Hey, you came by! Thanks for popping in. I know many of you are busy celebrating Easter and Passover, so it’s especially nice to see you here. Here’s a little update on the week that was.
1. This week we had a lot of firsts: first time putting fondant on a cake, first time making and using royal icing, and first time using food decorating pens to decorate cookies, like you see my daughter doing here. Our inspiration: a playful, wonderful cookbook I just received to review. It’s called The Sweetapolita Bakebook, and it’s in stores this Tuesday, April 7. I can’t wait to tell you more about it and show you else what we made!
2. I put out the welcome mat for Spring, ‘tho winter is taking its own sweet time saying goodbye. Yesterday and the day before we woke up to more snow (!) but there’s a heck of a lot less on the ground than there was just a week ago. I’m so sick of wearing my winter coat that I’m ready to light it on fire. “Maybe that would melt the snow,” said Aneta.
3. Love these heart-shaped succulents (aka single-leafed Hoya kerri) from Papier Fleurissante.
4. Are you a Gretchen Rubin fan? You might enjoy her latest book, Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. Since how we spend our days is how we spend our lives, Rubin maintains that building beneficial habits is key to a happy, satisfying life. In order to change, we must find strategies that suit our nature or “habitual tendencies.” Readers will recognize themselves in Rubin’s questions and anecdotes and with this self-knowledge, be better able to identify effective methods to prevent and overcome slip-ups, setbacks and failures to change. While the writing is accessible, the research exhaustive and interesting and the strategies helpful (in theory anyway; I’ve yet to try any), I found Rubin’s own experiences difficult to relate to. As a rare, self-motivating “Upholder”, maintaining good habits seems to come easy; she has a remarkable self-discipline that most of us do not possess. That aside, it’s a worthwhile read and an informative study in human nature. (Random House sent me a copy to review.)
5. And coming up on the blog: an update on my fitness goal for March. Can you believe it’s April already? Do you have a fitness goal for the month? What about other goals?