Did it seem like the month of April flew by for any of you? We began our month here with a pukey Spring Break (literally, pukey), some fun mixed in towards the end, and the start of the Pre-Engagement course Ben and I are counseling. Family life as five is finally leveling out, or shall I say I'm finding my bearing and not sinking. I forgot how sweet this stage of baby life is with finding the middle ground in eating solids, baby smiles, and mimicking just about everything she can.
Pinch me...I'm smitten.
So basically, I'm into my family this month. Sure, there's other things that have grabbed my attention; but, they win the gold. I'll end with those lovelies though.
1. Books & Magazines
I've been missing those issues of Bon Appetit in the mail, and am highly considering a subscription to Food & Wine. It's pretty typical for me to pull out back issues of food magazines this time of year to see how I can reinvent something in the kitchen. If you want to send me any foodie magazine, I would be obliged.
Seriously though, I did finish Bread & Wine, which was heart food. Now, I'm reading The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler. I checked it out from the library after reading his article in the NY Times on why storytelling is so important for the table, and how they bind families together. I'm liking what I'm reading so far.
Another interest is The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook by Sara Forte, who's blog is just as beautiful. So many veggie sides and meals, with an array of rainbow eating. I love how her culinary mind works.
We have pulled out CS Lewis' The Magician's Nephew and it has re-excited this inner child. I have to remember how much reading is also for pure delight. The Chronicles of Narnia is that for me.
Lastly would be some reading on Sensory Processing & Emotions, etc. It's not something I've checked out, but borrowing from V's school.
2. My Favorite Shows & Movies
Two weeks ago, Caprice got sick and we had a scheduled date/fundraiser thingy. Ben went, V was at the grandparents and Tay went to our friends house with a babysitter. I was left at home holding a baby browsing my movie options.
I decided upon brainless watching, insert the last series of Twilight. I hadn't watch the prior one, but good news is you don't need to watch the other one to watch the last movie. Definitely the battle was the best part, I was kind of sad to see that it didn't happen.
Re-watched Cheaper by the Dozen. I do believe Ashton Kutcher typically plays that role. This time watching I paid more attention to the mess of the house. I mean with 12 kids and two adults (actually 11 kids) living in one house, it's bound to be a bit messy. I got to thinking, "I wonder who the design set was and how did they capture this so well?!" Seriously, moms go and watch it and see what I mean.
I am still watching my Once Upon a Time and Friday Night Lights. I will be in mourning when FNL will be no more. We are still watching The Office as we're committed at this point, but seriously, it's kind of lame.
3. Favorite Activities or Going ons
I haven't spent much time around the blogosphere as I've been really mindful about spending quality time with my girls, figuring out how to create unity & peace within our home. This means easy meals with more play time outside while it's sunny, because we never know when it will turn.
I have pulled out my sewing machine and been excited about doing little projects, with a bunting on my list.
I've been going to a physical therapist to work out the kinks in my body. Let's just say the whole having given birth thing really plays a toll. Basically, my core is shot, which affects my knee & hip. I haven't been back to Jogo Crossfit in too long, but it's in this season of restoring my body, building up strength to lead back to more activity.
4. My Favorite Posts Here
- Eating for Soul Nourishment
- My Bread & Wine Review and Savoring food with my Mango Chutney recipe
- And perhaps my most favorite, The Family Dinner Table
5. My Favorite Moments in Pictures
6. My Favorite Eats
This month a lot of my favorite foods came from recipes I cooked from Bread & Wine, specifically the Well-Green Salad, which boasts of caramelized onions and as far as I'm concerned there's not anything else to say. Well, maybe some crumbled bacon with it. Seriously though, I decided to give my dear friend Biz a birthday present in the form of a home cooked meal. So, this salad of greens, caramelized onions, chevre, dried cranberries, grapes, pears and toasted walnut hit every spot for me. I loved it so much I made it again the next night.
Some other favorites this month have included a Gin Tonic at my friend's daughter's birthday (that's kids birthdays should be).
But, every morning I make an americano with a splash of heavy whipping cream and scrambled eggs with a sprinkling of truffle salt. Yes my friends, truffle salt. Do it! Add some freshly cut tarragon and you're hitting a home run. Saute some minced shallots before adding the eggs and then it's a grand slam.
I've been into soaking nuts and dehydrating them, which cuts down the phytates making them more digestible.
My other favorite, unfortunately the picture isn't working is this cacao raspberry cake a friend made. It was a raw cake, three layers, and did I mention a ganache without dairy. Amazing. The chocolate didn't taste like it was cacao powder one bit and then the raspberries with it--omy!
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I'm joining my friend Leigh with her monthly series, What I'm Into!