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.

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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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Alexander by Harold Littledale illustrated by Tom Vroman 1964ImageImageImage

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

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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.”

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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!

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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.