Commonplace Book, 12

What I’m fixing:

  • Slow-Cooker Split Pea Curry with Chicken and Potatoes: worst name ever, great recipe. It’s fast (chopping potatoes, onions and ginger are the only time-consuming bits); cheap (a couple pounds of chicken goes a looong way); it’s gluten-free. I made it for lunch when family was visiting this weekend, and was able to do all the prep before 8 a.m. Mass. Lovely.

What I’m reading:

Pippin and I have been reading this book a lot, and decided to act it out with his figurines. Poor St. George had to ride a cow, because it would appear we don’t have a horse, but she made a very noble steed.



Learning to Love Housekeeping (Snippets), 4


Pippin the Worm Tracker. Spring has sprung! Rejoice to the fullest while you start to tackle the muddy fingers and tracked-in sand.

Things I’ve been fixing lately:

  • Dark Molasses Gingerbread Cake (I love me a cake you can make in a loaf pan; it just seems more manageable and everydayish; you can make this in that size by halfing it and following the directions at the bottom of the page.)
  • Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes (for the days when you need your stovetop free and your taters ready to serve)
  • Pot pie. I made my first two ever in the last two weeks. I’ve had to cook up chicken both times, but just used whatever roast vegetables I had on hand. This time, my mom made the crust for me because she’s wonderful and pie crust is my Waterloo. I use this recipe as a template, although I deviate pretty widely on fillings.

Things I’ve been thinking about lately:

  • As I start to think about packing to move (ugh), this guide to implementing Konmari with kids is inspiring. (Right after reading it I snuck the books of Pippin’s I hate most into the charity shop bag, so win!)
  • Look! There are other people as obsessed with thank you notes as I am!
  • From Rainbow Valley, which I’m rereading at the moment:

“On the right the lights of Ingleside gleamed through the maple grove with the genial lure and invitation which seems always to glow in the beacons of a home where we know there is love and good-cheer and a welcome for all kin whether of flesh or spirit.”