Greek Lentil Soup

This recipe is adapted from Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook, a fantastic collection of recipes from the famous restaurant on Vancouver Island. I can’t recommend this book enough – I usually scour the internet for sure-fire recipes with 4-5 star reviews, but with books, I find each recipe can be very hit and miss. Almost everything I’ve made in here has been fabulous, and it was a while before I even noticed it was vegetarian.

The key is the lemon, rosemary, and feta. A twist on this recipe would be mint instead of rosemary, but I haven’t tried that yet. I rarely have fresh herbs on hand, especially in the winter, so I use 1 1/2 tsp of rosemary and 2 tsp of dried oregano and omit sprinkling the extra rosemary on top the recipe calls for at the end.

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Pattern Play

I love me some good ol’ pattern mixing, and this season, I’m especially loving florals and stripes together. This isn’t a new pattern combo, but it’s one that’s getting a lot of play this spring into summer. I think the trick is to mix bold florals with thinner neutral stripes or larger stripes with a muted floral so that one pattern stands out without too much clash from the other. It’s a fun way to mix up your work wardrobe or add a new twist to more casual pieces.

Lucy Laught

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Quest for the Perfect Baby Soap

Before Miss H was born, I didn’t do a lot of research about baby soap. I knew that California Baby was generally considered to be a good brand so I bought a bottle of it. And while we liked it, at about $14.00 for 8.5 ounces, it felt a little bit pricey.

After that ran out, we picked up some Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash. A bit of a better deal at around $10 for 12 ounces, we liked it enough until we realized that Miss H was much more upset about getting this shampoo in her eyes. We still used it up – no need to be wasteful – but were on the hunt for something new.

In one of our monthly subscription boxes we received a sample of Babytime by Episencial’s Playful Wash. It has a fresh tangerine scent and doesn’t bother Miss H’s eyes. We were sold! Oh, and did I mention that it gets really sudsy? An added bonus. When the sample ran out we went ahead and bought a big bottle of it.

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Our favorite gifts for a two year old

Liam got lots of great gifts for his birthday this year. While we love everything he received, these are some of our favorite gifts for our two year old.

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Sadness and Wonder

I’m in the middle of a long, drawn-out miscarriage. Well, what I thought was a long, drawn-out miscarriage. Now that I’m a little more educated about all of this, it seems to me that all miscarriages are a slog, both physically and emotionally. This is one of the many lessons I’ve learned while navigating this process.

We’ve all heard so many stories about what it is like to get that awful news in the ultrasound room. So when it happened to me, it was a little surreal. I remember thinking, “Ok, this is what it’s like.” The technician told me that the fetus was measuring two weeks behind. She wasn’t concerned, but I was. I was confident in my dates. As soon as she measured the baby, I knew the pregnancy was not meant to progress.

A congratulatory gift from a good friend 

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Overnight Oats with Orange and Pomegranate Juices

Overnight Oats with Orange and Pomegranate Juices | Hellobee

I’m always on the lookout for new ideas for make-ahead breakfasts to add to my lineup of baked oatmeal and freezer egg-based recipes. With warmer weather we’re looking for a replacement for our homemade frozen breakfast burritos – something cold but with the same satisfaction factor.

Overnight oats first came to mind. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? They’re also called refrigerator oatmeal or Bircher muesli. The basic idea is to soak rolled oats in milk (and often chia seeds) in the fridge overnight. There’s no cooking required and breakfast is ready to go in the morning. Along with smoothies, this cooling porridge made up the bulk of our breakfasts last spring and summer, but I wanted to switch things up this year. Then, I saw a variation on a restaurant menu using fresh juice rather than milk. I was curious but also a bit apprehensive about trying it: Would the texture be appealing? What would the combination of juice and oatmeal taste like?

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Getting in the Shot

If you are like me, you have thousands upon thousands of photos on your computer documenting every millisecond of your little one’s lives, from the moment they were born right up to this moment. Juliet probably thinks my face is that big black box that is always in front of her making silly noises. I really love taking pictures of my little ones to share with them one day. But of all the thousands of photos I have, I only have a very small handful, less then a hundred… maybe even fifty where I am actually in the photo with them.

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