1. A friend of mine in Upstate New York just started her own candle-making company, Witty Wicks, and it’s fabulous. Every candle is handmade with all-natural soy wax, and you can even customize the labels for fun gift-giving. Although I haven’t had a chance to smell one yet, I hope to soon because they look pretty amazing! (P.S. This friend writes a hilarious mommy blog as well, so be sure to check it out here.)
2. Fab. I’m not sure how exactly I got on this mailing list, but for once I don’t actually mind. In fact, I’m pretty happy about it. This site has really interesting and funky stuff from lots of different vendors. (The Modern Historic is my current favorite.) Of course, you have to get to the site as soon as you get the e-mail and then make your decisions immediately because things sell out quickly. Happy shopping!
3. I read Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting last week after a friend posted this article on Facebook. The ideas of the book have been on my mind quite a bit since then, and I plan to write more in-depth about it next week. If you have a minute, read this short preview adaptation that Druckerman wrote for the Wall Street Journal that ran in early February. Although I am a Francophile and carry with me romantic notions toward the French, this book does not. Druckerman maintains a skeptical and largely objective journalistic point of view, but also infuses her writing with personal insight and humor. It’s a good read.
4. I have developed a recent obsession cooking shows. One of my favorites is America’s Test Kitchen on PBS Moms / PBS Dads. (That’s what Scarlett and I call PBS’s weekend programming because the PBS Kids shows she watches during the week aren’t on.) I get the show’s e-newsletter and somehow Brian managed to end up with a subscription to the companion publication, Cook’s Illustrated. We’re still not quite sure how that happened, but it came in the mail yesterday. Anyway, I saw their recipe for Rosemary Focaccia, and since rosemary and bread are two of my favorite things, I’m really anxious to try it out.
5. I have an aunt who lives in Traverse City, Michigan, the Cherry Capital of the World. She’s sent us many different types of delectable cherry-based foods over the years: salsa, wine, juice, hot sauce. But our family favorite is simply dried cherries. You can buy Sun-Maid brand dried cherries at the grocery store, but those run about $8 for a tiny bag. We’ve already gone through the box that my aunt sent us for Christmas this year, so Brian ordered these last week. He’s already made scones with them, and Scarlett has been eating them as a snack instead of raisins. If you are not familiar with the magic of dried cherries, please, please do yourself a favor and order some. You will love them.