Monday, June 6, 2016

listening, eating, making, reading.

// listening//

One of our best local artist heard on our great local radio station! Love me some Mason Jennings, and very happy to discover he has a new album out. Yay!


Too much sugar!

I've been making a lot of desserts lately. Rhubarb pie, with the family rhubarb that keeps being divided and passed down. It can be traced back to the farm in Howard Lake, MN where my granddad grew up. So yeah, I'm pretty serious about my rhubarb.

I've also made this mocha chocolate cake, with the best frosting I've ever tasted. And this gluten free, vegan, no bake chocolate raspberry tort that takes literally 10 minutes start to finish. I usually do not go for these kinds of desserts because in my estimation a dessert needs at least two sticks of butter and two hours of toil in the kitchen to be a legitimate dessert. But this tort is delicious!! I will make it again when it's 95 degrees outside and I don't dare use my oven. 

There has also been rhubarb bread. And chocolate chip cookies. So I'm thinking it might be time to do a sugar free month again.


I bought some cotton yarn over a year ago. I was planning on using it for baby hats and then never did.  A couple months ago I got this free pattern in my inbox and instantly thought of that lovely summery cotton yarn in my yarn closet. (yes, I have a yarn closet.) (It's also the gift wrap and extra bedding closet, so, it's not as bad as it could be.) I started my summery sweater a couple weeks ago, got about a third of the way through, and I realized my gauge was way off and it was going to be ridiculously huge. So I ripped it all out and I'm starting over, hoping to have it finished in time to actually wear this summer.


I am almost done with All the Light We Cannot See. I have been such a terrible reader since I finished college. It has been so long since I've read a novel (besides The Hunger Games). I would really like to make reading a bigger priority. The Fountains of Carrots podcast had a read along of this book and then dedicated an episode to discussing it. That was my motivation to pick it up. And I'm so glad I did. This novel is so good and so beautifully written. And when I'm done the first thing I'm going to do is listen to that podcast.  Then I will look to Christy and Haley for all my book recommendations.

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  1. You would definitely recommend All The Light We Cannot See? I have such a hard time reading fiction in general... I'm definitely a non-fiction type of gal, so when Haley and Christy were raving about ATLWCS I was glad to also find out that the author wrote a memoir of the time he and his family spent in Rome. I thought that was a lovely book... so maybe I'll go ahead and pick this one up too?

    1. I think it is amazing! But I am more of a fiction girl, rather than non-fiction. Although a memoir about time spent in Rome sounds good to me!

  2. I really couldn't get into "All the Light You Cannot See." I forgot did you create this link-up? I've seen it before, and think its a really cute idea:)
    Looking forward to meeting you this fall!

    1. I did create it! At least, as far as I know, no one else has!


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