Friday, January 31, 2014

and baby makes four


Under big sweaters and flowy shirts, this little sweet pea has been hiding for the last 17 weeks.  And just within what seems to have been the past few days, Baby decided 'No more!  Enough hiding!'  I'm pretty sure my belly wasn't this big until 25 weeks last time around.  I suppose my abs already knew what they were up against and decided to throw in the towel early.  And my belly button has already raised it's little white flag and surrendered as well.  Sam chalks my growing belly up to too many doughnuts.  He confirmed his suspicions by sniffing my stomach, "Yep, smells like doughnuts." :)

All doughnut jokes aside, we are just so excited for this little one to join our family.  Even having been through this process once before, it still seems a bit surreal.  Although, feeling those tiny flutters for the first time this past weekend made it all so much more real.  We are already in love, Baby.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

big on love

sweater & hat: men's department JC Penney, leggings: Target, coat: Laundry, boots: Hunter, sunglasses: Michael Kors

I'm feeling short on words today, but big on love.  Maybe it's because Valentine's day is right around the corner, maybe it's because I'm just an old sappy sap, maybe it's because I put too much syrup on my pancakes this morning.  Whatever the reason, Jon, this one's for you:

Thank you for loving me, for loving us.  Thank you that despite everything on your plate always pulling you in a million directions at once, you consistently put your family first.  Thank you for working so dang hard each and every day.  Thank you for taking the time to cook breakfast while letting me sleep in.  Thank you for not minding our cluttery kitchen on the days it doesn't make it to the top of my to-do list.  Thank you for understanding that sometimes laying on the bedroom floor with our little boy & a big ol' pile of legos is more important than a never-ending pile of case studies.  Thank you for not caring when I steal bites off your plate.  Thank you for your patience.  Thank you for your selflessness.  Thank you for your love.  

I love you.

p.s.  I hope you know how darn proud of you I am.  each and every day.

Monday, January 27, 2014

a family getaway

 A few weeks back, our little family took an overnight trip to the coast, Seaside to be exact.  Such a relaxing way to welcome in the new year.  We'd been to Seaside just 6 months prior, splashing through the waves in our shorts and t-shirts.  Subtract about 50 degrees, give or take a few, and that's where you found us this time, bundled in coats, hats and mittens.  Needless to say our plans for getting out there in the surf to try out some clamming were delayed and our brand new clamming shovel still lies unused in the back of Jon's car.  {just a good excuse to load up the car in another few months and give it a go again.  am i right?}

Despite the cold, Sam's piratey spirit remained intact.

 We enjoyed a beautiful sunset on beach and then, before you could say "fish & chips", had scurried our way into a local Irish pub for some dinner.

 That night we all snuggled into our hotel bed and ate a ridiculously large amount of candy and popcorn while watching a family movie.  hashtag party animals.

The next day we explored downtown Seaside and even found an arcade to practice our freestyle motorcycle riding.


All in all, a wonderfully relaxing getaway and a lovely way to start the new year.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

guilt-free fur

faux fur vest: Elle for Kohl's, top: Target, jeans: LC for Kohl's, shoes: Ross, watch: Skagen,  necklace: Christmas gift from my husband

We've got this little joke at our house about "guilt-free fur".  Not faux fur.  Oh no, this is entirely different.  It's real fur, just guilt free.  "But, how do achieve this??" I'm sure you're asking yourself at this very moment.  Well friends, let me tell you...

It all started with a small, runt of the litter, 7lb wiener dog.  also sometimes called a dachshund.  her name is Lucy.  She runs very long through the middle.  She likes to cuddle.  She is very warm.  She has lovely auburn fur.  She fits perfectly around the back of my neck, one end resting on each shoulder.

Not that guilt-free fur is without it's drawbacks.  You see, Lucy likes to eat people food.  'Tis a tricky thing getting your fork to your mouth without a little interference from the guilt-free fur.  On the upside, perhaps this is a new diet trend??  Second, it is not uncommon for foul smells to be emitted from either of her ends.  Thirdly, sometimes she barks at things.  This is annoying. And hurts my ears.  We're still working out a few quirks.

But let me tell ya, move on over Pantone and your perfect shade of "radiant orchid" because this guilt-free fur... it's an up and comer for 2014.  Buy your stock now!  Or don't.  What do I know, I'm just a lady with a miniature dachshund wrapped around her neck.

But just you remember... on that inevitable day when you enter your favorite local coffee shop to see all the hipsters in their floppy beanies desperately trying to drink their soy latte without their guilt-free fur sneaking a sip as well... just remember you heard it here first.

Monday, January 6, 2014

shrimp with angel hair in simple cream sauce



I love a simple recipe.  I think we all know this by now.

This one we whipped up on Christmas Eve.  Jon & I have a tradition of cooking a special meal together on Christmas Eve, just for the three of us, and let me tell you, menu discussions begin weeks in advance.  It's our own little calm before the storm.  That's a terrible analogy for Christmas day.  I love Christmas day.  I also love this tradition.  And this recipe, I love this recipe too.  The green onions, garlic and Parmesan blend together beautifully to create an absolutely wonderful flavor for this sauce.

Shrimp with angel hair in simple cream sauce

Ingredients:
  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry angel hair noodles
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 pound medium shrimp - thawed, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste (don't be stingy on these!  I added quite a bit of both to achieve the flavor I was looking for)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook per packaging instructions.
  2. Melt butter in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in onions and garlic, and cook for 2 minute. Add shrimp and cook until shrimp has turned pink. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  3. Pour half-and-half, salt, and pepper into the pan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Add cornstarch.  Do not boil.
  4. Gradually sprinkle 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese into sauce and continue stirring until melted. Sauce should begin to thicken by this point. Remove from heat.
  5. Toss cooked pasta into the pan, coating thoroughly. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  6. Serve and enjoy!