1.// So, yes, it’s a bit more mid-August than end-of-July. July was kind of a blur, and included a week where Jay was out of town for work. I deserved two of those little ice cream cones each night he was gone, because reasons, and also they’re way easier to eat while pacing the downstairs wearing a baby in the carrier than a bowl of ice cream is. They’re from Trader Joe’s!
2.// Check out this post from Little Sugar Snaps: 20 Clever Ways to Cut Your Food Waste. I’m especially intrigued by kale stem pesto! I threw away a lot kale stems making this salad all spring. And yep, there’s a Bet On Dinner recipe on there. :o)
3.// I just read “The Fault In Our Stars” and really liked it (click the book to see it on Amazon).
4.// I made this whole wheat stir-and-pour bread from Heavenly Homemakers to avoid going to the grocery store one day and it was The Easiest Thing Ever. It’s even easier than Crusty No-Knead Bread! This is basically a 5 ingredient, 100% whole wheat batter that you mix, let sit for half an hour, then pour into a pan and bake. Way easier than going to the store with this crew, and…homemade bread. It’s definitely worth a try! (I used instant yeast since it’s what I had.)
5.// Jay shared this quote with me recently: “A good plan is better than a perfect plan.” It seems to apply to my whole life these days as I try to finagle some routine out of summer days with 3 kids: age 4 and 3/4 (gotta count those quarters), just turned 2, and 7 weeks at the writing of this post. Getting out of the house to do anything: there is no perfect plan for this. Getting back into the routine of cooking dinner: also not going to be perfect. Wanting a “perfect plan” holds me back from action so many times! Exercise? Blogging? Having people over? I need to plan to make these things happen, but I can’t hold out for the perfect scenario. Right now, I’m using the Bible app on my phone to read through the Bible in a year. A perfect plan would be getting up early each morning (well-rested, of course) and studying with a notebook and a pen and no interruptions…but this is a good plan. Grace, grace, grace – from the Lord, for myself, for my girls…this is what I need.