For breakfast this morning, I ate a bowl of pear cobbler and a hunk of Dozen‘s demi baguette studded with poppyseeds, remnants of last night’s holiday party that lie lurking among leftover salad greens and grilled chicken (this recipe). Afterwards, I sat down with my laptop to knock out an assignment, but my mind kept drifting to the unwrapped Christmas gifts beside me in the office and to how, really, shouldn’t I be plopping down with them in front of the TV and beside the Fraser fir, to watch yet another cheesy movie where the happy family that inspires a broken family turns out to be angels (this one, available on Netflix) or the girl who can’t fall in love meets a ghost in an idyllic inn she’s supposed to sell and of course it’s destiny (this one, also available on Netflix)? I’ve reached that inevitable point in the end of the year where I’m ready to check out, and I all I want to do is sip warm drinks, wear tacky sweaters and talk Tim into escaping for the day to someplace new. “I want to, too,” he’ll say to me, “but we can’t.”
So meanwhile, while I try to be productive and maybe you try to be productive, I figured now was as good a time as any to share some links from around the Web that have been useful or inspiring to me this season:
— My friend Karen bought a Vitamix recently and so, in passing, told me about this green smoothie recipe that ended up being the one to break me out of a smoothie rut and, for the first time, have Rocco slurping down Romaine.
— I can’t spend $160 on a quilt but, if I were going to, it would be this gorgeous Cassan Linen Quilt, which comes from a company that partners with artisans in Haiti.
— If you’ve ever wished for a way to searched dozens of stores and thousands of brands in one visually attractive place, try Octer.com. I explored baby outfits for far too long one evening, I’ll admit it, but it was fun and it showed me brands I’d never known.
— I read this book in one Sabbath weekend, barely putting it down, and if you are or know a writer who is a Christian, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
— now up on my office wall: “You should always be trying to write a poem you are unable to write, a poem you lack the technique, the language, the courage to achieve. Otherwise, you’re merely imitating yourself, going nowhere because that’s always easiest.” John Berryman (from this book)
— I kind of want to host another party just for an excuse to make this appetizer tree.
— Back in October, we received this handy little grater to review, no strings attached, and after using it for two months I can honestly say it’s the grater that makes grating less miserable. Thanks for the gift, Deiss Kitchenware!
— on holiday loneliness
— The “sunny side up” baby story post on this blog made me laugh and cry while Rocco and I listened along in the car one weekday.
— Is blogging dead? If you’ve wondered this, read Lore Wilbert Ferguson’s post on Sayable. Also, read anything else on Sayable.
— for the best in festive Pinterest inspiration
— current soundtrack
— cutest baby brand
— all the books I’ve read in 2016, with favorites starred
— If you want to see a bunch of winter recipes all in one place. I’m thinking meatballs for Christmas, how about you?
— Ever since I stopped nursing we have been doing some cleanses and our current one has us using several products from one of our favorite resources: Global Healing Center
disclosure: Octer sponsored its link above, and there are Amazon and Global Healing Center affiliate links but, as always, all opinions expressed are our own.