Which Blogger Would You....

January 31, 2011

(Taking a cue from Modernhaus, I decided to play a little game.)

Which blogger would you most want to..... (by the way, I excluded anyone I know in real life):

....be your personal shopper?  Michelle from Pretty Mommy.  I love every gosh darn item in her online shop.

.....have as your BFF?  Joslyn of Simple Lovely (as probably every girl who reads her blog does).  She is just the right amount of hip, approachable, fun-loving, interesting, kind......everything I'd look for in a friend, really.

.....have a playdate with? Leigh from Marvelous Kiddo.  We are aligned on so many parenting issues and her boys are just delicious!  Plus there would be lots of good non-mommy stuff to talk about.   But can we meet up in NYC, please?

....hang out with in a cafe on some rainy afternoon?  Sarah of Pink of Perfection.  I know we could solve a few world problems, all while talking poetry and drinking espressos and smoking hand-rolled cigarettes (ok, maybe not the smoking part, but you get the picture).

.....switch lives with for just one day?  Sarah of Fairy Tales Are True.  She spent the last year traveling around Europe with her cute husband.  Enough said.

....travel with internationally?  Stephanie of Stephmodo.  We could, of course, stay in her French home La Maisonette (only if she insists).

.....do a house swap with?  Erin of Villa Pacis.  She lives in Rome.  She has beautiful taste.  That meets my requirements!

.....share some laughs?  Bridget from Tales of Me and the Husband.  I can tell we have very similar senses of humor and she would probably give my abs a much-needed workout.

.....like to borrow her baby for a day?  Hands down, the two cutest, sweetest, loviest (is that a word?) babies (besides my own of course, hahahahaha) are Gemma Bird and Enchanted Mama's chunky monkey.  (You should really click those links because those are some CUTE BABIES.)  (Actually, I think I like those babies so much because they remind me a bit of my own....  ;-) )

....drink some cocktails with?  Whoorl would be my girl.  One of the first blogs I ever read, and I just know we would have tons to drink to and chat about.  Plus I like that she can appreciate a real cocktail, and not just some tooty fruity sorority girl one, ya know?t

....update her blog already?!  Jones from Loveliest Days.  I'm all for giving a new mom some time, but she went and had that sweet blue eyed baby on us and then practically disappeared!  I miss reading her posts and looking at her beautiful dreamy pictures, even the pre-baby stuff.  Maybe she will start again?  Pretty please?

Want to play along?  Let me know if you do!

My Mom's Bran Muffins.

January 26, 2011

(Sorry it took me so long to fix this post. Not sure what was wrong with the last one. Hopefully you can read the recipe in this version. Let me know if you can't because I could always see it just fine on my monitor.....)

Two things. One, we haven't shared a recipe here in what seems like a very long time. Two, I know bran muffins aren't something most people get very excited about. But they should. At least when it comes to these.

You see, these are the perfect bran muffins (really, no hyperbole). And not just because they are the version my mom made ("mama makes it best!), but also because I think they are the perfect way to start your day. They are, of course, very, very delicious. Yet not so heavy or sweet that you feel guilty or get a headache (which is what happens to me when I eat "treats" for breakfast). Also, obviously, they are a bit healthy (hello....bran). Perhaps most excitingly (if there ever was something exciting to be said for a bran muffin), you can make a batch of the batter and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks (yes, 2 weeks!) for fresh from the oven goodness whenever your heart/tummy desires. Yay for warm muffins first thing in the morning without messing up your kitchen or having to deal with a bunch of measuring cups!

Ready-bake Bran Muffins
(from Sunset magazine, ages ago)

3 c. all-bran cereal (I never have this on hand so I use regular wheat bran with great results)
1 c. boiling water
2 c. buttermilk
2 eggs
1 c. safflower oil (or other light vegetable oil)
1 c. raisins (or chopped dates or currants)
1 c. sugar
2 ½ t. baking soda
½ t. salt
2 ½ c. flour
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine cereal (bran) and water. Stir until evenly moistened. Set aside to cool. Add eggs, buttermilk and raisins; mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine baking soda, salt, sugar and flour. Gently combine dry ingredients with wet. Do not over mix. (At this point, you may tightly cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, baking muffins at your convenience; before using, stir batter to redistribute fruit.)

Bake in buttered muffin tins for 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Serve hot with butter. Because you can.

What She Wore.

January 18, 2011

pink cotton blouse by naartjie (from the second hand store), striped canvas pants by old navy (hand-me-down from sister), pink boots by elephantito, gerber onesie, borrowed-from-sister striped purse (from italy last summer), new handmade baby doll from nova naturals

Things They Made At School.

January 10, 2011

I always meant to stay with this series.....  The kids bring back such fun and unique things that they make in class.  Here are a couple of items (there were more!) C-Man brought home at the beginning of winter break.
C-Man calls these his "knitted jingle bells."  When I asked him how he made them, he gave me a "Mom!  First you knit, then you DOUBLE KNIT.  Then you sew the bells on."  As in DUH.  The kids are still having fun wearing them on their wrists and jingling away.
He also decorated a candle with colored bits of beeswax.  See the little man?  There's a lot of detail that I didn't capture in the photo which is sort of new for him.....when he turned 5 his little hands got so much more precise and dexterous.  He's growing up sniff sniff!

Proof the Third Child Is Always the Most Chill of All.

How Chill Is a Third Child?? from domestic reflections on Vimeo.

Happy 2011!

January 4, 2011

I don't know about you, but I am very much looking forward to 2011.  2010 was great, don't get me wrong, but I was sort of in a daze.  The year started with a newborn (plus 2 other kids) and ended with a walking, (sorta) talking, toddler!  There's nothing like a baby to mark the passage of time.

I can't tell you the number of times I thought about sitting down to write something about 2010 that was thoughtful and (hopefully) a little meaningful, but it just never came.  It was, however, a great, blessed year.  I am sure of that.  And as for resolutions, I do make them every year.  (I love a fresh start!)  This time, however, they are either a bit boring or personal or maybe I just feel like the odds of sticking to them will be higher if I keep them to myself.

Before I forget, I wanted to share a couple of links to Kim's blog.  She posted some of the photos she took of our family back in November.  It's funny, she told me that she wanted to take some of just B and me.  I was like, "Hmmmm....that really won't be necessary.  Won't be needing those.  I would much rather see pictures of my kids any day!  And I hate looking at pictures of myself."  But she insisted and I am glad she did.  Now we will actually remember what we looked like during this time.  ;-)

Link to the kids.
Link to the grown-ups.
And one more.
{this was part of a series trying to recapture my very favorite photo of my kids from the year before}
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