Monday, August 3, 2015

Things I loved in July.

1. Scribd. I tried a free trial of this service this month and it was really fun. It's basically all-you-can-read ebooks and audiobooks--read (or listen to) as many books from their database as you want for one flat monthly rate (it's been called "Netflix for books"). They don't have many brand-new books, but they have plenty of bestsellers from the past couple years and I found a whole lot to read. I concluded that although I enjoyed the trial quite a bit, I really prefer reading paper books to ebooks or audiobooks. (It doesn't have anything to do with "the death of literature" or any of that. I just prefer the paper book experience.) However, I did enjoy reading a couple of books there that I wasn't able to find in my local libraries.

2. Mystery Show. Every episode, spunky host Starlee Kine solves a mystery. Not huge mysteries, just the little mysteries of life (for example, how tall is Jake Gyllenhaal? I positively adored the way that episode ended). It's fun and if you like podcasts you should totally try it out.

3. Cazookies. Take some cookie dough and put it in a ramekin. Bake at 350 for 7-9 minutes. Put ice cream on it (vanilla bean is our favorite, but you have my permission to go crazy). Classy and delicious enough to serve to guests, but easy enough to eat it on a weeknight. We may or may not have eaten way too many of these this month.

4. Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Another podcast! (Sorry I'm such a hipster.) If you've enjoyed any of Gretchen Rubin's work (of Happiness Project fame), you'll like this podcast. (And if you've never read Gretchen Rubin, this is a really easy way to find out if you might like her books.) Rubin chats with her sister, Elizabeth, about happiness and how to get more of it. Even though I read both The Happiness Project and Happier at Home (and I plan to read Better Than Before, her new book about habits), this podcast is a good kick in the pants for me to actually put stuff into practice.

5. This dessert. Perfect with all the summer berries. And like cazookies, it's both easy and classy (and a little on the lighter side).

6. While I haven't followed all the recipes exactly, I've found great inspiration here for making my own baby food. It has recipes for both babies and toddlers.


  1. "We may or may not have eaten way too many..." LOL

  2. Ooh, that dessert looks great! I can make fruit-heavy parfaits for Summer and me, to get our nutrition boost, and Ken can either use just bananas or have it without fruit. Normally it's hard to make fruit desserts that the whole family will enjoy. I wonder how it would be with a sprinkle of chocolate chips?

    If I wind up having a baby who will actually eat purees, I'll have to look at that site. Summer just outright rejected purees once I introduced more solid options. The toddler foods could also be fun with a non-picky child, but I've given up on making special foods for Summer because there's about a 50% chance that she'll reject it without tasting. That's frustrating when I just spent half an hour making something especially for her!

    1. It's really good without fruit--kind of like a less-firm no-bake cheesecake. And I bet it would be great with a little bit of chocolate!

      I wish my baby would eat more solid foods. Purees are becoming a bit of a pain to make. But she's not interested in finger foods. We made some progress the other day though--I gave her little pieces of banana. (She wouldn't put them in her own mouth, and I had to squish them a little--she had a little trouble figuring out the chewing part. But still! She ate something that didn't come off a spoon! Wow!)

      I can't really see myself making the toddler recipes. As soon as my kids have the ability, they'll be eating what everyone else is eating. But some of the recipes look like they could be pretty good for adults, too.