Five things Friday 01.30.15

by Danica on January 30, 2015

Happy Friday!

1.  I just got home from getting some lab work done.  I had some blood drawn and gave a urine sample – fun stuff.  No worries, it’s just the standard initial blood work that’s typically done at the beginning of a pregnancy.  My midwife has her patients do the tests to make sure we know my blood sugar, iron levels, etc. are all at a good place and that nothing else abnormal shows up.  Plus, of course, it’s important the hospital knows about my blood type in case of an emergency later on.  I feel pretty good for having that just done, but if things in this post don’t make sense, we’ll blame it on that ;)

2.  As I posted last night on Instagram…

Parenthood finale

If you’ve never seen Parenthood, I highly recommend starting from the beginning of season 1. There’s just something for everyone.  I think it’s all on Netflix, and what isn’t towards the end is probably on Hulu.  It’s possibly my favorite show of all time.

3.  I rarely play games (or even have them) on my phone, but recently I downloaded the app “Crosswords” (I think that’s what it’s called anyway).  It’s a free app and it’s super simple – just crossword puzzles – but it’s fun, hard to stop, and I don’t feel bad about playing it because it requires me to think ;)

4.  I’m thinking of starting a little series on the blog about giving…it’d be a way for me to highlight fantastic organizations and causes that could use financial aid, resources, and/or volunteers…We aim to give (in one of those ways) every month, and I love learning about different ways to do that.  What do you think?  Would any of you be interested in that sort of post, maybe once a month?  I’d also be more than willing to get ideas from you about organizations and causes I could share about!

5.  We had our first “official” appointment with our midwife yesterday.  It was mostly paperwork stuff to get things started and then a few other things.  The best part?  We heard our baby’s heartbeat!  We’ve seen it on an ultrasound before but this was our first time hearing it.  This little stinker didn’t make it easy for her to find – he/she is still so low!  I had no idea the baby was still so low in my abdomen.  But she assured me that was normal.  It was incredible though – 150 beats per minute.  Just perfect.

Hope you have a nice weekend!


January Recipes

by Danica on January 29, 2015

I like to throw my own meals together, but if I do that too consistently I’ve found that we get into a bit of a “food rut.”  Plus I’m more motivated to make new things when I have a recipe to follow.  So one of my goals for 2015 is to make at least 3 recipes every month.  Ideally they’re new-to-me recipes, but even old favorites will do just fine.  And every recipe has to be from someone other than myself – from a pin on Pinterest, bookmarked from a blog, or from one of the cookbooks I own.

I thought it’d be fun to share the recipes I make each month so that, for the ones online at least, you can make them, too.

Here’s a look at the recipes* I made in January:

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins by Dr. Axe

gluten free blueberry muffins by dr. axe

Seriously, this was one of the best muffin recipes I’ve ever made.  I used frozen blueberries instead of fresh but kept everything else as the recipe called for.  Jesse and I both loved them, and as he ate the last one he coyly said, “I just wanted you to know that I definitely wouldn’t hate it if you made these again.” ha


Gluten-Free Banana Bread by Elise

gluten free banana bread

This recipe is awesome.  Please try it!  I’ve already made 2 (mini) loaves of it.


Amazing Paleo Banana Nut Muffins by Paleo Grubs

paleo banana muffins from paleo grubs

I subbed in organic peanut butter for the almond butter, just because that’s what I had on hand.  These turned out really well!  I recommend storing them in a sealed container in the fridge (so that they last a bit longer).  They’re fantastic reheated in the toaster oven with butter melted on top.


Triple-Bean Veggie Burgers by Jenn

triple bean veggie burgers by Peas & Crayons

This is a household favorite recipe.  They do take a while to make, but the recipe makes a lot of burgers and they freeze perfectly.  I usually freeze half the batch – wrap each burger in aluminum foil (individually) and then pop all of the wrapped burgers into a ziploc bag and into the freezer.  Then just warm them up in the toaster oven before eating!  They’re awesome in traditional burger form (on a bun with ketchup, lettuce, pickles, etc.), on top of lettuce for salads, crumbled into a quesadilla, or just by themselves dipped in ketchup or dressing.  This recipe may be one I use later this year for filling the freezer before baby comes (you bet I’m already thinking about that!)


Crockpot Chicken Chili by Lee

crockpot chicken chili by fit foodie lee

This was a new-to-me recipe and I’ve added it into the rotation.  Crockpot recipes are the greatest.  This made quite a bit so we had leftovers for lunches during the week and it was just delicious.  I definitely recommend it!


Cheeseburger Casserole by Skinny Taste

cheeseburger casserole from Skinny Taste

This the recipe Jesse made for us for lunch last weekend.  It was good!  And he did a great job :)  I think the only thing I would change about it if we made it again would be to maybe use some sauteed veggies in place of some of the pasta.  Jesse also went a little lighter on the cheese than the recipe suggested, too.


Salsa Chicken (okay, this one is from me)

salsa chicken taco recipe

It’s one of our favorites!  And it had been too long since I’d made it last.


Penne Pasta Pizza Bake by Cathy


This turned out really well.  We used only pepperoni, no salami, and went a little light on the amount of pasta and cheese.  Something fun and different, though it’s honestly probably not a dish I’ll make again.


Healthy Cookie Dough Bites by Liz

healthy cookie dough bites by I heart vegetables

These were awesome.  Make sure to follow Liz’s advice about letting them cool in a bowl in the fridge before you make them into little bites – I was antsy and because of that the first few fell apart.  Once I let them cool a little longer though they held together just fine!  And I didn’t have any chocolate chips on hand at the time so I used cacao nibs instead.  Again, both Jesse and I thought they were delicious.

*all pictures are from the original recipe posts. click on the picture to take you to its source.



Link Love #5

January 28, 2015

I have a lot of links piled up in my “to share” bookmark.  I need to be better about doing these posts more often! Hopefully you can find at least one link below that’s interesting to you today: –> Preventing Cold and Flu, Naturally  (Dr. Pragati Gusmano) –> Need an Energy Boost?  Try These Tips  (Jennifer Williams) –> […]

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How I Found Out I Was Pregnant & Our First Dr. Appt.

January 27, 2015

I already know I’m going to leave something important out of this story - there’s just a lot to write about! But I’m excited to share it with you.  We’re overjoyed and the memory of finding out we were having a baby is something we’ll never forget…partly because we acted ridiculous and totally didn’t believe it, and […]

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sewing burp cloths, American Sniper, and food cravings {wknd 01.25.15}

January 25, 2015

Hey all, I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was nice, pretty laid back, especially compared to last weekend.  I didn’t snap many pictures but here’s what I did get… picked out fabric to make burp cloths!  There were so many cute prints to pick from.  Naturally, we had to get the buses print ;)  And […]

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Five things Friday 01.23.15

January 23, 2015

Happy Friday! 1.  One of my best friends is named Brianna.  And one of Brianna’s sisters, Alyssa, is in the process of adopting a baby!  Alyssa and her husband Todd recently created an adoption fundraising site for financial support to make their adoption come to fruition.  They’re a wonderful family! I hate that money could […]

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Thank you!

January 22, 2015

…for all of the “congratulations!” comments, the kindness and love, all the outreach…thank you.  It means more than you could ever know. I’m so excited that I can talk about my pregnancy with you now!  It was thee hardest secret I’ve ever kept in my life…first from family and friends, then from the “blog world.” […]

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We’re having a BABY!

January 20, 2015

Jesse, Zida, and I are beyond thrilled to share our exciting news with you all today…. We’ve been blessed with a little miracle :) I’m pregnant! Baby Buss coming  August 2015 ******

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scenes from the weekend 01.18.15

January 18, 2015

Zida-girl got a haircut. Jesse and I visited Coit Tower in San Francisco on Saturday morning. It’s a very “touristy” spot that we’ve had on our to-see list for quite a while. The steps leading up to it were certainly a good workout.  We just took our time though and had fun looking at the […]

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Five things Friday 01.16.15

January 16, 2015

Happy Friday! 1.  I love getting emails from you!  This blog is certainly a space online that gets just a teeny tiny amount of attention, yet I’m so thankful for each one of you that reads what I have to share each week.  I especially love when you comment or email me to chat over things further. […]

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