All Grown Up - www.ruthieandrose.com

Hello my long-time-no-read friends! I feel as though I’ve been on a sabbatical of some sort, only it hasn’t involved any exotic retreats except for places like Syracuse, New York and Allentown, Pennsylvania. No, rather motherhood has become a top priority and my work has, unfortunately, taken over way too much of my life as of the last few months with me traveling almost every other week.

But yesterday was a wonderful milestone in our little family. My baby, my first-born had his first day in Kindergarten. I could not have been a prouder mamma. We dropped off the little guy first and then drove to the school together, as a family. We parked and walked inside together. His little hand in mine.

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And I could not have been more thrilled when we picked him up in the afternoon and he said, “Mom, I really love my school!” That was a moment of victory and relief. I know my own child, but there’s always that wondering of how they will react to brand new situations.

While he won’t be little forever, I’m trying to soak in all of these precious moments one at a time. All too soon will it be the last day of Kindergarten and he’ll move on to first grade and so forth. But it’s the adventures in between that I want to live for. If everyday is an adventure, then life is certainly worth living to the fullest – don’t you agree?

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Hi there, remember me? As much as it may seem that I have completely given up on blogging or perhaps even fallen off the planet, I’m happy to report that I am alive and well and here and happy to be back. It’s not that I want to disappear. I promise, I don’t.

The thing is, I haven’t been feeling so hot the last few months. And if you are a friend IRL or follow my personal pages on social media, then you likely know why. You guessed it—we’re expecting!

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A week before moving into our new home, we discovered some very welcomed, happy news that our first baby is on the way. My sweet (patient) husband and I have been in the midst of this over-the-moon-slash-OMG-are-we-really-having-a-baby-we-can-barely-take-care-of-ourselves kind of moment and it’s been a whirlwind yet wonderfully sweet experience so far.

I won’t bore you with all the details but to say that pregnancy consumed my daily life for the first trimester would be an entirely accurate statement and hence the reason for you probably thinking that I had, in fact, given up on you and this here blog.

Thankfully, I didn’t experience much morning sickness—just endless, 24/7, all day everyday nausea and the most intense sense of exhaustion I’ve ever felt in my life. I’ve never taken so many naps! My moods were a little all over the place and so was my major lack-of appetite. Did I mention I have a really amazing, sweet, helpful, patient, loving husband?

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Now several weeks into my second trimester, I’m feeling like a completely different person. The bump is showing (!!!) and I feel better than ever with energy pretty much all day (that is, until I crash around 9 pm) and a sense of pure joy and happiness to be carrying around our little love in my belly. Granted, none of my clothes fit and I have given in to the growing tummy—but I’d say pregnancy is a pretty spectacular thing.

For those of you who are curious, we are not finding out the sex of the baby until baby’s arrival in January. That’s right… the uber-organized planner in me is being patient. I know, I kind of can’t believe it myself either!

As always, thank you for the continued love and support through life’s many exciting moments. That’s the news for now—back soon, for real this time. ☺

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The Best Grilled Cheese - www.ruthieandrose.com

As of lately, I have been cooking simple, delicious and easy to put together meals for the fam since I have been traveling so much for my work. I don’t want to spend forever in the kitchen preparing a meal not spending precious moments with my boys.

A few weeks ago, we stopped by Trader Joe’s and discovered a spread that has changed the simple grilled cheese for good. So here I give you, one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve ever made at home. And it just takes a few delicious ingredients:

– Thin-sliced sourdough bread
– Butter
– Eggplant Garlic spread (found at Trader Joe’s)
– Provolone
– Gouda
– Tomato soup

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If you’re not a Gouda fan, you can use any other soft melting cheese such as Asiago, Fontina, or an old favorite – Cheddar. What makes this grilled cheese sandwich so fantastic is the Eggplant Garlic spread I mentioned I had found at Trader Joe’s. A little tangy and savory, slather this on one slice of your bread and it takes the original favorite to a whole new level. Top with your choice of cheeses and then another slice of bread then grill over medium-high heat to a crispy golden brown.

And of course, what is a grilled cheese without its best companion – tomato soup? My favorite off-the-shelf brand is la Madeleine’s Tomato Basil Soupe. Heat over the stove and it’s ready to serve. I just love little shortcuts like this that make dinner so easy!

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I’m also a fan of finding new products like the eggplant spread that turn an ordinary grilled cheese into something amazing. Try it out this week and let me know what you think! Do you have a favorite way to turn the classic grilled cheese into something extraordinarily tasty?

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