Well, maybe only our most loyal readers will realize it, but I haven’t been around much! After my last post way back in the Spring, I started working on a new blog, The Nourished Mama, a place where I can talk all things motherhood…which is pretty much where my life is fully entrenched for the foreseeable future.
I’ll still be doing food blogs over there and hopefully will still pop over here occasionally. But don’t worry, my mom Becky, who lets face it, did 75% of the blogs here anyway, will be holding down the fort at We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook.
Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find at The Nourished Mama. Check it out and be sure to subscribe, if this is your cuppa tea, so you won’t miss a post.
I love you loyal Laugh, Cry, Cookers! You’ve launched my writing career, cheered me on through my first three years of motherhood, made me laugh, brought me to grateful tears, and inspired me to be a better, more authentic version of me. Thank you!
Last week, we went on a long beach vacation to our favorite place in the world, the quaint little Island of Little Gasparilla. I wrote about it in our food memoir We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook (in stores next week.) It’s where Jared and I got married, where we took Jackson for his first beach experience, and where Jared’s family has been vacationing for twenty years. To put it mildly, it’s a special place for our family.
We took along the Mimi because we love her and Jackson loves her…and well, we knew it was the only way we’d get any alone time. Thanks to her, Jared and I enjoyed an amazing all vegan dinner at Vino Loco Tapas and Wine Bar one night to celebrate our sixth anniversary. We were the only diners (it’s off season right now), and we got special treatment from the chef, who hand delivered each organic, well-thought out plate to our table. Simple flavorful food made with quality organic ingredients that let the veggies be the star. My kind of food! And then there was vegan gelato made out of almond milk. Oh my. The gelato was so amazing, we swung by on our way home to get more for the long road home…and to share with Jackson and Mimi who missed out the first time. I ate my scoop with one of Jackson’s leftover chocolate birthday cupcakes. I can’t remember the last time I had cake and ice cream. It was like a party in my mouth.
Black Bean Cakes over gaucamole (made with local avocados), with refreshing jicima and carrot salad. Bruschetta with a white bean spread. Loved that sneak of protein!
My favorite. Simple criminis sauteed in fresh garlic, olive oil, and sherry with parsley, served on crispy baguettes.
My life is complete. Vegan Sour Cherry & Almond gelato made from almond milk.
Our traditional posed anniversary picture.
Such a cute little patio.
I rarely wear dresses. Had to capture the moment! I love the pocket detail in this Target find.
The mangroves. Off the ferry, through the mangroves, into island paradise.
I just love this Banyon tree that welcomes you to the Placida Harbor….and that man walking under it.
More of this magnificent tree.
And another. I can’t stop. It’s just so pretty.
Did I say chocolate cupcakes up there? Oh yes! My sweet Jackson turned two on Saturday….and my usually healthy little eater has a dark secret. He loves nothing more than chocolate cupcakes. I used my go-to Chocolate Cupcake Recipe from Chow.com. They are quick and easy and don’t call for any weird ingredients. I subbed almond milk, whole wheat flour, and coconut oil this time (working with our limited pantry on the island). They didn’t rise quite as much as the first time I made them with canola and white flour, but they were still fluffy and delicious…and healthier. 🙂 We skipped icing in lieu of a dusting of powdered sugar. We aren’t much of an icing family…and it’s usually just fat and sugar anyway. We let him blow the powdered sugar on his cupcake instead of blowing out a candle. He thought that was WAY fun!
Happy beach boy.
“I’m TWO!” (Coincidentally, this is also his “Hook’em Horns” sign.
Cake. Beach. Happy Toddler.
“Am I supposed to eat this piece of wax too?”
Uh, do you think we have a two-year old on our hands? Some big kids were walking by and he went total “cool guy” on us. Hilarious.
Trying to get a decent family picture on a windy beach (of course we took pictures on the ONLY windy night) with a toddler is no easy task.
“Whoohoo, I’m two!”
He told me one day, “Look mama, BIG sandbox.” “Isn’t God cool to give us a big sandbox, buddy?” I smiled. “Mmmhmmm.”
Who needs candles when you can blow powdered sugar on the cake.
Make a wish!
A trip to remember.
Love this little boy. Thank you, Jackson, for making me a mommy!
Happy Birthday Jackson! I have a feeling we have an adventurous year ahead! Twos = double the fun, right?
In honor of Jackson turning two, we’re giving away TWO early release copies of We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook! Jackson just so happens to be a pretty big star in the book….so it seems fitting. To enter the giveaway, simply like our facebook page and leave us a comment HERE ON THE BLOG telling us you’ve done so. A birthday wish to Jackson would be like powdered sugar on the cupcake though. 🙂 Be sure to include the name that you use on Facebook so we can verify your entry and fill in the email section of our contact form so we can contact you if you are a winner.
Giveaway ends on at midnight central time Friday, August 2nd, We’ll pick the winners using a random number generator. Winners will have 24 hours to contact us before we choose another name.
“My Nonny and Aunt Rachel have been keeping a secret. But I can’t stand holding it inside anymore. It’s time to tell!” (George, Becky’s grandson, age 5)
(Becky, the Butter Lovin’ Mom)
We’ve been keeping a secret for about a month, but finally have the go-ahead to make the GRAND ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
My daughter and co-author of this blog, Rachel Randolph, and I are deliriously happy to share that we have signed a two book contract with Zondervan Publishing!
Becky, signing her part of the book contract for We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook with Zondervan Publishers.
Baby Jackson helping his mother, Rachel, sign her part of her very first book contract. A two book deal! Woo hoo!
Our editor, Carolyn McCready, is a longtime friend and one of my favorite people on the planet. Not to mention one of the most talented editors and nicest people I know. Carolyn and I (Becky) worked together on many fun projects at Harvest House Publishers, where we grew from editor/author to close friends. Those were some of my happiest days in publishing, and we are delighted to find ourselves working together again.
Carolyn McCready, longtime friend and editor for this project!
The first book is slated to have the same title as this blog, We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook, and will debut in the fall of 2013. We’ll wait to announce the name of the second book as a future surprise.
The literary agent for this project is none other than my husband, Greg Johnson, president of Wordserve Literary Agency.
Greg Johnson, our literary agent, President of WordServe.
The first book will be about our unique mother-daughter journey thus far, our mutual love of cooking, storytelling, and laughter, along with the challenges that our differing styles and personalities bring to the kitchen table. Rachel is a Type-A Vegan, and I am a Type-S (Scattered) Butter-Lovin’ Mama. This poses plenty of opportunities for humor, mutual understanding, acceptance and biting our tongues.
Yes, writing is a family business, and has always been, for me. I can’t believe it has almost been twenty years since I wrote my first book (Worms in My Tea & Other Mixed Blessings) with my mother, Ruthie Arnold.
The first book I ever wrote, with my mother, Ruthie Arnold, almost twenty years ago now!
My daughter Rachel was just a little girl with a curly pony tail when I began pounding the typewriter (my “office” was my bedroom closet), learning all I could glean from my mom, who was already published and a fabulous writing coach. I love this picture taken on my birthday last year of my mom laughing in the background at something I just said. She was not only my best coach, she was (and still is) my best audience!
Becky with her mom Ruthie, laughing in the background. Ruthie taught Becky to laugh, to cook and to write!
Little did I know that almost two decades later, I’d have more then forty books under my belt, and that my little girl would grow up into an amazing woman, wife and mother, a fabulously healthy cook, and a funny, poignant writer. Or that we’d have the incredible privilege of writing books together.
My little girl all grown up, married, a mother, and now… an author!
Today is one of those days when I am completely overwhelmed with the goodness of God. I’m grateful for all the stories that bind my daughter and I together: the stories that brought us closer through laughter, and those where we cried tears over heartaches. And the everyday stories that unfold as we chat in our kitchens sharing our mutual passion for cooking good food for those we love.
Thank you all, dear friends, for your encouragement in our journey thus far.
To celebrate the signing of the contracts, we invite you to join our new Facebook Fan Page where we will keep you abreast of book news, blog postings, and some of our favorite quotes, funny quips, and foodie or health news. If you could help us spread the word of the blog and fan page, we’d be enormously grateful, as we work to build an audience for the new book.