We're back in the daily routine around here, and it feels like a breath of fresh air. I tell you, there's nothing quite like feeling like my children are cared for and happy, my house is in (relative) order, and my husband can come home to some peace and beauty. Perhaps I'll start sprinkling in some creative endeavors and I'll be set! Yes, I would say that January 4th feels like time to call the holiday season over and return back to a nice rhythm of normalcy.
Lily and I spent our first alone time in weeks cooking up a storm, her request, of course. I've been enjoying experimentation with my new kitchen gadget, the dutch oven (this recipe in the works, above. if anyone actually tries it, I recommend cranking up the oven to 400 and cooking uncovered for 15 minutes to brown the chicken up at the very end). Any favorite dutch oven recipes to share?
And did I mention that my body has been cooking up a storm itself, with a more and more prominent baby bump making itself evident? 16 weeks and showing, I would say this is a personal record. I am just a bit proud, if you can't tell (note to self: learn to take more steady pictures. note to reader: can you spy a little girl hand?).
Ben has been sharing his favorite music now that I have a pandora-playing setup in the kitchen, so here is a bit of the soundtrack of our home. And with that, dear friends, shall we toast to this new year?