Monday, October 20, 2014

bump: weeks 13-23.

Things got real quiet around here for a while. Life happened, obviously. Getting pregnant, summer craziness at the library, taking over new responsibilities and being promoted to Youth Services Librarian. All good!

Paul and I are thrilled to be expecting our first child! We're having a little boy, and the whole experience is just blowing our minds. My tummy is growing every week, and I've even been feeling his strong little kicks and jabs the last few weeks. It's been amazing to be on this journey with Paul. Every day I get more glimpses into what he's going to be like as a father, and I thank my lucky stars that I am with this man. He's going to be staying home with our little guy, and I just know he's going to excel at it. My mind is at ease knowing that we don't have to worry about daycare--the cost and the feeling of handing over our child to someone we don't know.

Anyway, I thought I'd compile the photos we've taken so far. It's fun to look at them all together and see how much he's growing. I'll pop back in again soon and try to get back into the groove of updating. :)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

meal plan : week 21

DitL: Friday, January 31

We've been eating so much good food lately which has somehow not ended up on the blog. I need to do a little round up sometime. But for now, here's our meal plan for this coming week!

monday: vegan fajitas
tuesday: roasted carrot soup with miso
wednesday: yellow split pea dal with steamed broccoli & cauliflower
thursday: black bean burgers with a tahini & lemon dressing
friday: homemade pizza with quinoa flour

catch up.

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Sorry for the radio silence! I went away for about a week to attend a library conference, then things sort of went crazy. But good crazy. There are a lot of changes on the horizon, and we couldn't be happier about them! Fingers crossed that certain things fall the way we're wishing. ;)

So, what else have we been up to?

-began attending a beginner's ballet class
-went away for a 4-day library conference in Orlando
-presented at said conference
-visited Disney every night during that conference
-was joined by Paul for the weekend at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter
-surprised my mom for Mother's Day and loved every second of it
-soaked up some more precious time with my nephew
-enjoyed a visit to the library by a Disney performer with a true passion for what he does
-got excited by a friend's spectacular news
-taken on a lot more work
-readied our porch for summer

It's been a great few weeks! We'll be back to your regularly scheduled meal plans & more very soon! ♥

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

worn : savannah & a straw hat

Savannah & a Straw Hat
Savannah & a Straw Hat
Savannah & a Straw Hat
Savannah & a Straw Hat

On our way to a bridal shower in South Carolina, we stopped off in Savannah to pick up a little addition to our gift. It was my first time there, and now I wish we'd had more time! Historic Savannah was charming and filled with the cutest shops. While we were there, I also bought this perfect straw hat. It's just the thing for my summer wardrobe!

dress: ross | shoes: famous footwear | hat: anthropologie | belt & handbag: kate spade

meal plan : week 18


Last week's meal plan was so, so good! We broke out of our comfort zone while still eating healthy and sticking to our low-carb diet. Paul's first time making ahi tuna was a huge success! He was a little nervous making it, but he needn't have worried--all of his food always turns out perfectly. Another standout from last week? The tofu steaks with mushroom gravy and parsnip mashed potatoes. All vegan, all delicious.

Now for this week's eats!

monday: indian-lentil cauliflower soup (oh she glows cookbook)
tuesday: potato & leek soup
wednesday: easy chana masala (oh she glows cookbook) with 5-minute whole wheat naan
thursday: big vegan bowl
friday: portobello "steak" fajitas with ezekiel tortillas (oh she glows cookbook)

You might've noticed in the last two weeks that a lot of meals on our plan are from blogger Angela's new cookbook, Oh She Glows. After following her blog for years and loving the recipes, I'm thrilled she came out with a cookbook! All of the recipes are vegan and simple enough to put together. As a challenge to myself, I was to cook every recipe in the book! I've completed six recipes so far--all of them perfect! Check back later for more updates on the challenge!

What are you eating this week?

Friday, April 25, 2014

foodie friday : epcot flower & garden festival.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Food

You might be confused about the title of this post. Do I mean the Food & Wine Festival instead? Not at all. The Flower & Garden Festival has stepped up its game and brought out a variety of outdoor kitchens to accompany their beautiful plants. As pescas, we couldn't sample every kitchen, but most of the ones we tried were amazing.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Food

We started out our spin around the World Showcase with a stop at the Pineapple Promenade. This was my most-anticipated booth for only one thing: spiked dole whip. If you've never had a dole whip, you should remedy that as soon as possible. It's a delicious pineapple soft serve with pineapple juice. Simple, but crazy delicious. Epcot's special version includes either Myer's Dark Rum or Parrot Bay Coconut Rum. Paul chose dark, while I went with coconut. We were thrilled to notice that it was a heavy pour of each--no skimping here! As expected, it was a wonderful treat on a hot day.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Food

Next: Buttercup Cottage near England. The food sounded delicious, but we chose some refreshing drinks to wash down the dole whip. I went with a chilled rose blush lemonade with raspberry, while Paul sipped on a Twinings cold brewed English classic with lemongrass syrup. Both were yummy--mine was sweet and tangy, while Paul's was more understated. A+.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Food

Bonjour, you beauties. Fleur de Lys in France was our next foodie destination, and it did not disappoint. I tasted my very first macaron--an oversized orange blossom macaron with white chocolate ganache--and it was heavenly. Soft, chewy, and the flavor was just perfect. Paul selected the (ultra-girly) La Vie en Rose frozen slush, made up of vodka, grey goose orange, st. germain liquor, & white and red cranberry juice. He immediately poured it into my empty lemonade cup before we could continue our stroll.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Food
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Food
Near Morocco's Taste of Marrakesh, we chose their signature drink--a Desert Rose. It was sparkling wine with pomegranate liqueur. Paul didn't love it, but I thought the flavor was good, and who doesn't like a little bubbly in the middle of the day?

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Food

One of our best decisions was going with the frushi at Japan's Hanami. Frushi turned out to be pineapple, strawberries, and melon rolled with coconut rice, served with raspberry sauce, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and served with whipped cream on the side. YUM. Not overly sweet, but just enough. The coconut rice was the star here. I wish we'd gone back for seconds!

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Food

At this point, we skipped over America's Smokehouse, where there was nothing we wanted to eat. We landed next at Italy's Primavera Kitchen. Paul ordered a three cheese manicotti for us to share. Unfortunately, we weren't blown away. The huge basil leaf was tasty and a nice touch, but everything else was passable. I blame my dad's Italian cooking for spoiling our tastes.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Food

I'd been looking forward to the next stop--Florida Fresh. Paul had to get the Florida Avenue Blueberry from Cold Storage Brewery because, come on, blueberry. I sipped on the Hurricane Class 5 Florida White Sangria from Florida Orange Groves. Paul loved the beer, but the sangria? Eh. It was tasty, but the serving size was pitiful, and I expected some fruit in my sangria.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Food

Lotus House in China was our next destination. We both ordered the vegetable spring rolls, which were quite tasty. Paul got his with some sriracha, of course!

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Food

We ate dessert before dinner at Jardin de Fiestas in Mexico. We shared the flan de chocolate abuelita. Yum! This might've been the best flan I've ever had. Normally the texture throws me off, but this one was just right.

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Food

We finished our trip around the world at Urban Farm Eats. This location might've been my very favorite, and I wish we'd tried everything there. Instead, we chose the picked beet salad with goat cheese cream, mizuna, and pistachios over arugula, along with some cucumber lemon water. Paul wouldn't touch the beets, but I loved them. Everything about this salad was perfection. I need to recreate it at home!

Did you go to the Flower & Garden Festival this year? What did you think?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

meal plan : week 17

DitL: Friday, January 31

Can I just begin by saying last week was delicious? Everything turned out great, and I even had a friend over for dinner who ate some food outside her comfort zone and loved it. Yay! We ended the week with a trip to Disney for Paul's birthday, which of course meant more food. Lunch (complete with custom Meeko cake) was at Sanaa of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. It features a blend of African and Indian flavors, looking out over a mini Savanna filled with giraffe, zebras, and more. Awesome. Later, we had dinner at Tokyo Dining in Epcot where we stuffed ourselves with sushi. Mmmm...

But onto this week's eats!

monday: leftover potato & leek soup
tuesday: seared ahi tuna with curried bulgur wheat salad (paul's homemade birthday dinner!)
wednesday: indian lentil-cauliflower soup, p. 133 of the Oh She Glows Cookbook
thursday: cauliflower & parsnip mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy and tofu steaks
friday: spiced red lentil & kale soup, p. 131 of the Oh She Glows Cookbook

What are you eating this week?