Sweet Summertime.

We are finding “the new normal”. Natalie is 4 months old, everyone sleeps through the night 95% of the time, and most weeks have some sort of routine.

 

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This big guy has figured out that Daddy’s call shifts means he can sometimes coerce Mama into letting him sleep in the big bed. Sometimes.

 

Andrew and I are loving the past few weeks, mainly because we haven’t been here! We spent last weekend in Asheville celebrating my good friend’s wedding. We made a pitstop at the church where we got married almost 6 years ago… Our anniversary is mid-June and we are actually headed out for another weekend getaway next weekend! Basically if you see any of the grandparents we claim, please buy them a cup of coffee.

Sidenote: I just had to jump up from my porch chair as I was writing this because my hound dog saw two skunks running across the backyard. WHAT. (Remember when she got sprayed the week we moved in last summer?!) I cannot handle the skunks. I mean really… We live in. the. city. And, it’s. daytime. What. is. happening. I’m starting a #skunkpocalypse as soon as I finish this post.

Anyways… It seems that just when the routine strikes, I do everything I can to screw it up. For example, we were having a perfectly lovely Tuesday… and then I decided we needed to paint the trim in the den. After about 30 minutes of watching me put blue painter’s tape up, Andrew decided I wasn’t going to change my mind. We are almost done, and I am so glad we started! It has brightened the room up dramatically.

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We still have to do touch-ups and scrape the windows, but I am so happy with the change. We left the brown trim initially because I wasn’t sure if we could make it work and wanted to try. After choosing the hardwoods last week, it’s pretty clear that any orange tones will have to go. I still like the beams on the ceiling, so I’m hoping they can stay as is without having to be wrapped.

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The white trim and gray painted paneling feels a bit coastal, and I like it.

It feels good to get started on the house again… Right now, it seems like nothing is in its place (ex: there is a baby swing in the foyer), but for some reason that feels good. Like progress. Our to-do list for the remainder of this year is:

  • Downstairs floors (hardwoods and tile)
  • Kitchen counters and backsplash
  • Redo powder bathroom (sink, toilet, floors)

Crossing these things off the list means I am one step closer to decorating. Like, really decorating. That is going to be a good day. Andrew started pulling up the floors to assess the situation… “Jesus, take the wheel” is all I have to say about this for the time being.

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In other news, we are not just growing children. Our garden is doing really well!

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Corn, okra, green peppers, squash, green beans, tomatoes, mixed greens, spinach, bibb lettuce, basil, and cilantro! I wanted to share one of our favorite summer recipes with you. We live and die by this simple bruschetta, and now that our basil plant is producing, I can’t get enough!

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Bruschetta

  • 5 roma tomatoes, chopped with all the juices and seeds
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped
  • 8-10 basil leaves, julienned
  • 1 tbs. minced garlic
  • Splash balsamic vinegar
  • Splash EVOO
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Italian bread loaf

Mix the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Slice the bread into 1/2 inch pieces and toast in the oven at 400 degrees for about 7-8 minutes. Spoon bruschetta mixture onto bread and serve/eat enough to embarrass yourself.

Fresh mozzarella is a great addition under the bruschetta mix. You can prepare this ahead of time too; just mix everything but the basil, and then refrigerate. Add basil shortly before serving to prevent wilting.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

Signing off,

Killer of All the Skunks

 

 

 

 

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