Good manners: gifts for your care team

Upfront, let me just say that this is in no way a “must do.” Everyone has different care experiences, and some believe this is going too far. This is intended to share what I did without turning it into a “should” for you, dear reader. Unless you think it doesn’t go far enough. I’m not…

Lost Two Weeks

A wise friend offered me a little advice back when I was waiting for our firstborn to arrive: treat the first two weeks as a chance for unscheduled time to get to know your newborn and for your newborn to get to know you. Which is exactly how we have spent the past two weeks:…

Moving on from Square One

You know something? That baby’s room won’t be so empty again for a long, long time. And that’s why, before we filled it up with stuff, we wanted to do a little something that we tried out in the Big Boy Room. Crown moulding: We liked the finished product so much, we went right across…

Square One

Back when we prepared for the arrival of our firstborn, we didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl until the baby was out, screaming to be put back in, and the doctor was shouting “it’s a boy!” We heard plenty from people who thought that would make decorating a baby’s room next…

First the meat, then the cheese.

So, we’ve been enjoying the summer around here. And not blogging as much, evidently. But with August more than half-gone, let’s take a moment to share one more recipe. Then we’re going to take a break from our getting-ready-for-another-baby groove and spend the week anticipating another important September event: the Minnesota Cheese Festival. (Consider that…

Freezer Nesting: The Mother-in-Law’s Stroganoff Recipe

Aromatic cues are some of the sweetest nostalgic reminders out there, if you ask me. And this recipe is one that trips up aromatic cues for both my husband and son. Coming to you from my husband’s childhood comfort food repertoire – while it is called “Beef Stroganoff” on the recipe card, it’s probably more…

Freezer Nesting: Easy Chicken Enchiladas

This dish is not elaborate. It’s a quick and simple sort of go-to dish that we turn to probably once a month in our household. Everyone loves them, and making them at the end of a workday is no real chore. Why freeze ahead? Because while everyone in our house loves them, the full recipe…

Catching up on Freezer Nesting: Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Whoah. How did the third trimester get here already? While there haven’t been a ton of posts here lately, the Freezer Nesting mission has continued. How about a catch-up? When we left off, I had stashed a whopping 12 meals (or meal starters) in the chest freezer. Since then, I’ve put away another dozen, bringing…

Freezer Nesting: Chicken and Dumplings

It’s hard to top Chicken and Dumplings when it comes to comfort food. Not a quick dish by any means, but after the aromatic torture of the few hours it takes to prepare this dish, sitting at the table becomes a multi-sensory consumption. Lean over the bowl as the ribbon of steam unfurls across your…

Freezer Nesting: Lasagna

I remember, after our first child was born, my sister came to visit when we were all home. She arrived with a full pan of lasagna, loaf of garlic bread, salad…all the things we’d need for dinner that night, and the only work we’d need to do was heat it up in the oven. It…

Freezer Nesting: Pulled Pork

“Meanie!” shouted the subject line of the email from my husband that afternoon. His note continued: “I just walked in the house. That’s crock-pot-evil, I tell you.” You see, he’s usually home about a half-hour before I am at the end of the workday. And any sort of empty stomach he carried home was, shall…

Freezer Nesting: Shepherd’s Pie

I first tried out this recipe as a freezer-friendly option when I was making some meals to bring over to my sister. She and her family were caring for her mother-in-law for a bit. Knowing how not having to worry about a meal would be a nice way to help, I took this Shepherd’s Pie…