Lovely little things

Enough of the serious stuff, I'm ready for something lighthearted. How about you? 

The high holy days of autumn are nigh upon us, which makes me feel like we need to have a favorite things list.  Also, my 8-year-old just informed me that when I am old he's going to shove me into the back of his Corvette and drive it to the nursing home. I need a distraction right about now.

Let's start with something scrumptious, shall we?

Maple Granola

A favorite around here. This stuff is so good, you'll find half of it gone in the first hour! 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine:
3 c. rolled oats
1 c. flaked coconut
1 c. pecans
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sesame seeds (I leave these out if I don't already have them around)
1 tsp. coarse salt
3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (I use more)

1 tsp. ground cardamom

1/2 c. golden raisins (or Craisins) (also optional)

1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 c. pure maple syrup

Optional: Zest of one Orange

Mix all dry ingredients together.  Add maple syrup and olive oil.  Place on rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  Remove and let cool. Try not to burn your mouth by eating it straight from the pan. Also, your house now smells amazing. You're welcome.


Stacy Iest Hsu's Fabric

Fairy tales spun into gorgeous fabric? Yes, please.  I made Little Edelweiss a quilt out of the Lil' Red line, and her dolly is from the accompanying fabric panel. I just love everything this designer has created, and the extra bonus is that her fabric is available in layer cakes, which is my very favorite kind of precut.

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American Girl Series


  I lurrrved the American girl doll series when I was in elementary school, so it is the thrill of my heart that our Firefly is digging into these books right now. I saved all of my books and dolls from childhood, and the deal is, once she finishes the Samantha series, the doll comes down from the closet as her very own. We are also studying American history in school this year, so this is a major win for this lazy homeschool mom.


N.D. Wilson's Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl



I picked up this book a few years ago and tried to read it then, but the timing just wasn't right for me. This book is  chock full of philosophy and poetry and lots of great wonderings and meanderings of thought. If you liked Don Miller's Blue Like Jazz, this is that on steroids. It has provided a wonderful rest at the end of the day, and has re-awakened a sense of wonder and excitement in my soul. 


Scare tape

We live in a pretty wooded area, so our property is host to a lot of critters, from foxes to raccoons, possums, rabbits, owls, and most unwelcome, woodpeckers.  This one little twerp was absolutely tearing up the side of our house, which especially infuriated my husband after spending way too much having our entire home repainted. Since my aim with the Nerf gun wasn't quite what I was hoping, and since I was afraid I'd get caught if I shot it with a BB gun, we had to get creative. Enter Scare Tape. We have 4 foot streamers of this tape all around the periphery of our roof, and it has been extremely effective. Bonus: our house looks like a disco party in the wind. Our neighbors must think we're so classy.


Here and Heaven

Nothing gets me so excited as good artistic collaboration, and this is as great as it gets. Four of the very best living musicians plus one of the purest voices in the world makes for a great piece of music. Plus they have a lot of fun in the process!



Baby curls. That is all. 


Have a great weekend!