks and 3 days! I think it’s pretty typical to feel a bit8 weeks nervous, and I did, but it all subsided when the sonogram technician took us into the room, and we saw the baby! Right away we saw our little bean, and saw her heart beating, what an amazing thing! We continued to keep it to ourselves for the most part, waiting until our appointment at 11 weeks when we should be able to hear the heartbeat. Overall I was feeling somewhat crummy, nauseous, tired, just not myself at all. Finally after 3 weeks we had our next doctor appointment on February 2. It was really just a check-in with the doctor, but at the end of the appointment, she put the fetal monitor on my stomach and we heard our little one’s heartbeat out loud! It was the best sound!! 🙂

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About a little over a week after that, we had the 12 week NT scan, which turned out great. It was so fun to see our how our little one had progressed since we last saw her on screen, and now she was looking like a real baby! The sonogram tech was great, and really took her time showing us every little thing. At one point, our little one had her arm up by hear head, and it looked almost like she was waving. It was a great day… now we just had to wait 7 more weeks until we found out the gender.

Once these two appointments were complete, we told most people openly, which was a lot of fun! I was glad to head into the 2nd trimester and experience the great boost of energy I had heard some much about!

Our Expanding Family

I’m excited to share that we are expanding our family this August!

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We are thrilled and really looking forward to meeting our little girl come August. I will be using this blog to document my pregnancy and baby things in the future, along with other things! I look forward to sharing my honest experience throughout pregnancy and life after baby. I hope you’ll join along!

Sacred Fridays

I’ve become very sacred about Fridays, and it’s pretty much my favorite day now (along with quiet Saturday mornings).

Our routine is probably pretty ordinary, but I just love it, so here it is:

8-5-ish: Work work work!

5-ish: Home and immediately change into comfortable house clothes (e.g. yoga pants, tank top, light cotton jacket)

5:15-6pm: bring pizza dough to room temp & make pizza! & pour a glass of wine.

6 – rest of night: eat pizza, drink wine, cuddle with the husband on the couch  and watch latest Netflix movie, chat, go to bed at a reasonable hour of 11-ish.

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Homemade pizza… every Friday

Do you have any special ways you kickoff your weekend?

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

One of my favorite quotes as of late is this one:

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Back in the early winter/spring, it was the help me one. The past few months, it’s been the thank you one.

I honestly feel so thankful it’s as though my heart could burst. Last night I finished reading Me Before You, and was crying because, well, read it and you’ll know why. Next to me was my husband, to which I snuggled up next to once I put the book down, and I kept tearing up a bit, well because he’s just great/amazing/loving/etc.

A lot of times I see other people’s stories and I think perfection. And I think some people may look at us and think the same, but what they haven’t seen is the peaks AND valleys. There’s been some tough days, the no talking fighting days. But now almost a year into marriage, I’m amazed at the beautifulness of it. It’s been both heart breaking and heart bursting. I think the biggest part is knowing this person you’ve committed to see’s all your shit. All the good, wonderful, bad, embarrassing, ugly parts.

Almost a year into marriage, there is no one I’d rather do life with. So when I don’t know what to pray when I’m bursting with thankfulness, I say thank you thank you thank you.

What are you thankful for today?

Books I’m Reading – 9.3.2014

I love reading, and it’s the way I end most days… Lately here’s the books that I’ve been digging this summer:

1. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – such a great, easy read, and so far a wonderful story!

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2. Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lammott – I always love reading faith memoirs, and this memoir has challenged some of my faith views, which is fantastic!

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3. For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn – this has been a great book for the 1st year of marriage that has helped me to understand my husband better.

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What books have you enjoyed this summer?