Today is the last day of National Blog Posting Month and the NaBloPoMo challenge of blogging every single day this month has finally come to an end. Since today also happens to be my birthday, I decided to give myself a break and not worry about uploading photos, sharing recipes, or even talking much about food. I spent a relaxing day with my fiancé, opened some fun presents this evening, and had a nice home-cooked dinner with family. It really was a perfect end to a busy, stressful month and rather than feeling burned out, I’m charged up and ready for December. I have new recipe ideas to test and share, sourdough starter to play with, a stack of new cookbooks to try out and review, and some great products to give away. See you in December!
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I’ve had a busy day but very little of it was spent in the kitchen, so instead of talking about food I thought I’d share a little part of my afternoon with you instead. I spent a couple hours babysitting my little cousin Ava who will be turning a year old next month. Her recent accomplishments include picking up phones and saying hi, calling all animals (and everything else) “Coco”, and giving high fives. We had quite an afternoon! Continue reading →
I just realized that I never really posted any “after” photos of the remodel of our kitchen. So here’s a quick peek into the kitchen as it exists today, along with a reminder of where we started. If you look closely, you’ll see my Boston Terrier (above) standing outside the kitchen door and my cat Thumbelina (below) hanging out on in her favorite spot. Continue reading →
One of the things I really love about participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) is that I usually have a few blogging friends who are crazy enough to join in as well. This year I’m following seven other food bloggers and I’m trying my best to keep up with their daily posts this month. It’s become my morning routine to sit down with a cup of coffee, open up my laptop, and check in to see what everyone has shared. When I first started blogging, I had a similar routine. I read several food blogs every day because it was how we all kept in touch back then. We learned from each other, communicating mostly through comments on blog posts. We shared ideas, riffed on each others recipes, and got to know each other through the stories that we shared. I was learning to cook when I started blogging and a good chunk of my education came from food blogs like Simply Recipes, Blue Kitchen, Smitten Kitchen, Kalyn’s Kitchen, and What We’re Eating, rather than the Food Network. I shared recipes and tips on my own blog because I was having so much fun learning new things that I couldn’t help but want to share with others. Now we’re all on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest and while I do have little brief connections with what feels like hundreds of other food bloggers every day, all this real-time connecting and sharing leaves me with no time to read actual blog posts anymore. It’s all a bit exhausting, really. Continue reading →
As you might have noticed from the recent photos I’ve been posting, I’ve been up in the mountains a bit lately. Sadly, it’s the time of year when we have to close up the family cabin for the winter and say goodbye until next spring. That’s what we did this last weekend. But the weekend before, when this photo was taken, we were up there just to enjoy some long walks in the crisp clean air, Jeep rides through the fall foliage, food that always tastes better in the mountains, and a cozy cabin warmed by the wood stove once more before closing time.
It’s kind of funny that I’m starting a post about fitness and dieting apps by talking about the cabin – the one place in my life that hasn’t been completely taken over by technology (at this time, we have no telephone, television, or internet access at the cabin), but it was on this latest trip to the cabin that I really got to play with my latest fitness gadget, the Fitbit One. Have you heard of Fitbit? It’s one of those newfangled pedometers that track your steps and then wirelessly transfers the information to your computer or smart phone where your activity level is displayed in graph form and you can easily see just how
lazy active you’ve been in a day, week, or month. Mine even has a built-in altimeter that keeps track of how many floors you climb. There is also a setting to track how well you’re sleeping based on how much you move during the night, something I didn’t care about or think I’d use, but it’s actually pretty cool. Continue reading →
Wouldn’t this have been a great photo and title for Wordless Wednesday? It was so tempting to post nothing but a photo today, but it turns out that I have way too many words in my head and I’m exhausted from working so hard to keep them in there. Totally and completely exhausted.
So today I am going to write. Not about my own recipes, because I haven’t felt much like cooking, much less developing recipes, in a really long time. I’m not going to write about my recent travels or the awesome cookbooks and kitchen products that have been showing up at my door lately. Not about our CSA box that has been supplying us with local organic produce and eggs week after week. Not about our summer garden that exploded and filled our lives with cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, and chiles and is now almost completely gone. And I’m certainly not going to write about the growing compost pile where many of those vegetables ended up because I have had no desire to cook or eat them. I’m not even going to write about the beautiful fresh Alaskan salmon that was sent to me over the summer to experiment with and has instead been taking up most of my freezer for the last couple of months. I wish I wanted to write about those things. I really do know how lucky I am to have a job that allows me to be creative in the kitchen and travel and test new products. But right now, none of it means that much to me and food blogging is going to have to wait.
Instead, I’m going to write about miscarriage. It’s the thing that I’ve been trying not to write about for a year now, although the truth is that I have wanted to write about it. Desperately. The thing about miscarriage is that there’s a rule that we’ve all learned that it shouldn’t be talked about with acquaintances or strangers. That’s why you’re not supposed to share news about a pregnancy until after the first trimester – if you talk openly about a pregnancy and it ends in miscarriage, it’s impossible to keep it a secret. While I understand the initial discomfort in having to tell people about the loss, I have found that it’s much more uncomfortable to keep it a secret and try to carry on as if your life hasn’t been ripped apart and turned upside down. Think about how many women go through this (it’s a surprisingly large percentage) and how many of them immediately go back to work, or to the grocery store, or out with friends, enduring small talk and forcing smiles, all while trying to pretend that their world hasn’t just been turned upside down. Continue reading →
I don’t normally use this space to announce sales or shopping deals, but today on Facebook I noticed that King Arthur Flour is offering completely free shipping on orders of $60 or more until tomorrow (Sunday, November 25) at midnight. For years, King Arthur Flour has been one of my favorite places to shop for specialty baking ingredients and with Christmas right around the corner, I’ll definitely be taking advantage of this offer tomorrow! Just thought I’d give you a heads up in case you’d like to stock up on some things as well. Continue reading →
Originally published in November of 2010, this post has been updated and pulled forward from the archives.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you’re lucky, you still have lots of leftover turkey for sandwiches. This Curried Turkey Salad with Apples, Cranberries, and Walnuts is one of my favorites. Continue reading →