Clare's Chaotic Cacophony

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Archive for the ‘pregnancy’ Category

My Misshapen Gym Adventures

I decided last week that the time was beyond past to get my behind back to the gym. My joints have had me feeling more like an old lady than a young pregnant woman, so I figured I needed to move. Armed with knowledge about safe workouts and heart rates from my “Exercising while Pregnant” pamphlet, I packed my long neglected bag, tied my shoes, and out the door I went. There is something intoxicating about the smell of the gym when you walk in the door…it almost invites an adrenaline rush. I signed in, went to the locker room and pleasantly found it smelling like perfume. After critically examining my awkward appearance in the mirror for a bit (my old work-out pants make me look more than a bit misshapen these days) and using the restroom, up the stairs I went. There my burst of confidence, well..burst. I suddenly felt a bit lost and definitely out-of-place. Determined, however, I pushed on. I did stair-stepping and not-so-vigorous elliptical work for 15 minutes. I ignored the sylphlike chick in front of me with “BOY TOY” written in giant pink glitter letters across her shirt. I also decided that I needed one of those shirts that say “I’m not fat, I’m knocked up!” I persevered. I figured this was a good start, did a little bicep and upper thigh work and tripped back downstairs to the locker room. Now, if I thought my workout clothes made me feel awkward, my maternity bathing suit was a killer. The elastic is apparently deciding to give up the ghost, so I did a lot of tugging at my top. Also, there is nothing remotely sporty or even muted about my purple gingham skirted bathing suit. I bought it during my first pregnancy and it’s definitely time for an upgrade. Thanking God that I brought a big ole’ beach towel, I wrapped it around myself as much as possible and headed for the pool. There I honestly found my stride. I swam any way I wanted to. I used only my arms or only my legs, I did Matrix-style stretches and spins, I felt deliciously weightless. I did things in that pool I could never do on land and I loved it. In those moments, I forgot awkwardness and just enjoyed the exercise. It was wonderful. There was, of course, the funitude of getting out of the pool and going back to the locker room to shower, but I cared a lot less. When I was sitting on the benches drying off afterwards I heard a young woman who’d hopped in the shower singing in an Asian dialect. She sounded like a bird…it was beautiful. Nevermind that I accidentally brought the bleach-stained leggings to wear home or that I’d had to wash my hair with foam body wash. I felt good. I’d done something good for myself and SugarPlum, my brain had received some quiet time, ¬†and I felt revived. All was right with the world.

Damn skippy I’m going to be buying some maternity yoga pants and a new bathing suit soon, though.

Molina’s Table Relish

When I was little (I mean really little…) my parents used to go to Molina’s Mexican Restaurant every now and then. It was always tasty, but one thing stood out. Instead of just your basic salsa, they had a relish they’d put on the table with their fresh tortilla chips. It was soft yet crisp carrots, onions, jalapenos and garlic and it was amazing. My mom actually found the recipe in the Houston Chronicle (the family was awesome enough to release it) and used to make it periodically to store in the fridge. I haven’t been to Molina’s since I was a kiddo, so I’m not sure they serve it anymore? I sure hope so. I’d love to go back there one day for old times’ sake. And hey…what pregnant woman could turn down a big cheesy plate of spicy Mexican food goodness?

Anyhoo I’d kinda forgotten about the relish recently but then I looked in the veggie drawer and found a big bag of carrot rounds. Suddenly it clicked! Oh yeah…Molina’s Relish! In fact, I do believe I’d referenced it once before in this very blog. Preggie brain fart. Go figure. This is simmering on my stove right now and it’s starting to smell wonderful…. I will be piling it on Baked Tostitos later on for a healthy, yet delicioso snack.

Molina’s Restaurant Relish

2 Carrots, cut into rounds
2 Onions, sliced
1\3 c Sliced Jalapenos (you can use fresh or jarred if they’re thick and crisp)
2 Cloves Garlic
1\2 tsp Salt
1\2 tsp Pepper
1-2 Bay Leaves
White Vinegar

Put the carrots on the bottom of your pot, top with onions, jalapenos, garlic cloves, and all seasonings. Add enough vinegar to barely cover everything, then add 1\4 c water. (You can adjust this to your liking depending on how vinegary you like your relish) Simmer on low heat until onions are almost clear. The idea is for the veggies to be soft, yet still crisp. Store in the fridge, preferably in jars with screw-on lids.

Pile liberally on chips. Enjoy.
Seriously…there’s really no way you can’t enjoy this.

Peace out.