April 20, 2015

3 Month Update


Three Months!!!!!! 
A little late posting, but so freaking proud of myself for getting a picture on the actual three month mark. hashtag: mom win.

Weight
Not sure. But surely over 12 lbs

Likes
The fan
baths
colorful toys
being held
church nursery



Dislikes
Being hungry
Being sleepy
Windy windy days (while outside)

Nicknames
Clarkleton
Clarkson
Little Man
Little Squeak
Squeaker

I want to remember
What it sounds like when he's so so happy but still isn't able to laugh out loud. He just squeaks and gets a tad shreiky. But no laugh yet.

This Face:



How he lets me dress him up in whatever I want! I'm sure that'll only last so long




April 14, 2015

On revelations. And Making things.

So I've had a revelation. 

I think it's no secret that I like to make things. In fact, if I could be a professional "maker" and just hang out creating all day every day, it would be a dream.  I thought that having a shop filled with fun and colorful goodies was something I wanted. Gifts for yourself or your friends. Like maybe tons of these burp cloths in fun colors, or beautiful quilts hand-stitched and ready for your purchasing pleasure. I mean, dang, I've even imagined selling awesome dining room tables because I love ours so much!

So I opened and etsy shop.
I made a small amount of things.
I posted them.
And then I ended up giving these things away as gifts to friends and family.
Over and over.
And over.


See, you guys. I couldn't really get it off the ground. Sometimes I post some things, but most of the time the shop just sits there, bare and empty.


So, I thought long and hard about this. And after many moons I have finally realized; it's hard for me to make things that don't have a home yet! It's hard to me to feel inspired when I have no idea where my creation will end up. I like making things, and imaging the look on the face of the receiver. Imagine that person using the thing or gifting the thing. Make sense? On top of that, I realized I don't really have tons of room to just store stuff!


I'm so glad I came to this revelation!  I just can't seem to make boatloads things out of sheer will to sell. I like the story behind the things. I like the human interaction. Figuring out what would be just right for someone. So I've decided to mostly work through this site and through friends. And friends of friends. And referrals. Eventually I'll have a commissions page (hopefully alongside a small redesign) up there at the top. And my etsy shop will  re-direct you to that page. Hooray!

Have you come to any revelations lately? I feel like I spend enough time thinking about what I really want for myself, and how I should grow, that I'm always thrilled when pieces click!

Happy Tuesday!

L

April 8, 2015

English Muffins!


Ok, so we've gone over bagels and how attainable they are. Let's go ahead and dive into english muffins. I have loved english muffins for as long as I can remember. We always bought the ones in the orange package, 6-count, where you can also by sliced bread. Yum yum delicious. I've never had any qualms with store bought english muffins. (Unlike my total dismay and disgust for frozen pretzels that led me on this journey many moons ago)

But the one day I made them from scratch.


It was around the same time that I made bagels from scratch. And I was pretty pleased with how easy they were, and also pleased knowing that I was aware of all the ingredients that I would later be ingesting. I'm not a super stickler for knowing all ingredients or anything, but when the process is not super laborious, and heck even fun, why fight it?


The method is pretty simple: mix dough. let rise. roll out. stamp (with large circle cutter, or in this case I tried some square-ish shapes). cook on stovetop.
Yep. You don't even turn on the oven for these puppies. Perfect as the temps start to rise outside.


I banged out a double batch of these right before heading back to work. I don't recommend double batching on your first attempt. My nooks and crannies were not quite as nooky and cranny-y as I prefer. But they were still delish. Also, having a baby give you side eye while you're cooking is always fun.


English Muffins (adapted from Sprinkle Bakes)
1/4c warm water
1 Tbs yeast
1tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 egg
4c flour
11/4c warm milk
2Tbs butter, melted
2Tbs oil of choice (veg. oil or walnut oil is my personal preference)
cornmeal for dusting

1. Mix together the water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit about 3-4 minutes until foamy
2. slowly mix in the milk, melted butter, and egg
3. add the flour and mix with a dough hook 3-4 minutes, until combined and smooth
4. Let rise 1 hour, until doubled
5. roll out (about an inch thick) using cornmeal for dusting surfaces to keep from sticking
6. Cut out circles with large glass/cup/biscuit cutter
7. In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat
8. Cook circles on medium about 2 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through.
9. Enjoy straight out the pan with a nice slab of butter or let cool and store in large ziplock in fridge! (These also freeze well for us, and we put them in the fridge the night before we want to eat them)



Happy Breakfasting!

L


March 13, 2015

Friday wrap-up

It's Friday! My official last day of leave before going back to work! Gah! If you follow me on insta, you know that this week was full of the baby-grams. #sorrynotsorry 




This kid and his faces, seriously! It's so fun to start seeing that personality peek through, and I can't wait to see more!


Coale keeping me company while we wait for nap time to commence...


Two month photo shoot prep! 


Lately I've been watercoloring during nap time, and have loved it! I'm hoping it's a habit I can keep up once work starts again. 


I can't believe how difference he looked from one month to two months! He totally hammed it up for his two month photos, and I had a blast writing his monthly update.



Since I didn't prep anything before he arrived, I'm hoping to get the freezer stocked before heading back to work! Starting with English muffins. Double batch. Cross your fingers that bagels and biscuits make the cut this weekend, too!


Dad took him on his first run yesterday afternoon. The hat. The face. Those eyes. I just can't. I'm so thrilled that the run was a success, and am excited to join in next time!

***

What a week! I'm pretty sure little man has been extra snuggly on purpose (and extra ornery at night) because he knows it's my last week. Or maybe that's all in my head. I'm trying to save the small bits of dunkin donuts and starbucks giftcards that I have left to get me through next week. Ha! We'll see how successful that is. I would probably do better to just take a giant thermos from home, right? 

I hope everyone had a lovely week! Happy weekending!

L

March 11, 2015

Two Month Update




Happy Two Months Clark Man!

Weight
11 Lbs
::
Likes
Baths
Bouncing
Snuggling
Watching the fan
::
Dislikes
Changing clothes
Sudden noises when trying to sleep
::
Nicknames
Clark
Clark Man
Little Man
Little Squeak
Little Squirt
::
I want to remember
How cuddly he has been this last week before I go back to work
His smiles and coos and laughter
His fake pout


Shwew is time flying or what?! This is my last week home before going back to work, and it definitely seems like he's been much more snuggly lately! We are s l o w l y working on getting a routine down and I'm hoping that will only continue as the days go by. I'm so so looking forward to our (albeit small) spring break, and am even thinking about summer already! How fun it will be to have a little sidekick for outdoor projects and adventures!

L


March 9, 2015

What did I freezer prep for baby?

Hilarity.

I had planned a whole crafta-bake-apolooza for the weekend that T had drill. Of course that's the same weekend that C ended up arriving! So in fact, I barely freezer prepped anything. I freezer prepped nothing.



Instead, I am trying to get some things in the freezer small bits at a time before I go back to work. Which isn't totally working because hello, life. But still. So I've gotten a list together of all the awesome things that COULD be prepped and freezer ready in case you need some inspiration for yourself or a friend. (And these are all things I wish I had prepped!)



Ready!?

These amazing english muffins
- they freeze well (after they are cooked) and are a favorite breakfast staple around these parts. We probably plow through about 6 a week.

Some of this sourdough that I've raved about.
-Defrost and pop in the toaster. Or use it for grilled cheese. Yummmm

All the bagels! But especially these!

My favorite staple tucked into my breakfast arsenal
- Frozen as pucks before baking

Pretzels. But not the disappointing kind.
- Also super freezable (after baking and cooling)

Pulled Pork
-Great for sandwiches!

Lasagna, only the recipe from my favorite lady will do

Um, HELLO. These I would have loved to have in my freezer!

Cookie dough.
-Make your fave recipe (or the person you are gifting to's fave recipe) and then freeze it in balls to be transferred to the oven whenever desired.

So these are mostly breakfast options. I love the idea of not so typical meals. Because I love breakfast. And could probably eat sourdough for all the rest of the meals during the day. But also, I think chinese takeout and pizza delivery are awesome meals to gift to new parents, too. That and fresh fruit! T and I loved having fresh fruit around when Clark was just a wee thing. (because he's two months tomorrow, so he is no longer the smallest squish there ever was. What?!)

So what do you think? What would you like to see in your freezer when you feel like your kitchen/inspiration/ability to cook is in dire straights?!

L

(and extra baby picture for good measure)



March 3, 2015

Baby Huber's "Gallery Wall"


At the very beginning of my pregnancy I totally scored at Barnes and Noble and found a set of art prints on super clearance while I was traveling with my friend Mona! I knew immediately that I wanted to incorporate the prints into the nursery! I loved that they were whimsical and varied and didn't really follow too much of a "theme" except for maybe "outdoorsy things that are interesting". I loved how there was a variety of colors, but at the same time none of the colors were extremely loud or crazy. Perfect for our not themed nursery plan that I had in my mind!

The prints sat and sat and sat until we were able to go to Ikea and pick up some inexpensive white frames. We chose the grey and green mats at A.C. Moore with just a few weeks left until Clark's arrival.


At this point snacks were clearly an important part of the assembly process.


I had to trim the mats a teensy tiny bit to get them to fit in the frames (silly ikea and your oddly shaped inexpensive frames). Totally worth it in the end!


I love how the wall turned out!

L
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