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Archive for August, 2011

August 29, 2011


Do you guys know about Punchfork? My neighbor Ruth told me about it months ago and (big surprise) I’ve been meaning to post about since then. It’s a recipe aggregator that pulls content from all sorts of excellent food blogs and sites.

So if you type “zucchini” into the serach, you’ll see visual results for all sorts of interesting zucchini recipes. Which is so amazing because if you’re like me, you like to cook from blogs, but it’s tedious to search each food blog separately for the same kinds of recipes. Hello, genius invention! Definitely check it out. It’s especially helpful when you find yourself in a cooking slump. Faves like Sprouted Kitchen, 101 Cookbooks, Smitten Kitchen, and Epicurious are all indexed there along with tons of others.

August 26, 2011

Of late

I have so many posts to share, I do. But time has not been on my side as of late. So next week. Definitely next week. In the meantime here are some things to prove that I am still here.

Succotash salad from Ms. Goin. I really thought this recipe was going to the one that proved that she is not perfect in the kitchen. But then I tossed the 4 separately prepared parts together with a simple dressing and VOILA! Delicious as usual. (Also the goat cheese was a personal addition, which I think made it even more tasty).

Our neighbors slipped fertilized eggs under their broody hen and look who popped out! Baby chicks are the cutest.

Someone is 18 MONTHS OLD. Am I the only one who can’t believe it?

The ladies of Bash Please threw a delicious little dinner party catered by Heirloom LA and I stole away with these beautiful fresh beans. I’m going to keep them for next summer’s garden.

Salsa verde – Oaxacan style. You guys, I’m now the master of both red and green salsas. OMG they are going to blow your mind when I post the recipes next week.

Hope everyone has a hot hot summer weekend. I can’t believe we’re already at the end of August.

August 18, 2011

Belly + baby

A few photos Melanie and I took before and after little Luciana arrived, inspired by this photo we found on Pinterest.

And because I know there are plenty of pregnant ladies and mamas out there, might I recommend reading Melanie’s beautiful birth story too? Yes it’s marvelous when birth goes as planned, but it can be just as powerfully transformative and truly magnificent when it doesn’t.

And Melanie has taken to motherhood like no one I’ve ever met. The way her child did or didn’t enter this world can’t change that. Welcome to the littlest one, and to the newest member of the mama tribe!

I love this phase of life.

August 17, 2011

Perfect pregnant-nursing-neither maxi dress

Just bought this maxi dress from Gap. I’m in the neither category, but the first thing I thought when I bought this dress is that it is the world’s most perfect non-nursing nursing dress. You know, cross top with plenty of room to pull it down and not completely rip the seams out? Highly recommend it for those of you who are nursing or soon to be nursing. And as a bonus it hides the postpartum tummy. AND would be a great maternity dress. But it’s currently working as an excellent non-special-needs-lady dress for me.

Totally should have bought two, because you know how Gap things fade in like 4 washes. I think it’s mostly sold out online, but they had it in lots of sizes in the store last time I checked. AND, wait one more thing. I like that it’s ankle length! So easy to walk in. I’m telling you, it’s perfect for the end of summer.

August 16, 2011

The big island

It’s one of those weeks again. You can tell because I completely drop off the face of the internet. So for those of you who have sent me nice emails, I’m totally reading them and I’ll totally get back to you! But I might be delayed a bit.

Now, how about a few photos of Hawaii before it’s been so long that no one cares anymore?

It was such a perfect spot to vacation with family. Tons of kids running around the resort, and parents drinking beer, and people swimming in the big bay. We’re planning to go back for sure. But I have to say, I do not love Hawaiian (vegetarian) food. It doesn’t really seem like a culinary destination, or did we miss something? Except for the fruit. That part was amazing.

Featured: the hubs, my parents, my brother, my cousin, my grandparents, and the cutest nearly 18-month-old ever. And for the curious, the red-eye home was horrendous, culminating when I tripped while walking off the airplane, up the ramp, carrying Dashiell in the Ergo after picking up our gate-checked carseat. It’s a miracle I didn’t entirely flatten him between myself, the carseat, and the ground. That was fun. Never again will I fly without each member of the family having his/her own seat. I say now.

Also while I was away I neglected to mention that I have a guest post up on new mama Bridget’s blog, and a Q&A on my friend Jamie’s blog, who I’ve known since way before blogs.

More soon!

August 9, 2011

On the sand

Look! A photo of my baby AND me! We do not have many of these, since I’m the designated family photographer. My dad took a bunch of photos of my little buddy and I on the beach one evening. Here’s one.

Very much not looking forward to a red eye home tonight, with Dashiell on our laps. Not feeling confident that he’s going to sleep for 5 hours straight, but you never know! Wish us luck.

August 8, 2011

Pretty scrap bags from Purl Soho

I’d love to think I actually used fabric enough to justify scooping up these scrap bags from Purl. One day I’m going to learn to quilt, but judging by the amount of spare time I have at the moment, I’m thinking that hobby might be decades away.

Perhaps I will make a quilt for my baby’s baby. Only one generation later than I planned.

August 5, 2011

Cute baby boy clothes from Tea Collection

Do you guys know Tea Collection? I’m sure lots of you do, but if you don’t you must spend a few minutes checking out their children’s clothing. Dashiell has a few pieces and they really are some of my favorites.

His little blue plaid hoodie shirt makes him looks so grown up and stylish.

Love the neutral colors and embroidery on this mexico-inspired top.

And their PJs are my favorite we’ve had so far. They’re nice and sturdy, they wash well, their slim fitting (for slim little guys), and they come in the cutest patterns. They’ll definitely be our go-to until the little mister is too big for them.

Plus their newborn patterns are super cute. And I don’t even want to get started on their girl clothes. I just got the catalog in the mail and I could barely stand to look at the little dresses and knit leggings.

Also, as bonus, they have a ton of stuff on sale right now! Including all of the things Dashiell is wearing. Might need to stock up on a few more PJ sets while I can!

***UPDATE: Tea Collection, including the tops Dash is wearing, is on sale on Haute Look today!

(Thanks Tea Collection!)

August 4, 2011

Birth in rural Nepal

I’ve been reading The Baby Project on NPR for a few months. I find it endlessly fascinating to follow women through the last part of their pregnancy and to hear how and when their babies were born. Anyone else been reading along?

This gorgeous story about birth in rural Nepal popped up on Saturday and I thought some of you might enjoy it. Okay, the story isn’t gorgeous, it’s kind of sad, but the photos are just amazing. Particularly the last one. Women all over the world labor the same way. Isn’t that extraordinary? I mean it’s obvious I guess, but not really.

I’m not going to say I’m obsessed with pregnancy and labor and birth, but I’m severely into it. It’s just so BIG, you know?

August 3, 2011

Our family photos

By the very very amazing, and super super nice, Max Wanger. We had the best time watching Dashiell run wild around the yard, trying to impress Max and Margaux. And we get these beautiful photos to remember such sweet days forever.

I’m so happy.

More photos here, if you’re curious.

Thank you so much, Max! We are going to decorate our entire house in your work.