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Simple foodie heaven

foodI don’t think I’ve ever fallen in love with an article before, and now it’s finally happened.

Tomas handed me the Dining In section from this past Sunday Times. He wanted me to skim through Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less and make out a quick shopping list (he was on his way out to the store). I’ve now read, and re-read the list several times and every reading ends with me drooling at the mouth. I can picture myself savoring each and every bite. It might be a sickness.

If you like Ina Garten, you’ll like this. It’s all simple dishes that are perfect for sharing with friends at the end of a long summer’s day.

I’m thinking people who are direction-followers won’t like the article as much as I do. The instructions are about as minimal as they get (how else to fit 101 recipes on two pages?). For me, they are perfect. I hate instructions, and usually ignore them after a quick glance when it comes to cooking. I like to improvise. It’s more fun that way, even if I’m making a dish I’ve made a thousand times before.

Tomas made the fried fillet of sole last night with a simple salad on the side and it was deelish.

Go check it out, I’ll be printing out a copy from the website to save in my recipe binder ’cause I got the original wet at the pool and now it’s all smeared.

Bjørn’s new pillow

Bjørn's pillow
While Maggie was busy at work on her mouse, Bjørn came up to me to ask if he could make something as well. Like I would say no?!

He very carefully chose his colored felt (black and teal) and embroidery thread (red), and just before starting to sew, he asked if he could also decorate his pillow. Of course! So I handed him the fabric markers.

When he was all done he gave me this huge smile and announced that sewing was a lot easier now that he was older. He remembered struggling over a sewing project in school when he was a kinder, and was very relieved that it wasn’t as difficult as back then. I have to say, I’m quite impressed with how even his stitching is!

Meet Francis

Mouse plan
Maggie decided that she wanted to institute Project Days this summer. Her idea was to have specified days completely devoted to crafting. I don’t think it’s possible for me to convey with any accuracy just how nervous this made me — one or two crafts I can handle. An entire day of back-to-back forced creativity overwhelms me. So, I handed her a pile of craft and sewing books and told her to make a list of the sorts of things she’d like to try out. Nothing like postponing a craft-athon to ease one into it.

She quickly thumbed through my books and claimed that she’d read ’em all and knew exactly what she wanted to do. She then sketched the pattern above to show me how she wanted to make a mouse.

After my morning coffee we all packed into the car and headed for the craft store to get felt and stuffing. The minute she got in the door she set to work and barely had need of any help from me.

This is Francis:

Francis the mouse

Francis now has a brightly decorated tail, a mousy home complete with confetti bedding, and a lovely pair of earrings.