Fiber Musings

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It’s not you, it’s me…

 

I’ve been bad… I’ve been distant-
It’s not you, it’s me! I swear.

Where have I been? Ah sigh- enjoying life: Mothering, Wifeing, Designing, Knitting, Cooking…. All things that I love.

I have been anxious to reconnect and share how life has been unfolding. Until then, check out this bag. It is simple, sweet and ever-so accurate. It would make a great Mother’s Day gift for all the fiber loving maternals out there…

 

Monday Meal Highlight – Beef Orzo Skillet

BeefOrzoSkillet_800I have been a fan of the Cozi family organizer website and phone app for years. It is the ultimate way for me to organize my shopping lists, to-do lists, calendar, contacts and more. I can quickly save recipes from anywhere on the web and have them added to my Cozi recipe box. I can use the meal planner to plan meals for the week and then I can add all the ingredients from the recipes to my grocery list. And the best part? I can access all of it on my phone. Oh wait, even better?…. My husband can also access lists from his phone. “Hey hunny, can you pick up a few things from the grocery on your way home? It’s on the grocery list.”

No this is not a sponsored post, I just feel that this has made life soo much easier for me, especially as a avid recipe adventurer, mother and Type-A planner.

So this weeks meal highlight is a recipe straight from the Cozi blog. This Beef Orzo Skillet is a easy, hearty, AND it’s a one pot wonder. Ahh, sigh- I love a good one pot meal. I make a couple modifications to the recipe to try to make it a little healthier, which I have outlined below. Enjoy!

PREP TIME: 15 min
COOK TIME: 10 min
TOTAL TIME: 25 min
YIELD: 4 servings


INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef  – (I use ground turkey)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes ( I use the garlic, basil, oregano flavor)
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium beef broth  – (I use vegetable or chicken)
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces orzo pasta, dried (1 cup) – (I use whole wheat orzo, or substitue Cauliflower in lieu of the pasta)
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed. (Several cups of fresh spinach works well, too)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

PREPARATION

  1. Sprinkle salt into a 10 to 12 inch frying pan over medium-high heat. Crumble beef into pan and cook, stirring often, until meat begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, stir in onion, and continue to cook, stirring, until onion is soft but not brown, about 5 minutes. Spoon off and discard excess fat.
  3. Add garlic, tomatoes (break them up with a spoon) and their liquid, broth, oregano, and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil then stir in pasta. Reduce heat, cover and simmer gently until pasta is tender to bite, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, squeeze as much liquid as possible from spinach. Stir spinach into pasta mixture just until heated through.
  5. Serve with cheese to sprinkle on top.

via Beef Orzo Skillet | Cozi Simplifies Family Life.

Our Autumn Decor

Well it’s been a busy few weeks around our household- Baby E is now crawling, pulling up, and into everything! I went back to work for a few days to wrap up a project for my old firm and then came down with a terrible cough and have been under the weather for week. Luckily, I am on the mend just in time for Thanksgiving.  While we will be traveling for the holiday and wont celebrate Thanksgiving day in our own home, this didn’t put a damper on decorating for the holiday. I love that we have been curling up by the fire in the evening amidst colorful leaves, goofy gourds and sweet smelling candles.

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The fireplace centers around a DIY wreath inspired by a Martha Stewart wreath that I featured in my earlier post “Autumn Decor Inspiration.”

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Happy day after Halloween. First time halloween has fallen on a Saturday in a while- I hope you’re all recovering well.

Here is what my morning looks like… Nom nom nom

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I am fleeing the city for a quiet fall weekend in Michigan. I will be basking in the simple joys of pumpkin farms and cider mills. My computer will not make the trip.

See you next week…15-10-02 Apples away

Autumn Decor Inspiration

Back in the Saddle Again

Well, it’s been awhile. And admittedly, if I was a good blogger, I would have warned my lovely readers of this six month hiatus. However, that would imply that my absense was planned…. which it wasn’t.

After nearly 42 weeks of pregnancy, (read it and weep ladies…42!!!!)- Kyle and I welcomed our sweet baby BOY into the world last March. He was a big, beautiful 10lb 5oz baby (and I say again… read it and weep), who has rocked our world in the best possible way.

Baby E

The past six months have been a beautiful whirlwind. I worked right up to the birth, putting in a full day at the office Friday and then riding the bus in to the hospital Monday. Yep, the bus, one of the few perks of being induced was the ability to have a nice quiet brunch with the hubster and then hop on the #3 bus all the way to the hospital thus avoiding the ridiculous hospital parking rates. I had hoped to avoid being induced, but nothing seemed to coax sweet Baby E into the world. (Including a four mile walk followed by spicy Thai curry on the weekend prior to his birth). In the end, it truly didn’t matter. We left the hospital with the greatest little miracle either of us had ever experienced.

Baby E

Kyle took two weeks of paternity leave and I was able to take six weeks of maternity leave before heading back to the office. The time flew. I recall feeling like I was just getting into the swing of things at the end of maternity leave and I was devastated to leave my baby and return to work. I was starting back three days per week and was expected to work up to full time within a month of my initial return. I wept every time I breastfed for the two days prior to leaving Baby E. On the morning of my return I cried all the way to the office and had to pull myself together in the stairwell before entering. My fellow employees greeted me joyfully: “So good to have you back!”…. “How is the baby!?”…. “Welcome back, are you getting any sleep?” I smiled and said that it was good to be back but I didn’t feel that way. It wasn’t until I ran into our wonderful do-it-all maintenance man in the back room that found someone who understood. He frowned when he saw me…. “Oh no, so soon?” I nodded and teared up, he hugged me while I cried quietly.

I’d be lying if I said that there was nothing good about going back to work. It felt good to pull myself together each day and get dressed for the office. I enjoyed the luxury of drinking a full cup of coffee without interruption… and while it was still hot to boot! It was wonderful to communicate in full sentences, to be challenged by colleagues, to have a creative outlet and to catch up with my team members who I truly cared about. However there was one big problem- My priorities had shifted in ways that I never could have imagined and in an office of passionate driven designers I found that I didn’t have the same motivation that I used to. I was constantly wishing that I could be with Baby E. This was not fair to my colleagues and it was not the right for my family. After many discussions with my husband and with my boss I made a very hard decision to leave the work force and stay home with my baby. There will be new challenges and there will be many things that I miss about being a part of the workforce, but for me and my family this was the right decision. Ultimately I wound up working for three months at the office. I gave a long notice to try to help out my team and I am still working on a contract basis from home to help them wrap up a few projects, but I am officially going to be a stay at home mom. It is with great appreciation for my husband and with great respect for all working moms that I say this. My three months at the office made me awestruck at how hard working moms work and how diligent they have to be to maintain balance. (You rock ladies!) And I never would have been able to do this without the immense support of my husband Kyle, who over the past six months has shown me a compassionate and patient side that I have not fully seen previously.

So here I am. 100% focused on being wife and mama, 100% excited for this new adventure, and 100% looking forward to sharing it with you. I come back to this blog with a rejuvenated desire for sharing not only my creative passions but my new perspectives on motherhood.

Baby E

Breakfast Cookies

Kyle and I have anxiously been sitting around waiting for the birth of our first baby. (and by sitting around, I mean, we’re both still working and crossing our fingers that I don’t go into labor at the office). Anyhow, with the nursery ready, the shopping done and all other major prep complete, I’ve moved on to brainstorming ideas for good healthy snacks to have around the house for an easy nibble after baby arrives.

These Breakfast Cookies from Leelalicious seem like they may be just what I need!

The Healthy Breakfast CookieWhile they have been dubbed “The Breakfast Cookie,” I’m willing to bet that they will also make a great grab and go snack on a day when baby is keeping us from sitting down and having three square meals. At 340 calories a piece, however, it’s always good to remember that healthy doesn’t always equal low-calorie. Add a lowfat yogurt and perhaps a bit of fresh fruit and this really is a meal!

Can’t wait to try them out!

Gender Neutral Nursery for Baby

After a long string of little projects I think I can officially say that the nursery is finished and ready for our little one!

I’m a big believer that nurseries are spaces for parents just as much as they are children.

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Currently Obsessed with… Amelia

I recently came across the Amelia website and fell in love with everything! The best part? Many of these items are made by independent artists in the USA. Next time I find myself in Oxford, Mississippi this boutique will be my first stop, but until then…. thank goodness for online shopping!

Amelia

Main Image: Bon Voyage Coasters

From Bottom Left: Safari Pocket NotebooksWooden Three Piece Animal PuzzlesHand Stitched Notebook, Chicago Print, Nightwalk Art Print, Painterly Weekly List, and Red Trim Polka Dot Bonnet