green bean amandine (gf, df, v)

by emily on April 22, 2014

in vegetables & sides

Green Bean Amandine: Crisp-Tender Green Beans Topped with Sautéed Mushrooms and Toasted Almonds. 

Green Bean Amandine (GF, Vegan) // One Lovely Life
Was it a good weekend, dear reader? We celebrated with family and friends, ate a bit too much (delicious) food, and enjoyed a lovely service at church. It was one of those weekends you wish happened more often, and also one of those weekends you need just a day or two to recover from. I’m not as ahead as I have been during other seasons in the history of this blog, so while I have several recipes photographed and edited, I find I’ve been balancing my time such that writing time is harder to come by. Such is life!

In most ways this has been a good balance. I’ve been making a conscious effort to try to fit in some yoga or running or walking to help me de-stress. I’m trying to unplug for a little while each night. I’m reading more books. I’m trying to learn a little about self-care. I don’t know why or how it started, but I often feel like I need to take the martyr stance as a mom. I feel like it’s my job to put everyone else first all the time, and then if there’s anything left of me to take care of, I might almost think about it. It hasn’t been a healthy place to be, and I’m trying to get over some of the guilt I’ve had escaping upstairs to paint my nails or slipping outside for a walk when there are still dishes on the counter. I don’t know where the guilt came from, but I’m working on it. As most things are, it’s a process.

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five fact friday

by emily on April 18, 2014

in 5 fact friday

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1. Thank you so much for your sweet and loving response to Sophie’s birthday post from Monday. It’s been kind of an emotional week for me. We’ve just come so far in the last year!

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2. Sophie’s birthday was a rousing success! A party wouldn’t have been a good fit this year, so I tried to make it a day of “yes.” Yes to whatever I can say yes to. So, we donned party hats, played outside, had a few costume changes, got wet, ate chocolate throughout the day, played with her presents (her favorite being a tiny stuffed hedgehog), painted three times, watched her shows, and ended the day with cake.

Sophie’s been obsessed with birthday cake for a few months now. She knows it means blowing out candles and clapping your hands. Her first comment of the day after I said “Happy birthday, Sophie!” was “booday cake?” She asked about it periodically throughout the day and was OVERJOYED when I pulled it out of it’s hiding place after dinner. She excitedly blew the candles out and wanted desperately to eat it. Her texture issues have been on high alert lately, so try as she might, she could only eat 2-3 bites before it was too much for her. It broke my heart a bit, but she was just so happy with the chocolate cake and pink strawberry frosting (recipe to come). Happy day!

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3. Milo doesn’t give two hoots about having schmutz on his face. Nearly every meal, he gets something on his nose and doesn’t seem to mind one bit. Oatmeal, a noodle, banana, birthday cake… whatever. Boyfriend’s just so happy to be eating. All. the. time.

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4. Sometimes love means wearing a tutu. Sophie was out of sorts quite a bit the last few weeks that we’ve been sick. Milo tries all his tricks to get her out of her bed or to get her attention. After several failed attempts, he walked over to the dress up box, rustled around a bit, and pulled out a little hat. When that didn’t work, he walked back over with a tutu and went “ugh! ugh!” I put it on him, he smirked a little, then walked back over to Sophie’s bed to get her attention as if to say “Ha ha! Look what I have on!” THE INSTANT he’d accomplished his purpose, he was out of that tutu faster than I thought possible and onto the next thing. Definitely just wanted to cheer a sister up. What a guy.

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5. Happy Easter! I love this time to celebrate Jesus’s life. I hope you’ve got some great plans. We’ll be celebrating with family and friends, keeping it low-key.

Pssst! I guest posted over at Susie Freaking Homemaker earlier this week with a yummy recipe for a healthy dessert (don’t roll your eyes till you taste it). Be sure to stop by and leave Mackenzie some love! 


happy birthday, little light.

April 14, 2014

Tomorrow, she’s three. In some ways I can hardly believe it’s already been a year since Sophie was diagnosed with autism, and in other ways I feel like I’ve felt every minute of that year. We’ve done so much growing individually and as a family this year. Much of the year has been spent learning about autism, coordinating [...]

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happy friday

April 11, 2014

Ohhhhh friends. I’m sorry there’s not much more of a post than this today. At least one of us has been sick for the last three weeks. The last few days, the Sick stepped it up a notch. It was of the “take me now, Jesus” variety. So, please, enjoy a few pictures that led [...]

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five fact friday

April 4, 2014

1. I alluded to this on Instagram earlier this week, but Sophie came up with one of Milo’s best nicknames. They’ve been doing this thing the last few weeks, where Milo will get close and Sophie will stop, look at me, and say “teek-o?” (tickle) I’ll say “yes! You can tickle Milo!” She’ll then wiggle [...]

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