If you look back over the history of communication you’ll quickly realize how new and strange this e-world really is. I haven’t met many of you reading this and you haven’t met me.
So in this spirit I am going to, once a month, let you know what I’m up to and into etc. And I’ll keep it very link-y so we can connect as much as possible.
In return you have to leave a comment and tell me what you’re up to and into, quid pro quo. I guess it’s like giving you a wrap up of my month’s interests and activities, with a little bow on it.
So here we go, July, with a bow on it.
In our Kitchen
It’s summer so I’m doing what I do every summer and that is hit up the road side stands and farmer’s markets for fresh produce. This is sort of hard in Ada as we don’t have many locally grown fruit options other than peaches, but I did pick blueberries at a U-pick in Michigan and craft the most pie-gasmic dessert I’ve ever tasted. Seriously, make this pie.
I’m also making Kel grill chicken and veggie skewers as often as he’ll oblige me. There is something about grilled food and berries that screams summer on a plate.
What I’m reading on paper
August will come with a new resolve to complete a few non-fiction books but July was an all novel type of month. I am coming down off my Elin Hilderbrand streak but this month I devoured her “ The Blue Bistro” and “A Summer Affair.” Of the two I would recommend “The Blue Bistro” as the latter novel is entirely about a wife and mother having an extra marital affair, which ya know, bugged me a little.
Blogs you mustn’t miss
I visited a lot of the synchroblogs for Sarah Bessey’s “What is saving your life right now” and I recommend you do the same. Turns out I am saved by being Mama Chicken, in every way.
How to Talk Evangelical by the Amazing Addie Zierman. If you don’t already stop by her site or subscribe to it, I recommend that you do so immediately. She’s witty, deep and never fails to hit home. Soon you will secretly hope she becomes your new BFF, as I do. (and hope she’s not creeped out by it)
My sweet friend Jill Burden is blogging her way through their Russian adoption. Jill is a stunning person who never ceases to fill my heart and make it pop with joy. I highly recommend giving her a follow.
On our TV
Well we’ve been doing a lot of Olympics this past week, otherwise it’s been business as usual. I’m catching up on Medium with Patricia Arquette from forever ago and in the evenings we catch up on Food Network shows or the Daily Show.
Although I must say that our TV watching is going down and we are thinking of giving up our DVR package and going to a totally Hulu / Netflix based thing.
I’ve been working on a beautiful photography prop tassel blanket for my favorite photographer friend, Courtney Folsom, which isn’t quite done yet, but I’m sure will make it’s way into some gorgeous baby photography soon.
Other than that I have a confession to make, I’ve gotten hooked (no pun intended) on really good yarn. I found all this hand dyed gorgeous stuff up in gourmet yarn stores in Michigan and I plead the 5th on how much I spent on yarn this month.
I will say that I am happily making some lovely Christmas Presents for friends and family, going for another all home made Christmas. Here is my favorite pattern right now just in case you Crochet.
What the kids and I are up to
We were traveling for almost half the month so there were a lot more playtime options
up in Michigan. Now that we’re home we’ve been in the middle of a hot streak and since we have no shade in our backyard, we have had to get creative with indoor play.
We have developed a routine of the Farmers Market every Wednesday morning and
Garage Sale-ing every Friday morning. We get snacks and cruise the town looking for crazy deals and kid clothes, and shoes, they always need shoes. Last week I found this quirky, vintage cabbage bowl.
I’ve been into sensory play with them indoors so we made a bean/rice box with dried beans and rainbow rice. This is a great idea if you can be cool with mess as your little ones experiment with the cool textures and colors in the box. Here’s a how to blog post
I suggest you do it on a sheet or outside if you can, it’s messy, and you have to be okay with that. Yesterday we hid pennies and coins in the rice/beans and let them hunt through it and keep the cash.
Top Photos From July
Now’s the part where you tell me what you were up to and into this July, wrap it up and put a bow on it!