April 20, 2012

Cool Stuff I Like


So here we are, looking again at my breakfast. I swear to you, I did not 'arrange' my apple slices. I cut them on the plate and they fell into this arrangement, isn't that cool?? I thought so! I could be perfectly happy turning my site into a breakfast blog, but it wouldn't be as cool as this one, so never mind. I do however, want to point your attention to the butter GLISTENING on my toast. Do you see the glisten?? When you can see that sheen, you know you have smeared enough buttah on yo bread. For Mother's Day, I have asked for some new egg cups.


More springtime COOL STUFF!



Chocolate Powder. (I've had it, it's intense! And very good.)


Speaking of Williams-Sonoma, you must see their $800 chicken coop. It's AMAZING. I want to have chickens now. Oh my. Just realized that the COOP is $800 and the RUN is $399. So we are talking the bargain price of $1200! Anyone want to go halfsies? Or 1/200th-sies?



A Dumpling Party! I want to have one!


Cool Book of the Week: Julia and I and Andrew have been reading the classic 'Fables' by Arnold Lobel, all together. I've been wanting to read it with her for AGES, I was just waiting for her to be ready for it. I think for ages 6 and up. It's FABULOUS. She loves it! We read the one page stories to her and then she reads the 'moral' of the fable down at the bottom of the page to us. Then we try to explain it to her. 


I really think that of all his work, this is the most amazing Lobel art I've seen, and as I'm happy to tell anyone, EVERYTHING he did was fantastic of the highest fantastic order. Julia has asked for this book to the exclusion of all others ever since we got it from the library. I think we might have to own this one to go into our permanent collection...

Have a lovely weekend!!

~Melissa


14 comments:

  1. I love that chicken coop! I think I saw it somewhere on Pinterest a week or so ago and had no idea it was from Williams-Sonoma. You should do a search on Pinterest for chicken coops... people have constructed some AWESOME homes for their little ladies.

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    1. oh man I'm totally into the idea, but I wonder how much it would bother the neighbors...I think I'll just mosey along continuing to imagine in my mind that I'm this awesome urban homesteader...hee hee!

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  2. That strata is a great idea! Perfect for using up stale bagels (buying a dozen always seems like such a good idea on Sunday morning...)

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    1. I adore stratas and I have not come across a recipe calling for bagels before. Whoever tries this out first, let's report back to the other!

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  3. Such a fancy breakfast!

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    1. This was a bit more fancy than we usually do, because we had a loaf of really great bread made by a bakery we like. But both Andrew and I are big on boiled eggs. I like egg cups b/c they make me feel like I'm in England...:)

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  4. such a fancy breakfast! I don't think I could ever put a picture of my breakfast up on the blog and have it not look lame... That Fables book is so great, I want to get a copy of it too. I did get two Arnold Lobel books at the library sale this week, I was pumped to pick them up (and in really great condition considering) From you list I think the terrariums were my favorite- though that dumpling party looks divine, but from looking at the pictures it seems those people live in a fancy & beautiful world very different from mine ;)

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    1. Hurray for Lobel! Cool that you got some of his stuff! I really want to make a terrarium. I've been saying that FOR A WHOLE YEAR. Let's totally have a dumpling party someday! Actually, you'd really like that blog, it's called Cakies. They aren't too fancy! She's got four daughters. I don't think anyone's life with four kids is gonna be that fancy... :) She's got a lot of family meal plans and cute crafts on her site!

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  5. Oooh, glistening toast! Aaaahhh, coconut cake! Ohhhhh, dumplings! Awwww, reading Aronld Lobel together! :)

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  6. Let me tell you Miss Whitney, about the genius of that coconut cake -- it's made with Sara Lee Pound Cake! (which is one of my favorite things in the whole world. I don't really eat it anymore because it has all kinds of partially hydrogenated oils and stuff, but I think I'm gonna make an exception to make this cake...:)

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  7. I've been eying the Lobel fable book--I will wait till Juliet turns 6 at your suggestion! It looks beautiful!

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    1. It's amazing V, I've been hankering after this book for a few years now -- you know the stories themselves, I'm sure Juliet would enjoy already -- it's just the 'moral' at the end is a bit obscure at times -- we have to explain them to Julia, and I'm still not sure she gets it -- what's cool is I think this book can span a pretty big age range...

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  8. Yum yum, that toast looks delish did you make it? I'm a new follower.Rx

    http://sandersonsmithstory.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Hi Rachael! Glad you popped by to see us! I cannot take credit for making the toast (got it from a local bakery), but I can take credit for eating A LOT of it :)

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