Through the last number of months I've eluded to being particularly busy - and also having some personal matters to attend to - and also having an overly-active interest in developing dessert recipes. So, here's the scoop... I'm pregnant, and we will soon be welcoming a third child into our family!
As you know, I don't stray too far from cooking-themed posts, this is a vegan cooking blog afterall. But, I wanted to share this information because I've been evasive about certain matters in the last months. Also, I realize that many of you are interested in how I do this vegan thing with a young family, maybe because you have young children of your own or are about to enter this stage of life. So, it's important for me to bring this news to you for these reasons and also because once this babe arrives, I will be absent from my blog for quite a few weeks until we adjust to our new family with a small baby and two busy children.
You may remember that in early fall, I wasn't blogging about cooking for almost two months. Now I can explain it was because I was very (VERY) sick. Not just a little morning sickness, guys. Oh no. And that term irks me beyond belief, because most women with pregnancy nausea will tell you that it doesn't end in the morning. If only! Some might have this experience, but with all three of my pregnancies I have been sick all day long. Cooking was repulsive to me, and it was all I could do to get through the day. Thankfully, I'm past all of that now, and am feeling quite good and enjoying the movements of this little one inside me. I still am not cooking with garlic, however. Garlic was the enemy! I couldn't even bare the smell of garlic bulbs in storage in the garage - onions as well. I continue to cook everything without garlic and onions - much to our kids' pleasure!
And, once the nausea passed for good... it was dessert time! Bring 'em on! I had times that I was making a new dessert every day, barely able to record any recipe notes... just because I had an idea which quickly developed into a craving! So, that's why you've seen so many dessert posts (and really, there were many more creations that I didn't make it to photos).
What's kind of funny is how this pregnancy surprised us (in a very good way, but a surprise nonetheless)! It was only a month earlier that hubby and I sold our crib, toddler bed, and had been giving away other baby items like clothes, baby linen, and play things! I remember standing in our front porch ready to sell our crib to an expecting couple, and hubby saying "are you sure, Dreena?"! That poor couple, ready to buy our crib and hubby with the last-minute pitch to have another baby!!! We've been busy the last few months, starting from scratch somewhat, shopping for a crib/mattress, car seat, linen, diapers, stroller, etc once again. It's thrown us for a bit of a loop with recent financial happenings, but we couldn't be happier getting ready to embrace this new baby into our lives.
As for your questions about the new cookbook, I must put it on hold for this and other reasons. I am working on another project (not a cookbook) which is in the very early stages but will likely consume a lot of my non-parenting time. I am not sure when I will be able to share details with you. I am continuing to develop and catalogue new recipes, and will share some of these on my recipes blog page.
Before I sign off, there have been a few comments in recent months on my posts from others that are pregnant. If you preggo mamas are still reading, now we can fully relate! :)
I will continue to post until this baby arrives, and will let you know more after babe is born (once I'm up to it). I'll be back with a food post soon.