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As you may have noticed, I haven’t had many new recipes to post in the last few weeks. It’s hard to think of and try new meals, when so many of my regular favorites now turn my stomach.  That’s right, I’m pregnant!

Adam and I were lucky to be able to tell our families in person while we were in Arizona on vacation last week. The weather in north-eastern Arizona was mild, breezy, and beautifully sunny. The scenery wasn’t bad either!

The carnitas dinner on Wednesday night was a hit, though I did start to feel nauseated from the smell of pork while cooking the second batch. The ice cream, on the other hand, was amazing and did not make me nauseated at all! I highly recommend Rick Bayless’ recipe for Cinnamon Vanilla Custard Ice Cream, which I made with heavy cream instead of milk for a thick texture.

I am beginning to feel more normal appetite-wise, and will do my very best to keep experimenting in the kitchen as I continue along with my pregnancy. This is undoubtably the most important time for me to be eating well, after all! Here’s to the start of a whole new adventure on the micro-farm!

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Bound to Earth
I sleep inside you
not yet awakened
Bound to Earth

Warmth calls to me
breaking through now
reach to heaven
Bound to Earth

The oak tree in our backyard, just starting to bud again

Life around me
springing from me
reach to heaven
Bound to Earth

Fire crowns me
wind reveals me
reach to heaven
Bound to Earth

Stillness haunts me
darkness falls now
heaven help me
Bound to Earth

Warmth calls to me
sunlight fuels me
this is heaven
Bound to Earth

~ Hannah Chapman, 2010