here i am!

Hello there.  It has been a long time since I’ve written anything, because life got real crazy-town for a few months.  One day after my last post we decided to move. We found a teeny-tiny house about 3 minutes from Gavin’s favorite surf spot with a nice big yard in an extremely safe neighborhood. When I say teeny-tiny, I mean it’s only about 650 square feet.  I’ve worn-out every hobbit hole joke I could think of in the months since we moved, so I’ll spare you.


Here is Ireland playing in the yard right before we moved in

Ten days before Christmas, we sold most of our furniture and hauled our stuff to a new city (because we are lunatics).  I was about 8 months pregnant with a cranky, teething two-year-old so basically I waddled around and cried a lot for no reason.  Sometimes I also waved my arms and shouted “WHY ARE WE DOING THIS??!!”.  Gavin couldn’t get work off so we had to do it all in one Saturday.  Cue more crying and flapping and panting.


A peek into our teensie kitchen at Christmastime.  It was a big adjustment, but I love it now & whip up lots of yummy vegan meals for my cute family in here.

It was insane, but it was absolutely the right decision and we feel like this place was an answer to our prayers.  Shortly after the move we pulled together a family birthday party for Ireland’s second birthday.  It was a busy day but we pulled off some great food, including this extremely simple & healthy (oil-free! vegan! somebody stop me!) spinach & artichoke dip. I also made some vegan mini chocolate chip banana muffins with a brown sugar glaze which merit their own post.  They were awesome.


I will share the recipe soon, if only for an excuse to make them again.

It was hilarious trying to fit a bunch of family members into our living room.  I love our tiny little place and I want to do a house tour when I have the time (read: when I’m not nursing/burping/patting/sushing/rocking a newborn).

Ah yeah!  Our newborn.  Would you like to meet her?  She is pretty sweet.  Her name is Piper Rose and she joined us in February:


Oh, sweet Piper.  To me, you are perfect.  Photo by Merrily Roberts Photography.

That brings us to April.  We did the Easter thing, which was super cute.  I accidentally (maybe on purpose?) forgot to get candy for the Easter eggs, so we made it work with raisins, dried cranberries, and cheerios.  Ireland was SO excited to open each egg and eat her treats.  Ten points for mom.

ImageIreland posing for daddy with her hunted raisins.  See the tip of a boat in the background?  That’s our sandbox.  We love our yard!

ImageFamily of four.

The day after Easter, my sisters came to visit from the East Coast!  I was in heaven, and it was so fun to have all the baby cousins together.  We love them.


Ireland, Cash, Piper, and Ella

That brings us back to today.  I’m ready to start blogging again, and I can’t wait to share a tutorial for basic veggie burger patties.  Here’s a sneak peek:

It’s starting to feel like Summer again!  See you soon.


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