Friday, October 8, 2010

Clam Chowder for Lunch!

For the past couple of weeks we've been reading lots of Robert McCloskey books...particularly Blueberries for Sal and One Morning in Maine. After we finished reading the latter, we did a little research online about clams (as Braelyn had no idea what they were) and decided to try out a bowl of clam chowder for ourselves.

Well, Panera Bread has clam chowder on Fridays, so today was the day.


Braelyn's first bite.

And...thank goodness for the back-up bowl of mac n' cheese, cause this sweet girl wasn't a huge fan. Oh well, we're sharing experiences here! ;)

And while we are on the subject of books, I wanted to share with you a FABULOUS idea I got from my lovely mother-in-law, Carolyn. She has logged every book she has ever read since she was a little girl. I think it comes out to thousands of book titles and a hearty stack of notebooks. What a treasure!

So, I started one for Braelyn today. I used my awesome notebook made by my friend at Paper+Twine (which I was using as a garden log, but as my garden was not so successful in Brenham and non-existent here, it wasn't getting the use it deserved, so I re-purposed it).

We've obviously read more than 7 books in Braelyn's life, but I just logged books that we've read in the last week or two, and we'll start logging them from here on out. I'm super excited! I hope she'll keep it up forever and ever!
Thanks for the inspiration Carolyn!


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the lovely compliments, Steph! I know Braelyn will love looking back years from now at all of the books she has read and be so grateful for the precious memories of time spent with her wonderful Mom.

Love ~ Carolyn

Morgan said...

What a great idea!

mandi said...

Love this!

We are huge McCloskey fans! Dylin is pretty set on living in Maine one day because of him. She thinks it's a dream place- the ocean, blueberries, mountains...what else could a girl want?

I'm proud of B for trying that clam chowder. A far cry from grilled cheese with pickles! ; )

Erica said...

Oh my gosh! I was thinking about reading when I was mopping at work tonight and I was wondering how many books I had read in my whole life and wishing I could remember them all. Too bad I didn't have a handy dandy book log!

Great idea. Remind me to steal it one day. :]

Abba's Girl said...

I think I agree w/ Braelyn about clam chowder...

Alicia said...

I know, my mom rocks! :) Just wish I had done the same!