mustaches and airplanes

We are taking our sweet boy to Phoenix this weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July with my family. It is hard to conceptualize leaving Boulder and its gorgeous weather for Phoenix in July, but we are excited to see Grandpop & Grandmere, Uncle Nate & Aunt Amanda, Cousin James & Cousin Maebelle, and Nana & Grandpa Ed.

Getting there will be the most interesting part – Toby’s first plane ride! We are a little nervous, especially since I get plane sick and Toby will need to sit in our laps, but wish us luck! We are excited to spend some time pool side with Toby, grilling, and trying to beat the heat.

One way we’ve managed to beat the heat here at home is stripping down for fun photo shoots in Toby’s room. This mustache picture is from our most recent photo shoot. Toby’s Aunt Laura and Uncle Jon found this mustache in a vending machine and we couldn’t resist putting it on Toby! He found it a bit odd at times, which made for some hilarious moments, including the one below.

Have a great fourth!

 

 

beets, beets, and more beets

Considering the diet I was put on gave me all of 5 veggie options, beets became one of my new go-to foods. My husband couldn’t have been more thrilled! He loves beets. I, on the other hand, grew up with beets one way: Grandma’s pickled beets. Let’s just say everyone was a fan, but me. I had avoided beets for years, until about a month before I gave birth. My dear husband came home with a bag full and big grin. What’s a girl to say? He was so excited and I didn’t want to crush him with my anti-beet propaganda. So, I let him make me beets. He sliced the beets and roasted them in the oven with olive oil, balsamic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Then he sauteed the beet greens with olive oil, salt and pepper. He plated the roasted beets over the greens and stared at me tentatively for approval…

They were… delicious! The greens offered a nice tart contrast to the sweetness of the beets. I was pleasantly surprised! When a few months later beets became one of my only sources of sustenance, I was confident that I wouldn’t starve. Though we had to nix the rosemary, pepper and balsamic, we made an iteration of the same beets I fell for months before and they were delicious.

We also put beets (and their greens) in stir fry with asparagus, chicken, and carrots over rice or rice noodles with a honey, white vinegar, olive oil sauce (my go to sauce for weeks considering those were the only three ingredients I could choose from). Other than dyeing the chicken and the rice/rice noodles pink, it was another excellent way to eat beets.

Another way we used beets was by roasting them with sweet potatoes. It offered a sweet and texture rich side to whatever protein we made (likely chicken, again, considering my options).

What are your favorite ways to eat beets? Do you have any recipes I should try?

a year later

I have been absent from the blogging world for nearly a year. Though I enjoyed sharing recipes, ideas, and thoughts, I found myself in a bit of a forced hiatus. I got pregnant.

Pregnancy for me meant hugging a toilet for over 5 months and living on fruit snacks, smoothies, and nothing with a “smell.” I could’t be in the kitchen for months. I had to leave the room when my husband made dinner. Even pictures of food made me nauseas.

Meanwhile, I was anticipating not only a return to food, but more importantly, a sweet baby boy! Toby arrived March 8 by emergency c-section nearly 3 weeks earlier than expected. He was perfect! We could not be more thrilled to be parents to this sweet little boy.

Parenting has had it’s ups and downs. Ups being nearly everything. Downs being acid reflux and intolerances to different foods in my diet. So, 4 weeks after giving birth I was put on the following diet:
Rice
Beets
Asparagus
Lettuce
Sweet potato
Carrots
Apples
Pears
Peaches
Cranberries
Chicken
Lamb
Olive oil
White vinegar
Honey
Cane or beet sugar
Sea salt

Additionally, I was to avoid soy, dairy, eggs, caffeine, nuts, shellfish, gluten, and corn as I started the long and tedious process of adding one more item to my diet every 2 days to see if it affected Toby’s reflux and digestion issues.

My experience is not isolated. I have met many new moms who have had to go on severe elimination diets for their babies. What is really difficult is the lack of resources including recipes for these moms. Many give up and pay hundreds of dollars a month on hypoallergenic formulas for lack of knowing how to cook under such restricted limitations. I would like to use my blog to share recipes I created, what foods I added back and why, and encourage other new moms.

At this point I have successfully added most fruits and vegetables, range meats, dairy, and eggs to my diet. Gluten continues to cause problems and my son’s GI doctor prefers if I wait on nuts and shellfish. I also limit my soy, corn, and caffeine.

This is the result: my son is happy and thriving! He is 3 months old and just an absolute joy. I am excited to start sharing our process and see where it takes us.