You may, or may not, know we have been getting into the swing of parenthood in the Not Quite Gourmet home. I wanted to take a moment to share with you the incredible journey we have been on from our delivery until today. I want to share this in a way which may help others but also keeping some things personal – for just us. Have the past 17 days been easy peasy? Not quite! Have there been moments of pure blissed out goodness? Absolutely! Read on for a story about a beautiful time and one of the most difficult times I have weathered in a few years.
Not Quite Gourmet is on a break. We welcomed our little son into this world on August 12 at 7:59 in the morning. It was a beautiful, calm, peaceful cesarean birth. To let the word ‘son’ roll off my tongue is incredible. This little one who grew inside me, danced, squirmed and flipped – he is finally here! I am overwhelmed in the most positive of ways (although that has not always been the case over the past 12 days!), filled with a wide range of emotions and simply cannot believe how very lucky we are. All are healthy, well and learning to love short bursts of sleep, being excited over the various stages of poo diaper changes and completing tasks with one hand and arm. I am slowly learning how to navigate down a few new roads – starting with Parenthood, a left onto Motherhood and a long detour down Adventure that goes on forever and ever.
Fear not, as soon as I recover from NQGBebe’s birth I have some ideas for the kitchen! When I have a spare ounce of energy (and I am determined that one day I will have at least one ounce of something other than milk), I will head back into my favorite room in the house. This time I will have a sidekick in a pram by my side. Until that time, I will be snuggling this little boy and enjoying every moment.
The warm, sunny summer day was leading toward a darkening sky and with it the temperatures dropped. I knew rain was not far behind – grilling out on this particular night was not the best option. Luckily, I came across this recipe for crispy peanut tofu stir fry recently from The Minimalist Baker and knew I had to make it. For starters it contained peanut butter …love. And secondly, I could add in seasonal summer veggies? I was hooked…line and sinker!
I made some Morning Glory Muffins recently. Two reasons behind this sudden need to make this particular muffin: I wanted to stash some in the freezer for the bleary eyed mornings ahead and two, I wanted to taste a fresh-from-the-oven muffin chock full of goodness in my mouth, stat. Really it was a win win situation. A muffin filled with raisins, carrots, unsweetened coconut, wheat germ and apples…it does not get better than this! Come on, let me show you how these came together!
I pulled together the necessary measuring cups, baking sheets and various ingredients from my recently organized cupboards though something felt a little strange. Something was off. I continued prepping this recipe, checking the original recipe no fewer than 10 times in 5 minutes, and began dumping in flour, oats and various things into one bowl while butter and sugar went into the bowl of the mixer. Not only was I moving slower, my brain was as well. My shuffling feet were of very little help. I could only laugh to myself while starting in on this cookie recipe, in the cool evening air versus in the morning hours, would somehow be easier. And it was easier in terms of temperature yet not easier in terms of my own agility… if there is such a thing in this ninth month of pregnancy. Silly me!
There has been quite a bit of action around the house lately. Months ago we had an idea to extend our living space…it involved things like building a patio and planting a some gardens. Although we had sketches and ideas in place it did not seem real. Fast forward to the last 2 weeks as a 9 month pregnant woman, her husband, their cat, and a squirmy baby that is insisting on moving around an ever confining space, embark on a house project! Read on!