May I start with a bit of pregnancy woes? I actually have been feeling pretty good lately except for really uncomfortable back pain after a night's rest. Not even my body pillow has been a comfort. I take that back I HAVE been using it again the last 2 nights with better results.
Yesterday was pretty rough though because I feel like my tummy is feeling more uncomfortable even when I sit. I thought I started my day eating well yesterday with a yummy bowl of homemade spiced applesauce but that was only the beginning of the most uncomfortable day of nausea, indigestion (acid reflux), and some vomiting.... sorry but it just did not let up.
I thought perhaps I needed protein which I was planning to eat after I ate my fruit, but it was really required or else I was going to get sick. I ate my scramble and even after that I did not feel well. I wondered it is had to do with the fact I forgot to take my pre-natal vitamin last night before going to bed but that did not seem to be the issue.
Lunch time came around and I knew I had to eat something but I could only muster drinking a smoothie. THAT was not nice on my tummy either. I got sick an hour later.
It was later in the evening I realized I was not feeling my baby girl move higher up in my tummy as I have been the last few months. I always wondered what it felt like to feel the baby shift and I believe that is what she had been doing. I now can feel the movement of the baby in my lower abdomen, which feels real strange.
Can anyone attest to how I was feeling and whether it is connected with the baby shifting?
Either way, today is another day and I am not feeling the same way I was yesterday, so thank GOD I can eat a little better and a little more today.
Today's post features a second part to the Secret Recipe Club. Unfortunately there was one blogger that backed out at the last minute and left an orphaned blogger without being featured! I would feel pretty crummy if someone just felt like no longer cooking something from my site AT the LAST minute. Either way, I was one of many that volunteered to cook something from Connor's Cooking blog.
It was hard to choose something, but I totally knew I wanted to make something sweet. I chose to make a cookie recipe with three types of chocolate. Am I speaking anyone's language?
I veganized the recipe using flax seed meal for the egg and coconut oil instead of the vegetable oil. It smelled really great as they baked and they proved to be nice and tasty too! It took a total of 10 minutes to prepare and 12 minutes to bake a batch! How can you NOT like this cookie recipe?
Thanks Connor for posting a yummy cookie recipe!
Triple Chocolate Cookies
adapted from Connor's Cooking as seen on a Food Network recipe
Yields: 2 dozen
1/4 cup Earth Balance margarine, softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup raw cane sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 egg or 1 flax seed egg (1 Tbsp flax seed meal + 3 Tbsp warm water)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole wheat white flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
2/3 cup dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup chopped pecans, optional
Preheat the oven to 350. In a large bowl, mash together the margarine, coconut oil and sugars with a fork until well combined. Prepare the flax seed "egg" and set aside for 3 minutes (or just add the egg) and then add to the margarine mixe until creamy. Mix in the vanilla.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Stir in the dark chocolate and pecans and mix well. Using a tablespoon, scoop the batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to cool.
I only had dark chocolate chips in my cupboard, but the recipe calls for
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/3 milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips