Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Weeknight Beef Stroganoff

This rich and creamy Beef Stroganoff is the perfect thing to make if you want to warm yourself up on a cold night. It's full of flavor and easy enough to make on those busy nights during the week.

Weeknight Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles | Taste As You Go

Okay, it's time to fess up.

I actually first sat down to write this post over a week ago. And what's worse? I shot the photos for this post almost three years ago.

Yes, years.

According to the date on the photo files, I took them on April 20, 2015. Caroline was only six weeks old, and I was still a newbie mom holding onto the hope that my life wasn't going to change that much now that I had a kid. I really did think I'd still have time for things like developing recipes and writing on a regular basis.

I was so, so wrong.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Our Monthly Dinner Plan (January)

2018 is here. It's time to bring back the monthly dinner plans!

Oh, 2018.

Part of me has been waiting for you for months. Another part needs at least three more weeks of 2017 to catch up on the things I didn't get to do.

(I'm not the only one who feels that way... right?)

Anyway... As I mentioned in my last blog post, my hope is to write more frequently this year. I've really missed writing and I'm ready to put my fingers on the keyboard again. To ease back into it, I'm going to start with our monthly dinner plan for January.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy Holidays {and Our Family Photos}

It turns out I shouldn't be allowed to arrange family photo shoots.  

Lehigh Valley Family Photo Shoot | Photo by Adam Atkinson - Happily Ever Atkinson | Taste As You Go

When I found out we were expecting our second child, I started making lists of all the things I wanted to do. In particular, the things I didn't get to do when I was pregnant with Caroline. Things like setting up the nursery and taking maternity photos. But I experienced some pregnancy complications, and none of those things ever happened.

Missing those opportunities depressed me, and I'm not entirely sure I'm over that sadness. With maternity photos off the table, I started making plans for newborn photos... But then I went into early labor and the baby needed to stay in the NICU for two weeks. By this point, I was an emotional mess... Nothing was going the way I wanted it to.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

How to Make Banana Purée for Babies {and Some Thoughts about Motherhood}

When introducing fresh fruit into your baby's diet, bananas are a great choice for a first fruit. because they're rich in potassium, and their natural sweetness is especially pleasing to the young palate.

I've been trying to write this blog post for a long time. Not so much the part about turning fresh bananas into homemade baby food. That part writes itself. I'm talking about the narrative... the part that makes it personal... the part that gives this website a pulse.

Writer's block crippled me every time I tried to find a starting point. This type of thing tends to happen when I want to share something I've been keeping close to my chest. I want to tell my story, but I am so fearful of the judgment that may result. I just have to have faith that what I have to say will resonate with people in a positive way more than a negative one.