Putting on the LB(D)s

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this yet, but I have an incredible maternity wardrobe.  I am so, so fortunate to be able to borrow from Katie and accept donations from lots of other women who are done-and-I-don’t-want-these-back.  Partially due to the magic of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and partially due to elastic waistbands, most of the clothing I’ve been able to wear as if it were made just for me.  Jeans?  10 pairs.  Shirts?  20. Dresses?  15, at least.  There’s actually cute stuff hanging in my closet that I didn’t even get a chance to wear before I outgrew it/the seasons changed.  Here are a few of the adorable little black dresses (LBDs) I’ve been able to rock this spring.  (These photos are all at least a month old.)

#1 at school
#1 at school
#2 at a shower
#2 at a shower
#3 anytime...i LOVE this dress
#3 anytime…i LOVE this dress

For me, maternity clothes are fun.  They are a colorful reminder of Chandler’s growth and movement.  I am grateful to my wardrobe donors and look forward to sharing the wealth someday!

Summer Paleo Eats

Stephanie Taylor, I take your Italian Bake and raise you the Italian Grill.

Chicken and Veggies just grillin'...
chicken and veggies just grillin’…
...smothered in red sauce, mozz, parm, & fresh basil.
…smothered in red sauce, mozz, parm, & fresh basil.

Steph introduced us not only to Paleo, but also the Italian Bake–very similar to this set-up, except in the oven.  The first time she made this delicious dinner for us, I was having a pregnant moment and ate sour cream and onion chips instead.  I know I missed out, but it was just one of those days.  Anyhow, we just happened to have all of these ingredients on hand, so there was dinner!

What the Kale?

The last few weeks have been crazy with the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, i.e. Cookout Season.  I can’t even remember the last time I really made dinner, what with constantly meeting up with friends and being out of town.  When we are home, we throw something on the grill.  I must have had some kind of dinner aspirations last week, however, because there was a lovely, leafy bunch of kale in my refrigerator eyeing me every time I opened the door to refill my water (tanning in the backyard is quite dehydrating.)  So, we threw the cheddar brats on the grill and I wondered what to do with nature’s superfood giving me the stinkeye from behind the fridge door.

I poked around and found half an onion, 6 mushrooms, half of a lemon, and an open Manager’s Special package of bacon (which means it’s the organic center cut good stuff we don’t usually absolutely never spend money on!)  I sauteed the onions and mushrooms, tossed in the kale to wilt, doused it all in fresh lemon juice and salt & pepper, and crumbled some hot, crunchy bacon on top.  Incredibly tasty.  And satisfying, knowing that apparently kale is so good for you it can singlehandedly stop fracking, cure melanoma, and save baby seals.

Kale Surprise
Kale Surprise