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Five Favorites

Today was a lazy day – you know the kind of day… jeans and a hoodie, hair pulled into ponytail, eating breakfast for all three meals (cinnamon rolls, eggs & hash browns, and cereal respectively) kind of day.  Despite that, I did manage to both get some work done as well as write this post of five favorites from my week.

Cranberry Peach Pecan Scone at Bipartisan Cafe

Leftover sunflowers from a photo shoot that I put into wine and champagne bottles.

The African violet my husband surprised me with!

Personalized wrapping for a baby shower gift that I thought of all by myself.

Daffodils that brighten my day despite the Portland gloominess 🙂

Cranberry Peach Pecan Scone

This past Sunday morning, John and I went on a date to Bipartisan Cafe (on SE Stark & SE 79th in Portland) before heading to church.  We enjoyed coffee and a cranberry peach pecan scone, which was quite delicious.  I have a deep love for fantastic scones; this scone certainly did not disappoint!  The unique flavor combination was a treat as well, broadening my horizons and sparking desires for both creativity in my kitchen and the fresh fruits of summer.  I can’t wait to see what create and bake as I grow ever bolder in my kitchen.  Until then, I’ll still delight in scones with coffee at cafes around Portland.

My current reading list

With fall upon us, I have found even greater delight in curling up with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, a fluffy blanket, and a great book, preferably with time to read said book cover to cover.  So without further ado, I will share my current reading list after my trip to the library today!

  1. Feminine Appeal – Carolyn Mahaney
  2. This Momentary Marriage – John Piper
  3. No Greater Love – Mother Teresa
  4. Because He Loves Me – Elyse Fitzpatrick
  5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  – Rebecca Skloot
  6. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 – Lawrence Wright
  7. Girls in White Dresses – Jennifer Close
  8. In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise – George Prochnik
  9. My Life as a Traitor – Zarah Chahramani
  10. Girl in Translation – Jean Kwok
  11. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 – Steve Coll

More will follow, I assure you!  In addition, John is reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to me every night since I’ve never read the Chronicles of Narnia, having chosen C.S. Lewis’s more obscure works.  If, of course, you have any recommendations, please do not hesitate to share!  I will most likely read them and let you know what I think!