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Friday, January 23, 2015

oh hey, friday! | healthy resolution recipes

oh hey, friday! glad to see ya again.

i do believe you all know the drill:

1. grab this here snazzy button and link back to September F A R M.
2. link up your post at the bottom of this post.
3. have a fantastic friday.
M Y  F I V E - remember at the beginning of january when i resolved to do better with my meal planning and meal making for my adorable family? well...minus my hiatus from food last week, i really have been doing an okay job. at least nobody is starving...so we've got that going for us.

i've been getting my pinterest on picking out delicious recipes i'll be whipping up in the coming weeks...and of course reporting back with my ooo's and ahhhh's, yay's and nay's.

1 | chicken + sweet potato packets
these look absolutely delicious and i'll be making them tonight...in the oven. but when summer rolls around you can count me in for popping these on the grill. i'll be leaving the bacon and bbq sauce off for a healthier option. i'll replace those goodies with some lemon and sea salt. whomp whomp...i miss the bacon already.

2 | quinoa enchilada casserole

i'm a sucker for quinoa. it makes me feel healthy. plus most anything that comes in a casserole version i can count on my turtle trying. she's a sucker for comfort foods...just like her mama.

3 | slow cooker beef tacos

confession - after i had sawyer my sweet cathie brought this meal to the farm for us to enjoy. the best part? she had it all bagged up in a gallon ziplock so that we could make it at our leisure. not to mention she also brought us an avocado, cilantro, sour cream, and tortillas. she thought of it all. what i'm saying is...this is a phenomenal meal to bring to someone who just had a baby. my only complaint was she totally skipped out on bringing us margaritas. kidding!

bottom line...make this meal.

4 | lasagna soup

i can't vouch for how healthy this soup is, but i can trust that it will be filing and comforting. i go weak in the knees for a good soup and i can't wait to try this goodie and hopefully throw it into a regular meal rotation. yum.

5 | chicken alfredo baked ziti

i'm going to try and pretend this one can be considered healthy. i mean, it has baked chicken, skinny alfredo sauce, and if i used whole grain noodles...well...i can probably count on losing a few pounds. (or not.) regardless, anything delicious in moderation, right?

i can't wait to toss these delicious recipes together and get votes from turtle and our farmer.

okay, link-up time.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

guest post | nina @ flowers in my hair

mornin'. that's how we say good morning out here on the farm. we also tilt our hats.

i'm slightly delirious, so you'll have to excuse me. i was up at midnight, 2:30 am, 4:00 am, and up for good at 6 am. all courtesy of my sweet, little bitty...also known as sawyer.

hey sawyer-gal...let's not make a habit, mmmk?

because i'm pretty exhausted, we're all very lucky the fabulous nina is here guest posting for me. nina...she always knows when to bail me out. and you know what's nice? it's nice when you have a guest poster that you enthusiastically want to share with everyone. nina...she's just that gal. nina's pretty. nina writes an awesome blog. nina tells great stories. and the more i say the name nina, the more i think i should change sawyer's name. sawyer could totally be a nina.

nina's no stranger to september farm! she visited here and then also wrote a saturday confessional for us where she's the self-proclaimed queen of awkward. which is interesting, because i'm nearly positive I'M the queen of awkward. foot in my mouth all day, err day.

farmer tells me i need to think before i speak quite often. it's a daily struggle. but more about that on a different day. let's enjoy nina.

IMG_7315Hi! I'm Nina from Flowers in my Hair and I could totally write the typical guest post and sweetly just say hiiiiiiiii. But I am not going to do that because I want you to actually read this. Is my honesty refreshing or annoying? You can't tell? Me either. Let's talk about the crazy, okay?DSC_0062 
Nonna is crazy. No, wait. You see, I love her because she is crazy. She loves like crazy, cries like crazy, laughs like crazy, cooks like crazy, feeds you like crazy, shops like crazy, worries like crazy. It's what made me realize that maybe crazy isn't so bad. Sure, when Nonna finds a sale, she will bring back an item she already purchased and ask for the sale price. Then the salesgirl or boy, totally underestimating the stubbornnes of an Italian woman, will say, "I'm sorry, m'am." Nonna then says, "Okay, I would like to return this item." And once that is complete, she says, "Okay, I want to buy it back." And when we laugh at her (we being her famiglia), she shrugs and explains that it's the stores that make things difficult and who's laughing now? Because she got a deal and we aren't as bold (or crazy) enough to do the same. She's taught me to be kind of audacious. I don't have a problem speaking up for myself most of the time. When I was little, I wondered why other little girls didn't speak up for themselves. It's because they didn't have Nonna. The thing is, she is also crazy.IMG_2059 We celebrated her birthday this weekend and she asked me if I wanted her leftovers to take back to the city with me. I politely declined. She asked a little while later. I declined. After the fourth or fifth time, I realized that even though I didn't really want her leftovers, it would make her happy if I took them. Do you know it has taken me over a quarter of a century to realize this wisdom? Before I even walked into the restaurant, I also put on lipstick (It doesn't have to be lipstick; she loves gloss too. But it does have to have color) and was sure I was wearing a coat because if I didn't the first thing she would say when I walked in would be: Where's your coat? Why aren't you wearing lipstick? So I thought I was being so smart, usurping the system. What did she say upon seeing me? Why aren't you wearing gloves? SONY DSC The thing I tell people is that I am a lot like her. If you took me and multiplied by 100, you would have a perfect replica of Nonna. I've always struggled with my craziness. Like we talk like crazy. And we argue like crazy. And why can't I just be one of those docile girls who smiles and nods her head? I don't know if Nonna ever wanted to be something different. That's something I'll ask her the next time we Facetime (yeah, Nonna's got herself an iPhone, Facebook, and a mini iPad...She also loves leopard, just like me and her fashion sense is on point. On freaking point. There is nothing dowdy about her). Everything about her is youthful–in a totally appropriate way. If you know your Mean Girls, I'm going to throw this quote at you: Nonna's not a regular Nonna; she is a cool Nonna.IMG_9589 The thing is, the opposite of crazy may be normal and who wants to be that? Maybe once upon a time I did. But I've grown up (at least a little) to see the world a little differently and normal can only sustain a girl for so long. I guess I am sticking with crazy. In fact, I would bet on crazy any day. If you want to read more about crazy or follow crazy, check out the links below. I promise it's not boring.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

farm travels | a ski getaway

thank you much and much for all the well-wishes. that stomach bug knocked me down. literally. i was on our couch for three full days. i lost six pounds and was feeling super skinny...but don't worry, that weight all came back. now, at a week later, i finally feel back on my game. 

anyway...

a few weeks ago (pre-stomach flu) we popped out of town with some good friends, who are also child-ridden. vacationing with friends who have kids...it's the way to go. especially when the gals can watch the kids while guys have a ski day (and the moms drink champagne)...and the next day the gals get to have their ski day. friends helping friends. 
so as i was saying, we headed to a little ski resort. and what's a ski resort without a little bit of skiing and a lot of hot tubbing?
have you ever seen a turtle look cuter in a bikini? i just die over that belly of hers...not to mention our turtle has some seriously defined legs. it must be all her jumping off of all things over three feet high. lord help us. 
don't worry...all the hot tubbing was well-deserved. my farmer hauled around our two best gals for several hours in-between runs. kaye in the backpack, sawyer in the ergo. that's approximately 50+ extra poundage. he was regretting the extra layers of clothing he thought he'd need to stay warm. 
but sawyer definitely appreciated her down onesie. in fact, i wouldn't be mad if they made an adult version...i'd get one for myself.

it was such a fun four days. we love getting off the farm and onto the slopes...especially when it's with good friends. and did i mention it's fun to have an excuse to sip pomegranate, champagne cocktails? delicious.
 
now i'm just desperately trying to figure out a way to convince my farmer we need to head back...sooner rather than later. like...next week.

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