My happy place

Do you have a place where you can go that no matter what’s happening in your life everything feels ok? For me, it’s the public library.

[Also: Target. But our bank account doesn’t feel so good after that.]

When I was a little girl, I was a voracious reader. And overdue books fine accumulator. One librarian at my small hometown library had my card number memorized. As an adult, I’m a weekly visitor to my local public library. I love the smells. I love picking up a book off the shelf and scanning the description to see if it’s something that might be interesting to me. Most of all, I love the atmosphere. We’re all equals here.

My beloved local library is being torn down to make way for a new, more modern library. It’s closed for a few weeks while they move all of the books to a temporary space. So in the meantime, I’m going to explore some of the other libraries in my county.

This is the Happy Valley Public Library. Isn’t it so pretty?

 That’s my friend R. there, just casually modeling/studying.

That’s my friend R. there, just casually modeling/studying.


Slumber party

Ain’t no party like a slumber party. We had a blast during our sleepover with our niece and nephew last week. We played hard. We sang songs. We read books.

This was our first sleepover with this bedroom mostly renovated, so it was quite exciting. Or as my niece said, “This is very special.”

 For ten incredibly peaceful minutes while B. was napping, S. quietly read books while we listened to classical music. Just about the time I sat down, she was over it so we made cookies.

For ten incredibly peaceful minutes while B. was napping, S. quietly read books while we listened to classical music. Just about the time I sat down, she was over it so we made cookies.

 Slumber parties are so much fun, but boy they can tucker you out something fierce. Worth it!

Slumber parties are so much fun, but boy they can tucker you out something fierce. Worth it!


Focaccia

What the foc?

While we still have pockets of sunshine coming through, we’re making the slow march into the cold and rainy season here in Oregon. Which means soup season is here as well. I already have several glass containers full of stews to thaw out on days when we feel too lazy to stand around the stove. If you give a girl a bowl of soup, you’d better hand her some bread to dip in it as well.

This focaccia is honestly the most delicious and incredibly easy accompaniment to any meal. It mixes together in about five minutes, sits in the fridge for a day or two until you’re ready to bake it, and then freezes beautifully if you have any leftovers. And no kneading!

Be sure to use good quality olive oil and flour. My favorite flours are King Arthur or Bob’s Redmill, which is based out of our local area. It’s important that the sea salt you sprinkle on top is large and flaky to give it that crunch that it needs. Too fine and it will just taste salty. If you have a salt grinder, unscrew it to its loosest setting (just be sure to tighten it back up!) or pick up a small jar of flaky sea salt at the store.


Books to borrow

Here are a few books that I’ve recently read that I’d highly recommend. These are likely in circulation in your local public library — save yourself a few dollars and some time by setting up an online account through your neighborhood branch so you can place holds for books in your pajamas at home!

Wealth and power gained and lost in just a few generations. In the words of the Countess, “Money can’t buy you class.”

I nabbed this on Amazon First Reads a while back, but would have happily paid for it. Let me know if you have a Kindle and would like to borrow it.

This book was such a gift to read that I rushed it back to the library as to not stop someone else from devouring it. Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest.


Thanks for checking in this week! I’d love to hear from you. How are you doing?

With love,
Bec