It’s been a fun and busy week around here. It seems like there’s a heckuva lot going on!
For starters, after an extremely mild early Autumn — I mean, we didn’t even get pounded by a blizzard on Halloween(!) — and extra boons from the garden all the way through October, Winter finally came to Missoula. Actually, Winter stole into town in the dead of night and gave us all a serious seasonal smackdown. We had cold driving rain, which turned slowly into chunky blobs of slush, then as the temperature continued to plummet tiny white crystal flakes were laid over the top in thick stacks. By the next day, the high was as low as the previous nights bottom temps, and the lows sunk into single digits. The so-called polar vortex hasn’t passed yet, and has kept temperatures in Montana and nearby states colder than Alaska — srsly brrrrrrrrr…
Not for the purpose of keeping warm, but alongside those efforts, Natalie has been up to her armpits in Fairy Food creation. Here’s some baguettes getting a nice toasty chalk-brushing on their way to the oven… Croissant and Campagne thrown in for free.
The next several shots are from the process of making a head of Romaine. Each of the colored shapes below is separately cut and laid and molded into the conglomerate lettuce leaf…
Then that thick leaf is mooshed and rolled into a tube… And when the ends are lopped off, the tube is a row of lettuce leaves waiting to be sliced… Thin lettuce leaves cut from the tube… And wrapped around the Romaine heart… Viola!And don’t forget the tiny cupcakes — glazed with sprinkles on top!
She’s one of only a dozen contributors, and though none of her pieces has been released as of this post, she’s been getting rave reviews from the editor and Carrie-Anne on everything she’s sent. The link below is to her profile on the site. Be on the look-out for her articles and images! http://www.annapurnaliving.com/natalie-christensen/
I’ve been doing some fun collaboration(s) as well. Ariadne Brill (you may remember her from the Community! page above) leading a bushel of other Positive Discipline coaches, mentors, and parent educators from around the world — including yours truly — has created a new PD-aligned quarterly parenting e-journal called COMPASS. Our inaugural issue has just come out and it looks beautiful (thanks Ariadne!!), and it’s stuffed with great ideas, advice, and information for gentle parents of all walks. Click on the image below to be taken to my sign-up page to receive your ¡free! copy. It’s a real gem and I’m proud to be a part of it!
And continuing with the theme of stellar collaborations…
In other news — Xi has been trying out a new online curriculum this week and is totally loving it and finding new heights of interesting things to explore. It covers all the subjects, and she says the tutorials are better than other ones she’s tried. The other thing is that it’s designed to carry her through the entire 6th grade, including all the various disciplines and requirements for the year. Plus, she’s so jazzed about it that she completed most of two weeks’ worth or work in just four days!
And the littlest one, that lightning bolt we call Echo…? Well, she is off to her first ever all-night sleep-over at her dear friend Salome’s house (she’s done two half-night sleep-overs there previously). Salome and her family are some of the ones who came and stayed with us in Santa Cruz last Winter; they’re the ones whose cute one-bedroom studio our whole family stuffed happily into while Gus was being remodeled; and we’ve been friends with them since Echo and Salome were 6-months old. Bonuses for Echo tonight include the younger sisters Olive (4) and Selah (1) who both think Echo is the cat’s meow, and a wholly different crowd for picking out a movie night selection.
So it turns out, Natalie and I are kidless for the whole evening. So… I’m already drunk! Just kidding!! 😀 We hardly know what to do with such a thing as a kidless evening! And we take such good care of ourselves so regularly that we probably aren’t even going to do anything different. Like Natalie says, “We like our nighttime routine so much it’ll be so nice to just get to do more of that…”. So I’m going to sign-off now and go be with her!
Hope you’re all healthy, busy as you want to be, and having just as much fun.