a thrifted vase that reminds me of anthropologie
making things from scratch
a little girl who likes to help me "organize"
a springtime tofu-ricotta lasagna*
13 months is such a wonderful age, it's amazing to see the joy the smallest things can bring to a child. Watching their first staggering steps and the pride that comes with mastering something new brings such happiness, and there is an air of innocence and wonder that surrounds everything.
Lately we've been organizing our balcony and making room for plants, we're going to utilize the space for a garden because living in a high-rise doesn't have to mean no green space! I looked into hydroponic gardening and decided it was way too complicated for a beginner so we're sticking to a traditional dirt garden. Using plants that grow vertically (like tomatoes and peppers) and a rickety old shelving unit to maximize square footage we should be able to grow quite a few vegetables out there. This year to make life easier I started with plants rather than seeds, next year I'll try sprouting sees and see how it goes. Tavi has been fascinated with the plants outside and has loved helping me garden, aka play in the dirt!
We've already been using the herbs we planted to make many delicious dishes. Jay and I agreed to raise Tavi on mostly vegetarian food with the occasional dinner of fish, chicken or beef. Lately I've been listening to a lot of YouTube videos on the vegan lifestyle and am thinking of doing a 30 day vegan challenge. This video really spoke to me and coupled with our visit to a farm a few months ago I've really felt the need to introduce more vegan meals into our dinner rotation.
Now that warmer weather is here and lots of fresh fruits and vegetable will be in season over the next few months going vegan for 30 days should be pretty easy to do!
*veggie lasagna recipe from here. I modify it a bit and use spinach lasagna noodles, more cherry tomatoes, put fresh basil on every layer and use a ricotta-tofu blend and skip the olives and Parmesan cheese