hump day nuggets: not boring, usually surprising, always funny

hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week

Just plugging along Missoula winter over here. Triumph and defeat are equal possibilities in my daily life. Some days I manage to write, do laundry and put it away, clean the coop, draw with Margot, coo with Ruby, put on lipstick and make a delicious dinner. And, some days it takes me hours to accomplish one little thing like drinking a glass of water or changing my underwear, my big accomplishment unloading the dishwasher, and Andy gets home and I’m all don’t we have a pizza in the deep freeze?

It’s an adventure. One led by a spunky two year-old and a feisty seven week-old. I rather enjoy the passenger seat, with these two behind the wheel. It’s not boring, usually surprising and always funny.


:: Afternoon cuddles. Margot cannot get enough of cuddling (rolling over, wrestling, tickling, squeezing) Ruby. It is very cool (with a parent playing interference). It makes me wonder how second children are not entirely different creatures than first children.

:: Homemade peanut butter cookies for our canine friends. Andy came home from work, his cookie radar alarming, and said, so, are these really dog cookies or just shaped like a bone? This week I’ll make my broken-hearted husband some human cookies.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk

Mix the dry together. Add the peanut butter and stir/knead. Add milk and incorporate. Chill in fridge for a few. Remove and roll out. Cut with cookie cutter and bake at 370 degrees for about 20 minutes. Store at least seven feet off the ground to avoid premature consumption.

:: Interpreting Ruby’s hilarious expressions. Really, I could just stare at her all day.

:: She has the most thoughtful eyes.

:: Hot chocolate breaks.

:: Oatmeal with the christmas tree.

Margot LOVES the tree. She tells us daily, Margot Bea loves christmas treat a lot. At first she confused trick or treat with christmas tree and this eventually led to christmas treat. She gave it hugs and counted the ornaments in her special way of counting: one, two, three, six, fourteen, eleventeen. Repeat. We’ve heard her count to ten but she prefers this other method. Oh and this reminds me of another cute thing she says: feisty instead of spicy. Papa, feisty noodles! And another, she says freddy instead of really. Papa, freddy feisty noodles!

So the taking down of the christmas treat was delayed and delayed (and, really, I never want to take it down anyway. It’s just so pretty.) until two days ago when I did a nap-time holiday set strike. The disappointment was devastating with mama, where christmas treat go? and papa, christmas treat? for a good bit. We explained it’ll be back next December and now she can’t wait to be three.

:: Very, exceptionally delicious: Maple Roasted Vegetables

2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick on the bias
1 large parsnips (1 pound), peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick on the bias
1/2 medium head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets
1/2 pound brussels sprouts, halved
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup pure maple syrup or a little less

I made this because this is what I had on-hand and it was the PERFECT combination. I want to eat it every night. Adapted from this recipe.

Prepare all the veggies and toss with olive oil, salt and pep in a bowl. Place on a rimmed cookie sheet (stone works best) in 425 degree oven for about 1/2 hour. Pull out, add maple syrup, flip and shuffle around. Roast for another 20 minutes.

:: And, because I am obsessed with comparing last year at this time and photos of the girls at the same ages, I will be sharing this obsession with you all in the weekly nugs.

one year ago

Margot & Ruby at seven weeks

21 Responses to hump day nuggets: not boring, usually surprising, always funny

  1. mrs chux says:

    hi nissy. i didn’t think the girls looked SO MUCH alike until that 7 week comparison. xoox, lisa

  2. jen says:

    maple syrup on anything makes it so good.
    and holy. those two look so unbelieveably alike … but you’ll soon see … looks are such a minimal piece of having two girly-girls … they will be so different. yet the same. it’s weird.

  3. booksNyarn says:

    That comparison is pretty amazing – you have two beautiful peas in that pod.

    Sadness always comes when the tree leaves, but it is nice to be reminded it will be back again.

    And holy mackerel, how could ANYTHING not be delicious with maple syrup? :)

  4. sarah says:

    i can’t wait to meet ruby! i need to plan a MT trip, perhaps. although i feel like all my trips in the near future need to escape winter…i’m still in GA and it’s 50 today. mmmm 50 degrees.
    hey doesn’t that metal mug get hot when filled w/ hot chocolate?

  5. Grammy J says:

    You girls have a great life. Ruby is changing so much, turning into a little baby girl with a sweet little face and gorgeous eyes you are so right. I too hate taking down the tree, the house seems so dull and colorless. I can see the look on Andy’s face when he saw dog cookies. Bummer!! As for those days of no underwear change and such, I had a few of those myself when Ruby was in the hospital. Put a brush to your hair? not a chance. XOXO

  6. Hey there friend,
    Looks like you are just coasting right along beautifully in the land of two. Ahh, this gets me so dang excited and scared too! Soon soon and March will be here and I will be in the same boat.. more in the boat of just trying to change my underwear.

    I love it here. You are one great Mama.

  7. Kelle says:

    i will now look forward to weekly comparisons. delicious babies, they are…and hyperventilating with anticipation to inhale newborn again. uuuggh.
    love parsnips…will have to try the recipe.

  8. TRB Holt says:

    Burb, I started checking for HDN at 9:00, CST, anxiously awaiting my special text message saying, “just posted”….(ahem no special text!) . So to busy myself I revisited the following posts: floating, · day five · turning that corner · now · here comes the sun · home · moving on. Fresh tears flowed once again, but this time tears of happiness! OH the bliss to have this behind us! AND the pure joy I feel to see my beautiful, happy, healthy family thriving in Montana.

    Margot, love your new rolling pin…just your size. I bet Alice is happy that you have become so proficient in the kitchen. I am sure she sits right beside you as you bake, offering you her advice…not to mention, waiting for a morsel to fall! It melts my heart to know how much you love Ruby! I can’t wait to watch the two of you grow into beauties like your mama. I love Christmas “treats” too! I think you and I are lucky because not everyone gets to have a Christmas treat put up for their birthday! ALWAYS stretch the amount of time to have it up ….so just put it up early, like Halloween, and take it down by Valentine’s Day…that way you won’t have to miss a holiday! I love you a bushel and a peck!

    Well~well Ruby Pie, look who is growing right before my eyes! Speaking of EYES yours are dazzling! I love that your mama will post your growth photos along side Margot’s. For now the resemblance is amazing. You have a very sweet and kind sister, I know she will continue to love you more each day. Remember……you are my sunshine!

    xoxo, Mom/Grammy~Gram

    ps….bake that poor son-in-law of mine some cookies! 😉

  9. Melissa says:

    yum to the girls and also the veggies.

    changing underwear; that’s funny. it’s so true that life is filled with that kind of balance–and it’s all good, right, whether we eat frozen pizza (or in my case, soup and grilled cheese! yum) or something fresh.

    i too, look forward to two . . . but am also in a freak-out phase when i think about it so it’s nice to peek into your life. xo

  10. FinnyKnits says:

    I got the same reaction last time I made dog biscuits.

    Bubba: Sweet! Cookies! Gimmegimme

    Me: Sorry, bubb. Those are for the dog.

    Bubba: Oh. The bone shape should have tipped me off. Either that or you were trying to tell me something about my own behavior. I guess this is the best case scenario.

    Me: Yeah, sorry man.


    Me: *gag* Uh, OK.

  11. j.j. says:

    too cute! i love the photo comparisons of yours. i do that with my kids too – very fun. the picture of the veggies is so pretty….

    lots of love

  12. Marty says:

    Goodness, that babe is growing like a weed! I didn’t want to take down my “Christmas treat” either, Margot, but there’s always next Christmas and you be a big girl.

  13. Lois Lane says:

    funny. i think they look exactly alike.

  14. so they sometimes look alike and sometimes don’t…in profile, yes. Straight on? Not really.

    Sarah: hot chocolate for a two year-old isn’t so much hot.

  15. jen says:

    Oh I looooooved the many “words” a two year old learns to use. My son loved to eat hambooboos and gock-geyes (what? you don’t like hamburgers and french fries?) and he always liked to point at all the Amuduh-duh bags (American flags) we saw when we went out. My MIL used to CORRECT HIM. And then learned NOT TO from me.

    Wow. R and M look soooooooo much alike. It’ll be fun to see the comparison!

  16. Jean says:

    Hmmm, not too sure about vegetables with maple syrup. Just give me the maple syrup. 😀 On pancakes.

    I can’t believe I haven’t held the sweet Ruby J yet.

    I LOVE your rolling pin, Margot! haha, that’s very cute. You better hide that when I come to visit.

    I don’t see why Andy can’t just soak a dog biscuit in milk or coffee. How can something made with peanut butter taste bad? I mean if one can eat a brussel sprout with maple syrup…

  17. Conny says:

    Could it be that if I make cookies in the shape of a bone that I could keep them around longer??

    I love your past week digs. :>)

    Cheers ~ Conny

  18. farmama says:

    Thanks for visiting today! You’re sweet! Wow!….your little Ruby Jane is so precious….new babies are so yummy…oh my goodness!

  19. Tammy B says:

    Love your pics and tidbits as usual. LOVE Ruby’s big old soulful eyes!! They get me every single time. Love Margot helping you in the kitchen. And the comparison photos. I’ll be looking forward to more of those.

    But, I just had to say, the pics of you, in the pouch article? You are looking fantastic!

  20. Very sweet, very true. Love the writing.

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