Robert Mills House_South Carolina

posted on: Saturday, August 23, 2014


The one cool tidbit about this historic home: it was built by Robert Mills—the same architect who designed and built the Washington Monument in DC.

Pregnancy Progression Pictures

posted on: Tuesday, August 19, 2014


38 weeks 4 days

posted on: Tuesday, April 29, 2014


I have enjoyed every minute of this pregnancy thus far and recently realized that I have not jotted down too many moments of it on this blog. Being 38 weeks pregnant makes me acutely aware of the beginning of the final countdown. So, before my brain enters its temporary (or permanent) foggy stage where days and nights flow into each other, and I find myself struggling to remember if I had taken a shower or if I make it to the shower, then try to remember if I shampooed my hair or not, I will do my best to write down some things about this awesome pregnancy :)

anticipation

“I love you for what we've already shared, and I love you now in anticipation of all that's to come.”
― Nicholas Sparks, Nights in Rodanthe


in a few short days, i will be holding my sweet little baby girl in my arms, stroking her soft cheeks and awed by every little part of her. i am sure i will miss looking at my burgeoning belly and feeling her squirm and tumble around as she tries to stretch in the ever-shrinking space. i am sure i will miss that reassurance of her hiccups that are so consistent.

i have loved every part of this beautiful and long-prayed for pregnancy—as my body has willingly changed to accommodate new life growing within me. i have never fretted over stretch marks, heartburn, or swollen ankles. i have been in awe of the miracle that is conception and pregnancy as i have observed both my life and aaron's life change in anticipation of this little baby.

it is amazing to think that a seven-pound bundle of long sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and endless hours of laundry could be the thing that completes us and makes us a family. but the truth is, those things are insignificant in comparison to the overwhelming love and gratitude that i am sure we will feel when we hold her in our arms and take our first deep breath of heaven.

in a few short days...


Chicken Tamale Bowl

posted on: Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Chicken Tamale Bowl


Roasted Asparagus & Penne Pasta Bake

posted on: Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Roasted Asparagus & Penne Pasta Bake

Cumin Chicken Roasted Veggies Rice Bowl


Cumin Chicken Roasted Veggies Rice Bowl

Shish Tawook (Grilled Chicken w/ Roasted Red Peppers & Garlic Guacamole)

posted on: Monday, March 31, 2014


Shish Tawook (Grilled Chicken w/ Roasted Red Peppers & Garlic Guacamole).

magic

posted on: Saturday, March 1, 2014

You are the closest I will ever come to magic.


Chocolate Zucchini Walnut Bread

posted on: Monday, February 24, 2014

I am a reluctant baker. Not quite the introduction one would like to read as they look up your recipe but I have to be honest. Give me a mystery basket of ingredients and tell me to cook something and I will confidently attack the task at hand. Give me something that requires me to bake and you will be met with blank stares and bewilderment. Okay, not completely accurate but close enough.

Every once in a while, some phantom thought will wedge itself in my brain and convince me that my fear of baking is unfounded and I should just go for it. So I do. And it turns out okay, even delicious at times. This recipe came with simple ingredients (a combination I had never tried before), a three-to-four-step process, and resulted in yumminess. I was willing to try it despite my natural instinct to stay away from baking :) If you have never tried the combination of chocolate and zucchini, you are in for a treat. If you have, you need no encouragement to whip up this baby in no time and impress your family and guests.

Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

posted on: Wednesday, February 19, 2014


In an attempt to curb my enthusiasm for eating white rice three times a day, I have been seeking out food combinations that are healthier for me. This is a combination I don't often think of because guacamole and bread don't seem to readily go together in my head. But, I was so wrong! This was delicious and the Monterey Jack Cheese slices melted to perfection takes this to another level. Your kids will ask for this meal and if you are willing, they wouldn't mind making it for themselves either!

Fish Tacos & Mango Avocado Salsa

posted on: Monday, February 17, 2014


Notwithstanding all obvious signs that winter is still around, my mind is playing tricks on me by inducing thoughts that include fresh farmers' market-type ingredients. This meal came together so quickly and easily and the flavors complementing each other immediately transformed us straight back to sunny California. Warm weather, sunshine, beaches, farmers' markets, latin music... hmmm, how much longer till springtime?

Okay, back from daydreaming but only long enough to give you the recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest :)

Weekly Menu - February 17, 2014.

posted on: Sunday, February 16, 2014


I have the utmost respect for those mothers who run around all day long taking care of kids, laundry, homework, driving their kids to games, etc., and are still able to put a meal together for dinner so their family could spend some quality time with each other.

As I look forward to my own little bundle of joy, I wonder how long I can pull off just opening the fridge and coming up with things to make for dinner before my brain cells' capacity starts depleting :) I am convinced that "pregnancy brain" is a real phenomenon! To battle this and make this a preventative measure, I make a regular weekly menu. It helps with grocery shopping and meal planning without having to be at my wits' end each evening as I try to conjure up a delicious dinner. I am noticing that the third benefit could be that it allows me to create some new blog posts as well. Now that's what I call a multitasking menu list!

maternity photos

posted on: Saturday, February 15, 2014

Our dear friend and incredibly talented photographer Traci of Traci Rampton Photography was kind enough to document this magical time in our lives via some stunning images.

Firecracker Chicken

posted on: Thursday, February 13, 2014


Looking for something to turn up the heat during these long, cold, exceptionally cold (oh, I already said that) winter days,  I turned to my trusty friend—Pinterest. While I am still getting the hang of using this medium of recipe collection, I have found some great blogs and sources of inspiration as far as food is concerned. One of these sources is Mel's Kitchen Cafe and I love everything I have made so far.

Recipes on Pinterest are a hit and miss. I have been lucky to have fewer misses than many others. This Firecracker Chicken was a surefire hit! It is now added to our meal rotation. It takes a bit more time than most of the recipes I usually make, but it is well worth the effort! Tangy, sweet, and spicy all rolled into one, these crispy pieces of chicken make you want more while you are still eating your first bowl. I served this with some white sushi rice, topped with some green onions and sprinkled with some sesame seeds. It was mouthwatering!

Here's the recipe!
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