What I'm Into Right Now (March 2017)

I've got a new audio book on tap. It's a completely fascinating look at the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, affectionately known by English majors everywhere as the OED. Who knew there was insanity and murder in the mix? I'm completely loving The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. And, apparently Hollywood found it compelling enough to be filming a movie based on the book!

Musically I've been enjoying the album If You Leave by Daughter. It's not particularly new, but I love their melancholy, moody sound, such as in the tune, Winter.

We finished season 2 of Hinterland. Wow, I don't know what it is about the U.K. but they certainly know how to produce a good crime series! British-produced shows come across as so much more rugged and real-to-life than the more glossy American-made series filled with super-model type actors. Although there is action, there is also time spent on creating a great character. Can't wait for season 3, whenever I can get my hands on it!

We've also enjoyed a few documentaries. The award-winning The White Helmets was exceptional and Minimalism was thought-provoking. 

I'm almost done How the Light Gets In (isn't that a great title?) and last week as a family we finished, Where the Red Fern Grows. That certainly was a powerful book, and one I missed as a kid but am glad to have read now! We've started listening to Gone-Away Lake at lunch and The Secret Garden for our next homeschool bookclub title. I'm reading from my tattered old hardback beautifully illustrated by Graham Rust.

The Vanilla Bean Baking Book has sent me into a baking frenzy. Goodness, I've made Chocolate Meringue Pie (pictured above), Coffee Blondies, and Mint Chocolate Bars. I'm eyeing Orange Pie, Amaretto Tartlets, Lime-Mint Bars, and Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes with Basil Buttercream. And I've added this book to my Amazon wishlist. The library does not allow me all the time I need to bake such lucious-sounding baked goods! 

What have you been loving?

Mason-Dixon Trail Rebels

My husband, Josh, is a ultra runner and had been asking me for a long time to design a logo for his trail running group. Finally, I had a chance to start creating their logo! 

They are using the logo to promote their group to help build up a local community of trail runners. They will be using it on various social media platforms, as well as creating some products in the future, like hats and stickers!

I don't get to do logos that often anymore, so it was a really fun project.

How to Prepare Your Family for Easter

A few weeks before Easter I start rummaging around for our Easter-themed books and decorations. I pull out picture books like The Colt and The King and The Tale of the Three Trees to stack in a basket on the coffee table. I find the plastic eggs. I cut branches off the dogwood tree.

The grey buds will be knobby and tight—not yet open. They look dead. I will pull my green pitcher from the shelf and arrange the bare branches in some water. Now they are ready to be transformed into a Resurrection Tree.

As a family, we’ve looked for ways to celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection in tangible, hands-on ways. To prepare our hearts during the busy organizing of Easter baskets and planning of a Sunday dinner. Ways that build up to Easter morning, so that we have a clear idea as to why we celebrate. 

And it all starts with remembering.      

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