Nesting

by HEAB on October 18, 2010

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So, I believe it’s true what they say about that whole nesting instinct as I’ve gone into total domestic overdrive these days. The entire house is clean, including all of our windows, ceiling fans, and basement stairs. Yes, CD came home to me cleaning the basement stairs last week. I’d never even swept them since we moved in our house almost 4 years ago, and let me tell you, they were nasty. I also seem to be hoarding paper products. We just stocked up on paper towels, toilet paper, etc. on our last trip to Costco, but yesterday, I filled our cart with more…

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CD: Do we really need 24 rolls of paper towels? Me: Um, yes.

The nursery is complete, and we all we have left to do is to install the car seat. Oh, and I can’t seem to get enough dietary fat into my body. I swear I feel like a bear about to go into hibernation. Nothing super sweet sounds very good. Nope, I want fat fat fat…

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Yesterday’s lunch: Rotisserie chicken with corbocha cakes slathered in butter and cinnamon. While deboning the chicken, I ate just about all the dark meat and even some of the skin which I never do. Oh my gosh, it tasted so good.

People always ask what I eat for snacks, but honestly, I’m not much of a snacker. If I get hungry in the afternoon, I’ll eat a square or two of Bakers unsweetened chocolate, and CD likes to snack on Ghiradelli 86%. We keep a large chocolate supply on hand always as we use the Ghiradelli for our homemade chocolate coconut butter, and I’ll often chop it up for baked goods if a recipe calls for chocolate chips. I love the Bakers stuff – all fat and zero sugar!

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Last night’s dinner was a new stir-fry created by CD, and I’ve now requested it 2 nights in a row…CD I’ll take more tonight if you’re up for it. I’ll chop the veggies. :)

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Coconut Curry Beef Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

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2/3 lb. grass fed finished ground beef

Veggies galore

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk

1 TBSP curry paste of choice

4 TBSP of butter

Directions:

Stir-fry veggies in butter until cooked through. Combine curry paste with coconut milk and then add to veggies along with beef. Cook until meat is done.

Every time I post a recipe like the above, someone comments or emails me about the fat content. CD and I both eat a high fat diet, including the saturated stuff. Also, keep in mind I’m growing another person. The HEABlet has reached her full height and for the next few weeks will be plumping up – ahhh, I can’t wait to squeeze her little arms and legs! Anyway, both she and mama need lots of fat…so bring on the butter…Mmmm, real butter. :)

Are you a hoarder? I loathe clutter, and we’ve kept our home decor pretty simple. However, when it comes to paper products and toiletries, I always keep plenty of both. I mean you never know when you might need 4 tubes of toothpaste or 1,000 Q-Tips, right? ;)

{ 158 comments }

Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 18, 2010 at 9:29 am

Wow, that is a huge chocolate supply! I would love to have such a supply, but it probably wouldn’t last long in my household :)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Chelsea,
We go a little crazy when the Ghiradelli is on sale. ;)

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 18, 2010 at 9:31 am

I hoard paper too, mainly because I buy it whenever it’s on sale. I refuse to pay regular price for toliet paper and paper towels — they mark them up so much!

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Samantha,
Us too – we always buy them at Costco and usually with coupons. :)

Caitlin (EatFeats) October 18, 2010 at 9:33 am

I hoarded a lot of stuff until I did the 100 Thing Challenge. Now, not so much. BUT I looove buying paper products from Costco. I know I’ll eventually use eighty-six-thousand rolls of toilet paper, so why not have them all on hand?

I also eat a higher fat diet, and it’s awesome.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Caitlin,
Agreed and agreed. TP and fat – can’t get enough of either. ;)

Emily October 18, 2010 at 9:34 am

The cabinet o’chocolate is priceless; every house should have one! The HEABlet will be a healthy, happy, and wholesome little love bug :)

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 18, 2010 at 9:38 am

This post made me giggle! You are such a hoarder and I love it! I hoard oats. I also hoard paper (meaning I never throw anything away right away…hence being a horrible stacker…I need therapy, I am sure of it). I love that it is nesting time! The little princess will be here so soon! I have tons of leftover roasted pumpkin and butternut squash from this weekend, so I need to try out those corn cakes! Oh and your chocolate supply is impressive! Have a great day Heather!

kristy @ kristyruns.com October 18, 2010 at 9:48 am

Haha! Wow. You shouk be set for a while! :)

I’m the opposite: I throw/give away everything. Clutter? No, thanks!

Anita October 18, 2010 at 9:48 am

Well we don’t have a child but I have two things of toilet paper from Costco. I am always afraid of running out of toilet paper.

I love the mas amount of chocolate in your cupboard, I had to giggle. Reminds me of all the chocolate chips I have in my freezer….you just never know when you need a chocolate fix.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Anita,
We can’t keep chocolate chips in our freezer – CD snacks on them too much, and then when I go to make cookies, etc., they are all gone. :)

Hands in Namaste October 18, 2010 at 9:48 am

Look at that chocolate!!!!

I love anything coconut-curry, too ;-)

cameron October 18, 2010 at 9:49 am

I’m fine with eating fat, as long as it’s the good kinds of fats! If I don’t have fat in my diet, I don’t feel full. People look at me like I’m crazy because I eat avocados and nuts, but they’re so nutritious for you!

That’s gonna be one happy and lucky baby!

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Cameron,
I feel the same way. Fat is so satiating! Love it. :)

Talia @ Texas Gunslinger October 18, 2010 at 9:50 am

Holy smokes, that is a lot of chocolate! I have a feeling we’d be great friends if we lived closer HAHA!

I love Costco! We have one about 2 miles from our house, so our house is definitely well stocked with essentials all year round!

You and your sweet HEABlet will be healthy and happy! Don’t worry about naysayers- every single one of us is different. Why can’t peeps get that in their heads that each body is unique and one diet does not work for every single person. It just doesn’t. You go with your yummy and HEALTHY diet! :)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Thanks for the encouragement Talia, and I would gladly share our chocolate bounty with you any day! :)

Jessica @ How Sweet October 18, 2010 at 9:54 am

I hate clutter too, but we do hoard some certain things… like mail and papers and all the things that there is no room for! They just sit on the counter.

Felicia (a taste of health with balance) October 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

Definitely a hoarder! Loads of paper towels and toilet paper in my basement. Also I’m a oatmeal, pumpkin, bean, lara bar, and almond butter hoarder. Literally have about 15 TJ’s almond butter jars in my cabinet. Don’t judge me!! hehe.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Felicia,
No judgement from me…but maybe a little jealousy. ;)

Kristina @ spabettie October 18, 2010 at 9:57 am

I am a hoarder when it comes to protein powder, energy bars, and bathroom tissue… we have a large amount of storage in our bathroom, and I keep a huge area perpetually stocked with tissue. :D

I am impressed by your chocolate stock.

Nicole (Picky Nicky) October 18, 2010 at 9:57 am

I love stir frys but I’ve still never cooked with coconut milk, I should give that a try sometime soon.
:) Have a nice day!

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Nicole,
You definitely should – the coconut milk kind of steamed the veggies at the end and added a wonderful flavor. So yummy. :)

Dorry October 18, 2010 at 9:58 am

I loathe clutter, too! I like clean surfaces and organized drawers. Sometimes it’s great to have a never-ending supply of paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, etc. And cheaper, too, to buy in bulk! :)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Dorry,
I am the same way! Every drawer in this house has an organizer in it – I spent so much money at Target when we first moved in, but I love how everything has its place. Keeps me sane.

Ashley October 18, 2010 at 9:58 am

Oh my gosh, that stack of chocolate is awesome. You are just too cute with all of the nesting. I bet some of that toilet paper stash is still around when you’re potty training the HEABlet. ;) So excited for you guys!!

eatmovelove October 18, 2010 at 10:07 am

Definitely a hoarder of anything that’s in a can that I’ll use…I get paranoid I’ll run out in an “emergency”…like if there’s no pasta sauce or mustard around ;) .

Your chocolate stash is impressive! Almost as impressive as mine…but mine’s not as “healthy”…there are definitely some Reese’s thrown in ;)

Victoria (District Chocoholic) October 18, 2010 at 10:08 am

I have a similar stack of chocolate on a cabinet shelf. You never know when you NEED to make brownies or truffles. You eat the unsweetened chocolate straight? I’m impressed. If you go for that sort of thing, you should check out Teuscher’s 99% cocoa bar if you ever get the chance.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Victoria,
I love the unsweetened Bakers Chocolate. We were out of chocolate one night when I NEEDED some, but I found some of the Bakers stuff in our cabinet. I started off by dipping it in nut butter, but now I love it all on its own, but only the Bakers brand. Hershey’s is okay too, but I don’t like the more expensive unsweetened brands. For some reason, they are just too bitter. I’ll be on the lookout for Teushcer’s – don’t think I’v ever seen that one, and I love discovering new chocolate. :)

Victoria (District Chocoholic) October 18, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Teuscher is a Swiss chocolatier with about a dozen shops in the U.S. – sadly, they don’t have a shop near me in DC, or near you in Nashville. I’m getting my fix this weekend in Boston :) . Their dark and bittersweet chocolates are incredibly smooth in texture, so I’d be interested in your take on the 99% bar – I can’t handle it, personally.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Victoria,
Hmm, I’ll be on the lookout next time I travel to a bigger city. Teuscher brand sounds like something both CD and I would love!

Victoria (District Chocoholic) October 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm

They have an 88% cocoa bar and a 77% cocoa bar for CD’s enjoyment. The bars come in 50g sizes that are easy to bring home with you…or mail, perhaps :) .

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Victoria,
If you happen to bring some home, we could do a little chocolate exchange. I’ll send you some of this: http://oliveandsinclair.blogspot.com/. :)

Victoria (District Chocoholic) October 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I’d be happy to just mail you a couple of bars, as long as I can link to any post you write about them.

Cindy October 18, 2010 at 10:10 am

gosh I love Costco. We can’t handle clutter at all (and it’s not easy with a toddler)

hehe (the second a toy gets put up, two more come downstairs)
but we LOVE to stock up at Costco. And I soooooooooo get the nesting bug.

loving your chocolate stash. we have one too but not NEARLY as impressive.

I just saw your Corbocha Cake post. MMMMMM
gonna try those!

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Cindy,
Yeah, I’m a little nervous about the HEABlet’s toys…as I know our dogs are going to carry all of them outside. So, not only will they be all over the house, but they’ll be in the backyard as well…along with all of her little socks and shoes. We laugh about it now, but I’m wondering how we’ll teach our pups the difference between their toys and hers.

Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 18, 2010 at 10:11 am

I’m not much of a hoarder — I try not to buy too much at once — only because I hate spending money! But I do buy the big bulk items: paper products, protein powder, etc.

I haven’t tried eating unsweetened baking chocolate — is it super bitter?

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Holly,
I love the unsweetened Bakers Chocolate. We were out of chocolate one night when I NEEDED some, but I found some of the Bakers stuff in our cabinet. I started off by dipping it in nut butter, but now I love it all on its own, but only the Bakers brand. Hershey’s is okay too, but I don’t like the more expensive unsweetened brands. For some reason, they are just too bitter.

Lindsey Ferguson October 18, 2010 at 10:11 am

Your meals look delicious! Your kitchen cabinets are gorgeous, too.

I can’t wait for the HEABlet to arrive! :)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Thanks so much Lindsey,
We just got new countertops and a backsplash, and I love how they look with our cabinets. So, your comment made me smile. :)
P.S. We can’t wait for her to arrive either!

StephORama - VegFortWorth October 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

Mmmmm! Coconut curry! Make me want to make a big ol’ stir-fry right now!

Shauna October 18, 2010 at 10:13 am

I knew there was a reason I like you and your blog so much. Any woman who is not afraid to lay in a supply of chocolate like that has my admiration. I buy only fair trade chocolate, so when I find a good deal on it, I stock up! Not even telling how much I spent on chocolate chips when the store finally restocked and put them on sale. ;) I don’t like that “hoarding” word, but I was grateful that I had a supply of pumpkin all year long while the stores were out.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Shauna,
Yeah, we go a little crazy when the Ghiradelli is on sale, and so stocking up on the Libby’s this year. You were very wise to do so last year!

Katie October 18, 2010 at 10:18 am

I have that same curry paste, and it is the BEST kind I have found. I am picky, too. I can’t get it here, but my friend in Minneapolis ships it to me in bulk. I have about 4 tins of it right now, and that is what I used in my curried kuri squash soup. Best EVER.

You never know when you are going to need 24 rolls of paper towels…I’m with you.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Katie,
CD found that curry paste at a small Asian Mkt. up the street from our house, and so please let me know if you ever need me to send you any. I’d be glad to do it!

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 18, 2010 at 10:27 am

Nesting is so true! I’m ready for it to hit over here. My house could use some help after being lazy. And it would be nice if we got the room set up too. Luckily I still have 3 months about. Grrrr. I’m so over it! The 2nd time is so much harder.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Tina,
Everything will fall into place. :)

Carbzilla October 18, 2010 at 10:36 am

Thanks for the recipe! Speaking of hoarding, we ended up with THREE jars of red chili paste. Now I have one more thing to make with it!

Can’t wait for the little HEABlet’s arrival! She’s gonna be GORGEOUS!

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Thanks Carbzilla,
We can’t wait either! :)

Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! October 18, 2010 at 10:36 am

I live in an apartment the size of a postage stamp, so clutter isn’t really an option! I do, however, love to buy HUGE packages of toilet paper and paper towels, and I am always on the lookout for multipacks of toiletries, like toothpaste and conditioner. Target is my favorite place to pick up insane deals on those things. I’m sure your house is sparkling by now! :)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Gavi,
It is…but in about 5 minutes, there will be dog hair everywhere! ;)

susan October 18, 2010 at 10:40 am

Costco is pretty amazing. As is your chocolate stash! I should buy that stuff in bulk too. Question: how does bakers chocolate taste? I like bitter but I don’t know if I could handle that!

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Susan,
I love the unsweetened Bakers Chocolate. We were out of chocolate one night when I NEEDED some, but I found some of the Bakers stuff in our cabinet. I started off by dipping it in nut butter, but now I love it all on its own, but only the Bakers brand. Hershey’s is okay too, but I don’t like the more expensive unsweetened brands. For some reason, they are just too bitter.

Matt October 18, 2010 at 10:45 am

Fat is excellent. It is also quite delicious ;)

Little Bookworm October 18, 2010 at 10:52 am

Love the chocolate shelf! I do the same, using a chocolate bar chopped up instead of chocolate chips, in recipes! :)

lindsay October 18, 2010 at 10:55 am

I think I’m the only one that is scared to buy ib bulk. Well , thats because we have limited space and that would cause too much clutter! Heaven forbid that, haha!

Clare @ Fitting It All In October 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

I JUST blogged yesterday about how the bakers chocolate squares are my secret dessert!! I discovered them one night when the house was out of chocolate except in that form. How are they different than a chocolate bar…I really should probably read the ingredient list!

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I love the unsweetened Bakers Chocolate and discovered them the same way as we were out of chocolate one night when I NEEDED some, but I found some of the Bakers stuff in our cabinet. I started off by dipping it in nut butter, but now I love it all on its own, but only the Bakers brand. Hershey’s is okay too, but I don’t like the more expensive unsweetened brands. For some reason, they are just too bitter. The Bakers is nothing but chocolate. Can’t beat that ingredient list. :)

Clare @ Fitting It All In October 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

That’s what I thought! I felt like it was actually better to be eating that stuff since it didn’t have added milk and sugar and things. Thanks for letting me know:)

I haven’t experimenting in dipping things yet. That could get dangerous :)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Welcome. Enjoy our dipping. :)

melissa @ the delicate place October 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

don’t worry about the fat HEAB. as you know, i’m a scientist by trade during the day and this article came across my desk. it just confirms my love for fat is the right choice! it basically says that they should never have been pushing a hi carb, low fat diet and that plant based protein can’t compare to animal stuff: http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/0899-9007/PIIS0899900710002893.pdf

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Melissa,
Finally…a voice of reason. Thanks for sharing the link…off to check it out. :)

Clairerose C October 18, 2010 at 11:00 am

Holy Moly!! I’m in the midst of going through and getting rid of all my crap.It’s an ordeal and I don’t know why.hehe…I’m with you on the stocking up on paper products,though.I mean, it’s NOT fun to realize you’re out of toilet paper;-)cc

Kelly October 18, 2010 at 11:23 am

I am a horder with random things too…like eggs. Don’t ask…but I always feel like we are going to run out.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Kelly,
Yeah, we buy a ton of eggs at a time, but only because we have run out, and no eggs makes me just as sad as no toilet paper. ;)

Bridget October 18, 2010 at 11:23 am

I agree with you, I’m all the about the fat! Saturated and all! So many people exclude fat from their diet but it is essential for hormonal and brain functioning. It’s unfortunate that people still buy into the low fat thing because those foods are usually heavily processed (and full of sugar!)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Bridget,
I could not agree more. Our bodies need fat! When will people get it?

Brooke October 18, 2010 at 11:29 am

i hate clutter too but my pantry is….embarassing! i have a tendency to hoard amy’s organic soups for some strange reason. i have at least 2 of every kind. if i got snowed in for a month (which almost happened last winter), i’d be good to go. ;)

also, i love fat too. butter, nut butter, avocados, full fat sour cream, you name it. yummm. if i don’t include it in a meal, i’m hungry an hour later.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Brooke,
Hehe – I love Amy’s split pea soup and wouldn’t mind having a large stash of it in my pantry. :)

Mama Pea October 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

Holy mother of Peas! That is the biggest chocolate stash I have ever seen.

Ahh…nesting. I was on my hands and knees washing baseboards both times before I gave birth. How come the men can’t have that nesting problem? And ALL of the time, please?

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Mama Pea,
Seriously…I think it has something to do with that large black box, what’s it called? Oh yes, the TV. ;)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 18, 2010 at 11:47 am

That is too funny that you’re stocking up! I find that I am the total opposite of a hoarder! I hate clutter!!!!

Michelle (@ Housewife in the Raw) October 18, 2010 at 11:49 am

I nested too – we had some really clean baseboards and floors. I pulled out the fridge and cleaned under it and took out all the food and scrubbed the entire inside of the fridge too.

I’m with Mama Pea – why can’t the dad to be nest too?

That is the biggest chocolate stash I’ve ever seen. It has me salivating.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Michelle,
Haha – yes, our kitchen floor is scrubbed, including under the fridge, oven, and washer and dryer! It was so gross under there. Blech!

caronae October 18, 2010 at 11:57 am

Mmmm, fat! I like it all: coconut, nut butters, avocado, salmon, red meat, butter, olive oil, whole milk cheese, 2% Greek yogurt, flax…I’m kind of obsessed right now…

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Caronae,
Me too. :)

Jessica October 18, 2010 at 12:09 pm

So nice to hear your pregnancy is going well! :)

I, for one, would love to see a post about your plans for the birth! Will you be going the hospital or home route? Are you using a midwife? Forgive me if you’ve already posted these things! :)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Jessica,
Well, I really haven’t posted much about the birth plan, but I don’t mind answering any questions I receive about it. The plan is to labor at home as long as possible and then go to the hospital and have the baby. I’m hoping for no interventions and no pain meds. We actually toured the hospital today…and we’re thinking if there is a HEABlet #2, we’d like to do a home birth with a midwife. Being at home just sounds so much more comforting, and we only live 2 miles from the hospital if there was an emergency. We opted for the hospital our first time around since CD and I really had no idea what to expect, and our insurance covers almost all the costs. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for a home birth, and we’d have to pay it all out of pocket. Makes me sad that’s the way it is. :(

Namaste Gurl October 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Awwwwh, Heather, I would NEVER judge nor ask about the high-fat you consume….. why? Because I do the same thing :) Sans meat and not a lot of dairy, but tons of nut butter, coconut oil and butter, avocado, goat cheese, nuts, oils….. Much of my meals are high fat, even if they are veggie based.

I’m sure the HEABlet will be one healthy, tall, beautiful girl– all that fat will come in handy :) !

P.S, I LOVE your chocolate stash– I’m jealous :)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Thanks for the support Namaste. :)

Ana October 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I don’t like clutter either, and toilet paper is such a necessity, who isn’t afraid of running out?!
My friend (who has 4 kids) always says that the “urge to clean the entire house” means baby is coming soon! She said she had that every time she was pregnant, and since it was 4x I really believe on her!! :-) And to be quite true it seems every pregnant woman comments on the need to have a super clean house during the last month, it is the nesting effect for sure!
Ana

Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Wow, that is A LOT of chocolate!!! haha

That stirfry looks delicious :D

Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I remember when one of my friends was pregnant and went through the nesting phase. She was INSANE with people in her house..not wanting them to touch or mess up anything. Every other time she was a complete slob..so it was strange for us to even adapt! haha

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Mary,
Yeah, I keep nagging both CD and our pups – quit leaving messes! Hehe, dogs can’t really help their dog hair, but CD can pick up his shoes and socks. ;)

Maren October 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm

so many paper towels, I never know where to store the big bulk buys like that.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Maren,
We have paper products stashed throughout 3 different closets. :)

Mimi (Gingersnaps) October 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Teehee, I hoard weird foodie ingredients like chia seeds.

I had a total chocolategasm the other day and i’m not a chocoholic at all — the Lindt dark sea salt chocolate. SO good.

I made your butternut squash pudding today! Delicious and totally filled me up (I added some protein powder and sprinkled on nuts)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Mimi
Yeah, that Lindt bar is good. Love the salt – an amazing sweet/savory combo, and I’m so happy to hear you liked the butternut squash pudding. Perfect fall dish. :)

Desi@thepalatepeacemaker.com October 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Heather, I love how you know exactly what is right for your body and you stand by it! Regarding fat intake in general, this country has a complex! The American approach to eating fat is so convoluted! Don’t even get me started! :)

Anyway, that stir-fry looks AMAZING. My boyfriend and I are going to give it a go this week! Keep taking care of yourself and the Heablet!

xoxo

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Desi,
Thanks so much for the encouragement, and I hope you and your boyfriend enjoy the stir-fry. It was pretty amazing. :)

elise October 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm

you are HILARIOUS…haha all that chocolate and yes, CD, you def need that many paper towels!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Love your choc stash and your organization and anti clutter stance. You know from our emails I am the same way! I hate clutter!!!!!

But we think alike…I always have at least 2-3 extra boxes of kleenex, 20+ rolls of TP on hand, and about a half dozen paper towels. I buy when they’re on sale and so sometimes that means major surplus for a few weeks laying around.

For you, you will be glad to have it all stockpiled b/c the early days of motherhood, you wont be leaving the house much and when you do, it will be to do something you must do or want to do…and buying paper towels will not be at the top of your list :)

High fat diet and growing a human…I never craved fat and protein like I did when I was preg. Oh wait, yes I did, the early days of nursing. You will be hungrier than you are now, by far. Making milk is hard work :)

Ashlee (AshandLewPlus2) October 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

We are the same way! We love to stock up on paper supplies. I also hate clutter but it does not bother my hubby (unless we are going to have company haha) However, with two babies we have lots of baby clutter. I have just learned to get over it!

Dana @ my little celebration October 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Great idea on the stirfry. I’ve been looking for a good way to use coconut milk in my cooking and this just may be it!

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Dana,
Whenever a recipe calls for any sort of milk, I usually use coconut milk. Love that stuff!

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) October 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I have a feeling you’ll be very glad for your paper product supply pretty soon here. :) If my sister’s 2 childbirths are any indication, many of the good intentions of making things homemade and avoiding disposable products went out the window. The newest arrival is 3 months old already but my sister’s still in survival mode! So HEAB, nest til the cowsImeanbaby come home – you won’t be sorry!

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Thanks Diana…I was kind of thinking the same thing. :)

Alyssa October 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Heather, you are by no means a HOARDER! You are an economical shopper! Buying in bulk is always cheaper, and why not buy products that you will need at one time or another and don’t want to trek to the store every time?!? Plus, I do the same, and I don’t want people to think I’M a hoarder ;-)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Alyssa,
Yes, it just makes sense to buy certain items in bulk, like toilet paper…and chocolate. Non-hoarders unite! ;)

Kate @ Walking in the Rain October 18, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Mmm….it all looks so yummy! lol

I <3 Costco and love to buy the huge packs of tp, paper towels, tooth paste, and other things. I just bought a Costco sized pack of dental floss because I ran out one night and had to search everywhere for more floss.

I guess I feel secure in the knowledge if I have 24 rolls of tp, I won't be running out anytime soon.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Kate,
I’m a flossing freak and stock up at Costco as well. :)

Exercise and Eat October 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I hoard bathroom products – shampoo, toothpaste, mascara – i don’t know why!

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm

E & E,
It’s okay. Trust me, you’re not alone. ;)

Heather October 18, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Holy crap that’s a butt load of Ghiradelli! That’s my favorite one too! I used to be a hoarder when I was a kid…never throwing away school work b/c I just “knew” I would “need” it for reference in the next year…yeah right! My home decor is pretty simplistic and I’m pretty clutter free until you come to my pantry cabinets. THAT is another story…spices, dried fruit, whole wheat pasta…but hey, they have like super long shelf lives!

Amanda October 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Yes! I totally hoard paper products too. I just worry that we’ll run out. Costco has been my savior for all of this.

Allie October 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

that certainly is a fantastic chocolate supply! I love Baker’s too, although I sometimes slip and buy delicious sweet dark chocolate chips as well :-P

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Allie,
No shame, I love me some chocolate chips too! :)

Tracey October 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Hi Heather,
I seem to be eating a ton of rotisserie chicken lately, too- didn’t read that in the pregnancy books!
Random question- have you always like the unsweetened chocolate, or did you aquire a taste for it?
Loved you pictures, very classy. The one in the nursery was my favorite. It was so serene and peaceful, prayful.
Tracey
PS we ordered our lazy body today!!!!

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Tracey,
I love the unsweetened Bakers Chocolate and discovered it when I found myself in dire need of chocolate one night. We were out of dark chocolate, but I found some of the Bakers stuff in our cabinet. I started off by dipping it in nut butter, but now I love it all on its own, but only the Bakers brand. Hershey’s is okay too, but I don’t like the more expensive unsweetened brands. For some reason, they are just too bitter. The Bakers is nothing but chocolate. Can’t beat that ingredient list.

Thanks so much for your comments regarding our maternity photos. I love the nursery photo as well – makes me happy. :) Oh, and you will love love LOVE your La-Z-Boy! Can’t wait for it to arrive – ha, I bet you can’t either. Ours got here in less than 4 weeks. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll sit in it while scarfing down more rotisserie chicken. :)

Carolyn October 18, 2010 at 5:49 pm

34 large cans of Libby’s Pumpkin…earlier this year….. Does that count as hoarding? I mean there WAS a shortage.. :-) …and i had no idea why they were actually still sitting there..

Aaaaaannnd i just bought 12 more of the same at Sam’s a couple weeks ago.. We eat a lot of pumpkin for two people..

I LERVE YOUR CHOCOLATE CUPBOARD…i had no idea..

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Carolyn,
You know I’ve had pumpkin envy for months now. ;)

Pure2raw twins October 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Fat = YUM!! haha

Stir fry sounds great!! Hope you get to enjoy it all week ; )

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Pure2Raw,
3 nights in a row thus far. :)

Nicole October 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm

As much as I hate clutter, our dining room table always ends up full of our crap…like mail, newspapers, keys, cell phone etc. We both hate it but we never feel like we have enough space for this stuff. We tried buying a file cabinet box type thing but that just adds an extra annoying step. I wish we could get rid of this habit bc it really annoys the both of us.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Nicole,
We go through our “put everything on the dining room table” phases too, and then I go crazy and clean it off and refuse to put anything on the table…for at least a week. ;)

Annie@stronghealthyfit October 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm

I love everything about this post- the pic. of your chocolate stash is the best! I’m so excited for you that the baby is coming so soon :-)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Thanks Annie,
We are too. :)

gigi October 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm

love your chocolate stash ;)

Penny Lane Newgflife October 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I love the amount of chocolate you have in your house! I could never have all that chocolate my grandma would devour it and I would be eating chocolate with every meal;). I am a hoarder, but I hate clutter. My poor house has gotten outta control and now I would rather burn it down than clean.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Penny Lane,
I understand the urge to burn the house down. Hehe – I’m sure we all feel that way at times. Oh, and I have been known to eat chocolate with every meal. Nothing wrong with that! ;)

Kelly Michelle October 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm

You will be glad for all those paper products when the HEABlet is there and you don’t have to worry about going to buy them!

I would kill for that chocolate stash.

I feel like I need to share my favorite stir fry with you because I have a feeling you would love it and have never seen you use the combination. I usually do it with lots of veggies and either eggs or shrimp or both. – For a 1 person serving (big) it is liberally dumping of hot sauce to taste (not like tabasco sauce but something thicker more like frank’s red hot or texas pete garlic is by far the best, then a liberal squeeze of mustard (spicy brown or yellow), 2 tbsp hummus and about a half tbsp of tahini. The flavors are amazing together the hummus makes it so so creamy esp if you include broccoli in the mix it picks everything up and it glorious.

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Kelly Michelle,
Thanks so much for your recipe – sounds like a great combo, and I think I have all ingredients on hand. Will definitely be trying this soon. Can’t wait! :)

Moni'sMeals October 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Heather! You make me feel so much better about my chocolate storage shelf! Haha! I love you for this post. :) I have the chocolate shelf that noone can touch-but ME…muhaha.
Lovin that stir-fry too I can make it ,with just swapping out the beef, THANKS!

ps I am LOVIN my VITA mix but more importantly thank you for your help, It really is amazing the “ice cream” you can get outta that thing.:)

HEAB October 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Moni,
So happy to know we’re not the only ones with a chocolate stash, and even happier to hear you’re enjoying your Vita. I knew you would. :)

Emily Elizabeth October 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I definitely buy the same big Costco packages of tp, paper towels and tissues. Now that you mention it, I guess I sort of hoard flours (gluten free that is). My husband just added another shelf to our pantry to help store them all. I have 10 Bob’s Red Mill four pack boxes (yes that means 40 bags of flour) in my pantry. My most recent buy was coconut flour which I’m excited to bake with.

I support you on the high fat diet. I’ve heard that they are actually recommending a 30% fat 30 % protien and 40% carb diet these days. I’m probably more like 40% on the fat, but I don’t count it and I’ve been dropping my baby weight very easily and on top of that, I feel great! When I was pregnant I would eat bone in pork chops all the way down to the bone. I never did that before either. But you have to listen to your body – and my body told me that was amazing!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 4:43 am

Emily,
May I please come raid your pantry? ;) I’m all out of coconut flour – love that stuff so much. Makes GREAT pancakes! And so comforting to know you’re dropping the baby fat very easily, and yes, so important to listen to our bodies right now. Mine told me to eat some pumpkin bread with chocolate coconut butter at 4 AM this morning, and so I did. :)

Natalie October 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm

wow wow wow, baby is coming! I’m going to guess she will arrive in 2 weeks. Are you doing a guessing game?

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 4:40 am

Natalie,
2 weeks would be nice. Kind of hoping she’ll arrive a little early, but not too early. Due Nov. 18, but I was thinking she’ll be here by Nov. 15. :)

Kayla @ Let's Live Wholesome October 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Oh my gosh, your chocolate stash is hilarious!! Now anytime I feel excessive about my chocolate supply, I’ll reference this post ;-)

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 4:39 am

Kayla,
No shame in a large chocolate stash. I say show it off with pride! ;)

Jessica (Fit and Clean) October 18, 2010 at 8:32 pm

The nesting thing is totally true. I did it with each of my 3! With my last child, I was out in the garage painting a chair, LOL! It gives peace of mind that you have everything done and can just concentrate on the baby :) About the fat…I have recently found that I increased my fat, and lost weight. Go figure! Probably wasn’t eating enough before, there’s that fine line, and knowing that everyone’s body is different so what works for someone else probably WON’T work for me! I can eat the Ghiradelli but I’ve never seen so many bars in one place, LOL besides the grocery store! haha

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 4:37 am

Jessica,
I’m the same way with fat. When I neglect it and eat a lot of lean protein, my weight tends to go up, but not so with fat. Love my fat…and my chocolate. :)

Georgie Fear RD October 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I applaud you for sticking to what works for you – despite all the anti-fat sentiment out there.

:)

I am enjoying following you along your pregnancy so much! I feel like *I’m* expecting!

Best wishes!

Georgie Fear RD

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 4:35 am

Thanks so much Georgie. :)

Rachael October 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Your chocolate stash made me laugh – does that qualify as hoarding?
I’m on a fat kick myself at the moment – doctor wants me to gain weight for baby-making, and I’ve been chowing down on chestnuts and tahini everything like there’s no tomorrow…
Nest away, good woman.

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 4:34 am

Rachael,
Fat = good baby making. Enjoy every bite…and throw some dark chocolate in there while you’re at it. :)

s October 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

whoaaa that’s a lot of chocolate :) :)
i feel best with high-dietary fat diet as well. too little, and i feel hungry all the time.

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 4:33 am

S,
Me too. Fat satiates me like nothing else!

Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly October 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I love your chocolate cupboard, and your cakes looked so good yesterday!!! I guess I must have a quick or instant cornmeal, because mine’s basically stuck to the pan in 5 minutes flat. I can’t wait to try the baking idea. Maybe I’ll add some Baker’s Chocolate. ;-)

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 4:32 am

Kristen,
Oooh, chocolate corbocha cakes. Yum! :)

Katrina October 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I love the chocolate bookshelf. I think that’s awesome.

And of course we need 24 rolls of paper towels and 48 rolls of tp. It’s just how domestic divas roll…pun intended.

So excited for you!

Amanda Y. October 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I always think it’s good to keep extra paper products on hand, but I have been told by other mamas that it’s especially important to stock pile toilet paper, pads, witch hazel, etc. for after the HEABLET is born–you may not wanna go to the store for a few weeks!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 4:29 am

Amanda Y,
Yeah, I have a feeling the last thing I’ll want to do is make a Costco run post baby. Witch Hazel – now, I do need some of that. Thx!

glidingcalm October 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm

curry is sooo good! and such a good winter foooooooooD!! that looks amazing. thanks for the recipe Mama HEAB!

Alisa October 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm

You are too cute! I’ve been craving loads of fat lately, but there’s no baby on board here. Just me, with cravings.

I have a deep fear of having too much stuff. I’m always cleaning things out and will only stock up on something if the deal is too good to pass up.

michelle October 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I used to be crazy organized, not a safety pin out of place. That is…..until the children arrived! You may have a challenge ahead of you. :0)

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 4:27 am

Michelle,
That’s what I hear…kind of scared but excited about it at the same time. Hoping to relax a bit around the clutter and everything needing to be in its place. In other words, I’d like to be a little more like CD. :)

clare October 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm

oh dear god. there is never less than 48 rolls of toilet paper stacked in my home. i always have huge amounts of paper products, soap, paste, and various toiletries at all times. in the event of the apocalypse, these things will become commodities. i live very close to a wal-mart. you know where ill be when the bomb drops.

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 4:25 am

Clare,
And we’ll probably be at Costco. ;)

Christine October 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Oh man, the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I was buying toilet paper every time I went to the store! My baby is 4 months now and we still have a supply in the cupboard. I was also stocking up on water and canned goods…it’s like I thought that having a baby was going to have a similar effect as a natural disaster. You must be getting very excited though – having a baby is a wonderful thing!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 4:19 am

Christine,
Good to know the paper product thing is normal, and yes, we are getting very excited. :)

charlotte October 19, 2010 at 7:34 am

I am so proud of you for sticking to your fat guns! You are so right, both mama and baby need plenty of fat and I think it’s awesome that you are so in tune with your body. Also, I adore your nesting. So cute. I promise I’ll stop squeeeing over all your posts once the baby is born. (Hahaha – lie.)

Alex @ Spoonful of Sugar free October 19, 2010 at 7:36 am

Ha! That looks like my unsweetened chocolate stash at home!! My sister and I LOVE the stuff!

sarah October 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I’ve been following your blog for some time but have never taken the time to comment. Just wanted to let you know I live vicariously through your love of healthy fats! Due to dietary restrictions (my body doesn’t like fat since a serious illness), I have to eat a low fat diet, otherwise I have unbearable pain. So I savor every bit of your recipes and pics of your delicious food! I say your body is loving all that healthy fat, and you look fab, so enjoy! I’ve learned to enjoy foods I can’t have through pics and smell! All the best as you welcome your little one–being a mom is awesome!

HEAB October 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Sarah,
So sorry you can’t have much fat in your diet, but I love your positive outlook and spirit. Thanks for reading HEAB and for your encouraging words as well. :)

Natalie October 20, 2010 at 2:14 am

There is something so comforting about having plenty of TP, kleenexes and toothbrushes to me. Those corbocha cakes look so delicious and you really encourage me that I can lose weight and keep it off while eating good stuff. It is great that you are eating lots of fats – they are so important for the HEABlet as I know you know! Here is a link if anyone wants to read about ADHD kids and how important the good fats are for pregnant moms: http://www.healingpediatrics.com/articles/ottoboni_%20ADHDnutrientdef.pdf

HEAB October 20, 2010 at 8:06 am

Natalie,
Thanks for the link – I’m going to check it out. I really do believe that fats are so key, and our bodies need them to function. I mean, look at today’s society after we were told to eat low fat – obesity epidemic and all sorts of other problems including a rise in both ADD/ADHD and autism. Not sure if that can all be traced back to a high carb/low fat diet, but I have my suspicions. So, I say bring on the butter! :)
P.S. And yes, you can totally keep the weight off while eating the good stuff. I promise. Email me if you ever have any questions, okay?

Hayley October 21, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I JUST sent you an email asking something along the lines of fat in your diet and now after reading this post you sort of answered my question. When I read “full fat coconut milk” on the list of ingredients in the beef coconut curry stir-fry I smiled…I love a girl who isn’t afraid of the real thing! :) I kid you not – my mouth is watering right now. YUMM!!! Do you think you’ll continue eating full fat foods even once the HEABlet is born?

Leah Anderson October 22, 2010 at 8:53 am

OMG look at all that chocolate – YUM! I am such a chocoholic! I love the photo of your chocolate stash – can you also take a photo of your fridge & freezer? Im a big fan of the grocery haul videos on YouTube & would love to see what HEAB has in her fridge – LOL!

Hope you are feeling well – Wont be long & HEABlet will be here! So excited for you

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