Welcome to the first week of a new section that I'm going to try out on my little blog called Things I Love. Let's face it, I don't have time to blog about absolutely EVERYTHING on the internet and in my life that I'm loving at the minute (though, if you follow me on Pinterest, you may get a better idea), so I figured that I'd try and keep you updated with a weekly summary of these things. It may be recipes that I'm loving that I don't write about, or books I've read or life events that are going on, plus any recent photos I've taken of my family or life.
I'd also like to introduce a bit of a format change. Since I started this blog over a year ago, it's gone quite differently than how I originally envisioned it. What I first pictured was me as a bit of an all-around DIY-er - a little cooking, a little crafting and sewing, a little home reno-ing. Home reno-ing hasn't happened. At all. Though I have many projects in my mind, there just hasn't been time. Hopefully maybe you'll see some of these come up in Things I Love in the future. Crafting doesn't go so well. Though I do like to do it occasionally (I just did some at Christmas, and for the new Baby), I haven't blogged about it. Why not you ask? I've realized I'm just not that good at it. I forget to take pictures for tutorials, and when I do remember, they don't turn out because I do them at times of day when lighting isn't good. I'm also notorious at not finishing projects. If I do any, and they turn out, I will just post a photo of the finished project in Things I Love and link to the tutorial I used.
I've realized that cooking is my passion, and the recipe posts will keep up as usual. With the new baby on the way, I will aim for one new recipe per week, hopefully more, and hopefully no less. I'm guessing that the types of recipes I'll post will morph slightly, as I'll be doing more "quick" family meals, and (hopefully) fewer desserts once my pregnancy cravings subside (I hear that means I'm having a girl - we'll see in a month).
Last but not least in my blog updates, I want to return to my dietitian roots. This means that I hope to feature a weekly or bi-weekly post on all things nutrition-related. It could be disease or diet-specific, as I just did with the recent Gluten Free post. It could be tips to help you and your family improve your health and diet. That's why I fell in love with nutrition in the first place - it can go so many ways. This is where I need your help - are there any nutrition or healthy-eating related posts you'd like to see on my blog? Any ideas will be appreciated, as well as comments about what you love/hate about my blog and the upcoming changes.
Now, here are the Things I Love for this week:
The weather: I've been frustrated pretty much all winter knowing that it's been warmer in Alberta than it has been here almost the whole time (yes, I know this is Wisconsin, and supposedly the 3rd coldest city in the US, but STILL! Canada is supposed to be colder!) Though I think it it STILL warmer in Alberta, at least we're finally getting some decent weather here which means walks and going to the playground. Woohoo!
My maternity photos!
I'm lucky to have a hubby who is a talented hobbyist photographer, and he got some great ones of just me, or me and Peanut on our recent trip and around the house. But thanks to Jen Roh Photography, I now have some beautiful family and couple shots too. We are also thrilled to have her booked to do a newborn shoot when the little one arrives.
I made this Thai red curry soup just the other day and loved it! It was so quick and easy! Though I cheated a bit by using store bought red curry paste, I'm sure it's even more delicious from scratch.
This Vietnamese chicken salad was great! Really good Vietnamese food is one of the top things I miss from home, so it's good to know I can make a few dishes at home. Next time I'll cut back on the hot peppers a little bit though.
Ice cream!!! I really haven't had much for cravings this pregnancy aside from just sweets in general, until now. Recently I've been indulging in mochi ice cream from my local Asian market, anything from Culver's (you would not believe how excited I was when some 2 for 1 coupons arrived in my mailbox recently), and some Mexican style ice cream from a local ice cream parlor. I've been loving it all! One thing's for sure: Wisconsin has no shortage of delicious ice cream.