I Am Three | Valentine's Day

Lucinda and I attended the Tiny Tots: Dora & Diego's Valentine's Party at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.  It was one of two cooking class "gifts" she gave me for Christmas (thanks to Dad!).

We practiced stirring batter, cutting fruit with a knife, and creating and decorating cookie-pops and "tricky tostadas" (flat cookie topped with fruit)! See all the photos here

I Am Three | St. Louis Weekend

Things have been quiet around the blog. Hope to pick up again full force in 2015. 

We took a long weekend excursion to St. Louis -- celebrated Owen turning 45 and saw good friends. We love Kansas City, but we always marvel at how much we love St. Louis, too.

Square One Brewery & Distillery

Thank you, Kathryn, for the adorable reversible cape!

Thank you, Kathryn, for the adorable reversible cape!

Butterfly Room at St. Louis Zoo

Bonding with the Hippos

Monthly Stills | August 2014

August has come to a close. The hot, humid days at the pool are over and our little pixie has a few tan lines to show for it. Lucinda grew in such confidence this summer in her water skills. Today is the first day of the school program at her school. Summertime fun of Water Day and Bike Day are over -- giving way to letters and numbers and such. 

I am ready for September, for this brand new month.

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
— Henry Miller

Pouting fairy

Hand-me-down fairy costume. Thank you to Hadley!

Shopping for school supplies

Shopping for school supplies

So hard to choose just one

Weekly run to the Farmer's Market

Sometimes you just have to stop and eat the donuts

She loves superheroes. Thanks again to Hadley!

Last day at the pool for Summer 2014

Yum | Eggplant Parm Rollatini

Recipe from Real Simple.

Each Sunday, we shop at the downtown Farmer's Market in the KC City Market. And every Sunday, Owen wistfully gazes at the plump purple-y mounds of eggplant on display. And every so often, I begrudgingly buy one. Only one. And then hope it sits in the fridge and rots and has to be thrown out. Don't tell Owen. 

On occasion, I will actually cook said eggplant. When I came across a recipe for Eggplant Parmesan Rollatini, I was hopeful. And rewarded.

Owen is spot on when he says, "Now here's an eggplant recipe for people who don't like eggplant! Catherine, there's only the faintest hint of eggplant in this. It's all cheese." Score! 

Admittedly, I cut the eggplant a little thin when prepping it for baking (totally unintentional, I swear). I liked this recipe so much, I am willing to say I now tolerate eggplant. 

Both my Eggplant Aficionado and Cheese-Loving Elf approved.