Another roundup of links and photos featuring all the goods I've been enjoying lately...
First, the image above is of these beautiful Healthy Carrot Muffins I made for after school snacks this week. We've been doing Whole 30 again since getting back from the States and though I modify it a bit for the kids (or I would lose my mind trying to make lunches for four children with no bread and peanut butter...) these muffins are super tasty and low enough on sugar that they pass the "cheat" test. Honestly, I'm not a freak about diets or special food restrictions. But focusing on eating real food like fruits and veggies and passing on manufactured sugar and carbs for awhile always seems like a good idea.
We also love a good curry and anything with coconut milk is a win in my book. So this Slow Cooker Basil Chicken was a good midweek meal.
I've been so enjoying this book, a wonderfully original take on how liturgy is lived out practically and infused into our everyday lives. Some of the chapter titles are so great. (e.g. Fighting With My Husband: Passing the Peace and the Everyday Work of Shalom). Josh is a big fan of James K.A. Smith, and this book is definitely a companion piece that draws somewhat (in a far less scholarly tone) from Jamie's latest work,
The kids heard two trombonists share their story at school, and their performance of A Song For Japan blew them away. They came home and made me watch this, while saying "but our guys were way better..."
This summer I started reading Dorothy Day (mostly because my author-crush, Flannery O'Connor quoted her a lot) and was so challenged and intrigued by her words and life. So any article about Dorothy is interesting to me, and this one touched on some of the nuance that isn't often credited to people when they have views on anything moral. So here you go: Dorothy Day and Sex
It's freezing in our house, and I'm pretty much obsessed with mugs by the gallon of barley tea, and knitting warm things for this baby. Poor thing will probably be sweating come spring. I just love this Baby Boho Blanket pattern and it knit up so beautifully with a (bulkier than I intended) pure alpaca yarn, that made the end product lush and soft and so warm and cozy and perfect for our laps. So we've decided maybe we won't give it to baby after all...
Freelensing is a super fun, creative technique that I tried my hand at for a bit before I dropped my lens and broke it. SOB. So for now until that gets fixed, I'm enjoying watching the talents of others and this new forum features so many great captures.
32+ weeks... and we are on the home stretch with baby number five ... today we took half the family to renew passports and will have to return in a couple months to get two more. So basically that means we could have gone on a mini-vacation but instead are spending ourselves broke on legal documents. #onemoreasontohavefewerkids. I'm starting a GoFundMe account for anyone who wants to help us with our life choice consequences. #signusupforsexedclasses.
There is so much I love about being able to learn from other people. What a gift to not be alone in the world, to be exposed to the thoughts and creativity and stories of others who move and shape us and our days. It's easy for me to have a melancholy outlook on things-- but today I'm thinking about how much I'm grateful for life. For writers and knitters and cooks and philosophers and mothers and husbands and kids and consulate workers who smile and take all the money.