Alana's first book, and certainly not the last, I hope, is somehow made uniquely in a way that my ENFP driven personality can deal with. Maybe it is no wonder since Alana herself once mentioned to me that she too is an ENFP! She understands readers like myself and vice versa. At least, that's how I reassure myself when self doubt sinks in.Read More
Once in a while I give myself permission to sip on sweet drinks that are composed of more than just water, coffee, and milk. Never having been too fond of sweet coffee, I surprisingly find there are two exceptions the menu of which I don't feel the least bit guilty: a medium sized, foamy sea salt iced coffee from 85 Degree Bakery, and Urth Caffe's Spanish latte for whenever I make it up north to Downtown LA.Read More
In case you haven't seen my Instagram updates, I just wanted to drop by and announce that Tabitha Elizabeth Betzen is finally here! The much awaited arrival of our second-born happened to be exactly on her due date (September 4th). I am still awe-stricken that Selah's baby sister is not a dream, but real. Real as the sun and the moon and all the beautiful things God has bestowed on us. You know, pretty things in life that make us feel alive.
I also am awe-stricken by the reality that I endured yet another birthing experience...this time without the epidural. And the truth is, I thought death was knocking at my door but I was not about to give up the fight. It was, indeed, the single most difficult experience followed by the most rewarding and hope-filled prize imaginable. This time around, the story seems to have taken a turn of more unexpected, painful events much unlike my experience with Selah. Everything seemed to transpire in a quickening manner for what seemed like months, but really? It all started with nightly pains and false alarms for about a week and a half leading up to the due date. Fortunately, most of my labor took place before heading out to the hospital and I was able to push for nearly 30 minutes before I got to hold Tabitha in my arms. (Quite different from Selah's birth story) God was with me every step of the way and I am now recovering quite smoothly.
I will be coming back for our regular food and recipe related posts soon enough--hopefully within a week or two. But for now we will be getting the hang of our new routine of dealing with two kids. We don't know what we're doing, but I'm sure we'll learn quite a bit with errors along the way. Thank you for your readership and support, friends! Hope you are doing well and stay blessed.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow." -James 1:17-
Our little family of four (including Orion the Cat) has come around full circle and just as expected, we find ourselves in the same predicament followed by all the right emotions. Back at it again, on round two of the nesting syndrome only this time with a toddler in tow, a little busier than three years ago, and with just as much excitement as the first time...So without further ado since there's much to be done, here I leave you with a cake inspired by one of my utmost favorite bakeries in the world! 85 Degree Bakery & Café which also happened to birth my fondness of sweet & savory coffee. They are renowned for their Taiwanese and Japanese baking influence and thus, their pastries and cakes boast an unbelievably moist and flavorful quality—full of character and timeless originality.Read More
Really and truly, pregnancy has brought me to the conclusion that even autumn produce can't beat the ruby red appeal of succulent strawberries, or the tantalizing aroma that is slowly but surely settling in our backyard laden with guava trees as they're finally, finally starting to ripen, or even a simple meal made up of nothing but my favorite fruits in the world, watermelon and jack fruit.Read More
I find it interesting that all of my friends and acquaintances, among most people that are associated with me in one way or another, think that I eat health foods one-hundred percent of the time and that my workout regimen is absolutely unforgiving.Read More