Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Five Favorites

Okay, so this is a random post, but it's hump day, so go with me, m'kay?

I read. I listen. I poke around. And these five things are soaring up the chart of my favorite things ever. I thought I'd share, if for no other reason than to maybe expand our horizons. In no particular order, these five favorites are:

Favorite One: The band Late Tuesday. Although the three member band is on hiatus due to a recent marriage, these girls are incredible. Their roots are deep in Christian music, (omygosh... you should hear their O Come, O Come Emmanuel off the Christmas album), but they've gone slightly more mainstream with each album. It's still amazing stuff you could play your grandma. (Or play if you are a grandma.) You can buy their albums here, and listen to a few of their songs at the link above.

Favorite Two: A Year in Bread. I love to bake. Love it.


But even if you don't, or don't suppose you're any good at it, here's hope. This concept of A Year In Bread is simple - three ordinary people who like to bake (two girls and a guy), tackle one type of bread a month: pizza dough, hamburger buns, sandwich bread, etc., and walk you through it. All of it. Plus, they are funny. They admit it when their bread comes out whole wheat bricks. Whether you're a novice or an experienced baker, this is where you want to be.

Favorite Three: Wee Wonderfuls. I'm an amateur embroiderer, but no matter. Hillary Lang makes this stuff easy and adorable. I bought the set below with plans to make little outfits and pillow cases for a few friends with little girls....


I will offer only one warning: be very, very, careful in going to her site. It doesn't matter if you're into this stitching stuff or not. You will want to live there. You will want to be her best friend. And you will be looking for a calendar to see how far off your next payday is.

Favorite Four: MaryJane's Farm. I'm trying to save a little cash to do her one-week rural B&B program, but... we'll see. Regardless, if you haven't heard of MaryJane Butters, you will. We're getting a Farmgirl Chapter up and running in my area, and I'm thrilled. I wish she would run for president, really....

Favorite Five: This book. If you can't make out the title, it's called The Solace of Leaving Early by Haven Kimmel. I snatched this book off my friend Lacy's bookshelves... she hated it... and couldn't put it down. It is very, very different, and although Kimmel was a theology student, I find her theology very... off. It runs very contrary to some personally held beliefs I hold dear....

But I love stretching myself. Challenging myself. And this book was excellent, differences in theology aside. I can't wait to read it again in a few years.

Okay, so my tastes may be very different than yours. Maybe you know of something I should know about. Tell me! Tell me what some of your favorites are. Maybe we could even form a Favorites Club... you know, on that particular day when the laundry's caught up, the bills are paid, the house is clean, and the nap has been taken.

Yep, definitely then....

8 comments:

farmgirl said...

Hi Breadie Brin,
So glad to hear A Year In Bread is one of your new favorite things! Your oatmeal toasting bread is gorgeous--well done, you. We're so excited about the enthusiastic response to our new bread baking project--thanks for helping to spread the word about it. Love your new blog header! : )

Ann said...

Brin,
I guess I have "lurked" in the shadows long enough. Just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy reading your blog, and looking at your photos. They are awesome - great job!!

The Freeman House sounds like a Grand Place and I hope you have a long and reciprocating relationship.

Have a great day!!

Ann

PortraitofPeter said...

Hello and thank ever so much for your very kind comments - which I am deeply touched to receive. You are indeed most kind.

Hellen Keller's quotation "Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." is an accurate portrayal of the character's that we become and perhaps try to emulate too.

One can learn so much from reading "blogging" or "journals" and in so doing value life and perhaps the sincere friendship one makes along the way.

I do look forward to reading your "journals" - daily as they are so inspiring and rural life - is to be at one with nature!!


Blessings to you on this beautiful day here in Scotland.

Sue said...

Mary Jane for President!! Can you imagine how great the world would be! I nominate her!! Loved this post, and of course MJB is my favorite lady! I'll have to check out that book on bread too! Thanks!

Beemoosie said...

Thanks for the link to wee wonderfuls! I love embroidery, and those patterns ought to find their way to my house soon!!
I really enjoy MaryJane's books too; have you visited her forum on line?? Warning: another place you may not want to leave!

Anonymous said...

Hey girl, my five faves: Jack Johnson takes me to the beach when I listen to him; I'm addicted to Sudoku; I find myself doing creative lettering from a little magazine called Creative Lettering; and I seem to find ways to simplify best from Real Simple, the magazine. It's what I'll look for each month. Last of all, last week during spring break, I took Jamie and friends to the Houston Rodeo to some concerts. Each night I waited for them in the Barnes & Noble and on the first night came upon this book called She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel. I was caught up reading it when I got the pick up call from J. The next night I could not find the book! So that's funny how she turned up in your blog. I must read The Solace of Leaving Early. I've enjoyed this week with you. Have a good weekend! Auntie M

Anonymous said...

Fav #1 Eating "tropical" chicken salad when it's warm-smoldering outside.
(Mix chopped chicken, chopped pineapple, halved grapes, some salt, some dill, chopped pecans, and just enough mayonaise to hold it all together. YUM!)

Fav #2 Hearing my baby girl laugh

Fav #3 Kate Hudson

Fav #4 hour long bubble baths

Fav #5 Harmonizing my own alto part to anyone else singing. :)

lv, sw

Anonymous said...

Oh! I forgot to mention! If you like to stretch yourself, Donald Miller writes some great stuff. I recommend "Searching for God Knows What." "Blue Like Jazz" is pretty good too, but "Searching" is his crowning achievement in my opinion. His theology isn't always right on, but he'll get you thinking!

lv, sw