Hello From Hiatus

by Jenn (eating bender) on May 28, 2015

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Hi. Remember me?

Well. I certainly did not expect to take a nearly four-month hiatus from blogging, and yet here we are, approaching June without so much as a peep since early February. All I have to say for myself is that life has been a nonstop adventure… and we’ve been loving every second of it.

The last few weeks of pregnancy were a blur of baby showers (so very fortunate to have such great friends and family), baby-related purchases and finishing up a mountain of pre-maternity leave work projects. I finished those just in time for my last day, thank goodness, and was fully expecting to have a week or more of waiting for Spidey to make his arrival.

Two days after my last day of work, Spidey decided he’d been in cramped quarters long enough. Sort of. He wanted out – as evidenced by my dramatic water breaking just as I was about to go to sleep on Sunday, March 15 – but he wasn’t exactly in a rush once he had made that decision. Nearly 48 hours of labor later, our little leprechaun finally debuted at 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. He’s been keeping us guessing ever since.

I can’t say for certain what the future holds in terms of posting, but I do know that I miss blogging and look forward to sharing my random musings with you as often as I can. For now, I wanted to let you know that I am, in fact, still here, and you haven’t heard the last of me. There’s just a small bundle of love that takes up the majority of my hours now with cuddles, coos and kisses. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.



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White Pizza with Bacon, Basil and Tomatoes

by Jenn (eating bender) on February 9, 2015

White Pizza - Nicole's Baby Shower

I am so excited to participate in a virtual baby shower for an amazing blog and real life friend today: Nicole of The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie! Kudos to Ari for the awesome idea.

Bump Buds

Nicole was the first new friend I made upon our move to Arizona, and she is also the person responsible for introducing me to many of the friends I’ve made since. That alone gives you a glimpse of the caring, warm-hearted person she is. She is my book club co-founder, trusty rock jumping partner and so much more. We’ve often commented about how likeminded we are, and so when we found out we were both pregnant and just four weeks apart, it was all the more exciting to be able to share in the journey together. I can’t wait to meet her little boy or girl!

Knowing that Nicole is a huge fan of pizza (seriously, just check out some of her creations like Chicken Enchilada Pizza, Thai Chicken Pizza or Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza, among many other delicious possibilities), I thought it would be fitting to make one that featured our shared love of goat cheese. Then it hit me: four cheese white pizza! Four cheeses, a pizza that incorporates the family name with a pun … what’s not to love? And so, a recipe was born.


I think my favorite part was watching the cheese transform. Oh how I love cheese.



The drizzle of fig balsamic added a whole new dimension of flavor. You could use any balsamic vinegar, but I am a big fan of how the fig blended with the rest of the ingredients.


I hope you enjoy this pizza, Nicole! Thanks for being the reason I posted a recipe for the first time in months. :) Check out all of these other scrumptious-looking drink, brownie and pizza recipes from your other virtual baby shower guests!

Nicole’s Virtual Baby Shower Recipes

Boozy Red Velvet Hot Chocolate from Ari’s Menu
Boozy Iced Coffee from The Wanderlust Kitchen
Coconut Oil Brownies from Handle the Heat
Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Punch from Eat. Drink. Love.
Chocolate Cherry Brownies
from Savvy Eats
Four Cheese Pizza with Sausage and Peppers from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Crab Rangoon Pizza from Mollie’s Sprinkles of Life
Grapefruit Chia Seed Cocktail from Peace Love and Oats
White Pizza with Bacon, Basil & Tomatoes from Eating Bender

Can’t wait to try the boozy ones – won’t be long now! Nicole, I wish you a wonderful rest of your pregnancy and truly can’t wait to hear all about the moment when you meet your son or daughter for the very first time. He or she is very lucky to have you as a mom. Love you lots!



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Catching Up Over Club Soda

January 23, 2015

What can I say? The drinks are pretty adventurous around here these days! I’ve missed blogging! But the reality is that it’s the first thing I put on the back burner as we enter crunch time in the world of parenthood prep. So I thought perhaps we could meet for a virtual club soda date to catch up. […]

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Baby Bender: 26 Weeks

December 19, 2014

Honestly, I don’t know where time is going these days. It seems I went from being halfway through pregnancy to almost entering the third trimester in the blink of an eye! I’m sure the holidays play a big part, not to mention that I am definitely still in my second trimester “honeymoon phase.” But I’m going to hold on […]

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Feeling Thankful + Fall Pinterest Party

November 26, 2014

Well hello there, day before Thanksgiving. Where did you come from? I didn’t plan to take almost an entire month off from blogging, but the semi-break has been helpful in finding time to cross off at least some of the to-dos in the four months we have left as a family of two. Baby Bender’s nursery […]

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Baby Bender: 19 Weeks {It’s a…}

October 30, 2014

We are feeling blue this week, for all the best reasons. Last Friday, we had our 18-week ultrasound and found out that Baby Bender is healthy, super flexible and most definitely… Our little BOY!!!! I was so nervous the morning of the appointment, and the waiting room made me even more anxious. Fortunately, our ultrasound technician […]

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Four Years! {Sedona + Flagstaff Getaway}

October 16, 2014

Today marks four years of married life with my best friend – hurray! This year, Bobby and I decided to combine an anniversary and babymoon trip into one fall weekend getaway. After our adventures in Sedona toward the end of the season last year, we thought it would be fun to head north even earlier in hopes of catching a glimpse of […]

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Baby Bender: 15 Weeks

October 1, 2014

I’m excited to share what I’ve been doing to track Baby Bender’s week-by-week progress! I got the idea from combining this post and this post on Pinterest and thought it would be a lot of fun, not just for me and Bobby but also for the little one to be able to look at someday. I […]

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