Friday Favorites

Hello and happy friday!

It has been a particularly good week over here, for no specific reason, just happy ordinary days.

Here are a few things that have made me happy lately:

A Little Garden

After adding it to my goals many months ago, I finally took the first step to gardening!  I was siting outside with James on Sunday morning, looking around and wishing our backyard were nicer.  He was about to nap and I decided it had been long enough, we’d lived here for over a year, it was time to do something about it.  I spent both of his nap times clearing space for a flower bed, went and bought dirt, and planted some flowers during his nap the next day.  I still need to get some more flowers, but it already makes me so happy every time I go outside!  Next, I’d love to start an herb or vegetable garden.

It’s so easy to feel like I get nothing done, and I know that just comes with this stage in life, but it felt great to get something tangible done that I can actually see (and that won’t be undone as soon as James crawls by….)

This Delicious Kale Salad

I first had this salad at Thanksgiving a few years ago and have been obsessed with it ever since.  I get the pre-shredded brussels sprouts and pre-torn kale from Trader Joe’s, which makes it really easy.  I also like to add some dried cranberries or cherries and hemp seeds.  It’s so good and it makes a ton so I’ve loved eating it for lunch this week.

“Cooler” Weather

Okay, it doesn’t exactly feel like Fall here in Austin (we don’t really have much of a Fall), but the highs have been in the high 80’s or low 90’s this week and it feels comparatively amazing.  It’s pretty dry here too, so the mornings actually feel cool.  I have been loving all of the outside time and extra long walks!

Trader Joe’s Nitrogen Infused Coffee

I just started buying this last week and I love it a little too much.  These little cold brews are infused with nitrogen, which makes the coffee super foamy when you pour it into a cup.  It’s delicious and looks so pretty.  The only downside is that they’re kind of hard to open (I couldn’t open my last one this morning and had to make normal coffee and almost lost it…this probably says more about me than the coffee…Edited to add: my husband easily opened it with a bottle opener…smart man.)

Story Time!

Story time started back up at the library this week (they take August off).  Our library has the best children’s librarian.  She knows all of the babies’ names, and there are a LOT of babies who come.  It’s the only library story time in Austin for just 0-12 months and I’m so grateful for it.  James will only be able to go for a few more weeks and I will really miss it!

Batch Cooking / Freezing Food for James

I’ve never really been into freezer cooking – well, that’s not really accurate, I’ve just never really thought about it or figured it out.  Lately though I’ve been trying to cook a big batch of something for James once or twice a week and freeze most of it.  This has been super helpful when I make his lunch, as we’re often just getting home from a morning activity at lunch time.  Lately I’ve made banana mini muffins, zucchini fritters and greek yogurt pancakes.  I want to make pumpkin pancakes, but haven’t seen pumpkin yet.

Extra Time

Have you ever wished for an extra hour in the day?  Well, I got one!

I’ve been feeling a little stressed about getting things done (or, not getting things done, I suppose).  My AWESOME husband agreed to play with the little guy for an hour before work a couple of times a week so that I can have a little extra time.   It has been amazing.  I am way more of a morning person than he is, so I always wind up taking care of James in the early morning because I’m either already awake or wake up at the first peep he makes.  My husband can sleep through anything.

This week, I went for a myself…with no stroller.  I don’t actually mind running with the stroller, but we don’t usually get out until later if I do that and it felt amazing to be out running before the heat of the day.  Plus, when I run with James, there’s the whole issue or showering when I get back….  I also had a chance to make a big batch of pancakes one morning, so the freezer is stocked again with easy breakfasts.

This Guy….

Always, every week, but especially right now as I try to savor every day that he’s still a baby.  I’ve been catching little glimpses of the little toddler lurking inside (like him going over to something he’s not supposed to touch and grinning at me…) and I love toddlers, but I just want him to be a baby a little bit longer!

What was the best part of your week?

Do you have any good freezer recipes?

Do you have any fun plans this weekend?

At what age do babies stop being babies?

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  1. I’m so glad I found your blog! This way of being a mom is awesome! I have a 19 month old. Best part of my week was spending time with my mom and daughter at the boardwalk enjoying the sunshine. Do you have a Facebook page I could follow?

    1. Thanks so much! The boardwalk, that sounds so fun. We’ve been enjoying the sunshine so much this week too, the weather has been perfect. I do not have a facebook page – I am bad blogger lol and don’t do much with other social media, I need to get on that! If I make one, I’ll definitely post a link. Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you, I just hope I can keep the momentum going – I am the worst with plants! The coffee really is good, if I lived closer, I’d go get more today. Have a very happy weekend!

  2. I must know where James got his cute little Badger bottom from?! My baby needs that now that football season is here. Go Badgers!

    1. Thank you! Sadly, I have no idea. My husband’s aunt sent them to us and I’m pretty sure they were her son’s when he was little. If I can find out I’ll definitely let you know. Have a great weekend!

  3. I love kale salad! I was at Trader Joe’s, when I was pregnant, and they had a sample of their cruciferous crunch collection. I was hooked and literally ate it in my salad everyday! It has chopped kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli, green cabbage, and red cabbage. It is amazing but they sell out of it quickly. It’s amazing with dried cranberries! Also, I love freezing zucchini turkey burgers, eggplant balls, and whole wheat pancakes. It’s so nice to have quick healthy options in the freezer for Liam. I especially love the baby recipes from Check them out. She is Italian, go figure! 😉Oh, and babies never stop being our babies! 😊 Great post as always!

    1. I’m going to TJs tomorrow, I’m going to hunt for that cruciferous crunch! My TJs is SO MUCH less intense than the ones in DC / VA, so hopefully it won’t be as crazy 🙂 I’m really excited to check out that recipe site too thanks!

    1. I made this last night and it was a bit hit, so thank you!! How to you freeze it? I usually use freezer bags to freeze the pancakes / fritters etc. I make, but do you use something to freeze individual portions?

      1. I use Ball 4 or 8 oz glass jars (regular mouth) for freezing. I have a set of 12 of each size and the plastic storage lids (sold separately) which are BPA free. I used to get 2 lunches out of a 4 oz jar of the mac and cheese (with a side dish) when my son was around 1 but now he eats the whole jar. The 8 oz jars work great for freezing a complete meal – like if you have extra dinner servings to save. Glad you liked the recipe! I’ve used different green mixes (like a kale mix) with equal success 🙂

        1. Thank you!! I actually have some of those little 4 oz jars, I just need to get the plastic lids. I never thought of using them for freezing things for some reason, but that’s a great idea, thanks!

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