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In the Air

I’ve been trying to stay off the internet more during the nights and weekends as an experiment. Basically I would love to see what I could accomplish during that little bit of time I steal for myself to unwind via reading blogs or checking my email. Lately it’s only been sleep. But I am fine with that.

There was a lot of co-sleeping this weekend. The chill in the air, and need for even more sleep (of course like most babies Eleanor sleeps a lot better with us than without us) just called for it. If we don’t bring her in bed with us she has been waking up more frequently throughout the night (at least 4 or 5 times) because of her teeth. I’m sure the top two are making their way through soon.

Our little lady turned 5 months this past week and I still have yet to write about all her lovely milestones! I swear I will get to it today! She deserves it that’s for sure. Yesterday she wore tights for the first time – Um, adorable! Nothing cuter than a chubby baby bum in tights.

Eleanor

It was such a chilly, fall day that we had a nice little bbq outside and then roasted s’mores around the fire pit. I’m not really ready for summer to be over already, but I do love the feeling of this air on my skin.

Oh, and in bigger news we decided to start solids a little early! We were planning on waiting until 6 months, but Nathan and I both decided that Eleanor seemed ready. She’s been able to sit up on her own for a few weeks, reaches for our food (well, she reaches for everything!), and seems very interested in what’s going on when we are eating. And, boy was she! She ate all of the rice cereal on her first try! Nom nom!

Eleanor

Eleanor

Eleanor

Uncle Mike’s for Brunch

Eleanor's first time at Uncle Mike's

Eleanor had her first brunch experience awake a few weekends ago. She’s getting more excited by new places and things, and well, we are getting better at eating with a kiddo on our laps.

Eleanor's first time at Uncle Mike's

Nothing like Uncle Mike’s for brunch. It’s a small vietnamese family owned restaurant that Nathan and I have been going to since we started dating.

Eleanor's first time at Uncle Mike's

Eleanor's first time at Uncle Mike's

To Market, To Market

This has been a great weekend. It started out grey and rainy on Saturday, and off we all went to the market. We stopped in our own garden to pick a few peas before packing up though. I showed Eleanor what she will be eating in a few months! She is already giving it the get-in-my-tummy-look.

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This week we picked up lots of goodies. My brother is fresh off a trip to Italy, and he was after cheese and bread to go with the amazing wines he brought back for us to share. He went all out by purchasing the 12-year cheddar from Brunkow. Oh my dear is it delicious. We had the best dinner of bread, cheese, fruit (hello, berries from Ellis Family Farm!), and wine.

To Market To Market Week 6

I was also interviewed at the market. I was super excited about this! It was for a student film for Columbia, and they seemed so timid about asking me like they had been turned down a couple of times before. I totally remember what that was like, and really wanted to help out (plus as you can tell I love encouraging people to get to know their local farmers as well as shop locally).

To Market To Market Week 6

To Market To Market Week 6

I also have to say as a side note that I love wearing Eleanor in the Moby in the newborn hold. I am really, really going to miss that snuggly curled up baby feeling in a few weeks(?) when she’s too big for it.

To Market To Market Week 6

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It feels like summer!

Goodness gracious it is hot around here today! Eleanor and I got up early to hit the market thinking we would beat the heat, but that wasn’t happening. Summer is officially here!

All of the berries were sold out by the time we got to the market today, but there will be plenty soon. This is what we picked up!

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Arugula from Growing Home, Inc (Cannot get enough! It’s organic, too and grown in Chicago.), mixed lettuce and chives from Radical Root Farm (They are the sweetest little farming family with a baby named Huckleberry!), honey and asparagus from Ellis Family Farms (Their honey is amazing… and I am almost out of the 2lbs I bought last year.), sprouts, peonies, and my very own lemon verbena plant. I can’t remember which farm it came from but I also picked up some lemon verbena there last week. He is the nicest guy, and told me that you can make lemon verbena bread with the herb. So I did! It was delicious.

Bake Off: Lemon Verbena Bread

He also mentioned that you can bake chicken with it as well. I will get his name next week for sure!

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Farmer's Market Week 5

Week 5

I can’t wait to throw some sprouts on a wrap, grill asparagus, and plant my herb in our radio flyer wagon.
Have a great weekend!

A Little Strata

I’ve found some time to cook a little bit more lately. I baked Kale Chips on Saturday, made a comfort meal on Sunday of meatloaf, sweet and sour cole slaw and potatoes, and then Monday I put this easy spinach strata together. I love fresh bread but it always goes stale pretty quickly. Normally I don’t end up doing anything with it at that point (well, sometimes I throw it out to the birds) but this is an easy way to make a meal out of it.

Our market trip on Saturday left us with lots of goodies including 7 grain bread from Bennison’s Bakery, spinach, fresh eggs, and green onions. The bread was a bit stale at this point so I just broke it up in to a casserole dish, then I sauteed the spinach and onions. Layered the spinach over the bread, sprinkled a little cheddar cheese and poured scrambled eggs over. It took me all of twenty minutes to put together. Then I baked it for a half hour for an easy, healthy lunch!


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To Market To Market

Green City market finds
*from last year’s market

It’s official the market opened outdoors today! We didn’t make it because Ellie was up every single hour last night. She wasn’t sad or mad or wet or hungry or wanted to be held or any of that. I think she actually thought it was day time – she wanted to stare at us. Wide awake in our arms or in the bassinet staring with the light on. Oh boy! Needless to say Nathan and I are both exhausted. I thankfully got a nap in, but no market. But we will be there Saturday! And, I cannot wait.

The market makes me happy. I usually shy away from talking to strangers or trying new places because I have a bit of anxiety about social situations but not at the market. I love talking to all the farmers and the vendors. What’s their story? Where is their farm? How long have they been doing this? And, it’s so nice when they remember you the next week!

Last year frequenting the market coincided with both mine and Nathan’s focus on clean living and healthy habits. And, I’m looking forward to that happening again this year. Nathan is back on his bike today (yay!), and hopefully soon I will be, too. I am so excited to share this with Eleanor, too. I’m also hoping that while pregnancy killed my energy for cooking the market will help ignite it again – even if I only have enough to make one new, delicious fresh dish a week.

I can’t wait to get my hands on some asparagus and arugula and beets and eggs and fresh flowers this Saturday!

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Keeping busy…

I made three different batches of cookie dough yesterday! Peanut butter chocolate chip, sugar cookies, and the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever tasted! It’s all in preparation for when we go to the hospital. I thought it would be nice to bring cookies for the nurse team and staff. We were also told by a couple of people that the staff loves when expecting parents do this. And, I like baking.

I just whipped up the three different batters, and froze them for the time being. When we go in to early labor Nathan will pop them out to thaw and throw them in the oven. I might even be able to do that during early labor, too as it still seems rather relaxing to me. Of couse I left enough of each out to make a cookie for Nathan and I to “taste test.” Delicious!


Cookies prepped for hospital staff

Cookies prepped for hospital staff

Cookies prepped for hospital staff

Cookies prepped for hospital staff

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Bakbak Baaaak

chickens and pigs and more

We are getting sooooo close to having chickens! Nathan has been busy on the coop, and I am so excited about the idea of hens pecking away at our garden and laying eggs. He doesn’t think we should name them, but I really want to. How many of you with chickens have names for yours? Also, what breeds do you have? Any favorites?

This Week’s Dish

If you hadn’t noticed with my sushi craving I have been all about asian food lately. I’ve never really attempted cooking a dish beyond a basic stir fry. Since Nathan and I have been taking advantage of the last few weekends to do lots of things we find relaxing I decided to try a homemade asian soup! I was also inspired by Katie’s Tom Kha soup and grapefruit salad! Yum!

I read through a few of our cookbooks until I found this simple chicken soup. I picked this dish to try first since it’s relatively basic and I can always switch up what vegetables I throw in if I ever make it again (which I definitely plan to do). It was delicious, and perfect for a chilly overcast Saturday!

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Spring is Near

Even though we slept in Saturday morning Nathan and I managed to get ourselves to the Green City Market. The winter market is much smaller than summer but there are still lots of options from the farmers and vendors from fresh baked bread, eggs, meat, root vegetables and cheese!


Winter Green City Market

We picked up some delicious Honey Crisp apples from our favorite farmers at Ellis Family Farm. It’s amazing that they can keep apples fresh through the winter! You can believe I had one for breakfast Saturday morning.


Winter Green City Market

Winter Green City Market

Winter Green City Market


We picked up some eggs, apples, aged cheddar, and the sweetest beets I’ve ever tasted. Nathan and I ate one raw as a snack yesterday. As the days are getting longer and the sun is shining brighter I can feel my excitement growing for the spring market season. And, I can’t wait to bring baby girl along!

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