Archive for January, 2013

Two homemade cleansers with fresh orange vinegar

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The orange vinegar I started putting together at the beginning of January steeped for two weeks in a sunny window. It was time to filter it and start using it! I poured it through a towel-lined funnel into another mason jar, squeezed out the soggy orange peels and composted them, and was left with…. A […]

Operation occupy-the-four-year-old

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Yet another day stuck at home with both of my sick girls, going stir-crazy because of the cold temperatures outside. Thank goodness for Pinterest and the ability to surf for crafts. We’ve been saving broken bits of crayons and restaurant freebies for a while now, intending to remake them into new crayons in fun shapes. […]

Poor sick little bop

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

We seem to have all caught whatever has been going around for the last couple weeks. Lilu is especially sick – she can barely breathe and Josh was up with her half the night. No fevers though, and the doctors found nothing at our visit only a couple days ago. Lilu slept about four hours […]

Breakfast on the go

Friday, January 25th, 2013

We’re always rushing in the mornings, so when I was cruising Pinterest with SofĂ­a during today’s snow day and we saw an idea for little baked individualized pancakes, we decided to go ahead and do it. I mixed up some gluten-free pancake batter with extra butter to make it more liquidy, and filled greased muffin […]

Organization on the cheap, part deux

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

I decided to tackle another home organization project this past weekend … because just look at this. Shameful, I tell you. This is the cabinet where we store all our warranties and manuals. And other sundry stuff too, but it is the sloppy, sloping slide of papers I really wanted to tackle. I wish I […]

What’s better than the best salmon?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

The best salmon with butter on it. Aw yeah. There is only one thing you should do with your leftover sous vide garlic caper salmon. If you have any left. (If you don’t, make more. Make it NOW. This is worth it.) Sous vide salmon with homemade English muffins and lightly lemoned hollandaise. I am […]

Lilu-bop turns 1!

Monday, January 21st, 2013

It’s been a year already? Hard to believe. Alea Lore, born 1/20/2012: Is now a whole year old. My vibrant, funny little girl always has a big smile on her face. She laughs and chortles and points and claps and has two words, “Dat?” and “Dis?” Unless you count “Nanananana” for Mama, when she’s sad. […]

The easiest, tastiest salmon you will ever eat.

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Ever. I promise. Have you ever heard of the sous vide cooking technique? I bet you have. It’s this suuuuper fancy technique where meat is sealed in vacuum bags and kept at carefully maintained temperatures for long periods of time, breaking down collagen etc while allowing no meat to escape. Actually, I shouldn’t pretend to […]

Upcycled diaper storage

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Our bedroom used to be a sanctuary. A cool green, sheer-curtains, blissfully serene, no-kids-toys-allowed kind of sanctuary. Well, then Kid #2 happened and we needed somewhere to put… everything. She’s sleeping in the guest room right now, but the changing table, diaper pail, pack n’ play and all her clothes are stored HERE. See this […]

Four Cents per Load

Friday, January 18th, 2013

I’ve been making my own eco & baby friendly laundry soap on the cheap for quite some time now – you may remember my post back in 2009 (though the pictures are inexplicably broken, sorry). The recipe couldn’t be simpler: 1 bar soap: I use Ivory, but you can also use Fels Naptha or a […]