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Did you guys see this wonderful opinion piece about having it all last September in The Sunday NY Times? I was just lucky enough to uncover it recently- I admit to reading an embarrassingly low amount of news!

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It completely resonated with me, particularly, as we embark on this new year with our lofty goals and resolutions. You see, I’ve spent a lot of time in my head thinking about what it means to have it all. As I was deciding to move from part-time to full-time work last summer, the idea of having it all became an even louder conversation in my head and in our home. To “have it all” should mean a full time career that I love and am good at, a perfectly organized and clean home, a well- balanced, home cooked meal eaten around a table by all members of the family…at the same time, a child who is happy and attends a good preschool, a husband who feels cared for and loved, and enough time to get in enough exercise, right?! And, when I saw someone through their blog, on Instagram, or in “real” life that seemed to have it all (see above criteria), it made me crazy when I felt I couldn’t accomplish the same.

But, you know, having it all, as Delia Ephron so perfectly explains it in the opinion piece, does not, or should not, mean what we think of it meaning- the accomplishment of a perfect career, marriage, children, in that order. Instead, having it all should better be defined as a moment, or moments if you’re lucky, when what you have is exactly what you want. Having it all can mean that your football team makes it to the National Championship game (or Super Bowl) or that you woke up (well rested) before your child and enjoyed your first cup of coffee while reading in the morning’s peace and quiet or that you perfected a homemade cocktail or that you enjoyed a delicious dinner…or, when you have found profound peace with the one you love (For now, I can claim this one!…and, while it may be fleeting as we can’t well anticipate life’s curve balls, I’m holding on with clenched fists to this amazing feeling and thanking my lucky stars that the one I love loves me back in the same way!).

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I want to have many “having it all” moments this year, but I’m under no impression, and certainly hope I don’t give that impression to you, that my life is all about having it all. It’s a journey of ups and downs, but when you have exactly that thing you want at that exact right time, it sure feels awesome…kind of like having it all.

* Top photo taken at Pensacola Beach, December 2012. Bottom photo taken at Alki Beach, Seattle, October 2013.

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Do you see that caption there in the bottom right corner…What to Eat This Week: A 7 Day Menu??? That’s my article!!!…On the front cover of January’s issue of Pregnancy and Newborn!
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You may remember back in July when I wrote an online piece for the magazine…well, the menu captured enough interest that they extended the invitation to me for a print piece!
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I’m over the moon with how it turned out…it spans 4 pages! They even used some of my photos (see the table runner under the ravioli…that’s mine!).
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I love how they incorporated my information on vitamins…the sidebars really catch the eye and provide insight into why I chose the foods I included in the 7 day menu of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks.
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They gave me a lot of room to creatively produce a seasonal menu that I am proud of. I was even able to include some uncomplicated recipes.
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For all my readers with child, and for those of you who are just interested, you can read the whole menu here. I hope you, and all the magazine’s readers, find it to be helpful. It makes me smile (and blush, a bit) to think that there are women out there that I might be helping!
Thank you again, Pregnancy and Newborn. And, for any other magazines that might be searching for nutrition writers (oh, I SO wish they were reading my blog!)…Ask me! Choose me! I would love to write more articles this year.
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When the lovely editor of The Runcible Spoon asked me to contribute to their holiday issue I was so stoked! The Runcible Spoon is a fab-o, super hip food zine based in Washington, D.C. The goal of the zine’s founders “is to capture the pleasure of eating food and present it to you in a half-collage, half-illustrated, half-magic little magazine.” For each issue (there have now been 6), a community of offbeat writers and bloggers contributes stories, restaurant reviews, and recipes “with the hope of one thing: to get you daydreaming about food, glorious food — and cooking, of course!”

When I was approached about contributing to the fall issue, I pitched the idea of a slow cooked meat recipe which sort of signifies cold autumn football Saturdays for me. I love the idea of a slowly simmering, rich, meaty meal on the stove while cozying up on the couch to cheer for our favorite teams. Thankfully, the editor liked my idea and allowed me to contribute my original recipe featuring homemade pork meatballs made with red wine and apple cider. When I saw the finished product last week, I was so excited! The illustrations and fun collage on my page are adorable! I love the small touch of red yarn under my name, introductory paragraph, and recipe title that resembles the stitching on a football! And, I love the sweet picture of the boy and girl looking dreamily at each other coming out of the Le Creuset roasting pan.
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Check out the whole zine here…it’s worth the read!

Would love to know what you think. And, if you make the meatballs…how’d you like them?

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