Monday, February 24, 2014

Bork Bork

I have never noticed how freaky the Swedish Chef's hands are. They are people hands!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Do You Know the Muffin Man?

I really enjoy baking, but somehow I married someone who doesn't like baked goods (crazy, I know). So, I don't often bake anything because, inevitably, I will eat it all myself. But thanks to some recent play dates, I've had a few opportunities to make some delicious muffins. Let me share some recipes with you.

1. Ina Garten's Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins

You cannot go wrong with the Barefoot Contessa. That is a FACT. These are made with sour cream and so nice and moist. I made so many, and ate so many. So, so many.


2. Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread muffins from The Post Punk Kitchen

I was a little sceptical. I've never done any vegan baking, and I've never been a huge fan of vegan baked goods that I've had. But these were AMAZING. So moist and so good, and I pretended like they were healthy which made me feel better about how many I ate. I did not add walnuts, as the recipe suggests, because I'm not a huge fan.


3. Moist Chocolate Muffins

This uses yogurt, so - like sour cream - they are delightfully moist. H. requested these, even though he's not big on baked goods (he just likes chocolate muffins), and he said they are the best of the recent muffins. I used vanilla yogurt (that was past its due date, even!) and it didn't harm them in any way.


Which were the best? I don't know. they are ALL great. I think I was so surprised by the vegan muffins though, that they might have been my favorite.

* Photos aren't beautiful well-lit and styled, because we just took them to show them to friends/Facebook, not thinking about blog-use!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Boys and toys

L. has a little bunny toy in his crib. When he falls asleep, he's holding it. And when I go into his room in the mornings, he's holding it.

I have no photos of him and his bunny though, but I have these.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Little Darling

If you know me well, you may know there are three things I love: 1) Paul Simon 2) George Harrison 3) Here Comes the Sun. Well, to be honest, probably only H. knew how much I love those things, and that is why he forwarded me a link of Harrison and Simon playing Here Comes the Sun on SNL in the 70s.

Embedding has been disabled, so if you want to see it, you have to go here.

Alas, if you can' t be bothered to go over there and watch, here's a photo of the two form the set.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy V Day?

Think about this one for a minute.


A vintage postcard. Feeling unloved is like a brick to the head. Am I right?

Luckily, I feel most loved by my boys - human and feline. I am a lucky girl (no bricks to head). 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Come on

This compilation just makes me laugh. Whenever I've been wronged, I think of G.O.B.



P.S. Why yes, it is my birthday.

My special day 6 years ago.
Yes, all those glasses are Sprite, of course.



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Can't quite believe it myself

My little lion is 8 months old today.


Interests include clementines, subway trains, and the cat. Hobbies include eating mom's hair, bashing toys and figuring out how to get that cat.

Monday, February 3, 2014

You say it's your birthday, it's my birthday too

No, it's just my birthday. Well, almost. It's not today, that's false advertising. I share a birthday with Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Judy Blume and Arsenio Hall. Pretty impressive group, eh?

Anyway, I saw these on Pinterest and I must have them, so my point is please buy them for me, Internet. I love them so hard. So bad. So good. Please.

Expo 67 Poster from BoldModern on Etsy
Arts of the Eskimo poster from BoldModern on Etsy
Both are from a shop called BoldModern that has lots of great stuff.

Uuuuuugh, but I want theeeeeeese.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

My basket of accomplishments

(The title of this post is inspired by a job interview my friend once had where she was asked what she would put in her "basket of accomplishments". FYI.)

At the end of December/beginning of January we decided to sleep train L. At that point he was almost 7 months old - later than some people do it, and then there are some people don't ever do it. We decided to go for it when we thought L. was good and ready, and since then? OMG, it's awesome. Sleeping through the night is a magical, wonderful thing. I hadn't really had a proper night's sleep since January 2013, because sleeping through the night while pregnant is rare. Did anyone tell you that? I mean, people say "get your sleep now before baby comes!" but that's absolute nonsense because you can't sleep through the night while pregnant. So, get your sleep before you conceive, that's my advice.

Anyway, so imagine not getting a proper night's sleep for a year. Yeah, that sucks. But you convince yourself you're ok with it, that you can function on these broken nights. And your brain suffers for it. It really does. Now we've enjoyed a month of near-perfect nights, and I am like a new woman! And I have gotten back into doing things. For example:

1. I read a book.




Yes, I read a few over the summer while on maternity leave, but since going back to work I've struggled to keep my eyes open through more than a page at a time. But I did it, in a matter of days too. And this book was so good, yet so sad and so hard to read at times. But a very very good book.

2. I sewed something.



I feel conflicted about posting this photo. My couch has really suffered from excessive cat and kid trauma. Poor thing. However, I wanted to show my new cushion covers. Ignore the couch though.

Yesterday I used a gift card I had form a local sewing shop and bought some cute fabrics.


We had these old orange cushions that were super shabby and I've been meaning to make covers for them (or buy new ones) forever.

Skanky old orange ones.
I made simple envelope-style covers, using the guidance of Martha Stewart. They were very easy, took about 30 minutes, and are washable - which is good because (need I remind you) cat and kid.

The fabric is Lotta Jansdotter Glimma Canvas.


I'm happy with the result.

3. I cleaned and organized under our sinks.

I will spare you a photo, because yuck. They were scary. No, I really mean it - they were scary and I approached those caverns of cleaners and old sponges and bugs with a flashlight and rubber gloves. I bought some cheapie baskets from the dollar store, and now they are so clean and organized that I actually keep looking at them to admire them.

There you have it. 3 accomplishments for the weekend. It's like I did the whole "January Cure" in 3 days, because I'm awesome and am sleeping through the night.

Now here's a treat for you: two cute faces.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Traveling Wilbury

This is my favorite picture of my favorite Beatle, ever.

It's also the best selfie ever. 

George Harrison at the Taj Mahal

And here's a little background on it, and some other good George selfies.
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