Friday, October 28, 2011

At 2.5 years~

 You:

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:love to play your "dukar" guitar.  You have band practice every night you can with Papa.
:love Papa the most.  When I walk in and you are already home with him you tell me to go away.  It makes me giggle.
:always want to go see the bands on the weekend.
:are really good at jumping and you love to do it.  Especially off the radiator cover in your room. You even "stick" the landing now and stay on your feet most times.
:like to stay up late.  Sometimes we make you jump 100 or 200 times on your bed in an effort to wear you out.  It doesn't seem to work.
:still love applesauce and yogurt.
:are getting pickier about food.  Luckily your back up dinner is still peas.
:Cannot pick up a stick without making it into a microphone.
:are entertaining everyone.
:really like stickers and markers.  This has been really wonderful, we even sometimes get a quiet dinner because you are peacefully stickering.
:have just switched over to being able to get to sleep on your own.  It is amazing and makes me so happy.
:are really out of control most of the time.  Whew, what a whirlwind.
:love school and your teachers Miss 'Lena and Miss Sofia.
:send us back and forth through love and frustration so fast we can hardly keep up but oh, boy, do we love you to pieces.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wellness Wednesday: Curried Butternut Squash

Here is a recipe I made up last week  and we have been enjoying.  It is perfect for rainy days and the dark fall evenings.  Enjoy!

2 smallish butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 cans coconut milk
1 container of extra firm tofu, cubed
1/2 cup water
1/2 inch ginger, chopped
 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or sesame oil)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon curry powder*

salt and pepper to taste


Add oil to large cooking pot.  Turn heat to medium.  Toss in garlic and ginger and heat till fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add curry and stir for 30 seconds.  Add squash, coconut milk and water.  Cover and turn heat up to medium high for 15 minutes.


Uncover and turn heat down to simmer.  Add tofu.  Simmer until squash is tender (about 15 more minutes.)

Add salt and pepper and serve like a stew or over your favorite whole grain.  This makes enough for two people to eat a few times and freeze a little too.  That way you cook once and eat three or four times.  Awesome!

* I love the taste of curry but am a big old wimp with "hot" spices.  We get our curry from the local halal market and I think it is way hotter than grocery store versions.  This makes an extremely mild dish.  Please feel free to add more if you like the heat :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Out takes

I spent a while this morning trying to get a good picture of my new 'do.

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It was just me and the auto timer.

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Set in the normal place on the bedside table.

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But I was aiming for just the head really.

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And using the zoom, which I don't usually do.

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So it was a little tricky.  And the light was bad...

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Turns out the first one was the best. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Dolmen Comfort

I have been on it over here.  New clients, good food, crocheting and sewing.  In addition to working in my favorite two boutiques in town.  How lucky am I?  Completely.

There are a number of items from the store that have made there way into my closet and it is a constant source of inspiration.  After only getting out with out the child one day a week (at most!) for well over 2 years it feels great to be picking items which are both practical for my daily adventures and fashionable.  Imagine!  And while looking good isn't so important to me philosophically, feeling confident is.  And if looking good leads there- well, there are worse things!

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When new things come into doubledutch and I unpack and steam them or help write up descriptions for the website (don't mind the type o's) I find myself falling in love with so many of the pieces that it would end up with me paying them to work there if I let it get out of control.  So I take home the things I can't live without and don't feel able to make.  Like the Kut from the Kloth skinny cords in these pictures.  (That I resent having to take off to wash because I love them so much.)  I just recently made something for the first time with a direct inspiration from an item in the store.  I loved this dolmen sleeved teeshirt and resolved I could easily make one with the gray slub cotton knit I already had at home waiting for a purpose.

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I can't emphasize how fabulous this fabric is.  And the basic idea of the shirt is so, so comfortable.  I changed the size of the sleeve cuffs and shouldn't have.  I need to go back and make them smaller.  I didn't get a perfect seem on the collar but two tiny bumps were not going to stop me from wearing it every time it is clean.  I love the drape and softness of the fabric.  It is like wearing a light sweatshirt almost with out (I hope!) looking much like that.  And it is a little sheer, so worn without a tank top underneath it is very sexy.  Hello girls! hehe.

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Right now my favorite things in the shop are: this blouse, this coat, and this awesome dress.

PS- I am cutting my hair off tomorrow. Like really short! yay!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sweater Season

Today Desi got a sweater.  She is so cold she sleeps under the covers with us.  Happily.  Zo was so much harrier!  I can see Desi's pink skin right through her hair on most of her body.

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I was looking on ravelry to find something new to do with the yarn I had been knitting into a sweater.  Yeah- that whole knitting thing didn't really work out for me.  Maybe the next thing I try will be smaller.  I definitely can't count :)  Here is what my sweater looks like now:

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As I was looking I stumbled upon the pattern for a granny square dog sweater and figured- why not?  With crochet I can easily finish something like this in a couple of hours and whala!  Here you go.

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Isn't she sweet?  Her transition into the household is really going well.  I even bought her some balls to play with because she is finally getting playful.  And frisky.  And she isn't too afraid of the Bug as long as he doesn't have a drum stick in his hand.  She doesn't like that at all.