I just couldn't wait...

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If you're viewing this post in a reader, click over to see the new design!! I've definitely simplified a lot - cut down on some clutter and hopefully cut down on loading time too! On my sidebar you'll see I now have a page with sponsorship info, and for those who are curious about where I got certain design elements, you can check out my Design Credits page (which I have linked at the footer).

And the biggest difference: my new domain!! In my efforts to simplify, I've decided to shorten my pretty long, apparently-sort-of-hard-to-remember title to simply Of Anselm. From friends I've consulted who've gone through this process, the new URL shouldn't affect any of your subscriptions or follows... but if you did NOT come across this post in your reader, be sure to re-subscribe (and let me know if you needed to, so I can figure out if there's anything I can be doing on my end).

Soooo, with a new domain comes a new Facebook page, a new Twitter handle, a new RSS feed, and a new email address (listed on the sidebar)!!! I'd love to see your beautiful, encouraging faces on my new Facebook! And hey, if you want to share that little bit of info with your friends, I wouldn't protest :)

And lemme just say: jeesh, coming up with a new blog design is hard hard work! I'm so thankful for resources like Pugly Pixel (I don't think I would ever attempt any web design on my own if she weren't around!), as well as family and blogging friends like Rebecca of A Daily Something and Talia of Life Lately, who provided lots of reassurance to my second-guessing self. Without you people, I would still be wringing my hands feverishly trying to decide whether I want a background pattern or not! So thank you ♡

Yay!

Feeding Littles: Ginger Apple Spice Waffles

Every once in a while, I have a baking day to make healthy foods that I can store in the freezer and quickly heat up to feed the kids at lunchtime. We're not above hotdogs and chicken nuggets, but I try to give them something healthier more often. It's great having several different choices made and ready to pull out for them when they wake up from their late-morning nap!

One of my standards is a batch of nice hearty waffles. Here's a typical recipe I've developed over time. My kids love them and, if you have a free naptime to prepare a batch, you'll be set on breakfasts or lunches for the next several days, depending on how many little eaters you have!

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Ingredients:
  • 1 C. all-purpose flour 
  • 1 C. whole wheat flour 
  • 2 tsp. baking powder 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda 
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg 
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey (it is not recommended that children under 12 mos. be given honey or baked goods containing honey
  • 1/2 C. coconut oil
  • 2 C. buttermilk 
  • 2 lg. eggs 
  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored, and run through the food processor until finely chopped 
  • 2 tsp. fresh ginger root, finely grated
Turn on your waffle iron, so it'll be well-heated by the time you have your batter prepared.

In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg, stirring with a wooden spoon until combined.

In a medium bowl, combine coconut oil and raw honey, whisking until combined. Add the eggs and whisk until well-beaten. Add buttermilk and whisk again until combined. Add the apple and ginger and stir with a spoon until combined. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined, leaving some lumps in the batter.

Ladle or slowly pour into the center of your waffle iron, close, and bake until a nice golden brown.

Makes about 10 waffles, a bunch of smiling kids, and one happy mommy :)

Saint Patrick's Day

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I love holidays that are based around one color (I know, I know, there's orange too. But not really in America). My husband spent most of the day delegating in town. The kids spent the first half of the day stealing shavings from the Guinness chocolate cake I made. We all spent the second half at a party, where the kids had an awesome time running around with lots of other littles.

Are bloggers allowed to show you pictures of food without giving you a recipe? This cake is a family favorite. I make it every St. Patrick's Day - and sometimes for my husband and brother on their birthdays too. I use Nigella Lawson's recipe, but I substitute half the whipped cream in the frosting for Bailey's (which is probably why my frosting never looks so light and fluffy). And yes, since I always seem to be pregnant when it comes time to make this, I do feel weird walking through the grocery store with a big bottle of Guinness in my cart.

Did you enjoy your Saint Patrick's Day?

Sick Day

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A stomach bug AND cold have both been ravaging our household this week. I'm just getting over the bug and have passed it onto my husband, who left for work this morning and came right back a half hour later.

If you ask me, a stomach bug is the perfect opportunity to share some fun things found around the web while bed-browsing! I can't promise they are all new, but they're new to me, and maybe new to you lovely people too:

  • I discovered the Besotted blog yesterday! This seems like the sort of thing you guys all knew about and just neglected to tell me. Anyway, what's done is done, and it is now on my reader - categorized under "daily reads" no less! A little digging uncovered an amazing Blush + Gray Photoshop action graciously offered gratis by the dear Tristan. I cannot wait to take the perfect photo to try out on - I'm thinking a couple newborn shots of our little girl.
  • I also discovered Wit & Whistle - another blog I kick myself for not having known about before now. The very talented Amanda posted an amazing gouache practice she did last week. I'm'onna be honest, I had no idea what that was. But I've since googled it - and even listened to the pronunciation key, so I know what I'm talking about now.
  • Bekuh over at Secondhand Sundays shares a great tutorial for making a jewelry box from trash! This provides the perfect opportunity for me to eat more brie (as if I really need an excuse). Seriously gonna start making these for gifting jewelry pieces to friends!
  • I am just loving reading about Nicole's sweet life through her blog The Neesby Lookbook. So happy I've been able to get to know these girls a bit through our corners of the web :)

I hope your part of the world has been relatively illness-free! By the by, got any good tips for regaining energy after a bug has already left? I'm downing water and chlorophyll like crazy, and thankfully it's in the 70s (!!!) today, so you'd better believe we're keeping the windows open to get rid of the dread sick house feel.

Pretty Little Things

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...like:
    fresh cut ranunculus in my home for the first time
    seeing the kids' faces light up when they get their weekly balloons for being patient at the grocery store
    sweet old ladies with wise hair and crooked backs who stop me, creak their necks upward, and tell me with the most sincere eyes how beautiful and happy my babies are, and how blessed I am to be pregnant again
    cute earrings from Modcloth that make me excited about being girly and excited about a pastel springtime
What little things are making your week a little brighter?

Hello Hue Little Things

Pregnancy Cocktail


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The human body is such an amazing, confusing invention. I spent the first two decades of my life never drinking water, never really exercising, probably not eating any vegetables - not doing anything to maintain any normal functions of my body, really. Somehow, everything just worked.

Then I got pregnant, and things got weird. I'd get what some people call "dehydrated." I started feeling it if I skipped those prenatals everyone insisted I had to take. My poor head would throb at the mere mention of MSG. Forgetting to take my calcium/magnesium/potassium two days in a row made every muscle in my body feel like I'd run for 10 hours straight. I've become that woman who closely examines every label, fighting for those extra 2mg of iron.

I remember the days when I thought it was too hard to remember to take a one-a-day multi, so I just didn't. Seriously? Now, every day I down pills, powders, liquids - in all, seven different supplements, one medication, and maybe a couple tinctures and essential oils, depending on how my day's going. That's not even saying anything about the diet I have to maintain these days to feel normal. It's amazing how much things change!

I'm honestly not complaining. I'm really not. I'm glad I've finally gotten the hang of it! As much as I wish my prenatals didn't taste like algae, I feel proud of myself for finally maintaining a couple healthy lifestyle habits that are usually relegated to the same junk drawer as every other forgotten new year's resolution. It only took me 27 years to learn to get the hang of it! Lord willing, I'll make it stick for the next 50 years too. Now, if I could only manage to exercise more than once a week...

Bottoms up, my pregnant friends!


March


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This month's calendar came together as quickly and casually as I hope the month it represents will turn out. Sure I sat there for a while trying to come up with something that no one had ever seen before, but after a while I decided to just go with what was on the tip of my tongue instead of trying to reach down further. It's nice being content with what you create on a whim. I want to be less of a thinker with these things, if that makes sense. Less concerned with being original and more concerned with just being myself and being happy - working contentedly with the brain God gave me, instead of envying others their neurons.

I'm pretty excited about this month. The skies have been relatively merciful to those of us in the city: our weather radio has had an itchy trigger finger the past couple days, but so far we've had little more than whistling winds and wet grass. I'm praying for lots more outside playtime, family walks, open windows, needed rains, and hopefully a few sunday evening backyard fires.

Some bloggy things I'm excited about:
  • I have some beautiful new sponsors on the sidebar! I put out the call for a button swap a week or so ago and was so happy with how many beautiful ladies responses. I love seeing their sweet buttons decorating my blog and I hope you'll give them all visit!
  • I'm hoping to attend my first local blogger meet-up this month. I even got some itty bitty cards printed for it. I feel so legit.
  • I'm gonna try my absolute hardest to participate in Fat Mum Slim's March Photo-A-Day challenge. It's the first ongoing photo challenge I've ever done. I'll post the week's photos here each friday, but you can see them ahead of time by following me on Twitter, where I'll be posting them as I take them. Leave your link below if you're participating too!
  • I noticed yesterday that a few people actually nominated my little blog for Best Family Blog in Apartment Therapy's Homies Awards. Eep!! I know I won't win (have you seen whom I'm up against? No way). But it still makes me so happy. Voting ends tomorrow just before midnight, so you can still vote for your favorite!
  • P.S. I'm working on a redesign that I want to wait until my blogiversary in June to unveil. Promise me I'll actually hold off that long. It'll be more special that way.
I am pregnant with action, as Heinrich Böll would say. Busy and busy and happy and busy.

The fonts I oh-so-sloppily hand-copied for this month's calendar are: Masana Script (Propia) by Mario Arturo for "March," Oil Can by Ellis Latham-Brown for the days of the week, and Noir-et-Blanc by Paul Lloyd for the numbers.