Monthly Mentionables {October}

Running, cooking, baking, reflecting and socializing (aided by much additional coffee drinking) have resumed a bit now that our new little one is nearly two months old and I'm out of the the Month One Fog. I feel more like myself than I have in about eight months, actually.

I've also had a chance to listen to some more podcasts this month, which directly correlates to the amount of laundry, cleaning and showering I do since that is when I usually listen to them. (Laundry is happening a lot more than showering these days since we can get by without me being completely hygienic, but not without clothes for our family.)

I've also been spending more time working--yes, working (and I don't mean the butt-wiping/endless-feeding/boo-boo-kissing/mothering type of work)! Albeit as a volunteer, I'm officially an editor for the online publication, SheLoves, a fabulous community of women who are dedicated to living out their love for Jesus in practical ways in the world. I edit pieces that run on Mondays and get to publish with them monthly. I'm loving it!       

Here's some of what I've been up to in the book, podcast, recipe, article and writing departments this month:


The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
This was the book for my book club this month and I stayed up waaay too late to finish it. It didn't change my life, but was definitely engrossing and entertaining.  It was fun to read a page-turner instead of my standard, serious non-fiction fare.


Given: Poems, by Wendell Berry
I'm embarrassed to admit that this is the first book of poetry that I have read cover-to-cover in about ten years AND the first book by Wendell Berry I have read (shameful, I know).  Last month I attempted to read A Widening Light: Poems of the Incarnation, edited by Luci Shaw, but took too much time analyzing the poems and reading them aloud that I had to return it to the library before I was finished.  So this time around, I decided to just read it as I would a book, hoping that I would absorb a bit of beauty along the way.  His poetry was very readable for the non-poetry reader.  My favorite poem in the book was "How to Be a Poet (to remind myself)." Here's an excerpt:

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill--more of each
than you have--inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time 
to eternity. Any readers
who like your work,
doubt their judgment...

Have you read a book of poetry before? What was your favorite? I'd love to hear your advice on the best way to read it in the comment section!  Enlighten me;-)

Monthly Mentionables {October}: Here's some of what I've been up to in the book, podcast, recipe, article and writing departments this month.
Morning Walk


The God-Centered Mom

The Power of Sex in Marriage: Francie Winslow

The Ripple Effect of Healthy Sexual Connection: Francie Winslow

Life Creative: Kelli Stuart 

10 Ways to Stop Meltdowns & Arguments: Kirk Martin


A Woman's Place with Katelyn Beaty (Part 1)

A Woman's Place with Katelyn Beaty (Part 2)

Home is Where the Art Is

The Self We Find in "Eat, Pray, Love"

Sorta Awesome

Social media tips, tricks, advice and more

(This is a tell-tale sign that I am feeling 90% better than a month ago:  I feel like cooking again!)

Chicken Corn Chowder (Plan to Eat)
A woman from the church we've been visiting brought enough of this soup over to feed us for FIVE days. And anything I'm willing to eat five days in a row, must be tasty, right?  I made it last night for Halloween and didn't love it as much as I did when this friend made it, but it's definitely worth keeping in the fall repertoire and tweaking. 

Sheet Pan Chicken Tikka (Smitten Kitchen)
This was delicious and very easy as long as you already have all the Indian spices like coriander, garam masala, ginger, etc.  We ate it with rice, topped with purple onions, lemon wedges and cilantro.  Yum.

Healthy Pumpkin Bread (Cookie + Kate)
Ok, so this was "healthy" in that it used coconut oil, wheat flour and maple syrup instead of the usual fare, but in this case "healthy" also meant "doesn't taste very good."  That said, if you're looking for a healthier pumpkin bread, this would be a good choice with one caveat: ADD CHOCOLATE CHIPS.

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry (Pinch of Yum)
This was very tasty and I'll make it again.  Next time I think I'll add chicken just so it's not so starchy with the potato + rice combo.

Miso Salmon with Mushrooms (PBS Food) 
A friend of mine brought this dish after the baby was born and I begged her for the recipe.  It is very simple as long as you are able to pick up Miso and Mirin.  I found Mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine) in the regular grocery store, but my friend brought me the Miso from an Asian grocery store.  I actually made it twice this month--once making the foil "pouches" and once just covering the dish with foil.  I'd definitely recommend using the pouches.  I also used frozen salmon (defrosted) and it tasted just fine! I served with white rice and fresh spinach nuked in the microwave for a minute, then tossed with a bit of soy sauce.  Delicious.

Thought-Provoking Articles from the Web

Book Club Questions for Fiction/Novels from Lit Lovers (used for our book club this month)

Ethical Fashion and Sustainable Lifestyle Resources at Eco Warrior Princess

How Millennial Moms are Changing the World by Kelli Stuart for Huffington Post

'This Is Us' and the Dignity of Human Emotion, by Abby Perry for Christ and Pop Culture 

This One Shift in Perspective Will Change Your Life, by Claire De Boer at her blog, The Gift of Writing

What Jen Hatmaker Gets Right About Christian Love, by Katelyn Beaty for Christianity Today

What White Children Need to Know about Race, by Ali Michael and Eleonora Bartoli

18 Children's Books with Characters of Color, by Joanna Goddard for her blog, A Cup of Jo

For Fun:

These Hilarious Parenting Comics Are Almost Too Real, by Valerie Williams for Scary Mommy
The Adventures of George Washington (language alert!)

Published Elsewhere on the Web:

Frozen Manna, for SheLoves

In Case You Missed it on Scraping Raisins:

In This Season (of motherhood)

An Evening with Bryan Stevenson: Get Closer 

What about you?  I would LOVE to hear any recommendations you have for any of the above categories!


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