Hi Friends, Happy Friday! I’ve been wanting to do some pregnancy updates for some time now, but life has been so busy.
I’m now 32 weeks along with baby girl #2 and this pregnancy has just been so different than my first! I know this is pretty typical of subsequent pregnancies, but I can’t believe how fast this one is flying by. With Madeline, I felt like it just dragged on and on and the waiting was awful! I remember those blissful afternoons where I could spend the day researching baby things, taking naps as needed, sleeping in, etc.. Once you have a toddler running around, that all goes away! At 32 weeks, all I want to do is take naps and put my feet up, but between work and having a 2 year-old, naps are nonexistent. Sleep is becoming difficult. This baby loves to push on my bladder all. night. long. so I am constantly having to get up. Maddie has also been having sleep issues this past week and I’m just exhausted.
With Madeline, I had to be induced on my due date because she was measuring quite small, stopped growing at 36 weeks, and my blood pressure was starting to become a problem. This time around, my doctor is monitoring baby #2’s growth and we are taking things week-by-week for now. If it seems like this baby might follow down the same path as her sister, she could end up arriving in March instead of April. Eek, I’m not ready at all!
I was basically all ready to go at this point in my first pregnancy. I have done ZERO things to get ready for this baby! Zero. And I’m officially freaking out now! Granted since this is our second child and another girl, there isn’t a whole lot that we need in terms of a lot of the smaller things, but we still have quite a bit to take care of before she gets here! Shopping for this baby is not easy with a toddler who won’t stop climbing on everything. Instead of looking at what we need, I’m too busy chasing her around the store!
Pancakes are one of the small handful of things my picky toddler really enjoys so we make them a lot for breakfast. Plus, Baby #2 is also a carb lover so I’d be totally lying if I said all the pancake-making was just appease my 2 year-old!
I’ve tried a lot of different boxed pancake mixes and while there are certainly some good ones out there, they can be pricey and contain other “extra” ingredients that you may not want in your morning breakfast! Making your own homemade pancake mix is seriously so easy, you will wonder why it took you so long to give it a try. All you need is some flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. You can it mix up a double or triple batch and give it away as cute little gifts too and people will love you forever and always!
To make the pancakes, you just need some very simple ingredients that you likely already have in your fridge and pantry. I left these plain since I wanted you to have the base recipe, but obviously adding in other fun ingredients like fruits and chocolate chips is totally recommended! I also used regular milk, but you can use buttermilk instead if you want super fluffy pancakes with a more distinct homemade pancake flavor.
I don’t post enough sandwich recipes on this blog and they are actually one of my favorite things to make for quick weeknight meals when I don’t feel like making a big dinner. This Skinny Cheesesteak is one of those sandwiches!
I’m not going to call this a Philly Cheesesteak because all the Philly peeps out there will cut me and send me hate mail. For real. People are very protective of their classic cheesesteak sandwiches and I’m not going to go there! This is simply a lightened up version of the classic Philly favorite!
So how is this cheesesteak lighter? First, we use lean flank steak over more fatty beefsteak. Second, we load up on more veggies. Then we swap out the traditional processed cheese sauce with a new sauce made with provolone cheese and Parmesan cheese. Oh! And one more trick is to scoop out some of the extra bread. I personally HATE biting into a sandwich that is mostly bread, yuck! I need a much bigger filling to bread ratio with my sandwiches. I always scoop out some of the bread out of sandwich rolls. It’s a great way to save a few extra calories and carbs!
This skinnified cheesesteak is delicious and at just under 400 calories, it is way lower in fat compared to traditional cheesesteaks.
When you are typically a person who enjoys a good cocktail on occasion, pregnancy can really make you have some withdrawals, especially as you near the end! I’ve really been wanting a fun drink, but obviously have not indulged in this craving (Two. more. months. but who’s counting?!). It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I mixed up this fun and vibrant love punch recipe last week and it’s seriously so perfect for Valentine’s Day!
And best of all? You can make this punch with or without alcohol! I love versatile drink recipes that can go either direction. The alcoholic version has champagne and a bit of vodka added in. Although I’m sort of pushing this as a Valentine’s Day recipe, this party punch could really be served all year ’round without alcohol for baby showers or for kids and with alcohol for bridal showers or other adult-friendly parties. Sherbet punches always go over really well at showers and parties.
Like most punch recipes, this one is quite sweet thanks to the different juices, ginger ale, and sherbet. You can always experiment with the ratios if desired though! I’m seriously in love with the bright, vibrant color of this punch with pretty pink sherbet scoops on top!
I have always adored fluffy marshmallows and this pregnancy has had me craving a cup of hot cocoa many nights. And of course, I have to pile on the marshmallows. If you haven’t tried making homemade marshmallows before, I recommend it! It’s actually very simple and obviously so much better than store-bought marshmallows. I made these pretty strawberry marshmallows for Valentine’s Day and I’m definitely in love! These are delicious to eat just plain, but they are even more delicious in a cup of hot cocoa OR with s’mores!
I use fresh strawberry puree for these and the flavor is just so dreamy. If you want even more strawberry flavor, you can always add strawberry extract for extra flavor. Although you can’t really see from the pictures, the marshmallows are a very light pink color on their own from just the puree. Of course, if you want a more vibrant pink, you can also add in red food coloring.
I highly recommend using a stand mixer for these. The mixture needs to be mixed on a high speed for about 10 minutes. You can certainly try it with a hand mixer, but be forewarned that you are going to get quite the arm workout and it will take you longer than 10 minutes! And also, these require some patience. Once you mix these up, they will need to set for at least 8 hours, if not overnight, but I promise they are worth it!
My husband has been putting in his Super Bowl menu requests for a week now. Not to my surprise, he requested “some type of buffalo chicken recipe.” The guy loves his buffalo chicken! I always try to come up with new buffalo recipes for him like my buffalo chicken dip or buffalo chicken bites. Truth be told, I’m not personally a big fan of buffalo sauce. Same with BBQ sauce. I’m actually shocked we are still married because I think I’m seriously in the minority on these important issues!
When it comes to tacos though, I can always get down! And yes, this includes buffalo chicken tacos. This recipe is ridiculously easy. First, you just need to pull out your slow cooker. Then toss in some chicken, broth, buffalo sauce, and garlic powder and let it cook for a few hours. This recipe is perfect for easy family dinners and it would be great for making for the Super Bowl if you want to double the recipe for a crowd.
I didn’t use a ton of buffalo sauce, just enough to get the flavor so I’d recommend having extra buffalo sauce on the side for those that want it. The toppings are endless too. You can add blue cheese or any traditional taco toppings. Oh, and if you want another idea, you can also put the chicken onto buns or sliders if you don’t want to go the taco route!
Welcome to Eat. Drink. Love.! My name is Stephanie. Here you will find healthy and easy recipes with a few indulgences thrown in for good measure! Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!