Cooking: overnight caramelized onions

What do I do when I have a bunch of onions about to go? I throw them in a crockpot with some white wine and olive oil for 10 hours to make caramelized onions. Put this in the freezer in portions and I've magically extended the usefulness of my onions by another 4 - 6 weeks. Observation: this version of caramelized onions don't go quite as dark as I like, but it's like half baked dinner rolls, a little time on the stove top and sweet onion punch is ready

Family Life

It's been a long time and our baby has been born and he is a happy nearly 9-month old. He keeps us both busy and it's hard. We are blessed that he's overall healthy and happy.
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Food from home - getting into the habit of cooking

So it comes to my attention that it's not the fact that i'm terrible at it, or even that i don't enjoy it. The simple matter of it all is - i'm not in the habit of doing so.

Since my maternity leave is coming up (starts at 5PM today!!) I'm going to take on the challenge of fostering the habit of cooking. Starting with my maternity leave. apart from the obvious money savings (which we will need) i have to really just make it a habit for yummy things. since i will be having some free time while i wait for our baby to arrive, I can go all out by emptying everything and taking stock of everything and then coming up with a plan and making it happen.

i do have a pantry app... i cleared the contents but kept the app. i'm thinking about starting it up again, but perhaps not. i'm not the type of person to maintain that sort of thing in my spare time (or am i??) i am going to clear the table and just figure out everything that i have that's edible in the apartment. see if we can't cook up some good meals and be better about shopping without letting food go bad. i've been pretty good about that, but that's because i have mostly been eating out.

i've started to go through the cookbooks i have and i'm about to get down to getting down in the kitchen. no more excuses. when i get back to work, i'll have to think about how i can keep the habit going.
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Week 30 - putting the "try" into third trimester

so, i knew that my body would be releasing hormones that relaxes the ligaments, what there are no articles written about is that i could pop bones and joints out of alignment. so i popped a rib last monday while grocery shopping. at the time, all i knew was that babies don't come out from my side, but i didn't know anything else. I got a last minute appointment with the doctor and had a day of rest. She double checked the baby and my cervix. all normal. she checked my side and said that my mis-aligned rib is causing spasms. she re-set the rib. it hurt during but made worlds of difference after.

all i can do is try to be better about my movements and stretch to keep things in check.

i'm slightly anemic, so i'm taking an iron supplement every day until the baby gets here. I'm also taking pre-natal vitamins twice a day.

Peter has built both the crib and the changing table. He's still working on the final arrangement of the furniture in the office. i can't really start putting stuff away or arranging cute baby things until Peter has finished up re-arranging furniture. the baby will have a dedicated area, so i can start putting baby stuff where it belongs soon. Peter still has to arrange to bring the gliding chair over from our friend's house.

I've started to notice kicks and punches a little more. When we watch action movies he loves to make big moves during the key scenes. He also seems to push around in the afternoon. I'm surprised at how big I am and even more surprised at that i'm supposed to get bigger.

the baby shower is just around the corner and i am still in disbelief that Peter and I are going to be parents.

Still not settled in and more changes are on the way

so... my husband and I have been living in this particular apartment together for going on year 3. The thing is that it feels unfinished to me, as though i have yet to settle in. I know that there are things that i'd like that i can't afford at the moment (a sectional sofa, a new mattress, new bed linens, and so on). The office is set up real nice and the bedroom is nearly there. I haven't got all the art framed or put up yet. I would like to get that done at some point.

poof, now we are expecting a baby at the end of June. That means we've got to reconfigure our living space to accomodate our growing family. eep. I feel overwhelmed and am already having a hard time maintaining my levels of energy or motivation to pick up the apartment and put things away. Husband has been a gem to try and keep up. He's out on a business trip this week. This is usually the time i catch up with all the apartment chores and get things picked up and cleaned. I'm hoping to get that feeling again and make the aprtment as nice as i can.

I still am dreaming of a new sofa though.

Nothing like to karaoke to heat things up

I love my husband and my parents. For my mother's birthday we went to yummy Korean BBQ and then to Karaoke! It was pretty fun. We sang for a couple of hours. Peter sung a song dedicated to me and it made me smile and blush. We are still madly in love.

Love Ballads are timeless

You should've seen by the look in my eyes, baby
There was somethin missin
You should've known by the tone of my voice, maybe
But you didn't listen
You played dead
But you never bled
Instead you lay still in the grass
All coiled up and hissin
And though I know all about those men
Still I don't remember
Cause it was us baby, way before then
And we're still together
And I meant, every word I said
When I said that I love you I meant
That I love you forever
And I'm gonna keep on lovin you
Cause it's the only thing I wanna do
I don't wanna sleep
I just wanna keep on lovin you
And I meant every word I said
When I said that I love you I meant
That I love you forever
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  • Current Music: Keep on Loving You - REO Speedwagon

Coming in at the 6-month mark

so Peter and I got married on January 17, 2015. We are fast approaching the 6-month mark in our marriage. Life has remained in its flux. I am truly happy with how my life is.

Peter has been supportive and communicative. I told him that life feels the same as when we were living together. He stopped and said that I was wrong; it was better. I teared up with how happy that phrase made me. And life is just wonderful. I have never been so commited to another person and i do feel like we are a not only a team, but we are a family.

cheesy moment i know, but it is one of the many moments that help me to appreciate my husband and our marriage.
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realizing things

the hardest part of being married as opposed to living together in a deeply committed relationship, is the invisible pressure and stress to conform to what my mind thinks and wants from being married.

What Bob Marley says about relationships. I can't help but to agree.

He’s not perfect. You aren't either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn't going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.