Monday, November 21, 2016

Momming in the Mundane: having the nice things

So this happened a while ago and while the picture isn't much to look at, it is a glass pitcher that we got as a wedding gift on top of my kitchen counter in pieces, having been pulled off of the fridge shelf and dropped while full of sweet tea by a sweet Little that just saw a handle to pull and pulled it.

I'll be honest, my first thought, after making sure the Little was okay (he was, just confused a little bit and covered in sweet tea goodness), quickly taking off his wet clothes and moving him to the living room to be sure he didn't step on any glass while I cleaned up, was "this is why we can't have nice things."  It was mostly a joke.

Everyone told us to put away the nice things once Little was mobile.  But, we don't have lots of fancy things anyway, so I haven't been too worried about it.  But here it was, my pretty pitcher in a little pile.

And then while I was cleaning up the mess, another thought entered my head.  But we do have nice things!  We have all the nice things!  A pitcher broke.  I cleaned it up - no big deal.  My sweet baby was playing in the living room and as soon as I got the tea up off the floor, I joined him and we had lunch.

And it was nice.

We laughed and he made another mess - this time in his high chair and with his food.

And it was nice.  These little moments are the nice things.  It's up to me to acknowledge that and to rejoice over them. 

It's easy to get caught up in all the little things, but it's important to step back and take some time to be thankful for the things that matter.  I don't think we often give enough weight to these little moments - the relational moments and opportunities that we have to be still for a minute and just soak it all in.

Let's do more of that.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Easy homemade tomato [sauce] dip

Today, I'm excited to share a fun little recipe that I've made recently that is healthy, yummy, and versatile.  This dip was inspired by the fresh tomato sauce from this yummy eggplant pizza recipe (which I also made recently and LOVED).  

But, when I had some extra peppers in the freezer and half an onion from the cookout we had for Little's birthday, I decided to throw it all together and see how it turned out.  In a word, delicious.

The Italian seasoning make this a little less salsa like, but I still really enjoyed it with chips for a good afternoon snack.  It's got a small bit of a sweet taste that is just perfect.  I think this would also work really well on a larger scale in spaghetti or any pasta dish that calls for tomato based sauce.  If hubs didn't really dislike onions, I would be making spaghetti with this sauce tonight. 

1 large, ripe tomato
1/2 onion (or a small onion)
1 cup sliced peppers (I used fresh peppers I had frozen that were sweet-ish, not too spicy)
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
2 tbsp olive oil

Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat.
While the oil is heating, dice the tomato, onion, and peppers.
Mix vegetables in skillet and top with Italian seasoning.
Stir often to make sure that veggies are mixed well.
Cook for 5-7 minutes over medium heat until veggies are tender.
Scoop into a bowl.  (This way I don't totally drain all the olive oil out, but I don't get all the extra either.  Feel free to drain if you'd like.)

It's easy, healthy, yummy, and versatile - basically, perfect.  But don't take my word for it.

Other fun, easy dips from Thrift for Today:
Homemade guacamole
Bean salsa dip
Creamy pudding dip

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Life lately

Y'all.  I thought it had been about a month maybe a month and a half since I wrote last.  It's been over two months!  We recently had dinner with a friend from college who pointed out to me that it had "been a while since you've written anything". And it looks like she was totally right!

I've actually got about 4 posts saved in draft form that need tiny little edits before publishing, so I haven't been completely neglecting blog land - only you can't see the work until it's out there.  

It feels like things have been non-stop over here though.  Little has started taking one nap on most days and although he learned to sleep through the night, it only lasted about two weeks before he got a cold and that was wrecked and now he's got molars coming in and ends up with me every night.  We've got to figure something out, but we haven't yet, so I don't have anything to report on that front. [It also means that I don't have a lot of computer time period, so the blog is in WAY last place on the to-do list.] 

Since we've talked last, we have:
- celebrated our Little's first (!!) birthday
- visited the pumpkin patch
- planned a fun fall vacation
- went to Little's first football game
- dressed up like Ninja Turtles as a family for Halloween

I have so many things floating around in my head, y'all.  I want to share them, I do.  But it's taking time.  I'm still reading your blogs when I can and love seeing what you're up to.

I'll be back, promise.  

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Healthy Banana Pancakes

Hey again - it's me.  I'm still here - actually actively reading and following some of my favorite blogs, but without too much time to edit and post photos for new posts in the recent days.  I've had this one in the draft stage for quite a while, but hadn't gotten around to writing the text for it until just recently. 

Today, I'm sharing a healthy little breakfast recipe with you all that I've enjoyed making and sharing with the Little in the mornings.  I found it on Pinterest a while back and don't even know if I pinned the recipe because it was so simple. 

They are super easy, and tasty - but with a totally different texture than a regular pancake in my opinion.  If your bananas are really ripe and sweet, you don't need any syrup!

1 ripe banana
2 large eggs
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon (I just eyeball it to be honest and sprinkle as much as I want into the bowl)
1/4 tsp vanilla, optional

In a bowl, mash the banana until it is smooth.  Mix in eggs and other ingredients, stirring until smooth.
Use a spoon (I use a ladle) to spoon mixture onto a hot, sprayed griddle or flat pan. 
Cook for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side until done. 

I get on these health kicks from time to time and decide that I'm really going to be healthier this time.  But to be honest, I've learned that I'm not awesome at sticking to a strict diet and/or exercise routine so I am working hard to find simple and easy ways that I can incorporate healthy habits and exercise into my pre-existing activities and then make sure to use moderation when I indulge (because I will not give up baked treats, or carbs, or cheese, or ice cream completely.  I just will not.)

So far, so good.  I want to be the best I can be.  It's important to me to be proactive about my own health so that I can train the Little how to balance the sweet things and healthy things and fitness. 

What little things do you do to stay healthy? 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Little slept through the night.

Y'all.  This is big time over here.  I'm coming to you refreshed and fully awake after our Little slept through the night for the first time in his life last night.  Not the "sleeping through the night" that the internet tells you can mean 5 hours straight (which is also great, so no complaints), but the whole night.  Like, I only got out of my bed once to use the bathroom, not to check on baby.  So this morning, I feel like this:

How Your Best Friend Makes Life Better, Even When You Really Don't Want Them To (GIFS)

It may or may not be a fluke.  But it happened and this morning, I am rejoicing in it.  I'm watching his little feet moving on the monitor (and actually ready for him to be awake now), and I am just so proud.  You did it, sweet thing!

We've had our share of back and forth successes in the sleep department around here, so we are celebrating today.  I'm writing it in the baby journal so we don't forget!

Rest is a glorious thing.  Am I right?