Monday, February 7, 2011
I got a disproportionate boost of pleasure when I put together this little office inspiration board for February. I used entirely things found in my bag and desk drawer. It is funny how this tiny act of creativity gives me such a boost. On bottom: a sheet torn out of the current issue of Whole Living, next, a sheet torn out of the fall issue of 3191 quarterly, and on top a Nikki McClure postcard. I'm going to try to change this board each month. It's nice to have something pretty decorating the office.
I put together a list of favorites from 2010. I'm still processing the old year and setting my goals for the new. I'm a little slow that way. Honestly, I think February is a good time for that. Things slow down a bit and I have time to reflect.
:: cookbook: Apples for Jam of course. I was so inspired by the writing and the photography in this book, and to make it perfect, her recipes are delicious. This was a very successful cookbook for me.
:: rediscovered old recipe: vegetable beef soup. We loved this soup over the fall and winter months. So glad I rediscovered it.
:: book: The Happiness Project. I'm planning to re-read this one soon. I love Gretchin Rubin and she is constantly bringing up interesting points about happiness on her blog (for example, I loved her post today about not keeping score).
:: movie: No Impact Man. I never did end up blogging about this last spring, but I loved the movie No Impact Man and was compelled to buy and devour the book as well. It's a true story (documentary) about a family in New York who attempted to live "no impact" for an entire year, right in the middle of the city. Their journey is fascinating. They found that the practice of simplicity brought them unexpected deep happiness. I was really inspired by this.
:: sewn project: "Mama's Bag," from Handmade Home, both version one and version two. I've used these bags constantly since I made them.
:: best new-to-me blog: Lady I Swear By All Flowers. I love Chelsea's honesty, her excellent writing, her aesthetic sense--her beautiful photographs and lovely apartment, and her two baby boys are simply adorable. I think she's part of a group of younger bloggers who are getting away from the "perfection blog" mindset and keeping it positive, but also real. So refreshing!
:: best new blog: Dinner: A Love Story. Again, so much excellent writing and wonderful dinner inspiration too. I love the philosophy of the blog: the importance of family dinner, even if it's hard, even if we can only manage four homemade meals a week, and even if not everyone's plate looks the same.
:: best family experience: a day in the mountains. Nature time with my family is the best.
:: best new recipe: Enviromom's bean bowls. We make this regularly on Monday nights now.
:: best successful experiment: freezing tomatoes from the garden for future use in the fall and winter. I loved having our home grown tomatoes for soups and stews in the fall. This year I'll surely freeze even more.
:: sweetest blogger ever award: it goes to Erin of Bluebirdbaby. Faith and I were lucky enough to meet her last summer and she is the real deal: positive, welcoming, down to earth, and passionate. Love her!
Do you have any favorites to share? I'd love to hear them.