photo by my sister
photo by my sister
I extended the giveaway for just a day.
I figure it gives a few stragglers and procrastinators time to enter, although your odds seem pretty awesome already. I'll pick and post a winner tomorrow afternoon.
did you have a good weekend?
it's a beautiful monday, cloudy skies with bright blue peeking through, trees bursting with color, a chill in the air and a breeze making the leaves tickle the concrete out back. molasses cookies will be in the oven shortly, we're also making caramel apples this afternoon and this evening we're carving pumpkins with our neighbors.
i love october.
I believe last night was the last time this year hub and I will sit on the couch together, shoulder to shoulder, my legs over his, with half a watermelon and two spoons. Makes me sad, but I'm doing okay because it's in exchange for hot soups, sweet breads, warm drinks and the holidays.
I'm so excited for Halloween.
I can't tell you how wonderful the past two months have been spending every moment with this little one. Thank you for all your kind words & wishes. She has grown so fast and my adoration for her has grown even faster. She's a wiggle wart, fart machine, and our sweet baby jane.
tiny toes, grabby fingers, increasingly chubbier arms and legs, a sweet little bum, and a beautiful face with the most adorable expressions. my time has been filled with these wonderful little things, and I can't get enough of my sweet baby jane.
photo by her auntie booboo
sweet baby jane
born on a sunny wednesday in july 2009
19.5 in long
now that the bun is out of the oven, I've spent much less time in the kitchen, and for good reason. I'm sure you concur.
until i return, check out my zupas posts, every friday.
here is today's.
that I love the wizarding world?
Harry Potter 6 is now in theaters (at midnight!); and I'm dreaming of a visit to The Three Broomsticks and Honeydukes.
This is just a small collection of various lovelies I'd like to try (or have tried) that make me warm and fussy inside. Maybe that's just the butterbeer.
Here's the dessert I planned for our fourth of july celebration. Of course since our day was full of spontaneous and fun plans as well as 10+ pounds of watermelon for the two of us, I didn't get around to making it. So a small bag of crispy peaches were sitting in the refrigerator for a few days until I pulled 'em out yesterday.
For those of you in the states, I hope your holiday is full of family, friends, tradition, and remembering those who helped us attain the freedom we have today. I really do believe Independence Day is on the top of my "favorite holidays" list.
Also please visit my zupas post for the day and make some old fashioned lemonade. I've mixed mine with some home brewed strawberry cordial, yum.
image via southern living
While the rest of my neighborhood (you included?) plans their big fourth of July feasts, I'm planning meals and treats that I can freeze for our upcoming d-day; translation = delivery day. That's how I'll be celebrating my freedom, looking forward with courage to a different kind of independence day.
A few things on the menu include bran muffins (I hear they're indispensable), creamy enchiladas, my friend Meesh's yummy slow cooker chicken tacos, and of course cookie dough. Yesterday I baked 3 and froze 2 loaves of this banana bread. I hope they last, hub really likes to eat big slices of it.
I apologize that the bulk of my posts lately have been simply redirecting you to the cafe zupas blog. not that it's a horrible thing, i just haven't made the time to post about much else. Don't fret, I have a few things up my sleeve.
click here & go to today's zupas post - visit the jelly belly factory!
Six weeks. that's how much longer I have.
Because I enjoy sitting criss-cross applesauce much more than standing and walking around, I've resorted to making simple, delicious meals and desserts rather than the elaborate continually-on-your-feet type of meals to assure that I'm not zonked out by 8:30.
Summer is basically here meaning more outside cooking, lots of fruit and vegetables - especially watermelon! and less baking and oven use. Although I can't help but make little cakes that perfectly satisfy because they're so sweet and fluffy. Plus lemon is such a perfect flavor for the season.
I love going to the market. Since I got pregnant, we made the change to eating organic produce, meat, and dairy. Around the same time a new market with incredibly affordable organic foods opened up the road. I visit at least once a week, sometimes more. The other day they had samples celebrating celiac week. They had a few recipes highlighted but I rarely try recipes from the grocer for some reason. I think it has to do with lack of visual stimulation. But then I tasted a sample of the quinoa salad and fell in love. There was something about the cilantro and onion with creamy crunchy seeds that was so appetizing, I must have been craving pico de gallo. My faith in market recipes has been renewed for now.
it's earth day.
to celebrate i'm finally dropping off our recycling; making something from scratch, and picking up some organic eggs from the clifford family farm. I love all the different colors and sizes they come in and that the sticker on the carton says "farm fresh eggs laid at will by a variety of organic fed, galavanting chickens" i imagine them dancing and skipping about for some reason.