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Mini Vanilla Bean Scones and 40 1/2 weeks


This whole due date thing was like a bad surprise birthday party, wasn’t it?

Just kinda came and went, just like that! Like I said, my patience was better than ever on Tuesday. Even Wednesday, I was pretty good. Thursday… well, Thursday was a day I’m not proud of. I may have spent most of the morning in tears and my pajamas watching ‘A Baby Story’. All this was after a night of not sleeping hardly at all- be glad you weren’t here!

My mom came over that day and made me take a nap to recharge and then we walked in our orchard for a while- it totally did the trick and I felt much better afterwards. Ever since Thursday, Joey, my mom, and my little sister have joked that they are ‘taking shifts’ with me to keep me distracted and happy 🙂


Aaaanyways, each day since Thursday has been much more positive, and I’m trying to return to my ‘patient’ self. Actually, what’s pretty awesome is that our Bible study right now is the book of James, and I’m trying to memorize the first chapter right now and it’s all about perseverance! Thank you Lord! Hint taken.

Working on patience and perseverance is hard work guys- I’m sure you’ve all had your fair share of it. To help us have energy for that task, would you like a scone? They’re super good.



Remember when we were making all the Starbucks goodies a few months ago? It’s back! This is the Mini Vanilla Bean Scone- I love these because they’re small and you don’t have to feel bad about having like, six of them because they’re mini. Six basically equals one. I was always a rockstar at math.







They were a last minute decision to make, and took next to no time at all! They’re a lovely little accompaniment to a hot cuppa joe. Light, fluffy, and absolutely PACKED with vanilla flavor! They’ll pick you right up if you’re feeling overly pregnant a little down 🙂

Enjoy! I’m just going to assume that I’ll be sharing another pregnancy update with you this coming Tuesday. We shall see!


P.S. I’m still feeling very good. Not sleeping quite as well, but I’m not sure if it’s due to being anxious about baby’s arrival or being large-o. Not too much has changed since my last update! I had been having contractions about 5-6 minutes apart earlier this week but those have come and gone. We’ll see if they come back!


Mini Vanilla Bean Scones

lightly adapted from The Art & Soul of Baking, simple cream scones

makes 16 small scones

2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold & cut
1/2 cup nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
1 egg
1 vanilla bean (scrape 3/4 of the vanilla bean, save 1/4 for glaze)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vanilla Bean Glaze

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 of the vanilla bean


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in food processor. Add butter and process until butter is combined and resembles coarse meal. In small bowl combine, egg, yogurt, vanilla extract, and 3/4 of the vanilla bean. Add to food processor and pulse until dough forms a ball. Remove to a lightly floured surface and divide dough into two balls. Pat each ball into a 3/4 inch thick circle. Cut each circle into 8 triangles, making a total of 16 mini scones. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper about 1 inch apart. Bake until lightly golden, about 10-12 minutes,. While scones are cooling make the glaze. Combine 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar with milk, vanilla extract, and remaining vanilla bean. You can use a spoon to spread on the tops of each scone or dip each scone to coat top.

Note: You can use vanilla bean paste as an alternative if you don’t have a vanilla bean on hand.

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30 weeks!

Happy 30 weeks to my little peanut!


He/she is definitely growing quickly in there… and loving to move around. On mornings that I don’t work, I tend to stay in bed a little bit longer than usual, and just enjoy the movement I feel from in there- and at the same time, let my mind go crazy wondering if its a SON or a DAUGHTER we have in there!!

The suspense… It’s driving me wonderfully crazy.

How far along? Exactly 30 weeks!

Do you think it’s a boy or a girl? We go back and forth. Both of us 100% want a girl… and 100% want a boy. So we’re good either way 😉

Maternity clothes? Oh yes! I wear some non-maternity clothes from time to time, but the maternity apparel is way more comfortable.

Stretch marks? Still clear! My dear friend Jess got me some ‘Bio Oil’ to prevent stretching because she heard awesome things about it- so far so good!

Sleep? Sleeping well- I used to be a tummy sleeper so that was an adjustment, but no more soreness or mid-night bathroom breaks… weird?

Movement? Tons! And its visible from the outside- which Joey is mesmerized by… and a little freaked out sometimes.

Any cravings? Not really… I did eat far too many Hershey kisses this past weekend which made me feel sick. But darn, they were good. Oh, and I probably have one Arnold Palmer every single day. Almost.

Been feeling good? Yup! Feeling great- no nausea, energy is good, and been able to continue exercising. I had been comfortable jogging most days, but lately it’s been a little more uncomfortable so I have swapped jogging for power walking or the elliptical. I’m excited to try some prenatal yoga next Monday which is taught by one of my good friends! I’m hoping that will help with some of the low back pain I’ve been having… ouch.

Side note: SO many people in our community are pregnant right now, it’s amazing! Hopefully everyone is feeling well and getting enough rest. One thing that was a HUGE relief for me was switching out the regular prenatal horse-sized pills for the fruit-flavored gummy ones. I would try try try to keep those huge pills down every day, but either couldn’t keep them down, or just forgot  avoided taking them. Which made me feel like a horrible mom-before-I’m-a-mom. So my mom and I went to the store and found some gummy fruity prenatal pills and I look forward to taking them every day! They aren’t quite as nutrient packed as the horse pills, but something is better than nothing- And I try to take one of the nasty ones at least once a week. Worked for me, hope it helps someone else who may be struggling with the pranatals.

Nursery update!




A working progress! We got most of our furniture, just have to assemble the crib. And I just love how it looks- and by the way, we didn’t end up painting gray- we went neutral with ‘Fig Cookie’ tan… and now I’m wondering what a fig cookie would taste like…

So that’s what’s up over here- 10 weeks to go!!!

See ya soon, my babe.




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