2014 Outfits

A year of outfits! This is an embarrassing number of selfies. Also, I still can’t spell embarrassing correctly without spell check.

And this is how I did with my resolutions for 2014. I actually hit a bunch of these! Making resolutions is kind of ridiculous, but it is also one of my favorite traditions. I don’t really look back at these throughout the year, so I like arriving at New Year’s Eve and seeing how my year actually went compared to what I thought would happen at the start of it. It’s a weirdly satisfying time capsule.

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balsamic short ribs

I love you, Smitten Kitchen. You are one of my favorite food sites, and The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is just the best. I have been obsessed with short ribs this year, and your beer-braised version has reinforced why short ribs are worth the attention.

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Met Museum 2014

I am always so late posting these trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I am down to the wire posting this in 2014, but better late than never!

Meredith took us on another empty museum tour back in August when my father- and stepmother-in-law were visiting. The Met is open on Mondays now, so we don’t get as much time to wander as we used to. But, Mere met us super early on a weekday morning, before the museum’s opening, so we could at least let Hannah run around without crowds for an hour or so.

These are my favorite photos yet.

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Christmas 2014

‘Tis the season! And it’s been a great one, but I could sleep for days. I made a huge Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas dinner, and some stuff for Boxing Day brunch this morning. I’ve never used so much butter, cream, and flour in all my days.

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wrapping paper 2014

The tiny boss lady picked all the paper this year. She is very decisive, and her aesthetics align right with her mom’s.

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2014 teacher boxes

I promise that title sounds fancier than the boxes really are. I love teachers (I am one!), and I love putting these treat boxes together. This is just a little extra on top of the class gift, largely because I always have more jam than any three-person family could eat in a year. And you need something to put the jam on, hence…scones. Also, Hannah’s school has just been completely amazing to her and for her, and I want to show my appreciation for their work with our little late bloomer as often as possible.

Last year, Hannah’s first at her school, I made gift boxes for her teacher, aide, the head of the school, and the marvelous admin. I put in some blueberry butter I’d made over the summer, a Starbucks card, and some homemade scones I made the same morning I delivered the boxes. The scones were just so fast and easy that this year I kind of decided this was a tradition worth keeping up. And, again, I made all the scones last Friday morning while Hannah was at school and then delivered them at the half day pickup.

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spanish tortilla

This is a great brunch dish, and I’m lining up my arsenal of brunch, make-ahead, and feed-a-crowd dishes for the festive season. My other set of in-laws and one of my brothers-in-law are coming for Christmas, so we’ll be eating. A lot. And this recipe eats really well.

I’ve made quiches, but never a proper egg tortilla. This recipe was from the America’s Test Kitchen Skillet Recipes special edition magazine (it might also be in the Best Skillet Recipes book). I kind of loved the lack of crust, and the firmer-than-an-omelette texture. Also, I would say chorizo has been my other favorite ingredient this year (next to beef short ribs). I’m going to have to try this again and experiment with some other flavors, but this one was super delicious.

6 Tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil
1.5 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, quartered, and cut into 1/8″ thick slices
1 onion, halved and sliced thin
Salt and pepper
8 large eggs
4 oz. chorizo sausage, casings removed
4 scallions, thinly sliced

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Parisville Arrow Quilt

Other posts on this project: Parisville Quilt Pt. 1, Parisville Quilt Pt. 2, Parisville Quilt Pt. 3Parisville Quilt Pt. 4.

I so wish I’d taken better photos of this finished quilt, especially since I’ve been holding on to it since February 2013–which is when I finished it! My friend Kathy and I have birthdays two weeks apart, and that’s what this was originally for last February. I’ve seen her a couple of times since then, but we’ve either held off on exchanging presents or I’ve forgotten it completely. This is a testament to the kind of close friendships you can have in your thirties…you might not see each other as much as you see your friends in your 20s (we keep the love alive with snarky texts and Facebook comments), but you can deliver a gift almost two years late and still get hugs and love for it. We always pick up where we left off in the conversation.

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Smitten Kitchen grilled cheese

Hannah and I had lunch yesterday with my good friend Kathy, a music journalist who is just so fierce–I’ll be posting more about her in the new year when she starts popping up on my television regularly. We ate at Spuntino, home of the supremely yummy small plates and burgers and truffle fries. She told me I’d “finally” posted another recipe (that baked ziti). Her devotion to this little blog of mine earns her all of the hugs and a quilt that I just delivered. More on that later. In the meantime, here is another recipe. I fully believe in giving the person what they want…or something?

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baked ziti

Dishes like this are what cold weather is for. It’s what makes it tolerable. Cheese, tomatoes, pasta, plenty of leftovers or enough to share. This is such a great option if you’ve got a crowd to feed over a holiday weekend and are tired of the Christmas leftovers. I might even make this for Christmas Eve this year.

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