Tuesday, July 22, 2014

pizza! and other cravings...

recently i was craving some homemade pizza so i immediately went to work on my favorite kind. there really is nothing like pizza from scratch. if you haven't tried making your own i highly recommend that you do. i got this recipe from my good friend, Lauren, a few years ago. and the dough recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Bountiful. when i met the authors a few months back i talked to them in length about pizza dough. though i have made pizza dough from several different recipes i had yet to find one that i could really trust (if you've made pizza dough you know what i'm talking about). Todd and Diane reassured me that they understood and that they did all the hard work for us by perfecting their recipe. i've tried their dough more than once and i really don't think i'll go back. it's consistent and reliable every time. totally foolproof. 

as for the ingredients i just mix up some minced garlic with finely chopped basil or parsley, salt and pepper, and olive oil and use that as the base of the pizza. then i layer slices of mozzarella, caramelized onion, prosciutto, and jalapeƱo. that's it! it's ridiculously easy. this pizza definitely satisfied my craving for a while. 

speaking of those pesky cravings, i have to say that i've been lucky lately. i expected pregnancy to make me crazy with cravings, but when i passed the 3rd month i actually found myself not really having any intense cravings. every once in a while i'll get hit with a random need for a certain cuisine or food item (pop tarts? yup. still haven't given in though!), but my food aversions have far outweighed my need to satisfy every food whim. i always thought that i would be the most healthy eater when i got pregnant and though i'm trying my best to be as healthy as possible and make the wisest choices, i did at first find it harder than i initially imagined. 

when week 6 came i got hit hard with around the clock nausea and it didn't really start to lessen until a couple of weeks ago. this week i found that i could go almost an entire day without feeling like losing my lunch, hurrah!! during those first few weeks of feeling sick 24/7 i had the strangest cravings for all things unhealthy. my pre-pregnancy diet was pretty balanced and healthy. i stayed far away from fast food joints and avoided processed food whenever possible. but when that sickness kicked in the only food that i could even tolerate was of the junk variety. and part of me really hated myself for it. i felt guilty for feeding my unborn baby the worst foods i could dream up, but it was either that or no food and i had to eat. eventually i forced myself to eat fruit and greek yogurt and cut back on the carbs. after that i tried to sneak in veggies into almond milk smoothies. i just needed to get the good stuff in and filter out the bad. as time went on it started to get easier. thankfully i feel like i'm back on track to my old diet. i'm into kale again! although there are still some veggies i can't even look at (like broccoli, a pre-baby favorite of mine). and last night i actually ate chicken, which was my biggest food aversion of them all. 

i'm also walking a mile with Guthrie every morning as well as doing the Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project (which i LOVE). in addition to that i go swimming with my mom every Friday afternoon. i'm determined to stay as active as i possibly can. things are starting to feel a little bit more normal. well, besides my growing belly, but that's a welcome change.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

cat's outta the bag

David, Guthrie, and I are thrilled to announce that we are expecting our first little one in January 2015! And I promise that this is no April Fool's joke (remember this post)? This is the real deal.

It's been difficult keeping this exciting news a secret, which is why I've been so absent as of late. I've been in hiding! I was so nervous that I would accidentally spill the beans.

I'm about 13 weeks along and nearly into my second trimester. I definitely had a very difficult first trimester with around the clock nausea and fatigue. Growing tiny humans is not a piece of cake. Thankfully I've started to feel a little bit more like myself. The nausea has lessened and my energy has increased and as a result I am welcoming a regular exercise routine back into my life.

I ended up quitting my new job at BHLDN because I couldn't handle the commute (3-4 hours per day) and the constant one-on-one with customers while feeling more sick and tired than I ever have in my life. I'm bummed that I had to leave so soon, but it was the right choice for me.

Most importantly, though, we are pretty over the moon. Today we got to hear the heartbeat and that was a sound unlike any other. It's been quite the adventure so far and I can imagine it'll only get better. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

mini tour

we've been living in this house for almost a year now. we still have unopened boxes in the garage, a few new furniture pieces to acquire for the bedroom and office, and some major landscaping will be starting soon. they say there is always something that needs to be done around the house, and we're finding that phrase to ring very true for us. and that's totally okay. the two rooms that feel the most complete are the kitchen and the living room. it's where we spend most of our time in the house. i knew from the day we moved in that my first move-in priority was getting the living room set up. though it's been a mostly settled room since our first few weeks, things have shifted a bit here and there and evolved. this is kind of just where it's at right now with our record collection, some of my favorite books and plays, and a little taste of our photo booth shots over the years.

and of course i couldn't resist posting a dining room table shot with one of my favorite flowers (ranunculus and irish bells) and some shots of my beloved animals.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

cheers to four years, santa barbara + big changes

for my 30th birthday a few weeks ago David gave me some pretty amazing gifts (including a surprise birthday party). one of those gifts included tickets to An Evening with David Sedaris in Santa Barbara two weekends ago. since the weekend was so close to our 4th anniversary (which is today!), we decided to make a weekend of it and stay in the area for a few days. we ended up getting there right before a big storm hit southern california (which we desperately needed, so i can't complain) and as such we trekked the flooded streets and stopped in for shelter at various fun spots. we visited the Santa Barbara Museum of Art where they had this really cool exhibition on space (i LOVE outer space!), went wine tasting and bar crawling, and did some shopping and pier walking. it was a very low key, relaxed weekend and we really needed it. Sedaris was amazing and hilarious (duh) and it was the perfect little birthday/anniversary celebration.

that weekend also marked the end of my beloved job at Anthropologie in Torrance. a couple months ago i decided to take an interview at BHLDN in Beverly Hills (Anthro's bridal pop up shop), and i was offered a position as a stylist there! though it was a really tough decision to leave the Anthro that i call home and all of my friends there (i miss them terribly), it's been so exciting to start a new chapter at BHLDN ("beholden") and begin making new friends there. it's definitely been a bittersweet transition and the commute is not fun (thank you Dominic for the books on tape!!!), but i'm looking forward to what this incredible opportunity will bring in the future and where it will take me. 

lots of changes happening around here, but i know that it's all a part of adulthood, and i am so thankful for all the blessing and opportunities i've been given thus far. i'm really trying to live in the moment and enjoy the blessings while being thankful for the difficulties, knowing that through them i am growing and being molded and refined into the woman i was created to be.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

orange-vanilla granola

yesterday i mentioned that i immediately tried a recipe from the cookbook Bountiful by Todd Porter + Diane Cu (the White On Rice Couple) and here it is. since i had never made granola from scratch before i was always hesitant for some reason, but this incredibly easy recipe seemed so straightforward and simple, and didn't include any obscure or random ingredients. i found all that i needed at my local Sprouts and just whipped up a batch. i had planned to take some with me to the book signing, but David wouldn't let me take it away! though it made quite a large batch, he didn't want to see it vanish. this is definitely going to be my go-to granola recipe. it has so many layered flavors and is such a great meal with yogurt or even to just snack on by the handfuls (which is what i've been doing ever since i made it last friday). you must try it out.