Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wish List: Minted Nursery Wall Art

Every time I open an email from Minted, I add more items to my ever-growing wish list of art pieces for Caroline's nursery. 

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In two short weeks, our precious baby girl will be six months old. Not surprisingly, I've been in awe of her ever since she was born, and I love watching her learn new skills and begin to interact with the world around her.

We started transitioning her to solids a few weeks ago, and introducing her to new foods has easily become one of my new favorite things to do. Now, she's getting closer and closer to figuring out the mechanics behind crawling. As amazing as it's been seeing her grow and develop, there are moments when I want to tell her "Slow down! You don't have to do everything early!"

Knowing that it's unlikely that she'd actually listen to me, I've been trying to finally finish decorating her nursery so we can enjoy the space in this stage of her life for as long as possible. Homemade artwork is now hanging on the wall (more details on that later, but here's a sneak peek), and Stephen and I have picked out bookshelves to hold her ever-expanding library.

Though, as the project nears completion, I'm finding that I'm being tempted by all of the super cute nursery wall art that's available out there. Redecorating isn't in the cards right now (obviously... it took me six months to get this far!), I thought it would be fun to share the nursery art prints on Minted that have caught my eye.

Maybe, when the time is right, I'll add one (or more!) of these pieces to Caroline's collection. ;-)

Friday, August 21, 2015

But First, Coffee {and a Giveaway}

Sure, I'll get right on that... But first, coffee.

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You guys, Etsy is a dangerous place.

I was on the site a few months ago, looking for anniversary gift ideas, and one click led to another... which lead to another... which led to... well, you get the idea. Before I knew it, I had abandoned my quest to find the perfect anniversary gift and found myself obsessing over items boasting one of my favorite phrases -- "But first, coffee."

I was this close to ordering this print (and this one and this one) before I stopped myself. While Stephen and I do share a mutual love of coffee, those prints weren't appropriate for the occasion.

However, since being new parents has upped our dependence on coffee over the past few months, it wouldn't surprise me if I wound up ordering one of the prints anyway. It would be nice to have something to smile at first thing in the morning -- besides the baby, of course -- as we wait for the coffee to brew and try and push through while in our perpetual sleep-deprived state.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

How To: Boil Eggs

Want to know the secrets to making perfect hard-boiled eggs?

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One of the things I love most about blogging is getting to connect with people from all walks of life, from all over the world. And, thanks to social media, Taste As You Go isn't the only place for me to make those connections. I can also use Facebook... or Twitter... or Instagram...

But when you spend so much time reaching out to others, it's refreshing when someone else initiates the conversation. That's why, after confirming their email subscription, I encourage readers to write back and answer one (or all!) of the following:

  • What types of recipes interest you the most?
  • Where do you need the most help in the kitchen?
  • Do you like to eat out? Which cuisines are your favorite? What are the main factors you consider when choosing a restaurant to try?

After sharing a photo of a salad I made for dinner on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, I received an email notification telling me that I had a new email subscriber. Almost immediately afterward, I received an email from that subscriber -- hi, Julie! -- asking for help.

Julie wanted to know how I made "such perfect looking hard-boiled eggs" because her hard-boiled eggs "always seem to come out under-cooked." I replied to Julie's email with my technique and then prepared to go about the rest of my day, but then I realized that there may be more people out there who have the same problem when trying to hard-boiled eggs.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Anatolian Kitchen - Bethlehem, PA

This quaint little restaurant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania shows you that you don't have to leave the Lehigh Valley to taste the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean or to experience authentic Turkish cuisine. 

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So much has changed since I published the very first restaurant review on Taste As You Go nearly seven years ago. Initially, I wrote about my dining adventures as my friends and I ate our way around New York City. As I got more comfortable with blogging, I started to write about the restaurants I discovered while traveling.

After Stephen and I got engaged, I relocated to Pennsylvania, and my reviews featured fewer restaurants in Manhattan and more restaurants in the Lehigh Valley. Now that we have a baby, things have, naturally, shifted again.

We haven't completely given up on the notion of dining out -- heck, we broke out of the house for brunch at one of our favorite local spots when Caroline was only two weeks old -- but we have changed our strategy when it comes to picking a place to eat.

Of course, this is going to affect the types of restaurant reviews I write. Eventually, you'll start to see fewer reviews about restaurants perfect for Date Night and more reviews about establishments that can reasonably accommodate families with babies and/or small children.

Falling into the latter category is Anatolian Kitchen in Bethlehem, a small and simply decorated restaurant in the Taylor Court Plaza on Linden Street. Stephen and I became slightly obsessed with their food when I was in my third trimester, so it seemed only right that we head there for a meal as soon as we could after Caroline was born.