October 2012

These are not the droids you are looking for...

If only I had a C3PO, too!!
I’ve been looking forward to this Halloween for the past year. This is my first time getting to transform an already adorable baby into something too cute for words
So, I’ve been mulling over ideas all year and, after much indecision, settled on dressing Booger as R2D2 (largely because he sounds like R2 in Return of the Jedi when they’re under fire in the x-wing).

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The leaves are changing. Booger and I spend time every day watching them dance down from the trees, and lay in our yard for a few minutes before blowing next door to our neighbor’s yard (this man details his truck weekly, washes his driveway at least biweekly, and has laid and re-laid the same pavers in a backyard project easily 5 times). Oops. We do rake them up out of his yard when we rake…once…at the end of the season.

Along with beautiful fall leaves comes cocoa, scarves, and – for me – an undying craving for comfort food. Warm, delicious, creamy, comfort food.

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Quick, easy Mr. Ray

I learned to crochet just before Booger was born. As a matter of fact, this was my first project, and I was working on it when I went into labor (pattern here).
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I grew up with cool parents. While my friends’ parents bonded with them over dinner and cooking lessons, my parents bonded with us over Tootsie Roll and marshmallow fights (when my parents moved, we found countless fallen soldiers under the living room furniture). It was a blast, and my friends were always jealous.

Cooking just wasn’t a big part of our family life. Result? I have an awesome relationship with my parents…and I was fairly clueless in the kitchen when I moved out on my own. To be honest, I was fairly clueless until my husband took pity on me and started teaching me.

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My new go-to baby gift

Before I had a child, I never knew what would make a good baby gift, especially for parents who didn’t register. Everyone wants to give something practical, yet personal at the same time. Thanks to a dear friend who loves to spoil Booger, I now know.

How does your garden grow?

If you polled our neighbors, I’m pretty sure they’d all be wondering when we’ll figure out what we’re doing with our garden. We’ve had a vegetable garden every summer since we moved here in 2008, and have tried something new each year.

This past summer we experimented with gutter gardens to try to make better use of our shoebox sized yard (vertical gardening? Yes, please!!). Thanks to the scorching temps and bone-dry summer, we haven’t the slightest clue if it was a success.

That's not a pumpkin under there...

Hello, October (a day late) and WELCOME!

In late July I started pestering Mr. Indulgent about Halloween costumes (“…but it’s almost September, so that means it’s almost October, so that means it’s almost Halloween!!”), but since we just decided what we’re doing this year, I thought I’d share the fun I had last year…with my bump.

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