Archive | September, 2014

5 Books For Creative Mamas

5 Books For Creative Mamas

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There used to be a huge Barnes & Noble bookstore a short drive from my office, back when I still worked in an office. On the days when I just had to escape the world of tech and management to reconnect with my creative artist heart, I’d go there on my lunch break and wander the aisles. Usually I’d end up in what I thought of as the creativity corner. Three shelves intersected there. One shelf held the art biographies, and books on art technique, graphic design and typography. Another had crafts – from wood working to knitting and quilting – and the third had the books that were harder to classify: How to get unstuck, how to keep an art journal, 100 ideas for things to draw.

I loved that corner, and over time quite a few of those books came home with me.

Here are 5 of the books I’ve turned to over and over, especially since leaving the corporate world and becoming a mother.…

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Taking Stock In September

Taking Stock :: nurturedmama.net

Taking Stock :: nurturedmama.net

Taking Stock :: nurturedmama.net

Taking Stock :: nurturedmama.net

Taking Stock :: nurturedmama.net

Taking Stock :: nurturedmama.net

After taking the full month of August off to recoup from a second round of pneumonia, I think a check-in post is a good place to begin again. This is where I am in this moment, at the cusp of fall.

Want to play? Copy my list and fill in your own answers or just pick a couple of categories that jump out at you. Post in the comments or share a link if you post it somewhere else. I want to hear what’s up with you, too!

  • Making: Putting up in jars and dehydrating fruit.
  • Cooking: Soups and sweet breads.
  • Drinking: More water – or trying to.
  • Reading: Bread And Wine, The Language of Flowers, Infidel (all at once!)
  • Wearing: Leggings under skirts as the mornings and evenings start to feel chill.
  • Feeling: Winter creeping in.
  • Needing: More sleep. Always more sleep.
  • Listening to: My Paint To This playlist in the studio.
  • Smelling: Tomatoes (that’s what I’m dehydrating today).
  • Saying yes to right now: Paint and color and play.
  • Saying no to right now: Figuring out where all this is going in advance.
  • Thinking about: The stories I’m ready to let go of.
  • Worrying about: Getting sick again.
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Pinned It. Did It. Kid-Friendly Baked Donuts

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I love fried donuts. I love the crunchy-sweet of maple-glazed old fashioned. I love the sweet cinnamon bite of bear claws. I love messy jelly-filled powdered-sugar-coated donuts.

What I don’t love is how I feel after I eat them. All greasy and bloated and sugar high. And I really don’t like how my kid behaves when she feels all greasy and sugar-high after the rare family donut outing.

Recently I decided I wanted to try making donuts at home, but not quite like the ones we get at the donut shop down the street that make us feel so ick. I wanted to make a baked donut that was more satisfying, less sweet, less greasy, and less guilt-inducing. Something I’d be happy to let my daughter eat on a weekend morning.

And I did. Hop on over to Liz’s blog to read about the two baked donut recipes I tried and what me and my small resident donut-taster thought of them.

Kid-Friendly Baked Donuts – click here to read the full post.

 

 

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Project Cookbook: Spaghetti With Egg and Bread Crumbs

Spaghetti with Egg and Bread Crumbs, from Apples For Jam by Tessa Kiros :: nurturedmama.net

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I have to apologize for the delay in this fourth post on Apples for Jam, which I expected to run at the end of July. Early in July I came down with pneumonia and the week I was working on this post I found out it had come back for a second round. At the advice of my doctor and the urgings of my man, I set aside all of my blogging and writing work and took the entire month of August off. Now it is September and I’m feeling much better. But I didn’t want to skip this last recipe from Apples for Jam, so here it is, better late than never!

Spaghettini With Egg and Toasted Parsley Bread Crumbs

This recipe (p120) starts off with the words, “This is nice and simple.” That’s a recipe speaking my language right there! As I wrote in July, we were facing a glut of eggs. I already had some hard-boiled in the fridge, so this seemed like a perfect dish to try for one of my “working” mornings.…

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