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Chapter Seven – The Big News

That’s right – there’s a bun in that oven! More importantly, there’s a bun in MY oven πŸ˜‰ I’m so happy I can finally share THE BIG NEWS with all of you! I’m overjoyed to announce that Etienne and I are expecting our third child on April 29, 2018. The upcoming addition to our family brings a whole mix of excitement and anxiety. My life, my days, and my thoughts are all so busy with my two little terrors darling children, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of three!

THREE. I come from a family of five, so in my heart I knew I always wanted three children of my own (siblings are the BEST, right?) but now that I’m smack in the middle of toddler/pre-school-dom it’s feeling fairly daunting! All that being said, I’m so excited to meet this new little person with his/her own personality, who will form our very own family of five!

I have to say, as a food blogger, the past few months have been ROUGH. If you’ve suffered from morning sickness before, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Why do they even call it morning sickness?! It’s definitely more of an “all day long” sickness. Along with that fun little symptom of early pregnancy, I’ve been struggling with nausea’s sidekick, a never-ending list of food aversions. What used to look and sound delicious to me (I’m talking about you, chimichurri pork) became revolting. We’ve basically become vegetarians, even though most vegetables are still tough to stomach…so really, we’re bread-tarians; however, the fog is lifting, and much to my husband’s delight I’m getting back into the kitchen and putting a little more colour (and meat) on our table!

Thankfully, most sweets and cakey, delicious things are still very eye-catching. Whew. I may have eaten three of my cranberry white chocolate donuts in one sitting the other day…

Other than our big news, life has been fairly uneventful. Oscar started a pre-kindergarten program this fall and that has created a whole new routine for us, and some fun one-on-one time with Mr. Wally! I finally mastered my sourdough starter, and have been baking a loaf of the tangy bread at least once a week. It is SO good! We love to break into it while it’s fresh and soak it up with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

As most of you know, we’ve also been battling all sorts of sickness for the past month but I think we’re out of the woods, except for a few lingering coughs! We had a few solid weeks of some major Netflix and snuggly blanket time. It’s definitely that time of year!!

This time of year also brings a billion birthdays. It was Etienne’s birthday on Tuesday and mine is coming up on Monday. I can’t wait to turn 25 again….(hah).

We celebrated my father-in-law’s 65th birthday this past Friday, and luckily Etienne’s sister and her family were home from Kelowna to join in on the festivities – and eat some of this ridiculous cake I made!

I had planned to do a blog post on it, but it didn’t turn out quite as I had hoped. It was delicious, but WAY over the top. Brownie bottom, white chocolate cheesecake middle and a chocolate mousse layer on top. Oh, and pounds of icing in between each layer and all over the cake. Right, and chocolate chips. It was good, but so, SO sweet and just too much. Not what I was going for, but I learned a few baking lessons along the way.

Speaking of baking, my friends and I just completed our Christmas cookie exchange this week and now I’m loaded down with a variety of amazing sweets – it’s so helpful to have a few different kinds of baking on hand for when company stops by, without all of the work! My contribution included my holiday twix bars and some double chocolate peppermint biscotti (post to come next week).

We will find out the gender of our new little peanut next week and I cannot wait!! Having two boys already, I’m hoping for a little bit of pink in my life, but obviously, a healthy baby is all I can really ask for!!

Babies, baking and Christmas bling. I hope your December is full of love and laughter – and a lot of ridiculously indulgent food.




  1. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    Great news, Katherine! 3 kids – more fun (Said the guy who doesn’t have any haha). Also, happy belated birthday to your better half and, well, I don’t like congratulate people in advance – so nothing for you yet πŸ™‚ Also, look forward to more delicious festive ideas!

  2. πŸ€—πŸ€—OMG …Katherine that is amazing news…Congrats to you guys. Thank you for sharing it with us. The boys must really be excited with this news as well. Sending Lots and lots of love to you in the coming months, morning sickness and all😊.

  3. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to meet the new little one. Kelsie is a lovely name if you’re looking :). I’m sorry for the all-day sickness but being a bread-atarian definitely doesn’t sound all bad. I pretty much eat nothing but bread and I have no nausea to speak of. Have a fabulous weekend, Katherine!

  4. The Home Cook's Kitchen

    omg CONGRATULATIONS!!!! such exciting news! so excited for you and your family! morning sickness sounds like a total bummer, but couldn’t arguing with eating 3 donuts in one day πŸ˜‰ wishing you all the very best with your pregnancy!

  5. Awwww, congrats on the new baby! I’m new to your site and have been fun poking around. Your recipes look awesome! I can’t wait to keep up with what you’re up to!

  6. So happy for you Katherine! Such exciting times for you and your growing family! All the best!! XO

  7. Congrats!! I am so excited for you and your family!! I love how you announced it too 😊. Your cake looked delicious even though you said it was too sweet. Xoxo

  8. WOOHOOOO!!! Congratulations Katherine!! That is such fantastic news!!!! You will have to keep us updated on the rest of your pregnancy! And your father-in-law’s 65th birthday cake looks fabulous! πŸ™‚

  9. That’s a huge news! Congratulations. Your little boys must be excited since they’ll be having another brother (or sister). Maybe you’ll have three musketeers! Oh and that 65th birthday cake looks delicious!.

  10. Such wonderful news, Katherine!! Congratulations!! Can’t wait to hear whether your baby is a boy or a girl…

    And that cake you made may have been over the top, but wow! Gorgeous…

  11. Happppieeee bday Kathy!!!! And Congratulations!! Big huggie :* :* I am sure some crazy times are awaiting you! The kiddos will surely love the new member.. Take care darling!!

  12. marcie@flavorthemoments

    I had to laugh when you crossed out “terrors” and wrote darlings…I’ve felt the same way about my two boys. haha Being a mom of 2 boys isn’t easy and I can see why a third child could feel daunting. I know you’re going to manage it so well and congratulations to all of you Katherine! That’s so exciting!

  13. lindenandlavender

    Awwww, congratulations!!! And yes, it is definitely all day sickness. I started my blog at the same time that I was pregnant with my third… it was definitely hard to post recipes routinely considering I couldn’t be in the kitchen without feeling ill. Here’s to feeling better soon! I love the way you announced it- perfect.

  14. Congratulations Katherine! That’s so exciting for you and your family! And what a busy month indeed! Baby news, birthdays and Christmas! Good thing you didn’t lose your appetite for sweets! πŸ˜‰ A girls gotta have something to get her through the busy days! All the best!

  15. I’m so excited for you! Time for a girl! πŸ˜€ When I had morning sickness, it was never in the morning! Late afternoon and boy did it suck! I hope you are feeling better and I am wondering what your pregnancy cravings are going to be?
    Can’t wait to see this unfold! πŸ™‚ Again Congrats Katherine!! xo

    • I totally agree!! I will find out so soon – can’t wait! Ugh, morning sickness!! Such an awful way to begin a pregnancy! I’ve craved margaritas and sour things in the past, so we’ll see what this one end up liking πŸ˜‰ Thank you for the kind words Kim!

  16. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    Well, of course I forgot to do it on Monday so happy belated birthday. Let’s eat the cake. Wait…Do you have the cake?:)

  17. Congratulations Katherine!! What a busy and wonderful time for you and your family! I can’t wait to hear more of your exciting news. Happy 25th Birthday again! It’s fun turning 25… I have done it more times than I can count (haha).

  18. YAY congrats! that’s soso exciting, though that morning/forever sickness doesn’t sound liike fun at all (good thing doughnuts are still appealing πŸ˜‰).

  19. CONGRATULATIONS, my friend! I am so excited for your sweet family! What a beautiful, busy month for you! πŸ™‚

  20. I can’t believe I missed this!! Congrats!! How exciting. I remember the morning sickness all too well. Just the wrong smell could set it off and I could not look or touch raw meat!! Your two boys will be great big brothers!! Cant wait to hear more as time progresses!! Take care.

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