I try not to acquire too many objects, especially at this time of year, but there are some new things around here.
First, this sweet pendant. It's from this etsy seller (unfortunately it's too late for Christmas orders) and is a belated Mother's Day gift. It is the phase of the moon as it was on the night Ellie was born. I love it. Like all good Etsy products it came in beautiful packaging.
The room before:
I'm am so lucky. So many people have been so kind to us.
A coworker very generously gifted me her Champion juicer, which is a total powerhouse. I've been using my juicer recently since the citrus is so abundant and delicious. We've been ordering from Azure and this month got lots of carrots and oranges which we made into a super sweet foamy juice with apples, lemon, and spinach.
She loved it.
I made Smitten Kitchen's pumpkin cinnamon rolls recently, mostly for the smell and the frosting. (You could bury me in pumpkin pie spice and I'd be happy.)
Nothing too bad ever starts this way.
The frosting was great but honestly the rolls weren't anything special.
That's what we've been up to. We're also getting ready for the holidays, trying to decide if we want to get a full size Christmas tree or something small to avoid dealing with toddler grabby hands. Any advice, parents or child-care friends?
We have most of our gift list done for the first time in a few years (maybe it's just me but I have become significantly more organized since having a child, largely out of necessity) but we still have a few key dudes to check off our list. Why are dads so tough to find gifts for?
How are you preparing for a simple holiday this year? Check out the links in the Simple Lives Thursday blog hop and please join us in welcoming back Annette!! WE MISSED YOU!
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Our favorites from last week:
1. Homemade Bath Salts with Lemongrass by Holistic Squid. "While this recipe for luxurious homemade bath salts will guide you to create lovely homemade, health-promoting gifts, it will also soothe you when you need it the most...the holidays."
2. 8 Ways to Use Swiss Chard Stalks by Poor and Gluten Free. "We go through a bunch of Swiss chard every week, so I'm constantly looking for ways to make use of the chard stalks. Because the stems keep longer in the fridge than the leaves do I tend to store them up for a couple of weeks, then make something from them."
3. Don't Abandon the Sage by Our Heritage of Health. "Thanksgiving may be over, and the leftovers may be all gone, but there's no reason to abandon the bottle of sage in the back of the cupboard."