Happy Love Month, friends. Here I am, checking in mid-February, as promised. It’s been strange, wild weather around here — most of January sunny, bright, and in the 50s, and then the last 4 days we’ve been completely covered in snow and ice. We didn’t leave the house for 3 whole days and I think they were the 3 best days of Lenox’s life. (re: no carseat time). We’ve been busy — especially with our hands! Late January and through this ice storm, we have had our hands in a hundred projects all at once, just the way we like it. Oh, how I love these winter days with some good excuses to stay inside and delve into our “indoor hobbies” as I like to call the best things in life (cooking/sewing/crafting/baking/reading). The rituals of this time of year are dear to me — slow-cooking winter soups on the stove, flannel pajamas worn into the lunch hour, and time to dream and make bucket lists of all kinds. We’ve been talking a lot about our nighttime dreams these days — sometimes acting them out and sometimes just remarking how weird and wonderful it is to dream. And, we’ve been dreaming about all the things we want to do before…hmmm…I don’t know, summer? Like make more goop. And make more flubber. And make more playdough in every color. And make more baby quilts out of old sweaters and make more magnetic fish for our magnetic fishing pole. (Sometimes Orlis can catch 5 fish on his line at one time!)
Finally, I got around to making a simple valance for our dining area window and then Orlis and I sat at my machine and sewed a heart garland to mark Valentine’s week. We caught wind from the preschool that it’s ok to bring a Valentine for everyone this Thursday so, as you might imagine, we got right to it and cut up our garland scraps and started collaging some paper hearts. Orlis chose the word “friends!” to mark his sweet creations. I just love them.
Lenox is getting to be quite the tubble-butt — boy, does that boy like to eat. (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree there.) Now he crawls around following Orlis wherever Orlis goes (which is in mad circles around the house from dawn until we strap him into his bed at night….j/k) To prompt brotherly cooperation, we’ve taken to letting Orlis brush Lenox’s 6 teeth which makes everyone giggle and still gets the job done. The soup/stew section of our family favorites recipe book is getting a lot of love — we go back and forth between potato leek soup and baked potato soup and throw in some winter root vegetable chowder for good measure. I’m finally getting into the groove of bread-baking, finding a natural rhythm with it, and finding it is, of course, so easy. Just a whole lot of do-nothing, really, with this recipe. It’s SO delicious and makes our house smell the way I imagine heaven smells.
I’d like to make a bucket list of slow-cooker recipes but only absolutely delicious ones, and make my way through them in the next month or two. I have a few I like but not enough. I’d love some vegetarian ones too — maybe something Indian-inspired. Do you have anything you’d love to share?
Happy Valentine’s Day, by the way. I’m thinking we’ll start ours with a dance party to appease the mini-bootyshakers in this house, and end it with a round-table appreciation ritual at dinner time. Now that’s lovin’.
See you next month!