September 23, 2016

Strawberry Dream Cake for Sebastian's First Birthday

This past Monday Sebastian turned 1! I can't believe a year has past already. It's hard to imagine that a year ago I was 45 pounds heavier, huffing and puffing up every flight of stairs, and praying someone would just take the baby out of me. Pregnancy was not my most glamorous time. I had all the typical ailments plus a few weird ones I had gained along the way.

September 20, 2016

Broccoli Rabe and Maple Glazed Salmon Bibimbap

I think I am finally ready to say goodbye to summer. It might be because the leaves have aggressively started to fall off the trees or it may be because I miss my cozy sweaters and comfy flannel. Either way, I am now ready to embrace Fall with wide open arms. My Fall-inspired agenda for the next month includes 1) a hay wagon ride with Sebastian, 2) an obligatory photo of him in a pumpkin patch, 3) a 2-hour drive to the apple orchard where I will take more photos of Sebastian, and 4) intense planning for his first Halloween costume. That should keep us busy. Oh, and the 2000 tons of leaves that I will have to rake.

September 14, 2016

Savory Corn and Cheddar Waffles with Avocado

Did you eat avocados when you were young? Do you remember when you first tried an avocado? I can't remember the exact time I saw my first avocado in the grocery store, but I'm pretty sure it was when I was an angsty teen, which probably means I passed right by them not even noticing, making a b-line for the junk food aisle.

September 7, 2016

Tomato and Cheddar Tart with a Savory Parmesan Crust

Pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks, and here I am posting a summery tomato tart recipe. I think I'm in denial that summer is almost over, or rather, I'm convinced that I haven't eaten nearly enough tomatoes this season. So until the leaves have completely fallen off the trees and my basil plant is dead, I am going to live this season out to the fullest. In all seriousness, though, I have a pumpkin recipe coming next week. I wouldn't do that to you guys.

September 1, 2016

Smoked Salmon Pasta with Basil Pesto and Grilled Corn

I just celebrated my 38th birthday last weekend in a manner that is totally appropriate for my mood these days. On Sunday, Sebastian woke me at 5:30 am, crying hysterically. I spent the next few hours trying to calm him, completely exhausted from a previous night of binge-watching Penny Dreadful. Once I finally got him down for his nap, I napped myself.