TGI…Saturday.

Happy Saturday everyone! I am gladly spending this day doing not much of anything…catching up on the blog (obvi), finishing Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin (thanks to my good friend, Alayna, for letting me borrow it!), adding items to my baby registry (SO. much. fun. I can spend hours doing this!), and later we are going out to dinner with some friends.

Yesterday afternoon turned into quite the adventure. I had lunch with my Grandma and headed from there to my monthly midwife appointment. The traffic on the highway was pretty bad; it was backed up for 3 exits before the one I needed to take, so I decided to get off the highway and go back roads. Well, although I have lived in the New Haven area for my entire life, I knew I was not going to be able to navigate the way from the exit to the doctors office without my GPS. It was about 3:40 as I was driving down the off ramp. There was a glare from the sun on my windshield and I looked down to enter the address into my GPS, and then BOOM. I rear ended the PICK UP TRUCK in front of me. How I did not see a pick up truck, even with the glare, I do not know. I felt so awful, but was mostly shaken up because all I could think was, “There’s a baby in my uterus!!” The guy got out of his truck, looked at his bumper, said everything was fine and  just drove away. I was so relieved at that anyways. The drive the rest of the way to the doctors office was miserable. The GPS on the iphone often has the opposite orientation, and let’s face it, I am not good with maps. I took multiple wrong turns having to back track, fighting back tears and sheer frustration at uncooperative drivers, the fact that I was so late for my appointment where my husband was waiting for me, and really just the entire situation itself. I couldn’t believe what was happening. My poor husband didn’t know whether to comfort me or just leave me and the steam coming out of my ears alone.

When I finally got into the doctor’s office the women at the window said, “You know your appointment was at 3:45 right?” Oh yea lady, just what I wanted to hear. I had no response other than “Yea.” My husband, knowing my complete frazzledness & frustration & inability to gather a fruitful sentence, chimed in, “There was traffic.” We were informed that the midwife took her next patient & it would most likely be a half hour wait.

Once we were in with the midwife she asked me how I was. I was able to calm down and regain some peace by then, and so I told her what happened and that I was just a bit frazzled at the moment. She immediately asked if I told that to the women who checked me in, and I told her no, I really couldn’t even talk about it then. She compassionately encouraged me to make sure I tell them if something like that were to happen again, because obviously it is relevant to my visit, and also why I was late. So, she did the exam and the baby sounded fine (Who is a boy by the way! Who we are naming Jackson!).  But, standard procedure, for even the most minor accident, would be for me to go to hospital and have the baby monitored for 4 hours. Not exactly how we anticipated spending our Friday night, but obviously, we would rather be safe than sorry. So, off we went. It was about 5pm at this point.

I got checked in and three different hospital employees offered to take us up to our room. Apparently everyone wanted to escort us. It made us feel special. We had the sweetest nurse, and thankfully everything went completely smoothly. Jackson was as fine as ever, so at around 8pm, after 2 hours of getting to hear him, and watching some Restaurant Impossible, we got to go home. It wasn’t even until leaving the hospital did we notice that I probably need my bumper and hood repaired. Clearly that was the last thing on our minds! I couldn’t eat or drink while I was there and was starving by the time we left, so we stopped at Mamouns for some Mediterranean goodness. Oh, and the valet guy didn’t charge us anything to park our car. There were so many little blessings along the way, not to mention that our little boy is doing perfect. I am full of gratitude for that. When you adjust your perspective it is so easy to see how God really does pour out His good on situations that are not so good.

Me...listening to Jackson's healthy heart & little movements!

Me…listening to Jackson’s healthy heart & little movements! I’ll be back there in a couple months and then we’ll get to meet him!

So yes, after an eventful Friday, I am very grateful for this relaxing Saturday!

For  your entertainment check this video out: two Dutch men who host the TV show Guinea Pigs experiencing simulated labor pains. :) Thanks for the entertainment boys.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend!!

Forever & a Day.

That’s how long it seems to have been since I have posted!

So, today I am going to fill you in on some important news AND update you all on what’s been filling this past week with amazingness.

Well, to start… … …

I am 3 months pregnant!! :) Baby Jacobs is expected to enter this world on May 6th & we could not be more thrilled! You may have seen a picture on instagram or twitter (follow me at @foodformyhouse), but here is the little cutie at 10 weeks.

Our sweet little guy or girl.

This week started off with some Fall fun at Bishops Orchard in Guilford, CT. We had our annual pumpkin picking and carving day with some very good friends of ours. Here are our creations all lit up:

Joe did the Giants logo & I did a baby sucking it’s thumb. So fitting.

My vegetarian friend Cory found this picture this week which I got a kick out of & thought I’d share it with you all. I’m thinking about framing it & putting it my kitchen or something.

Onto FOOD.

NEW. FAVORITE. RECIPE. I am not a huge chinese food fan, but lately I have had some cravings for it. Sooooo, I did what I do & found a vegan recipe for orange “chicken”. It is made with battered & friend seitan. Omg. Make this. Please. And never get take out again. I don’t know where you’re from, but CT does not have a good reputation in the Chinese restaurant department.

mmm mmm good.

What is Fall with out all things pumpkin & delicious warm beverages???

I love love love love LOVE Sarah Matheny’s blog, “Peas and Thank You” and her fantastic recipes. They are a staple in my kitchen. This week I tried her pumpkin pie ice cream sandwiches, and, as usual, was not disappointed. Give ‘em a try!

Pumpkin Pie in frozen form. And vegan. And much healthier.

Hot Chocolate. I haven’t been drinking coffee since I’ve been pregnant and this so hits the spot. It’s my own recipe of 1.5 c of almond milk (or any non-dairy milk), 2 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder & 2 Tbsp of agave. If you like cinnamon add a couple dashes. Wisk on medium heat until hot and serve. Perfection.

Another thing I will never buy packaged again.

Food for the soul. Just as important as food for the body. I have had my nose in Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman for this entire month…pretty much since it came in the mail from Amazon. Life. Giving.

So good.

So that’s that. What’s been going on in your life? New recipes, exciting news, awesome finds you don’t know how you lived without?!?

Stay tuned because soon to come is my vegan version of a chocolate chip oreo fudge brownie concoction that you will want to try for yourself!!!
<3

New Seasons & Complete Faith

The last few days have brought that crisp fresh fall air, hinting that a new season is just around the corner.

Yes, I am a summer girl at heart, but the changing of the seasons always leaves me excited for something new.

{Plus, Fall means colored leaves, apple cider, all things pumpkin and some of my favorite spices.}

Just as the seasons are changing from Summer to Autumn, the seasons are changing here in the Jacobs household as well.

“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness’—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone…For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” James 2:19-24, 26

This has been a season of learning the completion of faith. Not just believing in faith. But acting in faith.

This month I left my “safe” and “familiar” office job, complete with benefits and a guaranteed sufficient paycheck to nanny a 2 year old 2 days a week.

I had been feeling the restlessness of needing to make a move for quite sometime; but the husband got a new job that was starting out part time and was settling into that, so he felt it was best for me to stay put for the time being. {Patience, Melissa, patience.} It was a good time to learn contentment and faithfulness, even when I was in a situation I did not want to be in anymore.

When August came around I started describing my job as a relationship where you know you need to break up with someone, but you just don’t because it’s easier to just stay in it; where you know it’s not healthy but you almost can’t picture your life with out it…yea. It was time to make a move. But to where?

That is when I heard that my friend, Alayna, was looking for someone to nanny her son 2 days a week. “Hmmm…” I thought, “I’d actually really like to do that.” “But that doesn’t even make sense.” “Why would I leave a 5 day a week 9-5 to watch a toddler 2 days a week?” “But I reaaalllllyyyy want to.” “I know I need to leave my job and start doing what I am passionate about. I love kids. I should do this.” {Don’t you love conversations with yourself? Anways…} Suddenly it clicked, do what you love. The only person who would make me stuck in a “hamster’s wheel”, going through the motions is myself. Or I can take a step of faith. Even when it doesn’t make sense. Even knowing I would need to get another job to make up the difference, and not knowing where or how.

So, after prayer and consideration with my husband, I took the nanny job.

“…for we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

I told my boss hoping he’d let me stay part time and forgo the need to find another job. But not so much. God doesn’t always let us take the easy road. Why? Because He loves us. Because He has the best for us. Because He cares about the dreams & passions of our hearts.

So, to Craigslist I went, searching for cafe jobs in the area, and low and behold I found a listing for a brand spankin’ new cafe opening less than 5 minutes away from my house. The owners seemed super cool, the food would be from local farms in the area, and I thought it would be an overall perfect fit. I went to the open interview session, got called back for a 2nd interview, and GOT. THE. JOB. Wheelers Market Cafe y’all. Come visit us for the grand opening on Monday the 17th!

Not only do I get to serve people food, make smoothies & delicious lattes, amongst many others, I ALSO get to spread my writing and social media wings working on their online properties. Which is completely awesome, and a perfect opportunity for me.

Finally, my boss at the office told me that my last day would need to be September 7th. That same day Joe found out from his boss that they would like him to start full time on September 10th, much earlier then expected. Talk about perfect timing.

The moral of the story? God is faithful.

When we don’t have eyes to see, He sees.

When we don’t know where the path is leading, He leads.

He is good.

Here is to a good God and a great new season.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!” Psalm 105:1-2

Thank you, Lord.

Weekend Wins

Hey friends! I feel like it has been a while since my last post…it has certainly been a busy few weeks in the Jacobs home, but taking time to relax and enjoy this restful Sunday afternoon.

Last weekend we were in Plymouth, MA hosting the annual Brave Generation conference with an organization we work with called Holyfire Ministries. It was a beautiful weekend to be on the shore, worshipping Jesus with almost 1000 people, in a town that holds so much heritage for our nation!

Beautiful view from our boardwalk stroll

This weekend, April 28th-29th, was the very first ever CT Vegetarian and Healthy Living Festival held in the Hartford Convention Center.  Joe & I spent the afternoon there with our good friend Annie; it was a lot of fun to be a part of it!

Happy vegfest goers :)

Many (mostly local) organizations and companies who support and promote the vegetarian, vegan & holistic lifestyle were there offering their products and services to the attendees. There was an array of soaps, jewelry, beauty products, apparel, energy saving systems, local farms, kitchenware, LOTS of food and more on display, and being served up for all who inquisitively approached each table.

Here were some of my favorites:

SuperSeedz, by Kathie Pelliccio at Kathie’s Kitchen in Branford, CT – Amazing shelled pumpkin seeds that come in a variety of flavors including, Super Spicy, Sea Salt, Sugar & Cinnamon, my favorite: Coco Joes & more.

Good Neighbors Foods – Delicious Salsa & Hummus from Derry, NH. I loved the Peach & Pineapple salsa.

Mama Micki’s All Natural Bakery – out of Scituate, Ma offering Cookies & Biscotti that will delight your taste buds. The Chocolate Orange & Molasses were the bomb.

The Fanciful Fox – Soaperie & boutique located in Scranton, PA. I love soap & natural handmade anything; put the two together: perfection. These soaps and other beauty products not only smelled amazing, but were all so creative, and well, fancy. I wanted them all!

Ok, on to the item I probably tasted the most of: CHOCOLATE. I am a chocolate lover and there were a couple of products that won my heart.

Taza Chocolate – This chocolate factory based in Somerville, MA makes stone ground organic chocolate inspired by age-old Mexican chocolate traditions. They have flavors like Salted Almond, Vanilla Bean & Guajillo Chili. My fave was the Ginger Chocolate! You can take tours of their factory, and that is definitely on my list of things to do this summer!

Chocoholistic – This was my favorite product at the entire event, mainly because I ADORE chocolate and all things HEALTHY. Kenzie Harrick, Certified Health Counselor from East Norwalk, CT created raw, organic, sugar-free, super food, medicinal chocolates containing health promoting ingredients like: chlorella, chia seeds, passion flower and reishi, just to a name a few. It was really yummy!

We had a blast experiencing this *first ever* festival and already can’t wait for next year! Check these guys out and let me know what you think!

The free samples made for a great car ride snack back home. Thanks Hint & Cedars! See you next year!