Monday, February 11, 2013

Book List 2013

 
Classics
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
The Great Divorce by CS Lewis
3000 Years by Cleon Skousen
Autobiography of Ben Franklin by Ben Franklin
The Republic by Plato
The Aeneid by Virgil
 
Fun Reads
Peace is Like a River by Leif Enger 
Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
Cheaper By the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth 
A Gathering of Finches by Jane Kirkpatrick
Northhanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Sequel by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Possession by A.S. Byatt
The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern
Magic for Marigold by L.M. Montgomery
Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery
Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Eliot
Book Club Book


Saturday, February 9, 2013

February 2013 Goals


So here are my 2013 goals for February. 

In January I was able to celebrate my anniversary with Steve and made a fun gift for him that I want to share soon on the blog.  I also drank a lot more water and made a few new meals. 

I tried to get to bed by 9:30pm, but realized that goal wasn't going to work with Beckett's schedule.  He is sleeping 10-12 hour nights, he just chooses to sleep from 11pm/12am-10am/11am the next morning.  So strange since the other kids are down at 8pm.  My babies have always worked into a 7pm-7am schedule.  Beckett goes down at 7pm, he just wakes up and has a hard time going down again.  He also goes down great for his naps during the day but is super fussy when he goes down at night.  We are working through it and I have hopes that we can move him towards a more normal night schedule, but we are taking it one day at a time, and being grateful that my 4 month old is sleeping through the night! 

I also worked on Beckett's quilt top and on planning our trips for the year.  I still have those to finish!  I actually felt better about what I had done for my January goals before I wrote this post.  My hopes are I will accomplish my goals for February and be able to wrap up a couple from January.  I want to be determined but I also am being gentle with myself.  It is an interesting balance and one I have to work through each day.
 

Monday, February 4, 2013

35 Meals In 35: #1 Caprese Salad


I saw this on someone's blog that is also going gluten free this year.  This looked so yummy and I just copied it visually a couple weeks later from memory with what I had.  Super simple and super yummy!  I had mine with a piece of gluten free bread.  I made it with a prepackaged Bob Redmill Mix and it was good, a bit spongy, but it definitely gave me the feeling of eating bread.  I actually haven't missed bread too much this last month, and haven't been craving it, so this was the first gluten free bread I tried.  Not much to compare it to.

Caprese Salad
4 Pieces of Fresh Mozzarella (Purchased mine from Costco.)
1 Roma Tomato
Dry Basil
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Sea Salt

Just layered the cheese and tomatoes and sprinkled on the basil, salt, olive oil and sea salt.  It was surprisingly good with dry basil but I'm excited to try it again with fresh basil.  Yum.