push and smile

I looked like hell after I gave birth. Hell as in I just gave every ounce of strength and love I had to get this tiny new being into the world. The last thing on my mind was what I looked like.  David and I were listening to "Uhh yeah dude" (a hilarious show that sheds light on the growing number of ridiculous things going on in the world) this morning and the dudes were talking about "Push and smile"  the new generation of facebook moms who are bringing a stylist with them to the hospital to do their hair and make up right after they deliver.

                                              Totally expected. And inevitable.
                                                               But seriously?!?!

Really, one of the first thoughts after your most traumatic and beautiful life experience should not be something as superficial as curling your eyelashes.  I guess it goes along with scheduled cesarean sections, epidurals, and no pain, quick, easy birth.  These are means to an end, but they have little ultimate meaning.  Why cover up your sweaty heroine act?  Be genuine. The easier we make our lives, the more mechanical and un human they become.  
Come on mommas, leave the makeup bag at home.

I can't believe this was a year ago. Hospitals make ugly backdrops. :(


i won't let him cry. no, he will not be spoiled. he's the freshest thing ive ever seen.



I've collected so many lemon nubbies! This is just from one day of lemon cutting at the Top. I'm going to use them in a project.. 'giving things warts.'  I thought they might dry out in the yard, but they were getting dirty so I ended up putting them in the dehydrator, which smelled awesome.


sandwich day everyday

sloppily executed but super delicious!

I love reubens, so toasty and buttery and cheesy... but not quite so fresh. Here is a ultimate fresh and colorful tempeh reubenish concoction!
what I used:
Carrot onion bread from Gainesville's Flour Pot Bakery
homemade red cabbage sauerkraut. Directions here
4 strips of  Jose's organic tempeh
avocado  (79 cents each at chun ching market! ah!)
bibb lettuce from the backyard
Tahini goddess dressing.
sharp cheddar cheese ( because I love cheese, but you don't have to use it )
shoyu   (fancy for soy sauce)

Simmer the tempeh in shoyu and water for a couple minutes. Put the tempeh on a slice of the bread and top with cheese, if you're using it. Toast both pieces of bread in the oven until the cheese is melted, and then layer on the kraut and veggies, put the goddess on the other slice of bread and smash it all together. yummz.  If you really want to get tasty you can butter your bread and then grill it in a pan, but I've been going overboard with butter lately. We got a pound of Amish butter last week.. I forgot how good it was. oops.


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