Saturday, November 24, 2012

What's new...



-We're at 38 weeks today, and practically counting every second. We'd like our baby now please...
-I'm really excited about KaLaLu's sales lately. I've been mixing my handmade items with fun vintage finds on Etsy, and I'm having to constantly re-stock the shops we're in locally. So grateful to everyone who likes our stuff!
-We had a nice Thanksgiving with family. I ate lots of potatoes, stuffing and gravy. So good.
-Chicago is getting wintery...and I refuse to buy a coat that will only last me a few weeks at most. So my belly gets cold a lot. 
-I'm infamous for catching onto shows after they're canceled...in the spirit of this, I'm obsessed with Medium. What can I say, I'm a binge episode watcher. 
-And that's about all that's goin on here. Sorry, I'm a little link happy today :)


 What's new with you?
 Hope everyone had a lovely holiday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Monday, November 19, 2012

New at KaLaLu

Some Lovely New Vintage Listings







Sunday, November 18, 2012

37 week walk


Yesterday we hit the 37 week mark. The ninth month of pregnancy, the full term point and the true final stretch. It's in these moments, that it's sinking in, we're going to be parents forever.

There's no way we can understand just how much our minds will be blown when this little man enters the world, but we're starting to make some guesses. We're looking at my belly trying to picture the little person that's grown. We're glancing at his bed imagining a little swaddled burrito sleeping (or more realistically crying) next to us. He'll be here before we know it. So, even though I'm horribly uncomfortable and wanting to sleep all the time, Joey and I are trying to spend these last moments together, reminiscing about who we've been as individualsas a couple and how we'll evolve once mama and daddy are added to our titles.










Saturday, November 17, 2012

Veggie Chili Recipe


First off, let me tell you....it's real hard to make chili look pretty in pictures. So my apologies... Also as a warning, I'm not the type that measures things out, but for the sake of putting recipes here, I'm trying!

So, I was inspired to make this dish for our friends who just had their baby, and happen to be vegetarian. Joey and I will occasionally make a meat free meal, but not terribly often, so I had to think hard for a hearty, new mama approved meal. And I think I got it! I'm really happy with how this turned out (so was Joey), using lots of great veggies, meatless hamburger patties and a tomato base.

You'll Need:
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 zucchini 
  • 12oz package of frozen corn (or fresh if its in season)
  • 2 cans of kidney beans
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 1/2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 cup water 
  • Few tablespoons of Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional: 3 Meatless burger patties

I started off dicing half of a large onion, mincing the garlic and sauteing the two on medium heat in a large pot.



While those were cooking, I chopped my peppers and zucchini into small-ish pieces. Once the onions in the pot were becoming translucent, I added these chopped veggies plus the frozen corn and let the delicious smells fill the kitchen. (Saute for around 3 minutes).



Once all the veggie flavors blend, I added my chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, and my secret ingredient: cinnamon.

Add the diced tomatoes, beans and tomato paste. After emptying the can of tomato paste, fill with water, add to the pot, and stir well. 

To make the chili a little heartier, I decided to use Organic Sunshine brand meatless burger patties. They are gluten free, and their first ingredient is sunflower seeds which add awesome nutrients to the dish, as well as give it a little more substance. If you choose to use meatless (or meatfull) burgers, defrost, crumble and add to the pot.

Simmer on medium/low heat for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. About half way through, I added a cup of water, to give the chili a little more movement. 

Is it done? Test it out! Are the beans cooked all the way through? Does it have a super good, balanced taste, or does it need a pinch of salt? At this point its up to you. Add hot sauce, sour cream, and/or cheese and you're good to go! 



Enjoy!




Friday, November 9, 2012

{this moment}

inspired by SouleMama

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pretty Little Things Thursdays: Orange
Pretty Little Things Thursdays, are little collections of my favorite finds from fellow Etsy shop owners. The focus changes from holiday decorations, to baby items, to things for the home or gift recommendations. Check in and see what pretty little things I find!
Our orange bathroom
I love orange. It's bright, fun and in my opinion a severely underrated color. So, to give this unsung lovely a little appreciation, I'm dedicating this week's "Pretty Little Things" to all things orange!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

New at KaLaLu
A few new things up on Etsy, a little vintage, a little handmade...


Happy weekend!


Friday, November 2, 2012

{this moment}

inspired by SouleMama

. . . . . . . . . . 
{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pretty Little Things Thursdays: For Her

 Pretty Little Things

Pretty Little Things Thursdays, are little collections of my favorite finds from fellow Etsy shop owners. The focus changes from holiday decorations, to baby items, to things for the home or gift recommendations. Check in and see what pretty little things I find!

~For Her~
This week, I'm focusing on things I can drop hints about to my husband for my birthday and/or Christmas...or for giving him a baby ;)But any of these could make a lovely gift to yourself or a special lady in your life.


 
 ~Photos~


Etsy Love
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