Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Gift Guide for the Mother Runner

Tim asked the other day what I wanted for mother's day and all I could come up with was running paraphernalia. Don't judge me, I just really like running, and it so happens that I am training for a half-marathon, so the sport is on my mind.

On that note, I have collected a few things for the mother runner in your life. Trust me, any of these will be well received, except the power shower wipes by themselves... you might want to buy her some flowers to go with that.

RUN THE WORLD I love this tank. We run our days, our lives, ourselves.

POWER SHOWER BODY WIPES In case you gotta squeeze a run in the middle of the day.

A SUPER COOL GARMIN Because I'm sorry Apple, your iWatch does not compare to a real running watch.

A PACEBAND For that long distance runner in your life. Knowing your splits is vital if you're trying to run a certain time. I used one on my last half and it was super useful.

THEY KEEP YOU ALIVE Best tank ever.

RANDIES Cheeky sayings on your butt. Enough said.


Saturday, April 23, 2016


PISTORIOPHILE (n) a lover of baking or baked goods.

I was just seriously jokingly telling someone that since I am going to start training for a half marathon next week, I feel like carb-loading this entire week is absolutely justified. And I may or may not have followed up with that threat, I guess you'll never know. But what I will tell you is that I made a killer apple crisp because it's Saturday/cloudy/rainy/I'm hungry/I'm sad... As if I need any excuses! And I have written verbatim the recipe down because you need this in your life/apples are good for you/you look lovely while baking/you need something to go with that ice cream... Take your pick, I will not judge. Bake that son of a gun and enjoy every crumble {raises fist}.


(taken from The Kinfolk Table)

For the topping
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
3/4 teaspoon ground all spice
5 tablespoons unsalted butter/melted and cooled

Combine the flour, sugar, oats, and all spice in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Add the butter and mix with your fingertips until crumbly. Reserve.

For the apple layer
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 tart apples peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2" slices
juice of 2 lemons {I used one orange}
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon unbleached all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
coarse sea salt

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375F.

Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with 2 tablespoons of the butter.

In a large bowl, toss the apple slices with the lemon juice. Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt {I added a dash of cardamom} in a small bowl, then add to the apples and toss until they're evenly coated. Transfer the apples to the prepared dish, then sprinkle with the reserved topic. Sprinkle the topping with a pinch of salt.

Cover the crisp with a piece of parchment paper, then with a piece of foil {I completely skipped this step because I ran out of foil}. Cook for 25 minutes or until the apples begin to release their juices. Cut the remaining 1 tablespoon butter into small cubes. Remove the parchment and foil, then sprinkle the crisp with the butter and lightly still into the topping to incorporate.

Cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until the crisp is golden. Transfer to a rack and cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

Serves 6.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Don't Quote Me

Tim and I took a day to spring clean our house. The walk-in closet, the bathroom vanity, the office, and the garage are all Konmari-ed. You have heard of the Konmari method for decluttering, right? No? Seriously, where have you been?!

In any case, the house is cleaner, things are organized, and among a pile of things that must be donated, are a bunch of baby things.


There. I said it. We're getting rid of the baby things. The bottles Ben's not using, gone. The boppy, gone. Anything with the Motherlove logo on it, gone. The freaking nursing bras? G to the O to the N to the E. Gone!

The only thing I'm not parting with are his baby clothes because of some primal feeling in me that makes me cry every time I see them, but other than that, we are letting it go.

For the record, we are both very much on the no more babies train, we have given it plenty of thought, and this is what is best for our family.

So, don't quote me, because I reserve the right to change my mind, but today we closed one door, and we are moving on as a family of three + cat.


P.S. I have a bag full of unused Medela pump parts, quick clean micro-steam bags, breast shells, nipple shields, postpartum bag herbs, sitz bath spray, more milk herbal capsules from Motherlove, disposable nursing pads, and a gazillion breast milk storage bags. All for free to whoever wants them, go on and raise your hand!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

I don't think you're ready for this jelly

Have you ever seen two more dapper boys in your entire life? 
Of course not.
Ladies, I don't think you're ready for this jelly.

At this point in our lives, Tim and I are super grateful to the people who invite us to be part of their celebrations. We do not take for granted the effort that goes into opening your home to guests, especially those of the kid variety.

One day in the future we will go back to hosting. But for now, know how thankful we are that you allow us to be part of your crew. We love you.

And now some Easter pics.

These two and their bow ties. Swoon.

Egg status: found.

Easter egg hunt {adult} bar. E-Bar?

Julia showing Benny the Easter Bunny. For real.

Huge hit, that bunny. huge hit.

Writing friends.

We hope you had a lovely Easter!

A new perspective

{via kraft & mint}

Today I went to an Easter Catholic Mass.
Though I was born into a Catholic country and family, I am not Catholic, but I was there for a friend whose confirmation was today.

There are many things about what took place in that mass that I could elaborate on, but I will only touch on something the priest said: it is easy to forget the blessings that are right in front of us. Food, shelter, friends, family. And if we overlook what's in plain sight, how much more do we take for granted the blessing of our faith that we cannot see?

Tonight I was reminded that we have won. Jesus conquered death and his love, power, and grace are more alive than ever in me, giving me a new perspective that I cannot overlook.

It is finished, friends. Rejoice because He is alive. He is risen.

Happy Easter.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Not Your Mother's Date Night

Tim and I are always looking to spice up our life, and by always I mean every time the stars to align, and we can get a sitter and a cool event to happen, all in the same day. 
As it turns out, the one and only {{DJ Spencer Lee}} and his lovely wife Leslie, also known as {{Alaska Shop Girl}} had our same idea, left the twins at home, and came out for what turned out to be a really fun night.

We struck date night gold when our friend Julia O'Malley from {{An Alaska Life)) threw a LEGIT Pop Up Kitchen at South Restaurant. An incredible seven course meal with wine pairings that was just too good to be true.

Julia drew inspiration from her annual Palm Springs visit, and delighted all our senses with incredible fresh food. Those eggs are from her own chickens!

Her uncle Tommy helped with dessert

That risotto you guys, it's what dreams are made of

South's Chef Shane, explaining how he does magic with food

Uncle Tommy cutting me an extra large piece of pie

Spencer and Tommy doing their thang

Leslie and I keeping it classy.

If you guys get a chance to try one of the pop-up kitchens at South Restaurant, I highly recommend them.  Thank you Julia for such a fun time, and incredible food. 

P.S. This is not a sponsored post... Unless you count my babysitter. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The First Quarter of 2016

It's mid-March friends, and although you have not seen me much around these parts, I have been plenty busy kicking butt, taking names, and being an all around quaintrelle.

As it is customary of this blog, I will tell you what I have been up to with a truckload of pictures that date back to the first quarter of 2016.

Ready? Go!

This is our bedtime routine: Bath and books. I started reading to Benjamin when he was a little tadpole in my belly and I have not stopped since. Easily my favorite part of the day.

Two things he loves: Grandma Sunny's fish tank, and a serious no pants policy. 

I have made it my mission to find the best old-fashioned in town. Jury is still out.

That time my face appeared on Unleash! Definitely a highlight.

Do you guys go to the Imaginarium? We love it there!

And we also love boots, and did Imention no pants?

Ben is legit helpful when it comes to grocery shopping.

And his mission in life is to build the tallest LEGO tower he can come up with, then immediately crash it to the ground. Sure entertainment for a solid 30 minutes.

We celebrated Rondy.

And I cooked more than usual. There's something creatively therapeutic about cooking that fills my soul. Feeding the people I love is very special to me.

Like this monster loving on the pulled pork sandwiches his mama made.

Another highlight: Arctic Entries. What an awesome experience! Thank you so much for being there for me, friends.

These two pictures are proof that I do not always wear the colors of the German rainbow: Black, white, and gray, and that I have, in fact, worn pink TWICE in three months. Which is only a big deal because my coworkers started teasing me saying that I look like I am going to fight crime, and that a little color wouldn't hurt.
So there.

Since the snow is pretty much gone, we have been spending A LOT of time outside. And that little rascal will climb anything if you let him.

This last picture means a lot to me.
This is James {everyone say 'hello James'} and we have been friends for over a decade. James was hit by someone who was on her cellphone while driving {don't do that!!!} and this is us commemorating his first hike since the accident thanks to a legit leg brace. I mean, I did have to literally carry him on my back for a little while, but his legs did most of the work, and I am extremely happy about this.
Love you Jammies.

Now you're up to date and you will be seeing a lot more of our faces from now on. Especially now that spring is upon us. 
See you soon!

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