Archive: November 2011

A year ago my mother-in-law Cora let me have some of her collection of Nigerian fabrics from her time teaching there in the early 70s. I haven’t found a project for all of them yet, but since her birthday was at the beginning of the month I thought I could at least start with something handmade that she could use everyday. So I used Oh, Fransson!’s super simple laptop sleeve tutorial to make her a case for her beloved new MacBook Pro.

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I have been running around like a headless chicken all week getting ready for the big Thanksgiving extravaganza at my house. Which actually means 6 adults and a 4yo, but I cooked all week and retrieved British in-laws from the clutches of the Newark airport. I am just now posting some photos from my annual trip to see the parade balloons inflated, which was pretty great because I’m keeping the tradition alive for baby H.

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This was super lemony and really delicious, I made it for dinner last week. And unfortunately, I was so hungry that I was halfway through eating it before I remembered to take a photo! The recipe is from Cook’s Country’s Best Country Recipes, and it actually calls for a whole butterflied chicken. I  made it with 3 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts and it worked just as well–I didn’t even adjust the roasting liquid or seasoning mixtures because I love that lemon flavor.

1 (3.5-4 lb.) whole chicken, backbone removed and butterflied **Chicken pieces work just as well!
3 Tbsp grated zest plus 1/3 cup juice from 3 lemons
1 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp water
1 tsp cornstarch
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley

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And exhale. This week was crazy, but now I’m back. As of yesterday I am 6 months (24 weeks) pregnant, I can’t believe how fast it’s going.

My mom and Laura Ann threw me a baby shower last Saturday. It was at my house, so I knew about it. My mom originally booked this really cute tea shop in Red Bank, but they went bust over the summer without telling anyone. I saw one of the owners working in the Easy Spirit store at Jersey Shore Outlets, go figure. So anyway, since we’d picked the weekend and some of the British folks had already bought plane tickets, we decided to have it at my house. And it was so lovely, I had an amazing time!

It’s now 8 in the morning a week later, I’m wide awake, and I decided to start posting the photos. So forgive me if I’m slightly delirious and mushy, it really was a great day. My mom and her accupuncturist found the caterers, and they were great. Perfect Blend out of Trenton, they cater tea parties. The ladies were so nice, the food was amazing, and they left the kitchen cleaner than it was when they got there.

I only used my point and shoot for photos, but I did get a few shots of the day. My living room was taken over by pink balloons and tables.

And the caterers transformed it.

Laura Ann brought my FAVORITE cupcakes from Sugar Sweet Sunshine. I could’ve just eaten these all day.

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I have all kinds of stuff to post about, but this is conferences week at school. Even though the kids are only in for half days, I’m always more exhausted than a normal day–and pregnancy is making that so much easier! So I’ll be back this weekend after I’ve kicked this pesky narcolepsy.

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