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Last night I went to the grocery store for milk and yogurt and the usuals, and the cashier smiled and commented on how much my belly has grown since she last rang me up.  For the past couple of months, each time I’ve gone grocery shopping, no matter who my cashier is, he or she has asked about my progress and said a few nice words.  I don’t know any of these people. No idea what their names are.  A few of them might have been to Delancey, since it’s in the same neighborhood, but I don’t think that’s it.  I think they know me by the round appendage on the front of my body.  I hadn’t expected to like being That Pregnant Lady, but today I’m starting to think I might actually miss it, this feeling of having a cheering squad wherever I go.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on around here.  Just, you know, talking about my body with strangers in the checkout line.  That, and continuing to work on my manuscript, and helping Brandon try to get Essex open before we fall into the Black Hole of Infant-Related Sleep Deprivation.  There will be custom walnut bar stools.  And wallpaper with herbs and whales on it!  Lacquered, smoked pork shoulder! Housemade amaro!

In the meantime:

I bought apricots at the market this morning, and though I mostly want to stand around and sniff them, I think I’ll turn them into a crumble.  I’m going to try a new recipe, and if it turns out to be worth sharing, I’ll pass it along.

And after that, whenever blueberries are ready, I want to make this.  If any of you have tried it, please report.

And I highly recommend this.  I’ve made it twice in the past three weeks, mostly to eat for breakfast, but then I wind up stealing a slice after lunch and another in mid-afternoon. One note: I use Bulgarian buttermilk, which is creamier and sexier than the usual low-fat kind.  It’s available at my local grocery store, Ballard Market.  And I use white whole wheat flour instead of the regular whole wheat flour, because that’s what I currently have around.  And I buy whole raw flax seeds and grind them in a spice grinder.  FYI. 

Since reading Megan’s postI’ve been thinking about making my own yogurt.  We’ll see if anything comes of this, however, given that I first started thinking about making my own yogurt a year and a half ago, when I read this piece.  I’ll get there someday.

If I weren’t supposed to go easy on caffeine and yadda yadda blah blah blah, I would be drinking cold-brewed iced coffee every morning right now.  Have an extra glass for me.

I love it when Tommy talks food.

Youngna drew my attention to this E. B. White piece, which she calls "the ultimate summer essay."  I think she’s right.

Katie has a lovely, delicate eye, and she’s been on fire lately.  For example, this.  Which is a photo of this strawberry cake, which is also on my to-make list.

Last: I went to visit an old friend and her brand-new son, and when she showed me his nursery upstairs, I suddenly had a vision of him a few years from now, building a blanket fort in the corner, under the eaves.  And then I thought, A BLANKET FORT!  I get to build blanket forts again! And maybe eat strawberry cake in them.

I took the pictures in this post earlier this week, while on a 36-hour mini-vacation with Brandon.  We went to Whidbey Island, ate mussels, read the newspaper, saw a bad movie, visited a farm that grows some of Delancey’s produce, and met a dog named Peanut.

I hope summer is being good to you.


Anonymous Marissa said...

What a wonderful post - so many great tidbits. You sound so good, Molly - love to hear that voice. (ps. just laughed out loud at the captcha I had to type in "YesAsso66" - apparently I'm nine. :)

5:00 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Lindsay said...

The cheering squad! That will not go away. I thought it would. I thought I would turn into the lady with the annoying baby. But to my surprise, I get just as many, if not more, comments (the good kind) when I am out with my little one. Excited for you, and to pour over all of your links.

5:09 PM, July 08, 2012  
Blogger Eileen said...

Now I want some soda bread! We just had a 4-day minivacation ourselves--your quick island jaunt sounds just as perfect.

5:10 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Ellen said...

Blanket fort! Yes! Now I have a deep need to hide in one with a good book(in the middle of Just Kids, I bet patti would approve) and a stash of chocolate, perhaps...

5:25 PM, July 08, 2012  
Blogger Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Love the everydayness of this post and especially like the painterly second photograph.

5:38 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Amy said...

Ah Molly I was sure I'd open up this page finding an update of your newly born baby! I wonder if that'll be the next post...? Anyway, thanks for the links and updates, I always trust your honest opinion. And definitely make that strawberry layered cream cake--- I've made that same thing and blogged about it about a month ago. Wonderful!!

5:45 PM, July 08, 2012  
Blogger Janna said...

Love this post, and I absolutely adore almost all that has been written by E.B. White. His essays make me want to buy a farm in Maine. Glad all is going well during your pregnancy. I'm in the midst of my third, and its so wonderful to get to be a child again during the summer.

5:52 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous srb said...

Molly, I had been meaning to make yogurt for a long time (I eat it really fast, the containers are not easily recyclable in NYC, and having millions of unrecyclable plastic containers around drives me crazy) and I finally did it, using this recipe, more or less. My second batch is becoming yogurt right now.

I bought a roughly quart-sized glass jar from Ikea. I just use a quart of milk, heat to ~180 on the stove, cool to ~115 in cold water, dump in ~3oz of yogurt (I could maybe use less), stir, and wrap the jar in a towel. The "put in a warm place" part of every yogurt recipe always threw me off until a friend suggested I just put the yogurt next to the oven light and leave the light on - a tiny bit of warmth. I also heat the oven up just a tiny bit and turn it off before putting the yogurt in (for about 12 hours).

Anyway, just wanted to say that it really is not hard at all, and I find it extremely rewarding! (Hopefully this comment won't jinx my second batch.) You should try it!

6:03 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to add to the previous yogurt comment - If you have problems with thin yogurt, try adding 1/2 cup of powdered milk to the quart of milk and another option for keeping warm is to put the jar of yogurt in a cooler with jars of very hot water. Good luck with yogurt and the baby!

6:28 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Carissa Savage said...

I made a version of that strawberry cake, and it was so good! Except I made an olive oil cake, and put some balsamic vinegar in the strawberry filling...
Also, blanket forts are awesome. And kids are awesome for bringing all these things back into our lives.

6:42 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Louise said...

Lovely update full of little discoveries and diversions! A perfect read for my lazy Sunday!

I wanted to comment on yogurt--do it! I recently tried it for the first time after reading about it for years. I was running a chef camp for kids and the theme was everything from scratch, which motivated me to try it. It is SO good and easy. I did mine in a cooler with warm water and incubated it overnight. Perfect the next day! I used this recipe: http://everythinghomewithcarol.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-make-yogurt-in-cooler.html

Happy summer (at last!)

6:50 PM, July 08, 2012  
Blogger Bbq Dude said...

If you enjoy the cheering squad, you're going to enjoy the Little Human even more. As someone who was skeptical of having children, having little people in your life is pretty awesome.

7:22 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you eat mussels whilst pregnant?

7:27 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Tasia said...

I'm 21 weeks pregnant, and I ate that cake of Katie's after she photographed it. I'll give it the two preggo thumbs up.

7:41 PM, July 08, 2012  
Blogger FiveAlarm AssHat said...

Thank you so much for the kind words, Molly. I'm so glad you like when I've been up to! It's the most fun.

- Also, I love that soda bread SO MUCH.

- That strawberry cake is the best cake on the planet, ever, ever, ever. It haunts my dreams.

- Lastly, I just finished a piece of your almond-apricot cake, with homemade vanilla ice cream, and it was sublime!

Take care!

7:59 PM, July 08, 2012  
Blogger Molly said...

Marissa, that is AWESOME. If you're nine, I'm seven.

And to all who weighed in with yogurt tips: thank you! Excellent.

And Anonymous, re: mussels, I can't speak for all pregnant women, of course, but I have not been told to avoid mussels. Of course, it's important that they be fully cooked, and that they were harvested from safe, uncontaminated waters.

8:10 PM, July 08, 2012  
OpenID Sarah said...

Oh man, that strawberry cake looks wonderful. The soda bread recipe looks like a winner as well. I recently tried making Celeste's Buttermilk loaf from the Bread Bible again and, while my attempt did not rise as well as the first, it sounds like it turned out quite a bit like the soda bread you linked to. The soda bread sounds a lot easier, though! Thank you for the ideas.

8:37 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Anne Zimmerman said...

You look amazing in that 31.5 weeks photo -- didn't realize you were so far along. Congrats (and totally loving your bathroom wallpaper, too...)

9:19 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Supriya said...

Hey Molly, just my two bits on the yoghurt making. It helps to use full fat milk, then to boil it well, till it threatens to tip over. Cool down the milk to the point it does not burn your knuckle and is lukewarm. then add the yoghurt starter, I use 2 tbsps of this in 1 litre of milk. Make sure most of this is the whey part of yoghurt. This not only mixes easily into the milk but also helps to activate faster. hope this helps.

9:47 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Meredith said...

Also pregnant and watching caffeine and all that junk. I tried cold-brewed iced coffee for the first time last week using some good strong decaf and I'm so happy about it. It really is so much better!

10:48 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Hannah said...

Whidbey Island makes me think of my childhood summers ... thanks for the unexpected moment of remembering :) My guys are at blanket fort ages, and it is perhaps even more magical this time around. Great links, beautiful belly, and soon - a baby!

11:32 PM, July 08, 2012  
Anonymous Katie said...

Blanket forts are the best!

I made my own yoghurt for years, and then when I moved to Sweden I had to leave my yoghurt incubator behind. I've been reading about this oven light technique but haven't gotten around to trying it out yet. Perhaps this is the push I need. Thanks for the list, the links are lovely!

11:40 PM, July 08, 2012  
Blogger Katie B said...

Well, what a lovely read that was, you sound very content right now! People probably sense that when you are at their checkout, i'm sure it's not entirely "the bump" :) Best of luck with Essex, the wallpaper alone sounds fantastic! ;)


1:17 AM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger Victoria said...

You two are incredible - two babies (effectively) at the same time! I love the snap of you looking utterly gorgeous and I adore the wallpaper and matching tiles!!

Blanket forts are still popular in this house, with the added feature of all the couch pillows on the floor to leap into it!

1:43 AM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous Judah said...

What a wonderful post to read on this rainy day in Oslo...thank you for sharing your discoveries - now I have a few extra bookmarks to while away the (many) rainy days to come!

3:52 AM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger The Preppy Vegan said...

GORGEOUS pictures!

I'm taking a trip to Portland this week and your book is tucked into my bag. :)

4:06 AM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger shari said...

such a lovely post all around. beautiful photos and thoughtful thinks. thanks for reminding me of the eb white essay, too. xox

4:08 AM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Blanket forts rule!

4:28 AM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous Magda said...

A beautiful post, Molly. Real, like you.
I always love your photographs, they're so moody.
Take care!

5:08 AM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger CCochran said...

I thought those first couple of pictures looked familiar... my hubby and I just took a trip over to Seattle and took a detour to Whidbey... loved it! And for the record, you will always have a cheering section - it might just move primarily to the Internet. :)

6:51 AM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous Kate said...

It's funny how when you're pregnant, everyone seems to need to comment on it. Of course, when that includes the woman at my grocery store's bakery who gives me a cookie "for the baby" every time I pass through, I don't mind so much.

7:24 AM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous Valerie {all mussed up} said...

Summer is being very sweet to me. So glad she's treating you well too. (:

7:28 AM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger Jess said...

Way to sex up my soda bread, lady. Fatty buttermilk! Freshly-ground flax seeds! Sheesh, you’re making me look bad… Seriously, though, so glad you like it. (Please tell me you're toasting it.) And, HIII!! I miss you!

8:48 AM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger pris said...

Our family is spending a week on Whidbey Island in August. We are from New England, daughter and family live in Seattle. Ate at Delanceys last year on this date!

9:29 AM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger Cara Winter said...

you know you're reading the writing of a pregnant lady, when she refers to any sort of buttermilk as 'sexy'...

9:41 AM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger susana528 said...

Here is my similar-but-not-exactly-the-same blueberry crumble. It is wonderful. and the easiest dessert ever. no fruit to peel. and you can do a double recipe of topping and keep it in the freezer for a day when you are really feeling lazy...

4 c blueberries
2 T lemon juice
1/3 c brown sugar
2 tsp cornstarch

2/3 cup quick oatmeal
½ c flour
1/3 c brown sugar
1/3 c butter
Couple of pinches of salt

Toss berries with lemon juice in 1 ½ qt casserole. Mix 1/3 c brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir into berries. Mix oats, flour, 1/3 c brown sugar and salt. Cut in butter with a fork. Sprinkle on top of berries.
Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly. About 40 minutes. Serves 5-6.

9:51 AM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous Ilke said...

Looks like a beautiful summer for you:) I was thinking about you and Delancey the other day as I applied for a job in Seattle. :) I am not sure if they will call me up for an interview but I will definitely visit if I am up there.

Good luck with everything!

9:53 AM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous Cláudia said...

Just beautiful

10:00 AM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous Ann Mah said...

Thanks for all the bits and bobs -- so many great links to discover. You look mahvelous in your 31.5-week photo. Your online cheering squad is chirping away, too!

10:40 AM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous burnttoast said...

Definitely make yogurt. I got the big incubator, can do 3 quarts at a time. Keeps in fridge for two weeks at least. I use organic whole milk, Yoplait yougurt starter, dried organic milk, and some yogurt plain Greek ( cause I like it). The worst part is waiting for the milk to cool from 180 degrees to 110. Takes an hour. I wish I had done this when I had kids.
Also, check out Cooks Illustrated July 2006 recipe for peach crisp. Totally different approach to crisp, and I will offer one better. If you like crisp crisp, bake the fruity part and the crisp part separate, and only mix at each serving. That way the leftover fruit can be reheated and topped with virgin crisp crisp. If you can keep from eating the crisp before you eat the fruit....

1:01 PM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger Oana said...

I love the photos in this post. Just beautiful Molly.

1:12 PM, July 09, 2012  
OpenID charlottesrow said...

Love your blog! I've made Soda bread before and enjoyed it,I 'll have to try this version. TheE.B. White essay is wonderful and I always think of Chalotte's Web every summer as it is easily one of my favorite books that I have ever read. Thanks for sharing! All the best with the upcoming events in your life.

1:18 PM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger CocinaConCris said...

So nice!!have a good summer ;)

2:07 PM, July 09, 2012  
OpenID curlygirlpress said...

You look beautiful! I'm 38 1/2 weeks (waiting!!) at this point and I get comments too...and pretty hilarious looks when I'm carrying a watermelon under one arm. My sweet husband said "at least the watermelon is bigger than you are!" I say enjoy the attention as much as you can; pretty soon it will all be on baby. = )

3:28 PM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous Jade said...

I just love how happy new life makes people.

I love the photographs you featured in this post: really makes it feel like summer.

That crumble looks delicious: I may just have to try it using gluten free flours.

I'm off to read that essay right now!

4:36 PM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger Megan Gordon said...

Ah yes, homemade yogurt! This is a really good 'I'm-at-home-with-tiny-baby' project, I think! I loved reading about the blanket fort. We were just visiting Sam's family, as you know, and his sister has a son, Alex. He's 3 and smart, articulate, cute as all heck. Playing with him was the most fun I've had in a long time. Plus, he called me Penguin (rhymes with Megan. Sort of) which I got a kick out of. See you soon!

4:53 PM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger Valerie said...

Loved the EB White essay and your photographs. My mother made yogurt when I was a child and it was easy. Go for it!

5:16 PM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

Ever since you talked about looking forward to reading your child "When the Skies Were Like Lace", I've been searching for this out of print book, knowing I would love it because you do! Finally, on one of my used bookstore sites, I found it for $27 instead of $89--from a library in Vancouver BC. I am in love! I know it by heart and have been copying the watercolor illustrations. My six grandchildren, under the age of 11, are arriving soon for a week visit at our lakehouse, and I can't wait to read it to them! Though I know a couple of them will make spaghetti in the night! Thank you!

6:07 PM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous Grace @ Forsythia Root said...

Did you get mussels at Toby's? Isn't that the best? My husband and I are working on Whidbey for the summer (we're from Michigan) and are just loving our time here. We just went crabbing this weekend with friends, and the only other time I'd heard anything about crabbing was when you posted about it last Christmas, so I felt prepared :^) We're trying to find a time to get down to Delancey while we're here, too. We'll see!

7:17 PM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger Sara said...

dear miss just about to have a baby,
if this is a sample of what swirls around in your mind, and the views of the world around you, then congratulations. a delightful post. the yummy life, thanks for sharing.

7:43 PM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous amy h said...

I highly recommend the homemade yogurt! I had absolutely no success with the heating pad/cooler method, or the barely-warm oven method. But a yogurt maker did the trick. It's so good that I get upset when my kids don't eat all of their yogurt. They are wasting gold! I use a quart of good, local whole milk and whisk in a tablespoon or two of powdered organic milk before heating to make it a tad thicker.

7:45 PM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous martina said...

Ooooh I truly love the way you write. It is like getting a little postcard from a special friend.
Whidbey Island is a beautiful place to visit, almost as nice as Ballard!

7:45 PM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger Lillian Blanker said...

Haha. Agreed!

7:49 PM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous Sharyn Dimmick said...

That last photo is drop-dead gorgeous, Molly. So good that you are enjoying your pregnancy, even if you've had to ease up on the coffee.

8:00 PM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger Nicole of all trades said...

I made my own yogurt for the first time this week, and it turned out like real yogurt! There are a lot of steps involved, and a lot of time investment, but most of the time investment is the waiting for the cultures to do their thing. I'm confident you could do it, too. Starting with a small batch your first time is good, too. That way, if anything goes wrong with it, you're not stuck with a ton of bad yogurt, nor are you out a ton of milk and starter.

9:05 PM, July 09, 2012  
Anonymous Ms. T said...

Yay for blanket forts!

10:17 PM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger Le Disher said...

My husband and I were also on holiday on Whidbey this month for the first time - I thought those photos seemed familiar.! I hope you are referring to those incredibly tender mussels from Toby's Tavern. Simply the best (and from the safest waters imaginable!). So excited for your new bundle of love!

11:12 PM, July 09, 2012  
Blogger adventures of a spouse said...

You are adorable! The cheering section definitely does not go away. It amazes me how different people treat women when we are either pregnant or toting a little bundle. If people were that nice all of the time, the world would be a happier place. Last week, I had a homeless man (in front of Ballard Market no less) run after and berate a woman because she sped through the parking lot when I was crossing the street pushing the stroller.

12:20 AM, July 10, 2012  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I love these posts Molly. It's great to see your updates and progress. You look beautiful! You have a wonderful way of making the everyday and mundane meaningful. Good luck with your manuscript!

6:28 AM, July 10, 2012  
Blogger Patrice said...

You look simply beautiful!

6:36 AM, July 10, 2012  
Anonymous hatbox241 said...

Hi Molly!
Made the crisp recipe yesterday --used a mix of wild blueberries and raspberries from our yard. My husband and I both loved it!
PS Loved your book. The part about white chocolate and the 80's brought me right back to the early days of my marriage, when I learned to make The Palace's white chocolate mousse. It was my go to dinner party dessert for years. Nice memories!!

10:17 AM, July 10, 2012  
Anonymous Marina said...

Thank you for writing, Molly!

I have a warm, loud, insistent feeling that you and Brandon will excel at parenting.

I am sure that other readers who have never met you but have followed your blog for years will agree.

Your insight has made me laugh and cry many times. Your book is like my manual for juggling joy and pain and food.

The world is infinitely lovelier and more digestible when you describe it.

Happy congratulations to you both!

10:24 AM, July 10, 2012  
Blogger Sasha said...

You look beautiful in that photo!

Pregnancy certainly seems to have some nice perks. And what comes after pregnancy. Forts! Strawberry cake!

Thanks for all the fun summer links.

12:42 PM, July 10, 2012  
Blogger sarah e blog said...

a huge congrats your way!..i have 2 children and i have to say i loved being pregnant, especially the part where you can balance a bowl of ice cream on your tummy! you gotta try it

3:27 PM, July 10, 2012  
Blogger Sara said...

Molly, I don't know why I've never left a comment on your site before - I've been reading your blog ever since I read your book in 2010 (and loved it). So, hi! Anyway, I had a baby boy last year and when I was pregnant thought the same thing you did, that I would miss the cheering squad. Well, don't worry - with a baby people will come up to talk to you ALL the time. In fact yesterday at Trader Joe's, I decided to count how many came up to sweetly comment on my son: 6! And I would say that's pretty much the norm. It's a lot of fun. Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy!

9:08 PM, July 10, 2012  
Blogger Fred said...

OMG, so excited about the amaro! I can't wait to try it. Congratulations on the forthcoming bundle of joy!

9:53 PM, July 10, 2012  
Blogger neglected farms said...

I am compelled to share my annual homage to blueberries. It was included in some typewritten recipes handed out at one of the blueberry farms on the eastside- probably in the 70's. When we moved here these were still privately owned thriving farms. It's almost as easy as a crumble- but has a fresh taste. Key item is a very hot oven.

Blueberry Kuchen
In a medium bowl mix 1 c. flour, 1/8 tsp salt, and 2 Tbl. sugar. Cut in 1/2 c. butter to the texture of coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with 1 Tbl. white vinegar. Shape into dough and with lightly floured fingers, press into 9" spring form pan- about 1/4" thick on bottom, thinner and about 1" high on sides. Spread 3 c. blueberries into this shell. Mix 2 Tbl. flour with 2/3 c. sugar and 1/8 tsp cinnamon. Sprinkle over blueberries evenly. Bake on lowest rack in pre-heated 400 degree oven for 50-60 minutes or until crust is well browned and filling bubbles. Remove from oven to rack. Immediately sprinkle with additional 2 c. blueberries (they will remain uncooked, but sink into the cooked layer somewhat). Cool, remove rim of pan. Serves 8.

I've been making this for well over 30 years- it never fails to satisfy. Very good to eat by hand if you are a toddler!

Thank you for your many recipes and musings- I treasure them both.

10:30 PM, July 10, 2012  
Anonymous John Hutchison said...

I made the Brown Soda Bread tonight & thought it very good & (VERY important) my wife loved it. Try making your own buttermilk too. Simple & fun.

10:42 PM, July 10, 2012  
Blogger jenibee said...

Isn't it amazing how you draw comments when you're pregnant? We didn't find out boy/girl before any of our kids were born and every single stranger asked, and then was shocked that we didn't know.

And now that I have three, we still draw comments - usually something like, "Boy, you've got your hands full!"

For the yogurt: you can try plain-old yogurt with all its personality flaws (if you make it, you'll see what I mean), but I started using Caspian Sea Yogurt (CSY) culture a year ago and haven't looked back. You can make it at room temperature, and it turns out nice and thick, just in a jar on your counter. And not too sour. With little kids around, I like to try to keep things simple... I think I bought mine at Happyherbalist.com. Happy Wednesday!


4:32 AM, July 11, 2012  
Anonymous Trina said...

It is great to be pregnant and have all sorts of attention heaped on you. It does all end when you have the baby, but then it is even better because everyone pays attention to your baby. Good luck.

6:00 AM, July 11, 2012  
Blogger J_RD_N said...

Just out of curiosity, are you the same Orangette who used to post in bakebakebake on LJ?

8:16 AM, July 11, 2012  
Blogger Molly said...

J_RD_N, nope, it wasn't me! (Not sure what LJ is, actually...)

11:56 AM, July 11, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly, I use that same (Darigold, I assume) Bulgarian buttermilk to make creme fraiche. It works so much better than regular buttermilk, although with our warm temps lately, probably any lactobacilli would grow happily. Which means it's also great yogurt making weather, although it won't set up as quickly here in the 206 area code as it would elsewhere. But now that you've put the bug in my ear, I wish I would've stopped by Ballard Mkt for milk and buttermilk, instead of Grocery Outlet for bargain-priced dinner inspiration. Which will be picadillo tacos, BTW.

Best of luck with everything, Molly. I am a weenie when it comes to heat, so I'd be miserable right now if I were 7-8 mos PG. Hopefully, you retained some ability to tolerate hot sunny days, and this is a cakewalk for you!

2:40 PM, July 11, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just learned that Marion Cunningham passed away. Her work gave so much love and pleasure to my life. I'll be eating waffles in her honor this week, and making biscuits, too.

4:49 PM, July 11, 2012  
Blogger Maggie said...

Ha, my sister's dog is named peanut. But I totally get the pregnancy thing, the bigger I got the more I loved it! I don't normally feel comfortable if people stare but I loved having a huge watermelon of a tummy out in front and being a spectacle.

11:28 PM, July 11, 2012  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I loved it when the cashiers at my local place commented on my belly too (a year ago, I was about two weeks ahead of where you are now). I thought I would miss it, but it turns out that I don't because now they always ask about the baby, whether he's with me or not. There are so many ways to find community.

6:37 AM, July 12, 2012  
Blogger Vinette said...

Hi Molly. I love your blog. I made the pistachio citrus pound cake. I ate one piece and then gave the rest of it away quickly before I devoured it all! I think I'll try the strawberry dream cake next. Love your photos....

8:20 AM, July 12, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter is two years old now, and even still, every time I go to Ballard Market everyone gives us big smiles and flirts with her. I often feel like the most popular person in the store -- no one can resist a cute toddler. They won't cheer for your belly anymore, but they'll still cheer for your baby. And special bonus: the checkers will give you stickers!

11:34 AM, July 12, 2012  
Blogger Christina Conrad said...

Pregnant in Seattle... Where there's a will to taste the bitter joy of cold brew, there's a way! Love it!


8:12 PM, July 12, 2012  
Blogger Camille Heinen said...

What a lovely post! Just wait until your little girl is two--the kind folks at Ballard Market will give her a hand stamp and make her day. On a sad note, I saw that Marion Cunningham passed this week. I think I will make cream biscuits in her honor tomorrow morning.

9:32 PM, July 12, 2012  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing I now have a mini summer vacation in mind to spend with my family.

12:00 AM, July 13, 2012  
Anonymous Emily said...


Out of curiosity, did you happen to eat mussels at Prima Bistro in the town of Langley on Whidbey Island? I am a busser there. That's neat to hear you came over here!

Kind regards,

Emily from Whidbey

11:14 PM, July 13, 2012  
Blogger Lauren said...

That blueberry crumble recipe is delightful. I baked it for my co-workers today, because if we must be stuck in the office on a beautiful Saturday, we can at least have something delicious to drown our sorrows in. I work at probably the only newspaper in the country with a KitchenAid oven -- and lucky for us! -- because now the newsroom is cloaked in the comforting, classic baked goods perfume of sugar and butter. I thought it was pretty perfect as is, but next time may add a hint of cinnamon to the crumble-topping. Looking forward to trying out that soda bread next ...

1:34 PM, July 14, 2012  
Blogger Molly said...

Emily, yep, we stayed in Langley and did eat at Prima Bistro!

3:54 PM, July 14, 2012  
Anonymous ruthy said...

I love the total normalcy of this post. Feels like your summer is ticking along like mine- nice and relaxed. And I LOVE E.B. White, thanks for reminding me :)

4:44 PM, July 14, 2012  
Blogger jenmolin said...

I loved every item you had us click over to.... just printed up the soda bread recipe... breathless with anticipation! Adored the E. B. White essay...
You look fabulous and also you are very wise to complete as much as possible and enjoy it all before the dark nights of baby and no sleep come... smart move!

7:38 PM, July 14, 2012  
Blogger Karmawins said...

Have been cooking from your recipes and love them...I will try your soda bread...All of mine have been very dry, but yours sounds promising...And congratulations!

10:41 AM, July 15, 2012  
Blogger www.leroywatson4.wordpress.com said...

Beautiful images. Thanks for sharing your talent with us all. Great to fidn you here, Im off to explore.....Happiness, lee

7:10 AM, July 16, 2012  
Anonymous nicole said...

I made The Farm's blueberry crumble the other day, and it is outstanding! It even maintained its crunch after a couple of days in the fridge. Can't wait to make your soda bread, for I too have yet to be impressed with the recipes I've tried thus far. Lots of dry and tasteless!

10:27 AM, July 16, 2012  
Anonymous Salena said...

Aww. You look adorable! I've become "that pregnant lady," too. I'm almost 35 weeks.

A friend of mine bought me a Euro Cuisine yogurt maker several years ago. I love it!

4:46 PM, July 16, 2012  
Blogger Maria at inredningsvis.se said...

Your blog is so wonderful..do you have twitter or fb to follow with??

If you want some cute swedish decor inspiration...check out my blog:)

Have a great week.

LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se

12:37 PM, July 17, 2012  
Blogger sarah e blog said...

just a quick tip youve heard many times before im sure...make stuff ahead to freeze cuz when the baby sleeps you sleep!..but in my experience butternut soups and hummus are so good and filling and easy to thaw..yum!..soft music and walks keep those moods up..good luck! and we cant wait to see your lovely little girl :)

12:43 PM, July 17, 2012  
Blogger Lauren said...

What a lovely and perfect post.

I love blanket forts :)

5:16 PM, July 17, 2012  
Anonymous Lara said...

Hi Molly - long time reader, but I've never commented before. Congratulations on your pregnancy! I just found out that I am expecting as well.

The blueberry crisp is excellent! I hope you get a chance to make it. It was especially good made with dark brown sugar and three day old blueberries (we picked them fresh but I had to wait for a break in my morning sickness to even want to make blueberry crisp).

Best wishes on the rest of your pregnancy and motherhood!

9:31 AM, July 18, 2012  
Anonymous Robin said...

This reminded me of something that happened shortly after I had my first baby. One afternoon while grandparents were visiting, I ran out alone to buy her a sleep sack, since it was starting to get chilly at night. When I got to the baby store, there were several heavily pregnant women there, and it seemed absurd to me that anyone would bother being pregnant--after all, I had already had THE baby! I knew it was nonsensical, but I really felt it in my gut.

Now I'm halfway along with number 2 and wishing you well!

6:04 AM, July 19, 2012  
Anonymous Kacie // A Collection of Passions said...

Love all of the references. I just spent many many pleasant minutes procrastinating. Can't wait to see your baby! It's going to be amazing.


9:01 AM, July 19, 2012  
Anonymous Dr. CaSo said...

Just wanted to let you know that I made your pistachio-citrus pound cake and it was divine (http://cestpasmoijeljure.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/le-bleu-des-regrets/)!!! The only change I made was to use 300g of sugar instead of the 400g you suggest because it seemed way too much (probably a conversion hiccup) :)

11:21 AM, July 19, 2012  
Blogger hallie said...

i'm not sure if you've made the blueberry crisp yet or not. but since finding this recipe i've made it three times and am about to make it again today. this time adding some nectarine. it's one of the best things i've ever made. it looks simple and humble; it's very name, 'blueberry crisp' is simple and humble but one bite and it's anything but. make it now!!

10:11 AM, July 20, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blueberry crumble was amazing. Possibly the best fruit dessert I've ever had. It even tasted good the next day cold from the fridge.

5:53 PM, July 21, 2012  
Anonymous molly said...


that opening shot, 1000 shades of gray: thank you. i think i've stopped by 5 times now to drink it in. definitely not enough gray in ohio.

also? it's not just blanket forts. you get to re-read all the best books, too. sweet deal.


12:30 AM, July 22, 2012  
Blogger A Bit of Brooklyn said...

I remember the cheering squad! It was always so nice... it shifts to the baby when he/she eventually comes--"What a cute baby!" "Oh how sweet!" Sometimes I feel like I'd like just once someone to randomly cheer me on again-- "Oh what a great mom!" "Putting up with a tantrum, go you!" Enjoy it now :)

2:53 PM, July 22, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for a lovely post. Just -- thank you

4:57 PM, July 22, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Molly! Just tried Leite's Blueberry Crumble recipe today. It's delicious! Thanks for sharing it! Some recommendations:
-- Use more blueberries! At least 1.5 pints.
-- Don't be shy with the lemon juice. I'd start with 2 Tbsps. I loved the extra tang it added. There is enough sugar in the filling recipe to keep it from being too sour.
-- Go easy on the kosher salt. Maybe a little less in the crumble. I kept tasting the salt and it took me away from my enjoyment of the sweet, juicy blueberries.
-- Next time I might experiment with a little lemon zest in the filling.
Many thanks to Leite for shariing her Aunt Janet's family recipe. :)

Cheers, Elaine

5:32 PM, July 22, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Molly! Was in Seattle last week on vacation and stopped in to Delancey with my parents and daughter for dinner. It was awesome! Loved the space, the food and the people. Hope that you are feeling well!

8:25 PM, July 23, 2012  
Anonymous Ena said...

Thank you for directing us to the Sweet Amandine blog again for a great recipe again, I somehow forgot about it even though I also made that whole wheat apple cake that you linked earlier this year (or was is last year?) which was one of the best cakes I have ever made or tasted. I made the bread yesterday and it tastes great, I had 2 slices straight after it cooled.

11:09 PM, July 25, 2012  
Anonymous Dana @ Simply Romanesco said...

Hi Molly, Your blog is so inspiring and uplifting! And by the way, you look gorgeous! I also love apricots and any stone fruit for that matter. Sometimes I eat them so fast and I realize I should have baked something with them way after they’re gone… But this summer I’m into baking with stone fruits. I may have to try that strawberry cake, next. It just looks divine! :)

8:18 PM, July 26, 2012  
Anonymous marta said...

Yes, I'm definitely overdosing cold-brewed coffee these days. But decaff is a good option when my eyelids start twitching;)

11:42 PM, July 26, 2012  
Blogger Nicole said...

I live in downtown Manhattan, where it seems like every other woman is 8 months pregnant- you would think I would just blend in. But everywhere I go, there are comments "you look like you're about to pop!" being the most common even though I have 8 weeks left.
With my first son, born in Rome, all of the historic center of Rome seemed to be waiting for my son to be born. They were so dear and genuine (Italy has a negative growth rate) and the attention continued as long as we stayed there...
Pregnant women are pretty much universally loved. Isn't it nice? (Some of the comments I could do without)
Best wishes, Molly.

5:33 PM, July 30, 2012  
Anonymous Jeff @ Cheeseburger said...

I love the blueberry crumble recipe. Thanks for sharing the link to it. As soon as you mentioned crumble, I suddenly had a craving for one.

12:03 AM, July 31, 2012  
Blogger Rosie55 said...

I love to read your blog and to follow through your links - I haven't made soda bread for years but may be tempted to try this recipe at the weekend when I make soup!
My daughter is expecting her first baby (and our first grandchild) - a little girl, in mid-September. She lives in London now, 100 miles away but was back here at home with us last weekend for a friend's wedding. It was lovely watching as so many friends (both hers and mine) who had watched her grow up came over to her to hug and congratulate her and admire her bump. Pregnancy and bumps obviously allow people to express friendly thoughts and happiness.
Can't wait to meet my granddaughter and hope all goes well for you, too!

3:54 AM, July 31, 2012  
Blogger Shawn said...

Hi Molly, I just read your book while relaxing for a week on Cape Cod - North truro/Provincetown area. It was the perfect book for me that blended good stories about people and food. I laughed, cried but most salivated. I love the recipes. I am a cook by nature (like your dad,) baking demands too much precision from me. But after reading your book, I am going to try to give baking another try. And this morning, I was wondering what was next for you and Brandon, and now I have my answer. Best of luck to you both.

7:27 AM, July 31, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, you do get to hang out in blanket forts on the floor. :) And read awesome kid books that you either read years ago when you were a kid, or that have just been written in the last few years, ones you might otherwise have missed. Oh, and Legos. And friendship bracelets. I could go on and on (obviously.) :)

6:21 PM, July 31, 2012  
Blogger kelli ann & lorie said...

Love, love the calm-ness of all of these photos. So quiet.

3:55 AM, August 01, 2012  
Anonymous Kimby said...

Molly, this was a fitting post to read on one of the hottest days in Oklahoma. There was refreshment in every well-worded thought and a scavenger hunt in your links. Summer fun! Bonus points for including the E.B. White essay -- his vacation always began on August 1st. Thank you.

7:46 PM, August 01, 2012  
OpenID eatrecyclerepeat.com said...

herb and whale wall paper?!

9:00 PM, August 03, 2012  
OpenID racheleats said...

The cheering squad - I love that. This time last year (almost to the day I think) I was 'That pregnant lady'. Actually I was 'Quella signora incinta' the one eating ice cream and waddling around Rome. Luca was born late, but in time for lunch on the 14th of September. A virgo son sandwiched by two virgo parents. Not that I am terribly interested in star signs and the like! But just noting! And wondering!

I always read but rarely comment! But today I just wanted to say hello, cheer you on and tell you how much your blog has inspired and continues to inspire me.
ps - hope you are getting enough ice cream

6:05 AM, August 04, 2012  
Blogger Ophélie said...

Oooh thank you to everyone for the blueberry crumble ideas! Blanket forts are so underrated! And Once More to the Lake is a great bit of summer. I read it almost every year, it seems. It's somehow nostalgic, hopeful, and ominous all at once. Hooray on the progress and good for you for abstaining from caffeine. That can't be easy. Essex sounds excellent, especially with whales and herbs on the walls. Can't wait to see it.

7:09 PM, August 04, 2012  
Anonymous Littledessert - Recept och Webbshop said...


1:36 AM, August 08, 2012  
Blogger HRH Sarah said...

Can't wait to see pictures of lil' Orangette... Hope you're doing well.

9:01 AM, August 08, 2012  
Blogger sarah e blog said...

hows that belly? hope your filling it with summer goodness..can't wait to hear about it..much luck from the east coast!

6:37 AM, August 09, 2012  
Anonymous JulieB said...

The great thing is, the cheering section doesn't go away after baby makes it's appearance. Random stranges smile, comment on the chubby perfection of toes, ooh and ah over whispy hair, and rejoice in the little one's gummy smile. The whole world is suddenly full of adoring wanna be aunts, grandmothers, uncles, and grandpas.

12:09 PM, August 11, 2012  
Anonymous Kim said...

You always take such lovely photo's. If you ever give up food be a photographer. Or do both.

2:06 PM, September 15, 2012  
Anonymous Heri said...

I love this post, and I absolutely adore almost everything that has been written by EB White. Glad all went well during your pregnancy. and so wonderful to be able to have another child during the summer .... remind myself to my wife who is pregnant .....

12:16 AM, December 20, 2012  
Blogger crazyhorse said...

So 2 weeks ago I invited some new friends over to our house for lunch this Sunday (March 17, a completely random choice). When the wife rsvp'd, she said "we'd love to come over on St. Patrick's Day!" I thought it was a little odd that she pointed out that it was St. Patrick's Day, but I just blew it off. 3 days ago her husband mentioned to my husband how excited he was to hang out with us on St. Patrick's Day. My husband and I chuckled about how excited they were for a holiday most people didn't really make to much fanfare over. Especially people who have small children and don't plan on drinking green beer until all hours of the night.
Which brings me to tonight, when my mom happened to mention how remarkable it was that we were having N & M over on St. Patrick's Day! And then it hit me. Oh my goodness. We randomly invited a couple whose last name is "Ireland" over for Sunday dinner on St. Patrick's Day.
I suddenly realized I had inadvertently arranged the most epic March 17th of my life thus far. They would be expecting corned beef (Elise Bauer's recipe!), cabbage, potatoes, a green grasshopper cake, Murphy's Irish Stout, and soda bread! How could I forget the soda bread?
I remembered that not long after I had my son, I had made a soda bread that was out of this world. But for the life of me, I couldn't find the recipe. Something told me to check Orangette, and all of the memories came flooding back to me as soon as I saw this post. My son Holden was 2 months old and it was the first recipe I had managed to rally my tired, PPD addled body to make. It was bliss.
So of course, it will be on our epic March 17th menu. Thanks for saving the day! :)

6:50 PM, March 13, 2013  

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