Spending every nook and cranny of the day reading a magical book – Susan Branch’s Martha’s Vineyard – Isle of Dreams. A beautiful way to spend a day of rest (or at least minutes of rest here and there). A lovely story, cozy recipes, and the best of the best quotes all in one place!
Happy first day of 2020!
How can it be? In a month, our youngest little will be the big T-W-O. I’m looking so forward to celebrating with him but at the same time I’m finding myself feeling pretty nostalgic about the day he was born and those first few months after. Such beautiful, sweet times for all of us. Before my cheeks become damp, back to some of the sweet and simple times we are sharing now. As of late, some of those special times involve books. Currently, the below are some of his favorites. He’s really into pictures and objects so even though he may not be comprehending all of the words the illustrations still keep him thinking and interested.
1 – Windows by Julie Denos
2 – Before and After by Jean Jullien
3 – Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
4 – Opposites with Frank Lloyd Wright
5 – Almost Everything by Joelle Jolivet
6 – Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle
7 – Pantone mini board books
8 – Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
9 – One Thousand Things by Anna Kovecses
It’s rainy and dreary here today (and little man is currently napping). So perfect! I’m looking forward to making breakfast for dinner and these biscuits – https://www.momontimeout.com/perfect-biscuits-every-time-recipe/#wprm-recipe-container-19131. I only use about half of the sugar when making them (unless I’m making them as part of a dessert). They really are so so good! These are pretty great (and easy) also!
We eat our fair share of eggs in this house and most of the time we prefer them scrambled (because of ease), unless we are making sandwiches. I needed something quick for dinner the other night and was leaning towards doing something “breakfasty” but was looking for something more than just starches and scrambled eggs sounded a little “blah”. I then remembered the booklet that came with my daughter’s waffle maker suggested an omelet waffle. Definitely easy enough. And such a great way to put to use some of the leftover veggies and cheese in the fridge.
The only items you really need are a waffle maker and eggs. I used this four inch waffle maker. One egg is needed per waffle. For our dinner waffles, I mixed in a variety of chopped peppers, cooked turkey sausage, and cheese. And for lunch the other day, with the egg, I mixed in chopped peppers, leftover baked chopped cauliflower, mushrooms, and cheese. On top, I garnished with sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and a little green onion (would’ve preferred chives but I didn’t have any).
If you are making more than just one waffle, mix/ whisk your eggs with all of your ingredients. One four inch waffle is equal to approximately one full ice cream scoop. If you are using a larger waffle maker, I would say approximately 3 eggs or 3 scoops of your mixture would be sufficient enough.
When I made these for lunch, I also had some leftover bread from dinner the night before topped with a dab of orange honey butter. It was the best sweet and citrus “ending”. It’s also very simple to make. You need just 1 to 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice and honey and a little orange zest along with a stick of butter to make more than several servings worth.
And the prettiest little book to compliment the lunch and keep the littlest busy while I eat. 😉
And totally random – but just watched and adore this Netflix documentary. It reminded me of this one. So in love with how both have captured and document people and the “everyday”.
If it were feasible, I would own all the books! But until then, I’ll settle for bi-weekly library visits. Below are our latest lends.
Books for the littlest little. . .
They are all short and sweet, the same as his attention span these days. (smile)
1 – Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
- Eye catching. And a cute yet simple way to help littles learn about color.
2 – Skyscraper by Jeremy Hurley
- With few but big words, not to mention all of those vehicles and machines that littles are intrigued by, step by step this book brings a building to life in a way that all will understand. This one in particular caught Tate’s attention.
3 – Boats on the Bay by Jeanne Walker Harvey
- Gorgeous colors! And this book portrays the sweetest variety of boats – “A sparkly boat joins a parade”.
4 – My Heart by Corinna Luyken
- Beautifully illustrated. And such a delightful way to interpret those deep feelings of the heart in a way that children can understand.
Reading is and will always be one of my most favorite pastimes, but with regret I haven’t read much in the past few years. I enjoy it so much (too much) that my focus on anything else becomes nil until books started are finished (basically without notice the kids could Uber to New York and the house could whirl away in a tornado). OR maybe my attention span is just as short and sweet as Tate’s is these days. (wink, wink) Either way, I opted for all homemaking, crafting and cookbooks this time around. I’m hoping that the slower schedules of summer will allow for more late nights of reading.
My lends . . .
1 – A Well-Crafted Home by Janet Crowther
Beautiful and timeless projects – ones you won’t tire of! They feel substantial (more permanent than a lot of diys) but none feel too overwhelming to attempt. I may have to purchase this one.
2 – Craft the Rainbow by Brittany Watson Jepsen
- So many lovely projects. I’m especially fond of all of those that involve paper. The effort and thought that went into designing this book is so appreciated. Just flipping through the colorful pages makes me happy.
3 – Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith
- Wonderful thoughts on everything from the spacing and arrangement of a room to accessories actually needed vs. those that are simply excess. Basically “Getting the most out of the least amount of things – M.S.”. It focuses on not just obtaining stylish things but more importantly to purchase pieces for their functionality (especially in regards to your family/ lifestyle). Be mindful!
4 – Happy Handmade Home by Elsie Larson & Emma Chapman
- So many FUN and easy projects for your home, gift giving, party decor, and so much more! Also, such beautiful photography and a fantastic source of inspiration.
5 – Magnolia Table Cookbook by Joanna Gaines
- Such a cozy feel when you read through the pages and recipes. We’ve already tried the orange scones, cinnamon squares, and king ranch chicken with jicama salad – we’ve enjoyed them all. The kids favorite thus far has been the cinnamon squares, mine the scones (and the jicama salad). Looking forward to trying a few more of them before returning.
Now to refrain from purchasing all of them once they’re returned. ~ xoxo ~