Recipe for Life with a Newborn

If you’re a frequent Ready to Yumble reader (and if so, hey thanks!), you may remember this post letting the world know we had a bun in the oven.  Well, a few weeks ago the timer dinged, and our little bun was fully cooked!  Or in other words, we now have a baby girl keeping us in line at home.  She’s a pretty cool little lady, although she doesn’t quite share our taste in food – yet.

We know most of you come to this site for the recipes, not our personal life stories, but we wanted to share this news to explain our sudden decrease in blog posts, and to reassure you that we fully intend to get back to regular posting as soon as we can.  To make up for it, here’s a quick recipe we’re finding quite useful lately.  Enjoy, and we’ll see you back for our regular programming soon!

Family-Style Smorgasbord
 
When you add a new member to your household, a good meal is a great way to celebrate. But since you won't have time for that, here's our best substitute!
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Ingredients
  • Several hundred servings of milk
  • Lots of midnight snacks
  • A stash of frozen meals
  • Plenty of pizza deliveries
  • Cookies, cookies, and more cookies
  • The occasional glass of bourbon
Instructions
For the baby:
  1. Pour milk liberally into mouth.
  2. Wonder when she'll be old enough to eat pizza.
  3. Repeat.
  4. Repeat.
  5. Repeat.
  6. Etc.
For the parents:
  1. Combine remaining ingredients haphazardly as time permits.

Decadent German Chocolate Cake

Decadent German Chocolate Cake pairs an intense flourless chocolate cake with coconut and pecan frosting – insanely indulgent and sure to please a crowd!Decadent German Chocolate Cake pairs an intense flourless chocolate cake with coconut and pecan frosting - insanely indulgent and sure to please a crowd!

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Hello everyone!  As you may know, Liz and I are expecting a new member to join the Ready to Yumble crew here shortly, and we might possibly be using this fact as an excuse to make more decadent desserts than we might otherwise.  But you know the ol’ adage: If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.  So give this impressively decadent German chocolate cake a try (maybe for Mother’s Day?) to keep your loved ones happy!

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Spicy Guava Margarita

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (or your average Friday!) with a Spicy Guava Margarita in hand.  Equal parts tart, sweet, and peppery, and all-around delicious!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (or your average Friday!) with a Spicy Guava Margarita in hand. Equal parts tart, sweet, and peppery, and all-around delicious!

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Well folks, Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and we all know what that means: MEXICAN FOOD!  Or in this case, Mexican Drinks.  And we think that this Spicy Guava Margarita, with a delightful combination of spicy, tart, and fruity, will make it into your margarita rotation.  We’re happy to be celebrating this holiday with fellow blogger Kate Ramos of ¡Hola! Jalapeño, who clearly has her priorities in order and has put together a solid Margarita Week (not day, WEEK!) round-up of recipes.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (or your average Friday!) with a Spicy Guava Margarita in hand. Equal parts tart, sweet, and peppery, and all-around delicious!

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Sweet & Salty Cookies

Sweet and Salty Cookies combine some of my favorite treats – pretzels, chocolate chips, and butterscotch – in one soft and chewy cookie with a ton of flavor!

Sweet and Salty Cookies combine some of my favorite treats - pretzels, chocolate chips, and butterscotch - in one soft and chewy cookie with a ton of flavor!

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So I feel like I might be able to blame this recipe on a pregnancy craving…but let’s be honest, I would LOVE these Sweet and Salty Cookies whether pregnant or not.  Ross was a big fan too, so there you go.

Actually, I kinda wish I had some weird pregnancy cravings to share with everyone who asks.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had cravings, but they are all entirely normal.  Like, the entire first trimester I craved comfort food: pizza, pasta, tacos…but those are all things I would be happy to eat on any normal day of the week.  The melted cheese fantasies were a bit more extreme than usual, true.  I could have happily swum in a vat of mozzarella.  But who doesn’t love a good melty cheese?

Adding pretzels to cookies seems a bit more like something a pregnant woman would do.  But…not necessarily.  I am ALWAYS a fan of the salty-sweet combination.  (See: Drunk in the Kitchen Brownies.)  And I know I’m not alone in that love.

Sweet and Salty Cookies combine some of my favorite treats - pretzels, chocolate chips, and butterscotch - in one soft and chewy cookie with a ton of flavor! (more…)

Blueberry Muffin Cake

Blueberry Muffin Cake, an easy blueberry-laced confection with a crunchy streusel topping, is delicious served for brunch or dessert!
Blueberry Muffin Cake, an easy blueberry-laced confection with a crunchy streusel topping, is delicious served for brunch or dessert!

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I can feel it in the air.  Summer is coming.  But here in Houston, that phrase is uttered with more of a “Game of Thrones” style dread than excitement.  Well, for me anyway.  It means the return of suffocating heat and humidity and my personal inability to do anything outside without ending up looking like I jumped in a pool.  But on the bright side of things, it also means that the berries are just getting better and better!  And I do love my berries.  Mixed in smoothies, adorning cereal, out of hand eating, and of course, dessert.  Now, this lovely Blueberry Muffin Cake actually pulls double duty, as while you can definitely serve it for dessert, you can also definitely use it for breakfast or brunch.  Maybe even for Easter?

Blueberry Muffin Cake, an easy blueberry-laced confection with a crunchy streusel topping, is delicious served for brunch or dessert!

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