Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A little yellow dress

I have thought a lot about what pregnant women look good in (me, specifically) and I decided to make this loose-fitting yellow dress to fit the bump.  I have had this fabric for a while and absolutely loved the mustard color, but I wasn't sure what it should make.  One of my favorite childhood books, Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfield, has a character that has a triumphant moment in a marigold colored dress and somehow I found myself gravitating to some sort of shift dress because of this. Finally I decided that this was the right shape for the weight and color of the fabric.  It is EXTREMELY comfortable, and nice and light for the hot September days that we are still experiencing.  Plus, I am obsessed with the hemline, and it should fit my baby-shaped body for a long time!

dress: made by me// jacket: anthropologie// shoes: zara// earrings: gift// sunglasses: ross
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Birthday Festivities

Yesterday,  Adam had a birthday!  Growing up, my parents always made a really big deal of birthdays.  The whole family would come into your room first thing in the morning singing "Happy Birthday" carrying stacks of presents and breakfast (always including a rare and precious sugary cereal like Reese's Puffs) on a tray.  It was all very exciting, and always made for very little sleep the night before.  As an adult, birthdays are somewhat less exciting, because most of the time work/school/life still moves on, and you might have a few minutes to enjoy, but overall, it usually feels about like a regular day with lots of birthday wishes via text, call and facebook and a few fun gifts.  Fun, but sort of normal.  Adam had school stuff most of the day yesterday, so we decided to have a little birthday celebration in the form of a dinner.  My parents will be here next weekend and we are going to take them to all our favorite restaurants, so Adam decided that we would do a little at home birthday party with some friends.  As a kid, we always got to pick what mom would make for our birthday dinner(my favorite was little roasted red potatoes with pork loin roast), and so I told Adam to pick whatever he wanted for dinner and he settled on pizza, breadsticks, salad and then I told him I wanted to make a cheesecake, and he agreed.  I really was quite proud of the cheesecake because it was DANG delicious, so I had to post a picture or two, and celebrate Adam a little today, even though I am a day late!
Happy Birthday, to the best guy I know!  

The Recipes I used are as follows:  
Pizza dough (Hint of Honey) - I made a pepperoni pizza and a roasted purple pepper/onion/pesto pizza.  
Breadsticks (Mel's Kitchen Cafe)- Great, but even better dipped in garlic butter
Cheesecake (Delightfully Tacky) - this took a very long time to make, but was totally worth it.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Raiding My Sister's Closet: Dress it Up/Dress it Down

I think lace can be so beautiful.  It is so soft and romantic looking, and it has really been making a come back in the last year or so!  I got this top at the clothing swap that I went to last week and had mixed feelings about it when I tried it on.  I am completely sold on it now, because, not only does it fit my pregnant belly, it also turned out 2 great outfits for me in the last week. I have a feeling I am going to wear this shirt a lot in the next few months!  It is so versatile, and a classic looking piece.

Dress it Up:  The lace makes a nice contrast to the dark, bold stripe giving it a feminine touch.  The earrings and pumps also help to give the overall look polish.  
 lace shirt: clothing swap (similar)// black shirt: downeast basics// skirt: forever 21(similar)// shoes: mootsies tootsies// 
earrings: forever 21(similar)

Dress it Down:  The denim and colored pants make this outfit much more casual, but the earrings and heels make it completely acceptable for a night out (but I would totally wear it to the grocery store)!  
 shirt: clothing swap(similar)// black shirt: downeast basics// pants: JC penney (similar)// shoes:  DSW// Purse: Kate Spade// earrings:  gift from a friend

Go see how Merrick and Janssen dress a piece up and dress a piece down!  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Black Bean Soup

Adam asked me yesterday if I have ever posted this recipe here, and when I told him no, he was horrified.  This is absolutely a favorite in our home.  We recently started rating our meals on a scale of 1 to 5 with the 1 being "this is awful.  I think we should go grab hamburgers instead of eat this for dinner" and 5 being "There will be leftovers, right?" and "I think you should make this for dinner tomorrow night, too!" This recipe is an undisputed 5 in our house.  We make it about every 2 weeks and never get tired of it!  It is a delicious combination of creamy and savory that tastes amazing and leaves your taste-buds singing!

Black Bean Soup
Based on this recipe from Our Best Bites but 
I modified it quite a bit to my taste.  

Serves 4 - 6
1 Tbs olive oil
4 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 - 1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cans of rinsed black beans (or 30 oz of soaked and cooked dried beans)
2 cans of beef broth (MUST be beef broth!  Do not try to sub in another kind of broth!)
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
a pinch of chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dry oregano
1 bay leaf
3 oz cream cheese

Place a large stock pot on stove over medium heat.  Add olive oil then add carrots, onion and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes until onions begin to soften.  Add black beans and beef broth.  Add spices and stir.  Simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender.  Remove from heat and remove bay leaf.  Blend soup in blender until smooth.  Add cream cheese and blend again.  Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Falling for Fall

shirt: jcrew// skirt: boden// shoes: dsw// earrings: anthropologie

I have been absolutely dying for fall this year!  About this time of year, I am ready to pull out the sweaters and start making pumpkin bread, but I got excited for fall weeks ago (about mid-July).  Perhaps it is because fall leads towards the holidays, which leads toward a baby, and I am getting very excited to welcome a baby into our home, but this whole mentality has been a little absurd.  I keep getting Christmas songs stuck in my head, and keep hoping it will be chilly outside (yeah, right!  We are still hitting 100 pretty consistently), and wanting to make recipes that use warm spices.  I am so glad it is finally September and it is more legitimate to share fall sweaters and boots with you!   
Happy September!!! (and Labor Day!)
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