Oh, friends. I am exhausted. I am exhausted, and the floor in my living room is covered in scattered toys (many of which are painfully prickly to a bare foot) and beneath the toys, I am sure, despite my best efforts, is a fine layer of pee.
Shanah tovah, friends! We kicked off the new year by making not one, but two, of Smitten Kitchen's apple and honey challah (one to keep, the second for P1 to take to daycare to share with her friends and teachers. She was super resistant to the sharing bit until she saw how much challah we got to keep at home - these make big loaves). It was ambitious, but reminded me of just how awesome fresh homemade challah is.
These scones are a perfect grab and go breakfast for a busy weekday morning (aka, back to school time! Or pretty much every day around here). They're healthy and yummy and easy to whip up - I find myself baking a batch almost every other week. I make them so often that now I just keep most of the ingredients on hand (it's mostly pantry staples anyway).
Happy Labor Day, y'all! Grateful for this extra day off, even as we spend it cooped up inside, potty training a toddler who keeps expressing sadness at losing her diapers. Sigh. Hopefully your plans involved more fun and fewer arguments. If you're still trying to think of what to bring to your potluck/BBQ/picnic, I've rounded up some of our favorites from the archives and around the web. And if you have any potty training tips, please share them in the comments below!
I had resolved awhile ago to start up on the natural deodorant (and felt subsequently quite guilty when pregnant and nursing and still hadn't made a switch and came upon some horrid parenting web site that took it as a given that no mother would subject her baby to the horrors of second-hand antiperspirants! Whoops.).
Well, after a few fits and starts, I think I'm firmly in the natural deodorant camp now. Of course, with so many more options available now, and everyone's body chemistry apparently adjusting to natural deodorants differently, I had to test out a few before finding one that would stick.
I've always loved books. I was that kid in elementary school who always had a book on the playground, and as an adult, I've yet to live in an apartment with adequate bookshelf space for a collection that never stops growing. Connecting with a new book always elicits a thrill, and if I'm feeling down in the dumps, opening an old favorite can feel like a comforting hug from a good friend.
When I first found out I was pregnant with P1, one of the things I most looked forward to sharing with my future kid was my love of reading. I was eager to share my old favorites (Anne of Green Gables!) and discover new ones.
On Sunday, in honor of Women's Equality Day, reproductive rights organizations and progressive activists protested Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. (You can read more about how and why here and here.)
Whether you joined the protests and are looking for next steps, or you missed it (we did - J had to work) and still want to get involved, there's more that we all can do.
Yesterday was J's birthday. Every year, we do a mix of something-old/something-new.
Hello, chickadees! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.
This started when I went to the grocery store and saw a pile of perfect blueberries and brought home two pints, thinking I would make this (which I've made before, and is excellent, a popular dessert for company that will leave you with sufficient leftovers, and you really ought to try it sometime).
But then there was dinner to make, children to feed, dishes to wash, floors to clean of the afore-mentioned dinner spilled all over, bedtimes to oversee - well, you can see why, after all that, I wasn't in the mood to futz about with crumb toppings or anything more complicated than a basic measure, mix, bake situation.