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Baking linzer cookies for our neighbors

Warm greetings from Barcelona! ♡

I have to admit that I had really (really) been hoping to write this month’s update cozied up in front of a fireplace back in Kansas, where we had planned to spend the month of December home with our families. But, like so many of you, we ended up having to make the hard call to cancel our long-anticipated plane tickets and holiday plans and stay put here instead. Which was totally the right decision. But, sigh, still a hard one. It’s been a year now since we’ve been able to see our families in person, and Barclay and I were so excited for them to finally get to meet their little grand-bun while he’s still in the oven. We feel incredibly fortunate, though, that everyone in our families is currently safe and well. So we’re pivoting 2020-style for the holidays this year, and instead, setting our sights ahead on our next family reunion complete with lots of baby snuggles here in Spain, hopefully as soon as possible after our little guy is born. We can’t wait.

As for now, I’m sitting out on our sunny new terrace here in Barcelona and realize that I have so much to share with you since our last update. Such as…we moved! And we made it through another trimester with our sweet bebé (and learned the gender, in case you missed it above)! And you all not only fully-funded our very special community garden project in Mali this holiday season…but you donated more than TRIPLE the amount that we needed help launch! $26,000 and counting!!!

I’m still completely blown away by your generosity and can’t even begin to tell you how much it means that you have joined in to support this new project. We already have some exciting new updates on the garden construction to share with you below, plus details on where all of the extra funds that you raised will be going, as well as a new video from the garden that I promise will brighten your Monday. So without further ado, here is the latest!

Drilling a well in Mali with The Wash Project

Community Garden Update

First things first…thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. ♡

You guys absolutely knocked our socks off by donating over $26,000 to help launch this very special community garden in Mali, which is extraordinarily generous and over triple the amount that we had hoped to raise for the project!!! In case you missed it, this was the response of the local women in Oulessebougou when we shared the news with them last week that the community garden was officially a go. They were thrilled!⁣

Your donations have allowed us to begin work on the community garden immediately. And I’m happy to report that drilling for the community garden’s brand new well was completed this past week — and it was a huge success! You can watch the full story (and see the local community’s amazing response as the drilling truck pulled into town) in the new 2-minute video update above. In a nutshell, though, the drilling engineers ended up finding even more water below the garden than the initial groundwater tests had predicted. (Which was an amazing surprise; you can never know for certain exactly how much water is available until you officially begin drilling.)  Which means that even more local gardeners and members of the village will have access to clean water year-round. Which is going to make such a difference in this community.

Thanks to your incredible generosity, we are also going to be able to DOUBLE the size of the water tower that will soon be constructed to help store the clean water from the well, which will also help to increase the access to clean water for the neighboring village. And amazingly, your extra donations have also already put us well on our way to being able to fund ANOTHER brand-new community garden in a neighboring village in 2021, which was something that local leaders had hoped to begin in the next year or two but didn’t yet have the budget for. So everyone is incredibly excited and talks have already begun to choose the next site for a garden. More on that to come.

Anyway, lots of amazing work has already happened in the past two weeks (I told you The Wash Project moves quickly!), and we’re receiving exciting new updates daily about the next phase of the garden that is already currently underway. So stay tuned here for more news to come soon. And again, you guys, thank you. It means the world to me to be able to partner on a meaningful project like this with you, and I’m so excited for all of us to follow along and learn more from these amazing women in Mali in the months ahead.

Barclay and Ali Martin | Baby Bump

Second Trimester

Here on the home front, Barclay and I are now just a few days away from crossing over into our third trimester with our little rainbow bebé. And in case you missed the mention above, I’m happy to report that…

…we’re having a BOY! A little niño! ♡

After an intense few years riding the roller coaster of infertility, IVF, and losing our baby’s precious twin during our first trimester, our second trimester has ended up being mercifully smooth health-wise, and also so sweet and encouraging for our hearts. Our little guy started rolling around and kicking up a storm early on in the second trimester, which has just been the absolute best and also such a comfort when I’m feeling anxious. During one of our recent ultrasounds, the camera also just so happened to be zoomed in on his tiny face at the exact moment he let out an enormous yawn (eee!), which was amazing to actually see on screen and instantly melted my mama-heart. It’s been amazing to watch this baby bump grow bigger and bigger by the day too. Although I must say — our little guy already feels huge, so it’s wild to think about three more months of growing to go!

That said, as encouraging as this trimester has been, it has still been a very slow process for our hearts to reach the point where we feel ready to start dreaming about the newborn stage in earnest — as in, moving onto books about newborns, starting to design a nursery, and actually working on a registry and purchasing things for our little guy. We’ve cautiously made our way through lots of resources about pregnancy itself. But even six months in, it still feels hard not to just brace ourselves for more loss. And instead, to let ourselves get our hopes up that things might end well and that we might actually make it all the way to our due date and experience this dream of holding a healthy baby in our arms.

However, each passing day of this pregnancy continues to give us more confidence. And now that we’re all moved into our new place and can actually spend time in the room that will one day be our little guy’s nursery, I feel like I can finally start to more confidently picture what it’s going to be like to have him here with us. And last week, I found myself finally wandering into a baby store for the very first time and came home with a sweet little onesie purchase in tow too. Baby steps for mama in this part of the process too, I’m learning.

Anyway, our second trimester has taught us that hearts most certainly do not magically heal after the grief that accompanies infertility and loss. But they do grow stronger and all the more grateful for good news when it arrives. And this trimester — and this sweet little boy — have most certainly been the good news we’ve been hoping for.

Terrace in Eixample Barcelona

Our New Casa!

Onto some lighter and also very-long-awaited news…we finally found a new flat in Barcelona and officially moved in three weeks ago!

In true 2020 fashion, our apartment search took us much, much longer than expected, which definitely started to feel a bit more stressful as we were inching closer to our due date. But last month, we finally stumbled upon an absolute gem of a place in the Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona, and hustled to be the first to negotiate and meet their terms for an immediate move. (Apartments in Spain aren’t typically listed until they are vacant, so the moving process goes very quickly.)

And oh my goodness, we are loving our new place so much. ♡

It ended up checking off all of the boxes on our list and more, including a small extra room for our bebé (I can’t wait to show you the space soon, it’s so perfect and sweet), a private outdoor terrace (that’s surprisingly huge and sunny and beautiful, and also something we’ve desperately been craving during Spain’s various phases of home confinement this year), an open kitchen that can double as my office/studio (these are very rare in Barcelona, but this one is gorgeous and even more spacious than I had hoped), an elevator (which this pregnant gal is loving, after our former fourth floor walk-up), an outdoor grill (finally, I can start posting more grilling recipes again!), plus lots and lots of European old-world-style charm (as you can catch a peek of here in our new bathroom).

Anyway, the past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind between moving and the holidays and getting everything ready to go with the community garden project in Mali, and I haven’t had a chance yet to take pictures of a full home tour. But if anyone’s interested in seeing more, let me know and I’ll snap some to share in next month’s update. I’m definitely entering into full-on nesting mode over here, so hopefully there will be some baby nursery photos to come soon too. :)

Smeg Mixer

Things I’m Loving Lately

Other than the three big pieces of news listed above, life has been pretty simple around here lately. We’ve had a steady stream of friends coming over each week for safely-distanced hangouts our new terrace, which has made my heart so, so happy. (I’ve missed being able to safely entertain SO much in 2020!)  We’ve also been enjoying all of the fun Christmas markets, lights and traditions here in Barcelona around the holidays (and can’t wait to introduce our little guy to Caga Tió next year, haha.)  And I’ve been having a nostalgic bake-a-thon in our new kitchen, whipping up all of my favorite American holiday cookies and treats to pass out, which are always a hit with our Spanish and expat friends alike. I’ve also especially been loving…

  • My new Smeg mixer: Now that we have a kitchen with extra counter space again (woo hoo!), I decided to celebrate by buying myself a new stand mixer for Christmas. I ended up going with a Smeg since they are much more popular here in Europe and I’ve long admired their pretty designs in storefront windows. And so far…I’m loving it! For any of you bakers interested in a review, I would say that the Smeg mixer definitely feels more sturdy and powerful than some of the KitchenAid mixers I have owned in the past, and the attachments all work really well. I’m also enjoying having a glass (instead of metal) mixer bowl for the first time, which looks so lovely in the kitchen. The mixer base, however, is noticeably larger than KitchenAids with a comparable bowl size, so it does require a bit counter space than I was expecting. Overall, though, it’s so fun to have a stand mixer again…and all of the cookies it has been mixing up!
  • Christmas everything: Those of you who have followed this blog for awhile know that I’m one of those people who loves all things cozy and Christmas-y at home this time of year. So moving into a new casa around Christmastime has definitely had me in full-on holiday hygge mode! ;)  This season, my faves have included: this album on repeat, this balsam and cedarwood candle burning each evening, batches upon batches of Linzer cookies (recipe coming soon), and of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas in our house without some Clark Griswold.
  • Shows, shows, shows: Ever since Barcelona imposed a city-wide evening curfew a few months ago, we’ve been watching more shows in the evenings than usual (with nooch popcorn, of course), which has been fun way to break in our new living room projector. We loved the popular series that everyone can’t stop talking about — The Crown, The Queen’s Gambit, The Undoing, The Politician. We also watched GBBO for the first time in like a decade and could not believe how charming it was. I was admittedly one of the people who cringed my way through Emily In Paris. (I know so many people loved it, but oof, I thought it could have been sooo much better.)  And after hearing all of our European friends fan over David Attenborough for years (he’s a legend over here!), we finally watched his latest Netflix documentary and would highly recommend it. Would love to hear what you’ve been watching and loving lately too!
  • Books and podcasts: I finally read Caste, which was excellent and important, and am currently enjoying a fun novel about a sommelier in France. I also really enjoyed the Dolly Parton’s America podcast and am currently finishing up Chameleon. And while this isn’t a book, I spent an hour making by way through this post yesterday and found it completely captivating. Wow, what a year we have been through.
  • Planning for 2021: Finally, I’m spending a lot of time working on new content for 2021 right now and would love to hear what sort of recipes you all would like to see here in the coming year. I know that 2020 has been such an intense and unusual year in the kitchen, where it seemed like comfort foods and cooking “projects” were what we all needed in quarantine. But I’m definitely craving all things lighter, fresher, and quicker in the coming year — maybe you too? Would love to hear any requests that you have, especially if there are any particular ingredients, cooking methods, or recipe themes you would like to see represented in 2021.

Dog and baby bump snuggles


Anyway, that is the very long update from life around here these past few months.

Would love to hear how you all are doing and feeling as we come to the end of this exhausting roller coaster of a year. Wherever this finds you in the world today, I really hope that you are safe and well and finding some moments of light to carry you through this holiday season. Sending lots of love your way from our little baby-bump-sleeping-pup snuggle here in Barcelona today.

Ali ♡

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  1. Ali, I’m SO thrilled to hear all your good news! After such a challenging year for all, it is extra exciting to hear the good things that are happening for you. Many blessings to you and your growing family! (And also blessings to the Wash Project family, too! :))

  2. Such great updates! I had been hoping that all was going smoothly with your pregnancy lately. Your bump is adorable! :)

  3. Ali, I’ve loved watching your bump updates! We conceived using IVF and our little one is now a sweet, chatty toddler. I remember the anxiety of the pregnancy, thinking that *surely* something else would go wrong. After so much heartache and disappointment, it’s hard to relax and just enjoy it. I hope your anxiety eases as the pregnancy progresses! Your new house looks gorgeous, so I hope you’ll do a house and nursery tour soon!

  4. Congrats on your new home! As a huge fan of House Hunters International, I can’t wait to see more pics. :) As for recipes for 2021, I would love to see some healthier, lightened-up comfort food and vegetarian recipes!

  5. What a great update! It feels special, especially this year, to be able to experience life in another country and it’s a privilege that you are willing to share with us. I for one cannot wait to see more pictures of your new apartment. Definitely needing some light and fresh recipes for 2021, maybe some one pan/one skillet kinds of recipes as well!

  6. I have been loving your recipes for a long, long, time and have enjoyed following your journey to pregnancy even more. As someone who is also struggling on my journey to get pregnant, I can’t thank you enough for your honesty and transparency. It helps me, and I’m sure others on this journey, feel hopeful and not so alone. This update also spoke to me so much because, even though I haven’t achieved a pregnancy yet, I already fear that when I do I will have a hard time trusting that everything will be ok. I’m so glad that you’re learning to trust <3 wishing you a relaxing and healthy third trimester!

  7. Dear Ali, Barclay and Baby cakes,
    You are just glowing dear. Am so glad that y’all found a lovely new place for your family. Especially love the outside terrace, lanai or porch. Once your little one arrives it may become your favourite room next to your kitchen.
    I was a baby ?? nurse for years. What a privilege to help those little Cherubs and parents.
    Looking forward to your fabulous culinary creations.
    Blessings to you three.

  8. I *hated* Emily in Paris. So cringey in every way. ?

  9. I would love a great tasting vegetarian “chicken” noodle soup! I’ve been trying to search for the elusive recipe. :)

  10. I would love more vegan recipes, and also blogger resources. Ali, I love the name of this blog, how did you choose it? Xxx

  11. I really appreciate you continuing to share openly about your infertility journey. We’ve been there too and know how many doubts it can bring to a pregnancy, even when the rest of the world is ready for you to just be joyful and “move on.” It isn’t easy. Thank you for your honesty.

  12. Shed a few tears reading the baby update. After a scary first trimester I felt exactly the same way on opening up my heart to fun baby things. Sending you so much encouragement and love!

  13. I am also pregnant, and your positivity and sunny posts always lift my quarentine stressed mood! Congratualtions on all these wonderful things, and can’t wait to see pics of the apartment!

  14. I’m so thrilled growing baby bump, and new flat! I bet the pups are loving it! I can’t wait to see pics, and how you both decorated the space.
    It warmed my heart to see The Wash project a success on finding more water than expected!
    Happy Holidays :)

  15. Ali, so wonderful to read this update. Wishing you the very best final trimester. Your enthusiasm is contagious! Would love to have a recipe for Lime Vinaigrette, more toward the sweet side rather than tart. I tried swapping lime for lemon in my vinaigrette recipe and it was not good. Maybe you can lend your expertise. Happy holidays to the almost three of you. Judy B

  16. I cannot thank you enough for all the good news that is bursting forth from your post. Entering into my third week of complete lockdown in Toronto, everything seems rather bleak and dreary. Reading all your wonderful news just brightened my day incredibly. Thank you and all the best to you and yours!

  17. So, so glad you are all doing well & congrats on the new casa.
    Can’t wait to meet bebé in the new year. Till then stay safe & happy holidays to you all! ??☃️

  18. Congratulation on your pregnancy and your new home. I like watching most of the shows you mentioned, but I also like “This is Us”. Try reading the book Dragonfly by Robert Oliver. It’s a really great story, and I could be a bit biased as my husband wrote it :)

  19. I love the Christmas album you recommended in this post! I’m always looking for great Christmas playlists. Thank you!
    As an OB nurse, I have been following your IVF and pregnancy journey, and am so thrilled you are on your way to your third trimester! I completely understand your heart, and until you bring that baby home and see it sleeping next to you, you just won’t believe it’s real!
    I’d love to see more pics of your new flat! It looks so amazing!
    My only piece of advice (as a nurse, and a mother of 3) is to not spend too much time/money stressing about the completed nursery, as it will be many months before they want to be more than inches away from yours or Barclay’s arms. <3

  20. Congratulations on the growing bebe! I second the comment about needing lighter, fresh, quick meals in 2021…I always call them my “summer” meals, but I really just want to do them year-round! They remind me of freedom, and outdoors-ness, and long sunlight hours (I live in Maine, so this is REALLY needed for a good six months of the year!).

  21. Thank you, Ali, for including us in your pregnancy journey! I am a mother of 3, (my baby is 19! how’d that happen so fast) and am loving being reminded of what a special time you are now enjoying. Sending good vibes that the rest goes smoothly. I asked on Instagram, in the limited space, if you could include in your recipes, where appropriate, suggestions for alternatives to nuts (and soy) in your recipes. My daughter is allergic to nuts and soy, anaphylactic to peanuts, so we cook carefully here. Having said that, there is lots that she can eat but I can’t always think of replacements for nuts in recipes (would a type of cereal give the same crunch or get soggy, for example). Anyway, just a thought. Love your recipes, especially the Chicken and Stars soup and some pasta bakes! Next up, your chocolate log cake! Merry Christmas to you all!!

  22. Congratulations…I would like to see more bowl meals…

  23. Thank you so much for sharing the about The Wash Project. My Kansas Association for Youth (KAYs), a service and Leadership group, students started looking into the project and decided to make a sizeable donation from the funds they had raised through fundraising last year. I love that this was another chance for them to see the bigger world, understand how fortunate they are, and see how important it is to help everywhere they can. They signed up for updates so they can keep up with this project. It is so important that our students see past their own lives and learn that we are not so different. (Our school is all about washing hands and using sanitizers so this was a great way to connect.)

  24. Lovely update. I would love to see a few mediterranean meals. We’ve been trying them over the summer in Southern California, and we love the taste profile. Unfortunately, I’m so unimaginative in cooking new meals (unless I’m trying to throw something together with what we have in the fridge and pantry).

    How fabulous to live in Barcelona, an absolutely beautiful city.

    Merry Christmas!

  25. Congratulations on having a boy. I have been praying for you and your pregnancy. My family and I are also enjoying your wonderful recipes.

  26. A beautiful update, thanks for sharing. You are my “go-to” when looking for new recipes, I’ve made so many of your dishes, and have many more saved for future meals. I love all things Mexican and fresh salads. Take good care of yourself and your family, Merry Christmas to you.

  27. I would like to report after trying your scalloped potatoes. They simply a disaster. The taste was there but the potatoes did not get done. I cut the potatoes with a mandolin and followed the recipe to the letter.

    My father once said that you shouldn’t tell a person about a problem unless you have a solution to go with it. Well, following his sage wisdom – here goes. I think the problem could have been avoided if I have par boiled the sliced potatoes and then followed the recipe. I notice other people had the same problem I did and the par boiling the potatoes would have solved the problem for them as well. Just a thought. The overall taste of the potatoes was excellent.

    Just though I would share.

  28. I follow your Gimmesomeali account, but it is so nice to read a longer, more personal update here! I am so excited that you are rocking through second trimester. I had a baby in September (my birth story is on, in case you are interested! I wanted to read ALL THE BIRTH STORIES! when I was pregnant) and he is just delightful. There are ups and downs and I hope you still feel like you have room to complain and be *human* about pregnancy even though you dealt with infertility. I think some women feel pressure to love every second of everything but that isn’t realistic!

  29. So, so happy for you and Barclay as you venture into 2021. A new home, new baby, new year and new adventures. Congratulations on everything! Merry Christmas and a Happy (and much better) New Year! Looking forward to hearing more about your life and recipes.

  30. Every loss is different and difficult in its own way so I definitely don’t want to pretend I know exactly how you are feeling. But as a momma with 5 miscarriages:( and 3 beautiful/perfect boys:), all those thoughts you have are completely normal! You may also have some time before you feel totally able to bond after he is born. Newborn parenting is wonderful and exhausting and basically every emotion possible. Trust yourself! You are doing great!

  31. Dear Ali! THANK YOU for the update on both the garden project AND your pregnancy. I have been wondering about you but was afraid to ask how you were feeling! I am thrilled to hear that everything is moving forward and you are now in the 3rd trimester!!! HOORAY! Also, the Garden Project is amazing and I loved the video of celebration as the digging began! The last time my husband and I were in Barcelona for a visit, we drove/walked through Eixample neighborhood and were astonished at the beautiful architecture. We hope and dream to go back again to really explore more thoroughly. It is truly at City of ART and you are so blessed to experience life there. Merry Christmas and I simply cannot wait to hear the announcement of the birth of Baby Boy!!! In the meantime, have you ever cooked with a Sous Vide? If so, it would be nice of your to share your thoughts on this method.

  32. Wishing you many countless blessings ahead in 2021!

  33. During 2020, the year that just won’t quit, I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which requires a strict gluten free diet. I was quite pleased to find a blog that was already a favorite could stay on my browser! Please continue to mark your recipes when they are potentially gluten free. I know it won’t be every recipe, but I love being able to visit your blog, with the chance that many of the new recipes will be safe for me.

  34. God Bless and wishing you and your miracle baby boy a happy, safe and healthy new year.

    Thank you for sharing your entire life with us. it is very important and some of us can relate to all of this.

    I feel you are family every time you let us into your safe place.

  35. So excited for you! Let yourself relax and enjoy this time. Also, nap while you can. Seriously. My advice is to commit to taking photos that you actually print and put in albums and/or a baby book. My kids were born in 1997, 2001, and 2009. It’s shocking how few physical photos I have of my youngest because everything went digital and apparently I just never take the time to print photos. I love looking through the baby books and albums I did of my older kids. Especially the candid photos!

  36. Hello Ali, so glad to hear that your pregnancy is going well. I hope that you have a smooth remainder of your pregnancy and it’s joyful. I love your recipes I love your postings. As far as what we’ve been watching basically the same. Love Queens gambit are watching the crown are in our third season of the crown also for just some silliness Schitt’s Creek is very silly and dumb and lighthearted during these heavy times. Watch a lot of documentaries interesting ones. As far as food I love your Insta pot recipes because during these times it makes it nice when we’re working around the house and then all of a sudden 4 o’clock rolls around and have to try very quickly to decide what to make for dinner. So anything with Insta pot would be so gratefully appreciated thank you
    Silvia faris from sunset beach california

  37. Hi Ali, I am visiting Disa and we are so happy for you and Barclay. We can’t wait to see some photos of your precious little boy. Enjoy these last months. Have a Blessed Christmas and Healthy New Year.

  38. Hi Ali from Toronto, Canada! I was thrilled to see the post from you this morning! You are glowing!! I’m happy to know that you and Barclay and your bun in the over are all well and also that you have a new place! Congrats! It’s all good news!! Can’t wait for another update to your story! Sending blessings your way and Merry Christmas!!

  39. So happy for you and Barclay, Ali! Praying for a healthy third trimester and a safe delivery for you and your baby boy ♡

    Your new apartment looks stunning! Here in BC, it’s freezing outside, so no sunny days on the deck for me ;)

    As for shows I’m loving right now, I’d have to say Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart and Chesapeake Shores. Blue Bloods is a really good cop show!

    Anyway, wishing you the best in Barcelona!

  40. Loved reading this update :). Would LOVE to see more photos of your new home.
    Looking forward to more great recipes in 2021. Your blog is my go-to. Thanks!!

  41. hey Ali,
    Greeting from a small town called Clinton in Tennessee. I would like to see more wild game recipes like deer, duck, goose etc. I come from a very country and southern family that loves that kind of stuff . I sit during class and scroll through all your recipes to see what could be possibly for dinner. If you would like to try any of my family’s recipes on wild game email me at

  42. I just want to say that I relied on so many of your recipes this year, including your zucchini oatmeal muffins (made them at least 12 times with CSA zucchini), your salad dressings, and your homemade pasta (our grocery store was rationing it, but we were only shopping once a month, so I started making our own). Thank you so much!

    In terms of next year, I wonder if it might be possible to do another “everyday” series like the one you have for salad. Like, everyday grilled [insert grilled thing], everyday soups, everyday pastas, etc. I’ve really loved the everyday salads, and somehow the fact that they’re titled “everyday” gives me the motivation to make them, well, every day.

  43. Love all of this – as a fellow American transplant in Barcelona and a new mom to a 7-month-old, I love reading your experiences alongside your recipes :) I’m hoping you get into baby-led weaning in 2021 so baby and I can enjoy your cooking together ;) Enjoy your first Catalan Christmas! xoxo

  44. Glad to stumble onto your sight while searching for a wild rice dairy free soup. One click led to another and I found myself to your recent post. Congratulations on the many life changes you are going through. Looking forward to following.

  45. So very pleased to have just discovered you
    Took my grandson to seethe David Attenborough film. We both loved it❗️
    Sam aged 13, thought it should do very well as David was well known and liked, and Netflix was promoting it ‼️‼️
    Life in Sydney is complicated because of Covid and so I won’t get to see and cook with my family
    But if we start wearing masks we just maybe OK

  46. We love your website and take so much inspiration from it. We are so happy about the expansion of your family! God bless, always…

  47. Congratulations on your precious baby boy! I have been using your recipes for years and just read your latest update and wanted to reach out and celebrate with you!! Much love from Nashville, TN <3


  48. Hi Ali,

    I’d love to see recipes that can be turned into multiple meals. My favorite is a eggplant soup which the leftovers are added to a wonderful baked pasta meal. Cooking once and getting two meals seems to always be needed when life is so busy and time is short. Happy Holidays to you and your familiy!

  49. So happy things are going well for you and the Bebe! I love using your recipes to feed my little ones (6 and 1 now!) I made them your cozy autumnal stew a few nights ago and they gobbled it down! (Even my husband, who didn’t think he liked wild rice before he tried it). I hope things are safe in your corner of the world when it’s time for your sweet baby to make his grand entrance and that your family is able to be there :)

  50. Dear Ali,
    Even though I really don’t know you that much, and I have been in your blog during quarntine, I love your recipes! Wishing you the best in your third trimester. Can’t wait until your baby arrives!

    – Love,
    Angie from the USA