Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ready for redesign


OK. I know it's been a long time since I rapped at ya, but I'm just going to jump right in. I wish I could have more control over the design of the objects that come into my house. I realize that I really have no control over this, but I do have a choice about a lot of things (like toys) that enter my house, and thus my constant sightline, but some things are just necessary, yet so ugly.

This might become a running series, so I'm just going to start with one that really, really irritates me: California Baby. I love their products, but I cringe every time I purchase any of them. For $15 I think I should be getting awesome sunblock in an awesome package. Not a spooky sun trying to hypnotize me from underneath a font that came pre-installed on my Mac Powerbook 165c (the "c" stood for "color"). I don't want to sound mean, but is the design guy for California Baby someone's nephew? Or, more likely, great uncle?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

H is for Helium: Balloon Party


It started with an idea. Balloons, red and blue.


And a birthday boy, of course.


Refreshments were served (there's always room for Jell-O).



Games were played.


Prizes were won.


Cake was served.


And eaten.



For everyone else, there were cake pops!


It seems a good time was had by all.


Happy Birthday to my darling 1-year-old boy!






Friday, February 12, 2010

Be Mine


Our little play group had a Valentine's party this week, so we got a little taste of what school celebrations will be like in the future. To tell the truth, though, this party set the bar pretty high, as all the moms were really into it and everyone contributed something really special. For our Valentines, Little Omi and I made recycled crayons (recipe here) and sugar cookies. We attached Baby Bro's cards (found here) to the crayons since Omi's were the folding kind. Gramma had just given us this set of cookie cutters, which sort of combines cookie cutters with a letterpress—how cool is that? So we just had to make personalized cookies for all the kids in the play group.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pretzels


With all the snow and ice coming down lately, we've been spending a lot of time just shuffling around the house. I guess since it's starting to feel like The Long Winter, I have been wanting to bake some bread. I was perusing my copy of America's Test Kitchen's Baking Illustrated and came across a recipe for soft pretzels. I had never made or eaten a fresh pretzel before! The recipe was pretty basic—I had all the ingredients on hand (although bread flour was required for its extra gluten). The best part was rolling out the dough. Little Omi got in on the act and made a series of rings (she said she liked them better than the traditional pretzel shape). Once the pretzels are shaped, you dip them in boiling water hat has a bit of baking soda added to it before baking them. It's the soda that gives the pretzels their characteristic brown color!

I don't have any photos of the finished product. We ate them before I remembered to take a picture!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A fair is a veritable smorgasborg


We had the best time taking Little Omi and Baby Bro to their first state fair this weekend. Rides were enjoyed (while I watched and had tiny heart attacks each time I saw my first born up in the air), corn dogs were devoured, baby animals were adored, and sunstroke was narrowly avoided.

While we were waiting for the sea lion show to start, Little Omi treated the audience to this impromptu performance:


video

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Any day now

37 weeks, 4 days. Keeping our fingers crossed that we make it another 13 days...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

First harvest


We planted a garden this year. Just a small one—some tomato and pepper plants, pumpkins, and a few experimental watermelons, corn, and carrots for Little Omi to tend. So far the tomatoes seem to be very happy in their little sunny patch. We thought these were going to be smaller grape tomatoes, but they are more like mini-Romas. Tasty, though, especially when they're still warm from the sun.
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