St. Lucia Day Saffron Buns

I made a batch of these for St. Lucia day this last year. This recipe was easy and fast and while they weren’t as golden as my last batch, they certainly had that saffron-y flavor! St. Lucia Day is also my dad’s birthday and it was so fun to be able to have these again for his birthday. The whole family (mom + my three sibs + spouses + kids) even managed to surprise him for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory!

Savoury Brioche Courounne

I have had my sights on this recipe for months. I was tasked with veggies for Thanksgiving so this bad boy was put off until Christmas and I was SO GLAD I got to make it! The recipe was a challenge for me – but it turned out so well! It was doughy, salty, and cheesy. So good. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to make a new, complicated bake each month and it’s because of this experience.

Homemade Bread Bowls

A few weeks ago, I was really wanting a bread bowl and broccoli cheddar soup from Panera but we’re really trying to work on our eating out habit. It’s rull bad. But, I endeavored to make this dish at home and with C’s ‘help’, I did it! The soup is from a packet from Christmas Point, but with diced chicken and a lot of frozen broccoli to bulk it up. The bread bowls are this recipe. Here’s a few snaps of the process.

One Little Word 2018: FORGE

Verb –
1 a : to form (something, such as metal) by heating and hammering forged pieces of iron into hooks
b : to form (metal) by a mechanical or hydraulic press with or without heat
2 : to make or imitate falsely especially with intent to defraud : counterfeit forge a document forge a signature
3 : to form or bring into being especially by an expenditure of effort working to forge party unity The two countries forged a strong alliance.

IMG_3711It took me a while to think about a word for this year – I sort of lost touch with ‘BUILD’ last year. One thing that I think will help me with this word this year is getting a small sign or postcard with it on it to hang at my desk so I can see it every day.

I was toying with CREATE for a while but that feels too froo-froo in this do or die, full on assault that the world is right now. I spent a bunch of time chewing this over and FORGE stood out. The change I want to bring about this year isn’t easy – it will take serious effort, skill, and diligence to bring forth. There’s serious work that needs to happen in our political sphere, in regards to my health (losing weight OK?!), and we have some big designs on house projects. But nothing will happen if we don’t put our heads down and let fire sculpt iron.

 

Baby C: Month 18

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Likes: reading, climbing, helping in the kitchen, Elmo

Dislikes: hearing no, quick transitions, missed or late meals (I feel ya, buddy)

Who You Saw: Baby Griffin! And darn near everyone for Christmas

Where You Went: San Antonio, Texas (Mama went to both Detroit and Chicago without you)

Milestones: climbing, brushing your own teeth, sliding down the ‘big’ slide at the playground without help (more like, refusing help!),

2017: Year in Review

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Books Read: 50 books, for a total of 14,448 pages

Best in Fiction: Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Best in Non-Fiction: The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

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Best Movie: LOL What’s a movie?!  We did see Star Wars: A New Hope with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra playing the sound track and that was amazing.

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Best In Show: Not only did I improve on my third place showing in 2015 with a second place last year; I got that coveted blue ribbon this year. Even better – my entry was Best in Show for the whole cookie class!

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Favorite Podcast: History of English, One Bad Mother

Number of Flights: 16 (for just me!)

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Favorite Trip: Our family vacation to Chikaming Township and Lake Michigan. It was just so easy since we had no expectations and stayed in a house (hotels are awful with a toddler!).

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This year has been a constant dumpster fire of bad news and it feels impossible to put together a cheery “look how great 2017 was!” post because the macro has been the opposite of great. I’ve started volunteering more and that feels good. Our micro is so, so good and I’m incredibly grateful for our first year in our house, for that perfect lovebug who came to live with us.

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Weekending Dec 16 & 17

Another incredibly full weekend. I kicked things off with a quick 4 miler with my running partner in her neck of the woods and then spent nap time getting sugar cookie and gingerbread dough together. After nap time, we headed over to a friend’s daughter’s third birthday party. They hosted it at a rec center (so genius) and booked the tumbling gym for the kiddos to run around and get their sillies out (double genius). C had an absolute blast and it was so much fun to celebrate with friends.

Sunday, my running partner come over and we baked up nearly 10 dozen cookies. She took some home to her boys and I boxed up some for M’s coworkers and our neighbors (really forcing my cooking on others since I haven’t have an office to send baked goods to in ages! haha). We had meant to go to A Dickens of a Christmas after nap time but we had a house full of grumpy feelings and so we decided to call off additional merriment. Instead, we headed to our favorite park and went for a hike. C is able to hang with a whole mile loop! We then popped him in the hiking backpack and did a different, more difficult hike.

Weekending – Dec 9 & 10

We went to the OSU v Minnesota Men’s hockey game on Friday night and C did so good! He loves hockey and basically screams whenever the sirens go off or the crowd shouts. There were no non-blurry shots. And, it’s heaven.

Saturday, we drove down to the Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad for a trip on the Santa Express. It was an incredible hit with C!

On Sunday, we’d meant to go the A Dickens of a Christmas but deferred to go next weekend with friends so spent the morning. We got SNOW over night and M and C spent a good hour playing outside, enjoying the inch of snow before it got up to 35 and it was all gone.

Weekending – Dec 2 & 3

This weekend was such a doozy and I want to remember it (especially since M thinks my Project Life stuff is too pricy to keep up all the time). I was gone for work Thursday/Friday and we managed to kick of December with a bang!

We started off with a family friendly 5k in our town – we walked to the start line! M pushed C in the stroller and we had such a blast. So many of my runner mama friends were there as well and it’s always a great time to catch up with them. After walking home, we had a bunch of boring house stuff to attend to during nap time.
After C woke up, we headed to the Columbus Zoo for WildLights. It was so much fun and C loved watching the light show on the lake. We also hung out with the water monitor (not pictured below, there were too many other kids in my water monitor pictures for me to feel comfortable sharing) for many actual minutes. I love our zoo membership! 

On Sunday morning, I had another 5k, the Run Santa Run with one of my running partners. We didn’t PR but it was such a blast and there was a free beer at Bar Louie afterwards 🙂  We closed out the day with C ‘signing’ some of our holiday cards and catching up on our advent calendar (yes, we were already behind).