Happy Friday, dear readers! Kicking off my inaugural good eats, good reads with a roundup of all the things that made my mouth water and my heart beat this week.
Do you know about roost? The photographs and recipes are mouth-watering, and you can be sure I went right on amazon and ordered a mini donut pan after seeing the post on cinnamon roll almond flour donuts.
I don't think free super saver shipping is going to be soon enough.
Another new site I've been drooling over is shutterbean. The internet is so amazing. Just when you start to get bored with your usual blog feed, something new comes along. For days at a time in Hawaii, I scrolled through the archives of this beautiful, inspiring site looking at food, drinks and photos that made me want to get up and dance. I made this juice earlier this week and it was so refreshing. Plus, her eye for design (and her cutey-pie house) make me wish I had endless time and money to put into decorating.
My beautiful and talented neighbor Danielle has done it again. Her recipe for fish tacos is enough to make grain-free folks the world over want to sing Mexican ballads to their loved ones. I mean, crispy coconut fish + homemade tortillas + pico de gallo + avocado cream? Si, si, si, gracias.
I've followed Kristen's blog for a long time now. She is one of my favorite bloggers because she's real, funny, but also whip-smart. She posts some of the most thoughtful, smart and brave things I've read. She's not afraid to talk race, politics, religion, and her "What I Want You to Know" series provides a vital forum for women to share unique, sometimes hard-to-read perspectives. But it was her recent post in response to an "internet kerfuffle" that had me raising my fist in solidarity. Sister knows how to draft an awesome, pointed response without being catty or snarky.
Kelle Hampton's blog, if you aren't already reading it, is like a breath of fresh air. Kelle, like me, is an eternal optimist. She doesn't pretend like motherhood is peaches and rainbows and unicorns but she tends to focus on the small joys and the everyday triumphs rather than venting and ranting her mommy woes all over the place. Many, many of her posts just take my breath away. Her style of writing makes me want to be a better writer. If you've never been to her site, start here. Then I triple-dog-dare you not to stay up until midnight, combing through the archives, reading blog entry after blog entry as you fall in love with her little family. I picked up a copy of her new book, bloom, and read it completely on our flight to Kauai. I couldn't put it down. (BTW, if you live locally and want to borrow my copy, let me know).
My friend Jeanine and her hubby are local church planters in the South Bay. She posts over here and always has good wisdom to share. Her recent post on pregnancy after miscarriage had me simultaneously in tears and praising God for his goodness. I'm so thankful that God has not only answered the cry of her heart to be a Mama but continues to meet her day by day in her fears and struggles.
Happy weekend! Go out and enjoy the sunny weather! And if you want a unique and fun church experience, join us for Soma in the park this Sunday, 10:45am at Hap Magee in Danville. We'll have a time of teaching and sharing, followed by a good old-fashioned potluck! Bring a chair and something to share.