Monday, December 23, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
I just noticed that all of our pictures for the week take place in the kitchen; it is the heart of our home!
I can't even.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
When we're having a bad day, don't we just want someone to say, 'I'm sorry you're going through this. You're not alone- I've had bad days, too'?
Sometimes, when I'm having a rough time and someone tells me what I could be doing to feel differently or better, it makes me feel like I'm unhappy because I'm doing something wrong, i.e. I am responsible for my unhappiness. When things don't go our way, it's okay to feel bummed about it or upset that it didn't go the way we think. (When these emotions don't go away, it's time to seek help.) The trick is finding those people who will come into our deep, dark holes with us, give a hug, allow us to be vulnerable for a while, then help us be strong.
I'm so glad to have people in my life who do this for me. I hope you do, too.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
'Tis the season for cocktail parties! Well, parties, anyways. JP, August, and I had our neighborhood's Secret Santa party this weekend, and all parents (the secret santa was for the kids) were instructed to bring a 'plate to pass.' What a wonderful excuse to make this recipe from Joy the Baker. It's a baby-in-one-hand friendly version of baked brie, complete with jam and tender puff pastry. It's easy to boot! If you have a party coming up, or are hosting some friends in front of the fireplace, give this a shot.
Did I mention that there's melty brie? Sign me up.
Brie and Jam 'Ravioli' from Joy the Baker
2 sheets puff pastry, thawed but still cold
1/2 wedge of brie, about 4 oz, cold
1/3 c. strawberry jam (choose your own flavor!)
1 large egg, beaten
splash of water
1. Preheat oven to 375. Prep baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
2. Roll out puff pastry sheets, and cut each sheet into 16 squares. Try to make them as even as possible!
3. Beat egg and small bit of (1 Tbsp.) water together to make an egg wash. Brush 16 of the pastry squares with egg wash.
4. Place small chunk of brie, about the size of a thumb knuckle, on each pastry square. Dollop a bit of jam on cheese, then place a puff pastry square on top. Use your fingers or a fork to seal both squares of pastry together, and brush egg wash on top.
5. Place pastry 'ravioli' on prepared sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven, cool slightly, and enjoy!
Monday, December 16, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
this picture of August hanging out with a cute little lady? Well, here they are a few months later, slightly chunkier, and even cuter.
We tried giving August some sweet potatoes last night, but he was totally uninterested. He's a breast man, through and through.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I realize that this is 'the most wonderful time of the year,' but I am very tempted to rename it, 'the most food-laden, stressful, exhausting time of the year.' While, generally, the holidays are one of my favorite things to look forward to, something about this year is hitting me differently. Maybe it's the stress of having a 5-month-old who is loved but does not have a set schedule or the ability to tell me why he is fussing more than usual, maybe it's the fear of traveling with said baby on a 10-hour road trip, maybe it's the copious amount of sugar and chocolate in my kitchen.
My point is, it could be any number of things.
But this is such a lovely time of year! The lights are up on our neighbor's houses, our fireplace has been put to use, the holiday cards are in (and gorgeous! I couldn't love them more!), and I'm looking for excuses to be more cozy in our home for the first Christmas. This soup is one of them. In between the hot cocoa popcorn and gingerbread, this soup will warm you from the inside out. It's rich and hearty, perfect on its own or with roasted chicken (our preferred method). Best of all, it's easy to through together and just simmer for a while on the stove while you're wrapping gifts and listening to your husband sing 'Yesterday' to your sweet baby boy.
We'll call it 'the worry-melting soup.'
Julia Child's Potato Leek Soup (from HelloGiggles)
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
1 lb. leeks, cleaned and thinly sliced
6 c. vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 c. heavy cream (optional)
Smoked paprika, for garnish
1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add veggies and cook, stirring occasionally, until they have begun to soften and brown slightly.
2. Add stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30-40 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
3. Remove from heat and blend using immersion blender or small batches in a blender.
4. Add cream, season to taste with salt and pepper, add lemon juice.
5. Ladle into bowls and garnish with a few sprinkles of smoked paprika. Enjoy!
Friday, December 6, 2013
Mia does't mind.
I should reassure you that he is on the upswing, and will make a full recovery soon. I assume.
Man, this kid is just too cute for words.