Happy Easter

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter yesterday with family and friends.

We played it pretty low-key here. No egg hunt or Easter basket since the Baby isn’t quite old enough to understand what’s going on but there was lots of visiting, good eats and pictures.

I may have also over-indulged in some hot cross buns but they looked so tasty and were hard to resist, so I didn’t even really try. I guess I should also say an extra special thank you to La Boulanger for making them just they way I wanted them so I didn’t have to.

Yours Truly,


Hello, it’s Me

Wow. It’s been so long since I last posted that I feel like we need to get reacquired.

I’m Mel, a working Mom, Mother of a 9 month old and a former blogger/baker/cook. My little Man now sleeps through the night, shares all his colds with me (how sweet of him, right?) and is an outgoing, vivacious and did I mention CRAWLING, little boy. The Husband had really stepped up to the plate and helps with meal-time, the bed-time routine and loves his mini-me.

Of course this wouldn’t be a proper post without a few pictures. :)

Alright, maybe that was a bit more than a few pictures but who doesn’t love cute baby photos?

So there you have it. This is what I’ve been up to lately and hopefully we’ll catch up again soon!

Yours Truly,


GROUPON: Lisa’s Tea Treasure

For anyone in the San Jose are who wants an inexpensive high tea option here is a fairly decent deal for Lisa’s Tea Treasure in Santana Row. The service was okay and the food is middle of the road but if you want the ambiance they have that in spades; just turn a blind eyes to the interesting attire of your waitstaff. I remember thinking it was odd that she was dressed all in black with a crop top and short shorts but maybe they’ve put a dress code in place since then.

The Groupon is $36 for Tea for Two (Originally $51.90) and $70 for Tea for Four (Originally $103.80) and here’s the food line up:


-Assorted Tea Sanwiches

-Petite Savories

-Devonshire Cream & Preserves


In case you’re more of a visual person here’s a shot of my place for a visit with my Mother-in-Law and my Sister back in April from our visit pre-baby.

If you’re interested act soon, as the deal is only good for 2 days.

Yours Truly,


A Quick Hello!

Let’s me be quite honest. For the past few months there has’t really been a lot of baking going on at my house. Surprised? I doubt it.

In fact, there hasn’t really been a lot of free time at all. What little free time I do have I’m definitely not thinking about baking; I’m probably either sleeping, doing the laundry, washing the dishes, you know, all the other things that have to get done so that our house doesn’t look like it’s been hit by a tornado.

So please forgive me if I have no new recipes to post for you. These days I’m lucky if I look presentable but hang in there. Now that I’m working again I’ll get into some sort of rhythm.

Until then, here’s a cute Baby picture.

Or two.

Yours Truly,


Happy Father’s Day

Since this is the 1st Father’s Day as a Father for The Husband you’d think I’d have some elaborate day planned for him but that’s not the case. Unlike me, The Husband is a low-key, homebody and his request was simply some time to work on his project car in the garage and maybe breakfast.

Works for me and it makes him happy! That sounds like a win-win for both of us.

So to all you Fathers out there be this your first Father’s Day or your 30th I wish you a very Happy Father’s Day however you choose to celebrate it.

Yours Truly,


Introducing Baby…

I know, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I hope you’ll forgive me since I have some exciting news.

On May 12th The Husband and I welcome our little bundle of joy; Nathan Rocky. He weighed in at a healthy 7 lbs. 9.7 ounces and 20 inches long and he was worth every hour of my 42 hour labor.

I’m not quite sure what I expected but after 30+ hours of baby classes I thought I had the whole thing figured out. As any parent will attest, there is no amount of classes and reading that can prepare you for parenthood. I guess I thought it was going to be a breeze and life would continue on just now we’d be doing it will a little guy in tow. Boy was I wrong.

Nathan is far from a fussy baby but between his jaundice and breastfeeding/latching issues this past month has been a learning experience for all of us.

However I am happy to announce that he is now a month old and 10 1/2 lbs. so we must be doing something right.

Going forward I hope you understand if my posting is a bit spotty but as everyone tell me, they’re only this little once so I plan to treasure every minute with him that I can.

Yours Truly,



Cinnamon Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread

The final countdown is here and it’s currently T minus 8 days until the Little Guy’s due date. I’m both antsy for him to get here and freaked out that he’s going to get here before I’ve finished everything I want to do; as if it’s the end of the world.

One thing I did want to do was bake and a few weeks ago I took some time and did just that. I thoroughly enjoyed dusting off the KitchenAid and getting my hands back into the sugar and flour and what do you know; it’s felt familiar and really good.

This recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread from Crazy for Crust was just what the Doctor ordered and it came out exactly as I had hoped.

Moist and crunchy on the top this bread make for the perfect breakfast treat and not that it needs it but maybe next time time I’ll toss it a smidgen of lemon zest, extract or juice to give it a little extra pop.

Yours Truly,



One of the questions that you get asked the most when you’re pregnant is, “Do you have any food cravings?” Generally my answer is, “No” because I really I don’t but as it’s gotten too tough for me to be on my swollen, sausage-like feet I crave baked goods. I crave them like an addict; all the time and any time and I’m taking this as a sign that I need to make time to get back in the kitchen and bake a few treats of my own.

Surprise! Look at what dusted off last Friday and puffy, kankle feet be damned.

Yours Truly,

Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale & Outrageous Outgrowns

This weekend there are two events happening that I’ve been looking forward to for months; the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale and Outrageous Outgrowns.

For the last few weeks I’ve been in full on thrift mode; which I’m going to blame on my need to nest and have been stock piling clothes all the way to 3T for little Baby Rocky from all of our local Savers and Goodwills. With these two sales I’m not looking for anything in particular and I’m hoping that strategy pays off in the form of awesome deals on things I didn’t know I HAD to have.

If you’re interested in either of these events check out the links (above) for more information and HERE is a parking voucher for Outrageous Outgrowns that cuts the cost down from $8/car to $3/car. I’ve never been but it’s at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds on Friday, 4/10 Saturday, 4/11 and Sunday, 4/12 (Everything is 1/2 Price) from 9AM – 5PM.

Happy Hunting my fellow thrifters!

Yours Truly,


Slowing Down & Baby Crafts

As I get closer and closer to my due date I’m really starting to slow down.

Baking is no longer much fun for me since I’ve started to develop the dreaded…*gasp*…kankles, which means I’m pretty much limited to activities that involve a lot of sitting. I still get out for a few short walks a day and aside from the kankles I’m healthy but when you’re used to a rush, rush, rush lifestyle this is really a game changer.

I’ll try and post more crafting oriented entries but no guarantees; at this point I’ve got major Baby brain and it’s all I think about.

If anyone has any great Baby related crafts I’d love to hear about them. For now here’s a few I’ve come across that I might try out:

Alphabet Art by Mr. Printable

Alphabet Art

Photo Courtesy of Mr. Printable

Poopy Clutch Tutorial by Melissa EsplinScalloped Edged Clutch PDF

Photo Courtesy of Melissa Esplin

Numbered Baby Bodysuits by Martha Stewart

Baby Bodysuits

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Nursery Closet Organizers by Urban Jane

Photo Courtesy of Urban Jane

Yours Truly,