Week 18: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

It’s just a jump to the left.

And then a step to the right.

With your hand on your hips.

You bring your knees in tight.
But it’s the pelvic thrust.
They really drive you insane.
Let’s do the Time Warp again.
Let’s do the Time Warp again.

Now cue the flashback

The 18th week of pregnancy started with a bit of scare.  Lisa was experiencing some pain that did not feel quite right…so after the longest bus ride home of my life, I drove Lisa over to the ER near our house. Luckily, the ER was not crowded and sick people have to wear face masks…We did wait for a bit but we were well taken care of by a wonderful ER doctor who had also used the GW Midwifery Group. We were able to see our little bell pepper and hear that beautiful heart beat. The doctor thought she may have been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions caused by some mild dehydration – so they gave her some fluids and prescribed a few days of rest. Baby and baby mama are OK though! Thankfully! We all stayed home the day after, just in case.

See, I started with something all cute and light hearted to keep you guys from having heart palpitations. You’re welcome. We did not really tell anyone about our little scare so if you are reading this with your mouth dropped open unable to believe you’re reading this on WordPress for the first time…we were just trying to keep the drama low…we even waited until the next day to tell our parents.

Here is a picture of Lisa’s bump to distract you!

IMG_0004Now that your mind is occupied by the adorable bump with the bell pepper sized fetus…I will tell you that Lisa thought she felt a little fluttering while we were waiting on the doctor to check her out!  That baby was dancing up a storm on that ultrasound so she may have but it only happened the one time.

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Our fetus was the size of a bell pepper during Week 18! We did make some dishes using bell peppers too. We use bell peppers of the green and red variety often. Two of our favorite dishes using bell peppers are pizza and quesadillas. During this pepper cooking process I switched phones so I lost my most recent pizza pictures…but luckily I take pictures of my food often.

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Christmas Eve Pizza 2013

Vegan Pizza

What You Need:

  • An Oven
  • Dough (a pre-made/homemade dough or pita bread like the picture above)
  • A good sauce (La Pizza or Don Pepino’s are great pre made sauces)
  • 1-2 Cloves of garlic
  • Toppings of your choice (Sliced bell pepper, onion, mushroom, zucchini, black olives)
  • Vegan Cheese (Daiya shreds are the best for pizza)

What to Do:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 or per directions on dough
  2. Roll out dough to desired thickness and shape
  3. Add layer of sauce to crust all the way to the edges or leaving a bit of dough naked for easy pick up
  4. Mince garlic and distribute evenly on pizza
  5. Next put on your toppings as desire – there are no rules!
  6. Then top with your favorite vegan cheese shreds!
  7. Cook as per directions on dough or until dough is crisp and cheese is melted (~20 mins.)

It’s that simple…I promise.  Just remember to turn off your oven when you are finished.

Vegan Quesadillas

What you Need:

  • A stove top
  • A skillet or pan (non stick)
  • Whole Wheat Tortillas (Trader Joes are vegan)
  • Sliced Veggies of your choice (Onions, Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Zucchini)
  • Vegan Cheese (Daiya shreds – Pepper jack flavor is a nice addition)
  • Earth Balance

What to Do:

  1. Heat pan on low-medium
  2. Put pat of Earth Balance in the pan
  3. Place tortilla flat in pan
  4. Cover 1/2 tortilla with cheese
  5. Then place veggies and beans on top of cheese (add more cheese for extra cheesy quesadilla)
  6. Fold over the naked side
  7. Cook quesadilla until cheese melts and veggies soften (cooking equally on both sides)
  8. Slice and top with your favorite fixins’

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Obviously, these are our “recipes”…there are no technical measurements and no right way to make these dishes. These are just some of our easy go to meals – and no two ever come out the same!  They’re always tasty though!

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