Avocado & Goat Cheese Scramble

I’m STARVING.

I spent the end of my pregnancy in a state of total non-hunger (although this may sound odd, it’s actually pretty common, being as a full-term baby doesn’t leave a ton of space in your body for things like food)…but now?

I want to eat ALL THE THINGS.

Mostly all the ice cream things.

Maybe it’s breastfeeding making me so hungry? I have no idea. In any case, it’s slightly inconvenient, because all of these crazy cravings are popping up at a time when it’s a little tough to just pop over to the store for…well, for anything. And at a time when I’d like to confine the amount of preparation that goes into the average meal to “1. Open wrapper; 2. Eat.”

Anyway, my solution for this starvation + limited mobility + limited time problem is to get a whole lot less precious about what I’m putting on the dinner table. I usually feel some degree of (totally self-imposed) pressure to have dinners be “special” – fresh sauces and vegetables, relatively pretty presentation, et cetera, and after Indy’s birth I actually discovered a few ways to make homemade dinners work in the post-baby era…but here, the difficulty has been compounded by the fact that we’re in temporary housing and I don’t have much in the way of kitchen basics (I’m not going to, for example, buy spices that’ll only end up getting tossed in a couple of weeks). Also, one of the things I’m struggling with the most is finding time to dedicate exclusively to my son, and I’m not going to waste any of those evening minutes that could be spent reading him books on fussing around with a stove.

All this has meant that I’ve abandoned any ideas I had about fancy dinners, and started prioiritizing simple and edible for the time being. Most nights for the past week, dinner has consisted of either some kind of Trader Joe’s wonder and steam-in-bag vegetables…

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Or brinner. God, I love brinner.

Yesterday I wrote about how delicious Sugarlaws’ Avocado and Egg Toasts looked, and so last night (and again this afternoon, for lunch), inspired by her post, I made one of my all-time favorite meals: Avocado & Goat Cheese Scramble On Toast.

It is so good, and so fast, and seems to make everyone in my family happy. The key to making it feel indulgent enough for a dinner: no skimping on the butter when you scramble your eggs – it makes a huge difference in terms of flavor.

What You Need (serves 2):

1-2 tbsp butter

4 eggs

Splash of whole milk

2 tbsp goat cheese, crumbled

1/2 avocado, cubed

Fresh sliced bread

What You Do: 

1. Melt butter in a skillet. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and milk in a small bowl.

2. Add the egg mixture to the skillet and scramble constantly until just cooked through. Remove from heat and add goat cheese; mix lightly. Add avocado.

3. Serve on toasted bread with berries on the side.

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Maternity Style With Lucky Magazine: Skinny Jeans

Yesterday we talked about how to style Boyfriend Jeans for mamas-to-be, and for Part II of my collaboration with Lucky Magazine and Destination Maternity, we put together a bunch of looks showing different ways to wear skinny jeans while expecting. (If you have any questions about specific items shown in the video, just let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction!)

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Links & Love & Stuff

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Well, we tried. #familyportrait #sortof

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:) Today in Luxury Items That I Cannot Afford But Like To Dream About Anyway: this. Ugggggh it’s so pretty.

:) Russell Brand’s piece on Robin Williams’ death is a must-read. “Is it melancholy to think that a world that he can’t live in must be broken?”

:) This video of a man who doesn’t realize he is sitting in an audience surrounded by people whose lives he saved fifty years earlier will bring you to tears.

:) I tried on this blazer-style jacket while wandering around a mall before going into labor, and it may look simple…but the color (go for the navy) and shape are deceptively awesome. Boxy and boyfriend-y and cozy and perfect for fall.

:) I’m all about Brinners (breakfast-for-dinner) at the moment, mostly because baby = no time to cook anything that takes more than five seconds. Sugarlaws’ Avocado And Egg Toasts are coming up tonight.

:) My friend Nadine Jolie is a beauty and travel blogger…which means I am very interested in her post about her travel skincare routine and the items she never boards a flight without.

:) Speaking of perfect for fall: how about gold heeled loafers…for just thirty bucks? I thought so.

:) Dita Von Teese came out with a line of nursing bras and postpartum body shapers. Cool.

:) I have thought about purchasing these gorgeous Fleur de Lys water/wine glasses for years. Literally. Years. And they’re eight dollars, making the fact that I haven’t just bought them for the sole purpose of freeing up the space in my mind dedicated to wistfully gazing at them every time I see them in a store is…weird.

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Best feeling ever: Coming home after a long (long) trip to find a sparklingly clean house. Our friend stopped by to get our place spruced up for our return (1 1/2 weeks!) and I cannot wait to collapse onto that couch. #cleanfeelsgood

:) I miss my living room. (That’s a Crate & Barrel couch, by the way, and the BEST THING IN THE WORLD.)

:) How to make the best fresh tomato sauce ever.

:) A piano-key clutch with a lucite bow?! YES.

:) Loved this article on 10 things you learn from a good relationship (my favorite: forgive quickly and truly).

:) A Where Are They Now? for one of my personal contenders for very best show ever. That’s right: I’m talking about America’s Next Top Model.

:) This hair stylist spends his Sundays cutting hair for the homeless.

:) A bedazzled…water bottle holster? I didn’t believe it either. And now I’ve seen it, and I cannot unsee. Let’s call this one “not recommended.”

Post-Partum Style

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If you’re a mom you already know this one, but if not it might be news:

You leave the hospital still looking about 4 or 5 months pregnant.

And you look that way for anything from a few days to a few months, depending on various factors (everything from how fast the swelling goes down and how much weight you gained during the pregnancy to how much water you’re drinking). The important thing to remember: it’s fine. It’ll come off when it comes off, and if that takes a few months…hey, so did growing an entire human being.

Still: getting dressed during the postpartum period is complicated.

Personally, I’d gotten used to my pregnancy shape, and was loving getting dressed every morning even at the very end…but this is a whole different thing. The combination of having recently gone through a fairly major physical trauma, suddenly having a completely insane and not especially comfortable shape (we’re talking size Gs, guys. Gs!), and having to be semi-nude with relative frequency, even when in public, has made me do a little reevaluating of what, exactly, I’d like to put on my body.

Basically, I can’t handle anything constricting anywhere at all.

But! I have found a solution. And it is this:

breastfeeding style

Super-stretchy, jegging-type pants (that do not need to be un-cute; see evidence above) + comfortable, oversized top that may or may not be one you wore while pregnant, as well.

This top – which is technically “maternity,” but which I would (and will) totally wear in my “regular” (non-pregnant, non-post-partum) life anyway – is a lifesaver: all that flowiness is not only flattering, but it sort of swathes you and the baby when you’re breastfeeding, so you don’t feel quite so exposed. If you drape a scarf around yourself as well (I don’t go anywhere without a pretty, oversized scarf these days), you can feel totally confident that random passersby won’t be able to check out any parts of your body that you don’t especially want them to see.

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distressed jeans

new mom style

On Me: Rachel Pally Top from Destination Maternity; American Eagle Distressed Jeggings and Camo Flats; Foley & Corinna Bag; Tom Ford Sunglasses.

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