Cheater’s Mango Lassi

Rauma does not have an Indian restaurant. Nor does it really  have any place where you can conveniently get the ingredients necessary to make most Indian dishes at home. So, like I do for most Asian ingredients, I stock in bulk whenever we make it over to an ethnic grocer in Turku or any other larger city. I’ll also tend to this if we visit a restaurant — a practice that once ended in a plastic takeaway bag filled with a mixture of three different types of curry when the containers upended halfway through my drive home. Still, I stubbornly …

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Going into overtime.

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Right. So today is the baby’s supposed due date. No, he is not here yet. Yes, I’m getting rather impatient with waddling around in circles like a stoned penguin. Yes, I realize that only 40% of babies are actually born by their due date. No, that really doesn’t make me feel any better. Yes, I’m happy that he’s reached a very healthy full-term size and we’ve had no complications to date (knock on wood). Yes, I’ll be happier when my little freeloader checks out of Hotel Me and starts pulling his own weight. Literally. In the meantime, belly pictures, as …

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Mango Fruitbomb Smoothie

This smoothie was the result of wanting to make something without additional sweeteners that the hubby would also like, since he’s been kind of eyeing the pitcher when I make these now. And this one tastes like fruit punch! For the mango, I wash it thoroughly but leave the skin on. There’s lots of nutrients and fiber in the skin, which I’d prefer not to just throw away. Plus it looks like pretty multi-colored confetti in the finished smoothie 🙂 Just make sure you scrub the fruit down thoroughly with a safe fruit wash before using it, then slice around …

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Crab Quiche

Yet another quiche! This one, because I happened to find canned crab meat at the supermarket when I was out shopping the other day. Although that might not seem like anything special in, well, just about any other country, it was a huge and pleasant surprise to me. I use crab meat in lots of dishes and I was vastly disappointed when I found that most Finnish supermarkets simply didn’t carry it back when we first moved here. I’d have my out-of-country friends load up on it when they came visiting, which I’m sure got them all kinds of weird …

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5 Items in 9 Months -or- How I Almost Totally Avoided Buying Maternity Clothing

I like clothes. I like shopping for clothes. Heck, you don’t end up in my line of work otherwise. What I don’t like, however, is shopping for clothes that will be used so often due to lack of options over a short, intense period(s) of time that I will hate the very sight of them, only to have that followed by their gathering dust in the back of my closet for the rest of their lives because their single purpose for existing is done. That problem, combined with Rauma’s relative sparsity (read: NONE) of maternity boutiques, led me to find other options …

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The post where I talk about vaccinations.

No, this is totally not one of those posts where I weigh the pros and cons of childhood vaccinations. Because really, if you don’t know by now, I’m very squarely in the “yay, science and medicine!” camp. No question about it. Rather, this is the post where I share what I’ve learned about the differences in vaccination schedules between what my kids will be getting in Finland versus what they would have gotten if they were born in the US. Also, how that differs from what I got as a kid born in Taiwan. And then I show you guys …

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Top Ten: Things to Do Before Going Into Labor

Sure, there’s the obvious things. Wash and store all the baby clothes, blankets, small toys, etc? Check. Make and freeze enough food to feed a small army? Check. Buy and practice using the pram/travel system/car seat? Check. Clean the house. Check. These are the smaller things that flit through my head under the “that’d be a really good idea; I should remember that” category. Not completely necessary, but things that would make life that much easier. 10. Manicure and pedicure. Given, I haven’t really been in contact (I occasionally see a peek when I’m lying down, but mostly they’re obscured by …

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In which there is ice cream and flailing. (A mini Dough-ble Impact review.)

I popped by my favorite grocery store yesterday to refill my asthma meds and grab a few small items to keep us until our big supermarket binge later this week. They had moved things around since I was last there, so I spent about five minutes stalking up and down the frozen foods aisle, looking more and more perturbed with each round. There was not a single tub of Ben & Jerry’s in sight, you see. This was highly unlike them, since this is the one store that can always be counted on to have a lot of non-Finnish specialty …

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Asparagus Bacon Quiche

One of the big things on my list for pre-baby prep has been to make and freeze as many meals as possible so that we have a wide variety of easily-reheated homemade food to last through the first months when we’ll (well, let’s be honest — I’LL) be too tired to cook. To this end, I try to double everything I make now and freeze the leftovers as fast as possible so we don’t end up eating them all ahead of time. It encourages me to keep cooking rather than rummage around for the easy stuff. With the whole gestational …

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Hospital Packing List

Well, here I am at 35 weeks, pretty much packed and ready to go. My carry-on sized bag is sitting in the mudroom, ready for a quick exit when the time comes. Figured I’d share my list and ask for some suggestions from y’all if there’s anything else I might not have thought of, since there is still (hopefully) plenty of time to tweak. So yes, this is what I have prepared! Please note that Finnish hospitals typically have you stay 3-4 days after the birth, especially for first-time parents and definitely if it’s a c-section. (Hopefully I will avoid …

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