1. says:

    May 10, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Oh that little guy, I just want to squeeze him! As for being back at work, I hear you. I had a year of maternity leave and it still wasn’t enough! Xxxx

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 11, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Hugs to you, Kate!! I know, I imagine a part of me would never have been ready. But there are always pros and cons to all things, right? 🙂 Thank you for such sweet words, and cuddles to Nino!

  2. says:

    May 10, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Your little babe is one of the CUTEST ever. I love watching your Insta stories because he’s such a happy ball of joy 🙂 I hope your transition back to work gets easier. I don’t have babes yet so I don’t know the feeling, but I can imagine it’s probably more intense than when I get sad about leaving my cat at home during the day, ha! Cheers to pasta and going back to work! xo

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 11, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Hahaha aw thank you so much, Abby!! We feel really lucky to have such a little goofball — and friends like you who don’t mind Insta-story baby overload. Cheers to pasta always!!! (And P.S. Rest assured that if I had a cat I would have a pretty hard time leaving him or her too!)

  3. says:

    May 10, 2017 at 10:20 am

    No matter how tiring our kids make us, it’s so hard to stay away from them. Mine started full time pre school and while I miss him at times, I also so much enjoy the me time and getting work done without him constantly running behind me 🙂 I am sure you are enjoy all the adult talk too. That pasta bowl looks so clean and fresh. Just the kind I enjoy any time of the year.

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 11, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Thank you so much for this, Kankana. You’re totally right, it’s not the worst thing in the world to be able to sit uninterrupted and concentrate on something for longer than a naptime 😉 I appreciate your words from a fellow mom so much — thank you!

  4. says:

    May 10, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I feel this way with my dogs too and so I cannot imagine how much more intense the missing feelings are with you. As a kid with full time working parents, I was more than happy to have my parents leave me and my sisters alone at home. So much mischief..lol. I loved that they worked and as an adult, I now appreciate that they got time away from us riff raff kiddos. So you know, he’ll be fine. Just love on him extra hard when you get the chance. Kids are pretty full of themselves like that.

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 16, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Haha, I loved this perspective, Edlyn. Distance does make the heart grow fonder! Thank you for always making me smile with your thoughtful and uplifting comments. They mean so much. Give your pups a cuddle for me, please!!

  5. says:

    May 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Oh my!! This pasta reminds me so much of something I ate recently at a restaurant but instead of shiso leaves it was nettles. I like your version better. Seems much safer and less potentially itchy;)

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Haha! That sounds like an excellent restaurant — I’ve always wanted to try nettles but never have! Thanks so much for your kind words, Maria.

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Very sleepily, with lots of coffee, and often not very well! Hope all is well with you, friend!

  6. Astrid says:

    May 11, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Don’t worry when the “milestones” happen. When you see them for the first time, it’s the first time it happens, and they’re just as joyful

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 16, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Me too! B2 even commented that it was neat how the peas get tucked all cozy into the orecchiette. I never used to think about how pasta shapes are suited to different dishes, but it really does make a difference, doesn’t it? Thanks so much for the super kind words, Kelsey 🙂 It was a wonderful leave!

  7. says:

    May 12, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I love the stories you accompany with your posts. They are always a delight to read.
    Congrats on returning to work and many for happy coos with your little one and happy meals to boot.

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 16, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Jane, you are so kind. Thank you for always stopping by and for your friendship. Hugs to you, and cuddles for handsome Mr. Bartles!

  8. says:

    May 12, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Orecchietti is the absolute perfect pasta for peas, and I can’t imagine how good the roasted garlic and mascarpone are together. You deserve all the bowls of pasta for going back to work.

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Allyson! I totally agree, orecchiette and peas forever.

  9. becky bernstein says:

    May 13, 2017 at 4:15 am

    I’m right there with you! My kids are 2 & 5 now but the early back to work days are still pretty fresh in my mind. And oh my goodness, the bottle battles (straight up feeding strikes!) were EPIC for us. I have the biggest bottle collection ever in my attack to show for it. I really hope yours ends soon!
    Also- I jokingly asked our daycare to not tell me about the milestones I missed, and they were so sweet and only ever mentioned things the girls were “really close to.”
    Sigh, I feel you! Enjoy your nights and weekends together, but also the best parts of your job too! My girls have been talking a lot lately about what they want to be when they grow up, and that does help a little to ease the mom-work feels.

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 16, 2017 at 10:24 am

      I was so touched to read this, Becky. It means the world to hear your experience. I’m so tickled by your daycare — “really close to” is genius and so thoughtful!!! And I totally agree, there’s definitely things to enjoy about being back at work, too. Not least that it’s so good for our kids to see the different kinds of things they can do when they grow up — that’s something that hadn’t even occurred to me until you said it. Thank you so much for your wonderful words! They really made my afternoon. (PS the bottle collection, YES! And of course, when he eventually got used to the bottle, it was with the very first ones we bought….. Go figure.)

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 16, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Oh my goodness!! I’m honored! I think long pasta would work just fine. The peas might have a tendency to collect at the bottom of the bowl a bit more than with cup-shaped pasta like orecchiette, but that wouldn’t be a big deal to me. I’ve made a variation on this with spaghetti and enjoyed it too.

      Crossing all my fingers that you enjoy the pasta tomorrow!

  10. says:

    May 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    So so sweet! I am certain that the baby food you make for Luke is absolutely tops and I would have no problem being fed his Two Red Bowls baby food … 😛 … I was thinking of you the other day because I was watching (ahem) Sex and the City where Miranda goes back to work!! (Lawyer, baby, etc) … Even now, Teddy is with his nanny and I long for him, but we hug extra tightly when he gets home, and the look on his face when he sees me after a day of being apart – heart melt!! This looks so delicious, Cynthia! I love the idea of mascarpone in a creamy-ish sauce – sounds SO good, and the cuteness of the two peas in a pod situation of the orecchiette – adorable. xo

  11. says:

    May 18, 2017 at 8:14 am

    looks lovely and amazing, helped by beautiful photography, but also wonderful ingredients, love that you’re adding mascarpone and shiso leaves with the pasta, thank you for this recipe!

  12. says:

    May 23, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Motherhood is full of so many tough choices, isn’t it? I’m 10 years into the parenting adventure and I still feel like I need to work on figuring things out. It’s refreshing to hear how much you cherished your time at home because it’s something I feel like I often take for granted. Hooray for simple pastas AND special pastas- that touch of mascarpone definitely takes it up a notch. Love that adorable smile in that last photo!

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