Yesterday morning the temperature dropped considerably (we’ve had some summer-like weather here the past week or so… leading to my discovery of just how quickly this pregnant mama’s feet can swell!), so I took advantage of the opportunity to turn on the oven!
On top of making the bread for the coming week, I finally got around to some recipes I’ve been wanting to try.
|First up, this recipe for homemade bagels. I’ve never tried to make bagels before.|
|This is what they looked like after the kneading of the dough, shaping, and resting.|
|This is what they looked like after boiling.|
|This is what they looked like after baking.|
|Not as lovely as the pictures in the recipe, but hopefully I’ll refine with practice. I look forward to finding out how they taste! Anyway, I’m pretty pysched that four cups of flour is pretty much all it takes to get to this result. Just four cups!|
|Next, in honor of the visit of a gluten-intolerant friend, this recipe for flourless coconut chocolate cookies. You’ll find plenty of much better photos if you click through. They are delicious.|
And now, a sneak-peak of how DIY renovations of Finnbaee’s room are coming along:
|I’ve been working hard at these projects for many hours now. Here’s The Artist on the balcony, pitching in. Turns out he’s much faster at painting than I am. Perhaps I should have guessed that he would be, given his training?|
|Touching up a second-hand dresser…|
This week’s links!
For this week’s bit of humor (also informative), check out this rant about the misappropriation of state birds (apologies to the highly-language-sensitive). I don’t know much about birds (although I do love them so!), but I agree with him about his choice for MA (so cute!) and I am slightly encouraged to see that someone has something nice to say about MD.I’m sorry to all fellow MD-ers out there, but sometimes I just get very depressed about this state. Did you know that, on top of being one of the most abortion-heavy states and being populated largely by people who don’t know how to drive, we literally pay a tax for rain? I just heard that in the grocery store this week.
- Ever stay up at night wondering why bees make their comb they way they do? (Don’t pretend this is out of the realm of possibility for some of you. You know who you are.) Here’s a fun, illustrated article providing some insight. (Thanks, Julianne!)
This is a very encouraging piece from a very relatable perspective: What to expect when you totally weren’t expecting spina bifida. Humorous but very moving. Sometimes questions like this cross my mind because, of course, I don’t know at this point that everything will be 100% healthy and normal with Finnabee, and I don’t know what the future holds for any other children God may send my way. I think it’s so good for all of us to read things like this and be reminded of what matters. And I imagine it’s particularly helpful for parents who do have special-needs children to get this kind of support.
“You’ll have a precious, sweet little squishy who just so happens to be dealing with SB. You’re not giving birth to the defect itself.
On this note, if you or anyone you know is suffering because of a past experience with abortion, please please please do look into the compassionate, accepting help awaiting at Project Rachel.
- Mom recommends another summer program for young people through Thomas More College.
- She also recommends The Glory of the Liturgy: Pope Benedict’s Vision. She says you will enjoy reading this exploration of Benedict’s theology of liturgy — a deep essay on a deep subject by a deep thinker! Because, ever wonder if it matters how the liturgy is celebrated?
- I recommend If Women Ran the World (from – you guessed it – First Things) for a reminder of why we’re pursuing what we’re pursuing here at LMLD.