three things: new books

We are spoiled for local shops here in Austin. Book People is one of those places that is just impossible to leave without a stack of wonderful, new things.

I don’t usually go in looking for any particular book, but still find things I just need. We went twice while the Brits where in town. These are the three books that came home with me on the second excursion.

three books 1

three books 2

three books 3

One book of essays and one novella, because I’m a sucker for anything by ol’ F. Scott.
I can’t wait to finish the book I’m reading right now so I can start Daniel Fights a Hurricane, by Shane Jones. Shane Jones wrote Light Boxes (you can read of my gushing love for that book here) and I didn’t realize he had written anything since. I pounced on this new book from him and plan to read it on the plane for St. Louis. Oh yes, the craziness that is July continues tomorrow with a work trip to St. Louis.

reading & writing, pt. 6

At the end of each month I try write a short recap of the books I’ve read.

Well, between visitors and that little event called the World Cup my reading was pitiful last month. I really only read one book and it wasn’t even the whole book, just the introduction.

Erec by Hartmann Von Aue
Translated, with an introduction and commentary, by Michael Resler

Years ago, I had an amazing professor named Dr. Hart. She taught English and Irish literature and believed in giving away her books. The semester she retired she opened up her office library and invited her students to come take whatever we wanted. I adopted a large Medieval literature textbook, a collection of Swift’s poems, and Erec.

Erec is the German telling of an arthurian knight’s adventure.  I read the story part a few years ago, but skipped the introduction. Somehow the only thing I read last month was this introduction and commentary. It takes up about a third of the book and was very interesting.

Former posts:
-Reading and Writing, Pt. 1
-Reading and Writing, Pt. 2
-Reading and Writing, Pt. 3
-Reading and Writing, Pt. 4
-Reading and Writing, Pt. 5

a round up of pretty things

It’s been a happy, busy week or so: World Cup watching, 4th of July celebrating, and good friends visiting from the UK. More on those adventures soon!

nine things

Blueberry Crisp, Golden Dots, Colorful Clouds, Checkered Coat, Forest Home, Carryall, Mountains, Swan Sketch & Shoe Closet

three things: summer odds & ends

four things

etsy finds

Simple, rustic, and elegant.

etsy finds

Cutting Board, Pleated Blouse, Temporary Fox Tattoo, Storage Box & Cushion

recipe: brigadeiros

The first time I had these delicious Brazilian/Portuguese bonbons was at our friends’ wedding in Portugal. A pretty perfect setting and all the food we had during our short stay was amazing!

All the World Cup watching we’ve been doing somehow reminded me of brigadiers and I went looking for a recipe.


You’ll need:
3 tablespoons dutch processed cocoa powder
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
chocolate sprinkles

What to do:
Combine cocoa powder, butter and condensed milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. The consistency should be thick after cooking.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture rest until cool enough to touch.
Scoop the mixture into small balls, about 3/4 inch in diameter, and roll in the topping of your preference.
Chill before serving

My first batch turned out nicely. They taste perfect, but I think I waited a little too long before rolling the balls.

a lux wishlist

This morning, I made a big ticket wishlist while anxiously awaiting the beginning of today’s World Cup matches. No reason really, just for fun.


Ring, Dress & Clutch