February 26, 2011

Adventures in CSAing

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{H's awesome pizza creation, pre oven}

Last November H and I signed up for our local CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture) winter subscription and it has been such a wonderful experience. We are lucky enough to have access to an amazing company, Grasshoppers Distribution, who works as a middle man between local farmers and people like us. So we have access to eggs, dairy, produce and even local meats, if you are so inclined, which we aren't, because we're vegetarians (Actually H is not technically, but is by default when we are at home.)

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{Mischa likes to watch H work}

He has been doing much of the cooking lately. I love to cook, but when I'm finished with work, I like to spend the evenings with Becks and since H has spent the entire day with him, it's a nice trade off.

The CSA has really inspired us to try new things. At the beginning of the winter season we were getting tons of cabbage, sweet potatoes, daikon radishes, kale and squash. It was perfect for chunky, veggie filled soups, creamy purees and spicy chilies.

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{The finished product - so yummy!}

Towards the end of the season we were getting more canned goods, but still some greens, potatoes and squash. H was inspired to make this pizza with homemade crust and sauce. I was totally impressed. He topped it off with spinach sauteed in garlic (both local), mozzarella cheese and, on my half, local blue cheese.

We signed up for shares of produce, eggs, cows milk cheese and bread for the winter season. Spring sign up is just around the corner and I'm looking forward to sampling the veggies of the season and trying some more local goodness!
February 17, 2011

Covet

I am a very lucky girl. I have a stay-at-home-husband. (He prefers writer, director, producer/stay-at-home-husband.) He does a smashing job of taking care of our precious babe, keeping house and somehow still managing to cook for both of us, much of the time. This does mean, however, that the money I bring in is pretty well parsed out with not a ton left over for non-necessities.

This brings about a lot of wishing on my part. Like for these lovely pair of oxfords from Madewell. I have my sites set on just about everything from Madewell, actually. But when we get that HUGE tax return for being married and having spawned (fingers crossed) these little babies are first on my list.
February 10, 2011

He Fights The Law...And Always Wins

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My child is lawless. He goes by no man's rules. Some parents may be under the impression that they are in control of the relationship between them and their child. Beckett never gave my husband and I even a hint in that direction. From the very moment he came into this world he did it with his own personal style.

He was 3 weeks early, my water broke 3 days before I had a contraction, which ended up lasting between 18 and 25 minutes a piece (I mean...seriously?!). Then I went from 0 cm dialated to 10 in two measly hours, which yes, is fast, but that makes it hurt only that much more (and here is where I brag and say I had no drugs or interventions of any kind thankyouverymuch). I should have known then...

I am a person who likes rules, facts and absolutes. I like to be able to look things up in a book (or more likely online) and have the answer there in front of me. Doing research is how I make a living. I have an English degree and half of my MFA work was pretty much researching and writing lit papers. So when I was pregnant I needed info. H and I took a birthing class that was 12 three hour sessions and FULLY prepared us for our child's birth. And then Beckett blew it all out of the water. Even the nurses and doctors were surprised by our birth.

And as he develops he just keeps surprising us. He started teething at 3 months. At four months he still nurses, every 2 hours, which makes sense because he is constantly in motion and burns calories like crazy. Hence the rice cereal picture above, we thought it might help fill him up a bit so he can nap a little longer - but after 2 weeks of trying every day, he will not eat it. Makes a face like we're spooning him pureed liver. I adore that face...and every other one he makes.

He makes me laugh and I have a quota of one million kisses a day, that I usually exceed. While it seems like there should be a power struggle between us and little-mister-do-it-my-way, H and I are perfectly happy to take our queues from him at this point. He is teaching me to put down the books and just use my gut. It's a hard lesson for me, and let's face it, I'm not going to stop reading the books, just in case he does something on a normal timeline, I wouldn't want to miss it. But I am learning that I need to use the information as a spring board and let my parenting instinct, something I'm currently honing, take over.
February 1, 2011

Beckett - 4 Months

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I have a 4 month old! I meant to post this over the weekend, but I caught the plague and I couldn't lift my head off the pillow.

Here's my little man. I can't believe he's only been in my life for 4 months. I can't even remember what it was like without him.