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Hiatus Adjourned

Well, hello there!  Okay, I can’t really call my leave of absence a “hiatus” since I technically disappeared off of the face of the earth; however, I must say that I missed the blogging world and I am hopefully back for good.  If you look at my page, it looks like I was 4 months pregnant and life as we know it ended after that (not really, but you get the picture).  It is actually the TOTAL opposite.  To sum it all up without boring you to tears, basically, my fiance’ and I got married with a small group of family and friends when I was 5 months pregnant.   After that, we vigorously house hunted for what seemed to be an eternity of getting our hopes and dreams up – kind of worse than buying a car.  I never really believed in the saying “good things come to those who wait,” but hey, we ended up getting a not so dreamy house in a beautiful gated neighborhood and were blessed enough to be able to redo the entire house.  Mind you, the ENTIRE renovation happened in a 30 day period.  As you can see, I am still pretty shocked about this myself – I have to give props to my manly man husband for taking the initiative while my fat pregnant self stuffed my face with a gallon of ice cream a night on the couch in our old townhouse while he rented machines to knock down walls, rip of carpet, demo the entire kitchen, etc.  I seriously thought we would have the baby without a house or at least without a working house…but oh my gosh was I wrong!  My hub had made a reno list (picture below) and he stuck to his guns and made the magic happen.  The only thing not functioning when we moved in was the dishwasher but really, who can complain when the entire rest of the house was completely renovated and gorgeous?  I was the commander in my old house – I kind of felt like Ms. Trunchbull from Matilda calling the orders from my home away from home while my husband slaved away.  I guess that is a perk of being pregnant 🙂

In the midst of getting married, renovating and being pregnant, I was still working full time until I was 39 weeks pregnant.  I was lucky enough to be able to work from home which helped a lot at the very end.  I told myself on Thursday, July 10th, that that Friday, July 11th would be my last official day working.  I wanted to have the weekend off and the next four days before my due date on July 15th to just relax before our son came.  Well..he had other plans.  Sure enough, that Thursday 9am, my water broke and we were rushing like maniacs down to the hospital (which mind you…was still near our old house 40 minutes south—during RUSH HOUR).  I thought my husband was going to drive on the side of the highway…you know, in the lane that’s not really the lane…Anyhow, we made it there – I was started on petocin and told I wouldn’t have the baby until the next day because I was only 1cm dialted at 12pm.  I got my epidural at 2:30pm and the nurse had never checked me since I got there – she said it can cause infection after your water breaks.  Two minutes after my epidural I felt like I needed to push and the nurse said I was 10 cm dialted.  Another long story short, my epidural never worked because I had to push two minutes later since I was 10cm (probably the entire time).  It was a horrible experience to say the VERY least; however, our little Luca Alexander was born 7lbs, 19.25 inches on July 10th and he was sooooo freakin adorable.  I couldn’t stop staring at him.  How did we make this little create with these huge blue/gray eyes, cutest little nose and adorable little face?

This is already getting long and I promised it wouldn’t so I will just say motherhood is the best thing EVER.  If you have a shitty day, you just take one look at your child and it makes it all go away.  Their laugher is infectious; their smiles are contagious.  It’s all so fun.  That being said, I am SO not ready for another any time in the near or far future, but for now, we will enjoy our little Luca Bean and live happily ever after 🙂

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Baby FloJo – Week 16

Hello 4 months 😍

This week we played war of the names. My fiancé is thoroughly convinced we are part of the Italian Mob and in some fantasy dream life our kids are named Luciano and Santini (Lucky and Sunny for short). Haha. That didn’t go over too well with me – I’m jewish, he’s half Venezuelan – can’t name our poor kid Luciano lol. Don’t get me wrong, I love the name, just not for our son. We are still in the debating phase so I’ll post a final name choice later on! I’ve realized after telling twenty different people our name choices and getting twenty different people’s opinions, I don’t care what people think (sorry guys). You just know in your heart what you can picture calling your kid and that’s just what you stick with. People can tell you the name you’re thinking about reminds them of an ugly obese baboon and you’ll just brush it off like they said it reminds you of a vase of beautiful roses. Don’t ask people’s opinions – just discuss between you and your husband and go with it! You’re going to be the one calling him or her that for the rest of your lives, not the other people who have opinions about it.

In other news, we began our search for baby furniture! I felt a bit psycho looking this early but when I found the right set, I totally felt better about my premature decision to shop. We searched online a lot but didn’t feel comfortable ordering expensive furniture without seeing it in person. I found a place in Boca called Prince and Princesses, which carried the furniture I originally wanted called Brat Decor. Thank goodnessssss I waited to go see it and didn’t order online! It looked nothing like the pictures online and was super expensive. As I looked around, I fell in love with another brand called Romina. The furniture is made in Romania with all organic glues, etc. Everything they make is gorgeous and so sturdy. The drawers are self closing on tracks, which we absolutely loved. I had my fiancé come back the next day with my Grandma and mom to take a look and we all decided it was the one. We wanted to get something we could keep for a long time and not just for a few years. The crib is convertible into a full size bed when the time comes. My grandma and parents were awesome enough to get us the furniture for baby FloJo and we are super excited! It does take 4 months to get here, but I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. We need to find a house first anyways, so the timing is perfect for us. I suggest looking earlier rather than later if you want any made to order furniture because 4-6 months is a pretty long time!

Other than that, I have to admit the second I found out it was a boy, my credit cards have been yelling at me to stop spending money on clothes! I seriously went insane guys. The day after we found out, his stepmom took me to Sawgrass mall where we did a quick 45 minute sweep and bought about 20 outfits – Quickest shopping spree I’ve ever experienced. That’s when it happened…my love for baby clothes sank in and I just went totally and utterly insane. By the next day, I was already at Old Navy, Gap, TJ Max, polo online (still waiting for my package of about 10 more outfits from there). I’ve posted just two pictures below of the huge wardrobe this kid already has. My worst fear is going to the doctor for the real ultrasound on the 24th and the nurse saying, “congrats, it’s a girl.” Ahhh okay no more negative thinking. It’s a boy, we saw it’s thing on the ultrasound…crossing my fingers haha – I think all of the clothes had a 30 day exchange policy even – oh well – all I care about is that the baby’s healthy and happy!

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Baby FloJo – Week 15

How is it already week 15? I’m almost 4 months Preggo already? Strange feeling when you don’t feel anything or any different for that matter. Well…nothing’s really changed since last week other than I feel more relaxed, calmer, maybe even happier. Genetic tests, down syndrome… blah all of that gives off bad vibes. Now I just feel back to my normal OCD self, looking at Buy Buy baby every 10 minutes and reminding myself I have no clue what half of the contraptions on there are even for. It’s pretty scary lol – I probably should educate myself. But really, a 35 pound stroller or car seat or whatever I was looking at? This thoroughly convinced me I need to get on my House Hunters game before I get stuck carrying a 35 pound car seat with a one pound peanut sized newborn baby up 3 flights of steps in my house. I can’t even carry groceries up, so let’s get serious here – not happening! I didn’t gain any weight last week when I went to the doctors and people tell me I don’t look pregnant, but I’m def getting chunky. My doctor said you can lose your hips and just your stomach starts growing to make room for the baby – psh, well see what happens. The doctor forewarned us that men get Preggo too while their wives are pregnant…I’m starting to see the truth in this statement lol.

Preggo probz this week – TMI sorry peeps, but you’ll thank me one day when you’re knocked up. I work in Hollywood BFE in a suntrust building on the second floor. Well, today at around 1pm, the entire buildings water system decided to stop working and hence, an out of order sign was put on the bathrooms. Like come on? Every floors bathrooms are out of order for 4 hours? Being Preggo makes you a thirsty wildabeast, not even exaggerating. I wake up gasping for water, make my fiancé go downstairs to get me a bottle and chug the whole thing like I’ve lived in the Amazon rainforest for years without a drink. Okay, maybe a bit exaggerated, but you get the point.

My doctor told me not to be a nut and just wait until 20 weeks to get the anatomy ultrasound done, but I decided at work today I’m way too impatient for that. A guy I work with told me about a place that does Ultrasounds, so I am going on Saturday to see if we can find out if it’s a boy or girl! Sooo excited 🙂

Update: We ended up choosing a different place called 4d picture perfect in Fort Laud for the gender ultrasound. I usually don’t highly recommend places, but the people here were AWESOME. 8 people are allowed in the room with you and there’s a big screen on the wall for everyone to watch up close. We invited our moms and they were super excited. The tech was so funny; she noticed within a minute that there was a ding dong smack in the middle of our baby’s legs, spread eagle, baby had no shame. Determined: baby FloJo is a boy! Danny was so excited that he started calling people in the middle of the ultrasound – I started screaming at him of course, but seriously we are really happy. He told me he did voodoo on my body last night before bed to make sure it was a boy today (real normal lol). I’m so excited I know and can start my registry! I still don’t feel pregnant but whatevs, making the best of it and still taking advantage of my skin tight clothes while I can 🙂

The place gives you ample time to get close and personal with your little peanut on the screen and they do a sneak peak of the 4d – caution: your baby will look like an alien at this point – I was kind of scared to be honest lol. They also give you a CD with all of the pictures and then you get to choose two to print out right there. Overall great experience and I highly recommend. I’m going to go back for the 4d ultrasound later on.

We wanted to keep the gender a secret to the social media world but that idea quickly went out the window when every person we know posted about it. I still wanted to have a cute reveal pic for the scrap book we are making (with all of the weekly chalkboard updates), so we got a huge 30in box (mind you a box costs $25? Since when?). We painted a black heart and then wrote “it’s a …?” At first we tried to have the helium balloons fly out on their own from the box, but omg harder than it looks. We ended up taking clear lanyard and tying all of the balloons with the string, then taping each one in the box. I think it came out cute for a last minute DIY project!

How far along? 15 Weeks, 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: not sure from the last doc visit till now

Maternity clothes? Nope, still in my regulars

Sleep:  no Bueno

Best moment this week:   find out we are having a boy and seeing the look on Danny’s face

Miss Anything? Still sleeping – I wake up at 7 on the weekends now 😔

Movement: Not yet

Food cravings: Girl scout cookies

Anything making you queasy or sick: I don’t want Mexican sushi rolls anymore 😬 ugh

Have you started to show yet: Still not a round belly, but maybe a little more than before

Gender prediction: Boy

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? In

Happy or Moody most of the time: Less moody, more of the happy

Looking forward to:  Creating the baby registry and shopping!

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Baby FloJo – Week 14

This week was definitely different than the last 13.  I wake up for work at 7am, shower, get ready and by 7:45am I am seriously STARVING.  I never used to eat breakfast before I found out I was pregnant, but obviously since I did I started incorporating it into my daily routine at work.  My stomach literally growls out loud on my drive to work.  I am bringing so many little foods and finger foods to work, my co-workers probably think I’m insane (not literally, they’ve known since the first day I found out lol – had to tell them).  My packing usually consists of a banana or strawberries, a tangerine, a blueberry muffin, a fiber bar, salad with cut up buffalo chicken fingers for lunch (my new obsession since you can’t have cold cuts), and pretzels or some other snack (and can’t leave out that our Office manager buys Reeces Peanut butter cups just for me – it’s my new daily obsession after I eat lunch).  Then I get to work and half of the time end up ordering lunch out anyways – plagues of working in an office near really good food.  I feel like I already ate a lot before (my fiance’ can vouch for me on this one), but now I feel like I am definitely eating more (and I stay hungry!)  I got my 2nd sushi craving this week (Mexican roll, minus the fish eggs ew).   – hope I didn’t defy any preggo foodie laws by eating shrimp twice.  I drank decaf a few times last week too (coffee for the first time in 9 weeks I think?) – I think it made me more tired than having nothing.  My work days are starting to feel longer and longer and longer.  I started getting this weird pain in my lower back, by my kidney.  I have no idea what it is but it kind of went away two days later.  Best is yet to come – I started using Palmers body butter stretch mark cream and a new pre-natal vitamin 5 days ago.  Two days later I started getting really really itchy.  I told my fiance’ and of course guys don’t believe anything – “You can’t be allergic to either of those.”  I was so itchy that I couldn’t sleep (on my stomach, sides of legs, the under side of my arms).  I woke up with little bumps that were super itchy the next day.  I called my doctor’s office and left a message for the nurse.  My doctor called me back (not the nurse, kind of a pleasant surprise) and he said that if it doesn’t go away, it could be this thing called PUPPP.  I don’t even feel like explaining it because it has the dumbest name and acronym ever, but it’s basically a rash that you can get while pregnant that comes and goes as it pleases.  I stopped taking the new pre-natals and stopped putting on the body butter.  It seems like it’s starting to go away (I hope?)  Great news is, for all of you non-preggos and for my next kid – I + you will already know every single thing that can possibly go wrong, be wrong, seem wrong…UGH!

I also filled out the Chinese Calendar and the prediction was a boy!  I know everyone says those things are a crock of s***, so we will have to see 🙂  My friend did the ring trick when I found out and it said boy also…Stay tuned!  I am going to bribe my doctor on Monday when I go to see if I can get an ultrasound – if not, I am definitely going to an ultra sound place.  My fiance’ and I are impatient lol – and plus, shopping is my obsession.

UPDATE:  Went to the doc today (1-20-14), got the good news that the blood results showed Danny wasn’t a carrier, which I posted more about in my last post.  At the doc’s office, he used the doppler to hear the baby’s heart beat.  After a whole minute, I didn’t hear anything – of course my anxiety kicked in and I started freaking out to the doctor, asking WTF can’t we hear the heartbeat?  He said sometimes it takes 5 minutes to find it. Danny started video taping and the doctor finally found the heart beat (the doctor laughed and told Danny to take of my priceless pale, nervous face)…Thank god I have the calmest, old school doctor… ever.  Who needs all of the modern gadgets anywayssssss? – I just need someone who can deal with me lol (not easy).

How far along? 14 Weeks, 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: 2 lbs, none from the last visit (110 –> 112lbs in total)

Maternity clothes? Nope, still in my regulars

Sleep:  it’s actually been cooler outside and we’ve been sleeping with the windows open, so a teeny bit better overall!

Best moment this week:  my girlfriends knowing that every Tuesday starts a new week in the preggo world for me…persistently asking for an updated belly pic each week haha 🙂

Miss Anything? Sleeping lol, still turkey sandwiches, now Brie and goat cheese!

Movement: Not yet

Food cravings: Mexican sushi rolls

Anything making you queasy or sick: not really right now

Have you started to show yet: Definitely more than before

Gender prediction: Boy

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? In

Happy or Moody most of the time: Now that I feel relieved, I think I can start being happy!

Looking forward to:  Feb 24th when we find out if the little peanut is a boy or girl!

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But really, preggo or not preggo, who could resist this delishesness?? 🙂

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Baby FloJo Week 13

This week was a scary week for us. Remember the 17 viles of blood I got taken? Well, I was working from home on a conference call with one of my clients when I saw the doctors number start to beep in on my phone. As we all know, they only call if something’s wrong…I couldn’t switch over in the middle of an important call, so I managed to make it through, slighting trembling wondering what kind of voice mail I was about to indulge in. The doctor left me a message saying they had gotten the blood results back right after I left the ultrasound the day before and I am a carrier for Gaucher’s Disease. Who in the world even knows what that is, besides nurses and doctors? I couldn’t really even hear the name correctly on the voicemail. This was the one out of 7 specific Jewish related genetic tests that I came back as a carrier for.

I called the doctor back and he explained that this disease is something in the Ashkenazi line of Jewish ancestors only…never knew I was that either. He said I probably would’ve went my whole life not knowing I even was a carrier if it wasn’t for this specific genetic testing we opted in for. Being a carrier doesn’t mean you have the disease. It just means you have the gene inside of you that can be passed down to offspring, but only if your spouse has that gene as well. My fiancé needed to go get tested ASAP since the results take a long time to come back for genetic testing. I cried, sobbed, and cried some more. Why me? I started asking my parents questions, who had never even heard of this gene either. My fiancé is half Jewish so we prayed that his blood work would come back that he is not a carrier of this gene. If only I have the gene and my fiancé doesn’t, there is no chance our baby could have the disease. If he does, there is a 25% chance our baby could have a type of the disease. After researching it, that number doesn’t sit well with me. Gaucher’s disease has to do with your spleen and enzymes – you bruise very easily, anemic, etc. and there are two types were your life is decreased dramatically.

UPDATE:  We went to the doc today (1-20-14) and they said they STILL didn’t have the blood test results from the lab (almost 2 weeks later).  Danny and I were furious and told them we really need to know our options to make a decision, if something was wrong.  They do further testing on the baby if both parents have the gene, but I didn’t want to go that route if it wasn’t absolutely necessary.  We expressed our concern to the nurse, who said she would call again down to the lab to see what the issue is.  Genetic testing does take longer, but come on, 2 weeks is a bit absurd.   We were talking to the doctor and she interrupted saying “I called the lab and it came back that he does not have any mutation of the gene 🙂 ”

We felt really relieved!  Our baby still has a chance of being a carrier of the gene, but will not have the disease.  Whew, one less obstacle checked off in our books!

How far along? 13 Weeks, 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: not sure, my scales broke in the house 😦
Maternity clothes? Nope, still in my regular clothes
Sleep: HORRRIBLE – cannot even explain how bad I sleep and how horrible my nightmares are – waking up at 7am for work never seemed so hard
Best moment this week: finding out the blood results
Miss Anything? Every kind of cheese I can’t have – brie, feta, goat cheese
Movement: I could’ve sworn when I was driving home the other day from work I felt something weird, but then I wasn’t sure lol
Food cravings: sushi x 100, I caved and got a shrimp tempura Mexican roll – I think I just wanted to taste wasabi
Anything making you queasy or sick: all raw meat is kind of grossing me out right now
Have you started to show yet: My friend finally said she could see something – not sure what lol
Gender prediction: Boy, the ring test said it was haha
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Happy or Moody most of the time: I watched the movie Deep Impact downstairs by myself and literally started HYSTERICALLY crying – I couldn’t stop lol – def think I am a bit emotional
Looking forward to:  Our next doctor’s appt to see if we can find out the sex!

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Baby FloJo Week 12

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Getting  a late start on posting, but late is better then never, right? :]

Up until now, Baby FloJo has showed no signs of being in my tummy.  At first I was so confused – there had to be something wrong, why can’t I feel a human growing inside of me?  I was reassured by the doctor after 3 times after telling him I wasn’t pregnant, that it was perfectly fine not to feel anything and to take it as a blessing.  I am starting to accept that I have been super lucky – I work 45 – an hour away from my house and sometimes 50+ hours a week. How in the world do these women go to work sick like that?  Ugh, saying my blessings!

Anyhoo, I wanted to give a recap up until now so I don’t forget as time goes on!

Weeks 1-4:  Had no clue I was preggo!

Week 5, 6 days:  Went to the doctor where I found out my blood results – def pregnant!  I wasn’t sure what to think at this point.  I was scared, alone in the doctor’s office (I already have anxiety of going to the doc in the first place).   My fiance’ was working.  I had a random lady give me an ultrasound because I told my gyno I didn’t feel anything.  She showed me the heart beat fluttering on the ultrasound screen.  I wasn’t sure if that made me excited or even more nervous.

Week 7:  I switched doctor’s to one that came highly recommended and loved my first appt with him!  The nurses were so great also.  We got to hear the heartbeat again!

Week 8-11:  It’s scary not to feel anything and when your doctor’s appointments are far apart; it makes you wonder even more if everything is going okay in there.  I tried downloading an app to hear the baby’s heart beat and my fiance’ yelled at me not to put my phone near my stomach lol…didn’t work out too well.  At week 10, the doctor used a doppler device on the outside of my stomach to hear the baby’s heart beat – it was a rush, it sounded so loud!  It reassured me something was in there, but I wasn’t convinced until week 12, which leads me to where I am now.

Yesterday, January 6th is when we had our first real ultrasound to test for Down Syndrome.  We opted in for this, but not everyone does.

The ultra sound tech uses an ultrasound to measure the skin on the baby’s neck, taking photographs as she goes along.  The results to this test aren’t back for another 4 weeks, when coupled with the blood test I took yesterday and another one at my next appt.  Last week, I also had to get 17 viles of blood taken…yup, 17.  I thought I was going to faint looking at the nurse count them out with the different colors – I think it was 10 purple and then 7 multi-colored tubes.   By the 13th one, I was asking her to hurry up and that my arm was killing me, not fun 😦

Anyways, back to yesterday.  Even though it was a screening, it was the first time we got to see our little babe!  If I had to describe it, I would say “awe-struck.”  My fiance’ was even more in awe than I was.  It was an actual baby!  You could see his/her body, arms, legs.  The baby was moving its arms and legs…it was a crazy experience to say the least.  I am now thoroughly convinced there is something inside of me.

I got the below idea from an awesome preggo chalk-boarder:  I loved her blog so much and her chalkboard week by week drawings, so I decided to do my own.   http://littlebabygarvin.blogspot.com/

I am using regular thin Crayola chalk and pastel chalk to draw all of the designs on the board!

If your chalk doesn’t seem to be coming out dark, try dampening the tips for a few minutes in a wet paper towel.

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How far along? 12 Weeks, 5 days
Total weight gain/loss: 2 lbs (from 110 to 112)
Maternity clothes? Still fitting in my regular clothes, but some feel tight – I think they were honestly tight before lol 😦
Sleep: I usually sleep so good, but not anymore.  Lately, I can’t sleep – I wake up tossing and turning then sit there until my alarm goes off at 7:10am – it’s horrible 😦  definitely looking for natural remedies, even though I already use the Lavender pillow mist every night.  You have the craziest, most vivid dreams when your pregnant!
Best moment this week: Our 12 week ultrasound, getting to final see the baby – it has a shape now 🙂
Have you told family and friends:  We just announced it to the FB/IG world yesterday!  We had told family and close friends before now
Miss Anything? Seriously, all I want is a turkey sandwich right now, maybe some ahi tuna with wasabi and soy sauce, which you can’t have
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Not really craving anything in particular, just the things I miss eating and can’t eat
Anything making you queasy or sick: The smell of Danny’s cooked steak after he brings it upstairs from the BBQ – I want it no where near my chicken
Have you started to show yet: No, just looks like I ate too many slices of pizza
Gender prediction: Boy
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Happy or Moody most of the time: Well if you ask my fiance’ this question, I know the answer will be mean and moody lol
Looking forward to:  Getting to find out whether it’s a boy or a girl!  …then shopping online lol

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The Art of Ravioli

Who doesn’t love pasta, honestly?  Let’s face it, on those nights when we are starving, stomach rumbling and are too lazy to whip out 100 ingredients to make a lavish meal, pasta is our BFF.

Although I would agree that pasta from a box is easy and convenient, it’s not always the best tasting, especially after you have tried homemade pasta. Once you go homemade, you will NEVER look back – take my word on that.

In keeping with my theme and obsession with Fall everything lately, I am shying away from pumpkin for just this moment to focus on butternut squash. I was never overly in love with butternut squash until about a year ago when I made a Giada recipe that had roasted butternut squash mixed with onions, goat cheese, pasta…OMG – I think you get the idea of how amazingly delicious this dish was.  Viola – my new found love for butternut squash was born and I use it every chance I get.  We invited a friend over for dinner and he became overly obsessed too…Let’s get started on this fabulous homemade butternut squash ravioli.

Original recipe:  HERE

  • Butternut squash = 1 medium
  • Light Agave Nectar = 2 Tablespoon

Ravioli Filling:

  • Heavy cream = 4 Tablespoon
  • Parmesan cheese = 4 Tablespoon, grated, plus more for garnish
  • Brown sugar = 3 Tablespoon
  • Cinnamon = 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Nutmeg = 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Vanilla extract=  1 Teaspoon
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste
  • Pine Nuts (Optional) = 3 Tablespoon

Sage Butter Sauce:

  • 1 Stick butter
  • 8 sage leaves

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Take your 1 butternut squash, cut in half, and spread a thin layer of light agave nectar on the surface of both halves to evenly coat.

Bake in the oven for 1 hour until the squash is golden and soft when punctured with a fork.

Let the squash cool before handling.

Dough:

  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons Water (add more if dough isn’t coming together)
  • 3 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

You can either manually make this dough by piling the flour on a flat surface, creating a crater in the middle of the flour and pouring the eggs and water into the center.  You slowly fold the flour into the liquid until a dough is formed.  Then you need to knead the dough until it is smooth and form into a ball.

I wanted to speed up the process so I used my kitchenaid mixer to get the dough started.  You may need to add more water if your dough is not coming together.  I then removed the dough, formed a ball and began to knead for about 2 minutes until it was smooth.

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Take the dough, wrap it in saran wrap and set it aside to let it rest for about 20 minutes.

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While the dough rests, take your cooled butter nut squash and scrape the flesh out into a food processor (discard the skin). Then add, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon, fresh nutmeg, salt, pepper and vanilla extract into a bowl and puree all of these ingredients together.

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Using a zip lock plastic bag, scoop the squash mixture into one corner of the bag and cut a small slit to form a homemade “pastry” bag.

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Cut your dough into 4 pieces and take 1 of the 4 pieces out of the saran wrap.

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Using a pasta maker or pasta machine, go from level 7 and run your pasta through one time through each level until you get to level 2.  Cut the sheet in half so you have two thin sheets of pasta.  One will be the bottom to hold the filling and the other will become the top to the ravioli.

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To fill the ravioli, Place 1 tbs of filling onto the dough and leaving ½ inch of dough around the edges.   I created circle ravioli using a metal circle cookie cutter; however, you can make square or any shape you like.  Moisten the circular area around each filling drop with water and top with the other sheet of thinned dough.  Press firmly so all the air is out and using the metal cutter or ravioli cutter, create the desired shape you like.  I used the ends of a cocktail fork to indent the circle pasta, to ensure no squash would escape when I boiled.  Repeat the process until all of the dough is used.

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Drop your ravioli into salted, boiling water for 4 minutes until al dente and remove with a pasta strainer.  Pour the sage butter sauce on top and grate fresh parmesan cheese for a final touch.

Happy pasta making – if you come up with any yummy variations, let me know! 🙂

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