To the Sweet Girl who Made me “Mommy”

Mother and Baby celebrating Mother's Day

To the Sweet Girl who Made me “Mommy,”

I love you to the moon and back, to infinity and beyond, for forever and a day. I dreamed of you for countless nights, and now finally you are here in my arms.  Today on Mother’s Day, and as you celebrate being 4 moths old today, I am amazed by the miracle of life and by everything you do. How is it possible 121 days have gone by so far since you have been born? I want time to stand still, but at the same time want it to keep moving forward so I can continue watching you grow.

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I get weepy when I realize that you may not remember all of these moments that we spend together. But I will remember them for you. I will take pictures and tell you lots of stories when you get older- like how Daddy and I were both shocked when you rolled from your tummy to your back at just 2 months old! And how I swore that you said my name “Mom” already – even though nobody else believes me! I’ll tell you how we spent our Sunday mornings doing “family snuggle time” and how Daddy and I would fall back asleep, each one of us holding one of your sweet little hands. I’ll tell you how you NEVER cried once when we put you to bed at night – a miracle in itself! And how you smiled and giggled  when we told you it was time to go to sleep (a girl after my own heart…gotta love sleep!)

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I’ll tell you how much I loved hearing you coo and babble in your crib in the morning. And how when I had to go back to work, just seeing you smile at me as I would walk out the door would make my whole day better. I’ll tell you how much more I fell in love with your Daddy, just seeing the way he takes care of you. And I’ll tell you how much your Daddy made me laugh when he literally wore a mask to change your dirty diapers!

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I’ll tell you how much we loved you from the very beginning (even when you were inside my stomach and we called you “Pedo,” short for “Torpedo” because that’s what my stomach looked like at one point!) I’ll tell you how much we loved you when you first arrived in this world and we found out you were a healthy little girl.  I’ll tell you how much we loved you each and every day after that and how you seemed to grow right before our eyes.

Thank you sweet girl, for making me your Mommy. I look forward to everything that the future holds for us!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mothers out there…especially those celebrating their first Mother’s Day, like me!  What are you doing to celebrate and remember this special day?

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Food Marriage Featured on Philly Grub!!

I am so excited to share that The Food Marriage Blog has been featured on Philly Grub!

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Philly Grub is a Philly-based food blog that covers the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey.  They cover different events, showcase restaurant reviews, and they recently started this really cool series called “Behind the Blog” where they feature other Philadelphia-based food blogs! I am LOVING this series because it is introducing me to so many new local blogs to follow! And not to mention that they featured Food Marriage on their 4th edition of the series!!

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A portion of Philly Grub’s Article “Behind the Blog: BA Haggerty of Food Marriage”

The article highlights some basic things, like the blog focus of Food Marriage, but they also asked me some really great questions like, “What do you like best about blogging?” “What is your favorite food blogging experience so far?” and  “What are your favorite Philly-area restaurants?” I had a fun time answering Philly Grub’s interview questions…and it really got me thinking about how I want to grow the blog and what direction I want to take it in the future!  Thanks again for featuring me, Philly Grub!

Read the full story here on Philly Grub: “Behind the Blog: BA Haggerty of Food Marriage.”

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

The “Easter Dozen” from Georgetown Cupcake

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Last summer while visiting the Washington DC area for a cousin’s wedding, my mom, sister, and I visited Georgetown Cupcake (aka DC Cupcakes from TLC).  It was SO much fun and I should actually dedicate a separate post just to that visit! We LOVED the cupcakes there so much that for Easter this year, I decided to send my mom a dozen cupcakes from there!

Georgetown Cupcake Easter Dozen

Since we don’t live near a Georgetown Cupcake location, I went online and found out that I could have them shipped! I will say, the shipping itself was a little pricy…$20 shipping fee PLUS a $10 Saturday delivery fee. I wanted it to be delivered as close to Easter as possible so I paid the extra $10 for the Saturday. While shipping was expensive, the package did arrive in great condition. The cupcakes were overnighted so they were fresh, they were packed well, and there was a freezer pack inside to keep them cool. And honestly, who cares about the overall price when you are giving a great gift!?

I also had the chance to include a gift message.  It said “Happy Easter! We thought you would like Georgetown Cupcakes better than flowers this year!” They came in flavors like Carrot, Cherry Blossom, Peanut Butter Fudge, and more. Oh and the best thing about sending my mom cupcakes? I got to eat some when I went to her house on Easter!!!

If you want to order the Easter Dozen assortment of cupcakes, you can still get them through April 30th! OR check out their entire collection of fun Seasonal Assortments on their menu.

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Engagement Gift Idea: Nora Roberts’ Bride Quartet Books!

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After my sister got engaged, I wanted to get her a fun present to congratulate her and get her excited for wedding planning! I decided to get her a set of four books from Nora Roberts: The Bride Quartet. They are a set of books that actually came out in 2010, around the time I was planning my wedding. I read all of the books and they were great!

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Me reading “Savor the Moment” by Nora Roberts while vacationing in Fort Lauderdale back in 2010.

I love Nora Roberts, and this is by far one of my favorite series written by her! The four books in this set are: Vision in WhiteBed of RosesSavor the Moment, and Happy Ever After. The series is about a group of four friends that start a wedding business together: one is a photographer, one is a florist, one is a baker, and one is the wedding planner. They have the perfect venue…an estate left by one of the girl’s parents. Each book is written from each of the different character’s perspectives. It is fresh and fun and of course, there are love stories in store for each of the girls. Once you read them, you also won’t be able to stop thinking about getting into the wedding business yourself!!

Nora Roberts Bride Quartet Books

You can buy the entire set of books electronically, OR you can buy the “old-fashioned” way and get the real books, which I opted to do for my sister. I got her the entire sent and just tied them up with a bit of kitchen twine for a nice presentation. They were the perfect gift to get her in the mood (and give her ideas!) for wedding planning!

What do you think of this as an engagement gift idea??

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

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I used to be a leftovers snob. If something wasn’t freshly made that day, I didn’t want it. I thought it was great to be able to make something fresh and new every day, because in my mind, food looked better and tasted better if you ate it right away.

Let’s just say since I became a mom, my thoughts on leftovers have changed drastically. Not only am I okay with leftovers…I love being able to make large quantities of something and freezing it to get a second meal out of it another day. I had the wonderful opportunity to stay at home with my daughter for 12 weeks after her birth. Now that it is time to go back to work I thought it would be a good idea to stock pile some meals in the freezer.

Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

I decided to do this with one of my FAVORITE recipes…Baked Ziti. This is a recipe that I have adapted a bit from my favorite chef in the world…my own mother! She gave me some of the basics of what she puts in a Baked Ziti recipe and I decided the quantities and kinds of cheeses I wanted. I like to make a party-sized portion and then split it into two pans so we can have one for now and then one for later. I also use disposable pans for less mess!

Baked Ziti

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: This recipe will feed up to 8 people. You can also split it in half and make one ziti dish for now and freeze the other for later.

Baked Ziti

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 (16oz) box Ziti Noodles
  • 1 large jar (45oz) of Pasta Sauce
  • 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions

  • Remove sausage from its casing (slide a sharp knife down the center of each sausage and then using your hands just push the meat out from the casing. Discard the casing)
  • Combine the sausage and ground beef in a pan. Cook over medium heat until browned, continually breaking up the meat and mixing it together.
  • Cook your pasta according to the directions on the box to make it al dente. (It is very important not to overcook as you will continue baking it in the oven later).
  • Pour your sauce into a large bowl or pot. Add the ricotta cheese and mix it in completely with the sauce.
  • Next, add 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese to the sauce. (Save the other 1 cup for later)
  • Add your meat and pasta into the sauce and cheese. Mix well.
  • Pour your pasta into a casserole dish. (Use a large pan if cooking the entire amount. OR split into two different smaller (1 and 1/2 quart) pans to cook one meal now and freeze the other one for later)
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese on the top of the ziti. (if using two casserole dishes, sprinkle 1/2 on one dish and 1/2 on the other)
  • Cover your dish with foil.
  • Bake in 350° oven for 35 to 45 minutes, until the entire dish is hot and the cheese has completely melted on top.
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xoxo, Food Marriage