What I Wore – A Little Jason Wu For Target

Last night we trekked out to the burbs for an impromptu dinner of Chinese food with Pat’s family. We were celebrating Pat’s sister Katie’s birthday! Happy Birthday Katie!

Here’s what THIS mama wears when she goes out and about…

Jacket – H&M

Hoodie – 1984 Printing/American Apparel

Scarf – Vintage from my Mama

Sweater – Jason Wu for Target

Tanks – random tanks from my closet

Skirt – Jason Wu for Target

Tights – Target

Socks – American Apparel

Boots – Kensie

Backpack – Modcloth

I was wearing a skinny silver belt earlier in the day as well, but it was abandoned at some point during the day. I sort of wish I had it on here as it helped define my waist.

I’m super happy about the Jason Wu for Target items I ended up snagging! My bestie, Amy, and I went to Target at 7:30am on release day to get first dibs and we definitely scored big! Other than these two items I also got a cute red button up and I can’t wait to style that too!

-Graceface

Curried Veggies Slow Cooker Style!

Howdy there folks! I know it’s been a while since I posted anything of any substance other than photos of my sweet babe, Harriet. I’ve been spending as much quality time with that little lady as possible and blogging took a back seat for the last month or two. Needless to say I dearly missed posting here and can’t wait to get back in the swing of things!

I’m starting today with a post on the fabulous curry I made in the crock pot yesterday. The crock pot had been a real savior since Harry came! I can do a few quick preparations whenever Harry is napping during the day and it will be ready to eat at dinner time!
One thing I love about this recipe is how vibrant the colors are! Even though it cooked for a good four hours, it is still brightly colored and tasty looking. I hate it when good looks like brown mush. My theory is, the more varied color on your meal the more you will take away from it. Not just vitamins and nutrients, but happiness as well! I mean, come on, who wants to eat a plate full of brown mush? Just looking at this plate makes me happy!

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Curried Veggies
with simple mixed whole grains

1/2 onion-diced
3 cloves garlic-diced
2 tbs butter
1/2 c yellow curry paste
1 1/2 c veggie broth
2 potatoes-cubed
4 med carrots-cubed
1 can chick peas
1 package tempeh-cubed
1 can coconut milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs Sriracha
1/4 tsp ground mustard
1 bag frozen peas

Melt butter in fry pan and add onion and garlic. Cook on medium heat until onion is transparent then add the curry pasted and broth. Heat through until paste is dissolved.

Meanwhile chop veggies and tempeh to like sizes. Approximately 1/2inch cubed. You may need to slice the carrots into thick pieces depending on their diameter.

Add everything except the coconut milk and peas to the crock pot on high. Set the crock pot for 4 hours and sit back and wait.

About a half hour before the time is up add the coconut milk and half the frozen peas. The sauce will thicken and the peas with warm up – be sure not to over cook the peas!

I made a combination of whole grains to go with my curry. I used 1/2 cup long grain brown rice, 1/2 cup wild rice and 1/2 cup wheat berries. I just simmered it on 3 cups water and a dash of sea salt for about 50 minutes or until the wild rice had opened up and the wheat berries were softened yet still chewy. If the wild rice has not yet bloomed, go ahead and add a 1/2 cup more water at a time until it is cooked entirely. Serve the curry over the rice. I like to eat it with a simple mint chutney and more Sriracha sauce. Yum!

-Graceface

Week In Instagrams

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Our Early Arrival!

Here she is!

Harriet Charles Libby – born 12/6/11 at 1:36pm

7lbs 10oz – 18.5inches

pure perfection!

-Graceface

Nursery Wants & Haves

Here’s a little sampling of some of my favorite baby items! Many of these even already have a spot in Harriet’s nursery! I picked the crib out ages ago and the entire theme of the nursery is based on that lovely blue color as well as the clothespin dolls below and a FABULOUS piece of butterfly art my mother-in-law bought at the SF birth & baby fair several months ago. Also, I’m just dying for that squirrel pillow below!

doll baby clothesline paper cut outs

crochet butterflies/themis mobile/crochet afghan

kalon crib/lifefactory bottle/stuva cabinet

classic alphabet blocks/baby rocker/teepee

squirrel pillow

As of Tuesday I’m now considered full-term, which means I could give birth to a healthy and happy baby with no complications. However, I still have three weeks to go! We’re taking out birthing class this Saturday and have started meeting with our midwife every week now. We also have our last (?) appointment with our doula next week.

Everything is coming together. I’m nesting like CRAZY! Just trying to get everything ready for little miss Harriet’s arrival without losing it! The above photo was taken at our last midwife appointment. Pat is so cute with the instagram belly pics right now.

37 weeks down, three to go!

-Graceface

Halloween – Skelly Belly

So, I was less than motivated to dress up this year (I’m having a major lack of energy) but I figured I should suck it up and come up with something fun to wear for my friends Ashley’s and Jose’s Halloween party last Sunday. I had a fun pair of skeleton tights that I hadn’t worn yet so I wore those. And just for fun I cut out a quick skull image from one of my many black tee-shirts so that the skull stretched out across my big prego belly. It was fun to have at least some semblance of a costume – I kept saying that I was dressed with the spirit of Halloween in mind rather than in full costume. What do you think?

-Graceface

This & That & the Other Thing

Home Edition – Apparently I’m in love with color right now. I’ve coveted this home-made stool and the creepy planter for some time now.  The planter is very reminiscent of artist Kiki Smith‘s work and since she is one of my absolute favorites, it makes sense that this piece would speak to me. The area rug reminds me of my color theory class in college – it was one of my absolute favorite classes!

this/that/the other thing

-Graceface