i am formula feeding by choice. there, i said it.

Melanie is nearly a month old now. And for the last two weeks, I have intentionally let my milk supply dry up; bought the bottles; I began the search for the best formula for her digestion. For no reason other than – I hated breastfeeding. I wanted to like it. I tried desperately to nurse…

You are a warrior…

I wasn’t even sure what to title this post. I wasn’t even sure whether to write this post, honestly. But it occurred to me, more than two weeks after Melanie’s birth, that I was still getting teary-eyed every time I passed the Birth Center or saw their Facebook posting “Welcome Baby.” And perhaps, there might…

Welcome Melanie

The much anticipated arrival of “little” Melanie began on June 29. It was a Saturday afternoon that started like any other. I was actually supposed to be working but called out because I was feeling really crummy. I’d had my membranes stripped the morning before. At that time, Melanie was in a great position to…

been MIA

So I haven’t written in a while. Been avoiding anything I don’t absolutely have to do because this pregnancy is kicking my ass. I’m 38.1 weeks today. Almost done cooking. Hopefully Melanie will be born early and I can get on with feeling like myself again. Pregnancy is not for everyone. Certainly isn’t for me….

chicken and brussels sprouts sheet pan dinner

Yum yum yum Ingredients: Two large chicken breasts sliced in half Two bags of Brussels sprouts, sliced in half Olive oil Favorite seasoning blend How? Toss everything with olive oil and seasoning to taste. Bake at 425 until everything is cooked through (20-30 minutes).

the VEG-ina monologues

I’ve been on a veggi kick. It’s summer and the veggies are back. Not to mention I’m trying to get my healthy groove back. I’m also back to night shift for now which is sort of sucky but it has its perks. One perk is that when I wake up it’s bright and sunny outside…

brazi burger

In the world of burgers, there are endless iterations. Even the word “burger” is so loosely defined that is is nearly impossible to exclude any food even remotely resembling the traditional American variety. The word “burger,” like “pizza,” is like the genus classification of certain foods – those with some sort of patty-like fodder consumed…

being a working mom is actually hard

Really hard. The last several months have left me feeling like I am stuck in a tornado of banality. My life is a constant playlist of the following tracks playing on repeat: Folding laundry Cleaning the kitchen Answering emails Holding a 25 lb 8 month old (my shoulder is killing me) Folding laundry part 2…

yesterday’s nosh

So much good food yesterday. Breakfast was green eggs and green toast. I added some liquid aminos to my avocado and mashed it up and spread it on toast. It’s almost better than butter. Plus scrambled eggs with cheddar and broccoli. Yum. I had an apple as a snack in the morning. Then for lunch…

auld lang syne

Probably my favorite holiday song. It isn’t a Christmas song, but it is traditionally sung to bring in the new year. A loose translation is “long, long ago,” or “days gone by.” It is beautiful. Here is the entire English translation: Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be…

thalita’s caipirinha

A Brazilian cocktail which is especially refreshing during the hot steamy months of Brazilian summer. If you cannot find Cachaça, use vodka instead. Ingredients 2 limes, quartered 2 TB of sugar (or more, to taste) 1 to 2 oz of Caipirinha lots of ice Muddle the lime and sugar together in the bottom of a cocktail…

twelve drummers drumming

There are actually 12 days of Christmas. I am not sure if you knew that. In our family, we celebrate the last night of Christmas, the 12th night. I hosted my first 12th night party this year. My dad’s mom actually started the tradition (which hails from medieval Europe). My grandfather was a doctor in…