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Hello! I’ve got a sleeping baby sitting beside me and an iced lavender latte in hand and thought I’d take advantage of nap time this morning to pop in with a long overdue life update. ♡

I realized the other day that it’s been over a year since I last typed out one of these posts while sitting in our sunny kitchen in Barcelona. Which, to be honest, feels like a lifetime ago. (And also somehow like…yesterday?) It’s hard to know where to even begin to summarize how life has changed since then. We’re now back across the ocean living in Kansas City, which is slowly beginning to feel like home again ever since our whirlwind move back with a toddler, elderly dog, eight suitcases, and a newly-positive pregnancy test last June. Since then, we have…

  • moved into a 90-yr-old Tudor, which we (probably over-ambitiously) decided to renovate before our second baby’s arrival, while working to stock the place 100% from scratch with everything from beds to bicycles to blenders and beyond
  • walked through our second pregnancy and gave birth in the States, which went mercifully smoothly this time around (and was also a very interesting contrast to how things are done in Spain)
  • welcomed a wonderful Costa Rican au pair to our family, who’s going to be living with us and helping with the boys over the coming year
  • checked off what felt like a million “getting settled” logistics, including purchasing two cars (a super sad farewell to European walking culture), re-establishing our businesses in Missouri, and diving back into the wonderful world of American healthcare, insurances, taxes, etc
  • navigated an intense year of “sandwich generation” learning curves, doing our best to try and care for aging parents and little kids at the same time

And then of course, we brought this little sunbeam home. ♡♡♡

We joked on the day Milo was born that he seemed just “just happy to be here”, and four months later, that still pretty much sums things up! He has turned out to be such an easygoing little baby who’s just happy to eat, happy to sleep (major change from our first!), happy to smile and coo and snuggle with anyone…and we truly could not love him more. It’s remarkable how much joy he has added to our little household. After a fairly disorienting year, his arrival has felt like the missing puzzle piece that’s finally helped Kansas City begin to feel like home again. Of course, the newborn stage has been intense and exhausting in all of its usual ways, but getting to step away from work for a few months to soak up sunny spring walks with Milo and nuzzle his soft skin and and be there for all of his adorable little “firsts” has felt beyond special. It’s never lost on Barclay and me what a privilege this is to get to do this all one more time, especially after the long road to meet him, and we’re just so grateful that he’s finally here.

All that to say, goodness, it has been a year. Definitely one of the more challenging ones on record for our little family, but still with plenty of glimmers of love and joy and fun sprinkled in there all along the way, as life always seems to provide. We’re feeling very grateful to (at least mostly) now be on the other side of the international moving chaos. And while I’ve enjoyed time away from Gimme Some Oven during maternity leave, I’m glad to be getting back into some work rhythms again. More updates on all of that below.

Anyway, clearly, lots to share! So without further ado, here’s the update from our little corner of KC…

Kansas City 2.0

“So, how’s it feel to be back in Kansas City?”

I feel like we’ve been asked this question a thousand times and I’ve probably answered a thousand different ways depending on the day.

Mmmm…good? Hard? Somehow equally familiar and disorienting? Refreshingly full of green spaces and longtime friends and Trader Joe’s? Far too full of driving and excessive air-conditioning and…guns?

The simple answer is that our daily life here is just so incredibly different than it was back in Barcelona. And while we certainly anticipated a fair dose of reverse culture shock upon returning to the States, I’d say that “settling back in” has generally been harder and taken longer than we expected in pretty much all categories.

The best thing about being back — also our main reason for moving back — has been living near our families again. We intentionally bought a house 5 minutes away from Barclay’s parents and regularly see my folks from Wichita, which has given our boys the chance to spend a record amount of time with their grandparents over the past year. Watching Teo grow so close to each of them, and now getting to watch everyone enjoy the newborn stage with Milo (something our extended family mostly missed out on in-person with Teo while we were living abroad) has been even more special than we had imagined. At the same time, this past year has been one of those deeply good-but-hard seasons when it comes to caring for aging parents — navigating complex health issues together, learning by trial-and-error how to help, family members learning on their end how to let us help — we’re still figuring it all out. But after years of trying to provide support from overseas, it’s such a relief to now be physically nearby for all of the little and big stuff.

Another thing we’ve really appreciated about being back is how supportive our longtime friends and family have been when it comes to giving us space to reimagine our lives here in this new season of life. (Or Kansas City 2.0, as we like to call it. 😉) One of my biggest concerns upon returning was that everyone was going to expect us to immediately click back into the exact same rhythms and roles that we had when we left seven years ago, some of which no longer feel like a fit after our time in Europe. But our friends here have kindly reminded us that they expected us to come back changed. And, of course, so many things here evolved while we were away. So it feels like we’ve been given the best of both worlds — a warm welcome back, plus the full freedom to recreate our lives here — which has been a lovely surprise.

Speaking of surprises, it’s been funny (and a bit humbling) to realize upon moving back how little we knew about Kansas City when it comes to raising kids! We were obviously childfree before we left and learned pretty much everything we knew about pregnancy, birth and parenting the Spanish way over the past few years. So it’s been an interesting experience to relearn how to do things the American way — shifting all of our daily schedules about 2 hours earlier, adjusting to long stretches between ultrasounds, major waitlists and high costs for childcare, hoisting kids in and out of carseats all day long, learning our favorite parks and pools and playgrounds around the city, scheduling all things kid-related in advance (I can count the number of spontaneous playdates we’ve had this year on one hand), plus a hundred other big and little things. There are many elements of Spanish parenting that we really miss. But I have to say, we’ve discovered that the Midwest is a decidedly fantastic place to raise a toddler, especially when it comes to the abundance of playgrounds, swimming pools, public libraries, children’s museums, and backyards for play. It’s also been really fun to experience American holidays through the eyes of our toddler for the first time (hello adorable trick-or-treating, 4th of July fireworks, finally meeting Santa and the Easter Bunny!). As a fairly anxious person when it comes to pregnancy and parenting, it has also been comforting to return to a culture that errs on the side of over-explaining medical stuff and provides lots of early intervention screenings and resources for kids, topics that I found quite frustrating in Spain’s (for better and for worse) laid-back “wait and see” culture.

Anyway, lots of change this year. American and Spanish cultures honestly just feel like apples and oranges in so many ways that it’s hard not to constantly compare the two. But we’re trying to grow where we’re planted and soak up the things (namely, the people) we love most about life in Kansas City right now. Thankfully, there are many. ♡

Hello, Milo!

Ok, the mama in me can’t help but just share a few more updates about this sweet little pea. ♡

As I shared before, Milo was our last-chance embryo from our second full round of IVF in Barcelona. The jury was out last spring as to whether or not we were going to have time to squeeze in a final embryo transfer before our move. But in the end, the stars aligned and the transfer took place and we found out 4 days before leaving Barcelona that we were officially pregnant. (An emotional week, to say the least!) Thankfully, the rest of our pregnancy progressed smoothly after our move and we were thrilled to welcome Milo to our family this past Valentine’s.

From the very beginning, he has just had the sweetest little spirit. And from the very beginning, his older brother has been absolutely smitten with him. We were prepared for any number of scenarios when introducing a new baby to a toddler, but it’s honestly been pretty much pure cuteness so far. Teo is constantly giving Milo his toys and hugs and kisses and “gentle pats” (lol, the lingo with our dog conveniently transferred to the baby), and Milo in turn reserves some of his biggest grins for his adoring big brother. Oh, and they look a lot alike, which I know is totally predictable but still kind of wild to see your DNA replicated in another kid!

I also have to say that it’s been really nice to do the whole newborn stage again when we’re not in the middle of a global pandemic, lol. There are a number of things we missed out on the first time around — getting to go to in-person prenatal yoga classes and baby showers, having a mask-free birth, being able to plop our newborn freely into the arms of friends and family — that have been fun to experience with Milo. Our friends here also loaded us up with a million hand-me-downs, which have been super helpful since we gave away all of Teo’s stuff before leaving Spain.

That said, two-kid life is still taking some getting used to. Getting out of the house with both boys and all of their stuff still feels like a bit of a circus. Barclay and I can’t seem to stay awake long enough to watch an entire show after they go to bed. The boys have an impressive knack for melting down at the exact same time. And weekends feel like they last — oh — about an eternity. 😅 But we know how quickly this all flies by. And lately, I find myself desperately trying to memorize the feel of Milo’s soft head pressed against my cheek, the earnest sparkle in Teo’s eyes when we play with his trains, the nostalgic summer smells of sandboxes and sunscreen, the countless quirky and adorable toddler conversations happening lately — how do parents do it?! There’s just so much to take in, and it’s moving so fast, and it’s so very (very) hard at times, but goodness, it’s also so very very good. What a ride.

Meal Train Magic

Ok, the food blogger in me has to give a shout-out to another major highlight of this year — the incredible meal train our friends organized for us.

Meal trains aren’t really a thing in Spain, so this was not something we experienced with our first baby. But this time around, we had friends stopping by to deliver meals multiple times a week for three (three!) full months after Milo’s birth, which was beyond generous and easily the most helpful gift we received postpartum. The food that everyone brought — from homemade casseroles to tacos, takeout to Trader Joe’s favorites, bottles of Spanish wine to jars of homemade margaritas — was just perfect. And it felt like such a comfort to know that we’d have familiar faces showing up regularly for a quick hug or some baby snuggles along with their food delivery, especially during some of those blurry, time-warp-y newborn days when we didn’t feel like leaving the house.

I’ve always said that feeding people is my love language, but these past few months reminded me that the reverse is likewise true — being fed by everyone made us feel incredibly loved and cared for too. The whole experience definitely renewed my belief in the magic of a good meal train, so I can’t wait to pay it forward again soon.

Welcoming Our Au Pair

One other unexpected surprise for our family this year was deciding to have an au pair come live with us!

I honestly knew next to nothing about au pair cultural exchange programs a year ago. But a friend mentioned the idea while we were exploring childcare options for Milo (since Teo’s school doesn’t provide infant care) and the possibility quickly resonated with us, especially once we realized we could match with an au pair who was a native Spanish speaker.

So last fall, we researched various agencies and completed the application and evaluation process to become a host family. And after doing video interviews with au pairs from various Spanish-speaking countries (the process feels a lot like online dating!), we ended up matching with a wonderful 24-yr-old preschool teacher from Costa Rica who came to live with us in January. It’s been so fun getting to learn from her about all things Costa Rica and introduce her to a million little nuances about life in the States. And Barclay and I are thrilled to have the house filled with Spanish again each day, which was one thing we’ve dearly missed about our life in Barcelona. (We currently do about a 50/50 mix of Spanish and English all day long.)

Our house has also turned into the main hangout for her local au pair friends, who are regularly popping by during their time off for a hang or a meal or to give our boys a hug. So it all just feels kind of like one big, bustling, multicultural family around here lately. We love getting to raise our boys around all of his tías from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico, and hope to do everything we can to support these young women (all of whom have bravely left their countries for the first time) and help make their time in the States as special as possible.

Back To Blogging

Anyway, after a much-appreciated maternity leave, it’s felt really nice to get back to working part-time over these past few weeks. I have a lonnnng list of recipe ideas I’ve been jotting down over the past few months that have been fun to start working through. We’re also working on a site redesign and some other techy updates behind the scenes that will hopefully make your experience navigating this site even better soon.

That said, it feels like a bit of a weird time right now to be returning to work on the internet. Many food blogs have been hit hard recently by Google algorithm changes and the introduction of AI overviews (which you may have noticed now answer any cooking questions directly at the top of Google’s search results, rather than offering a list of sites to click on like mine). Here’s a podcast episode that explains things fairly well if you’d like to learn more. But in a nutshell, these developments are raising lots of questions lately about the future of online “content creation” and whether or not individual blogs like this one will survive the seismic AI shift that seems to be hitting the internet right now. I really hope they do, but who knows, the internet is still so young and constantly evolving. So we’ll see if I still have a job in a few years!

What I do know is that the most important thing you can do right now to support this blog and any other websites that you love is to sign up for their email newsletters. With Google and social media being so unpredictable, email is quite simply the easiest and most reliable way for me to stay in touch. You can sign up for our free emails right here if you’re interested. Then we can be sure to keep you up to date with all of the new recipes, seasonal favorites, and product recommendations that are shared around here.

We’re coming up on the 15th anniversary of Gimme Some Oven next month, which is downright surreal, and I’m feeling more lucky than ever to still call this my job. So for all of you who have continued to follow along and try new recipes here on our little corner of the internet, thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m so grateful you’re here.

XOXO

Anyway, that’s the latest! Thank you so much for reading. I really hope that you’re all doing well and somehow staying cool this summer (holy heat wave!) and soaking up all the backyard bbqs and juicy watermelon and long days that the season has to offer. We’re sending lots of love your way today from Kansas City.

Love,
Ali

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102 comments on “Currently”

  1. Where’s the recipes?????

  2. Welcome back. Yay to Milo and now Teo has a buddy for life. Love your content. I’m an old Grammy, who doesn’t quite get this internet world, but gonna try to read that article you linked about AI etc plus Google intervention? We’ll care how that goes. God bless you all as you face your challenges ahead. Family… that’s what matters! Aloha from Hawaii 🤙🏼

  3. I came to your blog today to see if you had done a life update post recently- lucky me! You posted this TODAY! So fun to hear a bit about your year- I’ve loved following along all these years 🤍

  4. It is lovely to hear from you, Ali! I am so glad you and family are happily finding your way in Kansas. I will look forward to personal updates, recipes, and other interesting food and cooking knowledge going forward. I enjoy it all!!! Welcome back to the USA, and new experiences for you and all your sweet family.

    • Yay! So glad to see a blog post from you again! What exciting times.for you, and congratulations!

  5. It was wonderful to read about all the changes in your life and to welcome beautiful little Milo. I missed your blog and am super excited to see that you are going to be posting again soon. I look at recipes all the time on line, but I truly feel connected to yours. Somehow, I like everything you post!
    Anyway, welcome back to the U.S. and your new (and old) life. Be well and enjoy every second with your little ones. Mine is 32 and I truly miss those days.

  6. I really appreciate your comments about the sandwich generation stuff. We’re in the thick of it right now too and it’s just so tiring and complicated. I feel like too often we have to choose between giving our energy to our parents or our kids, which isn’t what anyone wants to do.

    • Yayyyy great to get an update and I’m glad you’ve settled well back in the U.S.
      Congratulations on Milo’s arrival. Absolutely wonderful. Looking forward to seeing the new website and new recipes. Missed you!! Xx

  7. Ali, your tenacity, optimism and kind-heartedness inspire me well beyond food recipes. Your perspectives in this blog post soothed my heart and helped me reflect on my own life and deeply remember that life is truly made up of all the good, bad and hard-to-categorize. The human in you touched the human in me in this AI world we live in now. I’ll continue to be subscribed for more years to come.

  8. YAY!!!
    I’m so happy to see this post, I have followed you for so many many years and am just so dang happy for you!! Looking forward to hearing more! xx

  9. Culture shock, huh? I bet. Milo is a darling jewel. What a great pic. Congrats for making it through it all. I want a recipe for that Panzanella salad. Is that what that is? Yum. Looks so good!

  10. Congratulations! It’s so sweet to see your little Milo and big brother, Teo. Loved reading your update! 💕

  11. Welcome back Ali!! You definitely have your hands full but the filling of your heart is what is so much more important and this time goes by so quickly!! Can’t wait for more recipes!

  12. Thank you for sharing this update- what a year! I have followed your blog for years and between all the great recipes our family cooked I have gotten to know your family a bit too. I am hopeful your blog survives as long as you find it fulfilling, and I’ll keep reading as long as it does! I hope your next year is even better than the last, maybe easier too. Happy summer!

  13. Love this update and your pictures. I’m glad everything is working out for you and your family. Good thing to have a Spanish speaking native in the house to keep in touch with this culture, my culture. Now you know how we feel when we come here and have to adjust to the American culture. Both have good and not so good ways to live. And we try to get the best of both. Also, I keep many of your delicious recipes. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Welcome back from maternity leave and congrats, congrats on your precious family. Can’t wait to follow along and try new recipes!

  15. Going from one child to two really is a seismic shift, isn’t it? Welcome back to the US and to blogging, and welcome Milo to the world. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store next.

    Also on the AI shift, it’s hardly the first big change in internet expectations during the expanse of your blog (or mine!). Is this the one that sticks? Maybe. Or maybe it’s the one that leads to a rapid shift to other search engines. Before Google, there were several that people loved. And I am already seeing a rise in DuckDuckGo searches.

  16. So happy for you and your beautiful & extended family!
    You seem lovely!

  17. Ali! you are one amazing person, of course I’ve known that since oh maybe when you were in 2nd grade!?! Years do go by so quickly, so grab onto every moment you possibly can. 15 years for gimmesomeoven does not seem possible…We’ve been in Texas for 16 years and that is unbelievable to me. Anyway…glad to see you and your beautiful family, best wishes and blessing for the years to come, no matter how fast they whiz past.
    Holly

  18. Love your blog and your sweet family! I too have undergone a monumental move recently, so I feel like I can relate. We moved and retired from Lexington, KY to the Seattle, WA area. 2 of our 3 children live here are we just had grandchild #5….all under 4 1/2 years old! Our friends thought we absolutely lost our minds, but for me the pandemic clearly showed the importance of relationships! Really enjoying creating those grandparent/grandchild relationships, as I can only imagine your & Barclay’s parents must be, too!

    Looking forward to new recipes!

  19. Hello I am a 73 year old female who was born in Indiana. Penna. and grew up thru grade school in Commodore. I have such fond memories of my early childhood there. I lived on Douglas Street in the upper row further down the road. We would go to my grandma’s farm near Cherry Tree on the weekends. My dad was Harvey Griffith and mom was Pamela from England (war bride) and I am Gayle. I had a brother named Glenn. Anyway, dear Commodore, thanks for the precious memories.

    Sincerely.
    Gayle (Griffith) Rush

  20. So great to hear from you Ali and to catch up on what’s been happening in your life. Of course we get bits and pieces from your folks but you’re such an amazing writer. Congratulations on all the wonderful things happening in your life! Love. Beth

  21. Amazing! I wish you lots of blessings and happiness.

  22. Good to hear from you! Long time follower, you have such an adventurous life! Your little guys are adorable! Looking forward to some new recipes!! Meal prepping would be a wonderful bonus!

  23. I’m so glad for this post! I’ve been waiting for it and always check back weekly if not more frequently, to see what’s new! You’re one if just a handful of food blogs I follow since I’m now on social media to see things unfold in real time. Speaking of which, would you consider a post on what you’ve done to your Tudor? Just that teaser pic of you with the family in the kitchen has me curious how everything has transformed to make the house your own! I too am in the toddler & baby phase – it’s a whirlwind for sure, but having support is so immensely helpful. We’re in a new to us town so support looks very different. All the best. Long live amazing blogs like yours! xoxo

  24. It has been a year for sure!! My daughter is due with her first baby in mid-July. I would love to know any favorite meal train dishes. Thanks!!!

  25. So unbelievably happy for you Ali and also all the feels for the transition you are in. You guys are creating a beautiful life and sinking in to the present. I always feel more grounded when I read your personal posts and when I get to talk to you. Hoping someday we can meetup again IRL and let our boys play together for bit. Mine make great playmate’s now. 🤪 so big!!

  26. I am so happy to hear you’re back in my native KC! Having lived away many years, my husband and I retired here to live the “urban life” on The Plaza. We are members of Church of the Resurrection-Brookside and , I believe, we have a mutual friend, Roxanne Wyss-Bateman. I have followed you since your early days in Barcelona and our 20-month move to Paris. Welcome back!!

  27. I missed seeing your posts – followed you pre-Barcelona, Barcelona looked wonderful – and happy to see that your growing family is doing so well back in the states. Ready for more posts!!!

  28. Good morning! Long time reader, first time writer here :)
    We are also recent returnees to KC, so your comments definitely strike a chord with me. Our family will be hosting an exchange student from Spain this coming school year, and I’d love to pick your brain about how we might make her transition easier, things she’d enjoy in the area, etc.
    Keep up the good work & congrats on the new addition!

  29. Welcome back, Ali! So happy to hear all about you and your beautiful family. Best of luck with this new phase of your life.

  30. Hi, Ali! My wife (and family by proxy) absolutely loves your recipes. The Orzo w. Sausage, there was a Lo Mein recipe, and the pumpkin break to name a few. Your palette is very closely aligned with ours which makes for such wonderful meals. If you are interested in a little extra exposure, I run a podcast / YouTube channel called “Time We Discuss”. It’s all about career discovery/exploration where I speak with people to find out how they got where they are and what others can do to enter the same or similar industry. I’d love the opportunity to have you on the show if you are interested. Feel free to reach out to me directly on the various social platforms @timewediscuss or visit timewediscuss.com for more information. Again, if you are interested,I’d love to have you on the show. Thanks in advance!

  31. Thank you for this update, I had been wondering when you might come back to your emails blogs. The boys are adorable, I am so very happy for all of you!! Enjoy time flies, my children are in their 40’s and I miss those early years. Thank goodness for grandchildren!!

  32. So happy to read about your darling new baby and your life back in the states. Definitely missing all of your recipes and family news. And I know your parents Ali must be beyond excited to see their darling grandchildren regularly.
    Thank you so much!!!

  33. Awww so happy to see this post. I’ve been eagerly awaiting a life update, as a loyal follower. You guys are the best, and I’m so happy to hear that you and your little family are settling back well!! Please please keep blogging. I hope AI doesn’t mess up this awesome space.

  34. Oh my goodness, Ali, so very glad to see your post and read about your move and all the “getting used to US ways” again in the past year. Congratulation on your new and wonderful son. Both of my boys were born in Germany (which led one of them to hsve a frightening but, ultimately, very funny encounter with TSA about a job permit), and I very much missed the European way of child care. Yes, you can have “culture shock” returning to your native country! So glad you have settled in well, and were able to find a home so near elderly parents, and wonderful friends. I’m looking forward to your new recipes. Welcome home, Ali! ❤️

  35. It’s so great to hear your life updates! I’ve enjoyed your journey so much and your site is my favorite food blog of all time. So glad to have you back and oh my gosh the boys are the cutest!!!

  36. I’m so glad you shared and updated us about your life; thank you! I had been wondering about the move and am so glad you didn’t abandon your blog altogether. I will not be participating in the AI revolution if I can help it. I won’t be clicking on Google AI suggestions, and I fully support individual food/cooking blogs.

  37. So lovely to get an update from you!

  38. Great to see your update! Was sending one of your recipes to a friend recently and wondered how you were going back in the states, so it was lovely to read the update. Excited to see more recipes coming in the future. Love an Aussie who’s been following from almost the beginning xo

  39. Thank you for sharing this lovely update/slice of your life with us. I can’t speak to the financial aspect of blogging, but as far as I’m concerned, AI can’t take the place of what you do <3

  40. I am so happy for you guys and sweet family….extended family it sounds like! I started getting your emails shortly before you moved overseas!
    Kimberly

  41. Ali you and your family just make me feel warm and happy. What a remarkable journey you’ve had, and I feel so blessed to have been following along. I live in Folsom CA, which has had one week of triple digit temperatures. I had bought a brand new BBQ that I was SO excited to use, and had a five day grilling menu planned for the 4th holiday. I went out to my backyard on the 4th in the afternoon and the temperature was ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN…so no grilling for the foreseeable future and the temperatures aren’t expected to get to the 90’s until next week…UGH, BUT lo and behold I opened up your email over the weekend to see the salad recipes, WAHOOOOO!!!
    Thanks for all you are and do!

  42. Hi there,
    Welcome Back! 🙃🙃🙃
    Congratulations on your new little boy! I’m so glad that you took time off to be with him and enjoy his newborn stage. 💙
    He is absolutely adorable just like his brother.
    I just thought I should let you know, I am trying to sign up for your newsletter, but the recapta (spelling?) thing is not working.
    I look forward to your new content. 🙃

  43. Welcome back! I found you through a recipe search a few years back and what a great bonus to get a glimpse into your life in Spain (and now I’m going in September- so thanks for your guides)…. And your recipes never disappoint!

  44. Welcome back Ali! You’ve been missed! So happy to hear about your update and look forward to your future posts. Many blessings to you and your family.

  45. Congratulations on Milo!! And welcome back! I was so excited to see your face in my IG stories!

  46. Thank you for sharing! Loved reading all the updates! Missed seeing you pop up on the IG/email box but so very happy for you and your sweet little family!

  47. Welcome back! Appreciate the update on all things going on for you. Congratulations on Milo…he is adorable! What a great idea to get a Spanish-speaking au pair….get the boys learning Spanish now and it’ll stick with them for life – especially if you & Barclay continue to speak it at home. I’m looking forward to seeing what recipes you’ve got coming for us.

  48. 15 years !! Wow And to think my finding your wonderful blog and ultimately your web site was because I googled “homemade cream of mushroom soup.” I feel in love and have tried many of your recipes over the years. I have not found anything I haven’t loved.

  49. Ali congratulations on growing your sweet family and getting acclimated back to life in America. I’m sure it’s such a huge shift! I’ve been following for 10 of the fifteen years and your recipes are mainstays for me. Just made your cacio e Pepe last night and it’s a favorite. Keep doing what you’re doing! As a person that’s not a fan of utilizing AI I still am putting blogs first. Keep up your amazing work!