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We have been continuing to keep our selves crazy busy. (I don’t think it’ll ever end. As much as I hate to say it – I’m kind of looking forward to some snow to keep us storm-stayed.) I just cannot believe that we’re making our way into the latter half of October.
I was grocery shopping [very late] last week one evening, and the staff at the store was putting all the Halloween stuff on sale and bringing out the Christmas things! That being said, I think Costco has had a bunch of their Christmas stock out for almost a month! I’m NOT ready for that yet!
I have lots of stuff to share this week. I was busy on the internet searching for things. Always searching.
I’m having a Steeped Tea party on Saturday with some lovely ladies, so I’m looking for recipes for that night. Briar’s birthday is fast approaching, and girly cakes (!!) are exciting to me. I’m still deciding on a dress to sew Briar, and quilt patterns, meal recipes, etc. You name it, I’m searching the web for it.
- Here are a couple of books (fiction novels) that I thought looked good enough to read. They’re on my to-read list.
- In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume
- Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books, by Cara Nicoletti
- Today Will be Different, by Maria Semple
- While we’re on a reading kick, I also thought these two books looked great in a thought-provoking and encouraging kind of way:
- A tea party = Scones, right? What kind though? Maple Date, Peach Cobbler, Blueberry Lavender, Apple Ginger. The options are endless. Help!
- Blow-your-mind diy: Paper Marbling with shaving cream and food colouring. It’s SO COOL. I might just go use all hubby’s shaving cream. Seriously though, even if you aren’t interested in doing it – go look at it! It’s beautiful!
- I’m always on the hunt for jackets. Mostly because they get worn so stinking much here. Cape-style (mustard!), long and burgundy, moto jacket (mustard again!), gray blazer, red tweed, and a navy peacoat.
- IKEA‘s new 2017 catalog is now available!! I LOVE devouring the pages of their yearly catalogs. They really do have some awesome products, and the layouts of the rooms in the catalogs are amazing! You can get one for free in the mail. Do it. Such a good look-book.
There you have it! Random bits of stuff.
**Fall colours everywhere! Photo credits to hubby.
Things again. Things it is. And another month has passed. Wow.
Super hot days, and getting freezing nights going on here. Pretty crazy how things can change from day to night.
And 10 weeks of pregnancy left! Countdown is ON!
We’ve really been having a great summer. I’m not really looking forward to its end, but I suppose ‘all good things shall come to an end’, as they say. Fall is great too. Really. Here are some pictures of what’s been going down with us:
- Adam Bede, by George Eliot. I’ve yet to finish the book, but if you like classics, and love words – grab this book. It took me awhile to get into it, but now I’m stuck. It’s pretty dang good.
- Modcloth.com. Seriously. Get into it. Cute and quirky clothes, shoes, accessories, and house stuffs! Downside=Duty taxes when shipping to Canada. But if you can make it past those taxes, you are home free! So much cool stuff.
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Great movie. Hubby and I rented it, not knowing if we’d enjoy it or not. Conclusion: We both LOVED it. It was really great! Hard to explain without giving away the plot, so just watch it. It’s a really well done movie.
- These super easy-looking diy slippers! What a great gift idea!
- The World’s Best Chocolate Oatmeal Cake. Can you say ‘divine’? Because that’s how to describe this. It’s super moist, yummy cake, with an oh-so-fudge-y frosting. I’ve made two in the last three weeks… And it’s been raved about.
I haven’t forgotten about this. A new series designed to make me post more frequently. Weekly, was actually my goal. Has it worked? Partly. It’s been more than a week, but it hasn’t been the months that have often come and gone between posts. More food soon folks, (promise?).
As I’ve said many times, life is busy. But everybody tends to be busy. All in unique ways, but all still busy. So how can I possibly use that excuse? Well, I’m just going to use it anyway. Life is also good. It’s FREEZING outside, but the sun is shining and two handsome boys are having a much-needed nap. I’m looking forward to sunshine and warm weather though, deary me, it’s been a longg winter. But the snow has also been great. So pretty, and great to play in (not that I’ve taken advantage of that nearly enough). Oh, to have the energy of a child who can play for hours in the snow. I loved doing that. Forts, tunnels, you name it, we build it out of snow.
On to the things.
- The Baker Chick. If you haven’t heard of her, GO CHECK HER OUT. RIGHT NOW. She’s a sweetie, with an adorable new baby boy, and some of the best food on the planet. Not to mention gorgeous photos. Last week I made these awesome Gooey Meyer Lemon Sweet Rolls (but with oranges of course, I just cannot seem to follow a recipe). They were phenomenal. My yeasted dough turned out awesome! Which is always a treat, as I find it hard to get stuff to raise in my too-cold house. And they were just awesome. The cream cheese frosting is the game-breaker. So good.
- Bogs. These are the best boots ever. I got a pair for my birthday last year after I wore my brother’s half the winter (he somehow forgot them while he was away to school – score!). They are fantastic. Like a rain boot, but good up to -40F. Waterproof and ssooooo comfortable. Most certainly worth the price. They will last me my life. They don’t have the ones that I got anymore, but they’re similar to the Classic Boot, but in teal.
- This is my next DIY project, for in my kitchen. Sharpie, white paper and a black frame, all set and ready to go.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – “Give thanks in all circumstances; for the is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. To be thankful all the time. That’s a hard one. But is certainly makes sense.
- The Secret of Platform 13. This is one of my all-time favourite books. I’ve read and re-read it probably 10 times. It’s a kids book, but I just love the fantasy aspects. It is great. I could rave about it forever… I’m a sci-fi, fantasy fan… so if you don’t enjoy that type of things, you may not like it. Easy read though. Super duper easy.
And that is that. I’ll get working on making something wonderful to share with y’all.
… Pictures though, of course. Here they be: My beautiful boys.