Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bits and Bobs

I decided to write a rambling post today.  While I'm enjoying the Little Women read-along so much, I decided to take a day off and write about happenings.  Early March seems to make me ramble.

The kitchen has been filled with activity all week.  With chilly weather and blizzard-like conditions pretty much all the time, we've been keeping the kitchen going to keep the house warm, since the kitchen is the draftiest, coldest room of the house.  There is always something on the stove or in the oven these days-sourdough bread, lime and sea salt brownies, hot and sour soup, pots of stock, baguettes, and much more.  While the table was a mess, the sun came streaming in a window and I snapped a couple of pictures.  It's amazing how pretty a baking mess can look.
The baguettes.  Delicious, but not pretty.
Lime and Sea-Salt Brownies from Kitchn.  Delicious!
Just a pretty mess.  A tea towel, dusts of flour, and the lime zest for the brownies.

Homemade Hot and Sour Soup, also from Kitchn.

I started a book called To the Wild Sky by Ivan Southall who is, apparently a fairly well-known Australian children's author from the 50s and 60s who wrote about children having adventures.  To the Wild Sky is about six children who are on a plane to a birthday party in New South Wales.  Their plans are immediately thrown to the wind when the pilot dies, leaving them in a rapidly falling plane.  One of the boys steers the plane to safety on a deserted island, where the children have to learn to fend for themselves.  It's very exciting and I'm really enjoying having such a gripping book.

While spring is lovely and I absolutely can't wait to see ground again (even muddy ground!) I saw struck by the absolute gorgeousness of winter as I looked out the window at this.

Today is World Book Day!  What are you reading today?  I have To the Wild Sky, Little Women, a few inspiration cookbooks, and November Knits, a knitting book.

It's the Easter Dress time of year again!  I have my dress about half done and waiting by my sewing machine.  I found some fairly cheap organic cotton voile that looks like watercolors.  I'm making it up in a 50s party dress pattern, which I think is going to work perfectly as an Easter dress.

I'm doing the view with sleeves

I am so proud of those neat little pin tucks all down the front.  I still have buttons, a skirt,
and sleeves to put on, but it's starting to feel like a real dress now!


  1. I'm reading a terrifying number of books right now: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing by Leland Ryken, Middlemarch by George Eliot, and Wanderlust Creek and Other Stories by Elizabeth Grace Foley. And I've actually read a bit in each of those today, except for The Christian Imagination. Books, books everywhere! I want to chop that list down to a more manageable three, but at the moment none of them are anywhere near done.

    1. It sounds like you have a great list! Happy reading!

  2. Hello dear Grace! Oh! We have so much in common it would appear - I just loved this sweet post of yours and catching a glimpse into your life!
    Your dress is looking gorgeous - love the pattern! I do hope you share a photograph when your'e done - I too like making my own clothes, although I'm not as experienced as you!
    And how yummy everything looks!
    Have a blessed Sunday my dear!
    And I am going to look up that book you mentioned! It sounds my sisters would enjoy as well as it is adventurous!
    Hugs to you!