Welcome to This Week’s Miscellany, the occasional round up of Carrots family updates, photo dumps, books I’m reading, links I loved, and big news.
Fall weather for Texas (highs in the 70s and 80s) is here! We’ve been loving it and it arrived just in time for the farm-to-table meal that Daniel put on for 100 people.
It was beautiful.
And the food was fantastic. After the appetizers of chicken salad and homemade crackers and eggplant dip, each table got a cheese board with local pecan cheddar, marinated feta, pickled okra, homemade bacon and whiskey jam, homemade jalapeno jam, and honeycomb from Daniel’s hives.
The other courses were: homemade ravioli stuffed with farm sausage with a sweet potato and chimichurri sauce. Next up was a field pea salad with pork chops. Then for dessert Daniel made a butternut pudding with whiskey infused whipped cream and candied local pecans. Yum!
In other news, I got the edits for my book back from my editor and need to get cracking on those in the very near future to meet our deadline. But I’ve been working on a couple of film reviews for America Magazine in the meantime (I LOVE writing movie reviews).
My first one is already up on their site: ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ shows the trauma behind the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh
We’ve been reading Winnie-the-Pooh aloud in the mornings for homeschooling and I never knew how sad the story of Milne’s relationship with his son is until watching the film! I actually got an early screener link since I would be reviewing it and admit to feeling VERY fancy watching a movie that hadn’t been released yet from the comfort of my couch.
The other film I reviewed is Breathe starring Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield. It was truly amazing and I would like Claire Foy to be in charge of everything, please. She was INCREDIBLE. I mean, Garfield was great, too, but her performance just stole the show. That review isn’t up yet but I’ll share it on social media when it is.
This year the kids are SO into spooky decor. So, despite my inexplicable aversion to seasonal decor, I’ve been collecting a few things they are SO HAPPY ABOUT IT. Lucy spends most of her time crafting spooky cats, pumpkins, cauldrons, and broomsticks out of paper and glue. These kids are pumped up about Hallowtide.
We’ve been taking advantage of the lovely weather to have lots of outdoor adventures.
Gwen’s finger continues to heal really well. It’s already the same length as the uninjured index finger. It’s so bonkers that kids can grow their fingertips back!
Bishop Barron on the Pro-life/Social Justice Split: “A tragedy for the Church”: Northwest Catholic
I’m Teaching Fertility Awareness to My Girls. Here’s Why You Should, Too: Ginny Kochis at Not So Formulaic
For This Child I Have Puked: Coffee and Crumbs (I’ve never read such an accurate description of my experience with extreme morning sickness or HG)
Open Heart Parenting on the Autism Spectrum with Carolyn Svellinger (our latest episode for Fountains of Carrots)
Reading for Fun (my latest episode with Tsh for The Simple Show)
We’ve got prep for Lucy’s birthday tomorrow to get started on, but heads up that the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (my FAVORITE internet thing of the year) is having a flash sale on Monday and Tuesday. So if you ordered my book about making big life changing decisions as a married couple and the dozens of other books and courses in May, then you’re all set.
If you missed the sale in May you’ve got this one last chance to grab this awesome deal (and all the bonus freebies that come along with it). And while we’re waiting for the sale to go live, my friends at Ultimate Bundles are giving away a free Healthy Kitchen Shortcuts printable pack so definitely head on over and check it out! (And watch for an email with your free printable pack after you request it.)
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!
Lots of love,
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