October 10, 2008

thank you soo much for your comments!!

I want to say thank you for all your comments! That made my week every more special! I wish I could comment on every single one..but it’s so hard to type with one hand!!!

I can’t believe it’s been a WEEK and a day!!! Wow. A WEEK AND A DAY OF BEING A MOM!!!

I lay in bed looking at Coop and thinking…this time is soo limited…this time as a newborn…I must cherish EVERY SINGLE second. I could spend all day long taking pictures of EVERYTHING.

If only I had all the time in the world….

Today we are off to the doctors! Wish us luck 😉

October 7, 2008

pumpkin kisses!

a quick note to let you know that you should keep me away from your bag of pumpkin kisses….

someone stop me before i eat this whole bowl!

I seriously can’t stop myself.
It’s like pumpkin cheese cake in candy form.
Watch out.

Oh and speaking of sweet… look at my cute little bebe with his Mr. Panda!!!!
(made especially for him by my bff-woot)

this little boy sure has a crop of hair!

and now we are off to take a nap! Happy Tuesday everyone!

October 5, 2008

hello internet!

Welcome Cooper Andrew Benjamin!!!
8lbs. 10oz.
19 inches long

Momma, Bebe & Daddy are doing well! xoxoxo

Let the fun begin!

September 28, 2008

halloween is in the air!

I was anticipating that I wouldn’t get the opportunity to decorate my house for Halloween this year since I have a little sprout on the way…but since I’m on maternity leave I was able to get the mantle done and a few things put up around the house.

There’s one week left til baby is “expected” to make his arrival!!!

Thanks to Martha Stewart’s Crafts over at Michael’s and a little help from Target…I was able to this off. It’s so much fun!

especially you!



September 25, 2008

why i love living in the burbs:

cookbook + apples = apple crisp!

When we bought a house in the burbs two years ago, I REALLY REALLY missed living in San Francisco. It was extremely hard to not have access to all of the awesome restaurants, museums, shops, markets, and of course–my friends! It also was hard getting used to the fact that everything around here closes so damn early.

One of the many pros of living in the ‘burbs is that I have a neighbor who spends most of her day tending to her garden. She grows TONS of veggies & fruits and leaves us bags of her latest harvest in our side yard.

Yesterday I found a large bag filled with apples just waiting for me to pillage! What perfect timing…I was just pining over autumnal dessert recipes while resting on the couch!!!!

So last night I made an apple crisp for this week’s Project Runway get together!

I started with a recipe from The Joy of Cooking cookbook…then decided to add a oatmeal and walnuts to make it a little more hearty. The good part is that adding those ingredients made more topping- which to me is the BEST part 😉

Apple Crisp:
serves about 8 or 4 REALLY pregnant women

-8 large apples (peeled & chopped into 1 inch pieces)
-10 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into small cubes)
-1/2 cup rolled oats
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-3/4 cup flour
-3/4 cup sugar (lessen amount if the apples are sweet)
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash, peel & chop apples.
Line the bottom of an oven proof baking dish with them.



2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add cubes of butter and with a pastry cutter (two knives will work if you don’t have one), cut the butter into the flour mixture until you have chunky crumbs. Add the walnuts and coat them thoroughly with the mixture.

cut in that butter

3. Spread crumb mixture on top of apples. Put in the lower 1/3 of your oven and bake 50-55 minutes until crisp is brown and the apples are bubbling.

i added walnuts..

Take the crisp out of oven and let it rest for a bit. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Oh HOLY YUM!!

I even had some for breakfast this morning!

can't think of a better breakfast

Now get up and make some! You won’t regret it!

September 15, 2008

dear future child,

This is your mom speaking. You are due to arrive in give-or-take 3 weeks!!! Yikes. I am equally prepared and not prepared for your arrival.

This past weekend I ate almost a whole loaf of challah bread. I am TOTALLY convinced you loved EVERY second of it. Didn’t you? I know I did. How could you not? I felt guilty for 2.5 seconds and then realized that I have a bun (that’s you!) in the oven. A bun who will smile at me one day and be a carb addict just like his momma. So I guess it was worth the sacrifice. You will probably be the child who has eaten half the loaf of french bread before the clerk passes the barcode through the scanner…. Just don’t be that kid who eats all of the bread I was going to serve company! That kid makes mommies unhappy.

Besides the challah fiasco…you also went out to dinner with your grandparents, your dad, and your cousins Elaine & Bruce.

This is what you ate:

crab salad on a brioche

sweet corn soup


September 13, 2008

food fantasy actualized:

dreamed of a turkey meatloaf sandwich...then made it!

I parked myself on the couch this morning and watched some quality Food Network TV. I NEEDED to make myself a Turkey Meatloaf sandwich STAT.

The Turkey Meatloaf sandwich with onions, lettuce, ketchup & mustard I dreamed of came to fruition!
Food Fantasy actualized in above picture! Damn that feels good.

So at this point…baby room is about 99% done.

Freezer contains:
-4 bean burritos
-Turkey Meatloaf
-a Loaf of Sourdough Bread

I hope to add:
-Sausage Soup
-Curry Zucchini Soup
-Green Curry with Shrimp
-Banana Bread (or zucchini if I don’t get around to the soup part)

perhaps by the end of the week?

Thanks for the food suggestions!