So, we made Fairy Bread this week for Australia Day at my son’s school. According to the information I stumbled on while researching Australian recipes, Fairy Bread is a favorite treat for kids in Australia at picnics and birthday parties. The directions are literally this: buy white bread, cut off the crust, butter it, pour on sprinkles. The kids gobbled it right up! All these years I’ve been killing myself baking cupcakes and decorating them for my kids’ birthdays – why didn’t anyone tell me in Australia they’re just buttering bread? It’s a good reminder to never underestimate the power of sprinkles.
I went to Target this week for contact cleaner and Clorox wipes. Made the mistake of doing a lap around the store instead of heading directly to Health and Beauty. One full cart later, I came home with the contact cleaner, but forgot the Clorox wipes. The good news is I picked up this gem of a plaid shirt along the way, and it’s a keeper. It looks like flannel, but it’s actually 100% rayon, so it wears a bit nicer than a typical flannel shirt.
I finally got a chance to see Hidden Figures and I’m definitely rooting for it to win the Oscar for Best Picture this year. It’s based on the true story of three African-American women (played by Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae) who had a crucial role at NASA in the 1960’s during the beginning of the space program. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s one you don’t want to miss.
Fun fact: My mom’s friend’s sister is friends with someone who is close friends (got all that?) with Katherine Johnson (portrayed by Taraji P. Henson). How cool is that? Hidden Figures focuses on just part of her time working at NASA, but it’s also noteworthy that she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, had a building dedicated in her name at the NASA Langley Research Center in 2016, and will turn 99 years old this year. Amazing.
I’ve been a fan of Autumn Calabrese’s workouts ever since my fitness rockstar sister-in-law got me hooked on the 21-Day Fix Beachbody DVDs. I’ve been doing the workouts for about a year now, usually just one or two a week on days when I don’t run. I decided to mix it up a little this week and see if Autumn had any workouts on YouTube, and I found a good one. It’s only 20-minutes, but you definitely feel it the next day (sore enough to know you did something, but not so sore that it hurts just getting up from a chair). Might be a good one to try if you’re looking for a change-up in your fitness routine, too.
Have I mentioned that we live in the best neighborhood ever? When we moved here, all we really knew was that we loved the house and the schools, but one thing you don’t really know until you settle in is what the neighborhood is like. Well, we pretty much hit the jackpot in the cool neighbors department. There’s something going on all the time – Bunco, Ladies’ Nights, Holiday Parties – and now one of my fabulous neighbors has started a book club. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in a book club, so I’m super-excited to be part of one again. This month we are reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Like most books by her, the topic is intense, but the storytelling is so good. Pick this one up if you’re looking for a new book to dive into.
How was your week? Comment below and share some of your highlights!