The Battlefield

It’s 7:03am morning and from my bunker I hear the faint battle cry of a pint sized soldier. The sun has not fully risen on this day to allow for the necessary optimism to seep into my heart. She is waging war of my wits, my nerves and my sanity.

My body shutters at the notion of spending another day on the front. I rise with dignity, well almost, I’m bra-less, hair muffled, and basically all around unkempt, but the General of this army no less. With each step closer to the enemy barracks I encounter obstacles I should come to expect. Pink plastic land mines, the casualties of my once clean home, the all around devastation from yesterdays fight. The stench of rotting excrement grows closer as I reach my opponent. She sings at the sound of my approach, I unconsciously clench my teeth. With Each step up the mountain to her kingdom, I hear Miley Cyrus telling me “it’s the climb”, and with a shake of my head I mutter, “fuck off”. I’ve made it, it’s just her and I. I muster up any remaining courage and dignity to turn the corner to face my foe. Our eyes meet, she beams with pride at the notion of my coming to her calls. I am defeated.

It’s 7:10am.  I’ve lost the battle. I’m winning the war.

moving on up

Last week we entered the “big girl” phase, as a family. It wasn’t pretty folks, but it’s official, CK officially has transitioned to a “Big Girl Bed”. While Ant straddled the couch we attempted to move into the loft to make room for the bed, I ran for help from a neighbor.  Luckily Steve found as much humor in the situation as we did, and didn’t mind helping Ant destroy our walls and break a few light fixtures to make room for our new arrangement.

And, as we patiently waited for her to accept the new furniture in her room, we secretly hoped for a smooth transition and a new found love of sleep.

What we got, was a terrible ear infection and a cranky baby who wanted nothing to do with her plush mattress topped with only the most stylish of quilts.  We got crying and complaining, sleepless nights and battles over medicine. Totally the opposite of what we had envisioned  Not to fret, a few days on some antibiotics, which coincided with bribes to imbibe the meds, and all is back to normal.

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Better than normal even, as today marks the third night of successful sleep  in her bed!  Disassembling the crib bedding was a little depressing, but life goes  on, and I was getting too large to bend over the bed rails. Who am  kidding, they had been in the way from the get-go, being five feet tall is awesome…

 

 

The up side of the holidays is food, and then again the down side, is food. Luckily I love all sides of food, so the holidays and I remain in good standing.

 

 

So far, I’ve attempted a few new recipes, one of which is so worth sharing! This Honey Almond Butter Tart was a hit at the dinner party my sister and I threw last week. I would forgo the homemade crust and opt for a graham cracker crust for ease and perhaps an even better result! And, if you don’t have almond butter on hand, I promise no one will complain if you use peanut butter.

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Oh, and a few weeks back I promised ya’ll a recipe for same pasta fagioli, and while I’m a little hesitant to give away the recipe Ant has fallen in love with, I’ll share a similar one that we use on week nights in a pinch!

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Pasta Faux-gioli:

2 Packages diced Pancetta, or 8 ounced diced

1/2 small onion diced

2 celery ribs, diced

1 or 2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (I like alot of beans!)

1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes, plus 3/4 tomato can full of water

1/2 lb elbow macaroni

In a pot, brown pancetta in a little olive oil. Remove pancetta from oil with a slotted spoon and reserve. Add onion and celery to pancetta drippings, sautee till softened about 10 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, and water to the pot, return the pancetta to the mixture, and add a bay leaf. Simmer for at least 30 minutes but closer to an hour would be better.  Salt and pepper to taste. Cook elbows to al dente, strain and rinse in COLD water, then add to pot, let simmer for 5 minutes, and enjoy with a the mother-load of grated cheese on top!

 

On a design note, I’ve been oober busy, too busy to stop and think about the amount of work on my plate. However, I have to put my petal to the metal and get this done before the alien life form spawning in my stomach decides to rear its ugly (read : newborn cute) head. here is a rehearsal dinner invite I designed for a friend, that I’ve was able to also put up on my etsy shop! rehearsal dinner snow wood

I’ll, also be designing her daughters first birthday invite this week, so stay tuned for more winter themed designs

Coming soon, pics of our Christmas tree. Which may or may not have had a stroke, or at least appeared to, after our cats have had their part in destroying the Christmas spirit.

Blame it on Charlie Brown.

After cringing at my growing body for the last couple of months, and then considering the opposite of my condition, I’ve decided reflecting in writing may be better than at the table tomorrow night…

Wouldn’t want to turn anyone’s stomach, or put them to sleep!

I wonder how I am so lucky to have:

1.) A great husband, who is always open and honest and loving and gaming…and moments like this:

2.) A better first baby than I ever could have imagined, I think someone is raising/teaching her while I sleep!

3.) Best. Dog. Ever.

4.) Cats… it’s a love/hate relationship. I’m not complaining 🙂

5.) A family, a house (messy as it may be), and the ability to live each day (relativity) worry free and completely happy.

I’m pretty sure if I had any more going  for me at the moment the world would implode and the apocalypse might actually come.

Ok you can stop gagging yourself now. I’ll bring you back to reality with some things that need work in my life!

1.) I need to stop harping on situations where people are just luckier/richer/more fortunate than I am. I’m sure their life is lacking somewhere…right???

2.) willpower (or lack thereof) in so many aspects of my life… please don’t ask me when I scrubbed the bathroom floor last, or cleaned out the fridge. You really just don’t want to know.

3.) Comparisons in general – people, places, things. Nothing good ever comes from it…

4.) Using my creative skills more effectively!

5.) Cats, specifically the sleeping arrangements…

TEN.

I once ate ten cookies in one sitting. There was a time when I ran ten miles without stopping. I used to be able to stay up past 10pm. 

As I think about the number ten, on this day, I cringe… 

19 weeks, and I’ve gained TEN pounds already! I know, I’m growing some type of being inside of me, but as a sit on my ass watching Ant sweat it out doing some power yoga, I can’t help but think about how delectable those ten cookies were that I ate that one time…

If my next kid is anywhere near as charming as my first, it’ll be worth it…maybe.

On to a more important topic

I need you to promise me that you won’t stop reading when I continue with my topic, promise me. now. Thanks.

Politics. 

I know you seriously thought about it, I even thought about deleting this post as I typed it. BUT I’m if you’re anything like me, you HATE politics.

I despise them. The commercials and debates make me sick to my stomach from the blatant lies seeping into the ears of innocent Americans.

That being said, I avoid political discussion at all costs because it’s a futile subject in which no one is ever completely satisfied. In turn, I ignorantly vote for the lesser of two evils (or so I hope…)

Are you anything like me?

Maybe not, maybe you are die hard one way or the other. To be honest, I’m convinced that anyone who is too far one way or the other is more ignorant than myself. Shame on you for foolishly trusting someone so completely.

I’m writing this post to let you know that my wonderful husband discovered a website that will help those of you out there who are on the fence and queasy like me. The best part is, it doesn’t require hours of research, or a debate in an form!

http://www.isidewith.com/

It’s something I’ve be asking the political beasts to create, for a long time now. Finally it’s here! It’s like a middle school quiz game, but in the end you get a mini education on who you could vote for based on where you match up on opinions!

The best part about the site is that it goes into detail about where you match up with the candidates and where you don’t! Not to mention, it uses all parties not just the overheard dems and reps! 

My advice on watching the next debate: SCREW IT, watch that show on your dvr you haven’t had time for yet!

go play in a puddle! (and play fetch with your dog)

 

 or read to your kid (and by read I mean play with an app on your phone)

Happy EDUCATED voting! 

 

CK1

One year ago today…

OUCH.

…Happy Birthday Carmella!

I’ve been baking and cooking, and concocting and creating! Here is what I’ve come up with so far:

In the fridge: Pasta Salad, Italian Potato Salad, Broccoli Salad, Marinated Grilled Chicken with Portabello and Roasted Peppers, and  sneak peak of the cake!

I made about 50 of these flowers using coffee filters and food coloring.

and about 100 of these paper ones for garland.

The piece de resistance:

Browned Butter Honey Banana Cake with a Swiss Meringue Buttercream!

We can’t wait to share the day with BEER family and friends!

I hope to post pics and recipes this week. But, let’s be real, I’m certainly not going to be snapping many photos today. Hopefully other people will though!

Also, if you are attending today’s festivities, come hungry!