Inspired by Italy

Gulliver finally sent me the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and I decided to do a full tribute to Italy on the rocky north shore of my beach:

Buona giornata!

Quote of the Day

If only there had been someone to save 2020…or 2021…

“And we’ve got a telegram here from a Mrs. Valerie Pringle. I’m sure it’s not a name that any of you recognize, it’s just something that one of the Public Affairs people picked up ’cause he liked it. Mrs. Pringle writes, very simply, ‘You saved 1968.'” Cary Elwes as Michael Collins in From the Earth to the Moon

Sartorial Saturday–Paris Holiday

Check out Erstwilder with yet another collection that appeals not just to me, but my daughters as well!

As soon as I saw the name of the collection, “Paris Holiday,” I knew Chickadee was going to be enamored of it, because she’s obsessed with all things French. I was right…she chose the “La Dame de Fer” and “Papillon en Bleu” brooches. And then I saw the pigeon, “Le Préposé,” and knew that Bunny would be on board, as well. I exercised what I think was excellent restraint, and only ordered the gold “Heart of Caché” for myself (and I claimed the gift with purchase “Metro” mini brooch, as well), and it’s a really special piece…check out the back!

I love that collecting Erstwilder pieces is something we all share!

2021-22 School Year–Week Seventeen

Ladybug practiced adding & subtracting and multiplying & dividing radicals in the lead-up to learning about the Pythagorean Theorem in geometry. She read about the Christian Reformed church in her study of denominations. In biology, she added to what she learned about genetics last week and created Punnett squares with dihybrid crosses. We finished reading the second fit of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Chickadee had an easy review week in math, which was nice after all of the long division. We read about Europa, Tantalus, Perseus, and Medusa in Greek mythology. She learned about shark teeth and senses in science. Our study of world geography took us to Greece, and we baked Greek kourabiedes:

I have a few fun things planned for the coming weeks, so hopefully that helps with some of the winter doldrums!

Tasty Tuesday–One Pork Roast Three Ways

Today I’m taking a look at how I used one pork shoulder roast to make three consecutive dinners. I’ve shared all three recipes before, but let’s look at the series.

First up was crock-pot pork carnitas served on tostadas with a variety of toppings:

Using the leftovers of the shredded pork, I then made a southwestern soup (which is also really good with turkey!):

Finally, the soup leftovers served over rice, in a dinner inspired by Qdoba’s Mexican Gumbo:

I love these meals because they make really good use of a pork shoulder, and because there are so many options for how you can serve them. I always try to make sure we have a wide variety of toppings, so everyone can add to their meal as they choose (especially missing this time was avocado, which was unfortunate, but you can’t always find everything), and you don’t really feel like you’re just eating the same thing over and over again, which is super important when serving leftovers!

Beyond Van Gogh

Last week, Ladybug and I went to “Beyond Van Gogh,” which is currently being exhibited just outside the St. Louis Galleria.

It was really cool to be immersed in his art work…you really felt like you were a part of the paintings, and just letting it wash over you was an amazing experience!

In the end, Van Gogh’s life was so sad, so it was a little sad to see his work, and know the inner struggles he faced. But it was also very interesting to get to know more about him, and see how his life influenced his art.

Sartorial Saturday–Swing Pants

Over the last year-plus, I’ve ordered a little something of everything from Miss Candyfloss…dresses, jackets, a skirt, a blouse, a sunsuit, and even a beautiful dressing gown. But there was one item of clothing I was reluctant to buy…pants. Real talk time…I’ve had five c-sections, and I find that pants are pretty hard for me to wear, because the fit is never quite right., thanks to multiple abdominal surgeries. But Miss Candyfloss makes beautiful vintage-inspired pants, and I’ve been admiring various styles since I discovered the brand. An after-Christmas coupon was just the push I needed to give them a try, and to my surprise, I actually love the way they fit and look!

The Brindy-Dora swing pants are a lovely neutral tartan print. The color palette immediately brings autumn to mind, but not to the point that I’ll feel weird wearing them any other time of year.

I really like the way they look here with the purple and orange accents of my shirt, belt, Splendette duchess bangles stack, and Erstwilder brooch. The gold velvet gloves are a nice touch, too.

Here’s why I think these pants, in particular, work so well. They’re pleated, but they also have a flat front. I know, that sounds impossible. But the pleats start well below the waistline, which allows you to have the great look and swing of pleated pants without a lot of extra bulk on your stomach, which I greatly appreciate!

I have always been a fan of wide-leg pants (hello…I was a teenager in the 90s!), and these are wide-leg to the extreme!

I know I’m going to need to have them tailored, because even with heels, they’re a bit too long. But until I find a new tailor, I’ll make do!

I already have a few more ideas of how I want to style these pants…I’m so glad I took a chance on adding such a versatile piece to my wardrobe!