St. Patty’s Day Parade + Amish Bread!

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Hi friends!

Thank you guys for your lovely comments on my Gender Reveal post! We are so excited to have a little boy and can’t wait to hold him in our arms. πŸ™‚ It is quite surreal to think he’ll be here before too long!

How is your week going so far? We had even more snow come our way in the past few days. While a fresh blanket of snow certainly pumps up that “winter wonderland” vibe, I must admit I feel very “meh” about it all. This is pretty normal for March in New England, but can Spring just be here already?

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My friend Kristi got snow down in North Carolina too –> her hubs Evan and their kiddo made sure to get outside and enjoy it! Kristi is one of my long-time pals – we met in 7th grade at boarding school in Kenya and have been besties ever since. After we graduated from highschool, we went to the same college, and met our hubbies there. Evan (her husband) was in my statistics class freshman year! Kristi actually knew Joel better than I did back then, andΒ I guess she knows me pretty well too because she would always tell me that I should hang out with him more. It’s funny to think that all 4 of us (Kristi, Evan, Joel, me) spent those college years together πŸ™‚

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Let’s back up to Sunday. After church we went to Tandoor for some lunch! Joel’s favorite cuisine has always been Indian food, and I am not complaining about that. πŸ™‚ I am glad we enjoy the same foods.

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After lunch we watched the St. Patty’s Day parade for a while. This happens in New Haven every year and this was our first time catching some of it. It was a nice sunny day, and not too cold, which made it quite pleasant to be outside.

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We then went home and unwrapped the baby’s gift from his Aunty Meg (Joel’s sister) –> his very FIRST books! Our kiddo is going to love these! I have always been really interested in quantum physics, so the “Quantum Physics for Babies” book made me particularly happy πŸ™‚

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Joel’s dinner on Sunday consisted of a very interesting mashup of leftovers from the Gender Reveal… peppers, stuffed bread, bacon-wrapped clam, and probably other random stuff in there too. We still have a good amount of the Reveal cake leftover in the freezer too. Speaking of leftover frozen cake, did any of you guys do the tradition of eating the top tier of your wedding cake on your one-year anniversary? We did not. We got married in Kenya and left the cake in my parents’ freezer when we flew back to the USA.

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My love for grapes is going strong. While green grapes are at the very top of the obsession list, red grapes are pretty high up there too. I wouldn’t say no to cantaloupe if it was in front of me, but right now grapes are my #1 boo. I must have consumed 200 cantaloupes in the first half of this pregnancy, but now I am working my way through piles and piles of grapes πŸ™‚

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One of the moms who goes to the Moms Brunch (it happens every other week) gave me this “Amish Bread”. Apparently it’s got some yeast and flour in there, and you massage the bag every day for 10 days then bake it. She sent me the instruction for what to do… on Day 5 (today) I added a cup of flour, sugar, and milk (I used almond milk because we didn’t have any cow’s milk – I hope it turns out ok!). It’s my first time trying this and I can’t wait to sample the finished product!

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We made a run to Home Depot to pick up supplies so that Joel can re-right our trees that started leaning over from last week’s nor’easter. I’m sure you guys have noticed that Joel is super handy, which is something I am really thankful for. It’s super cool to me that he can fix and build just about anything πŸ™‚ I’m glad he’ll be able to teach all this stuff to our little boy because I am pretty useless at that kind of thing.

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Vanilla flavored Greek yoghurt was the perfect snack while working on our puzzle. The Stop n Shop brand is delicious!

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We’re making some good headway! We have the entire top edge complete, and big sections of the middle part too.

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My sister-in-law Sonia brought some amazing tea that she picked up from David’s Tea in NYC. It has beets, nuts, and other goodies in the teabag, and not only does it taste like yummy cereal (we added a dash of almond milk), it also turns the water a pretty shade of pink!

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Every now and then I love me some plantain chips! My favorite is the plain kind (they also have garlic) and even though the bag comes with like 3 servings inside, I can eat the whole thing all by my lonesome πŸ™‚

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I mentioned that some of our dishes have been mysteriously cracking lately. It’s a set that was given to us as a wedding gift over 10 years ago. Over the past 3 or 4 months, we have had to throw out 4 plates due to having big cracks in them. Yesterday I was heating up some lasagna in the microwave and heard a “pop” and saw that the plate had cracked right down the middle! These plates are from Target and are from their “crackle” collection (aptly named haha).Β They were awesome plates for many years, and we loved using them, but you may want to avoid the “crackle” collection if you are looking for something that will last longer than 10 years.

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I have found that a mug of hot chocolate goes a long way to satiating that hankering for something sweet. THIS is the kind we have, and I am enjoying it immensely! I don’t have a big sweet tooth –> I’m more of a salty/savory person, but there are definitely a few of those moments where I have that “I could go for something sweet” feeling. Hot chocolate gives me that sweet fix for fewer calories compared to downing a bunch of cookies or cake (although there are certainly days when cookies & cake happen too hah!).

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Got any baby books or registry must-haves to recommend? What do you do with your puzzles after you complete them? Your favorite kind of hot chocolate?Β  Β Β 

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11 thoughts on “St. Patty’s Day Parade + Amish Bread!

  1. that is a unique collection of children’s books.look at big names for plates. I have two sets one is FiestaWare and the other is pfaltzgraff. both great companies for dishes. my mom has pfaltzgraff dishes and has had them almost 50 year

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    1. Ooh that’s a good suggestion, I will check out pfaltzgraff, thanks for the tip! It would be great to have a full set that we can keep forever and even pass down to the next generation! πŸ™‚

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  2. Oh that tea sounds like Forever Nuts which is one of my favourites too!
    I would recommend lots of books for your own sanity. My nieces and nephews could listen for hours so it was nice not have to repeat books too often:)

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    1. It might be Forever Nuts (I’ll have to ask her) — it was so yummy! I will certainly add more baby book titles to the list. I hope our little boy will love books as much as I do! πŸ™‚

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  3. I can’t believe you’re doing the middle of the puzzle before the edge is complete! That like stresses me out lol. My grandpa loves puzzles and drilled it into me that you always do the edge before the middle.

    Quantum physics for babies is hysterical!

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    1. Joel got started on the middle while I was still working on the edge and he made such good progress, I was amazed! The middle is always so much harder! I agree, Quantum Physics for Babies made me smile, I love it! πŸ™‚

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