Pink Ombre Cake for Baby’s 1st Birthday

February 6th, 2014 · 5 Comments · Cakes, Personal, Recipes

penelope bird pink ombre birthday cake

A couple weeks ago Isabelle turned one year old. One! How did my inaugural year as a mom pass so quickly!

I meant to post another update in between her six month milestone and now, but I guess a mega-ish update will have to do. Hopefully these periodic updates are still enjoyable!

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A Dispatch Before August Ends

August 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · Personal

pacifica coast
Driving down the Pacifica coast on a summer weekend

Hello again.

It’s been a while – oops! Every time I finish a post now I feel this huge sense of relief and accomplishment, and I think that now I can focus some time on some other tasks on my list before I need to work on the next post. Lately those other tasks are multiplying and multiplying, and more time passes before I realize to my chagrin that I haven’t gotten to work on any new posts.

isabelle fair

Between six and seven months Isabelle has really started to assert her independence. She’s not having any of the sit-quietly-and-play-with-toys thing anymore and instead is trying to scoot, pull herself up, put everything she can in her mouth, and basically prevent me from taking my eyes off her for more than 10 seconds. I’ve been trying to plan our end of year trips to visit family: baby’s first flight looks to be a 14-hour trans-Pacific journey – daunting to say the least, but we’re looking forward to the adventure! Poor hubby’s been working late, meaning my evenings are often spent putting Isabelle to bed and playing with Snickers (our other child!) so she’s not feeling neglected. We’ve been trying to enjoy our free moments on the weekends while summer’s still here.

apple fritters
apple fritters from the Gravenstein apple fair

There’s also other food-related projects in the works – some mini writing gigs (have you seen my pieces here and here, by the way?) and a book project that I’ll share more about when the time is right (I know, I’m totally burying the lede, but these days, priorities shift in the blink of an eye).

So…I guess I’m just like any other first-time mom trying to juggle about 100 different things at once, right? The ground shifts and sways, more balls get tossed your way, and sometimes something just has to give. Apologies that the something often turns out to be the blog. I have half a dozen posts in the works, all waiting for me to find the time to type the recipe up or process the photos, or just finish that paragraph where I wrote half a sentence before the baby started crying.

I’m not really complaining. Life is full, and every day I feel so lucky that I get to be with Isabelle, or that some fun new opportunity comes up. I’m just sad I haven’t had time to share it all properly with you. I am thisclose to finishing up a report on a Valrhona event I got to attend a while ago, and I’m crossing my fingers that with a babysitter coming in the weekend I’ll finally find the time to post it. Monday, hopefully! Monday – that’s what I’m aiming for. Little goals, little steps, little victories each day.

Thanks for your patience, and all your kind e-mails. It means a lot! Ok, baby is calling. I’ll leave a little preview of what I made for the Valrhona post here. Happy weekend!

lemon and white choc

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{Cookbook Review} Souvenirs and the Making of Memories

March 18th, 2013 · 9 Comments · Cookbooks, Recipes, Reviews, Tarts

Pineapple Carpaccio with Lemon Sorbet on dessertfirstgirl.com
Pineapple carpaccio with lemon sorbet, cilantro granité, pineapple chips, and crystallized cilantro from Souvenirs.

Isabelle is two months old! I can’t believe how much she has changed in eight short weeks. It’s like the saying, “The days are long, but the years are short.” I’ve always been a nostalgic person. Even though I know there are years and years of joy ahead in discovering my daughter, I’m already feeling the passage of days. She can do so many things now she didn’t do before: the little coos she makes when she’s curious. Her smiles at me (she’s smiling!). The mini push-ups she does when she’s on her tummy and trying to lift her head. The way she looks around for me and focuses right on my face – who would have thought that being recognized would evoke such a palpable sense of joy?

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Introducing Isabelle

January 28th, 2013 · 47 Comments · Personal

holding baby

Hello.
We’re so happy to announce the arrival of Isabelle. She was born on January 15, at 12:57 in the morning, weighing 6 lb 1 oz. My OB was out of town over the weekend and told me, “I want to deliver your baby. Try to hold on until I get back on the 13th.” I crossed my fingers (and my legs), and sure enough I went into labor the morning of the 14th. Twenty-four hours later, Isabelle was here. She was also born just a month before the end of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, squeaking in under the wire and undoubtedly pleasing all my Chinese relatives who were hoping for a dragon baby. Hopefully she’ll maintain her impeccable sense of timing throughout her life. We’re certainly glad she’s here.

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This is one of the very first pictures taken of Isabelle, taken by Mike. People have commented that she looks unusually aware and mature for a newborn barely an hour old. She has since reverted to looking more like a “regular” newborn, but I am glad we got to capture her first serene moments in this world. I think she’s pretty cute, but I’m sure I’m biased:) She feeds like a champion and she actually sleeps fairly well at night. We are enjoying this for as long it lasts (obviously, as new parents, we’ve learned not to take anything for granted).

leaving hospital

We received wonderful care from the doctors and nurses at the hospital and were almost sad to leave (having a nurse offer to care for the baby for a couple hours so I could get some sleep is a luxury I already sorely miss!) But really, we’re happy to be back home and learning how to be a family together.

For those of you wondering about the canine member of our family, I’m happy to report that Snickers is adjusting well to baby. She was intensely curious about Isabelle when we came home, doing everything she could to see and sniff her. You can see below where she’s trying to climb over the sofa to get a closer look at baby. I was reminded of the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp. Hopefully Snickers ends up as fond of the baby as Lady does in the movie!

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Thank you to all of you who have sent well wishes, advice, and shared your experiences over the last nine months. I’ll be back soon as we get adjusted to life with Isabelle.

Love,

Anita

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September 10th, 2012 · 34 Comments · Cookies, Personal, Recipes

palmier family 1

Things have slowed down here a bit here lately on the site. The reasons are myriad: summer vacation distractions, working on sated magazine issue #2, but really there’s one main reason I haven’t been able to show up as often as I like. I’ll let Snickers help me make the announcement:

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