Hidden Art Friday

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I know it’s well after Christmas now, but I wanted to show you all the ornaments I made my husband this year!  I couldn’t show them off beforehand for obvious reasons.  Our tradition is to make each other handmade ornaments rather than buying a gift, and it’s always fun to see what the other has come up with.  This year, I took pictures of the kids against a light window, used PicMonkey to make the contrast all black and white, printed them off, and used them as a pattern to cut the kids’ profiles out of felt.  I was afraid a blanket stitch would efface the little details, so I just hot glued them onto another piece of felt which I sewed onto Christmas fabric backing.  It took me most of a day, but I am thrilled with the result!

I’m halfway through a month in the Midwest–spending time with my parents and my in-laws.  That means I’ve not been doing a ton of cooking or cleaning, my kids have been entertained by grandparents and uncles and aunts, and I’ve gotten to hang out with many dear friends from back home.  Other than the blizzards that radically changed our plans for this week (and cancelled a couple little road trips), it’s been great!  I’ve not had a ton of time online for obvious reasons, but here are a few links to explore…

I think a lot of us healthy-minded moms need to read this post on why Food is Not Your God.  In my neck of the woods, there’s a huge temptation to make Healthy Eating (in whatever iteration it might be) an idol.

I love that Auntie Leila has the same attitude about learning to cook that I do!  She says, “With the internet, I’m afraid that we’re just pinning recipes and wondering why our crockpot chicken is tasteless; and then buying the sexy cookbooks, which granted are adorable, and in general getting overwhelmed by the stark necessity of meals.”  If cooking/menu planning made its way into your new year’s resolutions, check out her post for more cookbook ideas (and revisit Elsa’s recommendations right here).

And to show you that I’m totally inconsistent in my healthy eating and quality cookbook snobbery, here are two cookie recipes I found via pinterest: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with a Salty Pretzel Crust (per commenter’s suggestions, I add 1/4 cup brown sugar to the crust to hold it together better).  Chocolate+salt=happy Emily.  And my sister-in-law is having to eat dairy-free, but we whipped up these Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies one night, and they hit the spot!

Have a great weekend!

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2 Responses to Hidden Art Friday

  1. Christine Miller says:

    Making food an idol is easier than ever these days for sure. Back in the 70’s, I remember finding fault with my mother-in-law for using sugar instead of honey in her canning and baking. But today I remember how she always ate small portions and was never guilty of gluttony. She would eat a little of anything that seemed good to her (she loved chocolate!) but always practiced self-control. At 80, her face was nearly wrinkle free, her dark hair only sprinkled with white, her weight little changed from her high school homecoming queen days, though she’d had 6 six children and her share of sorrows and troubles. Jane Seymour says eating half portions all her life (never dieting) is why she looks 30 at age 62. Temperance (avoidance of gluttony) seems more important than food choice from these two examples.

  2. Christie says:

    Ha! I also love Auntie Leila’s advice.

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