March 18, 2011

A Happy List

Warm butternut squash and chickpea salad.  This week I had a bunch of butternut squash leftover from steaming some for Tess and I also had an open can of chickpeas. So I Googled "chickpea butternut squash" and this Warm Butternut Squash and Chickpea recipe from Smitten Kitchen came up. It's one of my favorite cooking sites, recommended to me last year by Molly. Interestingly, the sauce is mainly tahini which gives the whole salad a great nutty flavor. I've eaten this for lunch the last two days. So YUM!
Source: Smitten Kitchen

Deceptively Delicious. Speaking of cooking, I finally delved into Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious cookbook, which I was given as a gift at one of my baby showers. Lots and lots of my mom friends have raved about it because it teaches how to hide pureed veggies in your kids' food. I started off by making muffins that have applesauce and pureed carrot in them and only half a cup of sugar in the whole recipe. Tessa happily ate the muffins for breakfast every morning, and I felt good knowing she was getting fruits, veggies, and whole grains. I happily ate them for breakfast too.

Closet Visit. So I found this website called Closet Visit a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with it. Basically, Los Angeles artist/photographer Jenna Sohn selects cool women in L.A. and has them cherrypick the best items from their closet, try them on, and talk a little about their style. There's lots of dreamy California photography and elegant women with seriously distinctive style. Ch-ch-ch-check it out.

Dresses from Target's International Designer Collective series. You've probably heard that Target has come up with a sort of epic dress collection, in which they re-release all the best-selling dresses from years past in their International Designer Collective series. I want SO MANY of them.

Middlesex. I finished this book yesterday. Woah, woah, woah. Not only is it the only book that ever made me think to Google "hermaphrodite," but it's also just plain wonderful and fascinating and it was a pleasure to return to every day. Eugenides writes metaphors that make me want to weep. Despite how gorgeous his writing was, though, it never stole the show from the book's real star -- the plot.


  1. that salad looks SOOOOOOOOOO good!

  2. yes I need that salad ASAP!!!! I want so many of the Target dresses too....sigh!

  3. Hey - that salad is yummy looking. Here is one I make that I love that is very similar.
    And, butternut squash and chickpeas are baby favorites, so hope you fed that yumminess to Tessa bean too! ;-) I actually freeze chunks of cooked squash and pull it out when I need it for June- she loves it.

  4. Ps: not sure about the Jessica Seinfeld book. Something about her bugs me and I don't think you should ever hide veggies! You want them to like them on their own and not mistrust you and the food you give them. But --whatever works, too. Oh, and I loved Middlesex.