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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!

july {in an instagram}

1. Caroline has finally reached a point where she mostly cooperates and lets me braid or otherwise style her hair. It is such a nice change from the Cousin It look she normally rocks.
2. Sparklers are totally the best thing about the Fourth of July right? My brother bought loads of them for the kids and we used every single one of them. So fun!
3. Andrew came into the kitchen with his chef’s hat on and asked to bake cookies. Seriously, how could I resist? (We made these.)
4. Cookbook reading – a weekend staple in our house.
5. Our little fishy – she loves the pool! So glad our neighborhood has one.
6. She’s fearless at the park. To compensate, I’m pretty sure all of her fear is transferred to me while I watch her climb to the top of everything.
7. Giving Andrew a giant bowl of water can keep him busy for a solid hour. This time he made a boat out of foil and tested how many dinosaurs he could float before it sank.
8. Excellent sign outside our favorite bar was a great start to date night.
9. Another fun activity to keep Andrew busy for a while was building a house out of cardboard. Great place to play with all our Lego guys.
10. Having dessert outside underneath our willow tree is apparently the most fun thing in the world. The kids want to do this every.single.night.
11. Family lunch date (at Taste) was more like brunch date when both kids ordered these amazing waffles. I had to sneak a few bites.
12. Andrew lost his first tooth and was PUMPED. It was so cute to see his excitement.
13. As a gift to myself for finishing all of my medical training, I bought a sewing machine and with some help getting started from a friend, I’m now having a total blast with it. If you sew and have any great sites or project ideas to send my way, I would totally appreciate suggestions!
14. She looooves our cat with such intensity. Thankfully the cat tolerates it and is so patient with her, even when she squeezes.
15. A morning full of sidewalk chalk necessitates a rest right there on the concrete.
16. Canning tomatoes – trying to stock up for winter. I’ve done two big rounds and will probably do one more. Are you canning this year?
17. I took the kids out to breakfast for their last day of summer break and we had such a blast together.
18. Ordering Jeni’s ice cream to have shipped to our door was one of the best decisions of all time.
19. Soaking up the last bit of summer the night before going back to school. I love this kid.
20. First day of school pic (first grade/pre-school). Melt.

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

  • Francesca @ Love.Bake.Read

    Such adorable pictures. Love Andrew’s chef’s hat! This isn’t the first I’ve heard of Jeni’s ice cream…might have to try it!

  • Erin Chewning

    I’ll be canning tomatoes again this year! Thanks to your tutorial, I began doing this last year and plan to keep the tradition up. We used all our tomatoes before winter was over, so I’ll be doing a lot more this year!

  • Martha

    Your kids are so stinking cute! And congrats on the sewing machine, I’m sure you’ll have a blast! This website is not particularly good as a tutorial for beginners, and hasnt been updated in over a year, but The Selfish Seamstress is a hilarious sewing blog that provides some fun knockoff patterns and lots of entertainment. She always makes me laugh!

  • Hilary

    Annie- I think you would like Allison Harris at cluckclucksew.com and Camille Roskelley. Both have great quilt patterns and design beautiful fabric. I think you’ll love sewing. Thanks for keeping the website up! Not sure how you do it all but I love reading all of your posts!

  • Melissa Brooker

    love the photos!! Andrew is going to be quite the chef!

    The kids are already back to school? I just assumed everyone’s school year started in September! You learn something new every day!

  • Angela

    Cute pictures. Sounds like it was a fun summer. Your kids are the same gender/age as my kids and I swear I could write some of those entries. Caroline sounds as spunky as my little girl.

  • annieseats

    Thanks for the recommendations!

  • annieseats

    Thanks for the rec! I definitely appreciate it :)

  • Lisa

    purlbee.com has all sorts of really fun tutorials for sewing and other crafts/projects. I can manage to get through most of them, unless my sewing machine decides to go on strike that day…you just never know :)

  • Whitney

    Super cute pictures as usual! Also, congratulations on finishing fellowship! Are you staying on as an attending? My husband is now in his second year of nephrology fellowship at Duke (where he also did residency). Knowing the lifestyle of medical people in training, I have often wondered how you are able to do all that you do. I started regularly reading your blog a year ago when I became a mom and I am just amazed at all you are able to do as a mother, doctor, cook, and knitter! Perhaps you could share your tips, tricks, and rules you set for yourself? Congrats on finishing fellowship though! That must feel so good!!

  • Kerry Cooks

    Your daughter is so beautiful – she looks more and more like you every month!

  • http://hildyathome.com Hildy

    Merricksart.com has some great sewing tutorials, and she often drafts patterns from tshirts and other closet staples-it’s a great into to working with patterns! I love sewing, but with 2 littles who love to “help,” it gets hard to find the time. Props to you for starting, though! It’s great fun, and such a helpful skill to have. I’m always hemming pants for my short-legged boy or sewing patches on uniform shirts.
    I started canning this year and I’ve done 2 rounds of tomatoes so far, and a whole bunch of salsa. It’s oddly therapeutic, especially hearing the “pop” when the jars seal! Our local food co-op often has bulk options of whatever’s in season. Makes it easy to stock up!

  • Ashley

    noodle-head.com has some super great sewing projects on there; the ones I love the most are bags! Lots of great stuff to sew for kids too. :) The divided basket is my favorite, makes the best baby shower gift! http://www.noodle-head.com/2013/01/divided-basket-pattern.html

  • annieseats

    Thank you!

  • annieseats

    Thank you for the rec!

  • annieseats

    Aw, thank you! You are too sweet.

  • annieseats

    Thanks! I will still be in the same city (Indy) but am going to be an attending in a different hospital system than where I trained.

    People ask me frequently to share tips and tricks about how I “do it all” but in reality, I don’t feel that I do anything special. I wouldn’t know what tips to share because I don’t have any secret strategy. I’m just like most working moms. I’m busy, I’m tired, but I won’t allow my career to rule my life. I insist on making time for all the things I love because they help renew my energy.

  • annieseats

    I do know Purl Bee and have been playing with a lot of their sewing crafts. I am obsessed with that site! I discovered it originally with my knitting and crocheting and am so glad that now I can play with the sewing projects too.

  • Seema Kohli Talwar

    Your kids are so adorable. My daughter will turn 10 this year and I so miss that young age! http://www.makeit-loveit.com is a nice blog I follow for sewing tips. I’ve done couple of projects and enjoy her simple easy instructions. Sewing is fun. i’m also working on the rainbow blanket after seeing your project….I made the size bigger, I’m one-third done! Will definitely post the picture once I’m done.
    On another note, have you thought of doing a series on school lunches. It’ll be great if you do so as I’m always looking for healthier options and do not like the idea of cold meat sandwiches! Thanks for inspiring in so many ways and all the best with your sewing machine.

  • annieseats

    Thank you for the sewing rec – I’ll check it out for sure. Awesome that you are making the rainbow blanket! It is such a fun project and the end result is so gratifying. We use ours all the time and it’s special to us :)

    Yes, I actually am doing a school lunch series! Right now I am posting daily lunch ideas on Instagram (http://instagram.com/annieseats). I will probably do an actual, more inclusive blog post about it eventually but I have a lot of material to include and am trying to decide the best way to present it all. At least for now, hopefully the Instagram posts will be useful :)

  • Ann Harrer

    There are some great tutorials for kids clothes and bags at http://www.danamadeit.com. I have used her tutorials to upcycle my husbands button down shirts to make adorable dresses and skirts for my daughter (also bibs and pacifier tethers for my son). She has a lot of resources for little boys clothes as well as little girls clothes which is nice.

  • annieseats

    Thank you Ann!

  • Whitney

    Thanks for your response Annie! I think that’s a good view point to take. There is good discipline in making time/setting aside time for things that one loves and thrives on, and yes, I should do this more myself!

  • Lydia

    Welcome to the sewing world! I am a big sewer, but mostly for quilts. Here is one site where you get a free tutorial e-mailed to you daily for any type of sewing projects-love! http://www.sewcanshe.com/

    And here is my favorite free quilt tutorial website (plus it’s my favorite line of fabric.)
    http://www.modabakeshop.com/

    Just a little something to get you started with!

  • annieseats

    Thank you Lydia!!!

  • Mary

    I love your “Instagram” and “Things I’m Loving” posts as well as all your great recipes. Thanks so much!

  • Melanie

    I love your school lunches on Instagram!

    I have a few favorite sewing blogs. I really like http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com. She has a lot of really great ideas a tips. I saw someone comment on danamadeit.com, that is a great one. Missouri Star Quilt company has LOTS of video tutorials for quilting.

    There is also this shop hop all over the country called the row by row experience. You can google it. Each participating shop has a pattern for a “row” that they will give you for free. It’s suppose to be for making a whole quilt. Some are super cute you could use for table runners and the like. Have fun sewing!

  • annieseats

    Thank you Melanie!