May 17, 2018

Kitchen Remodel

We moved into our house a little over 4 years ago. I fell in love with it as soon as I first laid eyes on it, but it may have taken a little convincing to get Brent on the same page. We started looking for a house near the end of 2013, just around the time that the housing market in Seattle started to get crazy. The market was nowhere near what it is like now - at that point, you were still able to find a decent house for $600,00 - $800,000 within the city - but now, you're lucky if you can find a decent condo for that price on the outskirts of the city. It is really insane.
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May 3, 2018

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

As this pregnancy progresses (I'm now in the final month, yay!) I am really struggling with everything. Cleaning, cooking, sleeping, taking care of a toddler, are all considerably harder now that I have to waddle everywhere. I don't ever remember feeling this sore or exhausted with Sebastian - probably because I didn't have to chase a toddler around.
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April 30, 2018

Three Bean Salad with Dried Cranberries and Celery

Last week, while grocery shopping, I grabbed the ingredients to prep a large batch of my favorite bean salad to eat throughout the week. I've been making this salad for years, at least since University, where I first discovered it at the local market.
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April 25, 2018

Chocolate Sheet Cake with Chocolate Ganache

I have this chocolate cake recipe that I love. It's my go-to chocolate cake recipe for all occasions. The recipe is from the Essence of Chocolate by John Scharffenberger and I kid you not, it is amazing and fool-proof. I've made it so many times and I can't even count, and I've never had anything go wrong. I've been pretty committed to this cake recipe for just over 7 years now. I've never thought about trying something new, until last week I was having an - I need some chocolate cake right now or my life will be over - type of pregnancy craving. I went up to the fridge and we had no eggs or milk and I was too lazy to go to the store so I thought I would try and make some sort of vegan chocolate cake if I had all of the ingredients.
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April 19, 2018

Pea and Asparagus Risotto with Lemon and Parmesan


You guys, I am just starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. These past few months, actually, for most of this pregnancy, I have suffered from the worst depression coupled with horrible pregnancy-related insomnia, and I'm not sure if the latter caused the former, but things got really intense. I've spent most of the year lying on the couch, completely exhausted, not wanting to move or cook or do anything. The lack of sunshine in Seattle doesn't help. I usually suffer from pretty bad SADS, and I think the pregnancy has made it so much worse.
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