Amanda E

I am a (mostly) vegetarian/vegan cook living outside of downtown Baltimore.  I love trying new recipes and have recently started experimenting with cupcakes and vegan baking. 

When not in the kitchen I can be found on the trails with my amazing husband and our equally amazing puppies!

My Blogs

Is Stitch Fix For You? Peek Into What the Personal Stylist Service Sent Me

I’m not really sure how the online personal stylist Stitch Fix does it, but somehow as soon as I send back each month’s Fix, I’m already excited about my next one. I’d been thinking about skipping a month, but … I’m kind of in love with it. Here’s how it works: Each month, I get a box of items hand-picked by a stylist, with my style, shape, and budget preferences in mind. I get to keep and pay for what I like each month, and return whatever I don’t want. ...more
I'm a huge fan of the skinny jeans and that red top - everything else is cute but not cute ...more

96 Hours

96 HoursFor 96 glorious, amazing, and wonderful hours I was pregnant.  For 96 hours my husband and I got to talk about names, and nursery ideas, and who the baby would look like.  For 96 hours it seemed as if we had won our 16 month battle with infertility - we had our miracle baby.    For 96 hours we had a glimpse of a happiness I had only read about.  ...more
insearchofbaby  so we got another positive HPT and just found out that this one is also ending ...more

5 Things Never to Say to an IVF Patient

So you think you can empathize with someone going through IVF?  Maybe you held your best friend's hand as she went through the madness.  Spoke to her in her deepest lows about adoption or what if's?  You cried with her before and during treatments, and after her baby was conceived, you worried with her until he/she came.  This is all great and I am not here to discredit anyone's experiences with or friendships with someone going through a hard time conceiving a baby. ...more
Thanks!  They got 18 eggs, 15 were mature, and 7 were fertilized.  Looking forward to the Day 2 ...more

5 Things Never to Say to an IVF Patient

So you think you can empathize with someone going through IVF?  Maybe you held your best friend's hand as she went through the madness.  Spoke to her in her deepest lows about adoption or what if's?  You cried with her before and during treatments, and after her baby was conceived, you worried with her until he/she came.  This is all great and I am not here to discredit anyone's experiences with or friendships with someone going through a hard time conceiving a baby. ...more
idunno  1) one round of IVF is around $16000 w/o insurance (and some places offer 5 rounds for ...more

5 Things Never to Say to an IVF Patient

So you think you can empathize with someone going through IVF?  Maybe you held your best friend's hand as she went through the madness.  Spoke to her in her deepest lows about adoption or what if's?  You cried with her before and during treatments, and after her baby was conceived, you worried with her until he/she came.  This is all great and I am not here to discredit anyone's experiences with or friendships with someone going through a hard time conceiving a baby. ...more
Had my ER this morning so this article is perfect timing.  I've had 2 MCs so I know what can go ...more

5 Reasons I'll Never Be a Food Blogger

Every once in a while, I like to share recipes on my blog. Because I really do like to cook. And, I've had a few recipes that have been pinned a few times, which brings traffic to my blog. Win-win, right? But, today, as I was attempting to photograph another food item for another recipe share, I decided I could never become a food blogger. Like, EVER. Here are the reasons why. 1. I like to eat food more than take pictures of it. ...more
KatKinsman feel better!  ~Jaina_Jade @eatocracymore

5 Reasons I'll Never Be a Food Blogger

Every once in a while, I like to share recipes on my blog. Because I really do like to cook. And, I've had a few recipes that have been pinned a few times, which brings traffic to my blog. Win-win, right? But, today, as I was attempting to photograph another food item for another recipe share, I decided I could never become a food blogger. Like, EVER. Here are the reasons why. 1. I like to eat food more than take pictures of it. ...more
I'm good at the creating, and have my husband take all the photos - which are taken right before ...more

Too Bad, So Sad: First-Born Problems

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “first-world problems” -- as in when a privileged person complains about his or her tough life when less fortunate people would do anything to have that “problem.” For example, me complaining about cleaning up for the cleaning ladies is a classic first-world problem -- yet I still do it every other Thursday. Well, this is sort of like that, except I’m talking about first-born problems. ...more
Just because one is the first born doesn't mean they always get the new clothing/wardrobe.  My ...more

Is Having A Large Family Really So Hard?

Bellonheels.com ...more
I'm the oldest of four and (for the most part) loved it!  While we fought, bickered, and drove ...more

Breakfast May Not be Your Most Important Meal of the Day

Apologies to everyone who has been reluctantly scrambling up eggs in the morning because they were told that skipping breakfast could affect their ability to lose or maintain a healthy weight.  Turns out that research shows this may not be the case at all.  The New York Times reports that findings concluded that, "missing breakfast has either little or no effect on weight gain, or that people who eat breakfast end up consuming more daily calories than those who skip it." ...more
Just sent the article to my husbad who is constantly pestering me to eat breakfast.  Like you, ...more