Jun 19, 2014

Ferments & Rambles

OK, so it has been a while. A long while, I really need to take advantage of the precious few moments between when the Bug sleeps at night and when I start tackling everything on my to-do list, and come back here. So much as been going on, between coop building, fermenting All The Things, and general life with a newborn, while learning to be a stay at home mommy.

Apr 26, 2014

Playing with pickling

Hurray! My Pickl-It jars have arrived! I am running around on a mission to pickle All The Things. We are doing up cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, apple slices, garlic and ginger. Oh yeah. Also, a HUGE batch of sauerkraut. I can't wait =) I will post images once we have the first batches set up.

I really enjoy the tang of fermented foods, it has the awesome bonus of also being good for you - win/win!

Apr 9, 2014

Chicken Soup, 2 ways

Well, here we are in late spring, the end of the cold season. After finally getting over the cold that laid both Bug and I low for a while (OK, not fully over it, but I always have a cough after a cold), I figured I would share some chicken soup. I do it two ways... the long and slow, all-day way, and the quick & easy way. I wrote out the fast way after my husband admitted he was intimidated by simmering a chicken carcass, and seasoning everything perfectly. What is nice about the fast version, is that you can pre-measure your spices and leave them sealed in containers. This makes it fool-proof for even the most kitchen-intimidated spouse.

Mar 26, 2014

Keeping up with supply & demand

Who knew that breastfeeding could be so hard? I did! Or at least, I thought I did. It was nothing at all like I had expected, yet once we got there, it was just as rewarding as I had hoped.

All I can say is that if it looks like your little guy or gal will never latch... do not give up hope! We almost lived at the lactation consultant's office for the first week, learning to retrain Bug's swallow reflex with a leaky orthodontic nipple. After that, we had to get him used to having a boob in his face again - AND get rid of his lazy suck habit. It took about 4 weeks until Bug would latch on with any sort of regularity - but when he did... ouch. He had a shallow latch. Back to the lactation consultant. He is now nearly 6 weeks old, and nurses quite well. That's a far cry from waking my husband up in the middle of the night with a screaming baby, and giving him said screaming baby, and a bottle of formula, and going into the other room to cry, myself.

Mar 25, 2014

The big 3-0

Birthdays. Hmmm, yikes. I don't really ever do much for mine, but this year, I turn 30. Is that old? I don't think so, but still, ouch. Maybe 30 is a bit old to be only just starting what my husband and I would like to be a large family. It certainly won't get any easier with subsequent pregnancies.

The great thing about turning 30, however, is all of the knowledge that I have now, that I did not have when I turned 21, the last "milestone" birthday. I'd say I am a hell of a lot smarter now. I am also more responsible. This is a good thing. To celebrate, I get some of my favorite things in life - sushi (Spicy tuna, anyone? Hell yes, please and thank you.) and a nice flavorful drink... something nice to sip through the night, I haven't decided what yet, though. And then there is the ever present snuggles received from the Bug. I would consider him to be worth every second of every year old that I am.

Normally for my birthday, I get a new book (or two... or three... hell, just give me All The Books, and we will be good). Not sure what to get this time. I have a long, long list of books that my mother still has physically, that have not been bought on our Kindle account. or, I could try something new. Decisions! What are your favorite books, or authors? This year, my husband and I are also going to be looking for a nice, petite amethyst, Bug's birthstone. That was a happy surprise, as I am not usually one for jewelry, but I am big on the sentimental things. When we find one, I will be wearing it happily.

So, here's to a nice, low-key, sushi-filled day of reading. And Bug-snuggles.

Mar 24, 2014

Laundry Soap & Cloth Diapering...

Sweet! Cloth diapers! I never imagined I would be so excited about washing out pee-soaked fabric, and spraying poop off more fabric. But, I am. I am enjoying my cloth diapers - at the moment, I have BumGenius and gpants. I plan to order more, from Alvababy.

But it is so not what I had imagined it to be. I didn't think about how hard it would be to do laundry nearly every day with an infant, and hang the diaper shells to dry, and stuff the shells, and.. oh my. My work is really cut out for me, isn't it?

Mar 19, 2014

All The Things...! (pt. 2)

He's here!!! It is my pleasure to announce to you the birth of my son.

February 9th, 2014 @ 6:24am
9lb 6oz - 22in

The full story is posted. However, it is the full story.

Mar 18, 2014

All The Things...! (pt. 1)

Oh boy, there is so much to catch up on, here. For starters, I am no longer pregnant, yay! This post will share my baby shower, and catch you up a bit on the bulk of the reason I've been MIA since November. So much has been gong on, and I feel bad about not posting anything here, at all.

Dec 24, 2013

Catching up...

So much has happened this month, I do not even know where to begin.

For starters, my first attempts at homemade body butter had mixed results. On one hand, I rather like it. It is a little oily at first, but absorbs rather quickly into the skin, leaving soft, supple hands, elbows, legs, arms, etc. But I do not like that I have to "melt" it in my palms first. I will be working on that with the next batch, tweaking the recipe a bit. The smell is divine, I let the cocoa butter be my scent. I smell faintly like a chocolate bar every morning, now. It's wonderful!

My solid lotion bar attempt? Let's just say I have used it so much during these winter months that I already need to make more. I added a slight hint of peppermint to it, so it smells like chocolate mint - a great pick me up! It's making my cracked heels a thing of the past, and I always rub a little bit into my cuticles every morning when I wake up, and every night before bed. For the first time I can remember, my winter skin is not dry, flaky, itchy and tender. It is soft, smooth, and whole. I love this.

And finally, my first try at lip balm... mostly a success! I cannot get the honey I wanted in it to stay incorporated, it sinks to the bottom of the jar. However, the solid part, that I have remelted and poured into a sterile chap stick tube, is damn near a miracle. My lips are not cracking in the winter weather, and the cracks that were already there have healed over nicely, and quickly. I can see making more of it, I'm quite happy.

Nov 29, 2013

OK, a day late, but... Happy Thanksgiving!

Wow. Yesterday was such an incredible day. We woke up at 5am to put the turkey in... yep, 5 o'clock in the morning... I had a 30-pounder I needed to have ready to eat by 2. Well, we got it into the oven only half an hour late, which was great, considering the previous night, during prep, I had forgotten completely about cutting the bread up for stuffing... whoops! After the bird was stuffed and set to roast, we did a whole bunch of last-second cleaning and straightening, things like dusting (yet again), arranging tables, vacuuming "just one more time," hosing the chicken poop from the deck (although it amuses to mention that we now have a poop deck), and setting up the hot cider, mugs, napkins, plates, and silverware ahead of time. By the time it was all done, family was arriving!

The house was full, and that made me so happy. The house also smelled amazingly tasty, with everything cooking. Some things did go wrong - I forgot to cook the corn, and the potatoes didn't cook long enough before we drained them to mash them (...oops. The potatoes I had checked looked nice and mealy, but I guess I just checked smaller ones.), and we killed the yeast in the bread on accident, so we had some pretty dense rolls, that burnt on the bottom. For my first time hosting, that wasn't too bad, but I am planning to make new mashed potatoes for the leftovers, and new rolls as well.

Despite the mishaps, the whole house fell silent as people dug in to their plates, even going back for second helpings. The sound of silence is a beautiful thing, when people have food. It's music to my ears, and I take it as a compliment of the highest order.