My husband and I were elated when we discovered I was pregnant with our second child. It was just after a trip to Rhode Island in late January. I had an inkling I may have been pregnant when my appetite suddenly spiked while food aversions and cravings became distinct. I also felt more tired than usual and sensitive to certain smells. It had taken us about four months to conceive. After the joyful news of my pregnancy, we had realized we were timing my ovulation cycle incorrectly and instead were estimating to try to conceive earlier rather than later in the month. Our work schedules were quite busy, making it difficult to find time for intimacy.
At six weeks, a tsunami of nausea, fatigue, and anxiety overcame me. Soon after, I was hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness. Crackers, dark chocolate, and popsicles in small quantities were the only foods I was able to ingest for almost two months. After enduring severe nausea, the scare of a complication due to an umbilical hernia, and difficulty walking during the last two months, my son Benjamin arrived safely and in full health on September 19th of this year.
Are you starting to look for those perfect holiday gifts? Send your family and friends some culinary cheer to create a burst of palatable festivities at the table. I hand-selected each of these specialty food brands that each create stand-out gift ideas to add that perfect essence of flavor and fun. From gourmet infused maple syrups and mouthwatering preserves to luxurious olive oil from Turkey and a box of chocolate with an artistic infusion, here are my 15 choices for this year’s Holiday Specialty Food Gift Guide.
During the holidays, there is no greater joy for our family than enjoying a hearty home-cooked meal around the dinner table. Having my family, including my extended family, come together and share stories, laughs, and good times has always encompassed some of the happiest moments of my life. For gifting ideas, I love to give cookware, great wine, and recipe cards of some dishes my husband and I created during the year.
To help celebrate the upcoming Christmas and Chanukah season, I have below some notable wine labels, my most favorite essential cookware piece, as well as some fun wine accessories I know your family and friends will love. View Post
I have tried practically every dairy-free milk there is on the market, from tastings at specialty food shows to testing out recipes with store-bought dairy-free milks. Though I love dairy products, I do try to limit my intake to some degree now and then. I recently learned of Milkadamia, a new dairy-free alternative made of raw macadamia nuts, grown on the gorgeous Jindilli Family Farms in Australia. The taste is exquisite: creamy, gently sweet, and truly stands out from the other types of dairy-free milks on the market.
As I debut my first Style Holiday Gift Guide, I am pleased to showcase my curated list of unique brands discovered in 2017. These gifts are for those who love to incorporate refined, classic style into their lives who also love to stand out from the rest. From stacked heels fit for a royal to a stylish wine tote, here are my top gift choices for this holiday season and where to find them.