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On March 2nd 2014 I was having the most intense dream about running through a corn maze and how pissed I was that I couldn't find the end of it, and then just like in the movies I woke up to a "pop", it was 4:40 am and my water just broke. 


That day is a blur to me now, almost 18 hours totally wiped away. I remember certain key moments, little snippets that I've tucked away and revisit from time to time. I can no longer physically remember how intense unmedicated back labor was, how vulnerable I felt during contractions because I was not in control, or how much relief I had balancing my unstable shaking body on a medicine ball in the shower hunched over a chair, these are just a fleeing moment in my life, just for one day only special kind of deal. What I do remember however, is my sister, Jim and my godsend angel of a midwife making me laugh in between contractions, keeping me on track and the atsmophere positive, telling me that I could do it, my mother checking in every once and awhile to make sure her baby was okay, and that moment, that epic moment after the last push, when all the pain immediately disappeared and they put you on my chest, the first time we met, that is a moment I will forever and always remember. 


                        




For every single day for the past year I have watched you flourish, grow and become this incredible human. You never cease to amaze me with your antics and personality. I am your biggest fan and I will never take our time together for granted. Happy first birthday to you, my darling little Lucy. I love you more than anything that has ever been or will ever be. 

Half Birthday


 
When fellow parents say don't blink, because you're baby will grow up too quick, I understand now. Here we are, six months old, halfway through our first year together. So rather than dwell on how time is flying, let's celebrate every milestone Lucy is slamdunking.
 
Six months has brought us
Sitting up on our own.
Mastered the phrases "maamaaa" & "baaabaa"
Is now able to eat soilds.
Teething like a drooling maniac.
Scoots around on the floor.
Picks out what toy she wants to play with.
Dives into my lap with open arms.
Loves playing in the grass.
Gets insulted if I attempt to give her a pacifer.
Gives out smiles, hugs & open mouth kisses like it's her job.
Is up 6am & is a chatter box.
Is a shutterbug.
Anything you are doing or holding is the most sought after thing.
Likes to check her toes immediatly after waking up.
Goes to bed at 7pm, or else there is serious hell to pay.
Her bouncy seat has clocked in a lot of hours in the past week.
She loves her puppies with reckless abandon.
 
She is our beautiful, hilarious, wild, smart, happy, affectionate, talkative, little Lucy &
we can't wait to see what the next six months brings us.
 


Summer whites & Strawberries



My cousin Zoe, my daughter Lucy & I headed to Maxwells Farm in Cape Elizabeth this morning in search of strawberries, and we certainly did not leave empty handed! 

I have not gone to a pick your own farm since I was a little girl with my mom, so hopefully this will be a nice little tradition. 

Happy Fourth of July weekend, ladies & gents!

XO

One body; Two heartbeats




It brings me great pleasure to finally announce that James & I are expecting our first child. 
Estimated arrival is March 2014.
We could not be happier.

Super bowl Sunday

This is not a post about football, silly people!

This is a post about a crazy stupid, delicious, (and figure friendly to boot) recipe. I'm really loving these types of dishes lately, base of protein, and mixing up the veggies and herbs. Lets start from the bottom of the bowl, shall we?

Bowl Ingredients:
1 cup Quinoa (with 2 cups water)
1 can black beans
Hefty handful of cherry tomatoes.
Half of yellow onion.
1 clove garlic.
Handful of baby kale.
Handful of spinach.
2-3 springs of cilantro.
Juice of half of a lime
Salt & pepper to taste.

Guacamole Ingredients:
2 avocados.
1 garlic glove.
Other half of yellow onion.
Hefty handful of cherry tomatoes.
Juice of other half of lime.
Salt & pepper to taste.


I recommend you make the guac first, it needs about half an hour in the fridge so the flavors all marinade beautifully together.

Cut open two avocados, remove pits and scoop out into a medium size mixing bowl.

(Good tip for the next few steps below, just go ahead and chop, mince, dice for both recipes and put half aside for the main dish. Way efficient.) 

Chop up all of that yellow onion, put half aside for later.

Mince up those two cloves of garlic real fine, put half aside.

Cut the two hearty handfuls of cherry tomatoes down the center and the dice up into thirds, put half aside.

Throw the avocados. tomatoes, garlic & onion all in the mixing bowl and carefully mix and mash. Add the lime half of the juice of a lime, salt and pepper to taste then put into a container with a lid and put in the fridge.

Now for the main dish:

Quinoa: (I prefer the Trader Joe's (white or red variety) brand- I used white last evening) Add the quinoa and water to a medium sized saucepan and bring 2 cups of water to a boil over medium heat. Cover and lower temp to simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Once done, fluff with a fork.

While the quinoa is cooking, open can of black beans, dump into a strainer in sink. Rinse thoroughly and shake out excess water. They can sit there until needed at the end.

I'm going to assume you all chopped. diced, minced the veggies before hand so they're ready to go, but if not then follow the next three directions. Put all veggies aside until further notice.


Chop up half of your yellow onion.

Cut the cherry tomatoes down the center and the dice up into thirds.

Mince up that glove of garlic real fine.

Roughly chop up the cilantro.

Once quinoa is finished, relocate to a realllllly large mixing bowl.
Add the beans, tomatoes, cilantro & tomatoes.

In a frying pan, add 2 tbs of EVOO, add your onions and saute those bad boys for about 4 minutes, then add the garlic. I'm warning you, keep a close eye on this procedure for about two minutes and stir constantly, if the garlic burns- it will be bitter and nasty. For the last minute add the kale and spinach to the pan so they wilt ever so slightly.

Once finished add in with the rest of ingredients and give it a few nice big churns, add a little salt and pepper and lime juice and churn again so all the flavor mix nicely.

Put some in a bowl, add some guac, a little salsa, some Greek yogurt (don't make that face! it's way healthier and tastes the same plus sour cream is not allowed in the house.. don't ask) and BOOM. Diner is served. 



Easy chicken & rice stew

A very fitting post for today, could not have planned it better myself, kudos to you Blizzard Nemo. All hail being snowed in! bring on movies in bed and putting around the house.

I have an addiction to chicken and rice soup, but not just any.. Whole Foods Market chicken and rice soup. I've been determined to recreate their recipe. So here you go my little hens, not as good, but pretty darn close.. and I'm not the best organic supermarket in the country. 

What you will need:


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 medium carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 quarts chicken stock or broth (8 cups for you of those who can never remember what a quart equals)*
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup long grain wild rice
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts*
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • What to do:

    Place a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf. Saute for about 6 minutes, until the veggies are softened but not browned, I'm serious- be careful, if the garlic burns it will taste terribly bitter. Pour in the chicken broth and water- bring to a boil. Add in the rice and chicken; season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-low until the rice is tender-about 75 minutes. I decided to let this bad boy simmer on lower heat at a longer temp, this gives the rice ample time to cook and for all the ingredients get to know each other well.

    Beware, this will make your house smell amazing but taste even better.. seconds or thirds are almost a must.

    (*I used a the meat from a roast chicken I cooked a few days ago, which the stock came from as well- recipe of both to follow.) 


    This recipe was roughly based off from Two Peas & Their Pod.





    The perfect snow day

    Oh hey guys,

    So I know I've been slacking these past few days. Can ya blame a girl? last week was crazy with the holidays, all those cookies breaks and all this glorious snow we've been having. It was just an epic day off, I even set off the smoke alarm while cooking.

     Yes Charles gets his own pancake.




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