Welcome to Tales of Expansion: Baby Butternut Edition!


Back in college (far longer ago than I’d like to admit), you would often find my friends and me slumped around a table after dinner, hands on our bellies, exclaiming, “Ohhh, the expansion!”

Ohhhhh, the expansion ...

I started blogging in 2008 as a way to support myself through grad school and chronicle my attempts to take part in one of my favorite activities (eating, of course) while minimizing food waste (and participating in some non-food activities as well).

I’m back at it now as I take on motherhood, the most intense masters program around. Beatrice was born in June 2014 and is taking me along for the ride on a true tale of expansion. After spending most of my adult life studying and working with new families, I get to experience the upheaval first-hand and hopefully find the time to share some of what I learn here. I’m an LCSW, an infant-parent specialist, and a Certified Lactation Counselor … yet none of that really prepared me for dealing with my own child 24/7!

This blog has followed me over several years from Brooklyn, NY to Gloucester, MA with many stops in between. We’re currently enjoying the small-city coastal life, made especially tasty by my organic farmer husband and the deluge of butternut squashes he brings our way. Join us now as we fight the uphill battle to be frugal and green while trying to grow a deliciously organic baby.


30 thoughts on “About

  1. Jessamyn says:

    I can’t believe you have a blog Sarah! That is so cool! I love your close up food pictures. Maybe you should pursue a secondary career in food photography while saving children.
    I too love to eat, and we are having a hard time cutting back on the tasty food we love. Perhaps I will find some nuggets of knowledge here in your blog.



  2. Katie says:

    I recently discovered your blog and just wanted to tell you how great I think it is. Thank you for sharing your story. I really enjoy your posts and look forward to reading more of them.


  3. Mat says:

    Your food looks amazing. Your a student and have time to cook meals like that; I am in awe. They all look great. Working really puts a time constraint on things you want to do and cooking is one of those things that takes a hit for me. Hopefully i’ll be able to give one of your recipes a shot sometime.


  4. Rami says:

    congrats Sarah, this blog is great! very entertaining to read, and your food adventures are inspiring… I look forward to seeing my yummy grilled chicken press make an appearance on the blog!


  5. mimi says:

    Sarah, I’m concerned that you have an eating disorder… the kind where you DO eat and think and write about eating! haha! Props to your diligence on this blog


  6. Dori says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I’ve seen your name in a bunch of comments but for some reason never clicked through until now! I plan to do some catchup up today. I’m in NYC too so it’s always nice to find more of us 🙂


  7. Melissa says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I just ran across your blog and I love it already just after reading your intro!! I also hate seeing food go to waste so it’s hard sometimes not to eat things just because I know they are…

    I love your idea for your future career!!

    Best to you!!


  8. vegetariandisciplinarian says:

    I love that you eat. I love that you’re not afraid of food. I love that you don’t obsess about a piece of chocolate or a slice of bread that so many bloggers seem to do.
    You rock.


  9. redheadyellowdog says:

    Hi! I just found your blog and I’m loving it (not in a McD’s kind of way, though)! you’re so dang creative with your food..I feel inspired.

    also – both my mom and step dad have their MSWs and are psychotherapists 🙂 cool man.

    Can’t wait to read more!


  10. Caroline Mogavero says:

    Hi Kristie!

    I’m contacting you on behalf of Campbell Soup Company because I noticed that you blog about nutritious and delicious foods, and moreover, I’d like to offer you a sample of Campbell’s V8 Garden Vegetable Blend Soup.

    If you are interested, we would be happy to send you product as well as a fun gift for you and one for your readers to help COUNT your servings of vegetables and COUNT your steps towards wellness!

    Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.



  11. Jennifer says:

    Hi Sarah!
    The website looks awesome. It’s good to know that all is well and your priorities are exactly where they should be……….food food and more food! LOL


  12. Maria says:


    I recently compiled a list of the Top 100 Health and Fitness Blogs, and I wanted to let you know that you made the list! We are promoting the list to college students looking to incorporate health and wellness into their busy schedules. The list is published online at

    Thanks so much, and if you think your audience would find useful information in the list or on the site, please feel free to share the link. You can also use the button we’ve created for the list, which I can e-mail you. We always appreciate a link back.

    Thanks again, and have a great day!



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