Make it. Eat it. Love it.
The 9 months leading up to this day flew by in what seemed like the blink of an eye. And, at the same time dragged on for what felt like an eternity. It seems like yesterday I found out I was pregnant. And now as my due date draws closer, my stomach larger, my comfort level dwindling, I grew more and more anxious to meet my little girl.
At week 38 I waddled into my doctors appointment for another check up and before I knew it, I was being induced. A wave of emotions swept over me and my husband. We weren’t planning on becoming parents that day. Excitement, anxiety and nervousness. This is the day we have been dreaming about and preparing for. After a grueling 27 hours of labor we were overcome with joy as we welcomed our beautiful healthy baby girl, Layla Mara, into this world and into our lives and hearts.
Now, at 5 weeks old, Layla continues to steal our hearts more and more everyday. We count our blessings as to how calm and happy she is. At 2 weeks she was already sleeping 5 hours a night and we had to wake her to eat. We can now get in between 6-6 1/2 hours a night (thank you baby). She hardly ever cries and her little smile is the most precious thing ever. Her most expressive faces, chubby cheeks and 10 minute stretches keep us laughing and staring at her all day. And, I still find myself looking at her in disbelief that she is all mine. The feelings on becoming a mother cannot be put into words and the love I have for her is beyond anything I could have ever thought possible. There is so much I want to teach her, adventures I want to have with her, places I want to take her, precious memories to be made with her and a deep mother daughter bond for us to share. And, though I can’t wait for all this, I want the clock to go slower so that my little darling doesn’t grow up too fast.
Even with an easy baby and a normal amount of sleep at night, being a new mom is super tiring and time consuming. And, though I may have time to get a quick dinner on the table, creating new recipes and photographing them and blogging has become a luxury I don’t have too much time for. I apologize for the scattered posts and limited visits to my favorite blogs, lets just call it my maternity leave from blogging.
Though in my free time I now prefer snuggling with Layla, reading her stories and singing to her, my passion for cooking and baking is still alive and well. And, with limited time in the kitchen I have been creating fast and delicious meals and treats that I will be able to share with you (hopefully, more so then not).
This pink candy coated popcorn may bring you back to that old fashioned pink popcorn classic that was sold in small bags with an elephant on it and whipped up at fairs or block parties. Usually a sweet treat, I took this old classic and revamped it by adding sea salt and white chocolate making it a perfect sweet and salty treat. This popcorn is easy and fast to make with any variation or color you can think of. I opted for pink in honor of my little girl but try adding orange food coloring instead with dark chocolate chips for a Halloween party snack or go for your favorite sports team colors with pretzels mixed in for game day. The possibilities are endless!