Tuesday, November 19, 2013

14 Months

Silas is learning and growing so fast.  Still no walking, but he's pulling up now and then, and scooting like a little champ.  He discovered cheese this month and loves it with all of his little baby heart...gets it from his Mom.  Favorite food is still probably clementines, but he loves him some beans, kiwi, bananas,  salmon, plain yogurt, and just about anything else we offer him.  His newest trick is scooting around the house, pointing at things he's not allowed to touch and saying a very solemn, "No, no, no." He also learned how to blow kisses and say "thank you" in sign language recently (confusing, as those two things are strikingly similar).  Love this kid.

Monday, November 18, 2013

13 Months

After fifty-two weeks I couldn't very well stop all together, could I? We're going monthly, y'all. Yeah...stole that idea from Young House Love, too.  For your viewing pleasure...October 18th.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Black Bean Soup

We will eat beans around here.  In a second.  It took me a little bit to come up with a good black bean soup recipe, but I think this is a winner.  Take the extra time to make it from dried beans rather than canned...it makes a huge difference!  Plus, having soup simmering on your stove for an hour or two, will make you feel like you've got this domestic thing down.

Black Bean Soup

Printable Recipe

1 pound dried black beans
1 Tablespoon oil (coconut or olive)
1 onion, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 teaspoons salt (to taste)
1 Tablespoon cumin
5-7 cups water
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Sour Cream (or plain yogurt)

In a large bowl, cover the dried beans with a few inches of water and let them soak overnight.  Over medium heat, saute the onion, carrot and celery until soft (around ten minutes).  Add the garlic and cook for another minute.  Next, add the beans, salt, cumin and five cups of water.  Bring to a boil on high, then reduce to medium high and simmer until the beans are soft (around an hour and a half).  Add water if needed, to keep the beans covered.  Add the lemon juice, then transfer the beans to a blender or use an immersion blender to create the desired consistency.  I like to leave it a little chunky.  Add up to two more cups of water while blending if you would like your soup a little thinner.  Just before serving, add a spoonful of salsa, sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

1 Year!

It flew, y'all.  I just can't believe (even now over a month later!) that this year is gone! My baby isn't such a baby any more...and I think I'm okay with that.  I am in love with every stage of his cute little round life.  This kid is truly a joy.

We love this boy.  So much.  So happy he's one!

51 Weeks

50 Weeks

49 Weeks

Phew.  Si Guy's first year finished in quite the flurry of activity.  It isn't every day that I turn thirty and my kiddo turns one all in one week!  We had such  good time, and maybe are still recovering?  I can't believe I have a thirteen month old.  Sigh.  I'm going to play catch up here for his last few weekly pictures.  Hold on to your hats, y'all.  It's a lot of cute.