So I messed up on last week’s newsletter and what was meant to get to you on Saturday came to you on Thursday with an incorrect link in it. I am sorry! Let’s see if I can get things right this week!
I don’t think I told you all yet that I’m going to be getting Invisalign. That’s right, at 43, I’m finally taking steps to straighten my teeth. The goal is to make flossing -which I do obsessively- a teensy bit less of an upper body workout by easing some of the tight contacts between my teeth.
I was supposed to get impressions made this week, but I got to the orthodontist’s office just to find out that their scanning machine had gone kaput and I would need to come back the following week. It’s an hour’s drive to the ortho, so I was not thrilled, but I rescued the trip by hitting my two favourite grocery stores -Wegman’s and Aldi- for supplies.
Do any of you out there have Invisalign or have some experience with them? I’d love any tips and advice you could share! I’m excited and nervous at the same time.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG THIS WEEK:
- Nutella Raspberry Bostock a.k.a. Brioche Aux Amandes. This is a twist on the classic French pastry brioche aux amandes using Nutella and raspberry jam. With a crispy exterior and soft center, this almond crusted brioche is the best, richest French toast ever topped with an almond cookie crust.
- Easter Bunny Bread is an annual tradition at our house and the kids look forward to it as much or more than their actual Easter baskets. When you dig into this delicious-yet-adorable bread bunny, you’ll know why instantly.
THINGS I LOVE:This powdered sugar (or cocoa or flour) duster. This handy dandy little thing makes shaking a fine, even dusting of powdered sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, or flour over anything as easy as dipping into a canister and twisting the handle. I have to confess I own a backup one in case mine ever gets broken or lost. I use it that often!
These leather boots were ones that I admired on the feet of three of my friends for years before I ever tried them on, but once I tried them, it was just a matter of time before I got them for myself. So versatile, they’re cute with jeans, leggings, and dresses alike, well made, and they age beautifully. I’ve had mine for over a year now and they just keep looking better and better. I can vouch for their comfort, too, having run through more than one airport in them and worn them on walking tours. If you’re looking for an investment piece for your wardrobe, I HIGHLY recommend these.
Speaking of clothing, how investment pieces at consignment shop bargain prices? I’m madly in love with Poshmark. It’s an online consignment shop where I can get gently used designer stuff at super low prices shipped to my house where I can try them on in the comfort of my own home. I’ve found some pieces I’m sure I’ll have and wear for years to come for well under $20! I found a brand new Emily and Fin dress (my favourite dress maker EVER) with tags for $30 when it retails for $200. If you sign up for poshmark using “foodiewithfamil” as your code, you’ll get a $5 credit, and I will, too!
You know I love tea, right? I go on major streaks with different flavours and types of teas, but one thing is certain, and that is that I love loose leaf tea. I also hate cleaning things. This is potentially problematic, when it comes to things like tea balls and whatnot. A few years ago, I discovered this stainless steel, fine mesh (to keep your leaves from making an escape), sturdy, reusable tea filter. I love it because when I’m done, I flip it upside down, tap it a couple of times, give it a rinse, and it’s good to go. If I’ve been lazy, I do the same thing but then add it to the top shelf of the dishwasher and hey presto! It’s clean and shiny.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHTSTAND:
Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves One Rainy Day at a Time by Rob Temple. I opted to lighten things up a bit this week after last week’s heavy recommendation. I’m not British, but I do identify with much of the well-meant social awkwardness in here. For instance, carrying my own tea bags with me and saying, “Excuse me, do you mind if I just? Thanks so much. Sorry.” instead of asking someone to please move aside for them.
Cover Her Face by PD James. I love well-crafted mysteries like the Lord Peter Wimsey books by Dorothy Sayers and anything and everything Agatha Christie. I just started this last night, but I have high hopes
QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
Are you a coffee or tea drinker? Do you have a favourite brand or type?
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind
blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”