Foodie Finds & Life

by Ellie Betzen | from scratch, mostly in ,

One thing I love about being alive in this generation is the fact that we are never short of novel ideas when it comes to food.  There is so much variety to choose from so when I come across something I truly enjoy, I just have to share it!   I hope this narrows your choices down next time you find yourself at the store or a pho restaurant. :)

Foodie Finds


I know, I know...there always seems to be a new granola in my weekly rotation and the last one I was raving about was Bear Naked Protein Granola.  But hear me out.  This maple one is possibly the best one to ever enter my stomach, next to Kind Granola, of course.  I've been splurging on Bear Naked's stuff because {almost} all their items are delicious and I usually wind up getting them on sale.  Score! 


Back in the day I "indulged" in foods like PLAIN Wassa crackers because in my mind it was the only way to stay healthy.  After getting over that mentality I began to eat more real foods.  Now I found these Ry-Krisp crackers that look similar to the other kind, but I think they taste much better and not so cardboard-like.  That's my opinion, though. :)

I've been using them as a "vehicle" for cream cheese+strawberries+honey, and pb and bananas.  Because c'mon...the real star of the show is the toppings, right?  It's been the perfect snack for when I want something sweet but don't actually crave decadent pastries.  Wow, I guess those days do exist! 


Don't know what to order at Pho restaurants?  Try my favorite Pho dish--veggie chow fun!  I'm not too sure what the nutritional stats are, but what I do know is that it is loaded with my favorite veggies, is slightly sweet and garlicky, and the rice noodles make it hearty without weighing me down or giving me indigestion.

Greg and I are so glad we have Blue Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant in Carson or else we'd be starving.  Just kidding, that's an exaggeration. :)

Thoughts on Motherhood


You would think that the "honeymoon phase" with baby Selah would be over or something.  But nope.  It's far from over because as strange as it sounds, there is this phenomena where she seems to take over our hearts to make us love her more each day.  Sometimes I even wonder if she's in her crib behind a computer screen instilling things in our brain, haha. 

In all seriousness, though....I still can't grasp the fact that I am a mom.  Whattttt?! 

Sure, there definitely are mundane aspects to being a stay-at-home-mom, but everyday seems novel in the sense that our love and interaction with each other grows deeper and more interesting

She is almost 11 months and tomorrow will be my first Mother's Day as a mom.  And what really amazes me is that over the past year Selah has brought me so much closer to my own mom.  In a way I feel like I can relate to her better because we are finally looking at each other in that same motherly light, and you know what?  I think I can also start calling her a FRIEND.  Whoa! 

No offense to all you Koreans out there.  But a korean girl and her mother--friends?  No way, not in a million years!  I'm sure many of you understand where I'm coming from, though.


Yes, that thought is quite strange to me because I never saw that as a possibility even though I always longed for that.  But now things are different and I have no one else to thank for it but God. 

Have a blessed day, you guys!  And I pray that you will have someone to celebrate for being that motherly figure to you.  This can be a joyful or a grieving holiday for many of us.  So let's make someone's day by reaching out, ya??! :)


How has your relationship with your mom/motherly figure changed over the years?

If you're a mom already, in what ways have you changed?

Share some new foodie finds!  And what do you order at Pho?