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March 4, 2017

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Healthyish Carrot Cake Smash Cake

When I received my February edition of Bon Appétit Magazine, I cheered. I love that a food magazine is promoting a healthyish way of eating, not as a diet or deprivation, but as a balanced pursuit of enjoying delicious food and feeling good. As anyone who reads this blog knows, I love foodAnd while I am trying to consciously reduce my consumption of animal products this year, I don’t believe any food should be off limits. Food should be delicious. Food should be pleasurable.  Food should be comforting.  Food should be nourishing.  Food should be shared.

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December 9, 2016

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Whole Grain Pumpkin Gingerbread

Pumpkin Gingerbread | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa Samuel

There haven’t been a lot of recipes appearing in this space lately, have there? It’s not because I’m not cooking. I am. But how do blogging mamas find adequate time to test a recipe and measure ingredients and take thoughtful photos and write an interesting story and get it posted before that dish goes completely out of season? I haven’t quite figured out how to do it yet. 

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August 7, 2016

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Homemade Date Sweetened Almond Milk | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa Samuel

Infant Food Sensitivities and Date-Sweetened Almond Milk

Homemade Date Sweetened Almond Milk | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa Samuel

When Theo was born, he spit up quite a bit and was very gassy. He didn’t spit up enough to be diagnosed with reflux, but enough that I was concerned that something in my diet was bothering him. When it comes to food sensitivities in your breastfed baby, it can be a frustrating process to diagnose what’s making your little one uncomfortable. If you Google it, you’ll find everything from dairy to cruciferous vegetables to citrus fruits on the list of problematic foods.

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June 2, 2016

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Granola Breakfast Cookies (Lactation Cookies) | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa Samuel

Granola Breakfast Cookies

Granola Breakfast Cookies (Lactation Cookies) | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa Samuel

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve decided not to go back to work, at least for now. Before Theo was born, I wasn’t sure if I would want to still want to work on projects part-time, or if i would want to be a full-time mama. I’m not really surprised that I love it–the day-to-day rhythm of nursing, rocking, holding, playing, tickling, giggle-inducing, soothing and snuggling. It’s such a blessing to be able to make the choice to devote my days to Theo, and I don’t take it for granted for a second. Thank you, my dear Elie.

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February 8, 2016

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Perfect Whole Grain Pancakes | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa Samuel

Waiting for Baby and Perfect Whole Grain Pancakes

Perfect Whole Grain Pancakes | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa Samuel

I fully intended to share this recipe before last weekend, but the week took some unexpected turns. Last Tuesday, two days before my due date, I somehow managed to fall off one of the bar stools in our kitchen, mostly catching myself on one knee and the side of my face. Although my belly didn’t take the brunt of the fall, it did hit the floor, so needless to say, we were a little scared.

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December 30, 2015

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Pecan Roca | Lisa Samuel | www.Simmstown.com |

Pecan Roca

Pecan Roca | Lisa Samuel | www.Simmstown.com |

When Elie and I first started dating, we had an agreement: I would cook and he would play guitar while I cooked. It’s been a successful arrangement, one that makes us both happy. But every now and then, Elie gets the urge to make something sweet.  I bought him an ice cream churn for his birthday, and he’s become quite the ice cream maker, perfecting chocolate peanut butter (our favorite) and butter pecan. He once tried to make caramels, but all the butter separated. It was a happy accident, because we were left with a really rich, delicious version of Tootsie Rolls. But his signature treat is Pecan Roca, which he has started making once a year, around the holidays.

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December 11, 2015

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Matzo Ball Soup | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa Samuel

Week 32 Pregnancy Updates and Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa Samuel

This past weekend, our home was filled to overflowing with many of my closest women friends and family, here to celebrate Bubbles and my transition to motherhood. I felt like my heart might burst with love. It’s an unbelievable feeling to be entering into this new club, and I’m beginning to feel a new appreciation for my own mom and her fierce protectiveness of me. Mom hosted the shower, and I will be sharing more pictures and details soon. In the meantime, I have a few third-trimester pregnancy updates, and a recipe for these cold, blustery days and nights.

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October 5, 2015

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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Cookies | www.Simmstown.com | Lisa SamuelI’ve been trying my best not to eat too many sweets during my pregnancy, but I think this baby definitely has his or her father’s tastebuds! We’ve been putting Elie’s birthday present, a home ice cream maker, to good use, with chocolate peanut butter being the winning flavor. That’s deadly, because freshly churned ice cream is just so easy to eat by the spoonful. And licking the beater doesn’t really count, right?

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