Happy Birthday to Me: Strawberry Rose Fraisier

  Yearly birthday confession time: in the last few years I’ve gotten really bad at remembering¬†my birthday. Not in a I-don’t-want-reveal-my-age way, but in a I’ve-got-so-much-to-do-I-just-plain-forgot way. I’m way past the age of all-night celebrations in a nightclub anyway, and once you have kids, all the elaborate party planning ends up going to their birthday […]...

Summer Catch-up

Finished reviewing cookbook galleys…guess what’s next? Happy summer! During these lazy and languid days, the instinct is to be out in the sun, watching my daughter testing her increasingly steady gait around the playground or enjoying something cold and preferably garnished with a paper umbrella by the pool, not indoors staring at a computer....

Pink Ombre Cake for Baby’s 1st Birthday

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!...

A Dispatch Before August Ends

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 […]...

{Cookbook Review} Souvenirs and the Making of Memories

Pineapple carpaccio with lemon sorbet, cilantro granit√©, 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 […]...

Introducing Isabelle

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.” […]...