• 2010 Reading List

    What I've read this year:

    "The Other Queen" by Phillipa Gregory (Rating: C)

    "The Welsh Girl" by Peter Ho Davies (Rating: A)

    "Mistress of the Sun" by Sandra Gulland (Rating: A)

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Family time

Yesterday was a long day of fun with cousins! Here is our recap in pictures…

We started out with french toast from the Raisin-Cinnamon Pinwheel Bread. It was delicious, despite my horrible bread slicing skills. I really need to work on that…almost every slice comes out slightly/very crooked.

Raisin-Cinnamon Pinwheel

Raisin-Cinnamon Pinwheel

Next time I will definitely add more raisins. Also, I would like to roll out the dough a bit more for better distribution of the cinnamon before rolling into the pinwheel. You can see in the picture that the bottom of the loaf just didn’t get as much as the rest, but the texture was great. I will absolutely make this one again!

After breakfast, we head to uptown Charlotte for some fun at the children’s museum (Discovery Place). They had a great time exploring and interacting with the exhibits.


Scooping & using pulleys

Dinosaur foot print

Dinosaur foot print

Finding ladybugs

Finding ladybugs

Practicing our balancing skills

Practicing our balancing skills

Lunch at the soda shop

Lunch at the soda shop

Followed by dessert!

Followed by dessert!

One last picture before going home

One last picture before going home

The kids had a blast, and the moms enjoyed some much-needed sister talk. When we got home, everyone took a really good nap (especially the adults), and then spent the rest of the afternoon playing outside.

We hiked down to the pond near our neighborhood with hopes of seeing the beaver or family of otters, but no one was out and about. We did, however, find some really cool cow bones. S., of course, wanted to take all of them home. I talked him into one, which is now waiting to be sanitized before being added to his collection.

Focaccia in the oven

Foccacia in the oven

I also baked up the foccacia last night. The baking process was a little more involved, requiring to be rolled out (despite its fairly sticky nature), and then needing to be steamed/baked. It looks and smells tasty, but the jury is still out. I’m sure that I will make this one again, but I would guess that this will probably be a loaf that I make infrequently. The recipe was a little more time-sensitive, and the bread a little more particular. I will have to evaluate the taste to work ratio, and see how we come out! 🙂

We are off to the woods for the weekend. I hope your plans include some relaxing & exploring outside, as well! See you on Monday!


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