Life Lately & Links 9

Happy Friday! How has your week been? This week has felt like a tough one, and when I ask myself why, I can’t really point to one big thing in particular. I think it has been the sum of lots of little things that are wearing on me, coupled with not enough personal time to recharge. James just came up on 2 and a quarter (or do I just say 2 now? haha) and some of the tantrums have been really hard. To the point where I question, should we take him to a specialist for this behavior, or would they just send him home and tell us he’s 2?

I tell you though, I feel like one of the biggest mainstays of becoming a parent has been a newfound gratitude for my own parents, lol! You really get to experience firsthand how much work and love goes into raising another human being and it has surprised me how much gratitude it has brought out. And actually there’s something beautiful about that.

Lately I have been on a Frittata kick, and have made a few different kinds in the past week. This is one of my new favorites, a Sausage and Kale Frittata:

Sausage Kale Frittata

I honestly get bored of scrambled or fried eggs in the morning, but frittatas always feel exciting to me because you can do endless types of fillings. For this one I did a modification of my Potato Frittata, nixing the potatoes and instead doing some browned fresh Italian sausage and sautéed kale, and adding the same egg batter using gruyere cheese instead of cheddar. It was delicious!

I also had two vegetarian friends stay with us last weekend, and I made a frittata with sautéed zucchini, bell peppers, and broccoli, and that was a big hit too. We had it for lunch the first day, then had the leftovers for breakfast the following morning.

Before I get into this week’s links, I want to wish everyone who’s celebrating a Happy Father’s Day this weekend! We just got a new grill, and I’ll be making a batch of my mom’s Korean Kalbi beef along with some other grilling meats and a salad. If you’ve never had Korean BBQ, seriously, you’ve got to try that kalbi. My mom was worshipped for that recipe.

This Week’s Links:

This pasta looks crazy good, and I totally admit that my mouth watered when I saw it.

I also don’t eat breakfast out when I’m traveling for many of the same reasons.

Marinating zucchini is something I love doing.

I think this is true too.

Great tips for working more productively. Distractions have been a big problem for me lately and it’s time to reel it in.

Several friends have asked me to do a post on packing because I travel very lightly (as in, I can take a 3 day vacation only bringing a standard sized purse). I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but my tips are pretty similar to this.

Ever since James was born, I’ve become a believer in afternoon naps (for adults).

Louisa’s Cake looks like it has a dreamy texture and crumb.

Gazpacho has grown on me in recent years and this Heirloom Gazpacho sounds fab.

Heck yes to Pistachio Honey Creme Brûlée.

Holy moly, I have seen so many delicious lamb recipes this week. This first one looks incredible, but I also want to try these kebabs and this lamb shawarma.

Whyyyyyyyyy. It’s not even summer yet.

We booked our first overseas trip with James for Madrid in the fall, and this is good to know for anyone traveling abroad.

Have a great weekend,
Joanne