Cakes, Cookies, and Cooking as a mom

Experimenting with fondant and piping

Wow! I didn’t realize that the last time I had posted something was January. Props to those of you who are parenting and blogging! I don’t know how you do it! I am learning that the real keys to parenting are adjusting your expectations and figuring out your priorities. You will have to shorten the list of things you can prioritize because you can’t do it all, and you’ll have to adjust your expectation of what you can get done in a day. At least that’s how it’s been for me. But hey, that’s life. For me, blogging simply hasn’t been a priority and so it’s fallen to the wayside. Though, let’s be honest, I wasn’t always blogging that often before the baby!

Using up egg whites and cream by making French macarons

For me good food has always been a priority. As a kid I loved when we had the chance to eat fast food or junk food, which was usually just on road trips or special occasions. I liked the salty fries, soft tacos, and frosty milkshakes that we didn’t eat at home. Nowadays there are still plenty of things I indulge in, but my tastes have changed. I still love fries and tacos and milkshakes, but I also love fresh, flavorful salads and chewy homemade cookies. Finding the time to prepare the kind of food I want has changed a lot since becoming a mom (over a year ago!). I have to plan around baby meals, outings, diaper changes, and nap time.

The type of “fries” I eat most often these days

Now that my daughter is crawling and climbing all over the place, I do my best to make use of the time when she is happily (and safely) playing by herself as well as nap time and after bedtime to prep foods for lunches and dinners. Certain foods are better eaten hot from the oven or the stove, but my priority right now is getting good food on the table, even if it’s reheated from earlier in the day or week.

I’d love to hear your recommendations for quick and easy meals I can prepare during nap time or in a pinch. I find that cold, pre-assembled salads and one sheet dinners seem to work the best. The fewer things I have to pull out of the fridge and reheat, the better!

Though I haven’t been blogging for the past six months, I have been cooking and baking a ton! My husband has gotten so used to my crazy baking sprees that he barely bats an eye these days when suddenly I’m throwing together muffins on a random weekday morning. My most recent foray has been into cakes. I have always loved eating and making cake and I’m trying to get better at it. I’m always looking for an excuse to bake something, whether to test my skills or try a new recipe.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Send me your favorite, quick meals!

Cheers!