recent read.

i just finished delancey by molly wizenberg.
i had been waiting and waiting for our library to put it into circulation and i signed up for the large type edition, as the waiting list was significantly shorter.
so interesting to be let into the ins and outs of starting a restaurant...a wood burning oven pizza restaurant at that (the type d would love to run one day).
such stress, such long hours, such rewards.
and yes, she includes recipes at the end of many chapters.


the tree hunt.

saturday was our annual trip to the forest in search of our christmas tree.
though our family crowd shrunk to just our family with meema, we had a fun time.
hot chocolate and all.


little boy life V.

 these days there's lots of homemade crafts.
 (colorful cut straws on string.)
 water colors.
 and often a morning visit from bode for cousin time while his big bro tyden is at school.


34 weeks (take 2) + matteo images.

a friend recently challenged me to balance my tea on the belly...no go.
but it inspired me to send the image to her and therefore i have a 34 week picture to share.
because of nicolai's scary birth, the midwives have wanted to keep a close eye on this little guy, so we have ultrasound images late in the game (today was probably our last...we have a c-section planned for late december).
matteo seems to move and groove a lot more than d and i recall nicolai moving in the womb.
these images look a lot different than nicolai did, too, but one never knows.


kids' lit: little cub.

on a recent library trip we noticed this book, little cub by olivier dunrea.
it is such a cute story about little cub and old bear, both in need of the same thing but for different reasons.


recent read.

the feast nearby: how i lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on forty dollars a week), by robin mather.
another non-fiction tale with recipes at the end of each chapter.
robin walks us through four seasons in her little michigan cabin...it's a homey, friendly, and delicious read.
i was comforted by her fortitude and resourcefulness as we've been greeted by wintery weather suddenly.


thinking towards thanksgiving.

this year we'll be celebrating with local family and friends, as we typically do.
recipes start to swirl in my mind and online this time of year so in an effort to create a large meal without all the responsibility falling to our host, we've taken on some parts of the meal.
we plan to make our cranberry sauce  (tradition since 1999 when i hosted my family in my apartment sophomore year in college because a retail job kept me six hours north of home).
d will bake fresh rolls.
a spinach and persimmon salad my mother-in-law brought to the feasting table in tahoe a few years ago.
a dessert...still up in the air on this one...any favorites you'd suggest?
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