Did you have a nice weekend? Ours was easy breezy. Iâ€™ve gotten really good at mentally â€˜checking outâ€™ for the weekend, and I have to say â€“ itâ€™s so nice. We just spend the days relaxing and soaking up our family time (and watching Parenthood marathon-style).
On Saturday, we hit the lake. We joined Julie and Ryan + Brittany and David for some fun in the sun. Brittany lives off the beautiful Lake Norman. Henry has recently decided that he is a Lake Boy, and I truly cannot keep him out of the water! Heâ€™s getting much more confident with â€˜swimmingâ€™ and has zero fear of the muddy bottom and the fish zipping between our legs. We even paddled out 30 or 40 feet to get a closer look at a parked jet ski and two ducks. I was impressed. Future open water swimmer!
My Sunday included some family visits and some baking.
I had an idea to make an almond butter + Greek yogurt freezer pie. Lo and behold, after some Googling, I found that I wasnâ€™t the first one to hit upon this idea. But I wanted something that was basically added sugar free, I wanted a gluten-free crust, and I was searching for a chance to try some stevia baking â€˜sugar.â€™ So this pie was born.
Iâ€™m doing a review of the SweetLeaf stevia drops (which I love in my tea!) on Wednesday, and the company tossed a bag of the baking crystals in their shipment.
This pie turned out pretty good. The flavor was awesome, the consistency rocked, and I liked the SweetLeaf â€˜sugarâ€™ (there was a bit of that tell-tale stevia aftertaste, so in the recipe below, I reduced the amount I used by halfâ€¦ a little goes a long way). But the almond meal crust didnâ€™t work after baking and then freezing it â€“ it fell apart! I followed a recipe intended for hot pies, so I think this was just effect of chilling it. Still â€“ the pie overall was really good, and I bet you could use a traditional premade or homemade graham cracker crust with much success!
Almond Butter + Greek Yogurt Freezer Pie Filling
- 16 ounces plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup creamy almond butter
- 3/4 tablespoon SweetLeaf Sugar Leaf (or about 3 tablespoons regular sugar)
- 1/16 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Directions: In a blender, combine all ingredients. Pour into crust and freeze for two hours.
What else? Oh, we started to do family tea parties at night. We all drink a non-caf tea together (Henryâ€™s is room temp). Gotta instill some British traditions in the kid. Itâ€™s super cute to watch Henry navigate a tea cup â€“ and I swear, he sleeps better at night!
And last, but CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, this weekend, I hit the â€œOMG I feel pregnantâ€ marker. We went on a 2 mile walk and I was huffing and puffing by the end. And my thighs were BURNING.
Iâ€™m almost totally in maternity gear. None of my bras wrap around my ribcage. All my â€˜normalâ€™ workout gear has been pushed to the back of the drawer. Even my undies look dubiously small. I know I have so much farther to go, butâ€¦ OOF! Let it be known â€“ 18 weeks was â€œTHATâ€ week. Hooray! Itâ€™s getting uncomfortable, but it sure is exciting. Grow, baby, grow! <3 <3 <3
Thought of the Day:
â€œBelieve in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.â€ – Norman Vincent Peale