Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy September!

With this being the first day of September I thought what better way to celebrate our baby's birth month than by posting fun items I would love to fill her closet with. As a long time lover (and seller) of Etsy I thought it appropriate to share a few adorable items I found there.  Happy September and please let me know if you have discovered some shops I should check out!

Organic baby blanket in tiger print, organic crib blanket, organic swaddling blanket, organic baby blanket, baby blanket, swaddle

Organic baby/toddler tank dress in cloud print, organic baby dress, organic toddler dress, tank dress, baby dress, toddler dress

baby leggings, Organic baby leggings in coral triangles, organic baby leggings, printed leggings, baby pants, toddler leggings, toddler pant

baby leggings, Organic baby leggings in blue narwhal print, organic baby leggings, printed leggings, baby pants, toddler leggings
              All items and images taken from Etsy Shop: Lola & Stella

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organic baby leggings, baby pants, baby leggigns, toddler pants, organic toddler leggings, strawberry, strawberries, triangles, organic baby

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All items and images taken from Etsy Shop: Hold You Me
Which are your favorites?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lisa's Scones

If it is quick, has easily accessible ingredients and taste good then I can assure you I am making it.  Lisa's scones (I am not sure who Lisa is...I got the recipe from my mom) fit the bill.  I should mention these scones are flaky in consistency and light. I know most scone recipes are denser (which I also love) but these will not be that way, so be warned. My preferred way of eating them are hot from the oven with a bit of fresh whipped cream and blackberry jam, lemon curd is lovely paired with them as well. You can, of course, easily mix in other ingredients to make them your own ( chocolate chips, cranberries, cheese)
Lisa's Scones
Preheat oven to  375 degrees
1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 c sugar
1 c quick oats oatmeal
1/2 c softened butter
1/3 c plain yogurt
Mix dry ingredients together with butter and yogurt.

Churn out dough onto a floured surface and knead for 30 seconds. Pat into a 7 inch round and then cut into 8 wedges with a pizza cutter.

 Transfer onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until scones get just slightly browned. Serve warm or cold.
Makes 8
These with a cup of black coffee are a quick and wonderful way to start a morning. They also keep well for  few days. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Artisan Bread

I posted a photo of this bread some time ago on my instagram page and had a few requests for the recipe. If you enjoy fresh, homemade bread (ummm if you have a pulse I think you fit in this category) that is hard to mess up then read on.


Artisan Bread
3 c flour
1 t salt
1/4 t yeast
Mix together.
Add 1 1/2 c hot water and stir until combined. Use your hands to knead everything together into a ball. Place in a bowl, cover with a towel and let sit on the counter for 12-16 hours.
Dump out on a floured board and add additional flour until the dough is no longer goopy.
Add a bit of flour into the bowl it had been sitting in, put dough back in bowl and cover again with a towel. (this can be done a few minutes before backing or an hour or two)
Preheat Le Crueset (or whatever dutch oven you have) in oven to 425 degrees.
Once preheated, place the dough in the Le Crueset and bake, covered, for 30 minutes.
Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
**This recipe loves to have spices, cheese, or herbs added to the dough. Simply sprinkle in your favorites when you blend all the ingredients and let me know if you find a real winning combo.**

Monday, August 25, 2014

Baby Girl Daydreams

This baby girl is coming in about 30 days....which makes me smile just to type. I cannot wait to have her here. These days my mind is on constant replay of what the day/night of her birth might be like. I envision holding her little body and seeing her perfect little face for the first time as I say in my heart to her "You are mine and I love you more than you ever will know".  For me those first few days have a magic to them that nothing else in life can touch.
   This Summer caught me off guard with the level of involvement it required. I didn't fill my calendar up with countless activities but the truth of growing up and having three children in this world just means life is full. It was full. It was lovely. Now school has started for two of my littles this past week so schedules have no potential of slowing down. Slow living and empty schedules satisfy me for a sliver of time, but if you know me well at all you know I thrive in the full.

 But I do have this baby coming.

I want to have slow time to just daydream about her, plan for her and ready myself for a new gift to be mama to.

   A laundry basket filled with the clothes my other girls have worn sits in the nursery closet waiting for me to find more baby hangers to hang them on. (anyone have a load of baby hangers they no longer want??) Often times with new babies coming the easiest way for me to feel "ready" for them or perhaps in touch with the reality that they will be in my arms soon, is to purchase items for them. I remember visiting Baby Gap right before Vera was born and buying a few little items that would be just for her. As I was washing the baby clothes I came across those items and smiled in remembrance. I like preparing for my babies. Getting our home ready to be their home. But this time around I feel flustered or disorganized or without the funds to fully prepare in the fashion I usually have. Part of me feels like, why do I need to spend money to get ready for a new baby....that sounds shallow and greedy. And part of me feels like, I want this baby girl to feel as planned for and thought about as my other three.....can't she have a few fresh items of her own?
    This morning I have already dropped my oldest babe off at school for the whole day. It still makes me teary if I think about it too long. I am sitting across from my current baby girl as she literally eats cream cheese from the tub with a butter knife as the robotic sounds of Mario Bros. is serenading us from the other room as my boy gets his game time on. This season is a good one. Soon I will face another new season and again adjust my sails to the new life and role I am called to. I fear change and welcome it in the same breath. Fear the unknown, grieve the past rhythms' beauty and welcome the new pattern and beat change brings me.
   Baby girl, if you ever read this please know that if you come home from the hospital in the same outfit that Vera did, or are wrapped in hand-me-down blankets for your whole infancy, my love for you is as fresh and soaked in delight as it has ever been for my babies! I have loved spending this slice of sweet morning daydreaming about you.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


                Two of my babes started school this week. Pregnancy hormones are helping no one.