September 22, 2014

The Side Dish: Lately {Volume 7}

Hi Friends,

It's been a little over a month since I last posted here and despite all of my good intentions to blog new recipes regularly, it's still just not happening. In fact, blogging consistently has never happened in this space since I started my blog five years ago and I can't even begin to explain how lousy that makes me feel. For all the passion and love I have for cooking and baking, you'd think it would be spilling out onto the virtual pages of this space, but it's just never happened that way. I've lost track of how many times I have wanted to just shut it all down, but I just can't do it because I love the food blogging community too much to leave it. Even though I I'm still trying to regain my focus, I still want to come here as often as I can to write and share. 

As you know from recent posts, life this past year and a half has been rough. Family came first and blogging had to take a back seat many, many times. Peter has struggled with multiple health problems and earlier this month, he was out of commission again with the same illness that put him in the hospital back in May. Thankfully, this time he got to the doctor right away and avoided a stay in the hospital. It was a rough recovery, but he was soon back on his feet and feeling better.

And then, once again, "life happened"...
 

Last Wednesday, this was my view at dinnertime: an empty hospital cafeteria, where I sat and ate a bag of Sun Chips and drank a cold bottled water while Peter lay on a gurney in the ER, confined in a neck brace after having been in a car accident. He was riding in the back seat of his dad's car when they were rear-ended by two other cars. He had to be removed from the car by four EMT's, strapped to a hard board and rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Since he couldn't call or text me, I had to wait to hear from his parents to find out which hospital I had to drive to while I paced at home like a lion in a cage. The few minutes that passed seemed like an eternity. I wanted to cry and scream in fear, worry, anger and frustration. I mean, enough is enough already.

After a battery of questions, blood tests, a CT scan, a chest X-ray, an MRI and eight very long hours in the ER, Peter got the OK to go home. He suffered whiplash and a mild concussion, but otherwise he was totally fine. Hearing the good news from the doctor was music to our ears. We celebrated with a Chick-Fil-A dinner at 10pm in the Walgreen's parking lot while we waited for a prescription to be filled, and then went home where we promptly passed out from the exhaustion of the day. 

Peter and I have been joking (or maybe only half-joking) about whether we may have a hex on us because we have felt so cursed these past twenty one months. Supertition aside, despite the tough times we have weathered together, we've become grateful for so much and we are cherishing all the good that is also happening in our life, so I'll end this "Lately" post with some happy updates and keep working on getting some new recipe posts published very soon.
 

A couple of weeks ago, I got to meet one of my very favorite bloggers, Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is! Her new cookbook, Seriously Delish is seriously amazing and belongs in your cookbook collection yesterday. I haven't had a chance to cook from it yet which is making me twitchy because every recipe makes my stomach growl even after I've eaten. It was such a pleasure meeting Jessica! She gave me the biggest hug and warmest welcome and we had so much fun talking together. We share a mututal love of DeLallo Italian food market in Jeannette, PA.
 

My super talented friend, Bridget of Bake at 350 was also at Jessica's book signing and we all got a group photo together which was such a highlight for me. Yay for food blogging friendships! 
 

Earlier this month, Peter turned The Big 4-0! His birthday fell on a Friday and we celebrated together all weekend. I made him his favorite cake (Devil's Food) and covered it in vanilla cream cheese frosting and red, white and blue sprinkles since Peter is very patriotic. He's my All-American guy. 
 

I made Peter a birthday breakfast of homemade buttermilk biscuits, freshly squeezed orange juice and crispy bacon. It was scrumptious if I do say so myself.
 

We're getting a Trader Joe's in our area and it's all of a ten minute drive from our house! I can't wait until it opens! What are your favorite products from Trader Joe's? I need to get my shopping list ready!
 

A couple of weeks ago, The Pioneer Woman's Simple Perfect Enchiladas and my Purple Cabbage Cilantro Slaw with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette graced our dinner table and we devoured it. Amen.

As always, it's wonderful being here in this space sharing with you. I promise Flavia's Flavors is not going anywhere and thank you to all of you who take the time to stop by and read my posts. You guys are the best. 

A presto!

Comments (4)

What an ordeal, so glad Peter is ok and that the celebrating can begin!

Lucky you getting a Trader Joe's so close. Some of my favorites: roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes, bruschetta topping, roasted nuts, cookie butter…I could go on and on. You will love it! :)

09/25/14

Oh my goodness, poor Peter and poor you! I hope this is finally the end of your troubles xo

Posted by Kathryn
09/24/14

Oh, Flavia! I'm sorry to hear about the 21 month hex. I feel certain things can only get better. And you know how food bloggers are: we will lift you up and promote your posts when you're ready :) xo

Posted by DessertForTwo
09/24/14

I'm was so glad to hear that Peter was okay. How scary for both of you! And I'm VERY happy to see you back at blogging. You always do such a fantastic job with your posts.

Posted by Cookin Canuck
09/23/14
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