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!

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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
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Likes
Baths
Bouncing
Snuggling
Watching the fan
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Dislikes
Changing clothes
Sudden noises when trying to sleep
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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

February 26, 2015

How I Refinished the Nursery Glider



One of my favorite pieces in Clark's nursery is the green glider! My mom found it for a sweet deal, and swooped it up for me to refinish. Of course, being the always thinking ahead gal that I am, I forgot to take a true before picture. But do not fret! What I have comes pretty close, and will at least let you see the lovely early 2000's-ness of the find.
Don't get me wrong, I love nautical print. For the most part. But it just wasn't matching my vision for what the nursery would look like! Plus, it was a little... grimy. Ew. 

I was a little nervous to get started because I had never painted furniture before. But it turns out it was way easier than it seems! And so was recovering the cushion!

Step 1: Gather your supplies
- paint color of choice (I picked up a qt. of water based semi-gloss paint at lowes)
- paint brush (don't skimp here. I got a new one inch brush that was med-high quality)
- sand paper (medium and fine grit)
- fabric of choice (if you are covering the pad. I got about 4 yards to be safe)
- scissors, sewing machine, seam ripper regular sewing needs (again, if you are recovering a pad.)

Step 2: Sand surfaces that you plan to paint
- I was a little overzealous on this, and thought that I had to sand down to the original wood and almost went crazy sanding and sanding and sanding. Turns out, you really only need to rough up the finish so that it's not totally shiny anymore. Then go over with the fine grit to make it a bit more smooth. The "spokes" took some time but it was worth it in the end! I also chose to only paint the chair portion of the glider, and left the bottom portion the original finish. Worth it to not worry about the small nooks and crannies down there since I was painting by hand with a brush.

Step 3: Wipe down the surfaces you have sanded with a damp cloth, and let dry completely
- This keep tiny bits of sawdust from mucking up your paint finish!

Step 4: Paint, as smoothly as possible
- You will repeat this step 2-4 times until you get the coverage that you want. I think I ended up doing three coats to make sure it was nice and smooth.
**tip!** with a glossy paint, it's best to not go over it again and again in a specific spot because it will start to get tacky and streaky. If you feel like there is a drip or something a little "off" or "splotchy" let it dry completely, and then sand it and use the next paint coat to go over it more carefully and smoothly. Think of it like when you paint your nails. Once they start to dry you can't brush over them again until they are completely dry! Same concept here.**



Step 5: Admire your work, then go inside and work on recovering the pad

Step 6: Carefully remove the current fabric from pad
- using a seam ripper, remove the fabric. Be careful, you will use this as a guide for your new fabric. Take pictures along the way if you need to remember how it was assembled! Mine ended up being two separate pieces. 

Step 7: Using old fabric as a template, trace new fabric, and sew together
- Think of the fabric cover as a pillow case for your pad. Trace your template onto your new fabric, and cut it out. Place the right sides together, and sew up all sides except one. Turn right side out. stuff your pad in there (like a pillow) then hand sew the last side shut.


Above, I have sewn the new fabric and put the pad into it, but still need to make the pad feel "contoured".  To achieve this, I sewed by hand through the fabric and the pad. I followed the grooves that were already there.


And complete! Hooray! I'm so glad I got over my nervousness over painting furniture, and decided to give it a try! While this was a slightly time intensive project, I absolutely love how it turned out and looks in the nursery! (Coale loves it too)




L



February 10, 2015

One Month Update




Happy one month birthiversary to our little man!

Weight
9-10 lbs
(calculated with the ever so accurate "stand on the scale while holding him and then without)
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Likes
Baths
Being Warm
Snuggling
Smooth Jazz Radio
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Dislikes
Diaper Changes
::
Nicknames
Clarkleton
Little Man
Little Man-Man
Fuzzy Head
::
I want to remember
When he's fighting sleep he makes 123041 faces, like he's warming up for an acting audition
His fuzzy fuzzy hair, especially after a bath
His newborn clothes used to actually fit him with room to spare
::

I can't believe our little man is already a month old! Some days it feels like he just got here, while other days I can barely remember life without him! Everyone says to "savor this time" and while 2am wakeups are hardly my favorite thing in the whole world, I am trying my best to lean in to the hard and remember that he wont be tiny and snuggly forever. Happy one month, Clark!

L


February 5, 2015

Homemade Bagels!


How have I not talked to you about these bagels?! Basically they evoke the same feelings that I have for these pretzels and this bread. Which is bliss. And hunger. And pride. And a desire to yell, or gently encourage, to the whole world "these are not hard to make!". And they taste so much better than the sad pack you find in the refrigerated section at target. Which is saying a lot for me because I love all things that come from target. Target could put a price tag on a rock and I would probably want it.

But these bagels. These are on a different level of delicious. You can eat them straight out of the oven. Piping hot and chewy. And delicious. And so freakin good. Or you can somehow resist the urge to eat them all at once (crying babies who need, you know... things, help with this) and put them in your fridge to be toasted come morning. Still freakin amazing.


AND! Do you have a favorite bagel topping? I bet you do. Of course you do. Well, you know how when you order your favorite type of bagel at the bagel place and the toppings feel... meager? Well when you make your own you can add all the sesame seeds! Seriously, bring on the toppings.



Ok, hopefully at this point I've convinced you. So here's the deets;

Bagel Recipe (for plain bagels, to be topped with toppings. If so desired.)
1 1/4c warm water
1Tbs sugar
2tsp yeast
3c flour
pinch of salt
1 egg (for egg wash before baking)

1. Start with your water, sugar, and yeast. Mix together in your mixer bowl, and let sit for about 3-6 minutes, until kindof foamy (this is activating your yeast to make sure it's good)
2. Turn your mixer on low and add flour, one cup at a time, and pinch of salt.
3. Let mix for about 5 minutes, until your dough is a smooth ball. This part can be a bit dependent on weather/climate so if your dough is super dry and not a ball, add some water (a teaspoon at a time) if it's super wet and not a ball, add some flour.
4. Once you have a ball, cover with a damp towel and let rise for an hour
5. After the hour is up, divide the dough into 6 portions (or 8 if you want your bagels a tad smaller) and make mini-balls-of-dough and poke a hole in the middle. Place on parchment paper on your baking pan of choice and let rest for 10 minutes.



6. While bagels are resting, put a pot of water on to boil and preheat your oven to 425F.
7. After 10 minutes, boil your bagels for about two minutes. Flipping after a minute so you are boiling a minute on each side. (I usually boiled multiple at a time)
8. Carefully remove from boiling water and put back on your parchment lined pan.
9. TOPPINGS!! Lightly brush the tops of the bagels with your egg wash (an egg that has been beaten in a small cup of bowl) and top with whatever your favorite bagel toppings are!
**toppings I like: Sesame seeds. Poppy seeds. Hard&Sharp cheddar cheese, salt, caraway seeds, etc. etc. etc.***
10. Bake at 425F for about 12-18 minutes, until they are the amount of golden that you prefer. I like to under cook mine juuuuust a tad so that when I go to toast them in the mornings they don't get burny.

And that's it! A teeny bit step-intensive, but really not a lot of actual work. If I can pull these off during nap time, I know you can make them at home, too! So what do you say? Will you give it a try!?

L





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