A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Everyday Stuff.

Around here, we are: getting very chalkboard creative (that artsy Liv pattern makes me so happy), enjoying Sunday morning post-church coffee dates, basking in kiddo smiles for miles, spicing it up with lemonade cocktails in the evening, enjoying cabin and hiking trips with friends on the weekends, reveling in walk-to-the-park rituals (such as more coffee stops or pausing for a moment so that Liv can ‘please hold Taylor’s hand’). We are cooking everything with fresh rosemary (potato soup, simple syrups, roasted veggies), loading up Bodie into the car for dog beach at sunset (man I love San Diego), taking it all in at the Salk institute, delighting in never-ever-happens peaceful ‘maker’ time, lazily dealing with loose chickens, finding Livy treasures while watching parasailers glide by, hanging out at home and loving life.

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Sometimes my days feel redundant and very usual (hello computer screen for 10 hours). Then I get to glance back at what we’ve been up to in our free time and I remember all of those perfect-crazy moments. Mmmm hmmmm. Sometimes these are so necessary for me to remember how blessed I truly am. Totally feeling the love.

PS more everyday stuff. series over yonder. Happy beautiful weekend!

Good Eats: One of My Favorites… Roasted Veggies

YUM.

That about sums up this favorite that I wanted to share with you today. I am a huge fan of roasting veggies and I pop a full cookie sheet into the (hot, hot!) oven at least once if not twice a week. Roasting allows the natural juices of carrots, sweet potatoes, beets and even green beans to caramelize into sweet, gooey-yet-crunchy deliciousness (think tender and full flavored on the inside with a honey-coated crispy skin on the outside).

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I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve to make these extra delicious.

Back in college there was a small cooking school a few miles away from campus. On the occasional Saturday morning I headed on down to an awesome class on cooking fundamentals such as roasting, all things chicken or even an entire class on every sauce you can think of. I love to experiment and I love to learn how to expand my little toolbox of technique (which is meager, I must admit). Kev and my’s recent date night included a class called ‘Snout to Tail’ and it was on – yep, an entire pig.

These veggies are a staple in our house because they allow us to really take advantage of our CSA veggie box contents, to make every meal nutritious, and to enjoy what is seasonal and of the earth that week (oh wow, that’s really always the tastiest).

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I also dig that the girls love every vegetable out there. Roasting takes it to the next level because roasted veggies taste almost as though they’ve been candied.

I attribute the girls’ great love of all things veggie to BLW, but if there’s ever any push back at the dining room table a quick mention of how that evening’s veggies were prepared (as in, ‘don’t you love the candied beets’) puts any obstinance to rest.

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My tricks: all veggie chunks are of similar size for similar roasting results. I like to cut zucchini, carrots, parsnips and squash into strips, beets, Brussel sprouts and chard stalks, etc into chunks (which if you compared my strips by folding them up, they would be the size of the chunks and are about the same volume).

Another tip: plenty of freshly squeezed lemon juice before and right after they come out of the oven.

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I always line my cookie sheets with foil. These veggies will become so juicy and the last thing you want to be scraping off of your pan is sticky residue.

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I preheat the oven to 450 degrees and then toss with the veggies: a coating of olive oil (not to the point that they’re drowning but a good layer), pepper and coarse sea salt (so key!), herbs that I have on hand (love fresh rosemary), a thorough dousing of lemon juice.

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Into the oven they go for between 20 & 30 minutes (keep an eye on those guys, you want them to be cooked and even shriveled, but not burnt). Actually, the edge veggies might experience a little charring and that’s a good thing.

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Soooo good for green beans, Italian broccoli and asparagus too.

Tips for Deliciously Roasted Veggies, a How-To | PepperDesignBlog.com

Happy roasting. Hard to convey how much I rely on this easy technique. It’s not as hot as broiling but I’m beginning to prefer cooking at these high temperatures. :)

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PS I’ll post a Taylor update on Baby Led Weaning soon, it’s been very easy this time around!

Hey ya’ll, if you’re free and would like to join in on a ‘Wallet Friendly DIY Decor’ twitter chat with me I’ll be over at Wise Bread to join Home Depot and Apartments.com at noon (PST) Thursday. Lots of fun ideas sure to be shared! 

One Favorite Four Ways: Black Leather Sandals

A while back I shared a pair of sandals that I had been eying. I’ve been on the hunt to replace my everyday summer sandals – there’s nothing like a great pair of comfortable, pretty sandals! – after four years (or more?) of wearing them into the ground.

Side note: don’t you sometimes wish that there was an awesome directory of every shoe ever made and you could just have your favorites ‘reproduced’ every few years?

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After hemming and hawing I finally bit the bullet and ordered these Matisse Paula sandals from Piperlime earlier this month. The verdict is now in – I think I may have found the perfect replacements to my previous, stretched-out favorites. The leather is so soft and comfortable, they have already molded to my feet and I can tell that I’ll be relying on them plenty in the coming months. They remind me a lot of my favorite shoes for Liv (speaking of, I ought to try the adult version one of these days).

Four ways to wear:

1 | summer scarf shirt & dark denim

2 | solo with a colorful maxi dress

3 | striped terry shorts and a blazer-style cardigan

4 | work-meets-happy-hour printed dress

Matisse buttery leather Paula sandals, so happy I tried you out.

PS I haven’t tried this particular pair out yet, but I just noticed that Dolce Vita has the exact same style (albeit a different ankle clasp) called the ‘Dekka’ sandal and it’s currently on sale for $34 over here.

PSS I affectionally call sandals like these my ‘dress up sandals’, as in a bit more fancy than my usual highly coveted rainbows :). Not sure any sandal will ever replace those beach bums.

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