Thursday, September 30, 2010

Orzo with Kale

So I got some kale for free from the King's Pantry (one of the perks of living at the Regent Village--free food for the residents twice a week!). I'd never made kale before, so I hit up All Recipes to find a yummy way to use it up....and found this great Orzo with Kale recipe! It has some fun unusual flavors like tumeric and nutmeg (which gives it a nice fallish flair), and Ellis loved it! Enjoy!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Another Ali Giveaway

My friend Ali is giving away this sweater! I would love to win it to put Brody in it--green is one of my all-time favorite colors! Go check it out and enter to win on her blog!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Carrot Mint Soup

Brad and Sarah made this amazing soup for us in London, and it has become one of our new staple meals coming into fall! Ellis is normally not a big soup fan, but he and I both can't get enough of this!

Carrot Mint Soup

Onion (between 1 and 2)
Carrots (4-5 of the big ones-as opposed to the baby ones)
Chicken stock (4 Cups)
Fresh Mint
Salt and pepper

This is a pretty general recipe with the amounts, but basically melt some butter in a pot, toss in some chopped onion and carrots, and let them cook until tender. Then add the chicken stock, mint, salt, and pepper, and let simmer. Finally puree the soup and enjoy! :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bee Baby

So I'm wanting to dress Brody up as a bee for Halloween since his initials are BEE. I'd love to make him a homemade costume (even if it's glaringly amateur, which it will be :) ), partly because this particular bee is $23 on amazon (for something he'd wear ONCE), and partly because I always said I'd never get my kids generic Wal-Mart costumes.

Only problem is I have no idea where to start or where to find inspiration. Has anyone seen any cute ideas for DIY kids' costumes on the web?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Such an awesome blog--she says everything I've ever felt. Ellis and I were crying we were laughing so hard!

This is Why I'll Never Be an Adult

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

I just rearranged our living room and dining room furniture and now there is a bare wall that needs a little bit of whim. Urban Outfitters usually has a good selection of fun wall decals, so I checked out their website and found something way better. Wallflowers! Immediately I knew this is EXACTLY what I want.

Being a ridiculously indecisive person (once I went through the check-out at Ross with a colander, decided not to get it, got out to the parking lot, turned around and went back through and bought it, and then the very next day went back and returned it), I rarely experience this sort of certainty. It was a really nice feeling, haha!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Baby Woot

The of baby stuff: Green Baby Bargains.

Each day at 12 PM EST they post a baby deal. Today it was cloth diapers (sold out before I saw it)....tomorrow...who knows? Check it out!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My baby makes me laugh and laugh:

Friday, September 3, 2010

I've been eyeing this $2000 pic from Anthropologie for a while now. After I finish up my in-the-works projects I'm gonna paint this and save myself $1990 or so!

UK part 2--the people we came to see!

Isn't it funny how you can travel halfway around the world and the most memorable moments have nothing to do with the sights you see? One of my favorite days on the whole trip was our Saturday in Edinburgh, and I didn't see anything that would show up in a guidebook. In the morning Rachel and I took the babies charity shopping while the guys went to an organ concert at the Edinburgh International Festival. Charity shops are the UK equivalent of thrift shops, only they are smaller and nicer. On the downside, they're a bit more expensive, but it's nice that you can figure out if there's nothing good in 5 minutes rather than spending 3 hours in a Goodwill and coming out frazzled and empty-handed (and then feeling like you should treat yourself to a 3 dollar Starbucks drink to compensate for your exhaustion). I didn't find any clothes, but found some cute things for the the house and some gifts for family members. I also could have stocked up on the entire UK version of the Harry Potter books for about 3 dollars each. But we already have all the American ones, so I let them go and just got a couple for gifts. Aren't they cool though?

After a picnic near Brad's school (which I spent, like every picnic, standing up, poised to run from bees), Rachel, Brody, and I went to see a Fringe Festival production of Rodgers and Hammersteins' Cinderella. There are two festivals in Edinburgh in August--the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe Festival. The Edinburgh International Festival is very prestigious and is very selective about who they invite; the Fringe festival was started as an open for all chance for all other artisans that wished to perform in Edinburgh at the same time as the EIF. So, some of the Fringe stuff is fabulous (like the candlelit performance of Faure's Requiem we went to later that night), but some are really stupid--like Cinderella. It was done by American high-schoolers, and I've seen some great high school plays but this was not one of them.

After the play finished up, Rachel and I were supposed to take the bus home, but we elected to spend our bus money on coffee and walk the hour and a half home. It was awesome--we got lost, took pictures, people-watched, popped in H&M, and just got to talk. Finally, after dinner, Ellis and I went to see Faure's Requiem at Old Saint Paul's church and walked home through the park at night. I think that was my favorite thing about Edinburgh--how wonderfully walkable it is. I hate that in Virginia Beach, the only place I can walk from our apartment (without walking on the grass by cars going 50) is a little walking path around the campus. Brody and I love that walk, but man, I wish we could walk on errands too!
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