Thursday, April 29, 2010

away

I really enjoyed your comments yesterday and the 'conversation' in the comments section about travel preparations. One of the fun things about blogging is the water cooler aspect it sometimes takes on. Those of you with small children know that the time and energy involved in preparing to travel sometimes seem to take up as much time as the trip itself. Despite this, it's all so worth it for the ways we're changed by what we see and do.

I'll be back in this space next week. Whatever your plans for the weekend I hope you experience something new!

Monday, April 26, 2010

for you


Happy Monday. xo

Saturday, April 24, 2010

for your weekend

My friends, what are you up to this weekend? We're all about baseball - some hockey too - and time with friends.

A few links:

I made this gardeners hand scrub - it's remarkably easy to put together and works great!

Loving this book (via Shari).

Living in: On the Waterfront (you knew I'd love this, right?).

I hoping you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

true

This morning at breakfast Alexi and I were discussing a recent difficult interpersonal interaction. He turned to the boys and said, "Some people generate more heat than light...do your best to generate more light than heat."

Monday, April 19, 2010

savoring


dandelion wishes * the scent of lilacs * first cones of 2010 * baseball * putting something new into the ground each day * sleeping with an open window * eating outside * lingering daylight

Thursday, April 15, 2010

once again

We seem to be entering the days of pink once again. I thought we were all done with blossoms, then these popped out all over town this week.

While in the shower yesterday I saw a group of geese flying in V formation, followed by another group. I looked out seconds later, and one large V was flying the other direction. Just flying around Elliott Bay? Heading to Alaska or Canada? I wish I knew.

What's catching your eye these days in your corner of the world?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

rhubarb love

We had the most lovely day in Seattle yesterday - rich smells of rain and the scent of the first of the lilacs. Why is it that sometimes rain has a smell, sometimes not?

As you may recall, rhubarb is a favorite of mine: roasted, as a soda, in a crumble, pretty much any way. I practically danced a jig when I saw that rhubarb is once again available locally here. I bought my first bunch yesterday and proceeded to make these muffins - a family favorite. (The jam you see is our second-to-last jar; hopefully the strawberries will be ripe a little early this year so we can hurry and make more...)

Last year after I wrote about rhubarb, my sister emailed me to say, "remember how we used to play with rhubarb as kids? I remember we used to turn them into 'umbrellas' with their big leaves and sing 'singing in the rain for ketchup'. :). The memory makes me smile." I don't remember it, but I love hearing about the memory via her.

I wish you a lovely Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

for your Tuesday

Thank you all for the great book recommendations on Friday - I'm set for a while now! I'm in the middle of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese; so good that I'm finding it a tiny bit annoying to have to stop reading and take care of my family.

Remember the cat on the head episode? Well, on Sunday Cal said to Abbott 'jump over me while I roll down the hill' (top image); fortunately the timing worked out on this one.

This story left me teary; so sweet.

Check out the glee flashmob in Seattle; it's awesome.

I found Radiolab's "Lucy" quite thought provoking (via Molly).

I hope your Tuesday is going well. (Abbott never likes Tuesday as well as Monday, because he has art on Monday but not Tuesday.)

Monday, April 12, 2010

the babies

We were lucky indeed to get to see a few baby animals (and a few adult ones too) several days ago - one of the best things about spring!

As I was browsing through Flickr the other day and preparing to leave a comment on this photo, a comment that had already been left really made me pause. "Do you ever just have a moment where you realize how closely your reality is to your biggest dreams...I'm there! " (Madeline Bea) Just beautiful.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

have a relaxing weekend

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday

Turns out, the sun did come out. Yesterday was fun with friends, baking, eating. More games and books. We visited one of Cal's classmates for lunch and the boys had their first Russian food - piroshkis and russian cookies and chocolates all the way from Moscow. We brought snickerdoodles to share - oh so much fun to make (I like smitten kitchen's recipe).

I feel desperate for a good read; a long, engaging novel - any recommendations? For some reason, everything on my nightstand right now is nonfiction and I'm just not in the mood for it.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

this week

I find it incredibly fun, enjoying Calvin & Hobbes with Abbott as I used to with my little brother. We've been reading and lounging and playing games and pondering great mysteries ('do the angels play?' ' does God play?'). Sleeping late, remembering to eat lunch mid-afternoon when we start getting cranky. Nothing in particular to do, nowhere in particular we need to be. Loving the lack of structure.

I'm trying not to notice that it's cold and gray and there appears to be no end in sight on the forecast.

I wish you a happy Thursday!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

the best granola

I'm not someone who has ever thought twice about making my own cereal - I mean, really. Why would a person do that, with so many good things available for purchase? Two recent events changed my perspective on it: tasting the best cereal we'd ever had during our stay at Whistler for the Olympics, and the recent theft of our credit card and ensuing account number change, interrupting our automatic monthly shipment of bare naked granola. Rather than re-subscribe to our granola, I decided to give this a try first. It is ridiculously easy to make, the house smells amazing while it's baking, and there is really no better breakfast than one you've made yourself. The secret to this recipe is the orange extract.

Granola
adapted from recipe by Fairmont Chateau Whistler

1 cup oats
3 tbsp bran
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup slivered almonds
¼ cup pecans
3 tbsp sesame seeds

3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp canola oil
1/3 cup raisins
3 tbsp currants
½ cup dates, dry

2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp orange extract
2 pinches salt

Preheat the oven to 300F.

In a large bowl mix together the oats, bran, sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, pecans, and sesame seeds. Toast until golden - about 1o minutes.

While still warm, add the honey, oil, raisins, currants, and dried dates.

Next add the vanilla extract, orange extract and a pinch of salt.

Toasted for about 40 minutes at 300F, stirring every 10 minutes, until deep golden brown. Cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to a month.

Of course, you can replace the slivered almonds with walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, or cashews.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter

Holidays remind me of the magic in the world.

I hope your weekend was full of wonder, love, and special treats! xoxo

Saturday, April 3, 2010

about the food

Yesterday, amidst cries of 'ow!' and 'are you ok?' emanating from the boys' room when they were supposed to be cleaning, I finally made a plan for Easter. Because I love my husband, I'm going to roast a leg of lamb along with potatoes and carrots, and I'll roast some asparagus separately. I'm planning to make this as a side dish, and these meyer lemon custard cakes for dessert. I haven't made this dessert before; I have a bad habit of serving things for the first time on major holidays, and it doesn't always go well. I can't help it - I like trying new things. I did buy some cute farm animal shaped truffles as a backup dessert just in case.

On another note, I've put together a collection of photos for a project I'm working on; take a look if you'd like.

I wish you a very happy Easter or Passover if you're celebrating.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday

We've had dessert outside almost every night this week; I'm hoping soon we'll be able to enjoy more full meals outdoors. We were freezing as we ate these ice cream sandwiches, but as you can see it was still really fun.

As a child I attended a public school in Alaska and we always had Good Friday off. Looking back on that it shocks me a bit. My boys don't have school today but not because of Good Friday - it happens to be a conference day. We're going to be busy shopping and cleaning and getting ready for Easter. How about you - what are you up to today?

Happy Friday!