Wednesday, December 21, 2011

5 Things {NOT} To Say To A Pregnant Lady

5. You're not going to find out the sex of your unborn child?  How will you ever bond with babe?  Because, obviously, if one does not have 20weeks (or so) of gestating to revel in knowing the sex of their unborn child, they cannot possibly bond & love said child once they are born.  Yep, that's as dumb as it sounds (and no, I'm not making this shit up... someone actually said this [not to me, because obviously they were smarter than that])

4.  You're going to find out the sex of your unborn child!  You're ruining that surprise moment after you've delivered babe, why would you do that?!?!  It's a surprise no matter when you find out, whether it's at (approximately) your 20 week ultrasound, or when you settle babe on your chest for the first time.  This is such a personal choice, that it would be wonderful if those not involved in the decision (i.e. the parents of the unborn child) would just keep their opinions to themselves.  Another thing to keep in mind, ultrasounds are not 100%, so you might spend half of your pregnancy joyously expecting a Johnny and out pops a Suzie (or vice versa).  So knowing, doesn't necessarily mean knowing.

3.  You think you're tired now, just wait until baby arrives!  (or "Get as much sleep now as possible... ").  These bug me for numerous reasons (even though I'm so guilty of spewing this absolute stupidity).  Why on earth do we feel the need (basically) say "Yeah, you feel like ass now... just wait you'll feel like dead ass soon".  Because that obviously makes one giddy with excitement, the thought of feeling like dead ass.  As for the "Get as much sleep as possible now", ugh... I don't know about you, but I don't have a battery to store my extra sleep (although, if someone came up with that shit... I'd totally buy it).  So, yes... rest as much as possible... because your body is doing an amazing thing (creating a life) and it's exhausting!... but don't count on the extra sleep carrying over to the (possible) sleepless night post-baby.

2.  You're how far along?  That's impossible, you're so TINY!  Okay, at any other moment a woman would dream of hearing how slender they were... but now, now is not a good time.  99% of women do not consider it a compliment to be called TINY whilst 8-9mos (just about ready to birth) pregnant... some women will find this downright alarming (are they carrying "small" because something is wrong?!?!) and do you want to be responsible for causing a pregnant women angst, do you?

1.  You're how far along?  But, but, you're HUGE!  Okay, if a woman doesn't want to hear about how tiny she is whilst pregnant... guess what, she doesn't want to feel like a beached whale either.  Because really, who wants to hear how HUGE they are... really, who?  Whenever a friend tells me that someone has said this to them (the "Oh my GAWD you're so big"), I want to reach out and touch them (the asshole who basically called them fat [oh and by touch them, I totally mean Cooter Kick them, followed by a quick succession of throat punches]) because seriously, how freaking stupid can you be... I'll say it again, who the hell wants to be called HUGE... who?!?!

Basically, use your common sense (hardi-har-har, I know... common sense is so rare these days), when in doubt follow the age old rule of "if you don't have anything nice to say, than don't say anything at all".

Oh and just to clarify, to those that know me in the real world... this is not my cheeky way of saying I'm up the stump.  I'm not.  Honest.  I just have some wonderful preggo friends that have shared to STUPID things people say to them...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Italian Cheesecake

I've been slacking in the blogging department, I could say that it's because I've been madly preparing for Christmas but that would be a bold faced lie.  I've just been particularly procrastinatory (a disorder that often times suffer from).

I will say that I've been working on a possibly controversial blog posting... I hope to get it hammered out before Christmas (since that is the topic that it will be covering)... cross your fingers I get enough of my extensive "to-do-list" done, so that I can finish it...

But to make up for my slackass ways, here's a recipe that I've made (twice) for recent festive gatherings...

Italian Cheesecake

Now, I'm sure many of you are aware that I'm not very good at following a recipe, so I'll just show you how I altered the recipe.


Italian Ricotta Cheesecake
Photo courtesy of http://stickygooeycreamychewy.com

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon softened butter
1/2 cup finely crushed amaretti cookies (optional)
2  pounds ricotta cheese
1 pound mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs * I used 7 eggs
2 egg yolks * I skipped the yoke
2 tablespoons fresh orange zest * No zest in my cheesecake
1/4 cup heavy cream * Subbed in sour cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extractDouble (possibly tripled) the vanilla
1 tablespoon orange flower water * Couldn't find orange flower water, so I just upped the vanilla extract (also why I skipped the orange zest)
Powdered sugar, for dusting * No dusting on my cheesecake
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325 F.
Drain the ricotta in a colander lined with cheesecloth set over a bowl for about 30 minutes to an hour.  This drains out the excess liquid in it, making for a denser cake.
Butter a 9-inch springform pan.  Coat pan with crushed amaretti, if using, swirling it around to get an even coating.  Pour out any excess crumbs.  Place prepared pan on a baking sheet.
Using an electric mixer, beat the ricotta, mascarpone and sugar together until smooth.  With the mixer on medium-low, add the eggs, orange zest, cream, vanilla and orange flower water and mix until completely homogenized.
Pour batter into the prepared springform pan and bake for 1½ hours. Turn off the oven and let the cake rest inside for 30 minutes.
Remove cake from the oven and let cool to room temperature on a wire rack.  Run a sharp knife around the perimeter of the cake to loosen it and unmold.  Chill the cheesecake in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar.

I really enjoyed this cheesecake (some of those that I served it to, I don't think they quite felt my love for it), it was light and had a very bright flavour.  I've never met a cheesecake that I didn't love... but this is a lovely alternative to a traditional New York style cheesecake. 

Enjoy (and hopefully I'll get my next post done in a timely fashion)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Make memories...

Recently (okay, not *so* recently... more like "Last month..." ), I missed out on a wonderful LLL Enrichment meeting (and since I am the e-Communications gal, I'm going to share my meeting notice/schpeel [and you know, so everyone knows I didn't forget about my blog])



Priorities - People first, not things

The Holidays are fast approaching and with it comes a bundle of stress.

It is easy to get caught up in the hunt for the perfect gift; without taking the time to enjoy the process. 

It is not just about gifting the biggest, bestest or most expensive gift... it is about searching, crafting

or creating something with love for someone near and dear to your heart.  

It is about spending quality time and creating memories with friends and family.

It is about unplugging and savouring those moments; the memories that you will make together that

are far more important than any iPod.

It is in the spirit of this season that we are having our  meeting, “Priorities - People first, not things”.

Join us to discuss how you will celebrate with your family.  What memories do you hope to make?

What traditions do you wish to start?  What do you fondly remember when you think of holidays past?