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  1. Tuesday, September 13

    Epiphanie Camera Bag Giveaway Winner

    WOW! Apparently Epiphanie bags are on a lot of people’s wish lists…so many great comments on the giveaway! Time to announce that lucky winner!

    Lauren, who said, *drool* always wanted a cute camera bag (:

    Now you will have a cute camera bag, Lauren! Congratulations!

    Thanks again to Epiphanie for such a fabulous giveaway!

  2. Sunday, September 11

    Week 242 Menu…and Remembering

    Ten years ago today Nate and I had just moved to California, far from our families in New Jersey and New England. One morning the phone rang, waking us up. It was my grandfather, telling me there was a hole in one of the World Trade Center buildings and that my dad was in the city and my mom hadn’t heard from him. Of course we immediately turned on the television, called my mom and watched the events unfold. My dad was at a meeting in the Chrysler building. When he heard that a second plane had hit the towers, he left immediately and luckily was able to catch one of the last (if not the last) trains back to New Jersey. He said when he got down to street level, he looked down 5th avenue and could see the towers smoking. By the time he crossed the block to 6th, all he could see was smoke. We didn’t hear from him for hours, but thankfully he was safe, which we were pretty sure of all morning since he was supposed to be mid-town. I’ll never forget feeling beyond grateful for his safety. And I’ll never forget feeling stunned for days, but especially that day, that night, thinking about the families who hadn’t yet heard from their loved ones. Or had heard from them, only to say goodbye.

    I know we all remember that day clearly. And we all feel connected to those events in different ways and that those events unite us. Today, as I beging the 40th week of my pregnancy, we are spending our day together as a family. We’re going to have a picnic in a Redwood forest. And I’m not going to tell my girls what happened 10 years ago. That time will come later. I’m just going to enjoy every moment I have with my loved ones and remember how precious our time together is. For me, that is the best way to honor 9/11.

    Simple menu this week…

    Chicken Piccata (even though I don’t feel like cooking, I think I might go for this…really craving something with mashed potatoes right now)
    – Mashed potatoes

    – Tortellini
    – Fresh veggies from CSA

    English Muffin Pizzas

    – Leftovers

    – Eat Out

    – Either hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill…or Eat Out again. 🙂

    – My Due Date!
    – Breakfast for dinner

    If you have a menu for the week, please share! We’re getting to the point where I’m depending on you all to inspire one another, since I’m pretty much useless.

    Hug your loved ones extra hard today.

  3. Friday, September 9

    Little Man Baby Shower…and DELICIOUS Recipes

    On Tuesday night my friends threw me a baby shower. Even though I told them not to. Because it’s my third child. But they insisted. Because we’re having a boy and we need boy things (which is true). And because they are great friends. And, I must admit, I’m so happy I gave into their shower entreaties. The party was beyond adorable, the food was amazing, and, most importantly, I got to spend an evening with a beautiful group of women I am so grateful to know and count as friends.

    But enough with the sappy stuff. I have to show you how ridiculously cute this shower was. I actually don’t have tons of pictures because it was dark, so they do not convey the total cuteness that was the shower. But believe me, everything looked fabulous.

    There were moustaches and bow ties all over the place.

    And the food. Ah, the food. Again, no great photos, but believe me when I tell you it was all beautiful and tasted even better than it looked.

    The inspiration for the Little Man Shower came from this blog post on ReMarkable Home. (If you click through, you can get the templates for everything and see how to put it all together!) Our friend Courtney discovered the post and shared it with my friend Natalee, who spearheaded my shower. Courtney is good at finding great stuff online. The girl has 53 boards on Pinterest, for Pete’s sake.

    Thank you to my wonderful friends Wendy, Amy, Mindy, Sarah, Natalee and Ana (and Angie, not pictured, who did the flowers). You ladies orchestrated an evening I will never forget and helped welcome Baby Boy Maynard into the world with style!

    Click more to see some fabulous recipes from the shower!

    (>> Find out more…)

  4. Wednesday, September 7

    Gearing Up for Baby Giveaway: Epiphanie Bags

    This giveaway is now closed. However, you really still need to go check out these bags. They rock.

    I am SO excited about today’s giveaway. Have you heard of Epiphanie Bags? They are camera bags that look like regular purses. Well, actually, there’s nothing “regular” about these bags. They are TOO CUTE. Really, go look.

    What does a camera bag have to do with gearing up for baby, you may be wondering? Well, I am going to be getting the Ginger bag (thank you, Epiphanie!), which will be serving as my camera-slash-diaper bag. And I am seriously giddy for the day that it arrives in the mail. Because I have kids and because I am a food blogger, I LOVE having my SLR camera with me, but I hate dragging around my camera bag in addition to my purse. (Plus, my camera bag has no alibi…because it’s U-G-L-Y.) So…I usually end up throwing my beloved camera in my purse or diaper bag, which honestly is not the smartest thing in the world. I shouldn’t be allowed to have a nice camera treating it the way I do.

    Ginger is going to be my solution. I only ever carry at most 1 extra lens around (if that), so I’ll have plenty of room for my wallet and diapers and other baby “schtuff,” and the adjustable velcro panels inside will be perfect for compartmentalizing. Plus the Ginger has lots of pockets. I’m a big fan of pockets in purses.

    And, yes, this is a giveaway! One lucky, randomly-selected winner will get to choose their own Epiphanie bag to keep! Same drill as always…just post a comment and you’re entered to win! Comments must be added to this post by Midnight on Monday, September 12. Winner will be announced on September 13. Prize must be shipped within the U.S.

    So, get commenting and good luck!!

  5. Tuesday, September 6


    Yeah, that’s right. I ate a chocolate cream puff for breakfast.

    Anna and I happened to be driving by Cafe La Tartine in Redwood City this morning and the Chocolat Choux à la Crème was calling out my name. The car practically drove itself into the parking lot.

    Anna decided to get a carrot cupcake…which just so happens to have the best cream cheese frosting I’ve ever tasted. Beginning to think maybe I should have gotten that instead of the cream puff.

    I figure if there’s any time in my life I can eat cream puffs for breakfast, it’s when I’m over 38 weeks pregnant. I blame the baby for this irresponsible behavior.

  6. Monday, September 5

    Lunch Bag Giveaway Winners!

    Time too announce the three winners of the Koko lunch bag and water bottle giveaway! And the three lucky ladies are…

    Noelle Frye, who said “These are so adorable!”

    Melissa, who said “SOO cute!!”

    Roxanne, who said, “I just started my clinical rotations in Nursing school”¦ We always bring lunch and this would be perfect! They are adorable.”

    Congratulations! I know you’ll all love your new bags!

    Thank you again to Cosmoda for one of the cutest giveaways ever!

  7. Sunday, September 4

    Week 241 Menu

    First off, late on Friday I published my exhaustive baby shopping list that I give to friends (and actually use myself!). Be sure to pop over to that post and share your own baby supply advice! I know many of you must have some great tips!

    My CSA finally has tomatoes each week – yippee! Fresh, ripe tomatoes that haven’t traveled over 3,000 miles? Heaven. One of the other CSAs around here is doing bulk sales with all kinds of amazing sounding tomatoes, and I am forcing myself not to buy them. There’s just no way I can stand in the kitchen for hours making sauce and preserving tomatoes right now. We did not plan well…having a baby during the tomato harvest is no good! 😉

    I am so stumped on dinner this week. I just don’t feel like doing anything right now…especially cooking!

    – Labor Day…I think we’ll fire up the grill and put Nate to work!

    Homemade cheese pizza

    Kitchen Sink Quesadillas

    Chicken Piccata
    – Mashed Potatoes and a Veggie

    – Leftovers

    – Eat out

    – Breakfast for dinner! French Toast this week.

    BRING IT ON! Share your menu for the week! Any kind of menu will do…fancy, not-so-fancy, all of it is great!

  8. Friday, September 2

    ‘Gearing Up for Baby’ Has Begun! Plus…The List

    Today marks the kick-off of Gearing Up for Baby on This Week for Dinner! With my due date just over 2 weeks away, I am in major nesting and preparation mode. I thought it would be fun to share some of that with you…and maybe throw in a few REALLY cute giveaways along the way. Besides, I’m not cooking anything very exciting right now, so I gotta give you something to read on this here blog!

    Don’t worry, I’ll still get the weekly menus up and we’ll still talk some food for the next few weeks, but there will also be lots of other fun stuff mixed in. I’m even going to do some car seat and stroller reviewing because I think that is one of the hardest things to buy! I have years of good and bad experiences, so hopefully it will be helpful for a few of you. (Teaser: Orbit Baby provided me with their G2 Travel System to review…I received it yesterday…it’s amazing…but more on that later…)

    To kick everything off, I have a gift for you. Something that, until now, only went to a few close friends. But I’ve decided it’s time that this something make a public appearance, and that something is The List.

    My sister-in-law Jessica and I were pregnant with our first babies at the same time. Cate came first, so I was the guinea pig in the “new mom” department. Not long after Cate was born, Jess called me on the phone and said, “Okay, now that you’ve had the baby, what stuff do I really need to get?” We spent a good amount of time talking, with Jess dutifully typing away. That was how The List was born.

    The List is meant to be a guide…all babies and moms are different! That said, it’s a good jumping-off point for figuring out what baby supplies you need. I know it’s been helpful for a lot of my friends, and I actually was very grateful to have it myself when it was time to get ready for Baby #3!

    Click here to see The List!

    And, as always, please leave comments if you have your own baby shopping list advice!

  9. Thursday, September 1

    On Forks, English Muffins and Putting Your Foot in Your Mouth with Your Mother-in-Law

    You know how English muffin packages say they are ‘fork split’?

    To Nate this means that you should use a fork to pry open your English muffin, maintaining the previously applied fork-split texture.

    To me this means that they already used a fork to split your muffin and you just use your hands to break it apart, thus retaining the nook-and-cranny texture that the fork split causes.

    And this is a point upon which we will never agree.

    Here is why I’m against opening your English muffin with a fork. The fork now needs to be washed. More dishes. (Yes, I know it’s just a fork…but it’s the principle of the thing.) And using a fork to open it makes more crumbs. Basically, just using my hands and opening the muffin over the sink saves me a bit of extra cleaning. But Nate insists on using a fork. I know. We have some serious marital problems.

    The last time Nate’s parents were in town, for some reason I brought this whole thing up with my {completely amazing} mother-in-law, Pat, and complained about the extra fork usage and messy crumbs. She laughed and said, “I use a fork to open them. Like mother, like son.” Thankfully this did not destroy our relationship. I told you she was amazing.

    SOOOOO…I’m curious, how do you open your English muffins? (Remember, I control the giveaways…if you want more, best to go with the “correct” answer. Just kidding. Mostly.)