Besides snuggling, obsessively staring as he sleeps, dressing him in as many cute outfits a day as possible, and watching him and his daddy play, reading together was one of the things I was most looking forward to about becoming a mom!
Just a few of our faves so far:
Little Blue Truck, Pajama Time!, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, On the Night You Were Born, and What Does Cow Say?
Fall is here, and it’s time to bring out all those yummy harvest veggie recipes and comfort foods.
Lexi Stolz of South Fork & Spoon + Ango recommends this Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe for cool days. Give it a try!
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Yields 8 servings.
- 4 Acorn Squash, ideally 1-2 lbs each, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
- 5 teaspoons or more to taste, Salt
- 2 teaspoons, Ground Black Pepper
- 2 cups wild rice
- 3 oz Grapeseed oil
- 1 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
- 1 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms (stems removed)
- 4 cups cleaned and rough chopped kale
- 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- 2 Tablespoons chiffonade ( cut like ribbons) mint leaves
- Medium sized pot
- Fine meshed strainer
- Baking sheet
- Pepper mill
- Sauté pan
- Large Bowl
- Pre-heat the oven to 475 degrees.
- In fine meshed strainer, place rice and run under cold water until clean.
- In medium sized pot, add rice, 2 teaspoons of salt and 4 cups of cold water. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil on high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat until rice is simmering. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the water and is cooked. (Note: rice can be cooked up to two days in advance).
- On baking sheet, place squash flesh side up and rub with 1 oz grapeseed oil, 2 teaspoons of salt, and fresh ground pepper to taste. Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. Use a fork to test for tenderness.
- In a separate sauté pan heat 1 oz grapeseed oil on medium-high heat. Add shiitake mushrooms, garlic, a dash of salt, and sauté until mushrooms are cooked but not browned. Remove from heat and place in large bowl.
- In the same sauté pan used for the mushrooms, heat 1 oz of grapeseed oil on medium-high heat. Add kale, a pinch of salt, and cook quickly using tongs or a spatula. Keep the kale moving so it doesn’t brown. Once wilted, remove and place in a bowl with shiitake mushrooms.
- In bowl, add cooked wild rice and sesame seeds, and mix together.
- Taste rice mixture and season accordingly.
- Fill the cooked squash halves with the rice mixture, and garnish with mint!
Now that we’ve collected the basics that we’ll need for our little man, like his car seat, stroller, bedding, cloth diapers… (lots of cloth diapers,!) clothes, bottles, blankies and beyond, we’re finally starting to think about the nursery. Here are a few picks we’ve got our eye on to make his little room extra special.
Clockwise from top left: Dash and Albert Gallery Stripe wool and jute area rug, rugged Made in Texas blue throw pillow, Better Homes and Gardens rustic floor lamp, and a galvanized aluminum tub for his diapers, wipes, etc. (you can find these at the craft stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby).
Clockwise from top left: Industrial wire 9 cubby storage from Restoration Hardware, Farmall tractor photo from HumboldtStreet on Etsy, horse photography from Eireanneilis on Etsy, DIY tree stump end table like this one from Project Nursery, Hello World Lamb photo from YesAndAmen on Etsy, Black iron basket set for his lotions, baby powder, cremes and more, Cloud B Sleep Sheep 8 Sounds Soother, and the natural rustic Bertini Pembrooke 4-in-1 convertible crib.
And lastly, these easy DIY pallet shelves!
His color palette:
We recently moved to the Hill Country in Texas and are so happy to be surrounded by so much beautiful scenery and so many critters! Here are just a few photos from our first couple of weeks.
I kept seeing deer poke their heads out of this thistle field… except when I had my camera ready.
Morning coffee with Hank
Elvis and Elvira were on the property when we got here, and they’re slowly warming up to us… especially when we have treats to share with them!
There’s so much room and smells for the pups to explore here!
Thunder and Lightning
We met the neighbors the other day!
There’s a creek near the house filled with turtles. I got so excited when we spotted the first one, then started seeing their heads pop up all throughout the water.