weekly highlights {4}

What a weird week! The kids have had snow days the last two Fridays, and Violet caught a bug midweek. All these scheduling interruptions have made it hard to keep the days straight! How old am I that all I want is a regular, 5-day week?

Brunch date! I love these ladies.


  • Peanut Butter Banana Muffins - I know, more muffins! I had some bananas I needed to use, so I tried this recipe for something different from standard banana bread/muffins, and I love the addition of peanut butter. 
  • Chocolate Chip and Toffee Blondies - I made these to take to a friend's get together and they never disappoint! The toffee bits add just the right amount of something different. 
  • Bibimbap - A couple weeks ago I told you about Violet's obsession with the book Bee Bim Bop! so of course we had to make it. This may not be the most authentic recipe out there, but I loved it. (Unfortunately Violet, while she loved making it, did not want to eat it. Kids.) 


  • Strong Sense of Place podcast - I have only listened to one episode, so I can't truly recommend it yet, but I love the idea of this podcast. The hosts talk about books all based around a specific location (episode 1 was Prague) or place (such as restaurants). I love this idea! 
  • Mariah Carey - I haven't listened to her in a long time! That took me back. 


  • The Woman in the White Kimono - Becky, my book club friend, recommended this to me. The story, that goes back and forth between present day in the US and 1957 in Japan, sucked me right in. 


  • Violet quotes - She has just been so entertaining lately! 
    • When we were measuring flour for the toffee bars, she picked up the (butter) knife and asked me, "Can I level it?" I had no idea she knew what that meant! Apparently she's been paying attention.
    • She was drawing on her marker board and the marker was almost out of ink. She told me, "This marker is running out of powers."  (Jona's superhero training is kicking in.) 
  • Brunch date - I met some good friends for a long overdue brunch date (at Urban Table) and the food, the mimosas, and the conversation were wonderful. 


What were some of your highlights this week?

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