Archive for May, 2011
I whipped this hooter hider up for a new mom. I am never sure about these things (breastfeeding is such a touchy topic). I found mine very useful–especially in those early days when I was not entirely sure what I was doing and then again later when baby would get very distracted without it, or even to mop up whathaveyou in a pinch. These are very easy to make; they just require about a yard of fabric, some boning, and a D-ring. I folded the yard in half and stitched along three sides, encasing the boning at the top and attaching the seamed binding. Easy! I had the fabric on hand for some linens I had planned on making and then never did, too.
May 31st, 2011
I whipped up this little bow tie and learned a few things along the way. Of course this was one of those things I thought should be easy and indeed it came together quickly once I spent an hour figuring it out! After I went in guns blazing on my own, I did find this tutorial, which is much more formal and sophisticated than this mom has time for. Hand sewing… what?! I used hot glue and skipped a few corners, so I”m thinking of posting a tutorial on how I did it, which will save you at least 15 minutes. And don”t we all need 15 minutes AND a bow tie?
We are having a long bout of sicky sick after sicky sick. My child is uber grumpy. He”ll have bouts of cheer; it”s like those rays of sun peeking through the clouds on Seattle gray and drizzle day no. 45. And I relish his smile and think, “There he is! I DO remember liking you!” I”m feeling his whiny-sad-toddler-green-runny-nose-fever-sleeplessness-ness all through my bones the way these Seattle winters make me feel. We”re wondering why we don”t live in California, and then my mom spends the day with us on Friday and treats us to lunch and takes him overnight and Ryan”s brother and soon-to-be wife take him all day Sunday, and we say, “oh. duh.” Ryan had the bright idea of standing out in the freezing rain for a soccer game the day after he had started to feel better and now we”re both coughing again. At least we all look good when Ulysses wears his bow ties.
May 16th, 2011
I can hardly believe my little one is two already. We celebrated his birthday over the weekend with just family around. He had the best time ever and everyone gave him such special gifts. I made him a school bus cake, which was a HUGE hit. He freaked out when he saw it and sang a song about the school bus cake as I laid him down to sleep. These past two years have been such an adventure–a hard adventure, but so worth it.
May 9th, 2011
A friend brought me a cauliflower pasta dish after Uly was born, and I have been thinking about it recently. I did not have the original recipe, so I made this, which turned out super yummy!
1 head cauliflower pulled into small pieces
salt, pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. chili flakes
zest of one lemon
1/2 salad bag fresh spinach
1/2 small onion, chopped
3 T white wine vinegar
1/4 c. pine nuts
Turn oven on to 450, and bring water to a boil in a pan for the pasta. Prepare pasta to package directions.
Put the cauliflower in a roasting pan and drizzle generously with olive oil. Toss with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 450 until nearly toasted–about 7-10 minutes. It is good to stir around 5 minutes. Pull them out just before they are completely roasted and add in the pine nuts. Put back in the oven for 2 minutes, or until the pine nuts are toasted.
While your cauliflower is cooking, heat 1 T olive oil in a saute pan and cook onions until they have browned slightly on med-high. Add in the spinach and vinegar. Cook until fully wilted. Sprinkle with a little salt, garlic powder, and a little sugar if desired.
Toss the cauliflower and spinach mixtures into a bowl with the penne. Drizzle with olive oil and toss with pepper flakes and zest. This is good with or without parmesan.
May 3rd, 2011