Monday, January 5, 2015

back to work

Winter vacation is over and that means an 8-hour day of meetings before students return.

What a wonderful break it was! Ready for the new year and all it brings.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

happy holidays!

Roasted butternut squash soup, simple crafts, and a Christmas tree sure make the season bright.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

welcome baby tetrault!

An illustration for the newest cousin who is due to join the world on Valentine's Day :)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

happy halloween!

I made a simple nest hat to compliment the baby girl's owl costume.

Happy Halloween!

easy meals

It has been so busy around here with a baby (4 months old today!), Smokey, returning to work next week, and Dave's back surgery. There is a lot on my plate.

To simplify meals, I try to multitask. Like when I made this spinach basil pesto with roasted veggies last night, I took advantage of a hot oven and roasted some sweet potatoes. This morning they were fried up with onions and garlic to make a sweet potato hash.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

handmade clothing

Dave's mother is a prolific knitter. She makes hats for children battling cancer, as well as for family. Our baby girl, her granddaughter, is outfitted for the next decade. What a lucky little girl!

easy vinaigrette

I have been so busy with our sweet baby girl. Between the heat of summer and the demands of a newborn, I haven't done much cooking.

I have made a few salads. They're easy when summer produce is just amazing.

For a dressing I recommend making a simple one with good olive oil, fresh lemon juice, honey, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. It makes such a difference over store-bought.

Monday, July 21, 2014

handmade gifts

Baby Girl has benefited from many of our talented friends.

Two highlights:

A quilt made by Jessie (my roommate way back in 2004 - she has a cute little girl named Audrey - so glad we're still friends).

A dress made by Laura (my former upstairs neighbor - their new home sounds amazing with a big yard for her 3 young kids and dog).