Happy Independence Day to everyone in the U.S! When I was growing up, my Mom always made us wear red, white, and blue for July 4. We’re all decked out in red, white, and blue at our house today. Here’s an up-close shot of my patriotic garb:
We’re also getting into the spirit with our food. We tried this recipe and came up with these chocolate covered pretzels. I think I would use white chocolate as my main chocolate if I did this again, but nevertheless, they are good and easy to make.
I think we also need some late strawberries. Aren’t these gorgeous?
If you plan on relaxing at all this weekend, here’s some reading for you:
- Have you ever looked at Susan Branch’s cookbooks? A friend just recommended her work, so I’m looking at The Summer Book, which is filled with recipes, gardening tips, and more all illustrated with colorful watercolor paintings.
- A walk in the woods is always more fun with a foraging book in hand. The best I’ve found are by Samuel Thayer, who wrote The Forager’s Harvest and Nature’s Garden.
- Want a fast-paced and interesting adventure book? Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson may be aimed at a middle reader/young adult audience, but it’s good enough that even older readers will enjoy it.
- Finally, if you’ve ever dreamed of two of your heroes joining forces, you’ll know how I felt when I heard about Craft South and Fashion by Hand. Anna Maria Horner + Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin teaching a workshop together? Sounds like creative heaven. If you go, report back!
Have a great weekend!