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Cute DIY Birth Announcements

George's stats: Name, birth date (on the calendar), Gemini, weight (5lb. sack of flour plus 2 lbs. 14 oz. on the scale), time, and length (the ruler).

George’s stats: Name, birth date (on the calendar), Gemini, weight (5 lb. sack of flour plus 2 lbs. 14 oz. on the scale), time, and length (the ruler).

We got our idea for George’s birth announcement from an adorable and popular pin on Pinterest.   We spent two of his naps setting everything up on our dining room table, checking the lighting and camera and then we gingerly lowered him into the photo before he woke up to eat!  It was such a fun project for us to do in those early weeks, so it got me thinking about other cute birth announcements you could accomplish in your own home without a professional there to help.   Here are some other ideas from Pinterest! Continue reading

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Babies, Scallions and Pudding Pops

puddingThe interesting (er…annoying) thing about nursing a newborn is that you only have a few hours at a time to do anything while they are not eating, and most of that time is spent pumping for the future, changing their diaper or entertaining them.  As a maker and a doer, this has been pretty tough for me, so I started trolling Pinterest for all those quick little projects I’ve always wanted to try out to make me feel like I’m accomplishing something.   Without further ado, I bring you three DIY projects that you can actually finish while nursing a new baby! Continue reading

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The New Apartment!

From the front door.  The kitchen, living room and dining room are an open floor plan.

From the front door. The kitchen, living room and dining room are an open floor plan.

When Jeff and I found out we were pregnant, we knew we would have to leave our labor-of-love garage loft for a more practical apartment with doors so we wouldn’t constantly worry about the cats sleeping on top of the baby.

Our new view is spectacular!

Our new view is spectacular!

While we realized newborns could be brought up pretty much anywhere, the building was extremely loud from the scrap metal business on either side and sometimes even crumbling a little from the rumbling!  It was time to move on and so we began the epic search for a New York City apartment.  Nothing would be 1,400 square feet with a 1,400 square foot rooftop, but something great would come up…right??  WELL…It took a lot longer than either of us could have ever predicted, but we finally settled on a condo that couldn’t possibly be more unlike the garage! Continue reading

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Our Magical Woodland Nursery

IMG_8003We finally finished our magical woodland nursery and I am absolutely in love!   Rather than forcing the typical gender stereotypes (I mean…I don’t even know this person yet!),  I wanted to create a mostly unisex nursery that encourages a healthy imagination since that’s what I remember most from my own childhood.   We would gather around as my mom told elaborate stories about gnomes and fairies that my brothers and I fully believed and lived.  They were so magical and real to us that I wanted to start my own child’s life out with that same sense of possibility and wonder.    I combined stuffed animal taxidermy with a large painted mural of a magic forest, neutral furniture and the most modern-looking nursery essentials as possible.  I already posted about some of the elements in the room, but the final result below really brings everything together beautifully.  I hope you feel inspired to keep things simple, magical and woodsy for your baby too! Continue reading

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It’s My Birthday…Time for Lemon Velvet!

Time for my 2nd annual Lemon Velvet recipe post!  This has been my birthday dessert ever since I was able to express my opinion.  So…for a really long time.   It is trashy, easy, and quite possibly one of the most delicious things you will ever eat.  I’ve tried a fancier version of this with real whipped cream and homemade lemon pudding but it honestly couldn’t hold a candle to my mom’s original recipe.

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Christmas Party Round Up

IMG_7742Saturday marked the last party in the garage and it was a huge success!

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OH Don’t worry…..it’s O’Douls!

We figured it was time to find a new place to decorate, cozy up and entertain in since we aren’t quite edgy enough to raise a baby in a garage loft.  For now, enjoy this holiday party post, use the recipes (everything was delicious!) and next year, get ready for new-apartment posts and baby nesting!

Our party had a much looser theme than last year, but we encouraged people to wear “vintage holiday” attire….any decade would do.  Jeff and I channeled the 60’s, mostly because it was the only vintage maternity dress I could find!   Here’s what we served:

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Starters

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  • Hot Artichoke Dip with Pita Chips and Toasted Baguette Slices (Martha Stewart)
  • Cheese and Meat Plate (Trader Joe’s cheeses, salamis, fig butter and hot pepper jelly)
  • Dill Dip With Veggies (recipe below)
  • Marcona Almonds (Trader Joe’s)

Dinner

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  • Glazed Ham with Mustard (Trader Joe’s)
  • Roasted Winter Vegetables (recipe below)
  • Butternut Squash and Turnip Gratin (Wine Garage)
  • Classic Stuffing (recipe below)
  • Touch-of-Grace Biscuits (from The Bread Bible, but these are similar)

Desserts

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Dill Dip

We served this with raw veggies at the party, but traditionally, my family serves it in a rye or pumpernickel bread bowl with rye and pumpernickel bread cubes (it’s the best!).

  • 16 oz. mayonnaise
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small (or 1/2 large) yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dry dill weed

Mix everything together in a bowl and let sit in the refrigerator at least 4 hours before serving.

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  • 5 cups whole cremini mushrooms, cut into quarters
  • 6 cups brussel sprouts, cut in half
  • 2 large parsnips, peeled and cut into hunks
  • 1 large acorn squash, seeds removed, cut in wedges along grooves, peeled and cut into hunks
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fresh thyme leaves

Preheat oven to 425.  Line 2 sheet pans with foil and put the mushrooms on one and the sprouts on the other.  Drizzle both with olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme leaves.  Roast both for 15 minutes, stir and flip and continue roasting until tender and browned, about 5 minutes.  Dump both into a serving dish or casserole and toss to combine flavors.  Lower the heat to 400 and repeat the process for the parsnips and acorn squash.  These will take longer than the mushrooms and sprouts.  Toss everything together and add more salt if needed.   IMG_7732

Classic Stuffing

I made this vegetarian this year with veggie stock, but I recommend using chicken stock if you have meat eaters around…it’s a lot tastier that way!

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup butter
  • 9 cups soft bread cubes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups stock (veggie or chicken)

Preheat oven to 350.  Toss bread cubes, salt, pepper, thyme, and sage in a large bowl.  In a large skillet, cook and stir onion and celery in butter over medium heat until onion is tender.  Pour over the bread cubes and toss until coated.  Transfer mixture to a casserole dish, drizzle with stock and bake, covered with foil for 30 minutes.  Uncover, increase heat to 375 and bake until browned and crispy on top, about 10 minutes.

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As promised….Our 2012 Christmas card “album” cover!

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And back!

 

 

 

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DIY Christmas: Amazing Gift Wrapping

Gifts spend 99% of their life wrapped, under a tree, and exposed to the world…so why not make them look just as incredible and festive as the rest of your decorations?  And don’t you just LOVE opening up a fantastically packaged gift, even if it’s not really what you “always wanted”?

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Brown Kraft paper is cheap and a perfect base for stamps and (very) glittery ribbon. You can buy it in the mailing section of any store that sells boxes or padded envelopes.

Some years, I come up with 2 or 3 different wrapping themes and stick to those so everything coordinates beautifully under the tree.  That way, I also only have to buy a few different papers, ribbons and toppers.

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Twist tinsel-like pipe cleaners into cursive gift tags!

This year, I decided instead to use up a bunch of Christmas ribbons and decorations I’ve had around for years.  I limited the paper choices so they still belonged to the same “world”, but otherwise,  I went all out!   Here are some of my favorites:

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This woodland paper is adorned with a plaid fabric ribbon and I used a red pipe cleaner to simultaneously decorate and attach a large bottle brush tree and plastic deer. Paper from The Container Store.

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I jazzed up this navy and white ski lodge paper with tinsel yarn, lots of glittery floral picks and glittered bells. Paper from The Container Store.

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I finally got to use these silly plastic Santas and 1950’s-looking holly! I love how they perfectly coordinate with the simple red and white polka dot paper. Paper from The Container Store.

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