everyday life

rebel girl. nine so far

from the age seven to eight she grew almost four inches

from the age eight to nine she grew just a little over three inches

in our kitchen the other day she told me that she hates being a kid and that she can’t wait to be a teenager

we feel differently about this because i can certainly wait for her to be a teen

although, i have to tell you, she already very much acts like a teen these days

there is attitude

and mood swings

her favorite color is black

she hates the color pink

her body is changing and we talked all about its future changes with her pediatrician at her check up this year (period included although Lily has known about it for quite some years now)

her style is very much her own style and she knows quite well how she sees herself and how she wants to put herself out there to the world

like she always has

since she was very little actually

yet, despite all of these pre-teen growing signs, she still climbs into my lap every morning after she eats her breakfast and asks for snuggle cuddles in her bed before going to sleep at night

and all i can do is be there for her and try to hold onto every moment because time really does go by too fast

happy friday friends


christmas. twenty eighteen

for some reason christmas feels like forever ago already

to tell you the truth, i had forgotten all about these pictures and the fact that i hadn’t written about it yet

Lily began her christmas break from school on wednesday the 19th and she and William drove straight to west virginia to go spend some days with family

because i was still working full time, i was originally supposed to be working during the holidays so they were to return on the 23rd and we were going to have a quiet family christmas at home here in asheville

however, my work schedule changed (i am no longer working full time) and because they were having such an amazing time with family in west virginia, i ended up driving there myself on the day they were supposed to leave

it must have been around november when Lily told us that she no longer believed in santa because all of her good girlfriends in school had told her he was not real

that she knew it was William and i who were the real santa

fair enough. she found us out

we told her that although papa and i help santa, his magic and the magic of christmas is indeed real

on christmas eve, surrounded by family, snow falling and with her smaller cousins believing and excited for santa, her views changed

out of the blue she felt excited about the magic of santa and just like all the previous years she could not wait to get home to her grandparents house, write santa a note and leave milk and cookies for him and carrots for the reindeer

i am not going to lie, it felt good to have her believe once again

it made me feel like she is still the child i see in her despite how big she seems these days

although i was less invested in celebrating the holidays this year, we had ourselves a magical white christmas in west virginia surrounded by family

the way we always have


feijoada


feijoada is something i grew up with as a kid

what is feijoada?

well, it’s bean stew basically

feijao means bean in portuguese

there are many different ways to make feijoada

with all sorts of meat, sausage…. my favorite way is to keep it loaded with veggies

the last time Drea and her family came to visit us, i cooked it as meal for us and she has been begging me to do a post with the recipe since then

so, this one is for you Drea

happy weekend friends!



ingredients: 1 whole head of garlic, 3-4 bay leaves, 1 large can of whole peeled tomatoes, 3-4 cans of red kidney beans, 1 small green cabbage, broccoli, 5-6 carrots (olive oil, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes not pictured)



peel garlic and cut cabbage. put garlic, bay leaves and cabbage in large pot with olive oil, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. cook until cabbage is soft but not wilted



add large can of whole peeled tomatoes and cook in low heat with lid on for about 10 minutes



once the tomatoes are cooked down, open the cans of beans and pour in the bean sauce only. cook in low heat for another 10 minutes with lid on and occasionally stirring



add peeled and cut carrots and raise to medium heat. cook for 10 minutes with lid on



add cut broccoli and cook covered for 5-10 minutes



add beans, cook for 5 minutes et voila!! a hearty and healthy meal