9 Things I’m Crazy About Right Now
1. This bread. It’s delicious nostalgia. Once upon a time, I ate a cinnamon raisin bagel, spread thick with cream cheese for breakfast. Every day. For nine months. Thanks, Gigi. This is almost as good, and in many ways better because I am not scarfing it down only to hurl in the ladies room before taking the deposition of a “lying, no good, dirty rotten, cheating” husband. Again, I say, “Thanks, Gigi.” And this morning I really did say “thanks, Gigi” via some amazing French toast made with, you guessed it, this bread.
2. This book. I seriously could not put it down. I took it to ballet. I took it to swim lessons. I took it in the car to read at stop lights. I felt a deep emptiness and sadness when it was over. It is based on the biblical book of Hosea and is just a beautiful, beautiful story of unconditional, unwavering, incomparable love. Reading it is truly an experience. I want to have that experience again.
3. Impromptu geography lessons. After Tuesday’s election, I have a new theory: for every month I have been a mother, I have forgotten the location of exactly one state. Sorry Kentucky, I pretty much have no idea where you are. I am so glad I have a five-year-old to make me feel slightly better, as Lulu carefully scrutinized the map, turned to me and asked in a panicky voice, “But what about China?!?” Indeed.
4. These crockpot pumpkin spice lattes. I modified the recipe to take to my moms prayer group this week by combining 8 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 c. canned pumpkin, stevia to taste, 2 T. vanilla extract, 2 t. pumpkin pie spice, 3 c. strongly brewed Trader Joe’s pumpkin spice coffee and turning my crockpot on high for 2 hours. We garnished them with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice. We got our drank on.
5. Our Fall Bucket List progress. We really should have gone to a football game when it wasn’t raining. Shoot. Think anyone will notice if I change “foot” to “basket?” And expect to see an apple pie soon. I am accepting any and all flavor requests. And/or pies.
6. Love notes. My girls are in the habit of, every day after school, writing notes to their friends, and invitations to parties I didn’t know we were having. I wanted to do something sweet for Chris a few days ago, and the silly consumerist message of, “Buy him chocolate…buy him a shirt…buy him something that he doesn’t need or even necessarily want!” started running through my brain as I sat in the Target parking lot, wallet in hand. Instead, I grabbed my notebook and a pen and wrote a note. Heartfelt words are free, fit perfectly and are something we all want. Don’t underestimate the power of your words—write a note to a friend, a teacher, a child, your spouse. It will make their day. Crayons are optional.
7. These pistachios. My friend Kim told me about how ridiculously addicting these nuts sold at Costco are. I passed on the three pound bag and bought a small one at the grocery store. And then I bought another one. And another one. And then I went back to Costco and bought the three pound bag. And gave a pound to Kim. I think it was her plan all along.
8. This milk frother + seasonal teas. Looks fancy, eh? Here’s all you’ve got to do. Get yo’self a $3 milk frother. Brew a yummy tea in hot water (duh, like you don’t know how to make tea) and sweeten it to your taste. Heat up some milk (whatever kind you like–almond milk or full fat coconut or whole milk all work awesome). Froth your milk with a splash of vanilla and tiny bit of sweetener. Add the froth to your tea. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice. Have yourself a moment.
9. Gina’s auction for Hurricane Sandy relief. Click on over to her site on Friday morning to bid on all sorts of baked goods donated by a bunch of really great food bloggers. I’ve thrown some dough balls into the mix. You know you want some. Paws off if there’s an apple pie up for sale. That baby is all mine.
I hope the rest of your week is full of things that you are crazy about!