October 29, 2009
October 25, 2009
C-Man got his face painted. "Batman!" he demanded. I didn't know he even knew who Batman was.
JuJu and Nana (B's mom, who was in town this week) watched on as C-Man as he got his face painted.
It turned out cute, no?
JuJu worked up the courage to get painted herself.
I love this look. It's her "I'm being real brave and sitting real, real still, mama" face.
Taking a little break from the festivities.
Little E was there too...snoozing the afternoon away.
October 22, 2009
I realize most of you are not here for the baby-photo-a-day routine, so I am gifting you this super awesome oatmeal coconut chocolate chip cookie recipe. I consider myself an oatmeal cookie expert of sorts (not to be boastful or anything). I had one of those moms who baked cookies once or twice (three times maybe?) a week. And she regularly made different oatmeal cookie recipes. This is hands down the best version I have tasted. Super chewy just the way I like them. Let's just say I have eaten way more than my fair share of them over the past ten days or so. It comes from my sister's roommate who happens to be a little burgeoning domestic type herself: knitter, crafter, baker, you get the picture. Sadly, I have no photos to offer you because I only take photos of the baby now. (See above.)
(The only caveat I offer you is that she claims her measurements are "estimates." But my mom and I made these the other day and they turned out great.)
Erica's Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups brown sugar
2 large eggs
3-4 tbsp of milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 - 3 cups oats
About 2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup sweetened coconut
Preheat oven to 350. Grease baking sheet/ parchment paper. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by milk and vanilla extract. Gradually beat the flour into the sugar mixture, add salt. Stir in oats, coconut and chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 mins. They will seem underdone, but that is how you want them. (I baked them at 325 degrees for about 13 minutes, but I think my oven runs hot. You might want to experiment baking these at different temperatures.)
(Little E likes them too!)
October 12, 2009
(for Emilia Rae)
In these burnished days of first fall
before bare trees and slate gray
skies of winter come to call
may the blue flower of your heart’s
deep core bloom and shine through
each cell and sinew
fill the humble and grand rooms
of your life with sweet fragrance,
true beauty and friendship’s joy
October 8, 2009
"I believe the act of giving birth to be the single most miraculous thing a human being can do and it is surely the moment when a lot of women finally understand the depth of their power and connection to all of nature. You think it can’t possibly be done, you think you can’t possibly take the pain, and then you do — and afterward you look at yourself in a whole new way. If you can do that, you can do anything....The memory of pain always recedes. The memory of triumph does not."
Isn't that nice?
Also, this birth story had me openly weeping tonight. For a good 15 minutes or so. I think it's safe to say there are WAAAAYYYYYYY too many hormones going on over here.
October 7, 2009
First I used Dr. Hauschka's Rejuvenating Mask, and left it on for about 15 or 20 minutes while I took a bath. Easy peasy.
Then, before applying my makeup (which was just a little tinted moisturizer, blush and lip gloss), I busted out the real difference maker: Laura Mercier Illuminating Brightener. Just 2 or so pumps spread lightly over your face makes a real impact.
So, there you have it. Let me know if your husband notices a difference too!
October 4, 2009
First, we made some guacamole, because the chefs need a little snack while they're working. C-Man put tomato, peppers, shallot, garlic, lime and salt in his version. OK, it was the "Guacamole Kit" from Trader Joe's, but I'll still give him credit. Note the tongue. That is so B. Testing it out for flavor. He announced it needed a little more lime.
Add lime. Ensue happy dance.