Yesterday I hit 20 weeks in this pregnancy. A lot of people will say, “Wow, 20 weeks! You’re halfway through! But that’s only part true… while a pregnancy may last 40 weeks on average, for some reason (as I mentioned before) it’s measured from the first day of the last menstrual period, so for the first 2 weeks, you’re not actually pregnant. Then, I didn’t know I was pregnant until Week 6. So as far as “feeling pregnant” goes, this is only week 14 for me. Out of 34 weeks (based on a 40-week pregnancy, finding out at 6 weeks) that I will “feel pregnant” total.

Technicalities aside, I can see that I don’t have much longer to get ready for this baby! I’m so nervous because I haven’t found a Bradley class to take yet (recommended by my midwife, and I really want to find one to enroll in) or done much in the way of preparing the baby’s room or any of that. We don’t have a car seat or a bed or a dresser for the baby… so why is a prenatal massage on the top of my list of “things to do for the baby?” Haha!

This week we’ve started preparing our garden for the spring, and even bought a few plants (though the Lowe’s guy said they’ll have lots more to choose from in 2 weeks, so we’ll have to go back then). We’ve also talked about (though not done much about) preparing for a yard sale to get rid of some of the clutter taking up space in the house and garage. Also, since we know we’re going to move (whether into base housing or across the country) a few months after the baby is born, there are some things I can start packing already… mostly my child development materials which I’m not using now since I’m working outside of my home as a nanny, rather than doing childcare here. That doesn’t sound like much since it’s just one “category” of things, but it’s a LOT of things that I can pack up and it will free up some space for us!

Week 20 copy

So this Tommy Emmanuel concert? Holy crud… there are no words.

If you’re a fan of music or fingerpicking or guitars in general or even just a person with ears… Tommy Emmanuel will amaze and delight you. As a musician he is beyond talented, and as a performer, he is incredibly engaging and entertaining.

My dad is a huge fan of his and sent me an email a little bit ago saying that he was going to be performing near me and to QUICKLY buy tickets. Of course I jumped on it (since I’m also a huge fan) and got the last pair of “Golden Circle” tickets (first five rows) for his Tuesday performance at Orange Blossom Junction in Exeter, CA.

We didn’t really know anything about the venue, so we arrived all dressed up, possibly a bit overdressed. I didn’t mind though. It was our first big Valentine date *ever* (not counting military balls) and CERTAINLY a special occasion for us – celebrating our couplehood, our growing family, and our first Tommy concert!

Orange Blossom Junction, Exeter CA

Evidently this is the smallest venue in the WORLD where Tommy Emmanuel plays, by 300-500 seats. It was like sitting in a living room with a bunch of good friends… quite intimate. I feel VERY lucky (and we were in the 3rd row, a bit right of center).

Orange Blossom Junction Exeter, CA - Tommy Emmanuel Concert

We got a nice lady to snap a photo of us, and then we headed upstairs for dinner before the show.

The 3 of us ready to hear Tommy Emmanuel play!

The dining room was maybe a bit TOO intimate for my liking. Our table was maybe 4 inches away from the next table (on both sides). But the food was quite delicious and unique (the crab cakes with bay shrimp were delicious, and the homemade Cabernet ice cream was amazing) which made up for the squished-ness a bit. (See in the foreground of this picture? It looks like a line down the middle of the tablecloth, but those are 2 separate tables VERY close to each other, each for a separate couple who don’t know each other. Oh, well.)

Orange Blossom Junction dining room

He was a little embarrassed that I wanted to take a picture in the dining room.

Topher at Orange Blossom Junction dinner

But I didn’t mind… sometimes I’m embarrassing, and he knew that getting into this.

Me at Orange Blossom Junction dinner

After dinner, we headed downstairs to grab our seats for the concert, and snapped a quick photo with Tommy’s guitars before we put the camera in the car (no photography allowed during the show).

Us and Tommy Emmanuel's Guitars at Orange Blossom Junction

This is the song (not my video, not from this concert) that the baby started moving around during. I was grinning like an idiot while choking back tears. It was the most intensely emotional moment… Endless Road:

I also LOVED this song, which will be on his new album (I think that’s what he said). Halfway Home:

And this one, Haba na Haba (Little by Little):

So enough of that… on to the Primal Chicken Fingers. And sorry, there are no photos. I made them tonight and they were so simple, but too good not to share!

Primal Chicken Fingers:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and oil a baking dish.
  2. Flatten 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts slightly, just so they are a consistent thickness and will cook at the same rate throughout. Then slice into “fingers” (I got 4 good fingers out of each breast).
  3. Beat 1 egg with a generous splash of milk or coconut milk. Put the chicken pieces into the egg mixture.
  4. In a ziploc bag, combine 3/4 cup of Almond flour with 2-3 Tbsp coconut flour and the seasonings of your choice. I used a pre-mixed Ranch seasoning (not primal) but onion powder, garlic salt, and parsley would’ve been good if I weren’t so lazy tonight.
  5. A few pieces at a time, pick up the chicken fingers and let the extra egg wash drip back into the bowl before tossing them in the bag (seal it obviously) like “Shake ‘n’ Bake.”
  6. Arrange the coated pieces in your baking dish, then cook for about 25 minutes or until they’re cooked through.

At first I was disappointed that the outsides didn’t crisp (though I could’ve crisped them in a pan no problem) but the flavor? Out of this world. We will definitely make them again! VERY yummy.

8 Comments on 20 Weeks Pregnant, Tommy Emmanuel, and Primal Chicken Fingers!

  1. Healthy Needed to Balance the Busy « Yellow Brick Beauty says:

    […] This week’s Test It Out Tuesday (TIOT, which really happened last night for dinner, but is just now being written about due to the chaos of life) was brought to you by the blog Joyful Abode. The dish that was tested, Primal Chicken Fingers. […]

  2. Julianne says:

    Oh my gosh, you two are so cute! Best post ever- warms my heart. ^_^

  3. Julianne says:

    Oh my gosh, you two are so cute! Best post ever- warms my heart. ^_^

  4. dianarenata says:

    I just have to tell you, you look so pretty! 🙂

  5. Katie says:

    One suggestion I have re: them not crisping up on the outside. If you coat them in the almond flour, then in the egg mixture, then back in the almond flour, you get a thicker crust that gets crispier in my experience. I read it on someone else's primal blog (can't remember where), and it definitely works! This reminds me I should make these soon…I have chicken tenderloins in the fridge!

  6. Amber says:

    Agree with Lynn. Ina May is awesome. Her books are great. I read lots of info on all natural childbirth (close to 50 books, I like to read) and went through it twice. (Not even an IV!) IDK if those are your plans but Ina May will get you started. Even if your not planning for natural, she is a great writer and all her stuff is from hands on (at 'the farm”). Just make sure that your not “COMPLETELY SET” on your birth plan. Things happen that you cant control. For my 1st my cervix was stubborn and a 1/4 of it didnt dilate completely. My midwife had to manually move it so the baby could fit. Which meant I was on my back (semi upright) which was AGAINST my plan. I was sad that I wasnt able to birth in the water like I planned, but in the end the baby was safe and that was all that mattered.

  7. If your readers want to see what Primal Chicken Fingers look like –

    Lovely reading about your experiences with being pregnant! It must be so amazing feeling it move around. It's hard to tell accurately from your gorgeous photos, but how's your bone alignment? I remember my Mum doing work on her posture during her second pregnancy so that she carried her weight on her bones, not her muscles, and it helped her pregnancy immensely – far less back pain, and no issues with the baby crushing organs. Might be worth looking into if you ever feel like you're not operating with perfect posture…

    Keep up the great work!

  8. Lynn says:

    I'm tired so I admit, I didn't read the whole entry yet. I'll do it tomorrow. I just wanted to suggest Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. No matter what kind of birth you want (from crunchy to quite mainstream), it's a good prep book on childbirth and labor, in my personal opinion. I loved reading the stories shared by women and their experiences.

    You look great!

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