we grew fennel

fennel
fennel
This was our first time growing fennel. Ours didn’t grow too big, but they were still yummy and I used all of it in one dish, so there was that. It grew and we ate it, end of story. We love fennel! It’s also good roasted with carrots… yummy! Do you guys like fennel?

P.S. My hearts go out to those in Boston. This pain (and evil) is so real and I’m praying for healing for the hearts and bodies of all those affected. It’s so sad that things like this happen.

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huzzah!

swimmin'
This week has been filled with days outside in the backyard, lots of cooking, lots of homeschooling, and mama project completing. I’m particularly excited about my project completing (my project lists never seem to end) so I can take the girls field tripping. I kind of miss being bored.

The week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

Soul loves swimming! At home, she wears her bathing suit all day, every day.

Glow can now say, “May I be excused please?” When she’s done eating and wants to leave the table. Well, it sounds more like, “May-I-B-Cue-P?”

True’s been reading one Junie B. Jones book a day! That girl loves to read!

I just bought Me & Mr. Cassidy’s new EP release here. So good!

My girls love pretending they have an iphone with an old calculator, so I know they would definitely love this wood phone a lot!

Kiwi Crate sent a box over and we can’t wait to try it out!

This parody on Taylor Swift’s 22 is funny! Made Ben and me laugh. Thanks for sharing Joanna!

I wear this necklace almost everyday. It goes with everything!

I really like this post by SF Girl By Bay about the pressures of social media. I like to be as open as I can be in this space because I never want to deceive anybody. Online lives are definitely very much edited to mostly show the pretty, so never think of yourself as inadequate compared to what you see online. Rachel also did a really good real life post here. And well, you already know about my f-bombing day too. Blogging is such a weird phenomenon.

I’m really thankful for the weekend. I love the weekends!!! Don’t you?

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out to school: 2/13

the big ones
the big ones
the big ones
These girls are crazy and funny. They get the crazy from me and the funny from Ben. The end of the school year is coming and I can see how True is becoming a second grader and Brave a first. Despite the grade difference, they do the exact same curriculum at home with slight changes to accommodate each of their skill level. It’s mostly in reading level where they differ, but Brave is really excelling in her her writing and reading these days, so it’s just a matter of time when they’ll both be at the same place.

When I picked them up from enrichment classes this week, their theatre teacher told me that both of them went up to the front to say their poems. I was so proud. Both girls, especially True, are so shy, so this was a big deal. I’m hoping they grow out of this shyness. Actually, all my girls are pretty bashful, so I think that’s what keeps them sort of behaved in public. The bad thing about it though, is that when meeting people it can come across rude. It takes them about 30 minutes to finally warm up to someone, so they’re pretty boring for the first 30 minutes of any play date.

on true: shirts, misha lulu. pants, gifted from grandmama. shoes, thrifted. on brave: shirt, misha lulu. skirt, misha lulu. shoes, gap kids.

p.s. the new misha lulu spring/summer line is adorable (check some of it out here and here)! don’t you just love brave’s a-line skirt (pictured above)?!

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family meals: week 37

fennel and shrimp
fennel and shrimp
Linguine with Shrimp and Fennel. So good! Perfect for spring. We had lots of fresh fennel from our garden and used them all up in this recipe. I pretty much did times 10 the amount of fennel than the recipe called for. It only calls for half a bulb and I used the whole 7 bulbs! We didn’t have clams on hand, so we used shrimp (True went without it because she’s allergic). We added some parmesan cheese on top and a some lemon slices. True had like 5 little bowls full and Brave ate a ton of shrimp. Ben and I of course added red pepper flakes to ours because we just can’t live without that spice. We’re addicted. It’s not a dish with a lot of depth in the flavors, but it’s quick, easy, and tasty, so I’d say give it a try! I’d probably try another version of this dish soon with some slight changes for spice.

enchiladas
enchiladas
Chicken Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce. Yes! Yes! Yes! There was a party in my tummy. This recipe was bomb dot com. For sure. It does call for 9 serrano chilies in the sauce, which I did, but it ended up a little too spicy for my little girls. Good thing, I had a batch of chicken and cheese on the side to make them some tac0s, but Ben and I loved the spice. I also made the recipe without the 1 cup crema because that was my way of keeping it healthy. I’m sure if there was cream all over the top, it would be extra tasty, but it tasted superb without it, so I’d say leave it out. Well, if you want to go healthy. I’m making this again soon and I’m so glad that there are plenty left over. I will have to make two batches of sauce next time, one with the chilies and one without, so that the girls could enjoy it too.

Week 4/15 – 4/19
Monday: Hummus Wrap
Tuesday: Chicken Tagine
Wednesday: Salmon Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Pizza night

It really helps our dinners when there is some sort of game plan. I give Ben my menu for the week and he does the shopping for things we might need. I do the cooking during the week and Ben does all the cooking on the weekend. Plus, he’s the one who takes care of all the dishes. Though, we tend to let it pile up on the weekends it’s a toss up on who takes care of it then. All in all, I think we’ve got a good partnership going on. How do you divide meal shopping, cooking, and cleaning jobs in your home? When the girls get older, they will definitely be joining in too. For now, they stick to setting the table.

P.S. This has nothing to do with food, but Me & Mr. Cassidy (blogged them here) are having their EP release party/show on Saturday night in Venice (listen to their newest song here, so good and you’ll totally be singing it too). If you’re local (or want to make a drive), you should definitely check it out. I’m trying to convince Ben that we need to be wild and crazy and stay out past 9 without the kids. Get more info here and I’d love to see you there!

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carrots and radishes

our carrots
our carrots
our carrots
our carrots
our carrots
our carrots
our radishes
We’re uprooting our winter garden in preparation for our summer one and look at all these pretty carrots we got! Some of them came out pretty funny looking too. The girls were having a riot with all the funny shaped ones. Of course, I think the coolest part are our radishes because I have never seen a black radish before.

We honestly didn’t upkeep with our winter garden as much because the focus has been on getting the mini orchard started. It is definitely work to maintain and grow your own fruit and veggie garden, which makes me appreciate the farmers out there who help bring the farm to our table. We love growing our own food, but it does take time and money to do so. It’s definitely worth it though. I love being able to go to our backyard and pick out some things to eat. It’s such a good feeling.

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