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Archive for February, 2011

February 8, 2011

recently in the kitchen

Baby muffins from Sara, which Dashiell goes crazy for. Even though they are a week old and taste more like cardboard than actual food. LOVES THEM.

Delicata squash, a la Blake. Though sadly I didn’t get around to making the pizza because I don’t have “Tipo 00″ flour. Must get some of that, soon.

And nachos, of course, for the super bowl. I’m proud to say that I haven’t brought home a can of beans since the less waste project in August. Homemade beans are sooooo easy and so much more delicious. Even on nachos. And this was the perfect opportunity to use my pickled jalapeños. Which are also very very yum.

We had a hilarious happy hour on the couch with Dashiell smacking his lips for more nachos. It’s the little moments that are always so memorable.

And as an extra fun addition, the radish salad I posted a long while ago is on Chow Bella today, the food blog for the Phoenix New Times. Thanks Jennifer!

February 7, 2011

Palm Springs

Twas an excellent weekend out in the desert. Short, but they always seem to be.

A few hours at the Ace on Saturday. This photo pretty much sums up the scene, if you ask me.

The lovely lady of honor.

St. Germain cocktails (with Rosé) supplied by Katie (a, shall we say, insider at St. Germain). So delicious! That nifty carafe is part of the gift set, which is super pretty and also ensures that you make the perfect cocktail every time.

Grapefruits aplenty, from a tree at the house. I took an entire bag home, obviously.

February 4, 2011

Off to the desert

Staying at this totally rad house with a bunch of girls to celebrate the bachelorette.

Which means mama’s sleeping in on Saturday morning, in the desert. Maybe. Except I’ll probably be sleeping on a couch.

It’s going to be 80º. Scared for swimsuit but stoked for sweating by the pool, with perhaps a cocktail in hand. Am also feeling as though I need a new wardrobe to properly dress for the desert, but I think I’ll be bringing my standard spitty rags. Wish me luck.

February 3, 2011

Midwinter at the market

I’ve been feeling like there’s nothing at the market these days. Lots of farmers taking a week off here and there, not much in the way of fruit. But I’m just being a spoiled brat because really, there’s tons of delicious things in winter. It might even be my favorite time of year. It’s like well-curated shopping, cooking and eating.

Cara caras, mandarins, meyer lemons, avocado, fractal-y broccoli romanseco, dates, kale. See? Is gorgeous. I just needed to be reminded.

February 2, 2011

Navajo baby leggings

Oh yes I did. Was I supposed to resist?

From Thief & Bandit, on Etsy.

February 1, 2011

Cloth diapering – 11+ months in

I thought I’d do a quick update on the diapering front. I get questions all the time that I answer individually, but I’m thinking there are probably plenty of people who don’t get around to emailing, even though they’re still curious.

Most importantly, it’s still super easy. Actually, it’s even easier now. Because, you know, 11 month olds don’t poop like 6 times a day.

Around 5 or 6 months Dashiell grew out of our size small Fuzzi Bunz and prefolds, so I bought a new set of One Size Fuzzis. We’ve used them exclusively since then and I love them. I know there are TONS of options out there for modern cloth diapers, but I really don’t feel the need to try any of them. What we have is working great and I have plenty of other things to obsess about.

Here’s the scoop on the One Size system. The leg elastic is adjustable so as your baby grows you let it out little by little, and each ‘Bunz comes with a second, larger liner for older babies. As I said we started using them at about 5 1/2 months so I can’t say for certain that they would be as excellent for the littlest ones, but it sure seems like they would. I think I probably ruined our size smalls with diaper cream (ack), so for the next babe we’ll probably just go for one size the whole way through.

We have 16 Fuzzi Bunz and it’s a fine number, though I think 20 would be ideal. Or 24. The more you have the less you wash and (conceivably) the longer each diaper lasts. It’s a significant investment to start, but totally worth it if they last you 2 years.

You can buy them 100 places online, including BabyEarth,, and the Fuzzi Bunz Store. Or any of these places listed on the FB site.

Other “accessories” of note:

We still use the toilet sprayer on and off. There are times I don’t touch it for weeks and other times I use it every day. I would probably suggest getting one if you’re in this for the long haul.

We have two diaper pail liners and the Thirsties is definitely better, but only because it doesn’t seem to retain the ammonia smell after washing.

And about the diaper cream. I tried using rice paper liners when I had to use cream when Dashiell was a tiny baby, but it managed to sneak it’s way onto the diaper anyway. At a certain point (can’t remember when) Dashiell just stopped getting diaper rash. Occasionally he still does and then I load him up with cream at night (in a disposable) and give him as much diaper free time as I can for a few days and he’s good to go. The best thing with Fuzzi Bunz is to avoid diaper cream altogether, but I know that’s not always an option.

Hope this helps!