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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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