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Coming out of a blogging fog

I haven’t blogged in a long time. Usually I’ve noticed my peaks and valleys of blogging correlate with the seasons. In the spring/summer I have more to say because I’m inspired by the ingredients on hand. This time, though, my absence was more related to an extended period of constant nausea, sleeping poorly and generally having a much less energy than usual.
What do all those things add up to? If all continues to go well, it means a new little person is going to be joining our family in early October! We’re thrilled! Even little manĀ seems excited about it.
Meanwhile, you can see that I have my energy back. And with it came my crazy ideas, back with a vengeance. After watching a movie about lasagna-style gardening (Back to Eden, if you’re interested in watching), we decided to forego the idea of removing our sod before planting a vegetable garden. Instead, we laid newspaper, compost and wood chips directly over the grass. Here was the truckload of free wood chips from a tree trimming company. Thank goodness I said we only needed one truckload!
Memorial day weekend, with the help of many friends, we completed the project wheelbarrow-full by wheelbarrow-full. It was quite a weekend, but so far the veggies seem to be doing well. I will do a more in depth post about the process soon. For now, thank you thank you thank you to the friends who gave us their time and efforts to help us!!
Whew….having that first post after a long absence feels good. Now I can jump back in with everything going on at our crazy house. It’s feeling more and more like the urban homestead I’ve been dreaming of. I love it and can’t wait to share it with you!

Direction of Fraises et Tartines

I’ve kind of alluded to wanting to expand my blogging horizons in past posts. I’m not finding the motivation to write consistently about food. Plus, I’ve had a lot of friends ask me to document some of the crunchy things I’m doing as a mom. I thought about starting a new blog to write about those things, but decided that was silly. I already have been terrible about blogging here. What would be different about a new blog? It would just be worse. Instead, I’ve decided to consolidate.

Hopefully that will give me some more material I’m passionate about to write here consistently. I enjoy coming here to share and debrief what I’ve been up to and I’ve resolved to do so more often. I’m looking forward to exploring this new direction!

I’ll leave you with that short update, and a picture of my sweet boys. Thank you to my very talented mom for knitting the beautiful sweater and hat that Quentin is wearing in this picture! I hope to learn to knit as well as she does some day! Currently working on project #1. More on that later.

Catch-up post

Alright so clearly I’ve gone on an impressive blogging hiatus. A lot has happened since my last post, so an update is in order. Let’s pretend I had actually been updating this whole time with a few choice mini posts-

January 16, 2011- I am so excited to finally be able to share our wonderful news….I’m pregnant! I’m 16 weeks along and expecting our first baby in late June. We can’t wait to meet him or her!

February 11, 2011- We had our 20 week ultrasound today and found out we’re having a baby boy!! We were shocked…for some reason we fully expected this little bundle to be a girl, but we’re thrilled either way.
February 24, 2011- We closed escrow on a house today. It’s in a cute neighborhood of San Jose and we love it! Now we have room for our growing family.
Most of March 2011- We’ve been hard at work painting our new home. We haven’t moved in yet because we hope to have it all painted before filling it with all our things. Don’t worry…we’re using no-VOC paint so preggers is OK to paint.

April 1, 2011- We moved into our new house today. Thank you SO much to all our wonderful friends who lent a helping hand (and very strong upper bodies) to move all our things. You are amazing! No pictures from today, unfortunately…you’d think I’d have had time to do that considering no one let me lift a thing.

April 30, 2011- We had a housewarming party today to welcome our friends and family to our new home. We purposefully set this date to force us to be all moved in a settled by the end of the month. It was quite a feat but we got everything done and had a great time. Thanks to everyone who came to help us celebrate!

May 1, 2011- Part of the “getting ready for housewarming party” last month was finishing up the nursery. We got some stencils to paint a farm theme on the walls. We love how it turned out!

In progress…

…aaaand done!

May 8, 2011- Finally a foodie-related one for you. Today is Mother’s Day! Since I am not technically a momma yet, I made lunch for my mom (and dad and husband) today to thank her for being a wonderful mom! We had a lentil salad on a bed of butter leaf lettuce, topped with roasted bell peppers and a poached egg. Turned out pretty tasty.

Giant belly on Mother’s Day

June 18, 2011- Father’s Day! I went significantly less fancy for today’s breakfast, but hey…give me a break. I’m 9 months pregnant. Plus, this is one of Trevor’s favorite breakfast dishes- sauteed potatoes with onions, cheese and avocado with eggs on the side. Mmm!

June 26, 2011- Our sweet baby boy, Quentin, was born today at 8:36am! He is absolutely perfect and we are completely in love.

Proud parents

July 26, 2011- Quentin is 1 month old today. The last month has been wonderful, albeit more than a little tiring. But wonderful all the same. Little Q is starting to look at us more and pay attention to momma’s voice. He loves to nurse and to cuddle. He loves to sleep on our chests.
August 26, 2011- Quentin is 2 months old today! He started giving us smiles a few weeks ago, but he sure makes us work for them! He’s been smiling and giggling in his sleep since he was 3 weeks old, but isn’t ready to giggle yet while awake. He is getting so strong already and is looking like he might roll over any day now!
September 26, 2011- Quentin is 3 months old today. He rolled over 2 days after his 2 month birthday. He kept doing it for a few weeks and then decided he’d had enough of rolling over and stopped. That’s ok though…we’re getting tons of sweet smiles now, especially when he first wakes in the morning!
October 12, 2011- Quentin is 3.5 months old and already getting his first taste of apple sauce. This was definitely not the plan…we were going to wait until 6 months (as recommended by the WHO), but our little man has reflux and kept spitting out his medicine, so his nurse practitioner suggested hiding it in a little bit of applesauce. The first day, he was very confused about what this foreign substance entering his mouth was. By the second day, he was taking my hand to help me shove the spoon in his mouth. He is quite a fan of applesauce. Must be because we all went to an apple orchard to pick the apples together and then momma made and frozen the sauce into baby-sized cubes. Lucky boy!

First taste of applesauce- confused

2nd taste of applesauce- big success!

October 15, 2011- Today we took Quentin to the pumpkin patch to pick out his first pumpkin! He was pretty intrigued by the sea of orange surrounding him, and all the other kiddos running around looking at pumpkins.

With his momma

With his daddy

Alrighty, I hope you enjoyed my collection of “mini-posts”! It has been quite an exciting 10 months since my last post…hopefully I wont neglect fraises et tartines for another 10 months. I have recently started taking pictures of my culinary creations again, and while they’re not quite as complex as in my pre-baby days, we’re still eating pretty well around here. Cheers!

New domain!

I’m delighted to announce that fraises et tartines now has its very own domain!

The old will still work, but you might as well update your bookmarks. I’m very excited, and look forward to lots of foodiness to come! (Hey, if Colbert can make up the word, “truthiness,” I think I can do “foodiness”!)