Choo Choo Someone’s Two! Toddler Boy Train Birthday Party

Our sweet Baby C turned two in June! My in laws came in from Minnesota and while a few friends didn’t show up, we had a full house and were able to really celebrate our little dude! I’m so grateful to everyone who did attend, it was so great to see you all!

Things have been very full-on in our house lately – lots of stuff going on for both M and me at work, endless sicknesses for all three of us, house renovations anticipating guests, garden drama, and, and, and. So I wasn’t able to do this up to the level I’d hoped because I was so inspired by this theme.

Our son was given his cousin’s old train table and all the tracks and trains and he is so so into his ‘choo choos’! I ordered some party favors (of hats, bandanas and wooden whistles) for the kiddos and we ordered a big ol’ Subway sandwich. The night before I baked up and decorated cupcakes with my niece and nephew, which is turning into a little tradition that I just love. I hope I continue to be cool enough to bake with!

Summer Wardrobe Wishlist

I haven’t really been shopping too much, I did need some new jeans and I got them from an ethical fashion brand (review coming soon!). A big part of the reason is that I’d like to be making more of my own clothes; however, right now, I’m really lacking the time. I also don’t want to invest hundreds of dollars in fabric and while I have some stuff that is appeal appropriate, they are not the most current patterns. So. Here’s a few things I’ve been eyeing while I’m window shopping and I’d love to make it into my summer wardrobe.

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Boden Phoebe Jersey Dress (honestly, any of their dresses! I’d love to try one and they look the right length for toddler mom life)

Boden Embroidered Linen Kaftan

LL Bean Signature Madras Shirt in Pink Pearl

Everlane Cotton Twill Short

What are you loving this summer? I’m really craving an easy to pull together but still classic style.

Ohio State Fair 2017

We LOVE THE  FAIR! By the time the Ohio State Fair closes this year, I’ll have been 3 times. We were able to see all of the highlights including the Ohio Natural Resource Playground, the Bobcat display, the butter cow, the FOOD and the Cardinal Building. This year the fair had it’s share of tragedy but I also won BEST IN SHOW in Cookies for my dulce de leche bar cookies and I could not be prouder! I made the a few times to prep and brought them to my family’s annual Fourth of July party and they were a huge hit. I’m tickled – but have literally no idea how to top these for next year!

You can read the recipe here and the write up (!) at the Columbus Dispatch. Here are some of my favorite snaps from this year’s State Fair.

C and the cows!
my traditional gyro at the Ohio Sheep Improvement Assoc booth in the Taste of Ohio building
morning sun
the skyglider!
C loved the Bobcat ‘playground’
my winning entry!

Summer ’14 Bucket List~How’d I Do?!

Like everyone else who owns a calendar, I can’t believe it is SEPTEMBER! How did that happen?! I didn’t manage to hit everything on this list and boy-oh-boy do I have a bucket of excuses! M’s schedule changed so he was working more weekends that I anticipated but we still managed to soak up as much summer sun and friend time as we could. I’m marking that down as what matters 🙂

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  • Go to a drive in movie (there’s actually one with THREE SCREENS in Columbus! How awesome is THAT?!) –ahhhh we never made it a point to go, maybe this month?
  • Spend a day lounging at a lake
  • Run a race (probably just a 5k this year…my first without a half since 2009) — nope 😦 but we’ve scheduled a half in February!
  • Go to the Ohio State Fair (No state so fair, no fair so great!)
  • Spend a day at Zoombezi Bay
  • Take M to Cedar Point (an Ohioan right of passage)–many more summers for this!
  • Eat something I grew (or um…M grew) — yes! our little container garden has been gangbusters!
  • See the sea caves in Lake Superior — this didn’t happen our trip up there this summer 😦
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Go to a soccer game

Some awesome summer things that WEREN’T on the bucket list but were awesome-sauce regardless: a free outdoor bluegrass concert, a banging Fourth of July Party and fireworks, road tripping across the Midwest including stopping in Indy for an afternoon, and one hot A/C-less evening at Arcade Super Awesome.

Serpent Mound

Over the weekend, we went to Serpent Mound in Peebles Ohio as it’s one of those elementary school field trip places in Ohio that M missed. Managed by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System, Serpent Mound remains a true archeological mystery. Modern scientists do not who built it and for what purpose, although recent carbon dating says it is about 900 years old, placing it in the Fort Ancient time period.

We drove down US 62, through many small towns and stopped off for both soft serve and to pick up fresh Ohio corn at a farmer’s market. It over 2 hours away from Columbus but it’s a beautiful region. We packed a lunch and checked out the attempted small museum. It seems all the cool stuff was packed up and shipped to Columbus :-/ There was a short trail that lead down to Paint Creek, so we even got a little hiking in!

Here’s a few snaps from the afternoon! Have you been to Serpent Mound?

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Pasta with Fresh Corn, Greens and Ricotta

pasta with corn, greens and ricotta

One thing about living in Ohio that I love the fresh summer foods. We might be known nationally for our over-abundance of fast food chains but we get farm fresh corn right. I got some amazing fresh corn at the local butcher shop and didn’t want to fire up the grill for this. Don’t even consider making this with frozen corn, just don’t.

pasta with corn, greens and ricotta

You’ll Need:
1/2 pound of small pasta shapes
2 slices chopped onions
2 cups fresh corn kernels (I used 4 ears)
8 cups chopped kale or Swiss chard
salt and pepper
4 oz ricotta
1/3 to 1/2 cup torn fresh basil

You’ll:
Cook the pasta, reserving a 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, cooked the bacon in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Once crisp, add in the corn and cook for about 5 minutes, until the corn is just tender. Add in the greens and season with salt and pepper. Cook until wilted, about 5 minutes more. Add in 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid to deglaze the pan and then toss in the pasta. Stir in fresh torn basil and addition 1/4 cup cooking liquid, if the sauce is too thick for your taste. Serve with a generous tablespoon of ricotta.

Jerk Style Grilled Chicken

jerk chickenM has made this a few times and I love it! It’s crisp and spicy and means I’m just left with making the side dishes 🙂

You’ll Need:
2 whole chicken legs or 4 bone in, skin on chicken thighs
juice of two limes
2 tbsp of habanero based hot sauce (or less if you’re so inclined)
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp orange juice
2 scallions or green onions, roughly chopped
2 tbsp dried Italian herbs
1 tbsp mustard
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Mix all the ingredients, save the chicken, in a blender. It should be the consistency of a thick tomato sauce, if not add in more lime juice or vinegar. Toss chicken in sauce, let marinate up to an hour if you can swing it. If not, grill on medium low until skin is crispy and chicken cooked thru, about 45 minutes.

Summer ’14 Bucket List

I’ve dabbled with these seasonal bucket lists in the past (see this holiday one, last fall’s list and the one from last summer). I’m surprised how similar this summer’s list to that one but different as the same time. I only got about half of those things done as we were moving but I’m hoping to really up my summer quotient this year!quote post~the comyn space

  • Go to a drive in movie (there’s actually one with THREE SCREENS in Columbus! How awesome is THAT?!)
  • Spend a day lounging at a lake
  • Run a race (probably just a 5k this year…my first without a half since 2009)
  • Go to the Ohio State Fair (No state so fair, no fair so great!)
  • Spend a day at Zoombezi Bay
  • Take M to Cedar Point (an Ohioan right of passage)
  • Eat something I grew (or um…M grew)
  • See the sea caves in Lake Superior
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Go to a soccer game

What are your summer must do’s? Any Ohio summer treats I’m missing?