Thursday, June 30, 2011

Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars

Slowly but surely I'm working my way through my pile of books. (We don't have a lot of time for reading these days.)

Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars by Sharon Lovejoy has been a wonderful journey of crafts and ideas. I know it's for Grandmothers, but I sought it out for the numerous activities and clever ways to bring nature and whimsy into our girls' lives. There are ideas about making child guests feel at home in your home, recipes for old timey food they can make with you, fairy houses/gifts, spying animals and their tracks even in your urban yard, treating birds with various foods and materials and starting plants out of root vegetables. All manner of mahem and goodness.

Love Wins

Love Wins by Rob Bell was a fairly quick read--he brought out so many ideas within Biblical stories that I never noticed before. One good reason to read it is for its title (a good philosophy in my humble opinion), but I also found myself drawn to read it because it stirred up so much controversy among Evangelical Christians.

His conclusion matches mine in many ways, but he's far more equipped to explain it than I am. :) If you deeply believe in God, are a Christian etc. but you have a heck of a time reconciling certain ideas with each other as you try to keep the faith, this is a helpful book.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fiat Luxe Soap


When I found these today, I thought, "what in the world...?" They are natural soaps encased in felted wool. Ahhh. It serves as your wash cloth and is naturally antifungal so you don't have to worry about mold etc. They smell so good and feel good--can't wait to have a shower tonight!

Check out Fiat Luxe Designs to see about some soap. You can get it a little cheaper (paypal) from them, but it ends up the same when you add shipping.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Radical Homemakers

One of the best books I've read lately is called "Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture." The nitty gritty testimonals and interview bits that make up most of part 2 are interesting, but the case she builds in part 1 is so much more helpful and moving to me. I'm not sure I feel like I need to run for the hills and build us a homestead, but I'm certainly in a place to cultivate homemade skills and community relationships.


I really like (ahem, am addicted to) Pinterest. You pin photos (which lead eventually back to the original sites) to keep up with neat things you find online (or from other pinterested peeps). Check out my pinterest boards!

Asparagus, oh it's time!

In our oven for this week: proscuitto wrapped asparagus roasting in olive oil and sweet potato herb (lots from our garden) garlic patties in rasberry fig balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
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