Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Five: Fall 2015 Wishlist

Friday Five: Fall 2015 Wishlist

H M pajamas /  Emerald Ring / Soho Ponytail Holder KAVU Flannel / Capri Leggings

Comfort is the name of the game this fall! Those H&M jammies look fantastically cozy. That emerald (May Birthstone) is a contender for a ring hand ring. Some fun hair ties! A great layering flannel for both home and venturing out in the woods. I recently found some awesome (and affordable) leggings from Kohl's that I am living in and I would love some capri length to wear with boots this fall. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SoSoBa Noodles

When I first started my Flagstaff Bucket List there was a building listed that has housed four different restaurants since I first started my list. Every time we made plans to go to one of the restaurants we would find out that it was either closed or had become something else. The building is located in a small alleyway downtown facing Flagstaff Brewing Co. After four years we were finally able to enjoy food in this establishment. Currently it is the home to SoSoBa Noodles and I am crossing my fingers that it stays that way for a long, long time.
Flagstaff has no shortage of "Asian" cuisine. While we have plenty of Chinese, Thai, and Indian places all across town, the self-proclaimed "non-stop noodle shop" delivers some of Flagstaff's most authentic Asian food. SoSoba focuses on awesome ramen, soba, and udon noodles. You can enjoy your noodles sauced, glazed, or swimming in a bowl of house made broth. Each bowl is made to order using fresh ingredients from local vendors whenever possible.
So far we have been twice for dinner, hence the dark photos. The first time I had the Karl Katsu. It was a ramen noodle bowl that included panko chicken, carrots, corn, nori, and soft boiled egg in a miso broth. It was hearty, warm, and perfect for slurping. The second time was the SUV (shown above) which is a vegan noodle bowl that features local ingredients that change regularly. When I went it had mushrooms, onions, potato, and chickpeas in a light broth. It was great. And if you have a bigger appetite or just love meat you can easily add chicken, beef or pork. 

Long story short, I highly suggest you make a point of stopping in at SoSoBa for a bowl of noodles! With all they have to offer, you surely won't be disappointed. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September | Currently

settling into our new home
finding a new normal as a family of three under one roof
adjusting to the quiet life in the country and all the new noises
waking to the community rooster daily
enjoying the views 
following the news closely
praying for our friends and family in Northern California
playing on the living room floor daily
having dozens on nonsensical conversations a day as the tiny one expands his "vocabulary" of noises and almost words
marveling at his growth, and him reaching milestones on time and ahead of schedule
embracing the idea that he will be mobile soon
celebrating birthdays, both annual (mine) and monthly (baby's)
thinking about when we should try for the next one
shaking my head in disbelief that I am already considering when to add to our family
emptying boxes upon boxes upon boxes
listening to podcasts almost every morning of the week
crossing things off our summer bucket list.
documenting life via instagram.  
cooking again
loving this season of our life

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Best of 27!

Today is my birthday. Today will also be a pretty normal day. Just me and the baby relaxing at home while Berkeley is off fighting wildfires. Lately, I have been working on a "Best of" post that has a list of all of our favorite spots in Flagstaff and after remembering Elise Blaha Cripe's birthday posts, I thought it would be fun to do a Best of 27 post! So in honor of making another trip around the sun, I wanted to celebrate the moments and things that made 27 such a great year.

experiencing the warm fuzzes, butterflies, and all kinds of excitement seeing Berkeley the first time after finding out we were expecting Tiny Krueger.

finding the perfect pizza.

planning and hosting a bridal shower and bachelorette party in Las Vegas.

celebrating so many weddings in the last year!

sharing our big news with our close family and friends!

waking in the middle of the night dreaming of a baby blanket, making said blanket, and then wrapping the baby in it to bring him home.

seeing Tiny Krueger during the one and only ultrasound we got. It was beyond magic.

feeling the little flutter of kicks while driving up Snowbowl Rd (and every kick after that).

sitting behind the goal box at an Avalanche hockey game with Berkeley.

singing with my mom and sister along to the radio while driving to Phoenix.

dancing at the Annual Great Gatsby party.

eating dinner with "the guys" at Altitudes after Brewhaha.

finding my favorite ice cream treats in California!

being surrounded by our Fire Family as they showered our growing family!

triple date night at Charley's with the Bonesses and the (soon to be) Knights.

"weekly" visits to the midwives and their amazing support and encouragement during those final weeks.

the many, many walks around the neighborhood, downtown Flagstaff and Target.

experiencing a full moon, earthquake, torrential rains, hail and snow all in the week we were waiting on baby.

Berkeley being the best support imaginable during the 40 hours in the hospital before Teddy was born.

hearing my son cry and feeling the warmth of him squirming on my body instead of inside my body.

watching my parents trying to put together a pack n play in our living room in Flagstaff. It felt so good to have a deep belly laugh after a tense two weeks!

having a full week of just the three of us before Berkeley had to return to work.

watching the bond between Berke and Teddy grow so deep.

the morning when the baby was smiling and "talking" to Berkeley's photo on the bookcase in Flagstaff.

pulling down the driveway in California and surprising my dad for his birthday.

introducing Teddy to our California family!

pulling up to our new home, being there when Berkeley got off of work and having dinner as a family of three again.

drinking prosecco and eating homemade chocolate cake on Saturday to celebrate my birthday before Berkeley left for California.

Honestly, I think 27 was my best year yet and I cannot wait to see what 28 has in store for me!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Week in the Life 2015 | Photos and Words

Another year, another go at Ali Edwards' Week in the Life. My original plan for documenting this year was to utilize Instagram much like I did for Day in the Life. Taking the photos and getting the details of the little stories of our last week living in Flagstaff. I am not sure if I will be incorporating this year's Week in the Life into some sort physical project just yet, but for now I like the idea of focusing on one story and photo from each day of the week. 

Monday 5:38am // Flagstaff // The baby stirs and gets brought to the big bed for an early morning nursing + cuddle session. He drifts back to sleep and I check emails and read blogs while trying to ignore how bare our room feels now that moving is officially underway.

Tuesday 9:43am // Flagstaff // Making my second cup of tea this morning. Hoping I can enjoy it before it goes cold like the first one did. 

Wednesday 7:13am // Flagstaff // We had a rough start this morning that put a tail spin on the rest of the day. As a result not much documenting (or anything else for that matter) has happened today.

Thursday 4:28pm // Springerville // Home.

Friday 1:34pm // Springerville // I am feeling so blessed that this is home for us. This is our new normal. Trading in "city living" for a backyard surrounded by 37 acres of grazing land, and street noises for the sounds of life in the country. 

Saturday 6:38am // Flagstaff // I have been waiting all summer for this to be what most of our mornings look like. Daddy + Baby + Mama. The funny thing is that I used to be so terrible at sharing a bed yet it has been the one thing I have looked forward to since Berkeley started his position in Alpine. I'd say the baby is happy about it too! 

Sunday 5:53pm // Flagstaff // This day has been incredibly full and draining, both physically and emotionally.  Taking a moment in the warmth of the evening sun and silence of a sleeping baby to embrace this weekend of huge change. I admit I cried a little earlier in the day as I pulled up in the rain and saw our furniture being loaded into the moving truck.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Farewell Flagstaff

This past weekend was a big one. It marked ten years of living in Flagstaff and was also my last weekend living in Flagstaff. It is always weird to me how things work out that way. 

I thought I would be more torn up about it. Of course, I am sad and a little nervous to be leaving the safety net of friends and familiarity of living in the same place for an extended period of time. Flagstaff will always hold such a place in my heart, especially the townhouse we spent the last 2 years in. However I was definitely feeling ready. It felt good to hand over my keys and see those mountains disappear in the rear view. 

Farewell Flagstaff! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July | Currently

getting this.close to having a new home in the White Mountains 
feeling optimistic
wearing Teddy all over and he loves it
walking in the Fourth of July parade as a family with The Birth Center
breastfeeding while walking in the Fourth of July parade as a family with The Birth Center
snuggling the baby as much as possible
marveling at his growth
taking evening walks here and there
increasing (slowly) our distance each time 
prepping for the annual Parking Lot Sale
washing, folding, and pricing all sorts of clothing and bedding
sorting through 10 years worth of stuff I have accumulated
counting down the days until the three of us are under one roof (hopefully less than 30)
craving foods more intensely now than I ever did during pregnancy 
creating again 
reading again
tracking my steps again
looking forward to this next month and this season of change

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

No Bake "Energy Bites"

If you ask people to think of a common "side effect" of pregnancy I am sure that answers relating to increased appetite would be the most popular. That wasn't the case for me. I was really apathetic towards food. I ate healthy and made sure I was getting enough for me and the baby but I wasn't particularly ravenous or craving crazy meals while pregnant. Now that the baby is here and I am nursing it is a completely different story.

The newborn stage is a rough stage, especially for a nursing mother. Not only is the baby dependent on you for all of his/her sustenance, you are getting up several times throughout the night and you are always "on call". For me, I was left feeling exhausted, hungry, and craving all the sweets! Add in a husband currently living four hours away and I was starting to feel a little crazy. 

This is where these little nuggets come into place. I can grab a few "bites" and sit down to nurse. I can satiate my sweet tooth and urge to snack all at once. I will admit this idea isn't novel or unique. Everyone has a recipe for energy/protein balls/bites. After a few hours of going through recipes, I couldn't find one that fit everything I wanted in an easy snack and utilized on hand ingredients so I came up with my own recipe. This one uses almond butter and unsalted butter, and leaves out the coconut. 

No Bake Almond Butter "Energy Bites"
  • 1 cup rolled oats 
  • 1/2 cup of almond butter (mine was a little "dry" since I used homemade so I did 1/3c almond butter and 1/4c unsalted butter. If you use store bought nut butter you don't need the unsalted butter)
  • 1/4 c of mini chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp honey 
  • 2 Tbsp flax seeds
  1. Thoroughly combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. 
  2. Chill the mixture for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. 
  3. Form the chilled "dough" into 1-inch balls. 
  4. Store in an air tight container in the fridge. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Summer 2015 Bucket List

It's that time of year when everyone is making and sharing their goals, checklists, manifestoes… their collection of their plans for everything they hope for in the time between May and autumn. It's been sometime since I have had an official list but today I am sharing our plans, intentions, and hopes for this summer.

In reality, my list could be pared down to one bullet point. It would read "move to the White Mountains" but I need to fill our summer with things other than fixating on finding a place to live closer to Berkeley's new job. Instead of being the only thing on the list, it's on the top. 
The rest of our Bucket List is a mixture of events we already have planned and things we want to go out and do. Also added are habits and traditions we want to start now that Teddy is here. Our list is currently living on our fridge as a daily reminder of what we want to do this summer. Progress on this list can be followed on Instagram via the #KruegerSBL15 hashtag!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Homemade Almond Butter

What happens when the local grocery store switches bulk bin distributors and changes up their entire bulk section? A person might end up with a couple pounds of ridiculously cheap almonds. And what to do with all those almonds? Well, this person chose to use some of those almonds to make almond butter! The process is simple and really only requires one ingredient. Once you've got it down there are any number of ways to make any flavors you want. For me, I prefer oven roasted with sea salt! However, honey, cinnamon, and ginger are all great choices for add-ins.

Oven Roasted Almond Butter
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  1. Spread almonds in a single layer onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes in a 350* oven. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 
  2. Once cooled, place almonds into food processor. Blend on high for several minutes occasionally stopping to scrape down the sides. 
  3. Continue to blend until the almonds are the consistency of play dough. This is when you add in the salt and any other flavorings you want. 
  4. Blend for just a few more minutes until the butter comes together. 
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