I can't help but be excited about all the new lifestyle motherhood brings. I know it will have it's challenges, and will be the most exhausting (and important!) "job" I'll ever have, but I look forward to the new element of fun it will bring to our family. So... right now I'm finding this video to be very inspirational ;)
I think now that I am starting to feel more like myself, time is beginning to fly by! I'm fearing just that, so amidst the anticipation to meet our baby girl or boy in the spring, I'm doing all I can to declutter, not over commit (so difficult!), and aiming to slow down Father Time. Evening sunset walks with Danny while we daydream and ponder names seem to help set a good pace. Spending time in the garden, long evenings in the kitchen preparing meals, or mornings in the sunroom rockers, reading and soaking in the early daylight.
We recently heard our dearling's heartbeat for the first time! We had seen it onscreen twice, which was so magical (I never expected to physically see a heart beat like that!), but to sit in that little room with Danny and our midwife and hear the soft "whoosh" of a 2nd, tiny heartbeat inside me was certainly something else. It feels even more real now, and our bond with our baby grows everyday. Just as my belly seems to be growing a teensy tiny bit everyday!
I'm so honored to keep this little one safe inside me for the next couple seasons! Before we even know it, we will be a family of three...
I promised this post about 2 months ago, and while I did paint 2 months ago, we've been taking our time to find just the right pieces for this room. As a very motivated person, it's challenging for me to move slowly, but A. my husband is a thinker and does not take decision making lightly, and B. we are on a budget. So, it's one thing at a time.
Nonetheless, I'm so excited about the progress of our bathroom! It didn't take much to transform it, just a couple layers of paint, fresh white curtains, and some rustic baskets. Oh, and something to hold the toilet paper so we didn't have to balance it on the back of the toilet. That got old.
We just have a few ends to tie up. I've been waiting on these hampers, which are backordered, Danny has plans to build a shelving unit/ towel rack in place of the ladder, and I want to save up to get the tub resealed. I can't seem to rid the 80 years of stains, no matter which products or how many hours I scrub! Has anyone in Nashville had their tub resealed?
Ladder/ Towel Rack: Nashville Flea Market, too flimsy to stand on
Toilet Paper Holder: Amazon
Shower Curtain: West Elm
Window Curtains: Ikea
Towel Basket: TJ Maxx
Towels: Pendleton, Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware
Skull: Nashville Flea Market
First Aid Kit: Etsy
Tomato season. I have always associated it with "the month of August", and was pleasantly surprised when we were able to start harvesting our garden in early July! Nonetheless, the season always comes and goes too quickly, and I fear it is almost over, although the summer heat does not seem to be dwindling just yet. Our garden is still full of young, green tomatoes, but most of the large red ones are rotting out the bottom, thanks to our 100degree days over here. I'm still picking lovely red and yellow cherry tomatoes, but no longer a full small basket per day.
It's been fun coordinating our menu around our sweet red produce, and we've eaten plenty of salsa/ pico, tomato pie, gazpacho, rustic pasta sauce, tomato sandwiches, caprese salad and bruschetta. Danny hasn't let on about being over our tomato trend, but I am starting to think that the scent of tomatoes will never leave our kitchen!
I was craving pizza, and Danny will always eat pizza, so I became set on making our own pizza sauce. Baby steps until next year when we expand the garden and I properly learn the art of canning. The vast majority of "homemade/ from scratch pizza sauce" recipes I came upon called for canned tomatoes, so I used a few as reference and decided to create my own recipe, which turned out quite delicious. This recipe yielded enough for about 4 pizzas, so I froze the remainder since making 4 pizzas in one week seemed too dangerous.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
- 2 lbs garden or market tomatoes (I used roma, cherry, and grape)
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 4-5 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 Tablespoon garlic salt
- fresh, chopped basil if available
Heat a copper pot with boiling water. In large handfuls, carefully drop the tomatoes in the boiling water for one minute, or a little less if you notice the tomatoes splitting. Remove with a slotted spoon, and drop into a bowl of ice water for 30 seconds. Remove again and set on a paper towel. The skins should peel off easily. I couldn't think of anything creative to do with the skins, so I just composted them. For grape or cherry tomatoes, pinch with your finger to squeeze out the seeds. For larger tomatoes, cut in half and deseed as much as possible. Skipping this step altogether will result in a very seedy sauce, and detract from the flavor. Some seeds are fine!
Place tomatoes into a food processor (or blender) and blend for a minute, until tomatoes are starting to look saucy.
Heat the oil on medium heat in a dutch oven or non-stick saucepan on low, then add garlic. I prefer pressed, but minced is fine also. If you don't have a garlic press, get one! It will save your fingers from smelling like garlic for 24 hours. Saute with fresh basil for about 10 seconds, then add tomato puree. After about 10 minutes of stirring, reduce heat to low, add remaining seasonings, and let sit for an hour. Stir every 15 minutes or so. Sauce will have thickened up by this point, so give it a taste test and feel free to add anymore spices you see fit!
Now go make yourself a yummy pizza, light some candles, and crack open a bottle of wine (please drink a glass for me). Buon appetito!
In the midst of my job transition, trying to settle our new(ish) house, and random custom projects, I've been too exhausted to keep up this space much.
That's because all my creative energy, and ALL my energy in general has been going into... growing a baby! Danny & I are expecting a little one at the end of February, and we couldn't be more thrilled! These last few months have felt pretty surreal, I mean there is a miracle happening inside my body! Anyhow, hope you enjoyed this bonus photo from Montana, and you better believe I will be sharing baby projects as I stitch them up!