Monday, October 20, 2014

Cliff the Climber Tea Infuser Giveaway

I've decided that Monday must include a fun little giveaway on Taste As You Go!
Cliff the Climber Tea Infuser

I'm about to begin the 17th week of my pregnancy, and all of a sudden, I've started looking at everything in our house differently. Although I'm months away from the nesting period, I already have a strong urge to start cleaning out our closets and purging various rooms of clutter and unnecessary items. Of course, the more I thought about all of the projects I'd like to tackle, the more overwhelmed I felt (and the more I realized that I'd never be able to finish them all before the baby arrives).

In situations like these, I've always felt that it's best to just choose a starting point and break down the bigger projects into smaller steps so it feels like I'm making progress. In this case, I picked the kitchen, specifically the corner of the kitchen that has turned into a storage space for K-cups, our assortment of tea, my cookbook collection, and our folder for take-out menus.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Menu Plan: October 19 - October 25

Sharing our Menu Plan for October 19 - October 25, 2014

Having to swallow regular prenatal vitamins has been making my nausea worse, so, after consulting with my doctor, I have officially switched over to chewable vitamins. At first, I felt a little silly taking children's vitamins, but the change has made such a difference and now I don't dread having to take them every day.

The only drawback is having to remember to take one in the morning and one in the evening... A task that is little more difficult than I imagined it would be. Especially on the days I'm plagued with severe pregnancy brain. If I'm lucky, I actually remember to take the second vitamin with dinner rather than an hour after I've eaten.

Speaking of dinner... Since it's Sunday, it's time to share our Menu Plan! Are you ready to see what's on deck for dinner for us this week?

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Bayou - Bethlehem, PA

Just down the road from Bethlehem's "Restaurant Row", The Bayou brings gourmet Southern comfort food to the Lehigh Valley.
Pork Belly Confit - The Bayou - Bethlehem, PA

After weeks of sporadic blogging, I have finally returned to my regular blogging routine of writing four posts per week. (Today's post review is the fourth post.) The road back has been long, but I have to admit -- it's good to be here! I just hope I can keep it up throughout the duration of my second trimester because I have a strong feeling I'm not going to be as productive in the months right before the baby is born.

Since I haven't been writing all that much over the last few months, I have been building up quite a backlog of posts, including this review of The Bayou, a fabulous new restaurant in the Lehigh that serves up gourmet Southern comfort food with the sound of blues bands playing in the background.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Slow-Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

This classic party dip takes minimal effort to make thanks to the slow-cooker.
Slow-Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

In the last couple of weeks, I started noticing a change in my energy level and my appetite and had hoped I was finally saying goodbye to the lethargy I felt during my first trimester. I started planning meals around seasonal ingredients again (rather than around which take-out menu happened to be on the top of the pile) and made goals to start developing some new recipes for Taste As You Go.

It felt great to be back in the kitchen again. Especially since Stephen has been willing to help with the prep and clean-up every night. But, out of nowhere, my energy has plummeted, my nausea is back, and it has taken some major internal pep talks to convince myself that cooking the dinners I planned was a good idea.

My current state of meh made me realize that I'm going to have to rethink the way I plan our meals each week. It's important to me that Stephen and I are eating healthy, from-scratch meals as much as possible, but I have to face facts -- I'm not always going to have the energy for complicated multi-step dishes. That's when it occurred to me that I can create the meals I want with minimal effort by doing one simple thing -- using our slow-cooker on a more regular basis.