The Foodie Patootie – Tasty, easy, and filling recipes, with some Tampa food thrown in.

Brunch at Oxford Exchange in Tampa





Maternity leave has been good to me, I have to say. It’s ebbed and flowed, from in the beginning when I basically stayed in my bedroom for almost the entire day (calling it my dungeon) to now we are out and about pretty regularly. My little family has gotten into this great groove where I can leave Max for a little longer each time, I’m a pro at pumping in the car, and if Max is coming along, he’s an expert car napper and then interacts so lovingly when we settle in some place.

We go out to eat on the regular, I shop now more than ever (this new postpartum body needs new postpartum clothing), and I’m not ashamed to admit that my level of Pokemon Go nerdom has reach epic proportions. Max comes along for drives by Poke Stops too.


Brissels Sprouts

Bonkers for Brussels Sprouts!

…and ape for alliteration, too. When I say that I’ve eaten brussels sprouts for at least one meal for the past week, I would not be exaggerating. I am probably keeping the brussels sprouts trade...


Max at Two Months

This little child o’ mine. Not so little anymore, my friends. He still has a voracious appetite and packing on the pounds, but he’s getting better at lasting longer between feedings in the middle...

Pineapple, Apricot & Basil Popsicles

Pineapple, Apricot & Basil Popsicles

You gotta love a guy who makes it a point to celebrate Popsicle Week. I spent the entirety of 2014 dedicating my days to the national food holidays so I have an appreciation for...


Newborn Photos with Max!

A couple of weeks ago, we had Kristin out to our house for a newborn photo shoot with Max! Kristin did our maternity photos and is this really amazing photographer here in Tampa Bay who...


Max at One Month

In case you missed it: Max’s Birth Story Apparently I’m going to be one of those moms who are all like, “Where has the time gone?? How is my baby already one month old??”...


Max’s Birth Story

I’ve been staring at the draft of this post for about half an hour. Because, how does one write about the greatest day of their life? May 10, 2016 at 4:16pm is when I...

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Exploring the Florida Keys: Marathon

Partner Post: The Florida Keys is home to five districts, each with their own personality and attractions that make visitors feel like they are a world away. Let me go ahead and tell you...


Pregnancy Update: 40 Weeks

Well, this is fun…not. Today is my due date, and I suppose there’s still the possibility I could be one of the 5% of ladies who deliver on their due date, but my feeling is no,...


Pregnancy Update: 39 Weeks

Let’s talk about the worst parts of pregnancy, ok? Indulge me a little bit. For those who haven’t been through a pregnancy yet, maybe knowing all of this will prepare you a little better...