I recently returned from a few days away at North Topsail Island in North Carolina with family. I was so sad because Scofield had to stay home for work, but it was great to see my cousins and spend extended time with my sister and parents. We seem to be starting a trend of taking beach vacations at the end of the summer every year, and I definitely think I like it that way. Less crowds, not as much heat … which I am especially thankful for being 27 weeks pregnant.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is going. I mean, 27 weeks!? Almost the third trimester!? Whaaaat? Sometimes this realization causes a mild panic attack ;), and other times I am giddy with excitement. It’s also crazy how much growth and change I have seen in my body in just the last few weeks. I went away for just a few days, and Scofield commented on how much bigger I look. And I believe it, because some of those more uncomfortable symptoms are starting to kick in. Heart burn, sleepless nights, and going to the bathroom ALL THE TIME are just a few of them. Exercise has also become really painful, so I’ve had to take my sad attempt of a jog down to a slow, slow easy walk.
Other than that, can you believe that the summer is almost over!? One last beach trip for us, and then I am so excited to welcome fall! Bring on all the pumpkin spice lattes, apples, and cooler days ;)
Scofield and I have been trying to make it out to Sidewall Pizza for a while now, and finally got to visit this week! Sidewall pizza is located in Traveler’s Rest, probably a good 40 minutes from our house, but that didn’t stop us. I don’t know about you, but we’re willing to travel for good food ;). We thought it would be fun to take Sage along with us and sit outside, but quickly learned our lesson on that one. Since he is still a puppy, he is full of energy most all the time. Not to mention all he wants to do is meet and greet every person he sees. It was really tough to enjoy our pizza, connect, and keep Sage under control, so after about a slice of pizza we decided we better take it to go. I guess you live and you learn. Maybe next time we’ll take him for a run and wear him out beforehand ;).Sidewall not only has wonderful pizza, but their salads and homemade ice cream are to die for as well! I went with the arugula salad, but seriously had the hardest time deciding. Everything we tried was made with fresh, local ingredients and packed full of flavor. We seriously cannot wait to go back!
35 S Main St
Traveler’s Rest, SC 29690
One way I try to prevent overwhelm during the week is planning our weekly menu in advance. I typically spend some time on pinterest or instagram looking for recipes and write up a menu for the week, as well as a grocery list. I’ve found that grocery shopping on Sunday works best for my schedule, so I’ll typically head to the grocery store after church. As I was browsing some favorite blogs recently, I was inspired by Caroline of Stay the Bomb and a recent post she did sharing her weekly menu. I thought I would start to share mine here, which you can see below!Monday | Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts Frittata – Monday’s are a pretty busy night for us. I have a girls group that I go to, so I know that between that and going to the gym after work there isn’t a lot of time left for cooking. Frittata is super simple, and you can use any veggies that you have on hand. I’ll try to cut up the veggies the night before so there ready to go come dinner time. It’s a quick, easy 30-minute meal that also makes great leftovers the next day!
Tuesday | Southwest Quinoa and Grilled Corn Salad – This recipe by Foodie Crush is just another example of how fabulous quinoa is. Quinoa is a staple in our house, and we try to incorporate it into our diet at least once a week. Like frittata, it can make a great “one dish” meal. Just throw any veggies you have on hand into it with a little bit of cheese, and voila! So good!
Wednesday | Healthy Sweet Potato Skins – Sweet potatoes are another staple item in our kitchen, and these healthy sweet potato skins by a Pinch of Yum are one of our favorite ways to prepare them! Packed full of fiber, we never leave the dinner table feeling hungry after these ;)
Thursday | Chickpea, Pesto, Tomato and Mozzarella Salad – This salad is perfect for those warm August nights. Not to mention, I love anything with pesto.
Friday | Chile Lime Salmon Fajita Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette – After a rough first trimester that consisted mostly of a diet of carbohydrates, I am trying hard to eat a well balanced, nutritious diet for the rest of this pregnancy. Salmon is packed full of omega-3’s and is great for baby’s brain development, so I am eating all I can. Not to mention, greens finally don’t make my stomach churn. So salmon salad it is!
You can find more dinner recipes by following along with me on pinterest, here! Hope you had a fabulous weekend!
Yesterday marked 24 weeks, and it continues to blow my mind how much pregnancy changes you … mind, body, and emotions. Someone asked me once if I cry a lot over silly things. I certainly do at times, but I more so have a tendency to just get really mad over silly things. Then it’s my anger that will typically make me cry… like that time my internet wouldn’t work at starbucks. Scofield is really getting to practice his patience these days ;)…
For instance, when we went to Charleston we were so excited to go out and get our fill of good ol’ fried seafood. I mean, what’s a beach trip without fish and chips?? All the restaurants were booked .. of course .. memorial day weekend. So we made late reservations at a seafood restaurant on the water. I’ve mentioned it before, but I am a sucker for hush puppies when we take any sort of coastal vacation. I was determined to get my hands on some in Charleston. We ordered an appetizer of them at Husk, and they were delicious, but seasoned differently and served with a fancy sauce. I still wasn’t quite satisfied … I just wanted some classic hush puppies in ketchup, you know. When we went out for seafood, I thought surely I would get some. But they didn’t serve them as a side … only a garnish. You could order an appetizer of them, so I thought okay, let’s do that. But when they brought them out they were GIANT and stuffed with crab and shrimp. Once again … not what I wanted. I mean, HOW HARD IS IT FOR A PREGNANT LADY TO GET SOME BASIC HUSH PUPPIES AT THE BEACH!? This is the type of event that will trigger that pregnancy anger for me, because apparently when you’re pregnant you get very passionate about things like hush puppies. Or, no? Just me? Okay.
There was also that time Scofield and I were on our way home from hanging out with friends and we barely made it to the side of the road before my head was out the window. That was fun ;) … Or there’s the acne, the very specific food cravings, the heartburn, and the strange, strange dreams.
I’m telling you, this pregnancy thing is a total adventure – strange and wonderful, nerve-wrecking yet magical. Sometimes I’m taken back by what I see in the mirror and a little weirded out by all the changes going on (let’s be honest), and other times I am fascinated and in total awe. All I really know for sure these days is that I can’t wait for November, to hold our baby girl, and to become a mother. I have a feeling this crazy beautiful roller coaster will only continue…