Dear blog, I still love you…

Dear blog,

I still love you, but my life has been very full these past months since I’ve posted! Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you. In fact, I have great plans to post more often (and even consistently!) in the coming weeks and months. But for now, here’s a little hello and see you soon. 

Love,

Me

{here’s one of the reasons I haven’t been giving you much attention: baby #5 is on the way!}

  

World’s Simplest Decorating Tip

“If you don’t like something in the place that it’s in, move it!” ~Kirsten Vossler

Yep, I just quoted myself. Well, I haven’t actually said that out loud to anyone, but I said it in my mind to myself (which must count, I’m sure). And it’s brilliant, so there you go. Not as cute and sophisticated-sounding as something like “shop the house” or “borrow from Peter to pay Paul” or any number of other idioms that would fit just as well, but it’s what I told myself when I moved this three-tiered basket out of a corner of my kitchen and (after a brief stay in the garage) put it on my front porch.

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In the kitchen it wasn’t even coming close to its full potential, as I only used the top basket for fruit (or the li’l peeps would take it all), and the kids used the lower baskets to swing their dolls. When the baby, who is becoming more mobile by the day, decided it would be a good place to pull up and stand, it went straight out to the garage.

In the kitchen it was kind of ho-hum. On the porch it’s CUTE! It was just that easy.

My front porch is all Autumn-y and happy now. And my brain is singing, “I like to move it, move it!”

Beware the Dreaded Mom Jeans

Every few weeks or so I come across an article, blog post, meme, or bit of fashion advice about how to avoid Mom Jeans (gasp!) and be stylish even though you may be a mom. Honestly, this advice simultaneously cracks me up and makes me roll my eyes and wonder what kind of writer’s block inspired the post. In the first place, I haven’t seen a pair of Mom Jeans since I was a kid–in the ’80s–when my own mom, and every other person, regardless of age and gender, wore them. In the second place, the antidote is the same. Every time.

Truthfully, I think there’s a new Mom Jean in town. But instead of high rise, tapered leg, acid wash, it’s low rise, skinny, dark wash. Or yoga pants. Pair with boots or ballet flats and a tunic or long sweater.¬†You know that look when you see it!

Oh, and Mom Hair? The bob has been replaced with a top knot. Amirite? In our desperation to get away from what our mothers wore, we’ve created New Mom Jeans for our generation. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but the irony isn’t lost on me.

Does this crazy hatred of our moms’ clothes strike anyone else as hilarious? I kind of think this actually has very little to do with motherhood and everything to do with the fashion of the day, which leads me to wonder if our daughters will roll their eyes and wonder how we could EVER bring ourselves to wear something as unfashionable as skinny jeans (gasp!), an infinity scarf, and a top knot.

 

Paleo Hot “Cereal”

Hot cereal on a cold, rainy morning. There’s nothing better. It’s just downright comforting to dip one’s spoon into a bowl of steaming, creamy goodness, savor every drop as it glides down one’s throat, and feel the warmth spread to your tummy. Ahhh.

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One problem. We are currently avoiding grains to give our digestive systems a little rest. Sooooo, that means no oatmeal. No cream of wheat. No 9-grain cereal. No steel cut oats in the crockpot overnight.

Oh sure, there are lots of great breakfasts to be made with no grains! We eat eggs and bacon aplenty, pancakes, muffins, hash browns, scrambles, sausage, granola, and more! But there are times when hot cereal is what our little souls desire.

To remedy this situation, I got creative the other morning and threw together a little concoction, and it was such a hit, I thought I’d share it with you! It’s hot, creamy, looks like cream of wheat, satisfies the I-want-something-hot-and-fast-this-morning, and–bonus!–it’s chock full of protein and good fats.

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So here it is: Grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free hot cereal!

3 cups coconut milk
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup almond flour (or meal)
2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
Maple syrup or honey to taste
Optional: cinnamon, blueberries, raisins, etc.

Stir everything together in a pan and heat to your desired temperature. The coconut will expand very slightly, but you don’t have to wait for it to cook if you’re in a hurry. Top with your favorite hot cereal embellishments and enjoy!