sheet pan chicken w/ baby bok choy

Baby bok choy, and a human baby. Welcome to our clan, Elsie! Our newest old lady arrived just over two weeks ago. On the spectrum of surviving to thriving I would say I’m erring on the surviving end, but the needle is creeping toward center and I’ll take it. I’m not really in a place…

what’s on my kindle, part 47

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. TJR’s latest! About a family over the course of like 30 years or something culminating in a big Malibu party in the 1980s. I enjoyed it (I always like her books) but not as much as Daisy Jones & The Six or The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Both…

roasted eggplant bruschetta

I’m still here! There’s a lot happening right now. But Greta and I had such a fun week up at camp. She was very spoiled by all and definitely has no idea that her world is about to get rocked by a sibling. I’m hopeful she’ll be as excited about him/her as she is about…

blueberry rhubarb pie (vegan!)

Hello, summer. It has been hot AF down here in Maryland for a few weeks now. Every day it’s a toss-up whether Louise will join Greta and I for our afternoon walk. Some days I make the executive decision that it’s too hot for her, most days she stares at me from her post at…

what’s on my kindle, part 46

Anxious People by Frederik Backman. You know our boy Frederik as the author of A Man Called Ove. This is his newest book and, while I think it was too long, it was completely lovely and heartwarming and I absolutely love the way he writes. Recommend. Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman. We watched the Netflix series…

fried chicken sandwich

Today is a particularly sad day in my hood in Baltimore, as the Italian deli/market less than a block from our house is closing after OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS to move to a hipper, cooler location. I just took one last stroll up the street for the essentials: fresh loaf of bread, escarole, this incredibly…

pretzel jello ice cream

Happy Spring! I belong to this cloth diapering moms group on Facebook. This is the approximate content breakdown: 30% helpful information about wash routines and brand recommendations, 60% crazy people for whom cloth diapering appears to be their sole hobby, 7% true hippie moms trying to bully other women into believing that if you’re not…

what’s on my kindle, part 45

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. Set in the late 1930s about a British woman who had kind of a whirlwind marriage to an American and he moved her to rural Kentucky where she’s pretty miserable. She gets involved with a traveling library project spearheaded by Eleanor Roosevelt and run by all women. A…

beef & kimchi stew

We’re having a cold snap here in Baltimore. (All the Syracuse people are like… mmmmkay.) But for real it’s in the 20s and 30s! And we have the usual thing where they are predicting a huge snow storm so everyone will freak out and go buy extra bottled water and paper towels despite still having…

homemade dumplings

I’m going to take almost no credit for the recipe here and just use this post as a PSA to purchase yourself a bamboo steamer. Plus it’s a perfect day to celebrate DUMP-ling Trump-ling!! (Did that work? Not sure.) The GS and I aren’t really gift people and actually didn’t even discuss exchanging Christmas presents,…