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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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a recipe, a song, a photo, a quote.

R E C I P E: We made these spicy Asian noodles last week, and the week before. I love them! Before I had kids I stayed away from recipes that advertised themselves as being "quick and easy" because I thought good food needed to be slaved over. But now I'm all about it, and have happily found many "quick and easy" recipes that are really really tasty and have become new favorites. This dish is one of them.  The second time I made it I added broccoli and beef and it was A-O-K!

S O N G: I heard this song on a Spotify playlist (accoustic winter, or something like that). Then a few days later I heard it on The Current. Now I can't stop singing it. Sometimes we sub in Trixie's name. "Oh, oh, Trixie Belle...."

P H O T O: I feel like if I were a baby I would not like Johnny's attention.  But Trixie doesn't seem to mind his intense affection.  She actually seems to like it.

Q U O T E: From a reflection I read in the February Magnificat, by Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet:
"He is very near....He awaits you.. Run. Fly. Break you chains; break all the bonds that tie you down to flesh and blood."

I'm making this post a link-up.  If you'd like to join in just share a recipe you've been chowing on (link so we can try it), a song you've been digging (link so we can listen), a recent photo from your life, and a quote, from your kid, a book, whatever, just as long as you love it.