I did pick up something when I was at Ikea over the weekend. Have you had those little mocha treats they sell in the market area? They were purchased spontaneously on the way out and I am pleased to say the box of six lasted through Wednesday. Not bad. I have made them at home before with the assistance of Cheryl from Free Range Living. She wrote a post about her experience making them and shared a link to a recipe to make your own. After I made them, we enjoyed a few but I quickly decided it was best if I froze the remainder. They were pretty fantastic and I didn't need them staring back at me every time I walked through the kitchen. They froze nicely and were tasty (as it turns out) plucked right from their freezer with a cup of tea or coffee. No thawing required... hmm. I think I just remembered why I've only made them once.
Also, still with the watercolors. Now I have a partner which makes me happy.
Link Love :: Linda wrote a bit about her family's (her daughter is my friend Emma) experience unschooling and shared a wonderful video within the post. It's a long one so perhaps you'd like to bookmark it and gather your knitting with a glass of wine later tonight. It's truly a wonderful talk.
In the classroom we use these watercolor paints from Discount School Supply. I've always admired the colors as I watch the children paint, they are quite rich and beautiful. The paints tend to get used unevenly by the kiddos (purple is a favorite!) so the head teacher replaces the paint discs before they are truly fit for retirement. If the materials in the classroom are not complete and appealing, the child is less likely to choose that activity (at the 3-6 age level). Long ago I started taking home the cast-off watercolors, hoping to play with them at some point. Yesterday was the day. I sketched this lady and tried watercolor for the first time. Oh my, it was so relaxing and playful at the same time.
Link Love (of the musical variety) :: Dave Rawlings Machine - "Ruby"
April vacation is officially underway here. I think I'll keep things simple each day and share a photo (or three!), a few words, and maybe a link to an inspiring spot on the web. The recipients for the giveaway will be announced tomorrow, there is still time to comment!
Yesterday we headed out of town and took Emily to the Yale Peabody Museum. She loves it there. She was especially excited to see the replica of "Lucy". So many leaves were on the trees compared to here, just one hour south.
While in New Haven we stopped at Ikea just to walk around and gather inspiration for kitchen design (very early stages of planning a redo - which includes a wall removal - yes!) and a bedroom makeover for Emily. Of course, Ikea inspired my twelve year old girl to decide it perfectly suitable to throw a sleeping bag in the corner of your room, call it the bed, and turn the rest of your space into a PANINI SHOP!! Um... we'll have to think about that for a bit. But honestly, I'm the kind of mom that could be talked into such a plan.
Link Love :: Jenna bought the farm!! So happy for her.