What I’ve Been Reading: February 2015

What I've Been Reading

I thought it might be kind of fun to let you guys see what I’ve been reading lately.  At the beginning of each month, I’ll post any book titles I’ve been reading and memorable articles I’ve read this month.

…not that we don’t all waste too much time browsing the internet already.  Here’s to a few more articles!

If you read/have read any of the articles, feel free to leave some feedback in the comments.  I always love to hear other opinions.



Why We Quit Homeschooling Admittedly, both my kids are years away from school, but this was an interesting read since I was a homeschooler. (And the follow up article: What I Discovered When We Quit Homeschooling)

We Are Wealthy. And Why It Matters. Great article to change your perspective a bit. (Also, I love this blog – I have his book Clutterfree with Kids and, so far, it’s great.)

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Touching article and great reminder to get involved.  Sponsor a child through Compassion today!

12 Ways to Go Disposable Free Great reminder and practical suggestions for cutting down on your waste.

Fake Olive Oil What??!!!  So I may actually be putting canola oil (or some other oil) on my face and in my food??  I couldn’t let it rest with this article, so I found…

Look for the Cultivar When Buying Olive Oil, which has 3 tips for finding genuine olive oil. (Ps. I did the refrigerator test on my cheap Aldi olive oil and it didn’t solidify at all. I guess I should have known it was too good to be true.)

Can Your Food Affect Mental Health? I love Wellness Mama and this was an interesting read, as usual.

The Ministry of Funfetti Sometimes we all need a reminder that things are a little more simple than we realize.

Why You Need Jumper Cables And finally, a cute printable/infographic on how to “jump” your car with jumper cables.  Print and leave it in your car’s dashboard!


The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are (affliate link) by Brene Brown – This book was pretty good; the author’s references to her work on shame research were interesting but it didn’t keep me hooked til the end.

Steve Jobs (affliate link) by Walter Isaacson – I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, considering I have never been a Steve Jobs fan.  However, it is a bit hard to follow, as it jumps around from year to year and then back again with the result that I am never quite sure what year I am reading about.  It definitely could have been organized better. Even so, I found it interesting enough to read the whole book.

Easy Meal Plan: Our Two Week Rotation

Two Week Menu Rotation

Welcome to Crowther Cafe!  This is my first post on my new site (although the image was made while I still had the other site active).  If you’re a normal reader of my blog, you’ll notice only very minimal changes, such as the header and colors.  Everything else is pretty much the same, so you…

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Fruity Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie

  If you didn’t catch my last post, it’s been a bit busy around here with two munchkins running around.  Well, actually, only one of them is running around, but there are two screaming munchkins living with me now. This makes it a bit difficult to get much of anything done.  Even cooking…especially cooking.  So,…

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Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

Once again, it’s been awhile.  Thank you to those of you who have born with me through my many inconsistencies in blogging lately.  My baby is due to make his appearance very soon, so I can’t say that I am back for good right now, but I plan to at least post occasionally until we…

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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

I finally broke out the baby pool.  I have been avoiding going outside at all, due to the intense heat (it’s been 90° lately!) and the fact that I am pregnant.  Pregnancy = must be cool at all times. Anyway, my little girl just turned 18 months old, and I decided it was time to…

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Skillet Ham & Cheese Gnocchi

I haven’t been doing very well with my twice per week blogging again…I just haven’t felt like posting new recipes, mostly because I haven’t really felt much like cooking.  It could be the last trimester of pregnancy + the heat is finally catching up with me. I think that’s what I’ll blame it on anyway. …

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Hawaiian Ham Quesadillas

Ever play the comparison game with your child’s development?  For instance, I am not a big fan of messes, so I don’t let my daughter play around with her silverware in her food.  She would end up getting it everywhere – except her mouth – if I let her have free reign.  So I just…

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