five things | marlo says

28.8.14

marlo, almost 28 months, staring into the city, pondering the meaning of life, i'm sure.
thanks, joe, for the photo.
1. when marlo wants to be held, cuddled, or picked up, she simply declares, "i need you."

2. marlo will hear me moving about in the kitchen and, almost instinctually it seems, bring over her stool and tell me, "i wanna 'elp, mama" or, "i wanna watch, mama."

3. yesterday late afternoon while lounging on the sofa for all of thirty-seven seconds, i told mo that i needed to get up and start on dinner. without a word, she raced off into the kitchen and i heard her rummaging through the drawers in search of something. as she found what she was apparently looking for, she loudly gasped, ran over to me and- quite forcefully, i might add- threw a bag of unopened spaghetti at my face all while demanding "NOODLES!!! MAMA... NOODLES!!" she's a girl who knows what she wants i suppose.

4. for a few minutes at the end of the night, we let her watch the ipad in our bed. when it's time to go read a few books and we tell her that it's time to shut the ipad off, without even looking up at us she holds up three or four awkward fingers and says, "two minutes, dada. twooooo minutes."

5. "luhs you, mama. luhs you, dada"

the 52 project | 34

23.8.14

"a picture of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014." 
your dad is out of town this weekend and naturally we both woke up this morning feeling less than stellar. so, we walked to get bagels, orange juice (you), and coffee (me) and posted our rear ends on the sofa for the remainder of the morning. i reckon neither one of us are upset with being lazy bums today.

three years ago...

21.8.14

this week, i found out i was pregnant with our girl.
i wasn't exactly what i would refer to as prepared to see those lines on the pregnancy test (or the three tests after it) but the second i saw those lines, i became a mother. more specifically, i became your mother. and if pregnancy and motherhood have taught me anything, it's to be grateful. 


i'm grateful for the beauty that lies within the chaos and mess that is our daily life. 


i'm grateful that you're healthy and vivacious and have such an unbelievably bold and feisty little spirit. 


i'm grateful that i've been given this chance to be your friend and to remind you when you may need it that i'll always be rooting for you and in your corner, even if it's disguised as tough love. 


i'm grateful that it's my job to set limits and also to push you to exceed the boundaries and expectations that society has set for you. 


i'm grateful that you've softened me, taken away grudges and chips that once weighed heavily on my shoulders. 

i'm grateful that you've taught me that there is nothing worth fighting harder for than your family and your love for one another. 


but most of all, marlo, more than any of those thing, i'm simply grateful to have the chance to spend a lifetime loving you.
  

in my kitchen | one pan roast chicken

19.8.14

everyone loves chicken. everyone. and everyone in my household loves this particular chicken. i particularly love it because it's made in one pan in the oven and the prep work in minimal, minus the slicing of some veggies and the pulsing of a food processor.

if you're interested in a fool-proof roasted chicken with portions large enough to feed a family of four or five, this is the chicken for you.


roasted whole chicken with lemon, thyme, and a shit-ton of garlic
(serves a lot with left-overs)

what:
the chicken
one whole organic cut-up chicken
one lemon
fresh thyme
one pod of garlic
half of a large yellow onion
half of a medium fennel root
evoo
pepper
flaky sea salt

the basil mayo
two egg yolks
extra virgin olive oil
handful of basil
lemon juice
salt
pepper
how:
preheat your oven to 350 degrees. (this is a two-part cooking process, fyi.) 

while the oven is preheating, rinse and dry your chicken. slice the lemon, fennel, and onion thinly and layer in the bottom of a heavy oven-safe skillet*. next, slice a pod of garlic against the bias and place in pan. add sprigs of thyme. how much is really up to you. i use a lot, which, is a technical term. and don't waste your time pulling the leaves off of the stems. it's underneath the chicken so the stems matter little. 

next, place the chicken pieces on top of the flavorings. drizzle with evoo and season liberally with sea salt and cracked black pepper. next, sprinkle thyme leaves on top of the chicken. cover with foil and cook for forty minutes until cooked through**.  

while the chicken is roasting, in a food processor or blender, pulse the ingredients for the mayo- minus the olive oil- until well combined. through the spout of the processor, slowly drizzle into the yolk-basil mixture until emulsified and the consistency of a mayonnaise. season with salt and pepper to taste. set aside in a bowl to chill until serving.

after the chicken is cooked through, uncover the chicken and let rest for a few minutes while you turn the broiler on. cook under the broiler for another fifteen or so minutes until the skin is brown and crispy. rotate the pan in the oven once so that it browns evenly.

let rest for ten minutes so that the juices can redistribute and serve along side a mixed green salad and roasted fingerlings potatoes. oh, and don't forget the mayo! it's so, so good with the chicken and roasted fingerlings!*** 


*if you don't have one already, you should invest in a cast-iron skillet. invest is a strong word here because they're actually fairly cheap. i'm talking less than thirty bucks in most cases. so, no excuses really. **you can do this step the night before, too, and just reheat at the higher temp (step two) when you're ready to serve. ***ps. the basil mayo makes for a killer chicken salad with the leftover chicken. along with the diced leftover chicken, just add a handful of baby spinach leaves, half of a cup of halved grape or cherry tomatoes, diced red onion to taste, and stir in with the mayo. so, so very good.



the 52 project | 33

18.8.14

"a picture of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."
hey, new york winter...

we see you comin' and we ready.

five things | from the week


1. the morning light in our bedroom is on point. it's by far my favorite time of day. also, white linens. always. always. joe and i have very differing opinions regarding the importance and use of white linens everywhere in our home but i just remind him that a happy wife equals a happy life. as such, there is a lot of white in our home much to his silent, head shaking dismay.

2. i made a lot of food this weekend: friday night called for spaghetti with olives, heirloom tomatoes, capers, and burrata. saturday and my monthly homesickness craved my most favorite southern dish of shrimp and grits. sunday morning we had thick slices of bacon and soft-scrambled eggs. and last night, we ended it all with black bean and ground beef tostadas with homemade guacamole and tomatilla salsa. you know what? i have no problem admitting that i fall short in a myriad of ways as a mother, wife, friend, etc. but feeding my family? yeah, it's not one of them.

3. on sunday morning after said bacon and eggs, i was scrolling through the television guide and saw that father of the bride was on. i haven't seen this movie since i had a daughter and lemme tell you something... i sobbed like a little baby. in fact, i don't think i've ever cried so hard during a movie. also, i love franc.

4. i think we're going to start potty training soon. i'm terrified but am also totally ready for it. i'm over the diaper thing and also over how difficult it is to keep mo actually in one. girlfriend prefers to be naked. at. all. times. i mean, i would too if my buns were as cute as hers. pinch, pinch.

5. i'm so, so excited that, along with seven other kick-ass mamas and their cubs, i was chosen to be a style ambassador for littleboogaweezin's fall collection. littleboogaweezin is an amazing company owned by jen- a kick-ass mama whose main mission is to empower and unite all mamas, to celebrate our differences as well as our similarities, and to learn from and support one another as we navigate the endless and winding road of motherhood. i'm honored to be apart of the LBW family and even luckier to count jen as a friend. i'll still be writing and cooking with mo once a month with them, too, which you can read here.

in my closet with SHOPBURU | the white boyfriend jean

12.8.14

the white boyfriend jean.

the jean that, according to many unwritten outdated fashion laws, you should only wear for a few short months a year is actually extremely versatile. and because of its' versatility, my argument to splurge on a great pair is only strengthened due to their cost per wear.

so. there.
nothing is more chic to me than wearing all white. am i right? or am i right? 

also, adding some snazzy-ass shoes is the quickest and most sure-fire way to dress up a mom-centric uniform of denim and a slouchy and comfy tee. when you're a new mom and clothes aren't fitting exactly the way you'd like, fun and exciting accessories are the way to spice it all up. 
and as far as fall and winter, there are few combinations more classic than black and white. 

and don't try to tell me that you can't wear white after labor day! these particular boyfriend jeans unroll to hit right at the ankle; you could absolutely pair them with some killer black leather booties for fall and even into winter. okay. so, maybe not a brutal new york winter but whatever. you see where i'm going with it...



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