July 4, 2017

cool stuff i like

Hello lovely friends! For those of you in the United States, a very Happy 4th of July to you. We're going to a parade, and then as we do every year - we'll be at home making sure the house doesn't burn down. I'm making Polynesian Chicken Wings - I've linked to a recipe on Epicurious and there's a bad review, which BAFFLES me - I've made these for years and years and they are amazing, and people go crazy for them. Ignore that review and try out these wings - they're a summer staple in our house!

Cool things to look at while you too might be hiding from the fireworks??

Interesting pool idea.

Birthday cake bread.

7 Dollar Tee Shirts.

This cookbook has me sold on the cover alone. (you can read more about it here.)

FAIRY TALE TEAS. Have I linked this before? So cute.

Reading aloud to older kids.

Did you know certain IKEA products are available through Amazon????

July vibes via MFAMB.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies.

A lazy girl's guide to a healthy summer.

Cool Book of the Week: 'The Bear and The Nightingale' by Katherine Arden is a book I just picked up for myself, after seeing it as a staff pick at a local bookstore. I really just need to stay OUT of bookstores. If I don't go in, I don't come out with a book! Of which I have too many! But the cover grabbed me, and the premise grabbed me, and I liked the idea of the Russian fairy tale Vasilisa the Brave written for a YA or adult readers. A young woman, who lives at the edge of the Russian wilderness, has been raised to revere the spirits that protect her house and village. After her new stepmother comes in and tried to dismantle the balance between their home and the spirit world, things begin to terribly awry in Vasilisa's village. The young girl must use her concealed talents to confront a threat that appears to have emerged from the darkest fairy tales she grew up hearing. Nothing like some Russian winter magic reading for a hot summer's day eh?

Have a lovely 4th of July! I'll be sitting with the dog, hoping our windows aren't zinged with fireworks like they were a couple of years ago, when our neighborhood went insane with Too Many Fireworks. I might have the hose turned on, just in case. One year it was so hot, we seriously wet down our roof and our front lawn. There were giant industrial sized fireworks going off 50 feet away from our house, it was so......exciting. I love fireworks, don't get me wrong, but I love them far far away, up in the sky. Not 50 feet away from the house. Hurray for the 4th! Humbug. I think I'm making some cherry turnovers and I'll just sit and read my new book while the neighborhood goes bonkers. See you on the other side!



  1. IKEA ON AMAZON!?!?! This changes everything....

    1. I KNOW - I've yet to look over all of what's there but I'm very intrigued to check it out!!!

  2. Happy 4th of July!! We will be watching fireworks on TV tonight like we always do. I'm making Ina's Tri-Berry Crumbles topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, of course, and her Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes!! Always a favorite in our house! Also, if you haven't made Smitten Kitchen's Best Hot Fudge Sauce then please do so!! You won't regret it not even for a minute. It's the best ever and so easy! Your family will adore you for it!!!

    1. Ooooooh! Those all sound wonderful, I'll check out all of those recipes!! LOVE Ina and Smitten! I could eat hot fudge on its own by the spoonful ha!!