Cover photo (Adorable group of besties)
Today I am feeling grateful. Grateful to live in a safe place, where I can live freely, always have food to eat, and have loving family and friends. New friends, old friends and hopefully future friends.
We recently hosted our first very kid friendly get together at our new place. This was a very new experience for us not only with our much more mobile and social kid, but in our new house. And let me report that it was pretty awesome. Since I am an obsessive planner, I loved every moment of getting our place ready, planning the menu and thinking about kid friendly foods. And yes the chocolate chip ice cream cookie sandwiches were totally for the kiddos… they were not at all to fulfill my incessant craving. Not at all.
Since everyone who attended are/will be parents to young children, it was so fun sharing stories, giving/taking advice or just straight up commiserating together. Its crazy… you all just get each other. It’s like a secret parent code. Nothing phases anyone. You are all used to the crying, the poop, the chaos. Like oh there is a kid crying…no big deal. 5 minutes later another kid crying. No one flinches. At one point my kid peed all over me. No problem. And by the end of the night everyone left in time to get their kids in bed by 7pm. That’s the parent life with a young kid and I am lucky to have these other awesome parent friends to share it all with.
At the same time, this week I am celebrating new friends. Friends I’ve met somewhat randomly that have proven to be so supportive and kind. Or old friends that I was way way overdue to catch up with. But no matter how much time it’s been, there are tons of laughs, great stories and a level of comfort that only old friends have.
Good friends are like stars. You do not always see them but you know they are always there.
As for current happenings, I am excited to tackle some recipe testing. As the farmer’s market is starting to fill up with every vegetable imaginable and having my mom in town, I plan on making lots of veggie heavy dishes. It’s nice to have someone to share lots of produce heavy meals with. I mean hubs will only eat so many green things.
Tonight it’s homemade pasta night! Since homemade pasta is one of Poppy’s top 3 favorite things to eat, making pasta has become a bit of a tradition. We make dough, drink wine, and have a blast rolling it out and getting all covered in flour. Then when it is time to eat, we strip baby down to her diapers and let her go to town on the saucy pasta. It is an event… pasta and sauce end up EVERYWHERE! Not a bad way to spend a Friday night.
Have a lovely weekend.
Links and links for you and me:
Not again! My heart goes out to France.
How to cut a watermelon… Hmm I need to try this.
For all you grammar nerds.
Pretty pretty pretty. Yummy yummy yummy.
Cool way to hang art.
I’m totally into popsicles right now.
Dreaming of this…is that normal?
You had me at burrata.
Favorite site of the week: Manger. Mimi Thorisson is living my French dream. Living in the french countryside, in a beautiful French country home with 5 beautiful children, growing her own vegetables and making classic French dishes. Yep I just have to convince the hubs to keep making babies and move to the france countryside… one step at a time.