Daily Archives: November 3, 2011

admiring

Two in a row.  This was something else I stumbled upon that reminds me of when our godson was just starting to join his dad playing play with Legos.  They would lay out a giant quilt and dump the pieces out and play – when they were done the quilt was scooped up and the pieces were funneled back into their rubbermaid bin.
We have several toys of this nature in our house – Legos, Playmobil, matchbox cars and plastic animals – and they are stored in a variety of reused containers.  The containers work just fine, but they still require a lot of enthusiastic “dumping” out, and then later – less than enthusiastic picking up.
Enter the swoop bags.  I love how the bag opens and provides its own play mat – and then practically picks itself back up.  And they look pretty awesome.  I think I’d take a couple of these hanging on big wall hooks over the odd assortment of plastic containers we have now.  This is definitely going on the “list” – we’re getting pretty close, but that older one is a little tricky.  She plays hard with the things she has now, and hasn’t really expressed any interest in adding to the repertoire – except for books, of course.
Maybe we could get a few of these swoop bags to hold books – cheaper than the bookshelves*!  (*And that’s still on my “list”!)

admiring

Photo (and bread) credit goes to Heidi of 101 Cookbooks
Both my girls have a real love affair with my mom’s banana bread – Nana’s Banana Bread.  It’s legendary in our house, and she never comes to visit without a couple of loaves (sans nuts, of course).  I love it as well – especially because it makes the breakfast rush that much easier.  But I still like to try new versions, and really enjoyed the roastier / saltier taste of Cooks Illustrated’s version.  When I saw this photo this morning I knew what my next version would be.  But what I’m really admiring is the lovely photography Heidi always has – of her food, and her life in general.  If you have a moment check out the photos of this loaf of bread, and also a gorgeous weekend wedding in the same post.