January 8, 2016

cool stuff i like

Happy Friday my friends! It's well and truly January now. I didn't make the oranges up above, they're from my favorite winter potpourri. Every year I bring it out, Andrew says it smells like cat pee. It. Does. Not. Our tree is put away. Sad face. But I really can't feel too sad about anything because DOWNTON ABBEY is back on! Did you see?? What did you think? I loved it. I don't care what anyone is doing, I just want to see Mrs. Hughes and Carson be divinely fabulous and darling together. But as I mentioned on Facebook the other day, the big big HUGE new obsession in our household is 'The Great British Baking Show'. We just tore through Season 1. My nearly 10 year old just can't get enough! I can't get enough! My husband thinks it's somewhat entertaining. I feel in my heart that one of the cookbooks might have to come live with us soon....

Other fun things, some of which are also British:

Cinnamon Morning Buns.

I want to read this book.

I MUST see 'The Crown' when it comes out.

Getting one of these for Julia's birthday coming up soon....

I linked my British Pinterest board to a Facebook group I belonged to, and one lady said, and I QUOTE: "It's one of the best pages I have ever seen on Pinterest." Well, how about that! If you want to see a bunch of Brit stuff I've collected all over the internet, go looky-see.

18 children's books with female characters.

Making this dinner asap.

And making this soup right after that.

The Owl and the Accordion - charming blog!

I have ordered these exact prints and they are GREAT - you can print right off your Instagram if you want! Really fun, nice thick paper, good quality.

Cool Book of the Week: Julia's teacher suggested that she might enjoy reading 'Stone Fox' by John Reynolds Gardiner. She told Julia that it was the kind of book that stays with you for your entire life. As Julia was describing the story to me after reading it, tears were streaming down her face. I had tears in my eyes just listening! I'm going to read it now too. This tale about a young boy desperately trying to save his family home by winning an incredibly competitive dogsled race sounds intensely riveting - the boy is competing against a Native American who has never lost a race. This isn't the type of book I usually feature here (what, no fairies or magic??), but I'm not kidding, I've never seen my daughter have this kind of emotional reaction to a book before. Best for ages 8-10.

Have a lovely weekend! I can't wait to show you all our Winter Window next week. My amazing husband has really outdone himself this year with his paper snowflake making. My skills are more on the level of a three year old who is just learning how to hold scissors.....



  1. Um...have you gotten to Where The Red Fern Grows???


    But this book sounds great. I also picked up a YA novel called The Hired Girl. No fairies or magic, but a 14 year old taking control of her life in the early 1900's.

    1. somehow, I don't know how, but I never read Where The Red Fern Grows. I know. Nothing but shame.

      Ok you are now number TWO person to suggest The Hired Girl! And guess what, I got it from the library, along with a ton of other books and I read the first chapter and then got sucked into Christmas and blah blah and then my time was up and someone else wanted it from the library and I couldn't renew! So now I have to go through the hold process all over again!

  2. The synopsis of Stone Fox sounds so familiar to me, but I don't recognize the title, author OR cover art. I will have to get my hands on it to see if it is something I read as a kid or not. Either way, it seems right up my kids' alley right now. Thanks for the recommendation.

    I am impatient to see Downton, but have to wait to get it on DVD from netflix - I just can't watch it when my husband is around. He used to like it and watch it with me, but he thinks they killed off too many characters and that they aren't as period accurate as they used to be (I do tend to agree with him, but only a LITTLE) so now he just makes fun the whole time. When the DVD comes I can wait until he has to work late some night and then binge in peace and quiet.

    1. My husband thinks only Downton Season 1 was any good, ha! I have never heard of this book, never read it - I wasn't big on animal takes when I was young, but it seems really intense and amazing! I was so surprised, Julia was telling me all about this book in the car and then halfway through the story she's telling me about it, I look back and realize that she's totally crying! So wild!

  3. Oh my, The Great British Baking Show was so much fun to watch! I loved it as did my nine year old AND her friends. We all had a blast watching it together. I also bought a clear mixing bowl for my Kitchen Aid because of that show. Somehow it makes baking so much better! Can't wait for another season!

    1. Ha, that's awesome Audrey! I love the whole light blue and yellow color scheme they have going on in the tent - I'd love to bake in there!

  4. What an incredible compliment on your Brit Board. Fabulous.

    Looove those prints. Making my own, too.

    Dinner: a Love Story has an apricot chicken recipe that I made last week and the hubby and child went NUTS for it. This one looks promising, too. I highly recommend holding back a bit of sauce (or doubling it) to pour over top when you make it. There cannot be enough apricot sauce.

    Okay, back to work!


  5. OMG I love love love TGBB. It's my fav. I want more on Netflix!!!

    If my girls were older, I would SO snag those little letter dishes.

    That chicken!!!