Since We Last Spoke

by HEAB on September 11, 2014

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We took our first road trip as a family of six.  Summer traveled a good bit her first year of life, and then Charlie and Katie arrived.  We didn’t take many family trips after that (read zero family trips), and after Hannah was born, I often wondered if we would ever leave Nashville all together.  The grandparents have been very gracious and stayed with the kids so that Chris and I could take a few weekend trips, but this past Labor Day weekend, we decided the time had come to take the whole crew.  We ventured to an apple orchard in Georgia with three of our favorite couples – so a total of eight adults and ten children (age 4 and under).   We rented a house, picked apples, jumped in the pool, cooked together, ate together, laughed together, and enjoyed ourselves immensely.  After such a successful weekend, I broached the subject of a road trip to the beach (an 8 hour drive) as all of our children sat quietly content in their car seats…and then quickly changed my mind when within 30 seconds of those words leaving my mouth, all four children were crying.  Not quite there yet. ;)

Now that fall is upon us, I’m getting in “school” mode.  To me, September means the start of a new school year (although it’s been years since I’ve set foot in a school), shopping for school supplies (my favorite – nothing like the smell of new pencils and notebooks!!!), Friday night football games, and all things fall.  Our kids aren’t in school yet, but since Summer will be turning four soon, I thought it’d be fun to do some informal lessons a few times a week.  Right now, we’re working on our letters.  For “A”, we had our apple picking friends over and made mini apple pies…

Inspired by this post, Summer and I rolled out the crust together and used a mason jar lid to cut out mini crusts.  We then placed the crusts in a muffin tin and added our apple pie filling, and our friends arrived just in time to make crust toppers with mini animal cookie cutters.  We used this recipe, and I’m ashamed to admit it was the first time I’ve ever made my own crusts…but definitely won’t be the last.  While our pies baked we used apple halves to paint “A’s” that I had cut out of poster board.

This week, we’ve moved onto “B” and blew some blue bubbles…

Please ignore the dirty table. That’s sap from a nearby Hackberry tree.  Happens every summer!

And then we made biscuits using this recipe, another first for me.  For some reason, I’ve always been intimidated by homemade pie crusts and biscuits.  Well, not anymore – they’re both quite easy, and the homemade version is so much better!

In other news, I made it the yoga studio this week.  Hannah and I went to a Mommy & Me class, and I was sore for two days!  It made me realize how much my mind and body miss practicing, and I’m hoping to do more yoga this fall as we live close to a local rec center that offers some decent classes.  Hopefully, I can make it work with my schedule.  Oh, and speaking of yoga, one of my good friends in Colorado has partnered with two other yoga instructors to open a donation-based studio in the downtown neighborhood of Five Points in Denver.

Fold Yoga‘s mission is to is to bring accessible, passion-filled yoga to the Denver community, and they have started an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds needed for a permanent location in the Five Points area.  For now, they’re teaching five pop-up donation-based yoga classes per week in some favorite local joints, but the dream is to create a yoga studio with the same vibe: accessible, un-intimidating, affordable, and diverse.  So, since Colorado and yoga are two of my favorite things, I wanted to help spread the word.  Yoga studio classes are often pretty pricey, and I think the idea of a donation-based studio is a wonderful way to allow more people to experience the power of the mat.

 Please click here to learn more about the studio’s mission and fundraising campaign, and Fold Yoga, I hope to attend a class in your new and amazing permanent space someday soon!

So, that’s what’s been going on with me lately.  What about you?  Anyone else totally intimidated by homemade crust?

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by HEAB on August 17, 2014

Charlie and Katie’s room went from dark to light…

When we moved last year, we had three children two and under, and I was six months pregnant.  So, despite the fact that I did not like the color of Charlie and Katie’s room (AT ALL), the thought of painting it completely overwhelmed me.  Well, after living with it for a year, I could no longer take it and spent this past week painting.  Oh my gosh, it’s SO MUCH BETTER…and now I want to paint our entire house white.

In other decorating news, I was bored with our living room wall art and decided it was time for a change.  However, I didn’t want to spend  a lot of money on a big project.  So, I gathered digital files of photos I love from various people, had Staples blow them up onto engineer draft paper ($1.50 each) and used this spray adhesive to glue them to previously painted canvases I already had.  Done.

In traveling news, Chris and I took a quick trip to Colorado last weekend…

We drove from Denver up to Nederland and did the Diamond Lake Hike.  Colorado, I love you.

In food news, my basil plant has been slacking lately, but that’s okay, because I discovered that peas make a delicious substitute when it comes to making pesto…

Pesto recipe here, but I subbed 1/2 cup toasted walnuts for the pine nuts.  Remember when I used to have a bunch of food rules and only ate piles and piles of veggies instead of pasta?  That was silly.   Still love my veggies, but cooked brown rice pasta drenched in creamy pesto > raw spiralized zucchini drenched in creamy pesto.

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The Little Things Part II

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Snacking on buttered and salted popcorn with bacon, candied walnuts, and chocolate chips.  A few weeks ago, I took the kids to tour a local dairy farm, and while there, I purchased some of their whole cream.  My morning mug (or two…okay, three) of coffee never tasted so good. We LOVE pesto around here, but [...]

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June 20, 2014

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Not too long ago, a good friend emailed a group of us asking if we’d like to take part in one those stock the freezer parties she’d been reading about on Facebook.  Spending a morning in the kitchen with friends sounded great to me, and the fact that I’d walk away with five delicious meals [...]

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The Beloved Bean

March 10, 2014

It’s been way too long!  I have several blog posts written in my head, but I’m just not on the computer much these days.  Nor am I on my yoga mat.  My yoga challenge simply did not happen.  I had such good intentions, even set my alarm everyday for 5 AM for a week straight…and [...]

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Let’s Yoga Together

January 8, 2014

I used to love YogaDownload – well, I’m sure I’d still love it if I actually made time for it, but I don’t.  These days when I do have some free time, you unfortunately won’t find me on the yoga mat.  More than likely, I’m sitting on my butt downing a mug of coffee.  However, I [...]

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My Favorite Gift

December 17, 2013

I went to a yoga class today – a Svaroopa yoga class to be exact.  A woman in my neighborhood offers classes in her home, and when she posted the info to our neighborhood message board, I thought, why not?  Getting there was not a simple task.  Our nanny was going to watch Summer and [...]

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