Pregnancy Week 23/24: Freedom

Last night my son got up at 4:30 am. I’m not exactly sure why, he doesn’t usually wake up during the night and he didn’t seem scared or sick. Perhaps the time change is still messing around with his rhythm… either way, he got me up and I went in his room to lull him…

Thanksgiving Meatballs

  Until I became a cook, Thanksgiving didn’t seem like a very good food day. Dry turkey, weird green bean thing, brown gravy, mushy yams, pie, jello, … Well, the jello was actually pretty good. Stuffing had some flavor, but only if it was cooked in the bird… and now we all know thats unsafe….

Pregnancy Week 21/22 : Symptoms

Hey y’all! I’ve been in Austin, Texas all week and I’m typing this as a huge thunderstorm moves through the area. Not gonna lie, it’s pretty exciting for this SoCal chick. I’m pretty inexperienced with weather so I felt pretty stranded when I walked to dinner and then got stuck waiting for an Uber under…

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

In this edition of “Things I find at Trader Joe’s” we will be visiting the land of mega-hot-spicy. For some palates spicy is no fun, but I recently grabbed a jar of harissa paste and have been searching out ways to add the heat (within reason) in my meals. Harissa paste is essentially a jar…

Chocolate Avocado Banana Bread

Hey, hey! So my household has been STRUG. GL. ING. with the fall cold season and I am 100% fighting the good fight to keep myself healthy. There are many reasons for this: If mom gets sick, how will the world keep turning? I’ve been a peak level Nikki excitement (that’s huge you guys, I…

Pregnancy Week 19/20: Remembering Loss

“I have come to believe that by and large the human family all has the same secrets, which are both very telling and very important to tell. They are telling in the sense that they tell what is perhaps the central paradox of our condition—that what we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is…

Creamy Butternut Sage Pasta Sauce

One of my favorite things about Autumn is squash. In all forms. So I look for any excuse to use it in my meals, much to the annoyance of my husband (not a squash fan). Roasted? Yes. Pureed? Yes. Sauce? Heck yaaaaas. Around this time of year, it’s really common to see grocers coming out…

Orange Fennel Slaw

Is is normal to have a cabbage craving? No? Ok cool. Just asking for a friend. But seriously, I’ve been jones-ing for some tasty slaw and a last minute cooking gig was just the thing to motivate me to get creative. I’ve noticed that a lot of people dislike traditional coleslaw because it’s very heavy…

Pregnancy Week 17/18: Fitness

This pregnancy has definitely had its ups and downs with fitness since the onset. I came into the pregnancy is relatively good shape. In fact, I would say that at certain points over the last three years, my postpartum fitness was actually better than before I had been pregnant with Atlas. About a year postpartum,…

Pecan Pie Bites

I’m currently in week 18 of my pregnancy and Day 4 of a Whole30. Whole30 during pregnancy?! I must be crazy. Actually, since I’ve slid into my second trimester, I’ve found myself wanting to feel more inspired with my meal prep and less bogged down by all the foods I’ve been indulging but have been…