Thanks for the kitty love. Mr. Cat has been hanging out with us a lot.
I woke up this morning with a horrible sharp pain under my right shoulder blade. UGH! It’s been gnawing at me all day so I have been trying to relax today and take it easy. I had wanted to paint, but sitting at my table seemed to be making maters worse, so I lounged on the sofa, my little guy and his cat climbing off and on me, while happily looking through my new books. Eeeeks! They are so awesome. I tried not to drool, but they are completely delightful. Books + good food = the perfect remedy for a sore back.
1. A homemade Life: Stories of Recipes from my Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg. This book makes me want to eat potato salad every day with banana bread for dessert.The chocolate chips in the banana bread with ginger is killer. I’ve made it with chocolate before, but the ginger makes it over the top good. I used one of my vegan banana bread recipes and added the extra yummy stuff. I was only halfway done with the book when it was called back to the library. So now I have it on reserve again! I should just buy it. It’s a really yummy little book.
2. The vegan Scoop: 150 Recipes for Dairy-free Ice cream that tastes better than the real thing by Wheeler del Torro. It’s been quite a while since I’ve had real ice cream but I have to say this stuff is pretty dang delicious. We’ve made a list of everything we want to try. The variations are amazing. Some classics, fruity and some very daring and interesting variations. We tried the mint chocolate chip first. Sooooo good. I only put in half the peppermint extract that the recipe called for and it was VERY minty, but in an incredibly yummy way. I also spent a few extra bucks for high quality peppermint extract, so maybe that is why.
3. Handmade Home: Simple ways to repurpose old materials into new family treasuures by Amanda Soule. Amanda’s book is so beautifully done . So many great projects for me to do on my own and with my little guys too. They have already thumbed through and picked out several things they like. I love the beach blanket, wall pockets, treasure bag and bath mat. I am making a list and it is HUGE!
4. Bend the Rules with Fabric: Fun Sewing Projects with Stencils, Stamps, Dye, Photo Transfers, Silk Screening, and More by Amy Karol. I love the quirkiness of Amy’s book. Lots of good ideas and great explanations. I am particularly interested in the screen printing method and painting fabric. I love that watercolor look. LOTS of fun stuff.
5. The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder by Jill Badonsky.It’s a lovely little twist on the Farmers Almanac providing daily inspiration and awe-inpiring tid-bits. And since I am into all things inspiring and creative right now, I thought I’d grab it. It’s such a happy little book and I love it.
Now off to bed I go with a hot pack on my shoulder.