What I’m Reading

I love books. In my house we have hundreds of books. We have 4 bookshelves stuffed full of books and then we have more books stored in boxes in the basement. I really need to go through and clear out some of them but then it is like getting rid of an old friend.

Wild Fermetation coverWhen I am reading I always try to have a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. This week I am reading 2 books. I am reading Sandor Katz’s first book Wild Fermentation. I am really enjoying it. I like the fact that it is more than just a cook book. He goes into some of the history and social issues behind the fermentation of food. I am only about 40 pages into it but I am really enjoying it. The only thing I don’t like about it is it is larger than a trade paperback book so it is hard to hold it with one hand while I am nursing ūüôā

The fiction book that I am reading/was reading I finished it this morning was called Secret Daughter. It was a really wonderful read. I found it a little sad because it is based in India where there is a very large emphasis placed on having a male child. This book¬†chronicles¬†the life of an Indian woman who had a daughter but was forced to give her away to save her life. I found it a little close to home because I have two beautiful little girls and I couldn’t imagine having to give them up. I also found it very interesting since in the new around here there has been several stories of sex selection abortions around the country. Other than the depression nature of the subject this book was very well written and I read it in 2 days, it was that good!

What are you reading?


Happy Belated Father’s Day

This past Sunday was Father’s day. A wonderful day to celebrate the wonderful men in our life. This year the girls and I got my wonderful husband a book. He loves books, well actually we both love books. We have books everywhere, we have 3 bookshelves stuffed¬†with books and more hiding in boxes in the basement! But this year we got him the book Family Shepherds by Voddie Baucham Jr. It looks like a really good read.

For the grandfather’s this year I decided to do something a little bit cheaper¬†creative. I had seen¬†this¬†cute little footprint craft on Dollar Store Mom and I thought it would be perfect! So I went to the dollar store to pick up some paint . I found some nice paint for a dollar and came home. That is when I noticed that it said “acrylic paint” eeep that means it doesn’t wash off!! Oh well I foraged ahead.

I got everything ready and covered the kitchen in newspaper. J was fine with me painting her foot and pushing it onto the paper. She even wanted to climb into the paint she thought it was pretty fun. Finally when I got her all cleaned up I called for A and said it was her turn. She was very upset and told me “No mommy we don’t paint with our feet we use paint brushes.” ¬†I told her that she was right but we were making special presents so it was ok this time! After much, much coaxing she finally agreed and she had so much fun! Once it was dry I added all the little cutouts and I have to say it turned out lovely! (sorry for the crappy picture)

J’s foot was a little too small to turn into a tractor so we made it a¬†trailer. Grandma thought it was a nice picture but she thought it was even nicer when A finally pointed out that it was made from her foot! Grandpa was equally as thrilled and it is now proudly displayed in his office!

I hope you all took time to celebrate the wonderful fathers in your lives this past weekend.

Photo a Day: Feb 2 Words

It is groundhog day today! Not that this post has anything to do with groundhogs but I thought I would throw that out there!  According to our little furry friend we can except an early spring (not that this winter has actually felt like winter at all!!). Anyways on to the photo!

We are currently reading this book for our Moms group at church. ¬†It is a really enjoyable book. It is a nice parenting book that really understands that parenting and raising children isn’t easy. ¬†I also love that this book isn’t a how-to guide to get perfect kids (which there seems to be a lot of those out there) but it is how parenting changes us and how we are change ourselves to be better parents for our kids. ¬†This book is by Gary Thomas, I have read a couple others by him and I have really enjoyed them. ¬†I am looking forward to getting beyond chapter 2 (which is where I seem to be stuck at the moment!).

Photo a Day: Jan 24 Guilty Pleasure

My guilty pleasure is BOOKS! I am a sucker for murder mystery and adventure books. ¬†I love to read all the ones that you see in the grocery stores by they different authors that seem to put a new book out every month. ¬†Those are my favourite. ¬†They require very little concentration, they are quick to read, easy to find, and exciting. ¬†Sadly, these days I don’t have much time for reading. ¬†It would seem that every time I sit down to read the books someone needs me (baby, toddler, husband, phone, etc). ¬†I love that our local library has all of these books on CD so I can have someone read me the story while I am crocheting, making dinner or doing dishes. ¬†It makes me feel so spoiled and I still get to keep up with all the new books!

Photo a Day: Jan 14 What I am Reading

Currently I am reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Food and Healing my Annemarie Colbin.  I am really enjoying both of these! They have given me a new look at the foods that I am feeding my family.  I also love the traditional food recipes in Nourishing Traditions.  I have made several recipes out of it over the last few weeks and they really are wonderful!