Tuesday, September 18, 2007

B is for...

...breakfast. Might as well start the day off right! :) I love cooking breakfast. It's something I'm really good at. Ask me what's for dinner and I'll shrug my shoulders, but ask me what's for breakfast (or dessert) and I'm your girl! Biscuits, scones, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, and muffins all have there special place in my cookbook. Right in the front section to be exact. Since I've been pregnant I haven't been able to do the breakfast thing like I use too. Now my breakfast is all about what has the most protein in it. Eggs, whole wheat bagels, peanut butter, and yogurt are now my main staples for breakfast. I miss the old days. So I made Double Orange scones for breakfast last week. They were delicious. I love breakfast. :)

Our routine for breakfast lately though is bagels. Mike's new favorite is this granola called Bare Naked. ;)

...baking. This kind of falls into the lines of breakfast but for me, real baking is the deserts. Cakes, cookies, pies, breads, rolls, and thing such as this. When I was in my teen's it was my job to keep our family well stocked in deserts. So at least once a week, and often times more, I made a big batch of cookies or a cake. My Mom didn't let me mess too much with pie crusts, thinking they were too difficult so it wasn't until I was married that I started making the crusts for my pies myself. Thankfully, I found it very uncomplicated and not near as difficult as my mother made it out to be. My mom also taught me how to make bread at age 8 and while I only do it on an occasional basis, there is nothing like a fresh loaf of bread right out of the oven. I inherited quite a quantity of recipes from my mother, when I married and I have steadily been adding to my collection ever since. My brother in-law (Mike's older brother, Greg) also loves to bake and we trade recipes every Thanksgiving when we all get together and cook in Mike's mother's huge kitchen. It can get quite crowded with at least 5 people cooking, 5 children running around like wild indians, and 5 or so other adults standing around offering "advice." :) One of my favorite things about baking (besides that it all tastes good and I get lots of compliments) is getting to use my Pampered Chef Baking stones. I can not tell you how much I love use them. They are the best. Get you some, it's totally worth the investment.

...books. I love books. I read all the time. I collect books like most women collect shoes. I especially like to find antique books. While we were in NC over Labor Day, Mike took me into a really nice Antique mall that I had never been in before. Inside was a booth, actually two booth spaces, but all one person's stuff, and the entire wall was covered in antique books and a few miscellaneous items. But oh! the books! I could have spent the entire day browsing through them. Unfortunately, we had to move along, but I did pick up a few lovely little finds.

And yes, that is a Martha Stewart "Good Things" book tucked under that stack. I found it mixed in with the antique books and couldn't pass it up for $5.
We are very frequent patrons of our local library as well. Who can beat free books and movies? This year I decided to keep track of all the books that I have read, and a few of our favorite library reads for Olivia. You can read my lists over here. You'll have to search a bit for a complete list because I combined them with other posts and didn't label them as a book list post. Silly me. :) From Jan thru August I have counted 72 books. And that list has grown exponentially in Sept as we have kept over 25 books checked out at a time from the library. I keep trying to talk Mike into building me a floor-to-ceiling-wall-to-wall bookcase in our den, but so far I've had no luck. Until then we will have to be ok with books stacked on the dresser, the night stands, the floor, in the closets, any flat surface will do to be honest. :) We are a book loveing family and I'm so glad. We have already started a list of books that we want me to read out loud to our girls when they get a little older (born maybe? lol) I can't wait.

...buttons because they're so cute and small.

...bed because right now I love to sleep. :)

...baskets because they hold anything and everything.

...babies. Enough said.


Anonymous said...

What a fun post, Fairlight! I love that you collect books ... the first thing I do with an old book is smell it...strange I know...but they hold such a distinct spice that I can't get enough of!
Buttons used to seem like such a silly thing to collect - then I started "collecting" them myself and now they have a special bowl in my dresser drawer. My favorite is a red strawberry shaped one from one of Caetlyn's tiny little toddler dresses. Such memories to be had with a simple thing as a button! Thank you for sharing :o)

meg said...

Breakfast is just about the only meal I cook anymore; I especially like breakfast food for supper :)
I'm the same way about books; I resolve every year to buy fewer & use the library more, & then end up buying as many as I check out :s
My bed is probably my favorite place in the house; I love to sleep & it is a cozy, comfy nest.

Jessica said...

What a thoughtful post! I hope someday you'll have floor-to-ceiling-to-wall-to-wall bookcases. I dream of that, too! Baking is my fav, too. I just love the anticipation from smelling the latest baking goodness wafting from the oven!

chelle said...

I love these alaphabet posts so much and I can't wait for C to show up. :)

Real Time Web Analytics