Apr 28, 2009
The Oak Cliff Art Crawl was a super fun success! Congrats to Photopol.Us and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff on such hard work paying off. Daniel played, despite still wrestling the end of a cold. I nabbed a few photos in between chasing an unusually hyper and independent Pennster. Penn and I left a bit early due to the nagging cold I'm still wrestling with. Blech.
I'm honored to be a guest blogger over at Photopol.Us. Click here to see where I talk about this panorama.
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Apr 27, 2009
Last weekend we went on an emergency nesting trip to Ikea to calm the --um-- overflow of my maternal urges. When finding a larger vehicle to tote home our potential purchases became exasperating I turned to Daniel and said,
"I give up."
"What do you mean you give up?"
"I give up. We'll go another day."
And then Daniel's pretty blue eyes lit up and his eyebrows furrowed into a shelf on his forehead and he loomed over me from his 6 foot four inch perch and said through tightly clenched teeth,
"No, I am a man and there is a problem so I will fix it. We. Are going. To Ikea."
Oh how I love this man.
Into the cart went the bumper pad, crib sheets, baby pillow, duvet, light, chair, footstool and shelf (all in a lovely shade of white) and suddenly my 5 year old was surrounded by things for his unborn sister.
With dentist and gastroenterologist appointments crowding into Penn's next month I thought he might enjoy a stuffed animal. He doesn't have any stuffed animals. He never cared for them and they're mostly junk to me so I gave them to Goodwill. Few understand my almost complete lack of sentiment or attachment to "things" but throwing out some old something that I barfed on as a child is my idea of a good time.
Since there is an exception to every rule I'll tell you I did have this one stuffed pig that I adored. It went everywhere with me and I'd cry a river if it didn't.
I wondered if Penn would find something soft and cuddly a comforting thing to hug at the doctors appointments. Something else to focus on.
We came home with "Brown Bunny." Brown Bunny is being properly obsessed over and cared for. I think I love him. :)
Sadly, Ikea did not have the crib I wanted in stock, nor any crib in white! Anyone have any ideas on where to find a simple white crib at a reasonable price?
Apr 25, 2009
I am overwhelmingly grateful to have such a smart, healthy and capable little boy. But we have this one issue. As "mobile" as he is on the outside, he is not so much on the inside. Colonically speaking. As in, zero movements.
Having been dismissed so many times by general practitioners as constipation or potty training issues I decided to go with a specialist. We've been prescribed everything under the sun and been told to maintain patience. But I'm quite out of patience now and I have a little boy who still can't go potty.
I like our new doctor a lot. She says we can't really do, try or diagnose anything until we do a cleanse.
So we're "cleansing" right now. There's just not really anything clean about "cleansing," is there?
At least paper hospital gowns look a bit like Star Wars robes?
Apr 23, 2009
Just felt like sharing the super special top secret that if you REALLY want to sell clothes to pregnant women, you have to show them pregnant women. Big luscious bellies and bountiful milky cleavage.
Not spandex clad toothpicks. Toothpicks just make us want to eat and find something to cry about.
Apr 22, 2009
Apr 20, 2009
Mmmm, pasta salad. Do you have any idea how easy pasta salad is?! I could eat it at least every other day. Goes good on it's own for a light lunch or as a side to a fish or grilled cheese. I have no recipe, but my favorite combination looks something like this:
any kind of short pasta
chopped onion, zucchini , squash, tomato, spinach, black olives and carrots
(I throw the sliced carrots and sliced zucchini at appropriate cooking times in to cook with the pasta for a one pot stop)
maybe some thyme or rosemary?
maybe some cubed Havarti or Gouda cheese?
Boil pasta, squash and carrots until done. In a large bowl combine olive oil and spices (to taste) with raw onion, spinach and tomatoes. Stir drained pasta into oil mixture. Top with Parmesan cheese. I think everything should be topped with Parmesan cheese.
Or you can just make a Suddenly Salad and throw in veggies. Same thing.
Penn, Ringo and I headed to Earth Day in the Cliff for music and festival fun. There was lovely weather and the park was a happy sea of children and dogs. I left the "real camera" at home so as to remain a responsible parent but managed a cell phone capture of the Happy Bullets and a fireman on a crane.
Apr 19, 2009
Daniel has suffered a vicious cold this weekend that's kept him mostly horizontal and mostly asleep. We're plying him with food and Nyquil and clean linens while the beast takes it's course. Such an illness compelled me to make vegetable soup from scratch (except for the stock) for the first time.
It turned out rather well although a bit salty for the first bowl. (Scalding my tongue during the seasoning session might have swayed those first results.) The following is my recipe. I didn't really measure anything and I'm using the word "box" as a unit of measurement in terms of mushrooms. The combination of vegetables I used are what's usually in the fridge. Everything happened to be organic this time.
But did it heal him? I guess not. But he did have thirds and I think you could survive the whole cold on the amount of fresh vegetables in one serving alone. And that makes at least me happy.
1 tsp olive oil1 sweet yellow onion, diced
1 box of mushrooms
3 carrots, diced
3 celery, diced
2 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow squash, diced
1 potato, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried sage
1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes with juices (I only had crushed.)
1 15 1/2 oz can of cannellini beans or white beans, drained and rinsed
6 cups of vegetable or chicken stock
Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
2 cups of baby spinach
Parmesan cheese to top
Saute' garlic, onion and mushrooms in olive oil until onions begin to soften. Add other raw vegetables (except for any squashes and spinach) and spice and more oil if needed and saute until you're tired of doing that. Add tomatoes and stock. Simmer 45-60 minutes until vegetables are at the consistency you prefer. (I like firm.) Add spinach and squash and cook an additional 5 minutes. Add more water if you accidentally put in too much salt. :)
Top with good Parmesan cheese and a side of crusty bread.
Apr 15, 2009
Angela and Steven have tied the knot! Angela got ready surrounded by friends and family and food and champagne and then they all piled into a fabulous limo to the cathedral downtown.
They had a beautiful day and there's too much pretty to pick from to give just one succinct highlight post. So I'm going to split this one up and keep you hanging. You're welcome! ;)
Apr 13, 2009
I met Ari a good while back when she became one of Penn's first babysitter's. One thing led to another and now I know (and shoot) some of her extended family.
I went over to shoot their new baby Alec and managed to talk them into one photo of just them.
I love it.
More to come!
We stuffed eggs with quarters and dollars and hotwheels and paint and chocolate and Sunny D and then I hid them around the house. To which Daniel replied, "He's 5, he's not 'special.'" So, I stuffed more eggs and Daniel went and actually hid them. :)
During the huge thunderstorm Penn crawled into bed with us and we slept like a tightly wound ball of kittens. Which is adorable and comfortable unless you're pregnant and require the pillows to be arranged in a certain mathematical order before sleep will bless you with unconsciousness.
Penn began the egg hunt. The day continued in prime lazy Sunday fashion.
I think the Paintastics are the best thing since sliced bread and can't stop painting with them. They are precise and smooth and mess free! But I'm a little worried that it took a long time for Penn to finally realize I was painting a lion ....
Apr 12, 2009
Pumpkin Bread is a favorite around here. I've made this loaf a billion times. Every time I think, "But I don't want three loaves. Just one." So I went for it. I made one big loaf. It took a long time to cook and turned into a mini pumpkin bread volcano mess in the oven.
And it's still really good!
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans. (Makes good muffins, too.)
In a large bowl mix pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into prepared pans.
Bake for about 50 minutes.