While searching for a play stove/oven for my little one I stumbled upon the company Community Playthings. They had the best looking oven that I could find without any bells and whistles that I found many to have. I would love to get all of their toys and furniture, it looks so well made and well designed. They are made by a Bruderhof Community in New York and Pennsylvania.

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I am thankful that I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year since I have to board an airplane with my 18 month old on Friday morning. Instead, we are visiting family in Mill Valley and enjoying the holiday, stress free. I love baking for special occasions and this year I am going to attempt to make something new. I found this recipe for a Chez Panise Almond Torte on pintrest a while ago and it looks so delicious and easy to make that I can’t go wrong. Last year I made a hazelnut cake so I could start my own theme of baking nutty confections for Thanksgiving. The recipe is located at the blog Alexandra’s Kitchen, a welcome new discovery. She has other delicious sounding (and looking, nice photography – see below!) recipes such as the Orange and Olive Oil Cake, and the Gingerbread Biscotti.


Photo from Alexandra’s Kitchen

I was just looking at the date of my last post and realized it has been over five months since I have made an entry. I don’t particularly like to be on my computer during my daughter’s waking hours so I have let my blogging life fall by the wayside. As I perused my old posts I realized that I don’t want to give it up completely. So while my daughter naps today I will show you a few of her vintage books.

Know What? No, what? by Arline and Joseph Baum  1964


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Sleepy Time by Gyo Fujikawa  1986 (originally published in 1975, this is a 1986 printing)


Here is a book of Warholisms that will make you chuckle.

Excerpt from book-

“I really like to eat alone. I want to start a chain of restaurants for other people who are like me called ANDYMATS–“The restaurant for the lonely person.” You get your food and then you take your tray into a booth and watch television.”


I cut back on my dairy consumption so I needed another source of calcium. I searched for calcium rich foods online and compiled a list. Then I mixed them together and turned them into granola bars. They are delicious and keep me satiated for hours!


Calcium Rich Granola Bars Makes 16 large bars
Roughly 275 mg of Calcium per bar

1/4 cup Chia Seeds

1 cup Sesame Seeds

1/4 cup Flax Seeds (ground)

1 cup Sunflower Seeds

4 cups Rolled Oats

16 Dried Figs chopped into small pieces (make sure stems are off)

1/2 cup Almond Butter

1/2 cup Blackstrap Molasses

1/4 cup Honey

1/4 cup Coconut Oil

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. Press into logs and smash down. Put in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes and press down bars with the backside of a spatula. Cook for another five minutes and cool.

* I was short on molasses the last time I made this and the dough would not form into bars. I split the recipe two and made the first half into granola and the second I added water and let it sit while the granola baked. I was then able to make bars with the remainder. The granola was so good with my homemade almond milk! One cup of granola equals 551 mg of calcium.