"These are a few of my favorite things!" (love that song btw) Here, I hope to share a few things that I'm enjoying or are making my life easier, an occasional recipe from our Alaskan lifestyle, and then my current non-fiction, fiction, and Bible reads.
My kids both have summer birthdays, and this summer had them turning 13 and 10...big deal for all of us! I have entered into a season of parenting in which they don't need me as much as they used to. Or, rather, they need me in different ways. Praying this sweet entry into the teen years continues to be sweet.
We just took a trip out to our remote cabin, and that gave me "permission" to read a bit more than normal. I finished the second book in C.S. Lewis's Narina series, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. I never tire of that lovely story, and look forward to Matthias enjoying it next!
My current non-fiction reads include finishing Makoto Fujimura's Art + Faith: A Theology of Making and Dane Ortund's Gentle and Lowly. Both are slow, chapter by chapter, reads for me. Both so encouraging and thought provoking. Have you read either one? I'd love to know!
I'm also excited to share another favorite Alaskan recipe with you! This round, try my Moose Stroganoff. It is truly a family favorite, and I made a bunch recently for our upcoming hunting season. Eating moose while hunting moose. Seems fitting somehow. (I've included printable versions for my recipes now too, so visit each link to try them out in your own kitchen!)
Grocery Pickup - I've recently switched from using Fred Meyer (Kroger) grocery pick up to Walmart, mostly as an experiment in quality and savings. I have to say...they are making me a believer! Their app is nicer, their quality is equal to Kroger, and their service is amazing. I'll be interested to see if the budget is happier after a few months.
Creamy Moose Taco Soup - This one is a crowd pleaser, and couldn't be easier! Click on the link to go to the recipe, print it out, and give it a try. This recipe, and many other healthy alternatives, can be found in the Code Red Cookbook.
Here are my current non-fiction, fiction, and Bible reads:
Ari Herstand's "How to Make It in the New Music Business": I'm enjoying this book, recommended by John Chisum with Nashville Christian Songwriters. Two chapters in, I really appreciate how Ari defines "making it".
"The Magician's Nephew" by C.S. Lewis: I need to feed my imagination a bit, and have loved this series for decades. If you've never enjoyed this fantastical series, I can't recommend it enough.
We also just finished up the Book of Ecclesiastes as a bible study group, and are headed into 1 and 2 Kings next. I won't lie, Ecclesiastes was challenging, but I was ultimately encouraged to seek out joy in the day to day. Dig into it, and feel free to reach out if you'd ever like to chat about it!