1. A stack of new books to read
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;
they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,
and the most patient of teachers.”
Charles William Eliot
I do so love a good story, especially a new one that pulls me right in. When I moved to Australia I had to leave behind 90% of my library and it absolutely gutted me. It’s been so lovely to rebuild it again through library sales and a funny little bin that sits outside a nearby petrol station where books are available on donation basis. I’ve started a new tradition of beginning each morning with a cup of tea, a good book, and my journal. It does wonders for getting my day off to a fantastic start.
2. Heaps of duck eggs
Through the winter our chooks, ducks and geese cease laying. But once Spring arrives, they lay like mad! Each day I’m collecting bowls full of eggs and using every egg-centric recipe I can think of. (If you have a favorite egg-y recipe you’re willing to share, please do!!) I’m especially excited about the duck eggs because they have such big yolks and are very rich and lovely in baking.
3. A pretty little plate
Bear and I like to have “a little something” with our evening cuppas, and when I found this plate at a thrift store this week, I knew she’d be perfect for holding small delectable morsels. It’s such a cheery plate and makes me happy.
4. Cornflowers and hollyhocks
I was very sad this week to discover that a mystery animal had eaten every one of my cucumber and bean plants. Humbug. But my spirits were restored when my hollyhocks and cornflowers erupted in gorgeous blossoms. They are so beautiful and colorful and cheer my heart every single day.
5. Homemade ice cream
Queensland seems to have skipped Spring completely and launched headfirst into a piping hot summer so I’ve been guzzling iced herbal teas and making batch after batch of dairy-free, sugar-free ice creams. My favorite recipe right now is Strawberry Mint. I use good quality coconut milk (check the label to make sure it’s actually coconut milk and not thickener with a bit of coconut milk thrown in for fun), ripe strawberries, real maple syrup, mint leaves, and mint extract and it is scrumptious. It freezes really hard so make sure to take it out about 10-15 minutes before you’re ready to serve. It’s so lovely to dig into a big bowl of strawberry mint ice cream while sitting on a shady, wind-swept veranda.
What things are making you smile this week? 🙂