sriracha ketchup

while i am usually more of a mayonnaise person (i dip my fries in mayo because i am very european and chic), i do love a good flavored ketchup here and there. i’m excited to have teamed up with with Newell Brands, makers of Ball® Fresh Preserving Products to create a couple of fun posts for the rest of the year and show you how easy canning is, and i thought it would be really fun for gid and me to make ketchup together. any excuse to eat more fries and lose less baby weight tbh.

i’ve never really done canning besides for our charcuterie party, but the idea of it makes me feel very grown up living a very quaint life (my mom and i used to watch “baby boom” constantly when i was a kid), so i’m into it. it was fun having a little artisan operation going. and i mean, what friends would come over and not be impressed when you serve homemade ketchup? no friends i’d want.

sriracha ketchup

makes about 4 (8 oz.) half-pint jars

1 tbsp. olive oil
2 medium sized yellow onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
6 lbs. roma tomatoes
¼ cup brown sugar or honey
¼ cup rice vinegar
½ cup lime juice
1/3 cup sriracha
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
4 (8 oz) half-pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands

1. heat olive oil in large dutch oven or saucepot. cook onion and garlic over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden brown. stir in tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook for about 20 minutes or until tomatoes are completely softened and have released most of their liquid.  remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

2. puree tomato mixture through an electric food strainer or food mill. cook puree over medium-high heat for about an hour or until reduced by half, stirring occasionally. stir more frequently as mixture gets thicker and lower the heat as needed to prevent scorching.  stir in remaining ingredients.

3. meanwhile, prepare boiling water canner. heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. do not boil. wash lids in warm soapy water and set aside with bands.

5. ladle hot ketchup into a hot jar leaving ½-inch headspace. remove air bubbles and wipe rims and center lids on jars. apply band and adjust to fingertip tight. place jar in boiling-water canner. repeat until all jars are filled.

6. process jars for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. turn off heat; remove lid, and let jars stand 5 minutes. remove jars and cool.

canning may seem like a daunting task, but was actually really easy and rewarding — it’s also nice to know we will actually finish something before it spoils! (kind of a big feat in our house sadly.) we gave out the rest of our jars to friends and they were SO impressed — just like i told you they would be.

this post is in partnership with Newell Brands,
makers of Ball® Fresh Preserving Products.

all opinions are 100% my own.

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lighting is everything

so this might make me sound so lazy, but we keep a lot of lights on… all the time. we feel safer having our outdoor light on all night, we keep a light on for the cats to eat at night (no — our cats cannot see in the dark, that is a total myth or ours are just complete brats), and these days we keep a kitchen light on for the 4am feed/pumping session. the problem is that we forget to turn them off during the day, so our outdoor light is just always on and that’s always been something that bugged me but not enough to remember to turn it off every morning. so no joke, my life was just changed by sengled element bulbs.

you can control these bulbs with your phone, but the thing i love by far the most is the timing and schedule abilities. these are especially crucial rn with a newborn, because now i have the light scheduled to turn on at 6pm (no longer will i be nursing in pitch black until gid gets home from work), and then they get dimmer (8% brightness) at 10pm and stay on until morning, which again has been a lifesaver for when i go out to pump in the living room in the middle of the night and then wash everything in the kitchen. you can schedule each individual light, or groups of lights — also would be super helpful when you’re out of town and want it to seem like you’re home.

we also live in what you might consider a very dim house, so much so that my dad complains every time he stays with us that he can’t see anything (what a total old guy). i’m pretty sensitive to bright light and like to complain about it whenever gid is brushing his teeth with the dimmer up all the way, plus dim lighting is like, totally romantic — so for the most part, we keep all the lights dim at all times. any light switch that didn’t have a dimmer was quickly replaced when we moved into our house. so it’s sooo nice to be able to control the brightness of the bulbs from my phone while sitting on the couch or trapped under the baby.

you can also control the temperature of the lights, ranging from edison to daylight — we take a LOT of photos of arlo bathing in the sink, so i was so stoked to get a better photo lighting sitch going since we bathe him before bedtime. you can also sync it with smart home platforms like amazon alexa, which makes it even easier. we put another type of sengled bulb in the nursery, twilight, which stays dim for 15 seconds after the switch is turned off, making it a smoother transition for kids and leaving the room without kicking a cat or something on the way out. right now we’re keeping it in our living room until he’s actually sleeping in the nursery.

anything that makes these newborn days easier is so crucial right now, so i really am stoked on these. also, did i mention, the bulbs can last 20 years?

this post is in partnership with sengled. all opinions are 100% my own.

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15 neutral area rugs i love

i get so many questions about the rugs we have in our house, and also i am kinda over the rug in our living room right now, so here we are. i feel like i could always buy more rugs and more jackets, no matter how many i have of either.









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(*this one is machine washable!)

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