Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Delighting in Progress

I have had one of those long days. Picked up a coupon for $10 off at Bed, Bath and Beyond from a freecycler. Squeezed in lunch. Ran to Target where I got an extra laundry basket, and in the baby section came across an online return of a Naturepedic crib mattress protector pad for half off. Picked up thinning shears to trim up Audrey. Ran around to 2 different stores for a steam mop. (Was planning on buying a simple one, saw the one with different heads and pads was on clearance for cheaper, so went to hunt down.) And finally ran to the grocery store and picked up things for me to munch on and for tea tomorrow.  I took a nap and now I'm off and running again.

7 muffin spots full of pesto (sans pine nuts that will be added later)
But I'm delighting in the progress I've been able to make.  And because I like snapping photos, here are photos from the other day's work.
Nectarine Tartin (a little one) 
I love when it comes out perfectly formed!
I think it's good for me to keep track of everything I've done.  Because sometimes you can work hard all afternoon and not see miracle progress.  Slow but steady I'll have this place whipped into shape!


  1. You are one busy pregnant mama!

    May I ask why you add pine nuts after? The reason I ask is that I am thinking of doing the same thing but freezing them avec pine nuts.

    xo, A

  2. Adrienne, I actually made it without pine nuts because I couldn't find any that didn't cost an arm and a leg at Whole Foods, and didn't have time to run elsewhere that day. Also, it's good on salmon without the pine nuts!

    And I froze it, which is why I put it in the muffin tins... turned out beautifully, and now we're prepped for 7 meals!

  3. Kate,
    I admire, as ever, your energy, and I know that now you're heavily pregnant with your first child, it makes no sense for you to consider getting a job. But I do sometimes wonder if your zeal for domestic organisation doesn't suggest that you're at some level sometimes bored or frustrated with the restrictions of being someone who doesn't work outside the home, especially when your husband is away? It's not just a matter of whether or not you need the salary, after all - you strike me as someone who would be an excellent administrator, or a natural at running your own business...?

  4. Nathalie, thank you! No, I'm usually the opposite of bored and have far too much to do and get a wee bit overwhelmed. I think I would be horrible as an administrator simply because I don't really like being in charge and though I'm excellent at that last minute crunch time, deadlines stress me out! I am learning to run my home, something that wasn't taught to me, while balancing time for myself and slowly but surely working on a novel. But I do have a zeal for the domestic for sure!

  5. What a great idea of freezing in muffin cups so you can take out just the amount that you need and not be wasteful!

    If you make your own baby food, you can do that too, but for smaller portions when she is just starting out, you can use ice cube trays.


  6. Merci beaucoup for the great idea of freezing in muffin tins! Bookmarking for my pesto making tomorrow!!