January 26, 2012
While the grandparents were watching our kids, my husband and I snuck out on a date. By ourselves. Did I mention we were without our children? Oh, I did? Ok, it’s just that we rarely get this opportunity so it’s pretty exciting. Anyhoooooo, we went out to dinner at the Pioneer (a great staple in Ketchum, ID) and got all cozy in our seats, drinks in hand, when we both noticed the table next to us. Two kids, probably around 5 or 6 or so, were totally entranced with their video games on their ipods. The parents (looked like two sets) were happily drinking and laughing and telling stories – now before I trash these parents, I will say that it looked rather nice to be fully engaged with your friends while your children tended to themselves – but those kids were totally and completely zonked out on these ipods. I mean, a HUGE piece of chocolate cake goodness was brought to the table for dessert and the kids did not even glance up to check it out. They completely missed out on CHOCOALTE CAKE!!!!! That’s when the red lights started going off in my head.
Some really fun ideas for making magical toys out of cardboard. I already made Maya some cardboard beds for her babies - just cut a box to how I liked it, painted it and voila. Beds! I took pictures of them but my camera is not wanting to upload to my computer right now so you will have to use your imagination. I think I will work on this airplane next...or perhaps a boat.
January 25, 2012
Italian Wedding Soup.....so delicious on these cold cold days!
- 1 small onion, grated
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 slice fresh white bread, crust trimmed, bread torn into small pieces
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- 8 ounces ground beef
- 8 ounces ground pork
- Freshly ground black pepper
January 24, 2012
So we are redesigning the downstairs main room into a playroom! (moving office outside to its own unit) What a fun adventure we are about to head on...so many worthwhile things to incorporate into a magical place for two kids. I would love to build a sort of play fort/home like the one above; chalkboard (although, I have never been a fan of writing or drawing with chalk but maybe kids really dig it); a swing of some sort; train table; teepee...although this may go in Maya's room upstairs...the list is endless. The planning begins! More cool ideas after the jump.
January 22, 2012
Many years back my sister found some glasses like this top photo at a thrift store - she took them in to get her prescription filled and voila, a very retro glasses look. I guess she was ahead of the curve because now you see these types of glass everywhere! They are very cool I must say. For someone who has fairly perfect vision, it gives you some glasses envy for sure. My dear old friend K used to wear glasses without a prescription in them because she felt cooler in them...isn't that funny? But it's so true - it's like a little bit of a prop of some sort. Makes you feel a little different than the person next to you. I had to get glasses for driving at night and you better believe I picked out the coolest pair I could find. There is this store in my neighborhood that has about a thousand uber hip glasses to choose from - it is quite the shopping experience. Some sunglasses after the jump...
January 20, 2012
I love when you overhear fellow parents telling their kids how to play. At the park yesterday, there was a Dad telling his daughter “not to swing like that” and “you don’t play under the bridge, you run across it” Really? Are you serious?
It’s funny how as adults we tend to see things more as black and white – you swing on your butt, going forward; you climb the ladder with your feet not your knees; that stick looks nothing like an ice cream cone; and plastic bins are for storing stuff in not for pushing around your animals, golf balls and stale bread. (Don’t ask) Kid’s imaginations are so vast and magical – they see incredible worlds that our brains have been programmed not to notice anymore.
January 19, 2012
January 18, 2012
1 1/2 cups All-purpose or white pastry flour
pinch of salt
2 free-range eggs
2 cups milk
sunflower oil for frying
supplies - sieve, mixing bowl, large measuring cup, ballon whisk, nonstick frying pan, tablespoon, cup, ladle, metal spatula, dinner plate
January 16, 2012
January 12, 2012
I cannot believe I have not one but TWO children. Who does that? Who in their right mind not only lets but enables her body to stretch out beyond what she thought was possible, endure countless backaches and hip pain and then chooses to push that child out from her said body without any pain killers or freaky suction tools? TWICE?!? Sometimes I look around our home, while my two children are busy tearing it apart in their creative little ways and I think, now that is some crazy shit. I cannot believe I did that. And here they are, in all their glory, running or scooting around this home and I honestly do not know what I did with myself beforehand. How did I exist without their shrieks and tugging and crying and laughter and hugging?
Wow. I used to be so productive with just one kid! I ran across these photos of some shirts, dresses and skirts I made Maya when she was wee little one and some others for friend's kids. I cannot believe I had the time to do these. I can barely put the laundry away now...so what if sometimes it takes 4 days to actually get inside the drawers? Ahhh....maybe someday I will start sewing for Maya again...
January 10, 2012
This house is just outside Cincinnati near a lake community that sounds so perfect. I would love to find a spot that is within 10/15 minutes of the city but deep in nature. Seattle just sprawls out these days so you either have to be in the city or out. Anyhoo, I love how the kitchen is free of clutter (although this COULD be just for the photo shoot but alas I dream) and I like the words in the master bath...good words to live by!
January 9, 2012
Labels: Monday Memo
January 6, 2012
I have to admit that snuggling with your children tops snuggling with anyone else in the whole world. Yep, they surpass your husband, partner, lover or what-have-you. A child is the perfect little size to scoop up in your arms or drape over your belly. Their noggins fit right in the crux of your armpit with enough room to hug them with your arms and not have your hands fall asleep. My favorite is when they rest their face just below your neck and stare off into a trance. You get to smell their yummy hair and kiss their forehead. Sometimes if you are lucky, your infant will grab for your finger and hold it in his little hand. They have the softest skin known to man – softer than the most expensive leather. Sometimes they will fall asleep unexpectedly which makes you want to hop up and fist pump your hand while prancing around the couch in a celebratory dance – but you don’t, this is just too precious. So you just slouch down a little, trying not to breath in fear of waking up the sleeping beauty, and you watch. Or you snore off into slumber land yourself after a few seconds.
January 5, 2012
January 4, 2012
- Draw a world for your toys (see above and below) The possibilities are endless - a forest, a city, small towns, airports, canals, seaports, mountains, rivers...you get the idea.
- trace your bodies
- last year we covered the walls in my friend's garage with kraft paper and let the kids go crazy with paints
- trace footprints and handprints
From Blissful Blog
Braised beef shanks with cheesy polenta
For the beef:
2 to 2 ½ pounds beef shank, fat trimmed off
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
2 medium yellow onions, peeled and roughly chopped
1 red bell pepper sliced into 1/2 inch thick strips
1 bay leaf
1 rosemary sprig
1 bottle red wine
4 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 white onion sliced into
January 3, 2012
Since we are in the midst of winter and it's officially bath season, I thought a look at some enviable bath tubs would be a nice treat this morning. Some day I will remodel our basement bathroom to be a serene spa/tub room...but for now it is the kid's bathroom. Only 18 more years to go :)