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Jul 1, 2015

Newborn Essentials

Before you have a baby you obsess about buying everything you could possibly need, and then after you have the baby you come to the shocking realization that half of the stuff you thought you needed is completely unnecessary or won't actually be useful until your baby is six months to a year old. So moms to be, listen up, I'm here reporting from the other side on the stuff you actually need to get through the first month of having a baby, or at least, the stuff that has been the most useful to me.

Jun 23, 2015

Creative Cocktails from the Planter's House

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My in-laws were in town this past weekend, and they were kind enough to watch Roscoe while my husband and I went out for a little belated anniversary dinner at the Planter's House. I had been meaning to visit since it opened up over a year ago, but I hadn't gotten a chance before I got pregnant and after I was pregnant there didn't seem to be much point in going to a place that is all about the cocktails. Yes, cocktails! Welcome back to my life, booze. I have missed you.

Jun 18, 2015

Garden Inspiration: Hydrangeas

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Buttons and Bows'  
Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, and they are currently blooming in my neighborhood. Here are a few gorgeous options if you are thinking about adding hydrangeas to your garden. Most varieties prefer a shady or partially sunny spot.

Jun 16, 2015

Gooey Butter Cake with Orange Liqueur

It was really just a matter of time until I got around to sharing a gooey butter cake recipe on the blog, as it is the unofficial dessert of St. Louis, where I make my home, and also a dessert that I've loved eating my whole life. There is nothing else quite like it. In the traditional recipe, the crust is made with a yeast dough, but that isn't the gooey butter cake most people have tried. Everyone I know uses the yellow cake mix shortcut, which is not only easier, some say its even tastier than the traditional version. One of these days I'm going to have to make the traditional recipe just so I know for sure which I prefer, but until I have more time on my hands, I'm sticking with the tried and true. I spiced things up a bit by adding a little Grand Marnier:  not enough that it tastes blatantly boozy, but just so it has a subtle hint of orange. You can substitute any orange liqueur if you don't have Grand Marnier.

Jun 11, 2015

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

With a newborn at home, I'm looking for any possible ways to shorten my morning routine.  One way I've found is making a batch of cold brewed iced coffee so that I have my caffeine needs met on demand. It takes just minutes to whip up a batch that will last all week long.

Jun 9, 2015

Roscoe's Birth Story

You may have noticed that I didn't have any new blog posts last week. That was because I was busy bringing my son, Roscoe, into the world. Or rather, pushing him into the world with all I had. When I was pregnant, I really enjoyed reading about other people's birth stories, so I thought I would share my experience.

May 28, 2015

Toasted Banana Bread with Whipped Cream Cheese and Pineapple

Once bananas in our house reach a certain level of brownness, they will never be eaten in the traditional fashion. At that point, I peel them and throw them in a plastic bag in my freezer until I'm ready to make something out of them. Over the holiday weekend I decided to use up my bounty of frozen bananas by baking some banana bread. I tried a new recipe, which was pretty delicious on its own, but topping a toasted slice with cream cheese and pineapple takes it to another level.

May 26, 2015

DIY Lazy Stripe Phone Case

So I saw this phone case from Anthropologie a while ago, and I've been thinking about trying to make my own ever since. I already had a clear case and some Radiant Orchid paint that I've been trying to use, I just needed two more complimentary paint colors, a paint brush, and some time to craft. This past weekend the stars aligned and I was finally able to make it happen. 

May 21, 2015

Modern Lullaby Playlist

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I'm working on expanding my lullaby repertoire. "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "Rock-a-bye Baby" are going to get old pretty quick, I think. Here is a playlist of songs that, while not technically lullabies, will probably do the trick. Plus, I can get an early start on sharing some of my favorite musical artists with my son.

May 19, 2015

Cook Once, Eat Twice Turkey Sausage and Goat Cheese Lasagna

I've officially entered the most tedious part of pregnancy, the final weeks. All of the major preparations are finished, the baby is considered full-term, so now I'm just waiting for him to decide he's ready to come out into the world. No telling when that might happen. In the meantime I'm doing all the things women in the last weeks of their pregnancy are expected to do: pack their bags for the hospital, go on lots of walks, sleep as much as possible, and oh yes, make freezer meals. My favorite kind of freezer meal is an eat some now and eat some later meal; I don't want to work on something for two hours just to put it in the freezer to enjoy weeks from now. I need some instant gratification. This also happens to be my favorite lasagna recipe ever. The turkey sausage keeps things from getting too heavy, and the goat cheese adds a nice tangy element.