Friday, August 5, 2011

happy weekend

It's late in the day but I have lots to do - mainly preparations for dinner with friends tonight while trying to calm what I think is a teething baby.  (Clarification: I know Ezra is a baby, not sure if he is cranky due to teething, but maybe.)  The highlight of my weekend just might be the grilled pizza that's on the menu tonight!  I'm still trying to figure out dessert.  The ice cream I had planned on making requires more than eight hours of chilling time and as it's now twelve noon, I don't think I have enough time to get it going.  Hmm...  while I try to come up with something quick and tasty, here's my list of links - 
- I love this story of God's hand in this family's adoption process
- maybe Ezra would like to nibble on these crochet veggies
- check out this week's healthy change
- isn't this chalkboard banner great?
- I'm starting to collect ideas for Ezra's first birthday party (my baby is almost one!  eek!)
- these lavendar scones would be the perfect addition to a weekend picnic
Here in Rhode Island we have a three day weekend due to a holiday not many other states celebrate (actually, I think RI is the only one!).  I'm sure Ezra would be looking forward to three days with daddy if he had the ability to look forward to things.  Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

vegetarian week

Last week Matt and I decided to be temporary vegetarians so I planned my weekly dinner menu accordingly.  It was easy to do since our friends the Gambles has given us three giant bags of vegetables from their garden so we had a large supply of eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, red and yellow onions, red and yellow potatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, and beets, and I'm probably leaving some things out.  (Side note: I'm feeling lazy so I'm not going to correct the order of the photos that Blogger so kindly disorganized while uploading.)
First up was a dish of spaghetti with zucchini ribbons in a basil almond pesto sauce.  I adapted the recipe from one included in Molly Wizenberg's book, A Homemade Life.
On the second night I made grilled vegetable panini with steamed beets and a simple romaine salad.  I picked up the recipe from Whole Foods after checking out one day.  Seriously, panini are the best in all seasons.  I love my griddler to death.
Midweek we had lo mein with sauteed cabbage, definitely the least appetizing looking meal of the bunch.  I just cooked the lo mein according to the package directions and half sauteed and half steamed the cabbage, sans recipe.  It was surprisingly tasty.
Finally, the finale (if you're wondering why the finale of a five day experiment is occurring after only four meals it's because we ate leftovers on Thursday) - grilled pizza!  Inspired by this post on the kitchn, I decided to try my hand at grilling.  I'd grilled pizza once before but it was a few years back so this was largely an experimental dinner.  We had invited a couple of friends over for dinner, but no one was able to come so, luckily, they didn't have to to suffer through my attempt at grilling while it was raining.  However, for an experiment the pizza turned out quite well thanks to Matt, who came to the rescue when he came home and discovered I only had one burner going with the gas barely turned on.
Here's Ezra enjoying... um, I'm not really sure which dinner this is from but he's eating a cucumber.  He ate everything else I made too, (he always does) but he gets all excited when I take my camera out so nearly every shot comes out blurry.
We made a few different kinds of pizza - grilled vegetables with pesto or with gravy (also known as marinara or tomato sauce if you're not married to an Italian from Cranston), and pineapple with mozzarella and gravy.  The veggie pesto was my favorite, for sure, with the pineapple coming in a close second.  
I declare vegetarian week a smashing success.  In fact, it was so successful that I made the zucchini noodles again over the weekend and we're having grilled pizza tomorrow, this time with friends.  Hopefully I remember how to turn on all three burners (no, not four, one is broken) and let the gas rip so the dough is fully cooked this time.  Topping preparation begins tonight!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

stacked coins baby quilt, part deux

This quilt is one of the approximately thirty-seven reasons I'm excited my friends Jaclyn and Nate are having a baby girl.  I made it last winter with their unborn (and unconceived!) little one in mind.   
At that time she was a baby we were waiting for, and as I sewed I prayed that she would come soon.  Now we only have to wait a few more weeks for her grand debut!  
For those of you who might be wondering, I used this tutorial from Moda Bake Shop and added a patchwork strip to the back for interest.
P.S. Check out the the boy version I made for Ezra's big cousin Matthew last year.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

celebrate the baby

Historic Greystone Lofts served as the location for Jaclyn's shower on Saturday and I think it's one of the best locations for a gathering I've seen lately.  The high ceilings and tall windows gave the room an expansive feel even though about fifty women were celebrating that day.  Here are some details from the day.  As usual, I wish I snapped more photos of the people who were there to honor Jaclyn, but for some reason once I start socializing all photography falls by the wayside.

cards that I downloaded from Jones Design served as a guestbook of sorts

 iced tea, water, and punch were served as refreshments

and this cute bird oversaw the punch pouring process (I was not the only one to spill my drink on the table)

fabric bunting (made by Jaclyn) decorated each window of the mill

 funky birds perched on each coffee table

a scrapbook that Jaclyn made for Mykenzie was floating around for the guests to look at... she included ultrasound shots, scripture, and letters to Mykenzie, among other things

 the dessert table was completely worthy of a magazine spread, very Amy Atlas

you can see my new gift wrap obsession (poms! and classic curly ribbon)

I gave Jaclyn three framed Ann Kelle prints to coordinate with Mykenzie's nursery

 along with a quilt, of course, that I'll share more about tomorrow
There were seven pregnant women at the shower and I took a few photos of them standing together, bellies protruding, but none of them came out very well so I'll save myself from their wrath and not include them here.  Celebrating Mykenzie was definitely the highlight of my weekend.  Now I'm looking forward to her arrival!

Monday, August 1, 2011

an upgrade for her DSLR

My plan was to tell you all about Jaclyn's shower today, but I haven't gone through the pictures yet so that is on the top of my to do list for tomorrow.  For now, I'll share a project that was for a friend who never says no.
Karissa is a great friend for many reasons, but among them is her willingness to photograph certain events in my life (i.e. birth and breastfeeding) that would cause many others to recoil, including my photographer husband.
As a thank you for going above and beyond the call of normal friendship duty, I decided to make her some covers for her camera strap.    
I got a little carried away and made five because I couldn't decide on a fabric.  Plus, I thought she might want to coordinate her camera strap cover with her outfit, so multiple colors and patterns seemed like a necessity for accesorizing purposes.
P.S. While I was at it, I made one for my mom, too.
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