Thursday, February 20, 2014

we are family

juliet isn't quite sure what to think of bathtime yet. she's glad she's graduated from the kitchen sink to the tub, but i can't really say that she feels one way or the other about the bath itself.  hopefully this changes, because there are few things better in this world than a big bubble bath and curling up in fuzzy robes afterwards.  and hot chocolate.  and puppies.  i think i'm losing focus.

she does, however love all of the up close time with both mommy and daddy.  i love how she lights up when we're both around.  when we go in to tag-team for the 4am diaper change/feeding and she flashes one of those big smiles, it's like she's saying "hey!  this is our little family - isn't it great?!"  ...you forget for a minute that the sun won't be up for another 2 and a half hours {but just for a minute because 4am is still crazy early}.

we love you, baby girl!

winter baby

juliet was having a tough time falling asleep for her afternoon nap the other day, so we bundled her up and took her for a ride around the neighborhood. 

thanks to aunt sheila for the sweet snow suit (:  juliet was so cozy!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

won't you be mine, valentine?

i know we're a day late...but hey, we've got a 2-month old over here. 

juliet was our valentine this year, and she set the bar high.  lots of sweet cuddles, a long nap which let me make cupcakes for daddy, and a good night's sleep - best gifts around if you ask me.

we love this little lady.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

my mama's homemade vegetable stock

stock, or broth, is one of those items that we always like to keep on hand.  true, you can usually substitute water with no serious side effects, but a good stock gives such a nice punch of flavor to whatever you're cooking, i think it's worth it.

something i really like about making my own stock is that i can control the amount of salt that gets added.  you usually add salt to whatever you're making anyway, so why start with a salty base if you don't have to?

this recipe comes to us from my mom, and it couldn't be easier.  when i make this, i usually double the recipe so i have 12 cups total on hand for the week.  the broth lasts about a week in the fridge and a good long while in the freezer.  this is a great way to use up any veggies which may be passing their prime. 

also, i'm not too worried about the soy sauce affecting our compost, so i do throw all of the veggies in the compost pile once they've been cooked.  circle of life. enjoy!

homemade vegetable broth
makes 6 cups
2 carrots, cut into large chunks {no need to peel}
1 onion, halved
2 celery stalks, cut into chunks
2 large red potatoes, quartered
1 bay leaf
1 small bunch parsley
black pepper
2 tablespoons soy sauce
6 cups water
mushrooms {to taste...about 1/2 cup dry, 3/4 cup fresh, sliced}
olive oil

heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large stock pot.  when hot, add all veggies except dried mushrooms if you're using those {if you're using fresh mushrooms, go ahead and add them now}, and saute until lightly browned {watch the potatoes...they may stick to the bottom of the pan}.  once browned, add the water, soy sauce, parsley, bay leaf, dried mushrooms, and a generous sprinkle of pepper.  bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, covered for about 1 hour.  strain veggies from broth.

happy eating!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

just because.

we've all been a little under the weather in this house for the last little while, thus the dearth of postings.

i feel like we're rounding the bend though, and hope to be back in fighting form soon!

in the meantime, while we nap/ chill/ drink our 25th cup of tea today, enjoy a little snippet of life.

it is so good.

at least one of them is sleeping...