Monday, April 7, 2014

Big Weekend Plans? HA.


I count my blessings every Saturday that I am not a golf or hunting widow. I feel incredibly lucky this super rainy (yay wash away pollen) Monday morning that a solo weekend away isn't a regular occurrence for my husband. Twas the weekend with all sorts of fun mom & little guy adventures that wasn't. 





It started on a major high note. Thursday afternoon, prior to T's departure, I had a haircut & color appointment scheduled. You see, this is a REAL TREAT for me as when I sat down to schedule said appointment, I realized this hadn't happened since last June. Holy long hair batman. I was feeling a little sore & kinda off, but chalked it up to allergy season (and I had a killer high intensity work out the night before.) I walked into the salon and my husband (of the year) had a surprise in store for me; he arranged a mani-pedi along with my hair. I had a Coke Classic over pellet ice & a little pampering for the first time in 10 months. Holy moly did I feel like a million bucks.  




{hot pink nails make everything better}


{pre-dad leaving dinner. baby's first queso. i'd say he's a fan.}


I started feeling a little off again once the sheer glee of feeling like a celeb wore off but still thought nothing of it. I awoke middle of the night with a low-grade fever, just enough of one to make you feel like gum on the bottom of your shoe. I send husband off to Savannah for the weekend thinking it will be 24 hours and I'll be fine. HA said the virus. 




{snuggles all around whilst breaking "no tv until your 2" with daniel tiger.}


{mom, come on. get out of bed.}


{no rest for mom. we have a climber & a dare devil on our hands.}


Instead of parks trips & fun outings we had mom on the couch. And mom on the floor. And mom attempting to rally and failing. Luckily Advil & early bedtime became my BFF and we made it through our solo weekend. I even started to rally Sunday afternoon enough for a trip to the garden center & subsequent herb garden planting. I fought the funk & the funk one. But luckily only for a few days. After all, moms aren't allowed to get sick right?

{big time digging}


{wine box garden 2.0 ... with herbs!}

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Park.


What seems like both a lifetime ago & only just yesterday, I found my happy spot. The park where I fell in love. The place I spent many joyful hours playing with Pete. The spot where I took a teeny tiny baby on his first outing. The place that inspired the title of my (neglected) blog. The place where the little man now crawls & toddles around, with me chasing behind. I love how the path always seems to bring you back to your happy place.  












Friday, February 7, 2014

The unfortunate odor.

I have oh so much to be thankful for in general but today I am thankful for a home warranty. I noticed a slight back-up issue in my basement laundry sink last week but thought nothing of it at the time. I bounded down the stairs yesterday morning pre-exercise class with a basket full of dirties to be washed while I was out. One of the things I was jazz-hands excited for in our new house was a basement (still needing finishing but that's neither here nor there) laundry room. Complete with a deep laundry sink. I even got a fancy new HE high capacity washer/dryer duo I thought I could conquer the boy-mom laundry load with in a snap. Theoretical laundry nirvana for a cloth diapering mom. (Geeking out over laundry? WHO-AM-I?)

Anywhoover, I was greeted at the bottom of my stairs with a terrible smell. I was TERROR-STRICKEN (YES! I DID IT! I USED MY VERY FAVORITE 3RD GRADE SPELLING WORD IN A SENTENCE!) There was some sort of creature-from-the-black-lagoon like gunk hanging out in my laundry sink. I really have no words to describe it. I tried all my best un-trained plumber techniques including plunging while burying my nose in a sweatshirt & gagging. I skipped exercise class, and fought the sludge during an entire morning nap time. My efforts were fruitless. The sludge won. 

Thankfully I had 2 cards up my sleeve: 1. home warranty is sending out a real (hopefully non-gagging variety) plumber this morning. AND 2. I popped in my very favorite florist/gift shop on the way to check my PO box and picked up this lovely. 

It smells amazingly fresh & light. Very un-sludge like. I am one picky person when it comes to scented anything and this gets two thumbs up. So for now, we wait for that super annoying time-window for my own personal super-hero to arrive with his bag of tricks to conquer the monster living in my laundry sink.  And we leave my fancy-schmancy DIY dutch basement door in the closed & locked position until all sludge beasts are slain. 






Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Year, New Home.


For some (crazy) reason, I thought I was super-woman and could do it all in a few days & be back to "normal" within the week. Boy was I wrong. 





Moving isn't fun. Neither is renovating. Especially with a crawling baby. I think all those times I told clients in the middle of construction projects "I know it seems terrible now, but it will be worth it in the end" came back to bite me. Even though it's true, sometimes it's hard to see the light through the dust.





We'll friends, I've seen the light. We're in and starting to feel settled, at least in some rooms.  There is still lots to do & find, but it's a marathon to the finished product, not a sprint, that makes a house a home. 





So far we've replaced decorative moldings, doors, scraped a whole mess of popcorn ceilings, repainted, built bookcases, installed some new lighting, & hung a couple of (fabulous) wallpaper patterns.  There is still a laundry list of projects to be conquered, but all in due time (and due budget.) 





So for now, a few sneak peeks! Cheers to a new year & a new home full of DIY projects! 














Monday, November 11, 2013

My State Rocks: a tale of TV & delishous-ness

Have you checked out A Chef's Life yet on PBS? NO? Sit yourself in front of your tv or your Roku or iPad loaded with the PBS App now (or your next free moment, err, well several hours really.)


Tune in, sit back, and enjoy. WELCOME TO MY STATE, and all the flavors it has to offer. The catchy Avett Brother intro signals the shows start immediately transports you to North Carolina. Chef Vivian & her soothing cadence & wonderful descriptions make the ingredients & dishes jump off the screen into your home. I love, appreciate, & celebrate her use of local & regional ingredients, sometimes in a unique & push-your-boundaries way. I have yet to travel "down east," as locals like to say, to try Chef & The Farmer, but it's high on my list (& the list of my grandmother-in-law who lives nearby.)

It's no secret our household is food centric. My husband & I love to cook all sorts of things, and there is rarely a dish we won't attempt (hey, there is always Chinese takeout if it fails!) I honestly believe that what makes the difference between a good meal & a great meal is what goes into it. We are so lucky to live where we have access to farm fresh & have found some local favorite sources we stock our pantry fridge, & deep freeze with.

I've decided this week on BitP shall celebrate my favorite local sources for ingredients, a la chef Vivian. I look forward to sharing my favorite seafood, meat, goat cheese, & tomato sauce sources with you this week!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rockin My {Mom} World.

 A Target trip. Sans stroller. Sans babywearing. 

Epic moment: solo cart sitting.
A moment that may or may not have brought a bittersweet tear to my eye. {How did 6 months pass so fast?} A moment that may or may not have led me to walk directly to the kidlet section & purchase a {questionably ugly} cart cover. {Eek, cart germs!}



Spotted on my latest drop in grocery shop:
 {which may or may not have led to the purchase of only wine & coffee creamer to which the bagger packed all in a handy wine carrier thankyouverymuch.}
Snowman lantern with pumpkins on his hat. How crazy is our retail world these days? 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Holy Hatch Batman! {Green Chile, Black Bean, & Chicken Enchiladas}




Some of my favorite "imaginary internet friends," as my husband likes to call them, are lucky to live in Hatch Country. Every August their blogs come alive with pictures of Hatch Chile festivals & dishes. Not living anywhere near the mecca that is Hatch, NM I had to live with the canned imitators. When I learned that my brother in law would be making the drive back from NM this August I gave him explicit orders to procure & transport these magical green chiles across state lines. 




Best thing I've made with them thus far?




Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas



{adapted into a lighter version from my newly found blog-girl-crush Mel's Kitchen Cafe}




Filing:




3 Cups Cooked Chopped Chicken (I used a grocery grab-and-go rotisserie chicken)


8 oz Canned Green Chile's, lightly drained


8 oz Neufchatel Cheese Block, cubed (subbed in for true Cream Cheese as a lighter option)


1 Can black beans, rinsed & drained




Sauce:




2 Tablespoons of butter


1/2 Medium Vidella Onion, Chopped


Generous handfull of Chopped Fresh Baby Spinach (optional, yet welcomed addition in our house.)


2 Tablespoons of flour


1/3 Cup Chicken Broth


1/4 Cup Skim Milk


1 14 oz Can of Hatch Green Chile Enchilada Sauce


1/2 Cup Light Sour Cream


Black Pepper to Taste




You'll also need:




2 Cups of Monterey Jack Cheese (I was out & subbed in a little provolone/mozzarella blend, probably 3/4 a cup total. I love cheese as much as the next gal, but I really didn't miss the extra cheese it was so yummy. So, basically I'm saying: Cheese as you wish.)


8 Medium Flour Tortillas


Chopped Cilantro, if that's your thing (It's not mine. But the green would have looked pretty for sure.)





The Method:




1. Preheat your oven to 375.


2. Combine the cream cheese & chiles in a medium bowl. If the cream cheese is room temperature, this process is much easier. Then add the chicken & black beans, stir to combine. Set aside.


3. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the onion, cook until translucent, stirring occasionally. (Don't burn your onions!) (Sauté spinach with the onions halfway through the translucency process, if that's your thing.) Sprinkle with flour, and stir to combine. Cook for about a minute while constantly stirring, until the onions & flour are really gummy. Slowly mix in the chicken broth & milk (I put them in one measuring cup for ease.) The mixture should start to get smooth & creamy in appearance. Cook over medium heat until smooth & bubbling.


4. Remove skillet from heat, & stir in the enchilada sauce & sour cream. 


5. Grease a 9x13 baking dish & place a thin layer of the creamy sauce on the bottom. Fill each tortilla with about a 1/2 cup of filling in the center, roll & place seam side down in your dish. Cover the top with creamy sauce. 


6. Top with as much or as little cheese as your heart desires. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown & bubbly.