February 28, 2014

What I'm Into (Feburary)

 I'm still binge-watching Inspector Lewis, the PBS Mystery! series. Love how the pair of Lewis and Hathaway are reminiscent of duo that Lewis and Morse were but still totally fresh. Now that the Olympics are over I'm forcing my husband to catch up on Sherlock…luckily he didn't take long to get hooked!

Mostly NPR. It's been hard keeping up with the news now that my oldest is paying attention when TV news is on. Since he's not quite 6 there is a lot I'm not ready for him to see on the nightly news. I can catch the basic headlines on my way home from school drop-off and at least feel mildly informed. Someday I'll figure out how to balance of mother to young children and well-informed citizen. Someday!

I didn't crack on the February Reading Challenge (only reading books I already owned). I was surprised the first few weeks how much harder it was for me to avoid the library than the bookstore. Usually when I tell myself that I can't do spend money on something that is all I want to do so I didn't think the library would be the temptation. I think I had enough on my Kindle to get me through the whole month! Either way, it finally made me pick up Bread and Wine by Shauna Neiquist and I'm so glad. It totally lived up to the hype! If you want to see what else I read this month head over to Goodreads.

For my Book Club Bites series this month I paired a Rhubarb Clafoutis with The Paris Wife by Paula McClain. It was such a fun post to write that I'm already plotting what to do for March.

I also shared my simple (and freezer friendly!) pizza sauce and talked about how Pizza Friday is helping me stay sane.

Way back in the middle of the Polar Vortex I made a Lemon Cream Cheese Pound Cake. It made it feel like spring for a few minutes at least :)

2014 has been unsettled and generally crazy so far. I have wonderful family and friends (both in real life and in blog life), but they have been extra fabulous helping us get through this uncertain season. If you were all here I would bake everyone something yummy to say thank you!

Mini-mommy brag moment (sorrynotsorry) that I'm equally grateful for. My youngest, who didn't know more than two or three letters of the alphabet with speech delays last May is starting to sound out and recognize sight words! My little guy has worked so hard this year that it's making me fall in love with him all over again :)

On deck:

March is a great birthday month in our family, culminating with my oldest son's 6th birthday. Which theme and what kind of cake have been daily discussions for months!

Reorganizing my Pinterest boards. I use it for so many different things than I did when I first started that  I need to ditch some boards and subdivide others. The little I've done already is really streamlining my menu planning. I'm possibly just a little too excited to get started on this one!

The Amazon order I'm finally going to place now that the reading challenge is almost over. I'm in the mood for some classic mysteries so I think Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers will be topping the list!

Spring weather! We get a teeny-tiny spring here in southwest Oklahoma so I'm going to take full advantage of the days between cold spells. I can't wait to get some reading time in on our patio while the boys play outside. Bliss!

Joining in with Leigh Kramer for her What I'm Into linkup!

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  1. I got Bread and Wine for Christmas. It's next on my to-read list. And hooray for pizza Fridays :) Miss you!

  2. I was reading it as I was going to bed and I almost texted you that you MUST READ IT NOW :) If it hadn't been so late I would have! I don't remember the last time a book moved me to tears. Let me know when you finish it and we'll discuss!

  3. We have the exact opposite problem with Sherlock. For tv shows on Netflix, my husband loves a show, then I drag my feet about watching it, and then I end up loving it. he's been bugging me to watch Sherlock, and I just need to bite the bullet and do it.

    Bread and Wine is so wonderful. The enchilada recipe has made its way into our regular rotation and I would love to cook my way through more of it!

  4. Congrats on your little guy's reading progress. That's awesome news!

  5. I always say that I wouldn't know what's going on in the world if it weren't for listening to NPR while playing taxi driver for the kiddos :) Congrats to your son. I had a great reading-report from my son's teacher yesterday too. She said it right in front of him while we were in line to eat lunch and he was grinning from ear to ear with pride :)

  6. Also. Have you ever read The Week? It's how I get my news, no TV involved.

  7. It seems like a busy year just about everywhere. Hang in there!

  8. I have 10, 8, and 5 year olds - I have to be careful what they hear on the news as well...especially when my hubby is deployed. Love NPR! I have some mom friends coming over this week - and I think I'll try your Lemon Pound Cake. It sounds delicious! Hope you have a wonderful month!

  9. Glad to hear the February Reading Challenge went well and that it enabled you to finally read Bread & Wine! One of my favorite reads from last year. Rhubarb Clafoutis sounds divine!


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