My Favourite Articles and Links This Week
Doomscrolling is exhausting, isn’t it? Let’s try joyscrolling.
I loved this little news story about indigenous makers learning new crafts, and making little clothes for their cats. I wonder if my cats would wear little clothes?!
My Favourite Pins This Week
I love a one-pan dinner idea, and this is a good one. I especially love a balsamic glaze, this is super easy and not difficult to sub in and out different veggies based on what you have on hand, and it’s a great dinner! Side note- I don’t mention this, but I often microwave my veggies before roasting them in the oven. I find that it helps them along to getting deliciously tender, because I’m disappointed when I have an otherwise great dish but the veg feels a little undercooked. Anyway, if anyone else also feels that way, I often pop the veg into the microwave for about 4-5 mins first before roasting them, and then they always turn out perfectly. Back to the recipe! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.
Like me, perhaps you found that you had a bunch of candy canes left over after taking down your tree (no judgement if you didn’t put one up, or if it’s still up, or whatever you’ve got going on- you know what’s best for you!). I went looking for a recipe that would help use up candy canes, and -presto!- here is a great shortbread recipe that didn’t need a lot of ingredients, required crushed candy canes, and is freaking delicious. So, if you have candy canes left over, this is a winner! I also think it could be really good with crushed up butterscotch candies, as well – if there’s more hard candy kicking around your home. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right here.
Do you feel like you could use a little more sunshine in your life? How about crocheted sunshine pillows for your couch or bed?! I love this cheerful, sunny, and free crochet pattern idea. Get your craft on! Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern can be found here.
This beautiful crescent moon polymer clay dish would be a fun weekend craft! It’s not originally in English, but putting the link into google chrome has the option to translate into English, and I think the English translation is perfectly clear. The gold painted details on this really make it, don’t you think? So pretty. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is over here.
It’s a challenging time for a lot of us right now. I’m waaaaay over my head in the strictest lockdown we’ve had so far -stay at home orders are to only go out for absolute essentials- with mandatory at-home online learning for the kids. Their schedules are shockingly complex, with each having rotating daily schedules that require a minimum of logging in and out at different times every day, and they need a lot of support to get through the days.
I’ve found daily gratitude practice to be really helpful for me, actually. Because really, there are so many things I can be grateful for, and it helps me be patient with this strange, liminal, in-between time when I feel like I should be really productive but it feels impossible.
I know it won’t always be this way. And there are some things I appreciate so much more now, like always having a fridge full of food, feeling safe at home, and being healthy. I’m grateful the library is still allowing for hold pick ups, that there are so many good books in the world, and that at least there is so much technology and communication during this time to help. Anyway, here is a link to this pin, which is just the lovely, calm image above.
Have a lovely weekend, everyone.