Monthly Archives: October 2014

Halloween Costumes and Balloon Pants

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Parenting two has been a wild ride–and I am only eleven days in! Most of our day goes smoothly, but around late afternoon mama starts to loose steam, the house is covered in toys and dog hair, dinner is too far off, and I pray that for some reason dad will get off work early and come to my rescue.

We are doing good though, it has been so enjoyable getting to know this new little person who has entered our lives. She is so different than her big sister. She sleeps well and is easily settled. She looks so different than Lucy looked–she looks like me! Lucy loves her, and as I type this Lucy is shushing the dog from barking and telling her “Rosie, my baby is sleeping”. I love how much she loves her. There is no shortage of kisses being planted on this little girl.

I hope all had a happy Halloween. We went to a party early in the week and decided not to celebrate today (mama is too tired for that!!). I never did finish Lucy’s pink fairy costume (baby came before I got to start the skirt or flower crown), so we threw a tutu on top of the bodice and got her some wings and a wand–she didn’t even notice the difference!

I did finish knitting the balloon pants above–just a few days before June arrived. They were a really fun project and I plan on doing another pair after I finish up the sweater I am working on for Lucy.

Have a happy weekend!

Pumpkin Carving

carving pumpkins

carving pumpkins

carving pumpkins

carving pumpkins

carving pumpkins

pumpkin seeds

carving pumpkins

I have always loved holiday related traditions. Carving pumpkins as a child always felt like such a great buildup to one of the most exciting holidays of the year, and it was one of the few occasions where everyone in our family enjoyed doing the activity as well as the time spent together.

This was our first year carving pumpkins with Lucy. Russ and I carved some once or twice in our early 20s, and while it was fun it never felt quite as magical as it did as a child. This year that changed. Though Lucy wasn’t really into participating (I thought for sure she would love to help scoop out the pumpkin innards!), the excitement was there, and she watched almost every step of the way (there were some dance breaks in between, we had Monster Mash radio playing on Pandora!).

As tiring and frustrating as it can be to raise a three year old, it is moments like this that fuel me. Her enthusiasm can be quite contagious–now if only I had her energy!

Our New Normal

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flowers

pumpkin patch

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shoes

baby in didymos wrap

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sitting with pumpkins

yarn swift

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Thank you all for the kind words and many congratulations. We are so overjoyed to finally have June with us, it is truly amazing how in no time at all she has become a vital piece of our family we can’t imagine ever living without.

Of course, it will be a while before we are fully adjusted to life as a family of four. Slowly we are settling into a new normal–and I love it. We had our first fun outing today, to pick out some pumpkins for carving and to enjoy some sunshine and iced tea. June slept the entire visit, mama got to relax in a lawn chair for a good portion of it, and Lucy ran and danced around like the wild little thing that she is. After what feels like weeks indoors due to heat and late pregnancies aches and pains, I am so much looking forward to filling our weekends with activities, big and small.

Maybe it is the crisp night air (the days are still quite warm, if not hot), but knitting is back in full force. I have made so many things for June (have I mentioned that knitting for babies is my absolute favorite?), that I thought I better get something special made up for Lucy. Tonight I am casting on for the super sweet Little Buds sweater, in pink of course.

The week ahead excites me. So far this little baby has been very go-with-the-flow, and though I know it could change at any time, she really is just as content and happy as can be (when well fed and rested of course!).

 

 

This Week in My Kitchen

avocado on toast

breakfast burrito

cutting up a butternut squash

chai spice apple pie

chai spice apple pie

What a fast week this has been, I can’t believe it is Thursday already. From here until baby time we are laying low, not making any plans until each day arrives. Today it is the library for story time and a quick stop by the grocery store to stock up on fruit to carry us through the weekend.

On the home front I am trying to quickly sew up Lucy’s Halloween costume and get a few more dishes stashed away in the freezer for our busier (and sleepier) days to come. Cooking picked up a bit in my kitchen this week, and the amount of runs to the taco shop for dinner have been minimal. Soups and stews and beans and pies. All sorts of things off of the stove (or crockpot) and into our bellies and freezer. I think this has been a really good habit for me to pick up, and I plan to continue to double many of our meals and freeze them even after baby is born and the excitement and stress of a new family member has subsided.

Here are a few of the things that came out of my kitchen this past week. Once again I am joining Beauty that Moves in posting some of the highlights.

1. Avocado on toast, possibly my favorite breakfast ever.

2. Breakfast burrito.

3. Cutting up butternut squash for white bean and butternut squash soup from the Art of Simple Food.

4. First pie.

5. Second pie. We made a second one, because I am pregnant and hungry. Chai spice apple pie from A Year of Pies.

Getting Through the Days

apple peeler

knitted baby bonnet

pulled pork sandwich and kale slaw

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making bracelets

Six days until due date, and it is currently all that occupies my mind. We welcomed some happy distractions last week with the visit of my sister from New Mexico. We spent our time together in the kitchen making pies. I saw how she made her the first day, and she saw me make pie my way the second day. I do love to see how other people cook and their process in making some of my favorite things–like pie!

After a summer long hiatus I have picked up the knitting needles again. I quickly knitted up this sweet newborn baby bonnet (more info on my ravelry page, here), and it was promptly taken by a certain three year old for her baby doll. It was a very fast an enjoyable knit though, so I don’t mind making it again.

The weather is finally cooling here, and we can finally sleep with the windows open. It is such a nice feeling (especially this far along in pregnancy!), though I am not sure I will ever get used to just how subtle the change in seasons are in this part of the country.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

pumpkin pie smoothie recipe

Smoothies are life savers in my house, honestly. Taking only a few minutes to throw together and full of delicious and healthy ingredients, I have been known to bribe my three year old into the car with the promise of smoothies once we return home. Yesterday, after a fun filled day at the pumpkin patch, the mention of getting in the car to go home nearly set off our second tantrum of the day. Thinking quick, I threw out the word smoothie and she was racing to the car. I had to speed my pregnancy waddle up to grab her hand before she raced into the parking lot.

Having seen a few different pumpkin smoothies floating around Pinterest, they were on my mind–though none were quite what I was looking for, so I improvised and came up with this delicious recipe. To me it tastes just like pumpkin pie and the entire time Lucy was drinking it she was repeating “mmm, I like pumpkin smoothies”. We will be making these many times this fall.

  • 5-6 pitted dates
  • 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (I refrigerated mine in advance)
  • 2 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  1. In a blender add the dates and about 1/4-1/3 cup milk. Puree until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (more milk if you like a thinner smoothie) and puree. Serve with fresh grated nutmeg or a sprinkling of cinnamon over the top. Makes enough for two large servings.

pumpkin pie smoothie recipe

Ready and Waiting

pumpkin patch

Things are winding down around here. I try to get us out most days, for both of our sanity, but oh how nice it would be to stay propped up on the couch with the heating pad behind me, a book in my hand, and the fan blowing in my face. I feel ready physically, but emotionally, I don’t know. I am both sad and excited for the changes that will happen in our house and that Lucy will have to go through. As an older sister myself, I remember feelings of resentment after my siblings were born. I hope we can get through the transition easily and as pain free as possible–three is such a tricky age.

Most days I am too tired to do much cooking and we are lucky if I make one real meal a day. I am slightly embarrassed by how many times we have been to the taco shop over the span of this pregnancy–and quite honestly a bit worried that in another two weeks I will be giving birth to an eight pound burrito.

There is still a lot I would like to do before our baby (or burrito) is born, but I am quickly coming to terms with the fact that I really can’t do it all. As great as it would be to knock a few more things off my to do list, it is probably for the better that I don’t work myself into the ground. The sewing can wait, the walls don’t all need to be painted, and my new found desire to be a minimalist won’t and doesn’t need to happen overnight, or even before she arrives. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

So here I am, (mostly) ready and waiting. Trying to take it slow while enjoying these last few days and weeks as a family of three and a mama of one.

flowers

pumpkin patch

This Week in My Kitchen

one pot pumpkin pasta

chickpeas

vegetable lentil soup

pumpkin pie oatmeal

Another week in the kitchen. As we get nearer to my due date I am feeling less and less frantic. I tend to worry a bit about unimportant things, like will we have enough food in the freezer? Will my house be clean enough? Will I have enough time to at least tame my hair, so I look okay in photos (seriously)? I know, I know. Silly things have been occupying my mind in these past few weeks, but I am coming out of it and am starting to feel a calm about the whole thing. Our meals lately have been simple and many leftovers have been eaten. I am focusing my energy on wrapping up a few little projects around the house, but I am really hoping to do a little baking after our current heat wave ends early next week. Nothing gets me more in the mood for the fall season than a house filled with smells of freshly baked bread.

I am joining Beauty that Moves in posting highlights from my kitchen over the past week.

1. One pot pumpkin and goat cheese pasta (from this recipe). I have been trying out a bunch of these one pot pasta dishes and this one is a favorite. I did find there was a bit too much sauce and too few noodles, so the second time I made it I used an entire bag of pasta and added enough water to be level with the pasta. It is delicious!

2. Slow cooked a huge batch of chickpeas to put in the freezer, they turned out better than when I make them on the stove. I followed Alton Brown’s directions. I used the remainder (that didn’t make it into the freezer) to roast for a snack.

3. Simple lentil and vegetable soup, the kind that is thrown together with whatever vegetables need to be used up.

4. Pumpkin oatmeal. Rolled oats, apple juice, water, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, dried cranberries, and topped with chopped pecans. Delicious.

Also, I had a request for a recipe last week, I haven’t forgotten, just been very busy, I will get it to you as soon as possible!

This and That

climbing a tree

cutting out fabric for vintage halloween costume

baby chicks

roses

natural baby diaper wipe solution

blowing bubbles

1. Tree climbing. Living in a city we never seem to get enough nature in our day to day lives. I try my hardest to get Lucy out in the little bits of the natural world around our city. I am a country mouse at heart, and I not so secretly want her to be too.

2. Getting ready to sew my little lady’s Halloween costume, she has requested to be a pink fairy.

3. Chicks!

4. Flowers!

5. Mixing up some diaper wipe solution for baby.

6. This little bubble blower is looking so grown up these days.