Thursday, June 28, 2012

almond buns

eating healthy is so much easier when you get to eat stuff you like.
or stuff that reminds you of stuff you like.
Matt and i were getting pretty sick of the same old eating of meat all by its lonesome and then we heard of a little thing call almond buns.
you guys, i'm hooked!
last night we made bacon cheeseburgers and it was like i was eating a fo sheezy cheeseburger!
and then this morning we had open face bacon, egg and cheese mcmuffins!
check it out!
almond buns
here's the recipe for anyone who's feeling adventurous and ketogenic enough to try it out!

Recipe for Almond Buns!
Almond buns - perfect for breakfast sandwiches, open faced sandwiches or as a burger bun.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 3 buns (6 pieces)
Serving Size: 2
Calories per serving: 373

3/4 Cup Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour
2 Large Eggs
5 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
1.5 tsp Splenda (optional)
1.5 tsp Baking Powder

Cooking Directions
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl
Whisk in the eggs
Melt butter, add to mixture and whisk
Divide mixture equally into 6 parts, place into a muffin top pan or equivalent
Bake for 12-17 minutes at 350 degrees (varies by oven, watch the first time)
Let cool on a wire rack.

Keto Specific (two pieces, one bun):
Calories: 373
Net Carbs: 4
Carbs: 7
Fiber: 3
Fat: 35
Protein: 10

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

boost our spirits

thank you so much to all the people who have given us so much love and support after i shared our news.
it's been a little like a roller coaster of emotions up in here but we're making it through and we had a fun and exciting weekend to boost our spirits!

on friday night Matt went to a baseball game with his daddio so i decided i'd take a little trip to visit my favorite flagstaff sister!
i packed up my chubby penguin suitcase and we were on our way!
penguin suitcase
we had an awesome time shopping where i made Sari try on hideously hilarious shirts.
ugly shirt shopping
and we ate junk and watched movies and talked the night away!
i also felt like a total loser because i missed Matt like crazy and we were texting back and forth like we did when we were dating.
cut me some slack, i can literally count how many nights Matt and i have spent apart on one hand!

the next morning, after a breakfast of blueberry pancakes made chock full of love, i drove home and decided something, i kind of like driving long distances by myself.
i find it pretty relaxing.
apparently i would make a good trucker.
and when you're listening to comedians the time goes by really fast.
 and then you see things on the road that remind you of jokes that they tell.
you had logs
"you had logs? but i was told..."
p.s. if anyone hasn't listened to brian regan, we're not friends anymore.

it was a super short but really fun trip!
and bonus, Matt missed me like crazy so he took me out for a super fun date on saturday night!
we went to Lolo's Chicken and Waffles and now i can die a very happy girl!
i had been craving fried chicken and this seriously was perfection!
and that waffle! AH! 
most people don't know this about me but i love waffles more than any other breakfast food and these were like heaven imprinted with little tiny squares.
it seriously tasted like a churro in waffle form!
and now i want one right now!

then we went to see the movie we had been waiting for, Safety Not Guaranteed
safety not guaranteed
it was suuuch a great movie!
i love love loved it!
watch trailer or else.
and of course, Matt's favorite line in the movie...
and just watching those 2 videos has now made me want to go see it again.
Matt, when you read this you have to take me on the EXACT date we went on on saturday, deal?

also, for all you peeps that are instagramers and noticed my post full of instaphotos you can be friends with me! 
i'm ohnikkiissocool...for obvious reasons.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


There’s some things in life that you just don’t think you’re going to have any problem doing.
It’s kinda like, everyone else does it so there’s no question about it.
Things like riding a bike. And falling asleep. And making toast.
I always thought “getting pregnant” was lumped into that group but apparently I was mistaken.

Here’s the scoop people, I never really get real on my blog because I don’t like to tell people about my problems. For one, I don’t think anyone cares. And two, I don’t want to seem overly whiney or whatever. But seriously this is a huge thing that has happened in our life and a huge freaking bummer and I want to get it off my chest before I explode and die a horrible exploding body parts kind of death.
Also, I'm writing this out on my bloggy blog because I really don't want to have to tell each and every person I know this story in person, mostly because it breaks my heart every time I think about it and I don't like to cry in front of people.
So if bummer style stories turn you off, stop reading. Or stories about prego-ness because in case you didn’t catch the subtle hint up there, that’s what this is.

So Matt and I have been trying to get pregnant for about a year and a half but we kept it on the DL because that’s apparently what people do now until their baby is the size of an egg.  Shortly after the birth control was tossed out the window we noticed my body is a big bag of crazy and can’t seem to get anything right. My “time of the month” was hit or miss which caused many false alarms in the pregnancy department and made us more and more depressed with each passing month. After several months of this nonsense I went to the doc and was checked to see if I had PCOS and was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, which I wrote about last August. Since then I’ve been dealing with trying to get things under control and eating a ketogenic diet which has helped but after another few months my “time of the month” still wasn’t normal and there was still no baby growing in my tummy. I was checked to make sure I was ovulating, which I was, and given a pill to help my cycles regulate.  Again, still no baby.

Finally we decided it was Matt’s turn to get checked out. We bought a home semen analysis kit and pretended we were lab technicians and found that the test said Matt’s sperm count was low. This caused us to make an appointment at a fertility center and have the weirdest experience ever ever ever ever ever.

If you’ve never been to a fertility clinic or urologist for a semen analysis before you can really only picture how it is in the movies, or at least that’s how I was picturing it before we went. Too bad the movies don’t show you how INCREDIBLY AWKWARD the situation is. So the front desk lady walks us back to a teeny tiny room that’s about the size of my closet at home.  In this room there is a small tube style TV, a bookcase with two giant stacks of porn, a VHS tape labeled “stocking babes” and an old 80s style leather chair that Matt was kind of afraid to sit in. First of all, who knew that they actually supplied porn in these rooms? I thought that was some kind of crazy rumor thought up by men who wished that was the case. And more importantly, VHS? Really? The nurse also told us before she left the room that the door on the other side should stay locked because there was an IVF procedure going on in the next room. So not only did we have to do this awkward thing in this closet sized room from the 80s but we could also hear as a doctor entered the room next door and told the patient to disrobe and get into the gown so they could start the procedure.

Okay so nurse lady leaves and doctor and patient about to be knocked up are finally quiet and Matt and I…cannot stop laughing. We are seriously sitting in this room cracking up to the point of crying because of the stacks of porn and the “stocking babes” which made us question if that meant the babes were wearing stockings or if they were sexy girls in grocery store outfits stocking shelves or if they were Christmas babes. I guess we’ll never know. Also, did I mention the weird slightly pornographic artsy fartsy drawings on the walls? No? Well there was like four of them and I couldn’t look at them without cracking up. Awful awful awful. Somehow, amazingly enough, the deed was done and we walked out of the closet room feeling like we had just rented a “pay by the hour” hotel room. But the hard part was over (pun intended) and the sample was with the lab so now all we had to do was wait for the results.

So Monday morning we go back to the doctor and are led into this office which is seriously exactly what you see when two people who are trying to get pregnant get brought in to hear bad news. Two chairs facing a desk with a doctor type person behind it using big words and saying lots of sad stuff. I’ll skip all the junk and yadda yaddas that she said and just tell you that a normal sperm count is 15 million, Matt’s sperm count is 0.66 million. That being said, normal baby making techniques, IVF and insemination, while not entirely impossible, are very unlikely to work. We both were able to keep it together when she said this because our home test had already told us something was wrong and we had tried to prepare ourselves. All we wanted to know is what our next step should be and we were told to see this high rated urologist and get a full range of tests done to see what we can do.

So here I am, trying to pretend that I don’t really care that it’s going to take us a lot more time and energy to be parents. I try to tell myself that we can still live our lives and do a lot of cool things while we’re waiting. I try to tell myself that we have time to work on our careers and be able to really have the money to raise a family.  I try to tell myself that up until about 2 years ago I wasn't even sure I wanted kids because I thought I would be a terrible mom. But when all is said and done, I do want a baby now and I will be a freaking ridiculously awesome mom and this whole situation is incredibly heartbreaking. It seems that everywhere I turn people are asking us when we're going to have kids or people are announcing their pregnancies and every time I have to hold it together and try not to think about how it could be years before Matt and I are able to join in the fun.

And to all my family and friends who are currently pregnant, I really am genuinely happy for you. You're all going to be amazing parental units and I promise not to be too jealous and sit at home making voodoo dolls of you and stuff...I think.

 That being said, please don’t hate me if this video is playing on repeat when you come to my house.

Matt and I have watched it several times now 'cause it just makes us feel better mmkay?

and P.S. Matt gave me full permission to share this story.  He read it over before it was posted and made sure I didn't say anything too horribly embarrassing about him or his peeps so it gets his stamp of approval.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Kindle Cozy

H Pitty has FINALLY made an appearance in the Two Peas shop!
because every kindle needs a special home to sleep in and what would be better to keep your little kindy safe than a wizard??
Harry Potter Kindle Cozy
Harry Potter Kindle Cozy
Harry Potter Kindle Cozy
Harry Potter Kindle Cozy
Harry Potter Kindle Cozy
every single Harry Potter lover is going to want this bad boy!
including me, i'm definitely keeping one for myself!

also, all of my cozy designs can now be made in kindle size so if you happen to not be a fan of the wizarding world, i can still make all of your kindle dreams come true!

Monday, June 11, 2012

you're so old

so on friday my hott hott hubsy had a birthday so it was my turn to plan a whole day of birthday funzies for him!
here's how it went down.

first, present time!!
i got matt this whole big book about joss whedon and his amazingness because matt seriously can't talk about anyone else right now!
he's always going on and on about buffy the vampire slayer and firefly and dollhouse and the avengers and cabin in the woods so it's fair to say he loved his book times infinity and beyond!
(ps. can we just talk about this ridiculously cute little smirk matt does when he's trying not to smile?? so bleepin' adorable!)
matt bday 1
joe's farm grill for breakfast.
(yes, same thing we did on my bday but it's seriously THAT GOOD!)
matt bday 13
a trip to half price books which matt totally loves to wander around for-e-ver and look at nerdy sci-fi stuff.
usually i'm in the movie section trying not to whine about how bored i am to anyone who will listen but i was on my best behavior that day since it was matt's birthday and all.
matt bday 12
next stop was the movies with a purse crammed with goodies to see prometheus.
matt bday 11
then to downtown we went to peruse the comic book and antique stores.
matt riding llama rocking horse = great times!
matt bday 9
matt bday 8
which got us all super hungry for chinese buffet!
and matt got two fortune cookies in one!
it's like they knew it was his birthday!
matt bday 7
then home for a candle blowing and cake eating good time.
matt bday 5
matt bday 4
and one final surprise present!
matt bday 6
say whaaaaat?
yeah, i'm the best wife ever and totally the queen of birthdays!

it was a super nerdy and fantastic day!
i'm so glad matt was born and i get to see his joss-whedon-loving face every single day!
matt bday 3

Thursday, June 7, 2012

my pets are cooler than your pets

how she does it, i have no idea but yesterday i almost stepped on our little crabby friend who was lurking by the bottom step of our stairs.
she figured out how to escape AGAIN!
photo 1
she's very talented. we should be proud, but instead matt is just freaked and i'm just worried her little crabby adventures are going to end up killing her.
now i have to try extra hard to keep track of her but she makes it so dang difficult!
after a lot of searching this morning i finally found her newest hiding spot.
photo 2
she blends in so perfectly!
and then at lunch time i found her like this.
photo 3
maybe the mystery of how she's been escaping has been solved.
who knew she could climb up that flimsy little plant!

so our crab is pretty amazing but her talents are nothing compared to Padme, the circus pup.

Monday, June 4, 2012

new new

i've been making some of my very favorite things for the shop this past week!
Chewbacca Phone Cozy
the chewbacca cozy is made with furry felt that makes it look extra extra amazing!
matt has officially deemed it his "favorite of all time" and demanded i make him one for his phone to sleep in.

i also completed a Tenth Doctor feltie upon request!
now i'm already a huge David Tennant fan because he's quirky and funny and a hottie mchott but this little guy made me love him even more!
david tennant
so nerdy and cute!!

check them out and show my etsy some love!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

perfect day

i don't want to brag or anything, ok i totally do...
i am the luckiest girl in the world!

yesterday i woke up to the cutest boy wishing me happy birthday and telling me that i was going to have a perfect day.
why was it going to be a perfect day?
because i didn't have to choose anything!!!
does this boy know me or what?
i absolutely hate making decisions so he planned an entire day where all i had to do was be along for the ride!
it was heavennnn!

first...presents! obviously.
matt made me a super fun and amazingly cute website thingymado.
and then i got my new best friend, Chandler the Robot!
chandler the robot
breakfast at joe's farm grill to get my freeee waffle!
joes farm grill breakfast 1
joes farm grill breakfast 2
swimming and tanning and playing around at the pool!
swimming 1
where i learned matt can do handstands on water
swimming 2
then off to the movies to see the weirdly funny movie Bernie
bernie 1
where i posed with my very best jack black face.
bernie 2
then buffalo exchange where i find shirts with pockets!
buffalo exchange
and ikea!
and dinner at flancer's!
then home for deliciousssss pineapple upside down cake!
cake 2
finishing off the night by catching up on tv shows and having a silly picture-athon!
Pocketbooth 2 Pocketbooth 3 Pocketbooth 1
i seriously could not have asked for a better birthday!
matt planned for every single thing i love and the best part continues through the weekend!
who doesn't love when their birthday gets dragged out for a couple more days?!

Friday, June 1, 2012

today is my birthday!

photo (1)
today i turned the ripe old age of 24.
23 was good and all, i mean i did a few cool things and survived and everything but something tells me 24 is gonna be mega super duper incredibly gloriously superbly infinitely better.
don't let me down 24, you're gonna be my year.