If you regularly read our blog you know I (Bethany) have a list of books I am planning on reading this year. 2012 Books to Read If you read this post you will see I was suppose to read Choreganizers by The Steward Family. I looked every where for this book used and through inter-library loan. It was no where to be found. I finally ordered it from CBD. Upon arrival I realized why I couldn't find it any where, it is basically a chore chart. The book has a grand total of 4 written pages. The rest is a large chart and money to pay your kids with. I quickly returned it !
So in its place I read a book I got free from Amazon on Trevor's kindle: Have a New Husband by Friday By Dr. Kevin Leman. I have read several of Leman's books. If you have ever had a conversation with me about birth order you know how much I LOVE his book, The First Born Advantage. I will not go into great detail about how I feel about the New Husband by Friday book. It has been a long time since a book made me so angry that I didn't finish it. I gave Dr. Leman the benefit of the doubt and finished the book. I have read a lot of marriage books. I normally find at least one thing I can work on after reading the book. This book left me thinking "Dr. Leman is a quack" (which is how Trevor feels about him anyway).
The second book I read this month was The Art of Simple Food by Alice Water. I really enjoyed this book. It was more of a cook book than a reading book. The entire second half of the book was recipes. I borrowed this from inter library loan, so I didn't have it long enough to try the recipes. If you are not a cook this would be a great book to read. She uses simple recipes without a lot of ingredients. She talks a lot about what we eat and how good, "real" food tastes great! I think she finally convinced me to stop buying the cheapest Olive Oil and get the expensive, good stuff.
My other goals for the month:
Kids read aloud book: We are currently making our way through The Hobbit.
The craft thing I tired this month was a dish towel with velcro on it. It cost me less than $3 and took me less than 5 minutes. I bought the self sticking velcro because it was cheaper than the sewing kind. It has worked great on the stove. I am not sure what is going to happen when I wash it.
Cleaning/organizing: I was suppose to wash all the stuff on top of my kitchen cabinets. I didn't get it all done. I am hoping to finish it up this weekend. We will see if that happens.
Marriage: Trev and I finished The Scarlet Letter. We went to the city dinner without the kids but I'm not sure I can call it a date. It is the only time this month we were without the kids. So I'm pretty sure we failed this month too!
New Recipe: Molten Lava Cookies
I found this pin on Pinterest. I made my normal Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies. I put the dough in regular sized cupcake pans. I then used Dove Dark Chocolate as a center. I put another layer on top of the chocolate. I cooked them for about 25 minutes until they didn't look doughy in the middle any more. They were super yummy! They were a little big for the kids. Next time I will probably do them in mini muffin tins!
DIY: Make my own fabric sheets
The site says it will last 40 washes. Mine did not last that long. More like 25 before my clothes started sticking together again. I let it soak longer the second time I did it. I'll see if it lasts longer this time. It will soon be spring and I won't be using my dryer any more! In fact this week it was so warm one day, I had 2 loads of laundry on the clothes line!