recipes worth repeating(dedicated to you, ab)

i recently borrowed the smitten kitchen cookbook from our library.
we made the spaghetti squash tacos and the salted brown butter crispy treats (we used to avoid marshmallows as they are not vegetarian but we've let that slide on occasion...think s'mores, campfires, and now this delicious recipe.)
these cauliflower wings (we use bbq sauce) are fun for a night of sports on tv.
and in the spirit of "cauliflower is the new kale" (though i bet something is anxiously waiting in the wings...isn't cauliflower's moment nearing it's end?) we cooked up some friend rice (off the cuff) using cauliflower rice instead of our usual brown rice.
and those easter recipes with friends in south dakota?
braised artichokes with tomatoes and mint (we used capers not anchovies and totally cheated with canned artichokes).
cacio e pepe potatoes.
cannellini beans with spinach (again we used canned beans).


my little readers.

when i stumble upon a moment like these my heart swells.
we love books.


weekend away: southeast south dakota.

we've been saving cash to buy a more reliable car and our first voyage in the 2006 honda odyssey was an easter weekend trip to see friends in south dakota.
we spent a very mellow couple of days taking short walks,

 cooking together,

playing, talking,

and scheming for a next visit.

of course there were easter baskets (mostly supplied by grandparents and great-grandparents) and there was a little egg hunt in the snowy yard.

being with close friends leaves the soul feeling refreshed and the heart full of  joy and thankfulness, no? 


recent read.

some neighbor friends and i have started a little book club.
our first pick and (7 hour...not all book related) discussion was when breath becomes air by paul kalanithi.
i loved this book...deep, heart warming, and devastating.
i appreciated the look at the medical experience from a doctor-turned-patient perspective.


15 months old.

life with matteo feels busy...not in a frantic way but in a constant way.
he prefers to be held when we're all around the house unless we're seated together at the table eating or on the floor playing/reading.
he recently took his first two steps (at 14 months 19 days) but mostly he's practicing his standing/sitting without using his hands.
he's a climber: the outside of his crib from the floor, the living room chair, the dining chairs, our bed, bro's bed, baskets, oy.
he's become a great sleeper, still taking two naps a day and sleeping 10-12 hours at night. 
he uses about 9 words consistently.



14 months old.

matteo climbs on chairs, coffee tables, stairs, onto the crib from the floor, and onto bro's bed.
he's starting to use a few words consistently: mama, dad, freya, shoes, yeah, hi-ya, woof woof.
he's our earliest riser (without an alarm clock) and calls for dad each morning.
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