You may have noticed things have been quiet here on the recipe-front as of late. There’s a good reason for it, and it’s not just because by the time I put at least one and possibly two kids to bed for the night the only thing I can muster up the energy to do is binge-watch Breaking Bad in an effort to catch up before the series finale (for the record, I have 5 episodes left). It’s also not because I have been having a hard time taking pictures that look enticing lately (though I have). And it’s definitely not because I’m pregnant (no way). It’s because my computer won’t turn on. The computer that houses all those not-terribly-enticing-but-still-worthy-of-being-blogged pictures. I’m not sure that I’ll ever get them back at this point, but we’ll see.
I thought rather than have the blog go dark, I’d do a more personal post, just sharing some things going on in our lives right now. Feel free to completely ignore this post if you are uninterested in the somewhat boring lives of our little family.
For the past few months we’ve been house-searching and it’s not been going the best. We’re looking in the suburbs, which we essentially know nothing about, and just haven’t found “the one.” Two houses may have been the one, but we were too late to really do anything about it, unfortunately. That said, we have gotten to see some very lovely houses, both in person and via MLS listings. I’m pretty sure there is some unwritten rule that if you live in the suburbs, every surface must be covered in wallpaper or wood paneling.
I haven’t shared any pictures of Ian since introducing him, so that must be remedied. I’m terribly biased, but he’s one of the cutest babies I know, for sure. He also smiles all.the.time. Really, he is pretty much the happiest baby ever. Thank goodness. He’s made the transition to two much easier.
Ian is going to be 6 months old soon (where does the time go?!) and we started him on solids just about a week ago. I was going to wait until he hit 6 months like we did with Z, but since he was showing all the signs and the pediatrician thought it might help curb some of his spitting up, we went ahead and introduced avocado followed by sweet potatoes at around 5.5 months. So far, so good. I apologize in advance if you are one of those people who is really disgusted by pictures of babies with food on their faces, but I’m not and, like I said, my baby is damn cute. So, here he is enjoying avocado for the first time.
Zachary is your typical 3 year old, which is to say he’s equal parts hilarious/fun and terrible. Well, maaaaaybe it’s closer to 40/60 these days. I’m sure you’ve seen the site Reasons My Son is Crying? Let’s just say we could submit plenty of things there, like, oh I don’t know, the fact that even though he won Uno, he forgot to say Uno when he had one card left? The defiance these days is through the roof, but when he’s good he’s really good and SO much fun. Recently, he’s started reading some words here and there by sounding them out, which is just really awesome to see. That little boy has been book-obsessed since he was a baby, so it excites him, too, that he is starting to read. He’s also been kicking my ass at the matching game. When I look at pictures of him, I sometimes can’t believe how big he’s gotten. Does he not look about 12 in the swing pic? Geez. Must be growing due to all the kale he steals while I’m trying to prep dinner.
More random stuff:
Next week, I plan on heading to the food and wine event Kouzina at the National Hellenic Museum. Is anyone else going? If so, let me know; I’d love to meet you!
Are you looking forward to the start of fall TV programs? I’m really looking forward to Sherlock, though it’s looking like that will be more of a winter premiere! I’ll also be watching the last season (finally) of How I Met Your Mother, as well as New Girl, Parks and Rec (though I am literally so upset about the departure of Rob Lowe & Rashida Jones), and a few others. The chef from a restaurant I adore (Mexique) will be on Top Chef this season, so that’s exciting too!
Would you recommend any music? I’ve been in a bit of a music funk lately. I’ve been listening to a lot of the same stuff over and over, but a few that have gotten a lot of play lately are The Head and the Heart, Divine Fits, and Dirty Projectors. I’ve also resurrected Veruca Salt albums after getting a wee bit excited that they are reuniting (!!!) and yesterday I listened to Blur pretty much all day long, because I hadn’t listened to Blur in entirely too long. And the time in between listening to any Fiona Apple record is never very long.
And finally, to keep this food related, some recipes I’ve bookmarked lately:
- Sea Salt and Vinegar Peanuts from Serious Eats
- Phyllo Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes from Cook Like a Champion
- Peanut Butter Granola Bars from Sprouted Kitchen
- Rainbow Chard and Corn Fritters with Herbed Goat Cheese Sauce from Honest Cooking