Dec 11, 2014

reflections on 30...

Yesterday was my birthday.  For the past few years, I've been dreading this one...the big 3-0.  But really as it was approaching this year, I'm good with it; in fact, I'm quite excited.  With a little one on the way, this is going to be such an awesome, exhaustingly wonderful year for us that it's really quite hard to dread this milestone birthday.

And it's official!  We made it well into the third trimester!  We are so lucky and thankful that Baby's situation has improved significantly over the past couple of months.  We made it through way too many weeks when we were constantly playing the "numbers game": if Baby were born today, he or she would have a x% chance of survival.  And we've reached a point where we're in as good of shape as any pregnancy.  It's still hard to wrap our heads around that fact, especially after anxiously checking off the weeks, days, hours, and minutes to get here.

Aug 27, 2014

our story...

So, I realized this morning that I haven't posted since May.  It's now late August.  Classes started this week.  Where did the summer go?

Well, it's been an interesting summer here to say the least.  After trying to start a family for the past few years, we decided we were going to start an infant domestic adoption.  We spent all of May getting a majority of the adoption home study requirements done.  Two days (TWO!) before the "point of no return" for the home study, as I like to call it, we got some interesting news...

I'm pregnant!

May 29, 2014

tortilla bowls

I've decided I'm officially an "old soul".  Those who know me could have told you that long ago, I'm sure.  I always prefer, and have always preferred, a cup of coffee with a friend over a night of dancing (unless it's swing dancing or salsa dancing...that's a different story!), a night in with a Netflix tv series over going to a big expensive show, a homemade dinner over a dozen roses, a rainy afternoon listening to music while bread is rising over going to the movies, a starlit walk through the neighborhood with the hubs and the pup over some big elaborate date, and a glass of quality wine over endless drinks at a bar.

May 21, 2014

peanut butter rice krispy treats

Summer is officially here!  Well, it's kind of here.  Students are done and grades are in.  That's a win, right?

How do you define "summer"?  My colleagues and I spent last week (the week after finals) in a windowless room learning how to administer and rate oral proficiency exams.  Ever since, I've been judging random conversations, both in English and Spanish--awww, bless her heart, she's never going to get out of the advanced low range.  I guess I shouldn't judge because sometimes it looks like I can't even write in complete sentences.  And paragraphs?  Hah.  Anyways, hubs had graduation one weekend and freshman orientation the next.  And, he may have left home at 5 am yesterday morning for a training seminar 2 hours away.  Luckily we both work in departments that constantly keep us their own special ways.  So, is this really "summer"?  I know they've always said that you shouldn't go into academia to get summers off.  Perhaps we should have listened more closely.

May 8, 2014

tortilla española (más o menos)

Finals are done!  (Almost all of) the grading is done too.   A major painting project is complete, we're getting new carpet (yes, the green is finally gone!), and the exterior of our house is changing colors.  So much is currently in the works... more to come about that soon!  In the meantime...

Apr 22, 2014

homemade vanilla and lemon extracts

Yes, I have become THAT person.  I am making my own vanilla extract.  And lemon extract.  In fact, I'm making most everything from scratch anymore.

Here are the few items that we usually buy prepared, as they are cheaper or just not worth the time to make regularly:

Apr 7, 2014

100% white whole wheat artisan bread

Like the new look?  Little sister designed a new logo and header for me.  On her snow day.  Because she wanted to.  And she's awesome.  She surprised me with it =)

So, in other news, I've started to figure out my crazy body.  I've been doing a lot of research as to what foods promote health and healing and which do more harm than good.  I find it interesting that people used to only eat foods that lead to health, whereas now, it's much easier to find the junk at the grocery store.  I've come to realize that all-purpose flour and refined sugar are my biggest enemies, as they are inflammatory.  Leave them out, my arthritic knees feel pretty good.  I have even been using the stairs occasionally (voluntarily) again on campus.  That's something that hasn't happened in years.

Jan 28, 2014

life and food

Here's the deal.  It's not that I haven't been cooking and baking away the past several weeks, not at all.  It's not that I'm uninterested in taking pictures and sharing every bite.  And, it's not you.  It's me.

I've been having a bit of a food existential breakdown lately.  I've been contemplating my food choices and their effect on my health.  I've been experimenting with a different type of culinary lifestyle.  I'm trying to figure out what works for me.  I'm trying new recipes constantly, still a bit intimidated to adjust them at all, as I've been working with some new and exciting ingredients that are still fairly foreign to me.

Give me just a little time and I will be back with food that not only will taste good, but will also make you feel good.  Promise.

Jan 16, 2014

classic beer bread

...And we're off!  The new semester is off and running.  Four days down and quite a few left to go.

Sometimes it's the little things that get you through these crazy exhausting days and the sleepy-eyed mornings.  We got cupcakes to cover 2 of the days, a little treat to look forward to after a day of stumbling through classes (as if I hadn't taught in weeks...oh wait).  They kind of made my day.   Twice.

Jan 9, 2014

sweet potato dog treats

So, we've had our little Cooper for almost 4 years now.  He's always been pretty well-behaved, but he had this "quirk", as we called it.  He licked.  He would lick his paws and pits until they were raw.  It got old really quickly hearing his lick, lick, lick and we would yell at him constantly to stop already.