Five things

Yesterday I spent a pleasant couple of hours in the flow writing cards to some of the sweetest people in my world. It makes me happy knowing they’re going to find something bright and cheerful in the mail, just like I do every month with my stationery subscription from A Beautiful Mess. I love the Beautiful Mess girls and just about everything they do. Last summer they announced they’re working on a cookbook (yay!) but it’ll probably be another year and a half before it comes out (boo). Here’s four other highlights from last week.Β 

Five things May 2

1. Penguin Random House Canada sent me Well Preserved‘s new book, Batch: Over 200 Recipes, Tips and Techniques for a Well Preserved Kitchen. I see more pickles in our future! Along with canned peach slices, honeyed pear butter, plum leather and maybe even some maple cream fudge with rhubarb salt. Do you can, dehydrate, ferment, cellar, salt, smoke or infuse? What do you make?

2. Last night’s dinner, an impromptu dish I’m calling SuperGreens 10-Veggie Rotini with Crumbled Feta. There’s five veggies in the pasta (kale, broccoli, parsley, zucchini and spinach) and five veggies on the side. (The pasta is new from Catelli and was sent to me to try.) James asked why the rotini was green and Lily sneered “probably because there’s vegetables in it” (puh!) but they both ate it without any complaint. I dare say they even liked it! (Which isn’t going out on much of a limb since I just asked Lily what she thought of it and she said it was really good. )

3. A lemony zucchini cake in the house on Saturday, this one my first attempt from Layered: Baking, Building and Styling Spectacular Cakes by Tessa Huff. (Thank you Abrams Books!) It’s not half as pretty as the one in the book, but we think it’s pretty tasty.

4. And last week I started Duana Taha’s The Name Therapist: How Growing Up With My Odd Name Taught Me Everything You Need to Know About Yours. Name nerds, this is our book!Β Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for sending it to me for review.

I’ve got lots of fun posts coming up for May — I hope you’ll join me here and follow along!

What are you looking forward to this month?