Friday, October 24, 2014

Feed Me Friday: October 24th

On "Feed Me Friday," I share the items in my feed reader that have inspired me or have caused me to pause and think.

It's been several months since my last Feed Me Friday post, and I've decided that I'm going to try and share these types of posts more regularly. I love sharing the things that I have been reading -- whether food-related or not -- that have sparked inspiration or motivation. After all, as a writer, it's imperative that I read anything and everything to stay on top of my own writing and to help me keep going when I've reached a point of writer's block or frustration. The simple act of reading can be just the thing to get me back on track.

Plus, I have a feeling that you guys enjoy these posts because they allow me to step outside of my own blog and share things I've found on other websites. ;-)

At any rate, here's what's been inspiring me lately.

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.