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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

january {in an instagram}

1.  We took a cue from Pinterest, and started a memory jar for 2013.  We have been writing down memories here and there on small pieces of scrap paper and putting them in the jar.  We’ll read them all on New Year’s Eve this year.  It’s fun!
2.  My friend and I were browsing downtown one evening and I found this necklace at Silver in the City.  I adore it.
3.  Caroline has started to become really interested in kitchen goings on.  She always says, “I see making?” and wants you to pick her up so she can see, and usually stir.  This particular night, she wanted to stir the pasta for the full cooking time.  So funny.
4.  My daughter, the guacamole monster.  No idea where she gets it.  Who needs chips or spoons?
5.  Random warm-ish January day means grilled chicken fajitas, obviously.
6.  Pre-swim class shenanigans.
7.  Midway through the playroom update.  Things are looking better every day!
8.  My friend loaned me this book on knitting toys.  I died of cuteness overload, and then promptly planned my next 10 projects.
9.  Our first project in knitting class was this sweater.  Here it is nearly finished (now it is finished!)
10.  Another warm January day meant a trip to the park with our little sunshine.
11.  Andrew rode his bike to the park.  I have a feeling those training wheels will be coming off once the weather warms up!
12.  Super(hero) weekend fun.
13.  I had to work on MLK day though the rest of the family was home.  Andrew picked out these flowers for me to cheer me up when I came home.  Sweet, sweet boy.
14.  Here he is with the bear he requested from the knitted toy book!  He decided to name him Little Nice Bear.  Seriously, can’t handle his cuteness sometimes!
15.  My schedule usually doesn’t allow for it but this month I was finally able to go on a field trip with Andrew’s class.  They painted mugs and we all had a blast.
16.  I had my first food truck experience ever.  Scratch Truck grilled cheese – total insanity.  Already looking forward to the next time!
17.  After finishing Andrew’s bear, I decided to teach myself to cable knit.  It is way easier than you would ever imagine.  And when you’re cable knitting, it only makes sense to watch The Cable Guy.  Duh.
18.  One of the best things about being a grown up is watching my family play with my friends’ families.  This is my honorary niece Kylie, the daughter of my best friend since kindergarten Amanda.  She’s sweet as can be.
19.  I was bummed about my last day as a 20-something, so I started the day with a pick-me-up.  It helped.  A little.
20.  My attending happens to share a birthday with me, and he requested red velvet cupcakes – also my favorite!  Great minds think alike…and share birthdays.

Most of these images are from my personal (private) Instagram account.  You can follow my public stream here: user annieseats.

  • erin mansfield

    I absolutely LOVE Silver in the City. It is my go-to store for most birthday presents.

  • Hannah

    I am just learning to knit too, and I started making that exact cabled scarf on Thursday. :) I was working on it yesterday while watching the game and eating your Gumbo Dip!

  • natalie

    I’m IN LOVE with that necklace. Like totally. Like want to run away with it and marry it.

  • Kat

    The guac monster – the cutest thing I’ve seen all day. Well, since dropping my own munchkins off at day care. Seriously, though, your kiddos are adorable. You are so blessed, as they are by you!

  • Annie @Annie’s City Kitchen

    Girl, I hear ya about leaving your 20′s. I’m 28 and I’m ALREADY dreading 30 (and for no good reason!). Also, I just began knitting myself and I’m obsessed now! So relaxing and such a thoughtful gift for friends and family.

  • Caroline L.

    Looking through these monthly recaps are always so much fun! Your kids are growing up so fast! :)

  • Angela

    Happy birthday! The 30s are incredible. I’m 31, so I don’t have a ton of experience, but, so far, they surpass the twenties in awesomeness by miles. :)

    That vase is gorgeous. What a sweet boy!

  • katherinelynn_04

    I am hardly found without some sort of knitting near at hand, so I completely understand how it becomes an obsession. Have you seen Hansi Singh’s Amigurumi knits? It is full of wonderful little creatures, like the Kraken and Nessie, but also cute things like knitted veggies. Excellent pictures and a great tutorial section for new techniques (I actually use it as my go-to reference because it is so well done!). The other you should check out is Spud and Chloe at the Farm, which has an entire farm that you can knit one piece at a time, including a little barn (you put a piece of cardboard in between the layers of knitting to make it stand up!). It is a very sweet little book, and even has a story in it for the kids.

  • Jen

    I just started knitting too. Not up to doing a sweater yet! What is the name of the knitted toy book? That might be something to transition to from scarves and dishclothes since I have a new little nephew..

  • Guest

    That little girl of yours is just too cute! 30 was challenging for me too. Six years into my 30s, I can honestly say that every year gets better! (Ask me again when I turn 40!)

  • Amanda Ferraioli

    Hi Annie! Happy belated birthday! It looks like you had a great month. I love these posts! I was wondering if you could share if you like your charcoal grill and what kind it is? I’m looking for one as a gift and always like to hear recommendations!

  • G.G.,as in Gaby Guillen ;)

    Oh my gosh, u have the most adore able little kids !!!! They going to have a lot of girls(for your boy) and guys (for the little girl) chasing after them, haha.I guess they got that from you because you’re pretty as well :) sigh, such an adorable family.

  • Joelyn Wong

    Happy Birthday Annie, hope it was as wonderful as the red velvet cupcakes, yumz!

  • http://www.discoveringmykismet.com/ Corinne

    I’m a newbie to the knitting train but I’m having so much fun! Although I’ve only done a straight scarf, nothing fancy. My first official project is a cowl-neck scarf, so I’m hoping it doesn’t turn out to be a huge, big mess! Once I get a little more comfortable that book may have to make its way into my house!

  • annieseats

    It’s a Weber grill. My Dad was a grill-aholic and he swore by Weber :)

  • annieseats

    Thanks for the recs!

  • annieseats

    The book is just called Knitted Toys (that’s the cover in the photo). I actually think the toys are more complicated than a sweater (at least a basic sweater) because there is a lot more shaping, many more pieces, etc. But, it’s all just following a pattern so I’m finding none if it is as complicated as it may look at first glance.

  • WendyG

    Happy Birthday Annie!! I can’t believe with everything else that you do that you are mastering knitting too! You’re amazing :)