October 15, 2008

A peek at Cooper’s Room




October 14, 2008

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

We’ve been living off of food from family & neighbors for the past week or so. It’s awesome!

Today I was craving a salad though…so I decided to make us something healthy & special.

This little salad is FANTASTIC on crusty toasty french bread…and it’s great in another salad.

tuna salad!

yes...it's tuna

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

  • 2 cans tuna (water packed)
  • 1 can drained & rinsed navy beans (I normally use cannellini beans- but we were out!)
  • 1 handful chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 4 vine ripened tomatoes chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • splash of red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (it could have been more- but I seasoned to taste)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Gather all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix it all up!!

Today I added it to mixed greens, with cucumbers, avocado and walnuts with a red wine vinaigrette.


October 10, 2008

thank you soo much for your comments!!

I want to say thank you for all your comments! That made my week every more special! I wish I could comment on every single one..but it’s so hard to type with one hand!!!

I can’t believe it’s been a WEEK and a day!!! Wow. A WEEK AND A DAY OF BEING A MOM!!!

I lay in bed looking at Coop and thinking…this time is soo limited…this time as a newborn…I must cherish EVERY SINGLE second. I could spend all day long taking pictures of EVERYTHING.

If only I had all the time in the world….

Today we are off to the doctors! Wish us luck 😉

October 7, 2008

pumpkin kisses!

a quick note to let you know that you should keep me away from your bag of pumpkin kisses….

someone stop me before i eat this whole bowl!

I seriously can’t stop myself.
It’s like pumpkin cheese cake in candy form.
Watch out.

Oh and speaking of sweet… look at my cute little bebe with his Mr. Panda!!!!
(made especially for him by my bff-woot)

this little boy sure has a crop of hair!

and now we are off to take a nap! Happy Tuesday everyone!

October 5, 2008

hello internet!

Welcome Cooper Andrew Benjamin!!!
8lbs. 10oz.
19 inches long

Momma, Bebe & Daddy are doing well! xoxoxo

Let the fun begin!

September 28, 2008

halloween is in the air!

I was anticipating that I wouldn’t get the opportunity to decorate my house for Halloween this year since I have a little sprout on the way…but since I’m on maternity leave I was able to get the mantle done and a few things put up around the house.

There’s one week left til baby is “expected” to make his arrival!!!

Thanks to Martha Stewart’s Crafts over at Michael’s and a little help from Target…I was able to this off. It’s so much fun!

especially you!



September 25, 2008

why i love living in the burbs:

cookbook + apples = apple crisp!

When we bought a house in the burbs two years ago, I REALLY REALLY missed living in San Francisco. It was extremely hard to not have access to all of the awesome restaurants, museums, shops, markets, and of course–my friends! It also was hard getting used to the fact that everything around here closes so damn early.

One of the many pros of living in the ‘burbs is that I have a neighbor who spends most of her day tending to her garden. She grows TONS of veggies & fruits and leaves us bags of her latest harvest in our side yard.

Yesterday I found a large bag filled with apples just waiting for me to pillage! What perfect timing…I was just pining over autumnal dessert recipes while resting on the couch!!!!

So last night I made an apple crisp for this week’s Project Runway get together!

I started with a recipe from The Joy of Cooking cookbook…then decided to add a oatmeal and walnuts to make it a little more hearty. The good part is that adding those ingredients made more topping- which to me is the BEST part 😉

Apple Crisp:
serves about 8 or 4 REALLY pregnant women

-8 large apples (peeled & chopped into 1 inch pieces)
-10 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into small cubes)
-1/2 cup rolled oats
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-3/4 cup flour
-3/4 cup sugar (lessen amount if the apples are sweet)
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash, peel & chop apples.
Line the bottom of an oven proof baking dish with them.



2. Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add cubes of butter and with a pastry cutter (two knives will work if you don’t have one), cut the butter into the flour mixture until you have chunky crumbs. Add the walnuts and coat them thoroughly with the mixture.

cut in that butter

3. Spread crumb mixture on top of apples. Put in the lower 1/3 of your oven and bake 50-55 minutes until crisp is brown and the apples are bubbling.

i added walnuts..

Take the crisp out of oven and let it rest for a bit. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Oh HOLY YUM!!

I even had some for breakfast this morning!

can't think of a better breakfast

Now get up and make some! You won’t regret it!