listening, eating, making, reading. vol. 3

I feel like if I tell you these four things I'm giving you the perfect snapshot of what I've been up to. Plus, they're all things I love to do and love to tall about. So here goes! 


25 by Adele. I'm always a little behind the times, so I'm only just now going crazy for Adele.  But seriously! I can't get enough.  If you were to catch a glimpse of me driving in the car you would surely see me belting out the Adele at the top of my lungs.  Also, Adele has been my choice of music when I make my feeble attempts at running. Not you're typical workout jams, but I am so mesmerized by her voice, it's the only thing I can listen to that will truly distract me from how much I hate running. 


It's finally cool enough to use the oven again! We've been cooking up lots of bacon to use for BTL's with garden fresh T's. I also made this tasty coffee cake the other day.  Even Johnny liked it!(Also, Hatch Prints mug.) 


So many things. Or should I say, sew many things. I made some bloomers for Trixie.

And some little drawstring bags for storing knitting projects in. 

And over the weekend Alex and I made a headboard, so now I can lean my head on something while I'm nursing Trixie in the wee small hours. Our room used to look like this.

 Now it looks like this! Yay!!


Gilead. Recommended to me by so many people. It took me a while to get into it, but now I understand why everyone loves it.  It's truly beautiful writing that speaks so tenderly on the mysteries of the Christian life, and love, and parenthood. I really need to hustle and finish it though, because this one is next on my list and I want to get it read before Fountains of Carrots does their book podcast on it! 

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listening, eating, making, reading.

// listening//

One of our best local artist heard on our great local radio station! Love me some Mason Jennings, and very happy to discover he has a new album out. Yay!


Too much sugar!

I've been making a lot of desserts lately. Rhubarb pie, with the family rhubarb that keeps being divided and passed down. It can be traced back to the farm in Howard Lake, MN where my granddad grew up. So yeah, I'm pretty serious about my rhubarb.

I've also made this mocha chocolate cake, with the best frosting I've ever tasted. And this gluten free, vegan, no bake chocolate raspberry tort that takes literally 10 minutes start to finish. I usually do not go for these kinds of desserts because in my estimation a dessert needs at least two sticks of butter and two hours of toil in the kitchen to be a legitimate dessert. But this tort is delicious!! I will make it again when it's 95 degrees outside and I don't dare use my oven. 

There has also been rhubarb bread. And chocolate chip cookies. So I'm thinking it might be time to do a sugar free month again.


I bought some cotton yarn over a year ago. I was planning on using it for baby hats and then never did.  A couple months ago I got this free pattern in my inbox and instantly thought of that lovely summery cotton yarn in my yarn closet. (yes, I have a yarn closet.) (It's also the gift wrap and extra bedding closet, so, it's not as bad as it could be.) I started my summery sweater a couple weeks ago, got about a third of the way through, and I realized my gauge was way off and it was going to be ridiculously huge. So I ripped it all out and I'm starting over, hoping to have it finished in time to actually wear this summer.


I am almost done with All the Light We Cannot See. I have been such a terrible reader since I finished college. It has been so long since I've read a novel (besides The Hunger Games). I would really like to make reading a bigger priority. The Fountains of Carrots podcast had a read along of this book and then dedicated an episode to discussing it. That was my motivation to pick it up. And I'm so glad I did. This novel is so good and so beautifully written. And when I'm done the first thing I'm going to do is listen to that podcast.  Then I will look to Christy and Haley for all my book recommendations.

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