Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Roasted Fennel and Cara Cara Salad

Citrus-y. Licorice-y. Caramelize-y.

I planned on posting this a week or so ago but kept waiting to give the pre-cooked ingredients a photo shoot. Alas, time passed and I didn't buy more fresh fennel so no photos of the beautiful cara cara and fennel.


1 medium fennel bulb
drizzle of olive oil
sprinkle of sea salt
1 cara cara

Preheat oven to 425F. Halve the fennel bulb, slice lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices. On baking sheet, toss fennel with olive oil and season with sea salt. Roast, turning once, until browned, about 25-30 minutes. Meanwhile, section out cara cara orange segments over a bowl to save the juices for pouring over compiled dish later. Eat the "membranes," don't toss! When fennel is done roasting, evenly plate on two plates over cara cara segments and pour remaining juice on top. Serve warm or cold.

Fun facts!

There are two main types of fennel. Florence fennel, also referred to as finocchio (what I used), has a broad, bulbous base that's treated like a vegetable and eaten raw or cooked in a variety of methods. The fragrant greenery can be used as a garnish or snipped like fill and used as a flavor-enhancer at the end of preparing a dish. Its flavor is sweeter and more delicate than anise when eaten raw and becomes lighter when cooked. The other type of fennel is bulbless. It's referred to as "common fennel" and is the variety from which fennel seeds come. It is used in sweet and savory foods as well as liqueurs.*

Cara Cara
The Cara Cara is a variety of navel orange with a reddish pink flesh.* Its flavor has hints of strawberries and raspberries. Ours are from our in-laws' garden.

* Food Lover's Companion. Fourth edition.

Rainbow Nesting Bowls

Pull Out. Stack. Knock Down. Nest. Repeat.

At 14 months old, little miss E enjoys putting toys inside of boxes, purses, laundry bags, and crevasses. She also enjoys stacking and is starting to get the hang of puzzles.

These rainbow nesting bowls are the perfect baby-friendly toy. They can be used to teach colors, sorting (make balls with matching colors), unsorting, stacking, unstacking. They're also washable!

Tower of Rainbow Nesting Bowls
Crochet hooks make great music when clanged together!

Inspired by a mama friend and Seriously Daisies' Crochet Pattern: Rainbow Nesting Bowls. A few changes based on what I had and crocheted with joins at the end of each round instead of crocheting in spirals.

Gradation in light green bowl due to running out of apple green yarn, then used a light spring green yarn and then didn't want to make an additional bowl for yellow so topped it off yellow.... Ran out of pumpkin orange for the orange bowl so finished with marigold. One day I'll get the last red bowl done!

Stacking and knocking down nesting bowls is so much fun!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mommy & Me Photo Shoot {J&A}

Motherhood is messy, challenging, sleep-depriving. Motherhood is also wonderfully chaotic, rewarding, and reminds us of the beauty of naps. 

It's all worth it for our little bundles of joy/terror and the days may seem long in the moment but end up passing by so quickly into weeks and months and years. 

Let us take a moment to capture these memories. 

These times of learning to smile. Learning to wave. Learning to stick out our tongues in delight!

Mommy & Me

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fabric Necklace: Vintage Kitchen Tiles

Coming up with names for creations is fun. Some times the name comes to mind while checking out in the fabric store. Other times it takes days or weeks to come up with the perfect name. Thankfully I have my spunky sister (JP of Big City Sunrise) to tap her creative juices and bounce off ideas.  

Our email and/or text messages usually go like this:

Me: (email subject header with fabric swatch photos attached) "Name these prints please!"
JP: OoOooo! I like the [insert color here] one! Ok, I'll get back to you.
Me: I'm thinking it's like-vintage-y but I'm stuck.
JP: The blue/red dot one reminds me of Dorothy in Wizard of Oz... Maybe just "Dorothy"?
Me: But isn't Dorothy more blue and white gingham?
JP: Maybe a modern Dorothy?
Me: I'm thinking kitchen tiles....

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Fabric Necklace: Hint of Sunshine

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine

You make me happy

When skies are gray

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Guest blog post by JP from Big City Sunrise