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Archive for January, 2014

January 28, 2014

4/52

I’ve already fallen off the wagon, people. Last week I didn’t get any photos that I love of the guys. But do you know who did? Jamie. She stopped by for a bit on Sunday, to shoot some photos of our newest family member, Melanie‘s baby Huck, and the rest of our families too. She’s quickly becoming our official family photographer and that’s perfectly fine with me.

“A portrait of my children, every week in 2014″.

Thank you, James.

*Photos by Jamie Street.

January 20, 2014

3/52

Gorgeous weather last week made the third week easy. There’s just no place more entertaining for children than the beach. Why must I forget this for such long stretches of the year?

I think I am supposed to post just ONE photo of each kid, each week. But I’m kind of digging more of a little photo story instead. Also it’s incredibly difficult to get an actual portrait of these two. Moving moving moving all the time.

“A portrait of my children each week in 2014″ / The 52 Project

January 13, 2014

2/52

I feel like I deserve a tiny medal for actually following through with the second week of The 52 Project. This probably doesn’t bode well for my success with the year, but I will take it week by week and see how things go.

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

The Santa Monica Airport observation deck. A favorite spot of ours.

January 9, 2014

Julie’s prints for sale

Ages ago I posted some photos of my friend Julie‘s gorgeous food collage series that she posts on Instagram. I, and I think some of you too, wanted desperately to buy prints. I’m terribly behind on blogging, as we all know, but after a delicious lunch at her house last weekend, I realized I’d never posted an update here. Her beautiful work is now available for purchase on her site!

For a regular dose of inspiration you can follow her on Instagram too. But wouldn’t these prints just be perfect in your kitchen?

Shop her prints here.

January 6, 2014

1/52

Last year I remember seeing lots of mamas I follow on the internets participating in a weekly project documenting their children every week for the entire year. I clicked around a bit over the weekend and finally traced it back to Jodi of Practicing Simplicity (I have been out of the blog loop for-ever!). So here we are, almost the first week of 2014 has passed, and just in time I’m starting.

I’m excited to have a little project for this blog and one that makes me use the big camera once a week. I’d love to turn this into a tiny photo book next January. We’ll see if I can stick with it. I will probably always be a bit behind, but I will do my best.

I’d like to think that this will keep me focused on what’s important for reals, vs what appears to be important on the internet. Which is kind of weird since I’m posting on the internet. But it’s going to be real life, you know? The stuff that has always been interesting to me, before everything had to be perfectly styled and professionally photographed and Pinterest worthy. Don’t get me wrong… that’s part of my job too, but it’s not my *life*. I’m going to try my best to remember that in 2014.

Anyone else joining in?

January 2, 2014

Carrot coconut soup

I think it’s safe to say that this is a perfect lunch soup for the quiet, calm days of January. Possibly my favorite month of the year, or at least it feels like that when Christmas is finally packed up and we can get back to living.

It’s from the November issue of Bon Appetit, but I’ve fiddled with the recipe to make it just to my liking. Though it’s really delicious as printed, but you know me and recipes.

It’s simple and velvety and sweet and savory all at once. And rich, but all good things seem to be. I think you could actually leave out the butter entirely and just use a bit of olive oil (or even coconut?) if you’d like. The coconut milk gives it plenty of lovely body on it’s own.

Carrot coconut soup
Adapted from Bon Appetit

1/2 stick of butter
2 pounds of carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 inch piece of lemongrass, halved
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
salt/pepper
2 cups (or more) veg stock or water
1 can unsweetened, full fat coconut milk
cilantro for serving

(If you happen to have thai lime leaves in the pantry, I would add one or two of those too.)

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and season with salt. Cook for a few minutes, then add the carrots, ginger, and lemongrass. Cook until the carrots are soft-ish. Stir in the stock and coconut milk and a bit more salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are soft. The original recipe says 40-45 minutes, but I think it really only takes 30 or so.

Puree in the blender (vitamix if you have for ultra smoothness!), then reheat in a clean saucepan, thinning with extra stock if you like.

Top with chopped cilantro leaves.

Happy New Year, all of you.