Happy Saturday! Our weekly 'Three Things" post is where you'll find a peek into my week, some things that are making me happy, and a few of the things from AOC that you've been loving. And yes, that's more than 3 things, ha! I'm simply using 3 as a way to organize these weekly updates, though I'm known to throw in even a few more things - but we'll call those 'bonuses,’ okay? 😉 Let's get started! (Note: the links I provide are often affiliate links, though not always.)
Three Things That Happened
I was SO incredibly honored to be asked to appear on the February/March cover of Mom Magazine - even though is a local magazine, it's still a total 'pinch-me' moment! We met the wonderful editor, Angela Hibbard, and her incredible photographer, Michelle of MJ's Photography last fall when they came to our house for the photo shoot. And the photos in the magazine are amazing - seriously, we're like, "is that really our family?" 🙂 You can go here to view the article online or you can pick up free copies at places like libraries, coffee shops and doctors offices.
Some of you longtime readers may remember that I'm a fan of the old Cottage Living magazines and have been in magazine-mourning ever since it was abruptly cancelled. I don't keep magazines, as a rule, and am really not a book-card-paperwork hoarder, so you know for sure that this magazine is special enough to me that I've kept every issue from the first to the last - except for the mysterious missing November 2007 issue. Enter my sweet Aunt Diane who called to ask if I was interested in any old magazines she was getting rid of - and who had the very issue I was missing! Um, yes, I'll take it - now my collection is complete. Whew. I know we can all rest easy now. 😉
(PS - I do get continual, if sporadic, emails from people who know I have the CL set to look for "that house with the red door" or some such thing. I'm so sorry, but I usually ignore these emails, as I just don't have the time to look through all the issues to find whatever it is they remember- and I honestly don't know how to respond to the requests!)
I finished book #3 in my goal to read 1 book a month, and it's only mid-February!! And what a sweet, fun, and inspiring read it was, too. Giving God The Worst of Me, from my friend Dana, tells the story of her adult life (well, a shortened version) and what led her to start her popular blog, A Slob Comes Clean and write helpful ebooks like Drowning in Clutter? and 28 Days to Hope For Your Home. I've always appreciated her sense of humor and it's in full force in this ebook, as well as deeply moving truth of how it sometimes is scary to be truly authentic - but that's usually where we can be used the most and find the most fulfillment. The best part? She's actually giving this ebook from her heart away for FREE. Go here to download yours.
Three Things I'm Loving
I've talked about these reusable plastic food covers many times (most recently in this video) and the fact that my family refers to them as my "shower caps." This is the exact set I bought more than 2 years ago - and I just keep washing and reusing them. That's a lot of plastic wrap that I haven't needed to use! More than that, though, these things stay put. Period. Can't say that about basic plastic wrap. This set contains the extra-large size that covers a 13x9 pan and using them to cover my bread dough keeps it moist, unlike a tea towel. I really like such simple things that make life a little easier.
The like-new panini maker I found at a thrift store a couple months ago (the Krups version pictured and linked to is the closest I could find to my Breadman model, which I'm guessing they don't make anymore since I couldn't find it). I am a firm believer in not acquiring kitchen gadgets, but I've always thought this would be fun to have since I've tried and just haven't been able to replicate paninis on a cast iron pan with weights. It's taken me about 2 years of off-and-on thrift store searching to find one in a condition I'd use, and the one I found was in such good shape I happily paid the $10. And it is SO fun - I'm like a panini making fiend. You can squish anything between two pieces of bread (or even tortillas like I did for these aamaaazing breakfast wraps) and it's like you've ordered something at a fancy restaurant! And it tastes way more decadent than a regular sandwich, but it's all the same ingredients. Love.
These freshly roasted almonds I made a few days ago. Why have I not done this before? They are amazing - so much better than the already roasted almonds! Wanna know something funny? This all came to be because I'm
cheap *cough* frugal. I realized Costco was selling raw almonds for $1 cheaper than roasted AND the bag was 1/2 lb. larger. What? Maybe it's a sickness, but I just can't buy it once I realize stuff like this - it's like I'm being taken advantage of or something, ha! So, raw almonds came home with me and after a bit of searching I found the key to roasting them so they're salted like store-bought: tossing them in salted water first! So good.
Top Three Things You Pinned From AOC Last Week
- The Easiest, No-Fail, Tried-and-True Shrubs & Perennials
- Soft 100% WW Sandwich Bread
- Honey Mustard Dressing & Marinade
I just have to share this amazing video my daughter made for one of her college art classes. It's a two minute stop-motion animation piece that required more than a thousand individual stills shot on her DSLR camera AND learning a new software editing program. Can you say proud mama? 🙂
What are you loving this week?
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