The Waiting Game

I have officially reached the point in my pregnancy where I am cleared to go into labor at any point.  Essentially it’s a waiting game.  I have never been one to sit around and wait for the next phase of my life to start.  Therefore, I have continued to try to fill my calendar with activities (to make this waiting game go by faster).  To fill the time, I have continued working out regularly, taking my daughter to her scheduled weekly activities, running my usual errands and trying to cook satisfying, healthy meals at home.

Whole Wheat Calzone with Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Onions

We got several gifts for our wedding that I shamefully have not used.  What better time than now?  This week I opted to pull out a calzone mold that we hadn’t even taken out of the box.  We were crazy.  With this handy device and my toaster oven, I made an incredible meal that was filling, healthy and kid approved.

Ingredients

  • Two packages of fresh whole wheat pizza dough (I picked up in the refrigerated section of our local Trader Joes)
  • 1 green pepper sliced lengthwise
  • 1 red pepper sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 medium onion sliced
  • 1 package fresh chicken sausage links
  • 1 container fresh pizza sauce (I also picked up from the refrigerated section of our local Trader Joes)
  • Handful of fresh sliced grape tomatoes
  • Handful of fresh sliced basil
  • Optional mozzarella cheese
  • Olive Oil (to spread on top of calzone before cooking)

IMG_1786The recipe is very flexible and really doesn’t take long.  The chicken sausage is raw, so you will need to cook it before stuffing in the calzone.  See above.  I threw in the onions and peppers as well.

  • Set your toaster oven or oven to 450 degrees and place the pan that you will be cooking the calzone on in the oven while it is preheating.

IMG_1791For each package of fresh dough, I rolled the dough into a single ball and split it in half.  That’s right.  This recipe made four calzones between two packages of dough.  Since it is fresh, you will need to roll out each section of dough using the mold as a guide to determine the proper size.  Once you have the dough rolled out, simply place it in the mold and stuff one side!  I opted to spread some pizza sauce at the base, followed by a scoop of the chicken sausage and peppers mixture, a handful of grape tomatoes and basil and finally a little bit of mozzarella cheese.  Fold the dough over, sealing the dough and transfer to the baking sheet that is preheating in your oven.  I spread a little bit of olive oil on top of the calzone before throwing it in the oven for 12-14 minutes.

IMG_1794Voila.  This is big. I admit.  We are eaters in this family.  You may need to split this with someone.  I couldn’t stop.  I had no self control.  It’s that good.  Let me know what you think.  My daughter approved!

IMG_4622It is not a rumor that the last few weeks of pregnancy, mom’s go into some sort of “nesting” phase.  Every time I leave the house, I am trying to tidy up (in the event that my water breaks or I go into labor while I am out and don’t’ come home for a few days).  No one wants someone coming into their house to a mess while they are gone.  I also don’t want to come home from the hospital to a mess.  My daughter continues to learn from her mom.

IMG_4629Sweep, sweep, sweep.  She has her own broom that she brings out when I am cleaning.  This week she started double fisting brooms.  Thanks for giving mom a break!

IMG_4640What does 38 weeks pregnant look like for me?  See above.  We are invited to several parties over the next few weeks.  We have no idea whether I will be pregnant or not at any of these events.  This makes for planning what to wear extremely difficult.  This “maternity” cocktail dress that I bought for our New Year’s trip to the Greenbrier hardly slides over my extended stomach.  Let’s just say it was pulling the hemline up to a level that was starting to feel a little risqué for the bat mitzvah that we were invited to Saturday evening.

IMG_4636I had never been to a  bat mitzvah (or bar mitzvah for that matter).  However, I am more than willing to try something new.  Get this.  I haven’t had this much fun at  a party in a LONG time (and I was completely sober!).  Theme was candy and candy there was.  I snapped pictures all over of ideas that will stay in my mind for future birthday party ideas.

IMG_4637No doubt about it, this was an incredible celebration with incredible food.  The DJ was on point, somehow dragging both old and young onto the dance floor at the same time.  There was a popcorn machine, a photo booth, a station making airbrushed hats and t-shirts, an ice cream bar, an open bar, the list goes on and on.

IMG_4639My husband and I wandered over to the kid’s section to grab a few things for my daughter.  For something so out of the box for us, this evening topped any dinner that we would have had if we went out to a restaurant for a date night.

IMG_4647We picked my daughter up an air brushed hat that said “Nuggy D”.  What’s the background with this?  When my daughter was born, I started calling her “Nugget”.  That turned into “Nugs”, which turned into “Nuggy”.  Our last name is Dufresne.  Hence, “Nuggy D.”.  Hilarious.  Even funnier.  She responds to it.  One day she will appreciate this hat.  Picture teens jamming to Taylor Swift, high on sugar, air brushed hats and all.  The only thing that I could see was what my husband and I’s life will be like in 12 years (when we have two raging teen girls ourselves).

IMG_4641Parties like this take on a new meaning when you are a parent.  I think there was a reason why I made it to this party.  I was really just smiling all night.  So was my husband.  If we don’t get another date night out for another few weeks, I’m glad we made it out for this.  My next doctor’s appointment is Tuesday.  38 weeks.  Clock is ticking.

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