Taste

Dear Oskar // 21 + 22 Months

2015/07/30

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetAnd we’re back! The site went down, damn hosting, and I experienced a Carrie moment of too many people asking me if I backed it up. Then I realized I am the worst blogger ever. But on to Oskar…

Hello my little bug. You’ve become a full grown boy. I can’t believe it, when did it happen? How did the babiness shed to quickly and without me realizing? Thanks to a trampoline at your cousins, you have become a world class jumper. Both on and off the trampoline, or your makeshift trampoline at home… a bed. You can jump pretty high with both feet flying off the ground and do somersaults too, although most the time they seem on accident.

Letters, colors, words of all kinds are flying out of your mouth at a rapid speed. You are so chatty, you’ll be speaking in full sentences in no time. You are mostly quiet around new people, but love telling everyone you see hi. Every. Single. Person.

You are awesome and so loved.

Sight: Shows! So obsessed with shows. I am failing. Its such a slippery slope. And with these crazy toddler times sometimes this mama just needs a moment and turning on Curious George makes that really easy. I need to find more independent activities Oskar can do.

Smell: I love the smell of summer, and the smell of a slightly sweaty, sun kissed, sunscreened little babe.

Sound: We just bought our tickets to Wheatland and I am so excited. Oskar is old enough to really get into the music this year.

Taste: I find myself getting off track or lazy with our meals. Trying to be better about sitting down for every meal and giving Oskar something I know he likes (eggs, avocados, cheese, pbj) and introducing new things on the side.

Touch: Oskar’s size is frustrating. He is extremely thin and tall. So I love things like this jumper.

 

Ricotta Donuts

2015/05/26

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Warning, these are so easy and delicious you may want to make them everyday. Also, is it doughnuts or donuts?

Ricotta Donuts

3/4 c. All Purpose Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Lemon Zest
1 c. Whole Milk Ricotta
2 Eggs lightly beaten
2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Confectioners Sugar for Dusting
Vegetable Oil for Frying

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, salt & zest in a bowl.
  • Mix ricotta, eggs, sugar, vanilla in a bigger bowl.
  • Add flour mixture to ricotta mixture and mix all together.
  • Heat oil to 370 in heavy bottomed pot
  • Drop equal spoonfuls into hot oil for 3 minutes per batch
  • Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool
  • Eat immediately

Tips: Test a few before doing a big batch, don’t crowd your pot, don’t let your kid turn off the burner and mess up your oil temp.

Dear Oskar // 20 Months

2015/05/11

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Hi baby! That’s you’re new thing… affectionately calling us baby. My favorite is “thank you baby.” You love babies. Real and fake. I’m ordering you a new baby doll to tote around since my beloved baby doll I passed down to you was left at the airport. Maybe even this carrier that your cousin just got because it is just so cute and I bet you would love wearing your baby.

It seems like you have a new word every day. Which is so nice because it’s enabling you to communicate more with us and tell us what you want. And is especially nice because words help replace whines. And I hate whines. You’re even getting the hang of being polite and saying “pleeeease” when we tell you to “ask nicely.” My least favorite word you say is “show,” I mean it’s super cute when you say it because your lips form a little pouty O. But your love of watching shows is quickly getting out of hand. I don’t care about a show here and there, but it’s time to set some guidelines.

You’re favorite things are running, jumping, playing the drums, dancing, and letters. You love to yell GO and run as fast as you can. Or JUMP (which sounds more like shuuump) and try really hard to get both feet off the ground. You pretend to spell things, it’s usually O A E O or some variation of those letters. And when you are coloring you often hand over the crayon and dictate what letters I am too write and where. 

These months are flying by and it’s hard to keep up with all the changes. I want to remember so many things. The way you say baby, your sweet dance moves, the way your sweaty forehead smells after running around outside. I’m trying to take moments to absorb it all and file it away. Hopefully it works.

Sight: Baskets are the best! I try to make Oskar pick up his toys before nap and before bed. Having simple baskets to throw everything in makes it way easier… and looks good too.

Smell: We have a a highly rated diaper pail that I use for disposables, but that thing still seems to stink. What is the trick? Change the bag more often? Fancy diaper pail air fresheners?

Sound: I am old analog lady – listening to the radio all day on a super old receiver or vinyl. But Nick recently got this system to try and convert me to the digital world and its working! I got the app on my iPad and have been using it everyday for Oskar and I’s dance parties.

Taste: Food is hit or miss these days. I heard this age is tough. One day he’ll a bunch of scrambled eggs, a couple days later he chews a bite and spits it out. It’s a blast.

Touch: Now that he is better about leaving his shoes on we could get our first pair of slip ons. They glow in the dark! I think I’m going to get him some sandals for summer, like these or these.

French Fries

2015/05/05

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Let’s be honest, french fries are the best food ever. I will never turn down a fry. These crispy guys drizzled in a chipotle aoli look so good.

Dear Oskar // 19 Months

2015/04/03

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The one thing I could count on is that you go down for nap and bedtime easily and happily. Not so much this past week, you have stalled and turned it into a game, jumping up and down in your crib, trying to get me to laugh and play. Sometimes I give in – but then I have to go. You only cry for a moment before falling asleep, but I still hate it. Today you went down just fine for a nap. Instead of closing the door behind me I left it slightly cracked and watched as you snuggled in to fall asleep. You grabbed your goat, and then your bear. Stretching your arms as far as you could to try and hold them both at the same time. Nuzzled your face into theirs and started to drift off. It was the best.

When you aren’t snuggling the absurd amount of stuffed animals in your crib, you are usually bouncing off the walls. You have a ton of energy, curiosity, and a naughty streak. Which leads to a messy house, lots of laughter, and lots of tears. Not to compare you to a dog, but it reminds me of those dogs they say need a job. They’re so active and if not given a job to do, they will destroy your house. That is you Oskar, you are a sporty worker dog. I have to think of activities and jobs to keep you busy to prevent complete and mass destruction.

This weekend will be our first away. Your dad and I will head to Chicago for the weekend and you will stay here with your Grandma. I am not nervous or scared. Waiting 19 months before having a night away wasn’t even on purpose, just no other occasion arose before than. I know you will be just fine and have a great time with your family. But we sure will miss you.

I’ve said it before, but I truly enjoy spending time with you. I look forward to my days off and adventuring thru our day or weekends when we all can do things together. Our only rough days are when I’m trying to accomplish things other than “fun” – like, oh, my job or house stuff. We’re finding the balance and both working on our lessons in patience.

Sight: Are you familiar with Charley Harper? I’m sure I’ve seen his work before, but we recently got one of the board books with his illustations from the library. It was so beautiful and now I want to buy them all. And I would love this coloring book too!

Smell: We love candles and Oskar loves blowing them out. I usually pick up whatever smells good at Target, but this beeswax candle seems like it would be much better for burning in his room.

Sound: We’ve been listening to this a lot lately.

Taste: Oskar is obsessed with these fig bars. His favorite flavor is lemon and we can’t make it out of the grocery store without him consuming one. They are such a great snack.

Touch: These pajamas (the ones he’s wearing above) are the best! Long sleeves, super long legs, stretchy and soft, footy OPTIONAL, and zip up – I swear I have talked about these things individually and now I have found them. Note: they do seem to run big, which if you are like me just means you get to use them for a long time.

 

Linen Napkins

2015/03/23

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For our wedding I bought a ton of vintage napkins, they were lovingly used for multiple friend’s weddings and have ventured on, but I still have a few on hand. I love using them! So much better than buying paper napkins (which i’ve never done) or half a sheet of paper towel (which i always do) or the sleeve of your shirt (ok, maybe i’ve done it once or twice).

LOFTStudios linen napkins are beautiful, classic, fun, and you wouldn’t be afraid to use them everyday. They use soft, natural, sustainable fabrics + unharmful, unharsh, chemical-free water-based inks whenever possible. All of their products are made of 100% linen, loomed through a process that creates zero water or air pollution. Linen is also highly absorbent and incredibly durable – when cared for properly, will last over 20 years!

What’s your favorite print? I love these stripes (on sale!) and the sketch marks.

Five Senses For Friday

2015/03/20

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Happy Spring! It’s not quite warm here yet, but close enough to spend so me much needed time outside. Watch out playgrounds, here we come!

Sight: Sunglass season has arrived! (although you should probably use sunglasses year round)

Smell: Really interested in trying some of these cleaning products. The ingredients are straightforward and conveniently explained on their site. (via The Littlest)

Sound: We got these headphones for Oskar to use on our recent flight, they are cute and comfy. There is volume control on the cord, but I found that if you set the volume on your device assuming that the headphones are up all the way, when they mess with it they can only turn it down, not up and blast their ears out.

Taste: Going to attempt the 4 hour baguette this weekend. I’m almost afraid for it to work out well…

Touch: Finally jumping on the leather legging train. I’ve made a few failed attempts, maybe it will stick this time.

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Dear Oskar // 18 Months

2015/03/09

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Last year at this time I was writing your 6 month post. I remember it well. The halfway to a year mark. And now here we are half way to two, it’s so different but I see similarities. You are in such a big (difficult) transition. You really want us to understand what you are saying because we know that although you may be saying “what is that” you really mean something else. You want to do everything by yourself, or want me to do it a very specific way… or else. And just when I think the baby days are behind us you’ll have a day or a moment where all you want is me and lots of nursing. Patience is the magic word right now. Sometimes it is easier said then done, but I do my best to show you patience so you may learn yourself.

You have been spending Mondays with your cousins and their homeschooling mama has such great activities for you. Painting and digging for dinosaurs in sand. You like to dump things out of a container and count as you put them back in, but can only say two and three. Words are coming pretty quickly these days and I can see the light at the end of the communication tunnel.

I’m so proud of the beautiful, kind, passionate, dancing child you are.

Sight: These crayon gems have been getting a lot of use. They are easy for little hands to hold and really aesthetically pleasing to this mama.

Smell: I’ve been thinking about getting an essential oil diffuser. I’m not fully on the oil cure all boat, but I like good smells and am not opposed to trying things that have little to no risk.

Sound: Oskar is still a dancing fool. Lately his been digging Steely Dan. That’s my boy.

Taste: As I posted on Friday, Oskar loves smoothies. But I want him to eat more vegetables without majorly tricking him into it so I’ve also made these quinoa bites which were a hit and so so good, I loved having them on hand for a quick lunch or running out the door.

Touch: Pajamas are such a picky thing for me. Oskar has big feet, is skinny, and if given the opportunity, has his hands down his pants. So we aim for no footies and a one piece. These are our favorite pajamas. But would love any recommendations!

photos: From our day with Lindsey and Jonas at the Botanical Gardens – the best winter getaway.

 

Five Senses For Friday

2015/02/27

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I can’t take it anymore! I need Spring here immediately. This cold is insane. We’re all getting major cabin fever and I’m running out of activities to do with a toddler. If it was just a little cold I would layer up and head outside, but -20 wind chills. Come on. I finally caved and went to the playgroup at the library, and like clockwork Oskar got sick. If you are in this brutal weather, buy some flowers, crank your heat up, paint your toenails and listen to some summer jams. If you live in beautiful weather, please email me rentals and job listings.

Sight: Give me all the baskets.

Smell: Tips on how to shop a flower market… if you are lucky enough to have one nearby.

Sound: Our first weekend away from Oskar is planned (yay! wah!) – a trip to Chicago to see Father John Misty. The last album, Fear Fun, is still played quite often around here, and very nostalgic since I listened to it during the best part of my labor. I haven’t listened to the new one, I Love You Honeybear, as much yet. I’m sure it will be on repeat soon enough.

Taste: This ginger-mint pear smoothie is so good. Seeing how easy it was to whip this up and how much Oskar likes something packed full of spinach I might have to look into stepping up my smoothie game.

Touch: The perfect slip dress. You could wear year round, every day. Under an oversized sweater, with a light jacket, over a t-shirt.

Taste of San Antonio

2015/02/23

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We took off the other week for a nice long weekend in San Antonio. Nick’s mom rents a carriage house every year in the beautiful king williams neighborhood and invited us to visit this year. It was so great to get out of this blistering cold for a bit. We experienced our first flight with a toddler on our laps. And I don’t mean to brag, but we nailed it. That kid was a dream on the flight there and on the way back it was looking a little dicey but then he fell asleep for almost the entire flight.

Once in Texas the weather wasn’t as warm as expected, but it a couple days later it was mid 70s and sunny. We spent a lot of time wandering around the riverwalk downtown and in the neighborhoods near our place. But when it comes to travel there’s only one thing I really focus on, food (and drinks). Here are some tasty stand outs from our trip…

Bakery Lorraine – My mother in law had a box of macaroons waiting for me upon arrival, because she is smart, and they were amazing – so of course I had to go back for more. Bakery Lorraine is located in the Pearl area. So we went down early Saturday morning for the farmer’s market. I had to restrain myself from ordering every baked good in sight and settled on a croissant and a homemade poptart. Yes I’m serious. It was one of the best things I’ve ever had… ever. I was skeptical because sometimes homemade versions of food like that can taste too healthy, you know, like the organic offbrand version. But they nailed it. If they made a brown sugar cinnamon version I would be on the next flight out.

Local Coffee – in the same area right across from the bakery is this coffee shop. They made a mean cortado and nick’s normally over complicated decaf iced concoction was perfect without needing to provide instruction. Plus they were not pretentious like so many baristas these days.

The Friendly Spot – if we lived in San Antonio this is where we would be when we weren’t sleeping. It’s all outdoors – a large gravel lot with perfectly rusted patio furniture, huge selection of beer, good simple snack & meal options, a fenced in playground for kids,  a movie screen for when the Spurs are playing, and is dog friendly. It’s pretty much the best thing ever and had us looking at real estate to start our own version. Seriously, drinking outdoors with a family/pet friendly aspect (but not annoyingly so), is the BEST.

Feast – Hip and modern decor, good cocktails, good small plates. Not the greatest spot for a toddler, but they were pretty accommodating. We went for dinner, although I heard the had a great brunch. Great place for a small group of friends to share a meal.

The Esquire – In our short time in San Antonio we were close to becoming regulars here. Although we never had dinner here, we did split a dessert (the date loaf) one night and it was amazing. The cocktails were all amazing. And between the two of us we had a lot of them. Vacation + babysitter = lots of drinks. Great atmosphere and staff. We really enjoyed sitting out on the balcony and people watching. Plus its the oldest bar on the riverwalk, so there is your history lesson. You’re welcome.

Bella on the River – For our official date night nick picked this restaurant. Initially I wasn’t optimistic because there were some major reservation issues and they weren’t handling it very well. But after I got over that, thanks to a heavily poured glass of chianti, we enjoyed a really great meal. Very classic Italian, nothing over the top, just fresh ingredients cooked well. Nick splurged and ordered a steak with foie gras, again – vacation, and I opted for one of the specials which was a lemony langoustine dish.

The Monterey – We went here for brunch. It reminded me of home. A really cool patio space with random furniture and decor, music blaring, and laid back staff that didn’t seem to mind a kid wandering around. I had a simple egg, bacon, biscuit meal. The egg was cooked well (egg snob here), bacon was crisp, biscuit was huge and so delicious, plus it came with honey butter and jam. Most importantly, the Bloody Mary was perfect.

 

photograph: The Alamo – our only visit was on accident at night. But were told there is an exhibit across from the alamo narrated by Phil Collins, yes that Phil Collins.

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