Fall cooking.

Hello! I essentially forgot about this blog and now it’s November.

I wrote a while ago about our attempts at menu-planning. We’re a little off-and-on about it, but what has worked for me lately is googling one or two ingredients that we have to use up in the next few days, and choose one of the results, rather than paging through lists upon lists of “easy dinner recipes.” You can drive yourself crazy that way.

Without further ado, the recipes that have been winners:



Chard and Coconut Soup
The original recipe seemed like it needed something, so we added a cup of lentils (cooked in the veggie broth) and two teaspoons of curry powder. So delicious.

Sweet Potato and Kale Frittata
Better if you’re cooking for more than two people, as it’s definitely not as good the second day. We don’t have an ovenproof skillet so we transferred it to a pyrex before putting it into the oven, which meant that we skipped the extra three minutes of stovetop cooking once the eggs were added. Perhaps this was an important step– it had to cook at least half an hour in the oven instead of 10-14 minutes. Still turned out great.

Red Lentil Coconut Soup
I always think it’s sort of silly when a recipe calls for “light” coconut milk. I used the regular kind. It’s good fat!

Ojas Increasing Oatmeal
This takes a little while to cook, but it’s worth it, especially when it’s cold outside. I add walnuts at the end. And I mixed the right amounts of those spices (cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom, ginger, clove) in a little jar so I can just take half a teaspoon of that mix and stir it in to save time.

Nutty Broccoli Soup
Malcolm liked this too! It was one of the first soups we’ve made that we’ve let him have, since it’s flavorful but not spicy.

Lime Cilantro Portabello Tacos
We’ve had these a handful of times since the summer. Super easy and fast (especially if you forget to marinate the mushrooms like we sometimes do).

Sweet Potato and Kale Pizza
Another go-to lately. Who doesn’t love pizza? But it’s nice to have one without tomato sauce or a ton of cheese. We add shiitake mushrooms. And we put the crushed red pepper flakes on after the pizza is done rather than pureeing them with the sweet potato, so we can give some of the pureed sweet potato to the little guy.

Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream
This soup is so amazing. One of my students brought in a jar of it that she had made and we had it on a day that we visited a pumpkin patch and an apple orchard and it was just SO FALL. Then I found the recipe and made it and it was allllmost as good. I think I added a little too much chipotle. Maybe follow the recipe. (Also it calls for chicken broth– I used vegetable broth obvi. So did my student, just in case you’re wondering.)


Week In The Life: Sunday

I’m doing daily posts this week as part of Week In The Life, a scrapbooking project spearheaded by Ali Edwards. Other days of the project can be found here: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Last day of this crazy picture-taking project. Here we go:


6:04am |  Sunday is the only day of the week when I leave the house for the studio and it’s not completely dark out. And that’s only in summer. First light 5:54am. Sunrise 6:25am.


11:00am | Home from teaching and this is what I see. Picnic on the grass.




11:03am | Those shoes! This is the first time he’s worn shoes for the purpose of walking (with help) outside. Oh my heart.




3:52pm | What happened between 11 and 4? I have no idea. Documentation fatigue, probably. Maybe a nap. Some food, for sure. Mowing the lawn? Anyway. Onward.


4:30pm | Stopped by a train on the way to our Weekly Park Adventure.


4:57pm  | It’s been a busy summer and we haven’t been going on weekly park adventures– it’s more like one or two times a month– but they’re still happening. This one is Hansen Park in New Brighton.



5:23pm | The posed timer- or remote-shot is a requirement of the Weekly Park Adventure.


Again, due to documentation fatigue I didn’t take any more photos after we came home from our adventure. I’m ok with that.

Week in the Life: Saturday

I’m doing daily posts this week as part of Week In The Life, a scrapbooking project spearheaded by Ali Edwards. Other days of the project can be found here: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, FridaySunday.

Oh how I love Saturdays. I love them so hard. Despite the fact that I am quite happy getting up at 3:15 every weekday to do what I do, Saturday means no alarm clock and the ability to hang out with my guys first thing. I’m usually well rested from Friday night, I know I don’t have to go to bed right at 8, we often do things like make pancakes or go to brunch or go to street fairs or run errands all together, and it’s just generally a party.


6:48am | Up and making coffee. Malcolm and I wake up about the same time, when there’s no alarm set.


6:48am |  Pajamas. I love how straight he sits up. Babies have such good posture.


7:35am | Still drinking coffee. I remember being concerned that if I drank coffee it would make Malcolm jittery; it doesn’t. Not a couple cups a day, in any case. I’m told if it doesn’t have a noticeable effect on him, it’s fine. Yays.


7:54am | 10-second self-timer shot that worked out extremely well. Peter was washing dishes– he had seen me set up the camera, I wasn’t very stealthy about it but I didn’t tell him what I was doing. I love Malcolm looking at the camera like, “They do this all the time.”


8:04am | Getting pretty sleepy. Time for a nap soon.


8:30am | M naps, we eat pancakes. Neither of us are gluten free, but Pamela’s gluten free flour makes fantastic pancakes.


10:34am | Occasionally I wash M’s toys.

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1:52 | Back at it, after a trip to Home Depot and Target. I like that both M and P are sitting on the floor playing with stuff. (Peter is setting up a new lamp.)





2:40pm | Photoshoot time. I tell P I’m grateful that he has been a good sport about having a camera in his face all week. In the photo above I imagine M thinking “I’m stuck with such geeky parents.”


2:53pm | This meme has been everywhere this week. I couldn’t resist.


5:16pm | Finally hanging some photos on the wall. One of those ten-minute projects that has been sitting on the to-do list for ages.


7:14pm | Late dinner. Both of us pretty smitten with the little guy.


7:35pm | Bedtime stories. Messy room, messy photograph– yep, that’s a bag of dirty diapers in the corner– but whatever. This is one of my favorite parts of the day, when we’re winding M down and we all lie down on the floor in his room and read him a couple of books. I know everything changes all the time but I’m hoping this little ritual will stick around for a while.

Week In The Life: Friday

I’m doing daily posts this week as part of Week In The Life, a scrapbooking project spearheaded by Ali Edwards. Other days of the project can be found here: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.

Friday was apparently makeover day. New couch and chairs, new haircut. Here’s the day in photos:


Starting off with the mundane. We’ve just switched to this brand of toothpaste, it has less junk in it than the usual brands. And I find the tube to be aesthetically pleasing. Stamps by Elise Joy.


Setting up at the shala.


Post-teaching mirror selfie. The “before” shot? Soon to have new hairs.


My dad came over to watch Malcolm so I could jaunt off to the salon for the afternoon.


With Matty, my hair guy for the past four years. He’s fantastic. I haven’t colored my hair for years, so this was fun!


Yessssssss! Out with the old couch. Sayonara stripes. Now the only stripes in our house will be (let’s be honest) all of mine and Malcolm’s clothes.


Solid color furniture makes the living room look so clean!


Watching Daddy clean up.


I’m not the only one who obsessively photographs everything!

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Hanging out pre-bedtime.


It hasn’t been that long that we’ve been able to count on Malcolm going to sleep when he’s supposed to go to sleep. Friday nights are the only night where I don’t have to go to bed at a certain time because I don’t teach on Saturday mornings, and it’s really lovely to have a few hours where we’re not anticipating him waking up and having to be rocked or bounced back to sleep. We can go into the back yard and chill on the patio. We can go downstairs and watch an episode of Orange is the New Black. There were definitely some months when this relaxed Friday night seemed so far in the future I couldn’t even picture it. Parenthood, man. Everything changes all the time.

Week In The Life: Thursday

I’m doing daily posts this week as part of Week In The Life, a scrapbooking project spearheaded by Ali Edwards. Other days of the project can be found here: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

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Top: Before practice. Above: After teaching. I love this room. Everything about this transition to the new space has made me so happy. I am grateful every day that I get to do this.


Obligatory mirror selfie. Very serious stuff, this selfie-taking.


M loves to climb on the carseat when we leave it on the floor. It’s not a super safe thing to do because it’s so tippy, so I liked the accidental placement of the WARNING label in the photo.


Lake of the Isles! We went to walk a lake, as Minneapolitans do. This one is nice because you get the natural scenery and at the same time you get to ogle the humongous houses along the parkway.

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60-something degrees, hence the sweatshirt. Such a perfect day. Give me this weather year-round, please.


Fell asleep on the car ride home.


Some post-nap play time.


Occasionally I wash dishes.


One of my favorite photos from this week so far. Daddy and Malcolm time.

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I love that he really looks at the pictures in the books now, rather than just eating them.

Week In The Life: Wednesday

I’m doing daily posts this week as part of Week In The Life, a scrapbooking project spearheaded by Ali Edwards. Other days of the project can be found here: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Learning: black and white makes slightly blurry photos look moody. And since I refuse to use a flash, a dark cloudy/rainy day makes for some blur.



4:00am  |  Labeling milk bottles. Lather, rinse, repeat.



8:56am |  My dad comes to watch Malcolm a couple mornings a week while I teach so Peter can go to work. It is so helpful to our schedules, of course, but I am beyond grateful that M gets to spend time regularly with his Gwumpa.

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11:35am |  M is obsessed with the mirror in our bedroom. He’s bonked his head on it a few times so I put that empty bin there as a barrier.


1:44pm |  Naptime means answering emails, looking at photos, eating leftover quinoa salad for lunch.


3:22pm |  Target run. M is all, really Mom? Target again? I forgot to get one thing we needed, and when I told Peter he said “It doesn’t matter. We go there every day.” (Slight exaggeration.)


4:45pm |  One of these two humans just woke up from a nap. The other one needs a nap.

7:04pm |  Dinner inspired by a Real Simple magazine recipe. Zucchini, tomatoes and basil from the garden. Mozzarella and english muffin from the co-op.


Week In The Life: Tuesday

I’m doing daily posts this week as part of Week In The Life, a scrapbooking project spearheaded by Ali Edwards. Other days of the project can be found here: MondayWednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

On Tuesday I was feeling much better after having slept about 10 hours straight.


6:54am |  Five or six days a week, I get up and out of the house before anyone is awake. Even though the reason I was home Tuesday morning was my cold, it was still nice to hang out with my boys in the morning.


11:05am |  Nothing is worse than being cooped up in the house when you’re sick, especially when you’re starting to feel better, so I got us ready to go to the camera store to get a part for the tripod that had been lost (the little doohickey that attaches the camera to the tripod). Put my rain jacket on, and found the doohickey in the pocket. Ha! So we were all dressed up with nowhere to go. I decided (like you do) to attach the camera to the tripod and try it out. Uh, it works. And I actually like this photo because M is looking up at me.  (Yes, I covered his feet with a blanket before we went out.)


12:25pm |  Even though I didn’t need to go to the camera store anymore, I wanted to get out of the house so we went to the mall. Walked around a bit, tried on a couple dresses for an upcoming wedding, bought nothing. Good.

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1:45pm |  I love how he is looking at the camera. Like, I know what you’re doing here, mom.


3:42pm |  Practice. During second naptime. So many stripes. I am oh so excited for our new couch and chairs to be delivered later this week!


3:49pm |  Naptime. He was just waking up here.


4:26pm |  It’s always fun times when Daddy comes home.

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4:59pm |  Time to pick the vegetables. I am horrible about doing this during the day. Peter’s the gardener, for sure. It’s just not on my radar.

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5:08pm |  Pretty good harvest here. Those yellow things are cucumbers. Those green peppers are actually red peppers, but they never turn red.


6:23pm |  Dinnertime. No high chair means it’s hard to get the three of us in a dinner table shot.


7:24pm |  Second dinner. His bedtime is my bedtime, so that’s it for the day.