Space

19 Nov

I’ve been taking a little space from my blog and also from some of my other hobbies. It’s silly but I just became overwhelmed trying to meet a schedule for these things.
I felt like when it became a must do item it had the power to make me angry and frustrated when life made it difficult to get that done.

I missed it but it was nice to not be thinking of blog-able meals and crafts and remembering to take step by step photos every time I did something new or fun. That’s not to say I didn’t still do that on occasion in case I wanted to blog about something.

I am hoping to get back to at least twice a month posts and more recipes. That is what I started this blog to share. It just evolved into a place for me to share the pieces of my life I want to share with the Internet.

It’s funny I used to love to write and share and connect and something changed that in my early 20′s. I just suddenly felt I wasn’t nearly as good at writing as I had always believed. But then I started my blog and found I enjoyed the recipes but I also enjoyed writing a bit more again. I’m hoping to start finding a balance and something I can write about.

Maybe I should do a blog challenge next year! Anyone know a good one?

Anyways I Hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving next week.

Tannith

Halloween with The Bata Clan

6 Nov

So this year we had planned a huge family costume…but in the general theme of life it didn’t work out. We are hoping to go big next year.

However we decided GB needed an awesome costume since he was old enough to actually go trick or treating this year. He went as Olaf. He loved his costume and he LOVED trick or treating. More than the candy he loved getting attention and saying “biiiii”

I had to do some last minute altering because they sent the wrong size under body suit. But it all came out just fine.

So without further ado enjoy some cheesy Halloween pictures.

The four gifts

8 Oct

Today is my wedding anniversary. We have been married for four years. That something close to 1,500 days. That’s alot of days. And as many of you know we haven’t spent more than two days apart in the stretch.
Seeing as I LOVE lists I decided to do one for my wonderful husband on this special day.
I give you the four greatest gifts Tony has given me during our marriage thus far.
Enjoy.

1. Its goes without saying that our Son is number one. GB is everything I could have dreamed but better. He is funny and silly and makes the same faces his father does. Seeing those two together is an instant day maker. No its a life maker. I am so lucky to have a husband who is truly a partner…he helps me with every aspect of raising our son. Never is it solely my job to do something. And that’s big.

2. The strength to battles my demons and win. I spent many years feeling trapped by things and just settling for managing them as opposed to living free of them. But Tony helped me get to a place where I wanted better than that. And with his support, patience and endless encouragement there has been nothing I cant beat.

3. Unconditional love. Cheesy as that sounds its true. Never have I felt loved constantly in a relationship. (excluding parents and family) this was the first relationship in which I knew at all times, in all sizes and shapes, in my best and worst moods I was loved. I was cherished and I was deeply wanted. Having that enables you to live so fully. I hope he knows my love for him is always unconditional too.

4. Laughter. I don’t know if you know this but we think we are hilarious. We spend more time laughing and saying stupid things than is normal. We find everything funny. I know my ego has gotten quite large thanks to having a husband who laughs at my jokes. I am so glad our son will grow up knowing laughter is wonderful.

I could go on and on. Someday I hope to write 50 awesome reasons my husband is better than yours or some such dribble. But for now I will spend the day sifting thru the memories we have made this far and dreaming of the ones to come.

Thank you Tony. You are truly a gift.

Love Always
Tannith

Settling

19 Aug

So its been a hectic, busy and just intense couple months for us…but since we arrived in NC I have finally started to feel settled again. And I am finding I also feel more at peace here than I have in either Texas or California. This is a comparison to my love of Florida. I can actually see us putting down roots and being really happy here.

We have fought so hard to get back to Florida but maybe when we ask the universe all those months ago to tell if it was time to go for it or to give up it finally gave us our answer. I love Florida, it is where I first fell in love with the man who would become my husband. It is where I learned how amazing and happy I could be when I just jumped and hoped all the cards landed right. It is also where my drinking picked up speed and hurtled me towards my sobriety. That would have happened anywhere and I am actually really glad I became such a hot mess so fast….because I also got sober fast and get to stand where I stand now.

But back to the here and now. This move has been great for us…the weather here is pretty much perfect, last summer we were unable to leave the house from about end of June thru beginning of September because it was so HOT! Like the baby is gonna get heat stroke hot. We go for walks every morning and evening and its warm but its still pleasant. We have found a great walking trail over by our Trader Joes, there is a decent flea market and the downtown is a foodies paradise. Overall we are just really enjoying it.

And I am enjoying settling back into the lives we had before the poop hit the fan. Its nice to have more than ten outfits and having all my kitchen stuff back it like heaven on earth. I have been baking and watching Harry Potter pretty much non stop.

I am not sure what God has in the cards for us but if it is to stay here, get our own house and start making connections and finding places that feel like home I am alright with that. Florida isn’t that far away and I have heard it makes a great vacation spot! Who knew ;)

So how about some photos of our lovely summer so far? Enjoy you hooligans.

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And who knows what else the summer holds….it is after all almost my birthday week :)

Tannith

Breaking our streak

6 Aug

Aviary Photo_130211676071460092Fun little thing about us…we have not spent a night apart since June of 2010. Two months into dating Tony had to go on a business trip and I missed him so badly and he just wanted to come home early. Not long after that he got rid of his apartment and moved in with me and the rest is history.

Sadly the streak was broken this past week. Tony headed back to Texas to get all our stuff with my step son Joey. As sad as I was to spend a few nights apart it was for a good reason. Plus it helped remind me just how much I love having this wonderful man next to me every night and every morning. It also showed me how FREAKING tough single mums are…especially mums with toddlers. GB missed his dada-de and he let me know all day for two days.

It is so easy to start taking our partners and their presence for granted. But when they are suddenly gone even if its just for a few days you are reminded how lucky you are to have them. I was also reminded just how lucky I am that I married someone who I do love being around constantly. I’m even luckier he feels the same way. We do everything together and we actually enjoy it. SO yes it was hard to spend two days without him and I’m sure you all are shaking your heads like I am big baby….but oh well its how we are.

And I guess two days out of our entire marriage is okay ;)

Are you and your love attached at the hip?

Hope your all having a fantastic week.

Until next time,

Tannith

Pound cake with roasted cherries and chocolate sauce

28 Jul

Okay so a few weeks ago I had a sudden and bizarre craving for pound cake. I dont think I had ever actually eaten pound cake, but well I blame Harry Potter for this craving. I am reading them as usual  (12th time reading the series) and they always talk about the best and most amazing sounding foods at meal times. Hence why I made a roast and pound cake that Sunday.

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Okay but back to the point….the pound cake. Having never made a pound cake I decided to trust the master on this one and went with Martha’s pound cake recipe. It was delicious and did not disappoint. That first night however I made it with some fresh raspberries I pureed. Something was missing. Not that it wasn’t good I just knew it could be better.

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The next day while pursuing my Instagram feed one of the lovely ladies I follow Honey and the hive posted this amazing looking ice cream she had made. This is the original recipe for that in case that sounds good to you. Now while reading that recipe I saw the link for the roasted cherries and remembered we had some in the fridge that weren’t quite as good as I had hoped when I spent a small fortune on them (am I right?? cherries are way too expensive) So I decided to roast some cherries with GB.

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I Tossed them in some sugar…I omitted the salt and pepper this go around but will probably try it next time.

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Then my helper and I roasted them at 450 for about 10-12 minutes tossing them a couple times so the juices and sugar didn’t burn. We took them out and tossed them in vanilla as opposed to the brandy since it wasn’t gonna cook off and this is a dry campus up in here.

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We set them aside in a bowl to cool and then pitted them. I don’t own a pitter (I will soon though because these are worth making again, also my computer says pitter isn’t a word but pater is?) so I used the end of one of my small sugar spoons to gouge the pits out. Later I cubed up some pound cake, warmed up the cherries and whipped up a batch of microwave fudge sauce and we ate the heck out of this stuff.

6tag_070714-195030Man oh man was it good. You should make it pronto…all of it, or parts of it, or whatever. So this means I can blame Harry Potter for my weight gain riiiight?

What are your food creations lately?

Ever been inspired in the kitchen by the books you love?

If so leave me a comment I’d love to hear all about it.

Until the next time

Tannith

ONE YEAR BOOZE-FREE.

24 Jul

Originally posted on ghostfaceknitter:

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Wow. It has been one entire year since I stopped drinking. I remember on day 4 looking at my ‘quitter app’ thinking ‘gosh four days is not very long… but soon this will say 1 month, then 6 months, and then 1 year – you can do it.’ I had no idea I would grow and change so much. I had no idea I wouldn’t have to endure my life anymore. I had no idea how fucking happy and awesome I would become during these 365 days. I shouldn’t act like I can’t believe it, because I can – I made all the choices to stay sober and did all the work. I guess if anything I just can’t believe how amazing life is sober and I am in awe everyday at how much more awesome life gets.

On July 24, 2013, I knew I was done with alcohol indefinitely…

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BriBri’s super duper amazing year

24 Jul

Today my best friend and crafting genius Ghostfaceknitter is celebrating one year sober. To say I am proud doesn’t even cover it. I knew she could do it the moment she text me and told me it was time…and I have be so lucky to be part of this great adventure and huge step she has taken to make her life fantastically breathtakingly wonderful.

My life would be quite lonely without this lady….which is surprising considering we could have been friends a long time ago but were too young, competitive and obviously insane. But thankfully we are in each others lives now, and it is so amazing to have someone aside from the Hubs who gets the sober life. Who cherishes it rather than sees it as a struggle to maintain. Bri and I both didn’t go the AA path…we found once we stopped drinking our lives were so vastly improved we didn’t actually miss drinking. How could we want to go back to where we were when the view from here is so perfect.

This last year has been the stuff of movies for my dearest BriBri….she has kicked toxic people from her life, developed a love of health and caring for her body, started crafting vigorously ( which is leading to her own online shop soon!!) she cooks, bikes, boxes, runs and just does things she loves for herself because she can. She has taken her life back and I am in awe of her strength, determination and mostly the love she has shown herself. Not all of us learn to love ourselves wholly and for who we are. Bri is a source of inspiration to me every single day and keeps my head on straight when I doubt myself. Those who call her friend are blessed beyond measure.

365 days is a long time. And I know the next 365 the next 1000 the next 10,000 will be even more amazing. So join me today and raise a glass of Kombucha (moldy tea which I’m told is delicious) to the amazing, astounding, silly and ridiculous best friend a girl could ask for miss BriBri!

I love you girl. You kick so much butt its crazy.

Year two lets do this!

Now please enjoy some of my favorite pictures from her last year :)

 

365 Days Ago

Silly Girl

Who do you know who got a tattoo in Thailand by a monk?

Ghostface avoiding the rays at the beach

She’s not the only one who loves the new bike!

Game of thrones crotchet…yes that’s a thing

The vest from hell….that came out soooo cute!

Taking on new craft projects

What a difference a year can make..the girl on the right knows whats up :)

making dresses

mmmm moldy tea

You know you want these all over your house!

Kicking some butt!

I seriously love the woman you are and am so impressed you continue to find ways to become happier and healthier mentally, physically and spiritually every single day.

I love you Mucho Stoopy Pants!

GB’s 1st Bday flash back post

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I said I was gonna get a couple posts up that happened while life was a bit busy the last couple months. Nana Fifi and Poppie D came up for GB’s first bday and to check out Seattle. Sadly they came right when things hit the fan up there for us and we spent most of their trip getting ready to leave. To say it was stressful at times would be an understatement. It was not how I had imagined mothers day and GB’s first birthday at all but we did make the best of it.

Soooo enjoy some pictures of the fun filled week we spent exploring and enjoying each others company.

 

Nana Arrives

Nana Arrives

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Checking out Pikes Place

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My Beautiful Mum

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Napping with Stanley

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Family shot minus the sleeping baby

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Mothers Day Dinner at Bizarro

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Mum and Dougie

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Birthday Boy!

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Agent P

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All in all it was a beautiful few days. I got to spend mothers day with my mum and celebrate my sweet boys 1st birthday. Then the next day we began the next adventure to our new home. I will get that post up in the next few days and hopefully stay on track from here on out. I have an amazing pound cake recipe with roasted cherries I am working on for you all.

Hope your having a fantastic week.

Love

Tannith

 

The worst blogger ever

3 Jul

If there was an award I think I would be a strong contender. I feel awful I haven’t been on here sharing GB’s first birthday pictures and Mums visit up to the pacific northwest and I feel even worse that I haven’t shared that Seattle was a bust for us. There is so much that has been going on and I have been overwhelmed and just burnt out.

I felt pretty beat up by the world and we were just hanging on and treading water. We have managed to survive and we are slowly starting the thrive again. I am hoping this holiday weekend will allow me to do a few flash back posts and fill you in on GB’s first birthday as well as the second cross country move for us this year. I think doing one big catch up post will be too much so I will be breaking it up a little.

I am happy to be back and even thru all of this mess I have been incredibly blessed.
Stick around I swear I’m coming back…hopefully better than ever.

Love
Tannith

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