Right before and after I had my little girl, a lot of people told me that having two kids was great. That it was tough at first (they said this with a perceptible shudder, which made me start sweating just a bit), but that after about a year, it was wonderful because your kids can actually play together. You know, a built-in buddy.
Do you ever stop and marvel at how quickly a year goes by? Sometimes I get caught up in the everyday of it all, only to be blindsided by the passage of months, whole seasons, then suddenly, a year. Before you know it, it’s been 365 days since the last time you celebrated your child’s second birthday (cry), since you last cleaned under the fridge (whoops), since you took a romantic weekend away with your hubby. It doesn’t feel that long sometimes, but it is. For instance, I did a double take when I was thinking back on my most recent trip with my husband. A year? It can’t really have been a year?! Can it? Oh yes, that’s right. We had one less child, and I remember it being cold, so yeah. A year. [Read more...]
You know, when I post things like homemade bagels, I get concerned that some people might get the wrong idea about me. See, sometimes when I see people that I know, who read my blog, they say things like, “I don’t know how you do it!” or my favorite, “How do you make these gourmet meals every night?! I can barely heat up the mac ‘n cheese.” I have the uncomfortable feeling that I might be perpetuating the myth that moms with young kids can really keep perfectly clean houses, have perfectly groomed (and well-behaved) kids, and put perfectly nutritious meals on the table three times a day. [Read more...]
Everyone has their favorite fall thing. Pumpkin is a biggie. Sweet potato is another one. Mine is apples. Come autumn, I want apple everything. I love how versatile they are, how perfect raw or baked. I feel the same way about apples in the fall the way I feel about rhubarb in the spring. (And in case you were wondering- yes, that may mean you’ll get 5 apple recipes in a row.) No regrets. [Read more...]
With this glorious time of mid-summer comes a serious case of chard fatigue. And kale fatigue. And leafy green fatigue. I have chard and kale in my garden and they grow so rapidly and so abundantly that I often can’t keep up. And there are only so many meals that I can eat with a side of garlicky sautéed greens. So, at least in our house, a new recipe for greens is always more than welcome. But to have a swiss chard recipe that I’m actually excited about? That’s really something. [Read more...]