Eat Cake, Then Dinner

June 26, 2012


I brought back porch working this afternoon! It was a GLORIOUS day!

Karen agreed with a nap : )


I took a 15 minute nap too (in the baby’s room) – 30 weeks has me in a tired cycle. I went to yoga tonight and there are 3 other women at 30 weeks and we ALL agreed we had felt an increase in tiredness this week. Very odd – yet it seems to be something about this point in pregnancy! I was fortunate not to experience too much fatigue in the first trimester. I went to bed before 9 a few nights, but I didn’t feel the need to sleep all day. This week, I’ve taken two short naps, which is unlike me. Must just be something in the veins…

Yoga was great. I can’t believe I’m in my Big Mama weeks now (30+!) I also can’t believe how many weeks I’ve been going to yoga. So much of pregnancy is just “I can’t believe this or that” Smile 

I was still a bit caked-out when I left, so I didn’t think to have a snack, but once I got to the gym on foot, I was pretty hungry. Luckily it subsided when I got moving, but on my walk home, I turned into starving mode!


But when I got there, I found two styles of zucchini bread and Mary Beth and Ellen (some of our sweets bakers!) over to taste test them with us. Hunger is by far the best frosting because these both tasted amazing! I still can’t decide which is my favorite…one was lemony and the other cinnamony!


With the carbohydrate part of dinner settled, Matt and I sat down when the ladies left to our protein and vegetable portions.


Matt made an awesome summer squash gratin while I was gone along with chicken wings. He usually cooks on Tuesdays when I’m gone until 7:15 and I know he likes to make gratins – and wings – so that’s what I left on the menu.


I bought the wings by accident at the city market this past Saturday – I thought they were legs – and I am not a big fan of wings. But Matt sure loves ‘em. He uses Alton Brown’s method and then smothered them in Bone Suckin’ sauce at the end instead of a traditional wing sauce. They were pretty good, but I prefer something with a bit better skin to meat ratio – wings are like 2:1 skin to meat! Skin is good, but not that good.


I had my four wings – and Matt had all the rest! Ha!


The gratin stole the show on my plate and took me from starving to full in about 5 minutes…


Props to the cook!


Simple layers of zucchini, yellow squash and heirloom tomato with cheddar cheese, garlic gold oil, Italian seasoning and cheese on top. Matt loosely followed this recipe, although no onions in our house.


It was delicious!!


Late 8pm dinner!


No need for dessert tonight! I can’t wait to involve cake in my next meal: breakfast! (Although those zucchini loaves are more like bread/muffins than the cake I had with lunch : ) )

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1 Katie | June 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Gratin looks delicious!!! I think my boyfriend would be a huge fan! Thanks!

Hope you get plenty of naps!


2 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

that gratin looks amazing!!!


3 Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep June 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Lemon! I love lemon anyyyyyything sweet. I would have eaten a lot of that loaf. Also, thanks a lot for making me hungry with the chicken wing pictures =P


4 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles June 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

It is true- the 30 week mark leaves a girl pretty tired— I have been wanting a nap soooo badly lately but DO NOT want to get into the habit because I know that I’ll NEVER be able to break it during pregnancy once I start it…. I will make an exception if Matt is laying down and asks me to lay down too- then it’s just necessary.
Ohhhh goodness dos that meal look and sound fantastic! :)


5 Megan @ Megan's Munchies June 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Dinner looks amazing! I have barbecue chicken on the grill and your pics make me wish it would hurry up and be done!


6 Karen June 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

That gratin looks delish! My mother in law uses coconut in her zucchini loaves and a hint of cinnamon.

BEYOND delish!


7 Andrea June 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Oh wow.. is that zucchini bread yeast bread? Or quick bread? If it’s yeast bread I’m going to be in awe :)


8 KathEats June 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm



9 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

zucchini, yellow squash and heirloom tomato with cheddar cheese = gorgeous color on top of the gratin, too! Props to the chef!

And enjoy the cat naps while you can :)


10 Meagan June 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Compliments to Matt, that gratin looks DELICIOUS!!


11 Kel June 26, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I have mentioned before that my first pregnancy was only 27 weeks long. When my second pregnancy passed 27 weeks, I was overjoyed. At 32 weeks, when my fanny was getting kicked with exhaustion, I asked the doctor if I hadn’t baked long enough? 😉 Joking of course – I would never wish for a preterm labor. I worked til 38 weeks and then just couldn’t do it anymore! Enjoy the naps! You don’t get them with the second baby!


12 Hillary June 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I’ve been having a bit of a zucchini obsession lately, and this gratin looks incredible.


13 donna June 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Ok, I’m ready for bed and was completely satisfied until I saw your pictures! Now I’m wanting some carbs!!!
You will slow down some this last trimester. Your body is doing a lot of baby-making, which takes a lot of your energy. Rest when you can! That baby will be here before you know it.


14 Liz June 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I love cinnamon-y zucchini bread! However, I’m with you on the wings – not enough meat. I prefer ‘boneless’ wings…aka chicken breast chunks. 😉


15 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Matt’s shirt is pretty awesome!!
And I would say you’re definitely allowed some naps – you’re moving for two! 😉


16 melissa (fitnessnyc) June 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm

matt’s gratin looks way better than the recipe. Yay cheese.


17 Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple June 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I kinda remember being extra tired around the 30 week mark too. Then again, I’ve had raging insomnia the entire pregnancy, until the last few weeks (acupuncture helped, and go figure, starting maternity leave, thus decreasing my stress level – also helped immensely.)

Now at 38.5 weeks, I have more energy, but everything aches faster when I’m on my feet too much, so I can’t do much anyway.


18 Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Loving Matt’s “Food Person” shirt. Any idea where he got that?


19 KathEats June 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Foodbuzz festival… By cooking channel


20 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Mmmmm zucchini bread! must be summer :)


21 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde June 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Yum, those zucchini loaves look awesome!!!


22 Joy June 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

That dish looks so good! I just added to my pinterest :) Thanks!


23 Cait's Plate June 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm

That gratin looks awesome – you can’t beat dishes that take you from starving to full in 5 minutes!


24 Khushboo June 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Yum gratin! Is Matt also averse to onions?


25 KathEats June 27, 2012 at 5:55 am

He tolerates them better but he doesn’t like them


26 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles June 27, 2012 at 1:12 am

Ahh I love Matt’s shirt!


27 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 27, 2012 at 6:34 am

Looking forward to my zuchinni in my garden…zuchinni loaves are definitely on my list of things to bake! That vegetable gratin looks amaaaaaazing! I really want to try to recreate it with Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds (a non-dairy cheddar) Yummy!


28 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 27, 2012 at 6:56 am

The bread and the gratin look delicious!


29 Molly @ RDexposed June 27, 2012 at 6:59 am

Siestas on the porch! Count me in.


30 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 27, 2012 at 7:12 am

Dinner looks delicious! I love chicken wings! I haven’t had them in so long!


31 Angel7 June 27, 2012 at 7:28 am

I was not big into chicken wings before I met my husband, because I did not grow up eating them. However, my husband got me to really like them. And now you have me craving some :)

Those potatoes look delish! I wish I could have a scoop of them for lunch :)


32 Katie June 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

Rest while you can, soon you will be hitting the home stretch and the nesting phase. I can’t remember exactly what is going on for baby development at 30 weeks but the warmer weather and growing baby are bound to make you more tired at times. Just laying down in a cool, dark, quiet room for even just 10 minutes helped me. Loved to sit/lay in the baby’s room in the leather recliner. That gratin is going on my menu ASAP, I even have all the ingredients.


33 Jen June 27, 2012 at 9:17 am

MMM that gratin looks amazing! I have some zucchini to use up, and I think I know how I’m going to do it now! I don’t like wings either, much to my husband’s dismay. I much prefer thighs.


34 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Yum, Matt’s gratin looks great! Would you believe that I’ve never had zucchini bread? I love zucchini so much on it’s own, that I never want to grate it up into bread!


35 cathy June 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm

We make a similar gratin. We layer zucchini, tomatoes and mozzerlla with McCormick Salad Supreme seasoning. It’s also delish. :)


36 Diane June 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

That gratin sounds good. I should be getting some squash and tomatoes in my CSA share today, and have the other stuff on hand so I may make that tonight (with ONIONS!!!).


37 Samantha June 27, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Ha! I love Matt’s shirt.


38 Dental Management Consultant July 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

That gratin looks like it’s gonna melt in your mouth mmm hmmm! Love the cook’s shirt too! Where’d you get it? The perks of a pregnant woman, you can eat all the glorious food that you want!


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