Soap on a Rope: 9 Things I Wish I Knew Before My C-Section

I learned yesterday that one of my fave CILs (cousin-in-laws) is scheduled to deliver her first child via c-section in two weeks. Immediately, I wanted to compile a list of things to tell her beforehand so that she would be better prepared than I was. These are some of the things I wish someone had told me before my own c-section: 1) Arm restraints. They might strap your arms down for the surgery....more
Don't take this the wrong way but after reading this post I Amore freaked out than ever!!! I had ... more

Thoughts on Two C-Sections in Just Over a Year

If you're facing a delivery in the near future, even if you're 100% set against a c-section, I encourage you to read this post by Jill at Happy Hopefuls. It isn't what she planned either, but she ended up with two c-sections -- in 14 months. She, quite obviously, has thoughts on the matter!...more
I'm waiting to find out if I need one...my first was natural! Needless to say I'm very upset ... more

Pecan-Crusted Gluten-Free Turkey Meatloaf With Sundried Tomatoes

[Editor's Note: Though I often think of meatloaf as a casual dish, this version is definitely fancier than the usual fare, with its nut crust and sundried tomatoes studding the meat. It's also a gluten-free recipe, and comes together easily and quickly. --Genie]...more
Looks delicious!! more

An Open Letter to My Friends without Children -- Yet

Hello, Dear Friend Who Hasn't Had Children Yet -- Hi there! I've been meaning to write to you for awhile with some advice and thoughts I have for you, my friend. First, I want to ask you to sleep. Sleep a lot....more
Well said! ;-) more

For the Love of Food-Lit

I love food-lit. Pretty much any book, be it fiction or non-fiction, that uses food as a central part of the story is bound to pull me in. These books occupy a special space in my house -- literally. Most of my books are in our media room, but cookbooks and food-lit live in my kitchen. Cookbooks can tell me what ingredients to mix together, but food-lit can inspire. ...more
Anything by Anthony Bourdain...love him! (or should I call it "food-porn" seeing that it's ... more

Chocolate Bacon Ice Cream (No Ice Cream Maker Required)

[Editor's Note: I own an ice cream maker, but for a long time, I didn't. That meant whenever I saw ice cream recipes I really wanted to try, I just threw up my hands and gave up. Why start when I lacked the correct equipment? Well, this recipe not only sounds fantastic, but for those with no ice cream machine, there's no problem. Everything you need to know to make great ice cream at home is right in this post! --Genie] ...more
Hmm...not completely convinced but I will take your word for it! Sometimes the weirdest combos ... more

Cheesy Potato and Pancetta Cakes

I'm usually quite health conscious when it comes to preparing meals for the family, however, I'm going to turn a blind eye going to admit it, loud and clear, that this isn't necessarily the "lightest" or healthiest meal. I mean, potatoes are healthy and a small amount of cheese (or lard) never hurt anyone, right?! In my defence, the Italians eat like this all the time...and they don't seem to have issues with their weight like us North Americans do!...more
 @jessd0727 I know! I ate them too...and I'm intolerant to dairy! It was worth it though! lol! more

Cheesy Potato and Pancetta Cakes

I'm usually quite health conscious when it comes to preparing meals for the family, however, I'm going to turn a blind eye going to admit it, loud and clear, that this isn't necessarily the "lightest" or healthiest meal. I mean, potatoes are healthy and a small amount of cheese (or lard) never hurt anyone, right?! In my defence, the Italians eat like this all the time...and they don't seem to have issues with their weight like us North Americans do!...more
 @susanslade No problem! Hope you enjoy them! ;-)   more

Avocado Spread with Basil and Feta

[Editor's Note: Though most people think of guacamole when they think of avocado, it's a very versatile fruit. In this spread recipe, it gets a Mediterranean treatment with the salty tang of feta cheese and the summery freshness of basil, which is abundant right now. --Genie]...more
Has anyone ever tried avocado egg salad sandwich?! Delicious!    more

Avocado Spread with Basil and Feta

[Editor's Note: Though most people think of guacamole when they think of avocado, it's a very versatile fruit. In this spread recipe, it gets a Mediterranean treatment with the salty tang of feta cheese and the summery freshness of basil, which is abundant right now. --Genie]...more
I love guacamole...what a great twist to the every day version!  more