Happy weekend, friends! I hope you're planning something fun, at least for some of it. Finishing our taxes is the big thing on the agenda for us this last weekend of February (fun times, right?).
To balance that I'm planning a good knitting session watching the last episode of The Crown and the movie Big Eyes that Brian downloaded while we were in town. Our internet is so spotty where we're living that we have to download Netflix shows while we're at Starbucks for our weekly coffee dates. Word on the street (that's our little rural lane, ha!) is that fiber optic is coming in March, which would be awesome, especially for work. *ahem*
Here are this week’s three things – and a few links I think you’ll love! (as always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links)
Measuring cups that make me smile. I totally succumbed to buying a home item when I don't have a home right now. I know! When I saw these adorable spouted measuring cups that all nest together in the 1-1/2 cup mini batter bowl, I couldn't resist - especially at the nice price. I bought the neutral set you see above at the top, but they also come in the set of pastel colors shown as well as a set in primary colors. In person, they are just as great, with a nice heft to them - I really plan on cooking with these, the pour spouts will make them really useful. I just think these would make great gifts for birthdays, Mother's Day, or weddings, don't you?
While I was there, I saw that the company that makes them, Creative Co-Op, also makes a bunch of other super cute cottage-farmhouse decor items. I picked just a few lower priced gems to share with you: 1) enamel signs 2) galvanized hanging buckets and 3) ceramic blue speckled eggs at $1 each when bought in a box of 12, perfect for spring decor.
That was maybe a dangerous hole for this in-between-houses person to go into, huh? Fun, though!
Thai food and a movie with my love. Keeping to our bi-monthly date-night goal, Brian and I had dinner out and saw Hidden Figures. You guys, what a wonderful movie! Not only was it inspiring, brave, and funny in places, but it was clean - such a relief in our current entertainment industry. They could've gone down darker paths, but they kept the focus on these incredible women and for that I am grateful.
I hope it wins something at the Oscars, it really deserves it. I just borrowed the audiobook version of this from our library app (Hoopla) since Brian and I are interested in learning more details of the real story. We love listening to audiobooks in the car on trips, do you too?
Two more books read. That will end the first two months of 2017 with 8 books total read! Not sure if I can keep up this pace (all it takes is one long book like 11/22/63 or No Ordinary Time to halt the forward progress!), but I will beat my 2017 goal of 40 books if I do. AND I have SO many books waiting in the wings and new ones I hear about almost daily. Sigh…too many books, not enough time.
1) Hillbilly Elegy, JD Vance. This has been on my TBR list for months and I was finally able to get to it. I have read so many things about it and it's picture of the working class poor and how important it is to help understand our current political climate. While not exactly what I expected (it's more of a personal memoir than a cultural essay) it really is eye-opening into a culture we don't see or understand often. And there's something for everyone who reads this to glean. My favorite was:
I don't know what the answer is, precisely, but I know it starts when we stop blaming Obama or Bush or faceless companies and ask ourselves what we can do to make things better.
2) Finding Faith in the Dark: When the Story of Your Life Takes a Turn You Didn't Plan, Laurie Short. This was a quick read that has given me a lot of hope (in my year of hope) and encouragement. Along with the TobyMac song, Move (Keep Walkin'), this quote is on repeat in my head:
"When we give up on our story before God has finished writing it, we miss out on what our story has to give us. Sadder still, we miss out on what our story can become."
We're watching Victoria on Masterpiece, as well as the second season of Mercy Street which has been airing right before it, conveniently. Having been a history major in college, you can guess how happy these two shows are making me. Then during the week we are catching up on The Crown and it's really interesting to watch these two shows at the same time, since there are quite a few of the same themes (young queens learning, dealing with husbands, etc.). What are you watching?
Links To Check Out:
A grain-free honey-sweetened muffins made without bananas (yeah me!)
Putting this chowder on our menu, for sure.
Things your kids don't want to tell you - and 1 genius way to ask.
How to prepare mushrooms- and weather to wash them.
Courage for working through the middle- that time between moving courageously and waiting for something to change.
34 pork recipes for weeknights and weekends.
I do like the blush pink trend for spring and think a new top in this color is in order.
Finally a way to remove labels from jars without scrubbing or buying special ingredients!
Here's a quick instant pot meal for you.
Have you been following this bungalow barn build? So fun.
I love this idea to cover so many eyesores ( or just things I dint like looking at, ha!).
Like these links? I'm always pinning these and lots more - follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration and ideas!
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