Outside: Our bluebonnets are overtaking the driveway. Growing between rocks and such, and looking all springy.
In the kitchen: We made this pasta with all our extra chard, and it’s delicious. We added a bit of extra cheese, and some breadcrumbs to the topping.
Making: An Easter surprise for the little guy. Although if we stuck the TV buttons in a basket, he’d probably love that all the same.
On blast: Cabbage worms. They went after our kale plants like the very hungry caterpillar. I picked off 10 one evening, but only 2 the next, so fingers crossed they hit the road.
On the lookout: For more chard recipes, a little bench for our front porch, those chocolate mini eggs, and more hanging flowers.
Finally! After several seasons of trying, we’ve successfully grown an edible carrot! And just in time for the Easter bunny.
I’m planning on picking them all within the next week or two, to make way for pepper plants. What should we make with them?? I’m gonna try baby food, maybe roasting a handful, or just eat them plain. They smell so super carroty!
In the kitchen: Fermenting a cabbage leek sauerkraut. Our bathroom tiles stay fairly cool, even when it’s warm out, so this is our fermenting spot.
On TV: We just watched The Martian. We both enjoyed it. Jon read the book too, so he had to point out all the differences.
Making: Some more dishcloths because they are an easy project to stop and start. I just got some fabric to finish a quilt, so that’s my next goal after teething season.
On the lookout: Baby B is definitely a mover. He doesn’t formally crawl, but he can get where he wants to go, and pretty quickly.
Outside: We adopted a few more varieties of tomatoes from the neighborhood community garden sale. That brings our total to 14…
Wanting: To find some patio furniture for the deck. So we can sit and eat our tomatoes.
I planted some radish seeds in the garden a couple months ago maybe. The garden website said I could, so I gave it a shot. Might have needed more water/sun/whatever, but still kinda cute. We pulled them up to make room for more greens, but I’m trying one more batch of radishes in a planter. Never surrender!
We aren’t joking around with our tomatoes. Last year was a bit disappointing with all that rain, so we have to make up for it this year. We are doing container tomatoes, with some diy ollas (which fingers crossed hopefully work), and tucking them under a sheet at bedtime until it gets warmer. They seem like they have already grown a foot.
These are Jon’s favorite baby pj’s- he thinks they just look extra cozy. We happened to receive multiples of them as gifts, so we own them in every size available. Baby B found his toes a couple weeks ago, so now it’s fun to watch him play with his own little giraffe feet.
We both got a fancy coloring book over the holidays. But we kept running into a problem with dull colored pencils! So we upped our coloring game, and our home value, and got a real pencil sharpener! How cool are we??
You will all be pleased to know that I finished his stocking with a day to spare! Unfortunately, baby’s first Christmas Eve coincided with baby’s first cold. But I know we will always remember taking turns rocking him back to sleep that night, and being the first ones up to see the Christmas sun and drink hot chocolate. Little guy was such a good sport about all the present opening and photos, and he made the holiday so special, runny nose and all.
I didn’t finish his first ornament in time to get it on the tree, but I did finish it in December, so I’m counting it. I embroidered his name and the year on the back, and it may even be the beginning of a little tradition of ornament making each year…
It’s always a bit sad to take down the twinkle lights, right? That cozy glow is so nice. Maybe we’ll just leave a few strands up for a little while longer… We only get winter in Austin for a few weeks, so we might as well enjoy it!
We had a wonderful, quiet New Years date at home- a peacefully sleeping baby, warm tea and cookies, and the new Sherlock. Hope you had the happiest of holidays, and a great start to 2016!