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Archive for November, 2011

November 28, 2011

Snowy weekend

No pictures of Thanksgiving, sadly, but I do have a few photos of little Dash playing in the snow. He (obviously) doesn’t remember the snow from last winter, so it’s a new experience all over again! And this year he can say the word, which is fun. All weekend long… “Snoow. Snoow. Snoow. Snoow. Snoow.” Every time he saw snow, which was every second we were outside. Lots of “snoows” as you can imagine.

Those are my brother’s Snoopy mittens from when he was two. Guess what? They even have a thumb hole! He was a thumb-sucker too. Maybe it’s genetic?

I even got him to smile for a few photos! Guess how? By making him say his new favorite word… “exercise!” He’s so proud of himself. Three syllables and everything.

See, because here’s what he normally looks like without a favorite word, terribly concered:

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend. I can’t believe it’s time to plan for Christmas! I feel so behind.

November 22, 2011

My current fave lunch: the perfect egg salad

For whatever reason, I’ve been heavily into egg salad sandwiches as of late. I don’t question these things as a rule, especially not at the moment, so I’ve spent the last month perfecting my recipe. It’s so incredibly inappropriate for the week before Thanksgiving, but you know, that’s how it goes these days.

It’s very loose, of course, and the quantities aren’t exact, (are they ever?), but I think as long as the basics are there you can’t go wrong.

Nearly perfect egg salad

4 hard boiled eggs (10 minutes is ideal, I think)
1 big spoonful of greek yogurt
1 small spoonful of mayo
1 small spoonful of whole grain mustard
a bit (or a lot) of minced chives
a bit (or a lot) of mined tarragon
sea salt
a few grinds of black pepper
tiny bit of lemon juice (if you think it needs it)

Roughly mash the eggs and whites with a fork in a small bowl. I take out one yolk of the 4 because I don’t think it needs to be quite so yolky, but you could certainly leave them all in. Add all ingredients except lemon juice to the bowl, and mash/mix until your salad is well-combined and/or looks like egg salad. Taste. Add salt and pepper if necessary. And then maybe the lemon juice. But be careful not to add too much because it CAN make the salad sort of watery. Which is eew.

Serve on toast, (buttered, naturally), with a few leaves of arugula and more salt and pep.

MMM.

We’re heading to the mountains tomorrow morning for a white Thanksgiving with my family. Super excited. I’m making, among many things, this cornbread stuffing recipe from the LA Times. Requested by my dad. Substituting the chorizo with chanterelles. Hopefully there will be some photos next week.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

November 18, 2011

The Conference of the Birds, by Peter Sis

Did any of you happen to catch the interview with Peter Sis on NPR Wednesday afternoon? His new book is so beautiful. Can you imagine the time and skill it must have taken to pen every one of those tiny little birds? It’s perhaps another book I will rationalize because I know that DASHIELL will truly enjoy it.

Also, it makes me realize that the paltry $100 I donate to KCRW each year is no where near enough, when I admit that I learn almost everything I know about news and music and culture by listening to 89.9 and reading NPR.org. (I am realistic with my time and needs, after all). I even bought a new album featuring the music of William Byrd, after hearing about it while running errands the other day.

The only thing I don’t rely on NPR for is an update on the Republican primary race. That comes directly from Jon Stewart, of course.

November 17, 2011

EmersonMade in the Pop-Up Shop!

Hello there. I haven’t been the best blogger as of late, have I? Maybe this will help. Emersonmade is in the Pop-Up Shop for one day only… and unless you live under a rock, or don’t read any blogs, you’re most likely familiar with them… yes? They are after all, the young(ish) internet’s favorite brand!

Select pieces of their current collection are up to 50% off until 6PM Pacific today! Major restraint being practiced over here. Though I doubt I’ll make it through the day without at least buying a bag of tees.

Check it out!

November 9, 2011

Our fave books as of late

We’re big readers around these parts. And Dashiell definitely has his favorites… most of which involve trucks, naturally! Here are a few that we’ve been reading non-stop and are loved equally by parent and child.

Everything Goes on Land, by Brian Biggs. Brian actually sent this one to us when he read here that Dashiell was a big fan of Richard Scarry. His hope was to “combine the sensibility of Richard Scarry with the Where’s Waldo and I Spy books” to give kiddos something to spend hours pouring over. Such fantastic inspiration and I’m so glad he found us! Dashiell loves the bright colors and modern illustration. And for a boy who loves anything that “goes”, this book is perfect. An entire page of trains! A whole spread of motorcycles! Plus there’s cats and birds and people and all sorts of city life. It’s almost too exciting.

A House is a House for Me, by Mary Ann Hoberman. Oh how I love this book. My friend Staci gave it to us for Dashiell’s first birthday and we’re finally to a point where he will sit still to actually hear the words. It so clever and creative and the illustrations are intricate and fabulous and I love reading long rhyming stories out loud. It’s like the perfect 70′s children’s book, that coincidentally was first published the year I was born. Awwww.

Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker. So as I’ve mentioned, we are very into trucks these days. You think, my son will not be into trucks because we do not have many trucks around the house. And we are not into trucks, after all. But listen, mamas, you cannot stop a little boy from loving trucks. Garbage trucks, UPS trucks, FedEx trucks, Arrowhead Water trucks, buses, moving vans, pick up trucks… they are EVERYWHERE. And I swear little boys have a special radar for them. My mom brought this book up for her number one grandson last time my parents came to visit and it’s been a wild success around here. It’s super sweet and rhymes, of course, and we love reading it over and over.

Where the Wild Things Are by, well, YOU KNOW. We’ve also just gotten into this book (finally making the transition away from board books!) and it really is one of the best. Dashiell has learned to stomp and howl and “rumpus” with the best of them. We like to start the wild rumpus around here at least a few times a day.

Do you guys have any fave books right now? We’re always on the lookout for good recommendations.

(Side note: On the non-children reading list, just finished Boys Adrift. It’s sooooo fascinating. Kind of in the Freakonomics or Nurture Shock way, (two other faves). Parents of boys, I would definitely recommend giving it a read!)

November 8, 2011

What to do with a toddler on a rainy day in LA

We entered our first rainy season with a toddler over the weekend. It coincided nicely with daylight savings time, which meant that by 9 am we’d already been up for hours and hours and had virtually exhausted our minimal resources for entertainment in the living room. But it actually ended up being a fantastic day.

We decided to pay visit to Noah’s Ark at the Skirball. You guys, if you’re in or near LA, you need to check it out. It’s really amazing.

The entire exhibit is full of animals made from found objects. They are amazing! And lots of them are interactive and can be powered by little hands. (See more photos on the Skirball site here.)

The lighting is all very soft and moody, which is sooo much nicer than bright and fluorescent. (Pay no attention to the fact that my child is wearing long underwear in public. It was a rain day!)

Loading the animals into the Ark!

Lots of small wood toys to play with, in addition to the big installations. And there’s tons of pretend play too! You can cook a meal and eat it at the table and even sweep up the camel poop. I’m telling you, it’s fantastic for little explorers.

Plus they have story time and musicians that stroll the galleries and and arts and crafts room. It’s really really fantastic.

If you’re planning to go, you should know that entry is timed and subject to availability. But you can reserve your slot online ahead of time! Definitely recommend it for a weekend. Especially a rainy day. See admission policies and tips here.

So much fun for little ones.

November 7, 2011

Heath + Alabama Chanin collaboration

As mentioned multiple times on this blog, I do not need more Heath. Certainly not another large shallow serving bowl, of which I have two.

BUT. Look at this beauty, hand detailed by Alabama Chanin. Makes me think I might be wrong?

A small beautiful collection is available now. Desperately trying to rationalize buying at least the salad plate, but I’m having difficulties.

November 3, 2011

Palm Springs

A week late, but hey. That’s how things are going around these parts at the moment. We had a super time, as always. The Parker is such a great place to stay as a family, (even though it might not seem to be). The grounds are huge and they have a great pool, and we always stay in a big room with two bathrooms so Dashiell can sleep in one, and we can keep the lights on in our room after he goes to bed. It’s ideal.

A few photos from the weekend. Desert light is always so beautiful.

Somebody REALLY likes swimming. Can you tell? Also, we’ve found that a Fuzzi Bunz cover (without the liner) makes a great swim diaper/bathing suit. Just in case you were wondering.

Our one complaint about Palm Springs is that the food just kind of sucks. The “nice” places are all soooo expensive for meh food, which is a major pet peeve of mine. But there’s always Cheeky’s for breakfast or lunch, which is excellent. AND new to us, next door, a pizza and salad spot (by the same owners) called Birba. We went for dinner on Saturday night and it was pretty darn delicious. Hallelujah! Highly recommend it next time you’re out that way.

November 1, 2011

Boo

My little farmer last night. His first trip around the neighborhood, eating his loot as he goes.

The most genius thing: houses that have little kid appropriate treat options! So thankful for those people. Goldfish were dinner last night, I’m a little ashamed to say. But we had lots of fun seeing all the other people dressed up, so totally worth it.

Look how much he’s grown in a year.