180/360 Kills It.

November 30, 2010

Friends.  Sweet Kim came to stay with us a couple of weeks ago for a visit and to take pictures of the family.  My kids could not have been more uncooperative, more wiggly or less challenging.  Royal pains in the butt.  Not to mention I was in a mood because of it.  I am not just saying this.  Yet still.  She manages to come up with stuff like this.  That girl is amazingly talented.  

p.s. kim: i miss you!  come back!

Christmas Song.

Sooooo much christmas music around this year (more than normal?)  I'm not a particular fan, however this little song has had a special place in my heart for a very long time.  It's not a holiday song really at all, I don't think anyway.  (I know there are some Christmas music haters out there and for that matter a lot of Dave Matthews haters out there!  Please.  Don't be hating, people.)

Anyway.  I remember the first time I heard it.  I was with B and we had just met.  Mmmmmmm.
"One healthy little gigglin' dribblin' baby boy"....when I heard that I knew we would have a boy.  A boy first.  Yes.  I did.  And yes, we did.

"Why in all this anger do you fill me up with love?"  Love this so much.  Hope you do too.

(reminder) via wide open spaces

Harvest and Craft Faire.

November 15, 2010

Weekend before last, we went to the annual Harvest and Craft Faire at C-Man and JuJu's school. It is one of my favorite events. So refreshingly old-fashioned.

At the welcome desk, we were greeted with a cup a freshly-pressed apple cider (made from apples donated from a local farm) and each child is given a sweet little package of seeds (harvested from the school garden and packaged by the third and sixth grade classes).

There were also these cute little handmade necklaces for the children to wear. (And yes, those are little freaking gourds!)

{i like these so much i've been wearing one around town!}
There was lots of good homemade food.....chili (vegetarian, natch, and a version with grassfed beef, also natch), cornbread, burritos, quesadillas, good fair-trade coffee and tons and tons of cookies, bars, pies and cakes.

{oatmeal raisin cookie}
There was a highly-anticipated puppet show performed by two of C-Man's teachers.
{buddies in line, waiting for the show to start}
There were booths set up with crafts, activities and demonstrations. Here is C-Man checking in on the blacksmith demonstration.

{intensity and focus}
There was time to play games on the field (a favorite was a tug-of-war between the kids and adults).
{juju deciding whether she wants to join in on the boys' game}
And of course, bebe was there, taking it all in. Have I mentioned she is walking?!

{hay, droopy drawers}
{vegetarian chili}

Meal Planning Monday.

November 8, 2010

This week's menu brought to you by my friend Holly!   I can't get enough of her cooking and am going to try to recreate some of her dishes this week. 

grandma vi's minestrone (with christmas limas from our garden)
fresh bread

chicken paprikash
brown rice
green salad with mustard vinaigrette (we're starting to get lots of greens from the garden -- hooray!)

mashed potatoes
steamed green beans

spicy red lentil soup (again....can't get enough of it!)
applesauce spice cake

What about you?  What do you have cooking this week?
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