Photo 13/52: A girl and her Legos, a boy and his raccoon

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Beany: I love the open mouth while she’s playing with her Legos. The girl is always talking. Always.

Bear: Save for a quick diaper change or sudden demand for food, this little guy is amazingly content. Happy babies are so great.

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

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Photo 12/52: Here’s how you play

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There are plenty of important life lessons an older sibling bestows on the younger one, and Beany is already hard at work teaching Bear the ropes. This week’s lesson? Animal sounds and a tutorial on “how to play.” He seems to be catching on quickly.

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 11/52: Blue eyes and sleepy guys

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Even though Jared and I are still scrambling a bit to figure out a new routine around here (I promise food posts will return in the not-so-distant future; we’re still just happy to have any meal at this point!), Beany and Bear have both settled into the swing of things like it’s no big deal. Kids are pretty amazing like that. Grown-ups, take note!

And now for this week’s photos: I probably already have fifty zillion sleeping pictures of Bear that are some variation of this pose, but I love how very boyish he looks in this one. And Beany’s photo? That sweet face paired with the oven mitts (a new favorite accessory) makes me pretty happy. She’s a funny duck, as her Grammy says. Funny and the best.

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 10/52: Settling in

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Beany, pondering this whole big sister business. And Bear, reflecting on something wise and important.

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 9/52: Then there were two

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And my heart grew three sizes that day.

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 8/52: We love the ’90s

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Rocking neon like it’s 1993 — with a ponytail that just won’t quit.

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany every week of the year.

Photo 7/52: The sitting spot

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Oh, the places you sit when you’re small.

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany every week of the year.

Comfort food to calm the chill: Fettuccine with garlic cream sauce and sautéed tomatoes

Fettuccine with Garlic Cream Sauce and Tomatoes

I think it’s safe to say that we’re officially in the thick of a true Boston winter. There’s snow on the ground. Snow on the rooftops. Snow in piles. Snow on the way. It’s icy and slushy and downright cold. But you know what? It’s pretty glorious. Sure, native Bostonians and more experienced East Coast residents are still meeting our winter enthusiasm with mild shock and a lot of, “Just wait until mid-March, and you won’t love it so much,” but for now our family is definitely enjoying this long-lasting winter wonderland. If it’s going to be cold, it might as well be snowy. And we have plenty of both.

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Cold weather does call for comfort food though, the kind that warms you up from the inside out and makes you feel good and cozy on a truly blustery day. You can certainly go the soups and stews route, but for me, nothing says comfort like pasta. So pasta we shall have! And this pasta we have had, in fact — weekly at least — for a solid month. Maybe that’s why we’re still loving all this snow.

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Fettuccine with Garlic Cream Sauce and Sautéed Tomatoes
Adapted from The Kitchy Kitchen

• 16 ounces fettuccine
• ¼ cup olive oil
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 pint cherry tomatoes
• ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
• kosher salt
• freshly ground black pepper
• ½ cup cream
• 2 teaspoon lemon zest
• 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, and sauté just until golden, about 30 seconds to a minute. Add the tomatoes, crushed red pepper, salt and black pepper. Lower heat, and sauté, tossing occasionally, until tomatoes are soft, another 7 to 10 minutes, depending on how hot you keep the pan.

In the meantime, cook the fettuccine to al dente, according to package instructions. When the pasta is nearly finished cooking (and the tomatoes are soft), add the cream to the pan with the tomatoes, give everything a good stir and heat the sauce until it’s almost simmering. Add the lemon zest and thyme, and stir to combine.

Pour the hot garlic cream sauce over the pasta, and toss to coat. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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How are you staying warm and cozy this winter season? Good food? Good friends? A good vacation void of snow and ice? Do tell!

XO,
Katrina

Photo 6/52: Littlest for a little while

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She’s only the littlest for a little while longer. But she’ll always be the first.

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany every week of the year.

Photo 5/52: Calm and bright

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A rare moment of quiet play. Sometimes she looks so angelic, I forget the great big, very high-pitched voice that’s growing inside.

XO,
Katrina

This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany every week of the year.

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