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Month: April, 2012

New York

Our New York trip has been pretty fun. We both got really sick two days after we got here and its been raining a lot. So we’ve been cooped up, but have still managed to get out some. This trip has been so different for me. Usually I am all over the city, but this time I have barely left Brooklyn. Well we did get some amazing Szechuan in Queens our first night.

My sister lives in this really industrial neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her tiny block is jam packed with amazing graffiti. Landlords here get fined if they don’t paint over tags or graffiti on their buildings. So my brother in law got his landlord to section off areas of his buildings and gave space to graffiti artists to do as they pleased. The result is really spectacular. Probably the most famous piece is done by our friend Shepard Fairey. Skye has been having such a blast posing in front of all the paintings. Seriously its like a free art museum in this random Williamsburg neighborhood.

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Leaving for New York

Skye and I are leaving for New York tonight for two weeks. Usually I would be so excited about going back east, but the baby doves haven’t hatched yet. I thought that would any day now, but no such luck. I’m sad that I’m going to miss their arrival into the world.

There was a crazy storm this past weekend and the mama bird was so stoic. She sat on those eggs the whole night while it poured rain and the wind was howling and blowing the tree back and forth. I half expected to see the eggs on the ground the next morning. Luckily she did such an amazing job protecting them.

Its been really interesting watching the doves over the past few weeks. The male dove sits on the eggs during the daytime and the female dove sits on them all night and into the morning. She usually arrives to take her post around 630 pm every night and comes by a few times during the day I think to give the male dove some food. They really are a unvbelievable team the way they work together. Its been really amazing to watch and to learn about them.

After much research I learned that when doves hatch for the first few weeks they are called Hatchlings and then as they get a bit older they are called Fledglings. This whole period goes on for about 27 days so they should still be in my tree by the time Skye and I get home. I can’t wait to see them and hear their cute little tweets. I also read that doves will come back to the same nesting spot year after year so I am crossing my fingers that they’ll visit us again next spring.

Anyway, I hope to be able to get some posts up while we’re away. We have a few cool day trips planned that I want to blog about. Yay!!!

Currently drooling over…

Chic black home accessories. There is something so striking about decorating with black. I love it in my home because I have huge white walls and white shelves and black just stands out. Its graphic,classic and edgy. I have to say that Normann Copenhagen nailed it when it came to designing a gorgeous toilet brush and holder. Who would have ever thought that cleaning your toilet could look so chic?

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See what I mean? This kitchen is just so beautiful and the black accessories just pop.

Stuhlhockerbank – Yvonne Fehling & Jennie Peiz

Hands down the coolest public seating installation ever!

Stuhlhockerbank – Yvonne Fehling & Jennie Peiz.

Terrible Two’s

Today was a difficult day with Skye. I’m lucky that these days are so far and few between, but I’m wondering if this is the start of the Terrible Two’s?

I’m partly trying to wean Skye from breastfeeding. Hopefully, by his second birthday he will be off the boob. Today he tried nursing for the millionth time and it wasn’t even 10 am yet. I told him no and that boobies went night night ( I can’t believe I talk like this sometimes) and he got so angry that he started to pick up all his trains and throw them on the ground and then he took my favorite book (Handcrafted Modern) and threw that on the the ground. He then threw himself onto the ground and started to hit his head. I just stood there in utter disbelief. Obviously the kid needed a moment. I on the other hand could have used a cocktail or at least another cup of coffee.

I know some kids fits last for a while and luckily his only lasted for a few minutes before I was able to distract him with something. I love that he needs me so much for comfort, but it is also very debilitating for me at the same time. Skye likes to comfort nurse which means he likes to use me as a pacifier and he wants to use me wherever we go. Seriously at this stage in the game the whole world has seen my boobs. There is no shame in my game anymore. I wish he would take a pacifier, but somewhere around his first birthday he started to refuse it and latched onto me for all of his comfort.

I actually called the La Leche League a few weeks ago to see if they could give me some advice about stopping, but I have yet to hear from anyone. They probably heard my message and deleted it because I want to stop breastfeeding not embrace it until he goes off to college (I’m joking).

I am hoping that Skye’s tantrum today isn’t the start of more to come. My little guy has always been so chill. I also know that this is just a moment in time and its not forever, but any advice on how to handle outbursts like this are more than welcome. I guess I’m just going to have to go with the flow and let him get his frustration out. Obviously he is having overwhelming feelings that he has no clue how to express and I know that has to be so difficult for him. I guess we’ll just have to ride it out and see what happens. Hopefully, not the Terrible Two’s.

Currently drooling over…

Mystical and definitely bad ass jewelry. If I had that Cage Cuff I don’t think that I would ever ever take it off. Same goes for the Double Vendetta Chain Ring.

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Harissa

If you want to have a serous life changing experience then you need to try Harissa. Harissa is a North African condiment made with chilies and garlic and most importantly Cumin. I think Cumin has to be hands down my number one favorite spice Ever! I don’t even know where to being to describe the taste. Its earthy and nutty and spicy and smoky all at the same time. Its amazing.

This is my recipe for Harissa. I play it by ear sometimes and adjust the seasonings as I go along so feel free to do that as well.

Harissa

  • 1 bag of small chili peppers (4oz bag)
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 T cumin
  • 2 tsp corriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups of olive oil
  1. Remove the seeds from the chili peppers (this can be very tedious and make you sneeze)
  2. Put the chili peppers in a bowl and cover with hot water and let steep for 1 hour
  3. Strain the chili peppers pressing out any extra liquid and put in a food processor
  4. Peel an entire head of garlic and put in the food processor
  5. Add the spices, salt and olive oil
  6. Blend until you get a smooth consistency and adjust spices to your liking

This makes three cups of Harissa. I put mine in two 12 oz Ball Jars and gave one away as a gift. After each use of Harissa you can drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil on the top to keep it from drying out.

I put Harissa on everything. Its great with eggs, potatoes or even mixed into tomato soup. Pretty much anything that you would put hot sauce on or want to add a kick to Harissa will be your go to spicy condiment. Trust me you’ll be addicted soon!

Homemade Soda

A few years ago Zach’s mom bought him a Soda Stream for his birthday. I thought it was the dumbest thing ever. I was even more annoyed by it because where was I going to put it. Its huge and its ugly.  Fast forward two years ( I do a lot of fast forwarding on this blog) We have cabinets now! Woo Hoo we have storage for large ugly things like Soda Streams. So now I’m into the Soda Stream because I can make carbonated water and with sparkly fizzy water comes homemade soda mixtures. The first mixture I made last week was homemade Ginger Ale. Super super easy to make. Peel and cut into chunks a cups worth of ginger and pulse it in the food processor. Put the minced ginger in a pot and cover with two cups of water and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat and let the ginger steep for at least an hour. I think I might go a little longer next time to let it get a bit more strong. Strain out the minced ginger and return the liquid to the pot I added a half cup of sugar, but the next time I’m only going to add a quarter cup. Bring back to a simmer and then turn off the heat and cool down. Now if you want to get all fancy you can add some chili peppers to the ginger during the first steeping or black peppercorns. Anything to give it a bite. So when the mixture cools make some fizzy water in the Soda Stream (or you can just buy fizzy water) mix in the amount of ginger syrup to your liking and Voila! Homemade Ginger Ale!!!

So now that I think I’m all amazing making homemade Ginger Ale I decided to make Blood Orange and Lemongrass soda. This is a really beautiful drink. It tastes and looks like summer

Cut up three stalks of lemongrass and pulse in the food processor. I didn’t get to pulse mine as much as I wanted because Skye was napping so you might want to pulse yours a bit smaller than mine. Then slice up two medium sized blood oranges. Put in a pot and cover with two and a half cups of water. Bring to a boil and then turn off the heat and put a lid on it. I covered mine for a little over two hours. Strain out the lemongrass/orange mixture into a bowl and then press on the fruit to get any remaining juice out. Put back on the stove top and add one quarter cup of sugar and bring back to a boil. Turn off the heat and let it cool off. I was thinking that the next time I make this mixture that I might add a vanilla bean to it and kind of make a fancy creamsicle type of soda.

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this mixture. Its almost flowery or perfumey. Probably because of the oils in the orange peel. If you have ever baked with orange blossum essence (I’ve found it at the Italian market in my neighborhood) it kind of tastes like that.

I’m going to try to come up with a few more ideas this weekend. Maybe something with pears…

I think that this Weck Juice Jar Set would be perfectly beautiful for holding soda mixtures too!

Currently drooling over…

I am obsessed with getting a new coffee table and I thought I’d throw a bench or two in the mix as well because sometimes I think a bench would look super good behind my sofa. I have my heart set on the large white Normann Copenhagen Tablo coffee table. And I love the bench/stool combo designed by Johanna Dehio. Seriously what a fantastic idea! We currently have a coffee table similar to this one and I like it, but with the new building next door blocking out most of our natural light I’d like to keep things light and bright and I kind of feel like the dark wood of the table is bringing things down a bit. Or I could just really really want a new coffee table.

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5 &6 Normann Copenhagen Tablo Coffee Table 7 Muuto Oak Coffee Table

Mini Me

Skye is definitely a mamas boy, but he loves his papa more than anything. One of Skye’s most favorite things to do is hang out with Zach in the recording studio. He has always loved going in there while Zach is working and strumming on a bass or stepping on a pedal. Even when he was a little baby he loved to be in there while sitting in his bouncy seat. We would joke that we bred a studio kid and that by the time Skye was five he would already be mixing Zach’s next album.

Last week I was folding the laundry and Skye picked up one of Zach’s shirts and started to hug it and dance around the room. I asked him if he wanted to wear it and he said yes. So I put it on him rolled up the sleeves and he proudly walked over to Zach’s studio to show him.

Zach is such a great dad too. I love how he effortlessly transitioned into being a father. He is so nurturing and patient and loving. All qualities one would want in a parent. When Skye was a newborn (preemie) I would watch Zach in amazement as would patiently handle Skye never once breaking a sweat while I would be sitting on the corner of the bed trying to regain a sense of composure.

I love these pictures of them together. Skye is such a mini Zach.

 

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