One of the best aspects of being a mom, besides all the mushy stuff like loving my child to death, watching her learn, buying her cute outfits and what have you, is simply spending time together. If you know us in the least bit, you're well aware that Selah and I can't stay cooped up in the house for one day straight! Well, there are exceptions like when she's noticeably sick because the moment she feels a draft--out comes out eh....I'll save you the details. ;) Needless to say, documenting Selah being amazed by nature is one of my favorite hobbies, something that probably won't last all that long since you know, she'll be a teenager come tomorrow. The golden hour has been our friend, not only because it produces the most beautiful glimmers of sun in every photo and I'd like you to think I'm a pro, but because I find it to be most serene when I'm feeling "all the things". Nature is soothing and brings reflection to my soul. It reminds me that there is a golden hour to hold onto in every season of life. But so is taking silly photos of Orion the Lion, as is baking. The only drawback is that those beautiful rolls resulted in embarrassing pastries that only Selah appreciated, hah! My baby (or should I say toddler?!) thinks anything I make is the best ever, so tack that on to the list of why being a mom is awesome, hah!
And now it is time for Thursday links, my friends. There are some dangerous ones in here, but still do try to show them some love. ;)
This peppermint chocolate cake just did a very bad thing. It made my insatiable chocolate cravings (as of late) a little worse, and probably yours too!
Mushroom Bourguignon?! I've never tasted such a thing but I know it would become one of my favorite dishes. If you're a mushroom hater then we'll have to overcome some hurdles *ahem Greg*.
Gasp! Wait for me Zara, till I save up enough to buy your every children's outfit. Too adorable for words. One thing though. Is it just me or do children models become more..."model-esque" as the years go by??? What do you think of that?
I know I say a lot of things are my favorite but hear me out. Linzer cookies. And salted caramel. Yup! It's safe to say that after my first homemade ginger caramel experience I've crossed over to the dark side.
I didn't know gingerbread was this fun and versatile! Maybe it's the gorgeous pictures but these mini gingerbread houses are so fun to look at. Knowing myself I'd perfect it, then eat the house as it experiences a slowwww but sure death.
Besides chocolate I've been waiting to make super green salads with a lot of substance. I'm all about Mediterranean food right now and this deconstructed falafel salad looks so heart and refreshing!
I love the idea of adding greens and festive details to a simple wrapped gift! Bells are such a cute and thoughtful little touch.
What your favorite links from this past week?
In what ways do you de-stress and take time to reflect/relax?