Currently

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Making: sure to start each day with no expectations
Cooking: nothing at all
Drinking: all the vanilla lattes
Reading: books with short chapters (post on that coming soon)
Wanting: not much of anything right now
Looking: at our gardens, and loving hat they will hopefully become
Playing: on my stomach with the Gooplet
Deciding: Amazon’s ability to ship you anything in two days is miraculous
Wishing: making tough choices was easier
Enjoying: that after nine months, Rose is back in my life
Waiting: for my husband to get home from work everyday, so we can go for walks
Liking: blue and white striped everything (surprise!)
Wondering: what the next couple months will bring
Loving: Anne Bogel’s What Should I Read Next podcast
Pondering: a podcast of my own #goals
Considering: that it may be 8 years before I regain the use of both hands at once
Watching: Hart of Dixie – so mindless; so necessary
Hoping: for good nap days
Marveling: at Jared Nickens’ Running Man moment(s) of fame
Needing: sleep
Smelling: spring rain
Wearing: clothes I’ve missed terribly
Following: a bunch of new accounts on Instagram
Noticing: we have some truly kind and generous neighbors
Knowing: I need to keep repeating, “Good for her, not for me” to make it through some days (thanks, Amy Poehler)
Thinking: we need a cleaning person
Feeling: overwhelmed?  loved?  stressed?  joyful?  #allthefeels
Admiring: moms who make it work
Sorting: laundry, always
Buying: this black cardi from Nordstrom to replace my old one that I wore until it had holes in it
Getting: coffee in the afternoon now, instead of the morning
Bookmarking:
Disliking: how short spring always is
Praying: without ceasing
Opening: little cards and gifts here and there
Giggling: over not knowing what day of the week it is
Snacking: as often as possible
Coveting: a good new pair of sunglasses
Wishing: for endless porch happy hours
Helping: myself by vowing to get out of the house once a day
Hearing: ocean sounds before bed every night

Naptime Scones

Since the Gooplet arrived at La Moneda, we have been so fortunate as to have hot meals brought to us left and right.  I did my best to stock our freezer before he got here, and Wooden Nickels and AGOMYR, along with some other friends and family, have been the ones who have made sure we’re eating a square meal each night.

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But I, of course, couldn’t stay out of the kitchen for too long, and so I got back to baking right away.  I get completely famished in the middle of the night, and often find myself wandering downstairs to see what I can grab off the counter.  When the baked goods from our neighbors ran out, I had to take matters into my own hands.  A friend of mine had served her classic scone recipe when we visited her the other day.  She claimed they were simple, and that she’d be more than willing to share the recipe.  A quick glance revealed I had all the ingredients necessary, and so during the Gooplet’s solid nap of the day, I pulled these off.  I forgot how much I love a good scone.  Fresh from the oven, all flaky and puffed up?  There’s nothing better.  And when they come together in about 15 minutes, and bake off in 7, I think it’s safe to say these are going to become staples around here.

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To make Caroline’s scones/Naptime Scones, you will need:

  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 C shortening
  • 1/2 C buttermilk

Optional:

  • 1/2 C blueberries or cinnamon chips (I had neither and used toffee chips)
  • turbinado sugar for coating the scones before baking (I didn’t have any, but they are amazing with it)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.  Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter, or two forks, until the shortening is the size of rice kernels.  Add blueberries or chips, if using.  Stir in buttermilk with a spatula, and mix till all ingredients are just incorporated.

Turn out two balls of dough on a flat surface, and pat each into rough circles, about 1.5 inches thick.  Cut circles into eighths, and place triangles of dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment.  If using sugar, roll each triangle in sugar.  Bake 7-8 minutes.

The List of Awesome

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Dear readers, I know it’s been forever around these parts, but I’ve been gone with good reason, promise.  There’s a new little Gooplet here at La Moneda, and we’re slowly adjusting to life together.  And I’m slowly adjusting to a complete lack of sleep, and life with less than two hands at my disposal.  But there’s no better way to get back into the swing of things here than with a list of awesome, albeit about a month later than it was due.  Look for more posts around here soon, though you may be seeing them sporadically.

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  1. Husbands who do the dishes
  2. Rereading past Lists of Awesome
  3. A great internet link post
  4. Having an entire house that is blue and white
  5. Trying something new, and realizing you love it
  6. Recognizing extraordinary in ordinary days
  7. James Taylor and Carole King
  8. Memoirs
  9. Champagne
  10. Endorphins
  11. March Madness
  12. True happiness for good friends
  13. Emojis
  14. A good pair of sunglasses
  15. Personalized stationery
  16. Laughing so hard it hurts
  17. Windows open (sunroof, too)
  18. Cheap pizza
  19. Routines
  20. A stack of new books to read
  21. Naps
  22. Fresh flowers
  23. Walks in nice weather
  24. Friends you don’t have to clean the house for
  25. James Corden’s carpool karaoke
  26. A good lip sync battle
  27. People who know what you need more than you do
  28. Buffalo chicken dip
  29. Recipes that come together in one bowl
  30. Kimmy Schmidt
  31. Walking every day
  32. Fuzzy blankets
  33. Blue and white striped clothes
  34. 90s music
  35. Thank you notes
  36. Brownies
  37. Toes in the sand
  38. Ordering clothes online and finding out they fit
  39. Mint chocolate chip ice cream
  40. The smell of spring
  41. Screened in porches
  42. Compliments
  43. Amazon Prime
  44. Splurging on something you really wanted
  45. Summer breezes
  46. Inexpensive art prints from Etsy
  47. A fresh coat of paint
  48. Pedicures
  49. Any and all attempts to bring the 90s back
  50. The Kindle app at 2:00 a.m.

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Soludos

There are a couple of Instagram feeds I follow solely because they are completely gorgeous, and IHaveThisThingWithFloors is one of them.  This weekend, they posted a photo of a man who was wearing these killer espadrilles, and I tracked them down.

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Soludos.  They’re my new faves, and I find myself needing a pair for summer.  Cheers to warmer weather, dear readers.

Do You Have China?

Dear readers, do you have fancy china?  I know it’s a hotly contested topic among those who create wedding registries these days.  If what I see online is to be believed, more people don’t register for formal china than do.  It makes sense.  We millennials are a casual bunch.

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But I have formal china.  Two sets.  Oops.

That’s a whole long story involving registering for china that would match Grandma Glass of Milk’s just in case I was lucky enough to be the recipient of Grandma Glass of Milk’s one day.  Spoiler alert.  I was.  And now, I have two full sets.  This one, which is also featured heavily in the Van Der Woodsen home on Gossip Girl (heart eyes), and this one, which I believe comes from the 1950s.

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And the other day, AGOMYR texted me about Suite One Studio, who makes this most gorgeous set right here.  AGOMYR was in camp “I didn’t register for china,” and now has her heart set on this brand.  Can you blame her?

On Kitchen Memories [cake mix funfetti cookies]

First, and most important, Happy Birthday Sous Chef Lauren!  You’re my favorite.

Second, my girl Raluca recently posted about muffins she made on a Sunday morning.  They didn’t turn out exactly the way she’d envisioned, and then she realized that didn’t matter at all.  Sometimes it’s more about making memories in the kitchen than it is about what comes out of the oven.

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And thus, I give you cake mix funfetti cookies.  They are not homemade, a la these, which I love, and have dough for in the fridge right now.  They come from a box of white cake mix, which is something I always have in the pantry.  They take just a few minutes to make, and serve as a great way to use up those seasonal M&Ms you buy on clearance the day after the holiday.  That can’t be just me.

To make 2 dozen cookies, you will need:

  • 1 Box of White Cake Mix
  • 1/3 Cup Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbs Sprinkles
  • 1/2 Cup M&Ms

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the cake mix, oil, eggs, and sprinkles together with a spatula until combined.  Form balls of dough with about a Tablespoon of batter.  Use the bottom of a glass to flatten them onto baking sheets.  Press 3 M&Ms into the top of each cookie.  Bake 8-9 minutes.

A Funny Question

Dear readers, if you don’t mind my asking, do you have art in your bathrooms?  I have two with significant wall space in need of filling.

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When I searched Pinterest, most bathrooms didn’t have anything on the walls, which leaves me devoid of inspiration.

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(a beautiful mess)

Then, when I searched bathroom artwork, I came up with lots of tongue-in-cheek art prints about the proper ways to hang or replace the toilet paper roll.

No thanks.

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Having photographs in the bathroom seems odd.  I don’t want “people” staring at me as I take a shower, thankyouverymuch, but those walls need something.  And yet, my favorite pieces (like these two new prints I just ordered) feel like they belong in more of a place of honor.

I’ll take all the suggestions I can get here, dear readers.  How are your bathroom walls adorned?

February Reads

Whilst hanging out among friends a while back, one mentioned she loved reading, but hated finding new books to read.  You know in TV shows, when you hear a screech sound, like a record player coming to a complete halt?  (Does anyone even understand that reference?)  Because that’s what happened when she made that comment.

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I’m all about the hunt for the new greatest book.  Maybe in part because it’s such a rare find.  The more I read, the less likely it is that this book will be one I remember over so many others.  But I’ll read anything in my path in the name of finding greatness again.

The particular comment got me thinking that maybe there are others who feel this way too.  That reading is wonderful, but finding the right book to read is a chore.  In that case, let me gently point you toward Anne Bogel’s (aka, Modern Mrs. Darcy) new podcast, What Should I Read Next?  I’ve been listening, and I love it.  In it, she asks her guests to name three books they love, one they hate, and what they’re reading now.  Based on their responses, Anne gives a couple of suggestions for future reading.  I’m loving the diversity of books guests have mentioned so far, and more than anything, I’m loving the suggestions and new to me titles.

With that in mind, I’m bypassing telling you what I’ve read, and what I’m reading this month, because, dear readers, to be honest, neither is incredibly interesting at present, and I’m giving you a nice long list of what I want to read next.  If you, like said friend, hate the threat of having to search for new reading material, take a look at this list, and see what strikes your fancy.

Want to Read

From Episode 6, with Tsh Oxenreider:

The Little Book Store of Big Stone Gap, by Wendy Welch – because Anne recommended it on one of her podcasts, and it sounds like it is made for me.  It’s a memoir (you had me at hello) about a couple who leave their high powered jobs behind in the name of renovating an old white house in order to open a bookstore there.  Or basically, it’s about people living out Sous Chef Lauren’s and my life-long dream.

The Talent Code, by Daniel Coyle – because Tsh mentioned it in conjunction with a school her son is attending.  Tsh didn’t go into specifics, but it sounds like this school (and excuse me, where are you, and can I work here and send my kids to you?) requests that parents read certain books in conjunction with their children’s educations.  First of all, LOVE.  Second of all, this book sounds so interesting, because to hear Tsh describe it, it sounded like a parenting book, and one toward which I was about to nudge my husband.  But then, to look it up on Amazon, it sounds like just a general non-fiction book (with perhaps huge implications for the raising of children).  No matter what it is, count me in.

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin – because I love books that mention books.  When Tsh mentioned it as a story she loved, I was intrigued because of the premise, but upon looking it up, was surprised to see that it was written by the author of a YA book I enjoyed about ten years ago.  This sounds different from my usual picks, but I figure it’s worth a shot.

The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton – because I’ve heard enough about her at this point, that it’s time I read one of hers.  If I’m not mistaken, this was one of those Target picks that caught on like wild fire, a la Sarah’s Key.  (If you’re not familiar with the influence of Target’s book picks, take a look here.)  Kate Morton has gone on to write many other novels, but this seems like the place to start.

From Episode 5, with Deidra Riggs:

These is My Words, by Nancy Turner – because it’s about a young girl’s coming of age as she travels to Arizona between 1880-1900.  I love stories of people traveling west, and am fascinated to see how this one plays out over 20 years.

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jaqueline Woodson – because I started it last year and never finished.  I didn’t hate it, I just did that thing I do sometimes where I get distracted when I hit the middle of a book, and I never come back around to it.  It’s a memoir in verse, and it seems to have caught some attention outside of the kid-litosphere, which is a place in which I love setting up camp.  I don’t remember being particularly taken with the verse aspect of it, but there’s something about it that seems to have hooked people across a more broad range of reading worlds, so it’s worth revisiting.

The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd – because Anne mentions that Oprah is a fan, and do I ever need another reason to check something out?  But here’s the thing.  I did not love Secret Life of Bees, and I actively disliked The Mermaid Chair.  But here’s the other thing.  This story sounds truly compelling.  Enough that it’s worth checking out from the library.

 

 

Just Because

When I told you all about hosting my college friends for our second annual favorite things party, I mentioned my college friends are some of the most thoughtful people I know.  The goal of the party was to bring a favorite thing to share with each lady in attendance, but I saw housewarming gifts, baby gifts, and birthday gifts being exchanged, too.  It was so sweet.  A thoughtful gift is everything!

I made a mini resolution right then and there to make sure to send people little tokens of my affection whenever I darn well felt like it.  It’s too much fun to get a gift in the mail for little to no reason.  Here are some of my favorite things to send.

Jeni’s Ice Creams

Sugarfina Candy (more specifically, champagne bears!)

Little Acre Flowers (local to the DC area–and many thanks to SCL for introducing me)