Oodles of Zoodles

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted a recipe on here, but believe me, I’m still cooking.  Over the past six months or so, J and I have moved towards a more plant-based diet with minimal processed “stuff.”  It’s close to vegan, but I occasionally add cheese to my meals, just to jazz it up (plus, giving up Feta has been really hard for me…it’s SOOO good!)  It’s been weird to re-learn some cooking techniques, and has been challenging coming up with new and creative (and still delicious) meals, but so far its going well!

One of my favorite ways to incorporate more vegetables into our diet is with a spiralizer.  That thing is HANDY!!  Last evening, I decided to make some “Zoodles” (zucchini noodles) and a raw sauce for dinner.  The zoodles are easy, just cut the ends off the zucchini, then run it through the blade.  Voila…zoodles!  For the sauce, I used some sun-dried tomato vegan pesto along with some leftover cherry tomatoes, and sautéed those in a tiny amount of oil.  I added the noodles to the “sauce” and cooked the noodles for a few minutes until they were slightly tender.

And then…this is where I failed at the vegan.  Oh yeah…I added feta.  Because, well, feta makes it “bettah.”  Obviously, if you’re following a vegan diet, then just leave it off.  Or, like J did, add some nutritional yeast for that “cheesy” flavor!  Definitely a great pasta substitution, very low carb, and full of fresh vegetables!  What more could you ask for on a warm summer evening!

Much love,
K.

**I realized that the photo I had taken of the noodles was horribly blurred.  So, I promise, the next time I make them, you’ll get a photo!

Making Some Headway!

Oh my, has 2015 been crazy so far (crazy in life AND in crochet projects)!    After several weeks months of not working on my Crochet Challenge 2015 project, I can safely say that I am getting back on track!  Unfortunately (or fortunately), a few of my friends were getting ready to give birth, so the granny-smith blanket took a backseat to some ADORABLE baby blankets.  And, honestly, I couldn’t have been happier to get to work on those!  But now, it’s time to get back on track with the Crochet Challenge, in the hopes of catching up to where I should be currently, and then keep going throughout the year!

IMG_0493I still have a ways to go…I’m waiting on some more yarn to arrive (what started out as a stash buster quickly because a reason to buy more yarn…go figure), so there are some gaps that I need to fill in.  If I had the yarn that I needed, I figured that I am about a week away from catching up, if I did two granny squares a night.  So, approximately 14-16 squares behind.  Not impossible by any stretch of the imagination (especially because I was much further behind about a week ago), it will just take some concentration and hard work.  I should be completely caught up in two weeks time, max!  I also need to order more yarn, once I take inventory of what I have and what I need.  I am so pleased with how it’s turning out!  For awhile there, I was feeling very “meh” about the project, because I am absolutely horrible at anything “random.”  I am a pattern girl, through and through, and I really struggled with how a blanket with randomly placed colors would look.  However, now that I am further along with it, I am definitely falling in love!  I can’t wait to see the finished product and to put it on the bed!

Here’s what I have so far…ignore the gaps, I’m just waiting on my Plum color to show up in the mail!

Much love,
K.

Life, and everything during…

So, the past few weeks have been somewhat relaxed stressful.  We decided to go ahead with a third (and final) IUI this month, giving it one last “Hail Mary” shot before moving on to IVF.  Luckily, the protocol we’ve used for the last two IUIs (5mg of Femara from CD3-CD7) has worked very well, so we didn’t have to change anything up for this third IUI.  My RE hasn’t been interested in injectable meds because I have a really good response with the Femara alone, which has been a godsend (not to mention much happier on my wallet, as injectables are EXPENSIVE).

So, yesterday was the IUI.  I had a giant follicle (~26mm) and another that was smaller, but mature.  I have felt so bloated and tender in the abdomen, and it hasn’t gone away.  The IUI went fairly smooth, but I had a lot of cramping after. I’m hopeful that this time is the one, because the jump from IUI to IVF will be really hard.  Not only with the cost (good lord, expensive), but also with the toll it’ll take on my body.  Femara has been “easy” so far, I can’t even imagine how bad it’ll get with the injections.  I really hope I don’t have to find out.

Sorry I’ve been so absent/sporadic in posting as of late.  Life has been insane with work, fertility treatments, and travel.  I want to get back on the bandwagon of a more regular posting schedule, but am also curious to hear what you would like to read about!  If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Much love,
K.