Sunday, March 20, 2011

E: Triple Chocolate Cookies, Dinner & Pregnancy Update

Are y’all enjoying the weekend? It is SO beautiful here- I am loving every minute. Saturday was a very nice day. I walked and took Body Step in the morning. I cleaned, baked and laid in the sun in the afternoon. At night, we went out in Charleston to celebrate our friend Jeremy’s birthday.I wanted to make him some treats for his birthday. First up, I made Ellie Krieger’s triple chocolate cookies.  The batter:

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The final result:

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I also made a half batch of my big oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to go along with them:

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We went to dinner at Southend Brewery:

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Our original plan was to try a new spot, but the wait was tooo long and Southend had no wait! Bryan & Mandi:

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Me, Josh & Jeremy:IMG_1630

Josh’s make your own pizza: smoked chicken, jalapenos & artichoke:

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My shrimp Caesar salad (I also ate half of Josh’s crust ;)):

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Pregnancy Update:  Week 21- couple pictures:

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I feel like I’m finally at that level of pregnancy where people can comfortably ask me how far along I am :). I’m still feeling good and working out/teaching body pump without any issues!  I painted my toes this week because I feel like this task will soon become difficult.

Speaking of pregnancy, a big congrats to Maria & Josh. So happy for you two!

What has been the best part of your weekend so far?

43 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

You made me laugh out loud with your comment about how now people feel more comfortable asking you how far along you are - in today's society, you just can't ask too early, for sure, haha ;)

Best part of my weekend = Suave Slav and I saw the movie "Limitless." SO GOOD!

Simply Life said...

i LOVE the updates and am so happy the pregnancy has been going so well!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Ah! You look amazing!

Lauren said...

Josh's pizza looks fantastic! Sounds like a fun night out with good friends.

Haha, don't worry, as soon as you can't paint your own toes, that's when the pedis come in to play. :)

TiffersRunsTX said...

BABY GIRL BUMP! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 !!!!

Those cookies look awesome, and so does y'alls order!

Rebecca said...

oh my gosh you look RADIANT! and i love stealing other people's crusts :)

lesley lifting life said...

Your baby bump just keeps getting more and more adorable! :) Those triple chocolate cookies sound really good, I'll have to keep them in mind!

Have a great Sunday!!

Lisa said...

Looks like a fun time (and also yummy cookies!)...
You look great preggo :)

Glad everything is going to well!

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

Awww, you look great! And Southend!!!! I spent many fun nights there towards the end of college :-)

Krista said...

You look awesome, Erica! I know what you mean about people feeling comfortable that you are indeed pregnant. I wasn't too fond of the "I kinda look chunky, not pregnant" phase. I felt my best and most confident in the 3rd trimester!

Holly said...

I need to try those cookies! So delicious....Lent, please be over soon. :-)

You are such a cute pregnant person :-) I love your maternity clothes, too!

Hmmm...best part of my weekend was seeing my friends last night and celebrating with family today!

Keelie Sheridan said...

Those cookies and that pizza look delicious, and you look adorable!

vanillasugar said...

yep pregnancy definitely suits you very well.

wechosethelifewelive said...

you're so adorable. i love reading the updates. you're going to be such a wonderful family with the new addition and the baby is so lucky!!

wechosethelifewelive said...

you're so adorable. i love reading the updates. you're going to be such a wonderful family with the new addition and the baby is so lucky!!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

You are the cutest soon to be mama!

So many cookies, yum :)

Jenn (eating bender) said...

I audibly squeal with delight when I see your pregnancy pictures. You are the cutest mom-to-be! Love your and VeggieGirl's comment on asking in today's society. So true!

Those cookies look out of this world good. And when it comes to that pizza - I definitely would have had to eat the crust. ;o)

Best part of my weekend so far has been the yummy meals. We hadn't been to the grocery store in so long because of traveling that it was so good to finally get back in the kitchen!

Hope you have a great day, Erica! Sending positive vibes to Frank, too!

Kerstin said...

Mmm, I'll take one of each cookie please :)

Corey @ the runners cookie said...

You continue to look so gorgeous in your pictures!! Haha, I totally know what you mean about people feeling comfortable asking you - there is someone at work and I really can't tell if she is or not, and I don't want to ask! I guess I'll have to wait until she says something :) Also, I've made those Elie cookies before and liked them a lot! Hope you have a lovely Sunday!! Best part of my weekend was going out to breakfast with Ben this morning.

Julie said...

i'm REALLY excited for you to be able to look back at this in a year or two and see how your pregnancy went :) and in a fewww years show your babes how she was a famous internet star before she was even born! haha :)

what a fun 5-ers date! should have invited thiiis girrrrrl i could have made it even! and of course helped out with any leftover pizza crust haha. and jeremy is a lucky guy to have YOU make him treats ;)

also i think you should take advantage of this situation and have OTHER people paint your toes!!

Esi said...

That's great that you're still able to teach while pregnant!

lee said...

You look great! And those cookies do too. I love Ellie Krieger. I need to make one of her recipes soon.

Kim @ Kim and Mikey said...

It sounds as though you are having a great weekend. The best part of my weekend has been all the time that I have been able to spend with my daughter and husband.

Annie said...

shrimp and caesar is a deadly combo

i hope you had a great weekend erica!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

I am so glad you post pictures like these :-) they just make me smile. That dinner looks so delicious, love a good salad with pizza crust!

Katie said...

Those birthday cookies look so good! I've been on a big cookie kick lately... I don't know if I'm going to have time to make any today, so I might just go buy one from the bakery across the street. I've heard such great things about Ellie's recipes!

Love the pregnancy photos! Getting so close!

Best part of the weekend will actually be tomorrow night when I get two tests over with.

Heather said...

Gosh, I always love the big chunks of chocolate you use in your cookies. Looks SO GOOD!
And you are seriously the cutest pregnant person I know. Too darling.
Have a great Sunday night!

Maria said...

Glad you had a fun weekend! My Josh would love that pizza too:) Thanks for the sweet congrats! I am so glad we are pregnant together:) You are looking great!

Paige said...

I love the pregnancy update pics:) And I can totally believe what you mean about asking you comfortably about the pregnancy :) You're going to be such a good momma!
Your weekend sounds lovely!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

sometimes it's worth waiting for a restaurant and sometimes not at all. I get really impatient (and hungry).

Stephanie in Suburbia said...

I had my first blogger meetup! So that was exciting.

You look great. I am so impressed with you working out as much as you are at 21 weeks! I was able to walk, but that was about it! Good for you and your wee one.

Autumn @Good Eats Girl said...

You look amazing! So glad that everything is going well!

And those cookies look awesome! I need to bake cookies soon!

Erin said...

What a beautifully productive Sunday! You look lovely Erica (always do). xo

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

I love your update pics, how cool is it going to be to have the whole thing captured on your blog too! You are looking fabulous, as usual! :)

This was an amazing spring weekend... from the gorgeous weather to farmer's market to seeing Limitless to hanging out with loved ones I just couldn't have asked for more!

Laural (bhealthier) said...

Looking good hot momma!

tie between grocery shopping with Jeff (usually go on my own) or ...that I electricuted (sp?) myself ...(okay so it wasn't the best but now the funniest) replacing the outlet in the second bedroom... im ok... i kept at it and finished painting too. :)

Hannah said...

I bet that the only thing more gorgeous than those cookies right now is the baby growing inside you! ;)

Meg said...

These cookies looks amazing...and u too!so sweet!
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fitchocoholic said...

The cookies look delish!!!! :D
You look gorgeous! Hope you have a great week!

Bridget said...

You have the best little bump! you should get some professional pregnancy pics done!!
Mmm those Ellie cookies look fantastic, you're a cooking making machine :)

jenna said...

those choc cookies look amazing!!

your tummy is so cute! :) I just love pregnant girls! :)

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Yay for an Ellie recipe--love her! And the cookies look like it was another successful recipe from her. And thanks for the bump patrol--you are looking like one hot mama! :-)

Lea @ Healthy Coconut said...

I helped my sister put on her boots a few times when she was at the point where she couldn't reach anymore because of the belly bump.

Artichokes on a pizza? I don't think I've had that as topping? Does it get crisp a little or does it stay soft?

Baby bump still as cute as ever. Glad you are staying active still, I heard it makes for an easier delivery.

Aggie said...

You are SO cute!! You look amazing, I love that you are still teaching classes, that is inspiring. I worked out till then end of both my pregnancies, I was so happy I was able to.

Something is in the water with all the preggo food bloggers! :) I am not going to drink that water! LOL