With three little people in very different stages, with a husband doing multiple part-time jobs while in seminary, and with me keeping up with the family (as best I can) while dealing with some health issues, life can slip by just like that. So this week I’ve continued to concentrate on the many things that TODAY I am thankful for – little lady’s curls, playing “beaver” with my five-year-old, my nine-year-olds growing love of books, and the help and love of my husband – just as a starter. It’s good for my soul.
Along those lines, here are some fun things that I am loving – many of them kitchen related – because food and the joy of eating is a great gift too!
When Joel and I were getting married, I searched for someplace to register for Polish pottery, as I loved the beautiful design work. With more limited options online then, and Polish pottery not as common as now, it ended up being an impossible task. So how fun is it that the house we are house sitting at has a lovely collection of Polish pottery! We have been enjoying all of it, including the above snack platter. When I put this little snack together for my kids, the platter made it seem so special, even though it was very plain food. (This is sort of cheating since I had the Polish pottery mug on my first list of things I’m loving, but it’s the gift that keeps on giving with so many pieces to use!).
I saw one of these Mini Mushroom Farms (affiliate link) at a local store on sale, and I’ve always wanted to try one. I pretended it was just for the girls, but really I was the one most excited to try it out. The picture above was a couple of days into it, and you can see another picture here just several days later. They grow fast! It was a lot of fun, and now I want to buy mushroom plugs to put into a log to grow more edible mushrooms!
My oldest is starting to grow up so much, and one of the things she is growing in is looking out for her newest sister. This shows up in watching out for her in the backyard as the three of them play together (I love watching them all together – it’s so sweet) or even setting up elaborate “play rooms” for her in our living room! I shared about that on my Instagram a few weeks ago.
Favorite Sweet Potatoes in a Basket
The AIP diet can be a little tiring on the carbohydrate side, but I’ve found that mixing up the sweet potato varieties really helps! I LOVE both this kind of sweet potato (often called a Japanese sweet potato) and this wonderful basket I got on clearance to hold them all.
There are some beautiful plants at the house we are house sitting. Peonies have burst open in their glory in the yard, and we have a lovely vase of them on our table. It makes me smile every time I see it!
And finally, I shared with my subscriber list last week some updated information on my health, and I got so many notes from so many of you! It. Made. My. Week. I felt so blessed to have so many people who visit my blog who genuinely care about the person behind the screen. And you know what? That doesn’t happen very much online –especially on something as impersonal as a food blog. To those of you who leave comments, write me emails, and private message me, I may not always have the time/energy to reply in a timely manner, but know that I read every single one of them, and appreciate you greatly!