What I'm Into (March 2013 Edition)

dear friends, I haven't forgotten about 'The Practices of Eating' series.  I will resume next Monday, as this week is Spring Break for V and so far we are three for five days on being sick.  I spent the last hour and half cleaning up puke on the floor, so I have that going for me and the notion of reflecting on eating hasn't been the highest on the list.

But, I would love to continue to share from this past month and would love to hear from you in the comments below of what you've been into.  So shall we?

My Personal Favorite Writings:

1. Finding Grace in Low Milk Supply Is it possible that he’s breaking down the idols of what being a “good mama” means?  Is it possible he is showing me his grace, in order to extend that same grace to another mama who has felt less than?

2. I Use to be a Fun Mom....those kids would go home to their parents and I to my no child home, just Ben.  It was nice.  I got paid to plan events, play, and discipline children.  I got paid to train up staff and teach them as well.  I got paid to tell stories every.single.day.  I LOVED my job!      Then, I became a mom.

3. Removing Shame from Eating (Practices of Eating) I became self-conscious when the summer before my fifth grade year my grandmother would call out in front of my cousins & brothers, "well, maybe if you got off your fat ass..." 

My Favorite Bites:

Somehow I'm missing a picture I took and then I realized a trend...most of these were taken when I was on a date with Ben.  It just so happened that we were able to get in three dates in the month of March alone, which testifies "what I'm into" for this whole edition.  Considering I think our date record since Caprice has been born is three times from August to February.  

This is my kumquat olive oil cake and I love it.  It's perfect knock on Spring's arrival from not too much.  Honey candied kumquats dance across an almond flour olive oil cake, which is lightly sweetened by dates.  I made this to celebrate my dear friend Lindsey's birthday.  She brings this flavor to life!

This is my kumquat olive oil cake and I love it.  It's perfect knock on Spring's arrival from not too much.  Honey candied kumquats dance across an almond flour olive oil cake, which is lightly sweetened by dates.  I made this to celebrate my dear friend Lindsey's birthday.  She brings this flavor to life!

Hello out to lunch with just the babe!  This is a Thai poached chicken salad on hearty baby greens.  No still not off my kale kick.  I feel some Portlandia coming "I can Kale that!"  Ciao Thyme Cafe always knows how to meld flavors together bringing you back for more.  This was also the Caprice's first experience with chicken.  Verdict?  Loved it!  The drink was a Pomegranate-Cherry Spritzer, house made and just enough sweetness and not over powering.  

Hello out to lunch with just the babe!  This is a Thai poached chicken salad on hearty baby greens.  No still not off my kale kick.  I feel some Portlandia coming "I can Kale that!"  Ciao Thyme Cafe always knows how to meld flavors together bringing you back for more.  This was also the Caprice's first experience with chicken.  Verdict?  Loved it!  The drink was a Pomegranate-Cherry Spritzer, house made and just enough sweetness and not over powering.  

When I was in high school we would go to Mexico and get $.50 tacos.  There stood the man chopping up the beef, which he would top on warmed corn tortillas.  Then, we'd take them inside for the toppings.  I would add a squeeze of lime, spicy cucumber, radishes, cabbage, salsa and a little salt.  These tacos took me back there and the closest thing in Washington, which does not boast of authentic Mexican food.  

When I was in high school we would go to Mexico and get $.50 tacos.  There stood the man chopping up the beef, which he would top on warmed corn tortillas.  Then, we'd take them inside for the toppings.  I would add a squeeze of lime, spicy cucumber, radishes, cabbage, salsa and a little salt.  These tacos took me back there and the closest thing in Washington, which does not boast of authentic Mexican food.  

Okay, so this pizza is gluten-free at a joint in Bellingham.  Truth be told, I'm not the biggest fan of gluten-free pizza dough.  This specific crust is sort of, 'eh.'  However, the flavors of this here pizza make the crust forgiving (sort of).  It's the Sofia, which is rosemary, red onions, and prosciutto.  If you want to win over this foodie heart, give me some good prosciutto.  If you want me to question your food sensibilities, tell me you don't like prosciutto.  Thin, salty, and then baked making it crispy--bacon doesn't have anything on it's much more attractive cousin, prosciutto.  Oh, and that drink, yeah it was a cardamom infused rum mojito, and then I died.

Okay, so this pizza is gluten-free at a joint in Bellingham.  Truth be told, I'm not the biggest fan of gluten-free pizza dough.  This specific crust is sort of, 'eh.'  However, the flavors of this here pizza make the crust forgiving (sort of).  It's the Sofia, which is rosemary, red onions, and prosciutto.  If you want to win over this foodie heart, give me some good prosciutto.  If you want me to question your food sensibilities, tell me you don't like prosciutto.  Thin, salty, and then baked making it crispy--bacon doesn't have anything on it's much more attractive cousin, prosciutto.  Oh, and that drink, yeah it was a cardamom infused rum mojito, and then I died.

That salami was a fennel salami.  Done.  The cheeses where nice, Ubriacone-cow, France.  It's made like a gorgonzola, except when they insert the bacteria for the gorgonzola it's only air, no bacteria.  Eating this with a red wine, makes it pretty sensational, almost blueberry like.  The other cheese is a Manchego-sheep, Spain.  What I love more that this food is laughing and conversing without interruption with Ben.  The meals shared with the people we love makes the food a little more than it might taste without those people.  

That salami was a fennel salami.  Done.  The cheeses where nice, Ubriacone-cow, France.  It's made like a gorgonzola, except when they insert the bacteria for the gorgonzola it's only air, no bacteria.  Eating this with a red wine, makes it pretty sensational, almost blueberry like.  The other cheese is a Manchego-sheep, Spain.  What I love more that this food is laughing and conversing without interruption with Ben.  The meals shared with the people we love makes the food a little more than it might taste without those people.  

My Favorite Video: 

This video was sent to my from my friend Veronica, and I laughed hysterically.  You need to watch to the very end.  

My Favorite Shows:

We are still watching Friday Night Lights, and I cannot help but think Coach Taylor is the epitome coach of all time.  So when I see him playing a different role I can't help but ask, "Where's Tammy?  And why are in the Oval office?"  Also still watching Once Upon a Time and would really like there to not be such length between episodes.  We also began watching Duck Dynasty.  Uncle Si kind of reminds me of my dad's quirkiness, in the best way possible.  

On my bookshelf, book bag or partially reading:

To be honest, I am typically reading something, but rarely finish them in a studious time.  I did finish Bread & Wine, which I loved and more about that soon (releases April 9th).

I'm reading Blessed are the Hungry by Peter J. Leithart, essays and it's meant to read slowly to take it in.

I have some other food memoirs on there, eating, food essays, hospitality books and such.  I read like a charcuterie board.  A little of this and a little of that.  What can I say!

My Favorite Pics & Moments: 

One of my favorite moments this past month was our family getaway to the Washington coast, where it was incredibly cold but so relaxing.  We were able to see one of our dear college friends Hilary and baby girl, Olive.  Ben met Olive for the first time and Hilary met Caprice for the first time.  

because she realized the birds are afraid of her

because she realized the birds are afraid of her

because I was reminded how getting lost in play was such a delight as a girl, and imagining we were lost in the woods in a little cove of trees as our house was exactly like growing up being deserted on the palm trees at church.

because I was reminded how getting lost in play was such a delight as a girl, and imagining we were lost in the woods in a little cove of trees as our house was exactly like growing up being deserted on the palm trees at church.

because she has always brought the gift of laughter to our lives.

because she has always brought the gift of laughter to our lives.

because when she gives me her real smile for the camera it's gold

because when she gives me her real smile for the camera it's gold

Hilary & I are with our cutie baby girls.  

Hilary & I are with our cutie baby girls.  

Me, Lindsey & Tina, two of my best friends I get to live in the same hood as and willing to brave IKEA with me & Caprice.

Me, Lindsey & Tina, two of my best friends I get to live in the same hood as and willing to brave IKEA with me & Caprice.

because even when you're freezing in winter at the beach, your day is warm spending it with these two.

because even when you're freezing in winter at the beach, your day is warm spending it with these two.

and because you know there is always room around the table.

and because you know there is always room around the table.

March was a busy month for our family, but also calming with a little vacation in the middle.  I'm looking forward to April and dreaming what may come and this mama of three thing is getting more manageable.  But enough about me, what about you?  

What have you been into this past month?  Was it a busy month or a not so busy month?  Favorite music, shows, movies, books, bites?  

I'm linking up with Leigh at Hopeful Leigh.

What I'm Into at HopefulLeigh
Kamille Scellick