Tuesday, February 26, 2013

After a...

year+ of meat-eating, I'm ready to jump on the meatless train again. I just feel so much better when I do and with all of the delicious veggie centered recipes I've been amassing on my "Eat Your Veggies" board on Pinterest, it shouldn't be too difficult.

So, the other night I planned on making Zucchini Fritters but then I got a craving for Potato Latkes and decided to combine the two. Here's the recipe:

Potato Zucchini Latkes with Feta and Lemon-Dill Sour Cream

1 Large Zucchini-grated (squeeze as much excess water out as possible)
1 Russet Potato-Grated
1 Russet or Yukon Gold Potato-Peeled, cut into 1' cubes, boiled in salted water and mashed
1 Small Shallot-Finely minced
2 Garlic Cloves-Finely minced
2 Eggs
3 Tbs Flour
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 Cup Crumbled Feta
Olive Oil for Cooking

In a large bowl gently whisk together eggs, salt, pepper and flour. Fold in slightly cooled mashed potato. Add grated zucchini, grated potato, shallot, garlic and feta and stir just well enough to combine. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and ladle in spoonfuls of the mixture. Cook on both sides until golden, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Lemon-Dill Cream
3/4 Cup Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt)
1/2 Lemon-juiced
1 Tbs Dill
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper

Combine in a bowl and stir. Easy Peasy!

Sorry for the terrible photo. I need to get a new camera stat! I still cry a little inside when I think of my D3100 getting stolen last year.

Monday, February 18, 2013

I have...

a confession. I hate where I live. Two years ago when we decided to leave L.A., I couldn't wait to hit the road and never look back. Now I spend more time than I'd like to admit dreaming of my hometown and wishing desperately that we could go back. I miss my family, my amazing friends, the food, the beach, the museums, the diversity, the culture, the weather. I don't however miss the insane cost of living, the traffic, and the smog, but would I take it just to go back? Good question. Once again Nathan and I find ourselves spending endless hours discussing what to do next. Both of us are less than pleased with where we live but running back to L.A. at this point in our lives would be a step backwards if we want to achieve some of our most important goals like buying a home and saving for retirement and college for our kiddos. There are some lovely things about where we live not to mention Nathan has a great job but we're just plain unhappy here. So what do we do next? Time will tell but being here beyond another year or two is out of the question. In the mean time I will do my best to focus on the wonderful things in my life. This experience has been a true lesson in appreciating what you have but I don't want to give up on happiness that's more complete.

Wish us luck as we plan the next chapter in our lives!

California dreaming.
Image via Google.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Back in...

November 2011 I wrote here about Before Midnight, the third in the trilogy of films by Richard Linklater. The film was just screened at Sundance and is receiving rave reviews by those lucky enough to see it. It looks like the rest of us will have to wait until the Fall but it sounds like it will be well worth it. Looking forward to it!
Image via Google.

Everyone in...

my house has a cold. It started last Saturday with Jonah, then me, then Nathan, and then finally Charlie came down with it last night. I hate being sick and I hate it even more when my kids are sick (who does, right?). Jonah sounded like a baby seal all weekend although he's taken his first illness like a little champ. With Charlie we're always extra stressed because his asthma tends to be triggered by viruses although we're now fully stocked with an inhaler, nebulizer and medication, so at least we're prepared. Unlike last Spring when he had an attack that landed him in the hospital, yikes!

Despite all of the sickness around here, we managed to have a nice weekend. We went hiking on Saturday before the ick hit us, ate lots of soup, built forts, and watched the inauguration. Now I'm doing my best to enjoy the forced rest and extra cuddles from my guys.

Be well. xo-S

Friday, January 18, 2013

By day...

an utterly adorable chubster. By night a ferociously hungry beast, hell bent on keeping his mama from sleeping more than an hour and a half straight. Good thing I'm so crazy in love with this little dude, because I haven't slept more than four hours a night for five and a half months! Tonight it begins....sleep training. This should make for an interesting weekend! 
*Update: Sleep training had to be postponed because this poor guy has his first cold. We'll try when everyone is healthy again. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

It's no...

surprise that I didn't watch the Golden Globes last night. I was too exhausted so Nathan and I watched an episode from the first season of Homeland (we're obsessed!) and went to bed. I did DVR them though, so I watched this afternoon while Jonah napped and Charlie played his MobiGo2 on the couch next to me. Thank goodness for fast forwarding because there's no way I would have the time to sit through three whole hours of T.V. in the middle of the day, or any time for that matter! Without a doubt there were some laugh-worthy moments. Will Ferrel and Kristen Wiig's award presentation (Mariel Streep?!), Amy Poehler sitting on George Clooney's lap, and the whole opening monologue between Tina and Amy, genius!

And was it just me or did Tina Fey look like Ariel from 'The Little Mermaid' in her first dress? I can totally imagine her little girl Alice telling her to do it and her going for it because she just doesn't care.
 Image via MTV.com.

Check out The Best Frozen Moments from Vulture, they're pretty hilarious!

Friday, January 11, 2013

So excited...

for two of my favorite women to host the Golden Globes this Sunday! (Side note: I love that they're wearing my all time favorite shoes in this photo.) Most of the time, these award shows are a little too self-congratulating for me but with Amy and Tina on board, they're sure to be worth watching. Have a great weekend!
Image via Google.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Jonah's Birth Story

On August 2nd as we put Charlie to bed I began to cry because I knew our lives were about to change dramatically. I knew it was the last night with JUST THE THREE OF US. I don't know why, I wasn't feeling any different physically, but I had an overwhelming feeling that this was it.

At 1:18am I woke up with a dull pain low in my belly. I grabbed my phone from the nightstand and typed "1:18" into my notepad. Then 1:25, 1:32, 1:39, 1:50, 1:53, 1:58, 2:02, 2:07, 2:10, 2:12, 2:14, 2:16. Each one was more painful but I was determined to labor at home for as long as possible despite my husband's repeated attempts to get me to go to the hospital. I took a shower, blow dried my hair, and got dressed. All the while stopping every few minutes with the most crippling pain I'd ever felt. Then around 3:15am Nathan all but demanded that we head to the maternity ward. By the time we arrived just before 4am the contractions were so intense that I held on to his waist and screamed into his belly through each one. He ran in to find the nearest available wheel chair and we burst through the doors like a scene out of a movie. They put me straight into a gown and when the nurse checked me I almost couldn't believe my ears when she said I was seven centimeters, was experiencing what they call "transition"(in short, the most intense part of labor), and the baby would be here soon, very soon.

That's when I realized, was it too late for an epidural? I asked the nurse and she said yes, that I would never be able to sit still long enough. Oh no, I thought to myself, I'm about to experience natural childbirth! I was terrified. I looked at the nurse and as calmly as possible I swore to her that I wouldn't move a muscle, just please, PLEASE get me an epidural. They wheeled me in to the delivery room and within minutes the Anesthesiologist arrived and despite having two horrific contraction during the process, I managed to stay still. The pain began to subside and the nurses said we should try and get some rest and left the room, but ten minutes later they were back. The monitors showed that my contractions were on top of each other so they checked me one last time and sure enough, it was go time. The doctor rushed in, introduced herself and told me to get ready for a quick delivery. I pushed three times and just like that, at 5:42am, less than two hours after arriving at the hospital, Jonah James was born. We were in complete shock. I was in labor for 23 hours with Charlie, how could we have gone from start to finish in just four and a half hours? I can't count the number of times we looked at each other that morning in total disbelief. We were now the parents of TWO.

Jonah is just over five months old now. A bit colicky the first three months but now he's all smiles. A not so great sleeper but being a second time mom, I know it won't last forever (although, sometimes at 3am, I start to think it might). It's overwhelming but full of moments where I'm overcome with gratitude and love. I can hardly remember life before Jonah. Now it's JUST THE FOUR OF US.

 Jonah, 1 week. 

Jonah, 4 months.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Once again...

I've let several months pass since my last post. I must say though, that of all my excuses, the goings on of this last Summer are my best yet. Back in May we started looking for a house which consumed most of our free time until we finally settled on a place at the end of June. One day after we signed the lease, a wild fire broke out in the mountains surrounding our new neighborhood, and it looked like we wouldn't have a new place to call home after all. Thanks to some pretty incredible fire fighting efforts the neighborhood survived, and on July 6th we moved in. Of course, the usual chaos of unpacking and settling in ensued and to that we added preparations for the impending arrival of our new baby boy, and July flew by in a wink. Then on August 3rd, four days before his due date, and after an extremely fast four and a half hours of labor, Mr. Jonah James Barber entered the world weighing a petite 6 pounds, 4.7 ounces. Now he's two months old and as one might imagine, it's been a whirlwind. Charlie started preschool and has had his ups and downs with having a sibling. We've been crazy in love from the get go but are still adjusting to life with two kiddos. Jonah is the sweetest little dude, although he does more that his fair share of crying, he loves a good snuggle, eats like a champ and sleeps well as long as his big brother isn't running through the house screaming like a banshee.

As I always seem to do, I'd like to get back to blogging here, if for no other reason than to keep track of the important moments in my life because, in the words of the great Ferris Bueller, "life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you could miss it."

Next up the story of Jonah's birth, as requested by my dear friend Cassandra.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Time is...

still flying and my toes are still disappearing beneath my belly. I'm 30 weeks today and the reality of the arrival of this little dude it really starting to hit me! 10ish more weeks to go!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Time flies...

when you've got a bun in the oven! Or at least it does when your first "bun" is 3 years old and keeps you occupied nearly every second of the day. I can't believe I'm already 26 weeks along, and 14ish to go?! Could it be true? Boy do we have a lot going on before the newest little dude arrives! My Dad will be moving here from Atlanta, we'll be moving into a house at the end of June, and we have all the usual preparations to make for the arrival of a new baby. It's funny to think that the first time around I already had the nursery put together by this point! The second time around is so different! One of my dearest friends, Larisa, is due with her second baby in a few weeks and it just occurred to her that she should probably pack a hospital bag!

In the mean time, we're keeping busy enjoying Spring and the beautiful (albeit windy) weather its brought with it to Colorado. That means we're eating our weight in strawberries, and enjoying mornings at the park and afternoons out on the balcony. I've never been so grateful for warm weather since being from California generally means you take it for granted.

Here's a pic of how "the HUGE belly", as Charlie refers to it, is progressing:

I hope Spring is treating you well!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

It snowed...

here the last few days so I thought these Lemon Blueberry Crumb Bars from My Baking Addiction were the perfect answer to the chilly weather outside. I added a few tablespoons of lemon juice to the blueberry filling for an extra dose of lemony goodness and they're amazing! We'll be lucky if they last the day!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Loved this...

article from the L.A. Times showing some serious and well deserved love for the one and only Ron Swanson from my favorite show, Parks and Recreation. He is hands down my favorite character on television (Leslie Knope runs a close second).
Image via Google.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Happy Spring!...

I've been away for a while again but I'm feeling so excited about the warm weather we've been experiencing that I couldn't help but pop back in to say hi. Also, last Thursday we learned that we'll be welcoming another little ball of energy also known as a BOY into our family! I couldn't be more pleased and excited. We've been absolutely obsessed with choosing a name from the moment we found out and I have to say that choosing a boy-name the first time around was tough for us, but the second time?! Oy! Aside from the self-induced name choosing stress, both Nathan and I are finally feeling a sense of peace now that we know what we're expecting. Neither of us is very good with surprises so now that the jig is up (baby sex wise that is) it all seems much more real to us. Charlie on the other hand is still getting over his confusion about the whole thing. He was 110% convinced he was having a sister so this brother thing has really thrown him for a loop. Truthfully, I'm not sure he fully understands the difference between a brother and a sister but ultimately I think he'll find himself quite pleased to have a little dude around to roughhouse with.

Anyway, I hope you're enjoying some lovely weather in your neck of the woods! Our first Spring in Colorado, here we come!

Hello BB2, we can't wait to meet you!

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