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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

farm food | one fine pie crust

here is how i feel about pie crusts. yes...of course you can buy a perfectly delicious crust at the store and save yourself a little time and your arm a little workout.

but that's just not how i roll. i'm a big believer that if you're going to have an intake of pie-calories, they may as well be from the very most delicious pie crust.

with thanksgiving tomorrow, you can feel free to whip up a pie or two, knowing the end result is going to be amazing because this crust is:

simple.
full of glorious butter.
worth it.

you can thank me later.

FARM FOOD | PIE CRUST

yields 2 crusts 

(for this post i doubled the following recipe so i had enough for one apple and two pumpkin pies)
1 | gather your five ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 2 sticks salted butter (straight from the fridge)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c very cold water
2 | combine the flour, sugar, and salt...that's simple.

3 | cube your butter into small 1/2 inch cubes

4 | once all your butter has been cubed, add it to your dry mixture and begin cutting the butter into the mixture with a pastry cutter or fork. (if you're using a fork, god bless you...you're going to be there awhile.)
you'll know you're done cutting the butter into the mixture when it's the size of small peas. 
see...it's all cut, but you can still see the butter chunks. this is good because when you bake your pie, the butter will melt into the crust and it will also be deliciously flakey. 
5 | now that the butter is cut add 1/2 cup of the super cold water so you can begin to glue the dough together. 

keep drizzling water by 1 tbsp at a time until the dough is tacky enough to combine into a ball. you'll probably end up adding an additional 1/4 - 1/2 cup.

you're probably going to feel like it's not sticky enough to hold. it is, trust me. also, try not to handle the dough too much as the heat from your hands will melt that butter! you do not want to melt that butter. 

6 |  now that your dough is completely combined, take it and divide it into two equal parts...or in my case, four.
7 | once you've divided your dough, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour before you roll it out.
now go pick your favorite filling and get to work!

also, be prepared for your friends and family to oooo and ahhh over your baking prowess. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

sawyer | one month already


sawyer-muffin. how did you get to one month old already? i'm finally experiencing that sensation moms talk about when they say, they grow up too fast!

i in no way thought this during kaye's infancy. time dragged. i blame it on the epic life-shift our world had just taken.

but you, sawyer-bear, are growing up way too fast. maybe it's because you're the sweetest muffin alive? maybe it's because i'm chasing your sister around and in a blink it's time to start dinner?

whatever it is...i wish i could keep you a newborn just a little longer. like...an extra few weeks. but that's just not going to happen because, girlfriend, in just the past two days you've traded your hours and hours of sleeping for your little personality. a personality that's full of arm-flailing, squeaks, grunts, and observation.

seriously, you're quite the observant little bear. you really like to watch your sister and me play on the floor, and you don't mind when things get a little wild and loud.

speaking of loud...your turtle-sister loves you a lot. lots of kisses. lots of pat-pats. and she's always asking to give you hugs. yesterday she finally called herself sister. we've been working on that one for just shy of a year now. sheesh. maybe that was kaye's final acceptance that you're here to stay...a permanent fixture in our family of four.

muffy-muff - we're beyond smitten with all your cuteness and sweetness.

SAWYER | 1 MONTH

nicknames | sweets, muffin-bear, sawyer-muffin, muffy-muffs...and most other combinations of those words.

weight | according to our scientific process called the at-home scale...you're just shy of 9 1/2 pounds, up from 6 lbs. 3 oz. at birth. solid performance my love.

sleep | you start your day around 5:30 - 6 am for nursing and have been staying awake until around 7 am. this is perfect because that's when kaye wakes up. i'm able to get her dressed, breakfast made, and spend a little time with her before you're ready to eat again. you definitely have a little schedule worked out and take three naps a day that last at least an hour. you are ready for bed around 8 pm and wake again between 11 pm - 12 am for your first snack of the night. you wake again around 3 am, and then we're back at 6 am, ready to start the day.

eats | you're a nursing machine, but a snacker...which is not super ideal, so we'll work on it this month. basically, you like to eat every two hours for a very short period of time. so i give you a 10 minute break and then nurse you again, and sometimes have to give you another little break and nurse you again. it's a long process. but, we're getting it done.

speaking of eats, i've been able to get my pump on and a nice little stockpile has started. i see some kid-free outings for me in the near future!

loves | you love to be carried, and i love carrying you. you love napping on your farmer's chest...and it really is the sweetest. you enjoy being wrapped loosely in your blankie for sleeping, but not swaddled.

dislikes | at one month, you're definitely not picky. the only dislike i've observed is when you have bubbles in your tummy and need to be burped, but even then you seem to only be mildly annoyed. once i burp you, you're perfectly content.

speaking of burping - this is something your sister never needed. it's been so fun noticing all the differences between the two of you.
sawyer-muff...i'm so happy you're here and have made the past month so enjoyable. you make your farmer, sister, and me smile every day.

now grow just a little so we can start dressing you in all your super cute hand-me-down clothes.

Monday, November 24, 2014

nursing essentials | bras + tanks...according to moi

here's what i know:
  1. nursing can be balls hard. if you're wondering how hard that is...it's hard. 
  2. it can be the most convenient thing in the world...and the most inconvenient.
  3. those first two weeks...the hospital should send you home with a leather strap to bite down on as you try to establish a good nursing position for you and your babe.
  4. nursing can be super, amazingly rewarding and ridiculously special...except for when you have a two year old who throws fits every time you sit down to nurse. then it can be epically stressful.
  5. and lastly...i now know some ridiculously awesome products that have made nursing sawyer that much easier and less painful and more comfortable...for my tas. today i'm going to discuss nursing attire...
ONE | let's start with my new favorite brand - CAKE
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i bought this wireless bra for sleeping, but i'm quickly realizing i'll be wearing it several times a week...which is why i went back for a second. i bought a medium the first time, which is great for my cup size, but not so great for my band size. it's too big. so the second bra i ordered is a small and offers that much more support. love love it.
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next on the shopping list - some shaping tanks that were nursing friendly. thank you CAKE, again, for providing an amazingly comfortable, long enough to wear with leggings, nursing tank. love love love. i don't wear this one to bed, but it's wonderful under all my tops.

the final CAKE product that i've ordered, but have yet to try on is this underwire nursing bra. i previously ordered a freya and an anita to try on, but both were disappointments. they seemed flimsy for the support that i would need...which is weird because they are so expensive! they'll be going back. regardless...i'm jazzed to get the CAKE bra and try it out.
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i mean...it's not the prettiest bra, but when we're dealing with a 34 DDD...the odds are not in my favor. and at this point...i just want it to feel good and look good under clothing, because lawd knows i don't need it to look good with my shirt off...but that's a whole different story.

and lastly...i was a little nervous about this tank because it just looked so funky. i mean...it has a flap that covers your tas that you lift up...but then your mid-section is still covered.
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see the disconnected fabric? yep. you just lift that right up to expose the nursing bra of your choice. which is why i think this tank is particularly nice. you can wear your favorite bra and still have the convenience of support and keeping your shirt down. winning!

that's where i stand as far as nursing attire goes. so far i'm really happy with the goodies i've decided to keep! now i need to go return $200 worth of bras. i thought nursing was supposed to be economical? 

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