Five Things Friday: Miniature Christmas trees

Five things Friday is a post where I share five things that either made my week, what I am thinking about, or would like to share with all of you!

1. Kale and White Bean Soup with Spicy Sausage

Looks like this simple soup will make its way into my weeknight meal rotation for the winter. It’s quick and it’s got a lot of flavor. I did make some changes though. Instead of chicken broth, I used vegetable broth — I make my own and I make sure it always stays in stock in my fridge. Instead of a can of diced tomatoes, I had two fresh tomatoes in my fridge. I just diced them and tossed them in the soup.

2. Sarah Bernhardt Cookies

These are so good and decadent! Unfortunately, these won’t make it to the cookie box because they have to be stored cold. Maybe I’ll serve them for Christmas instead.

3. Chaumont Bakery in Beverly Hills

I had to drive my friend to the doctor this week. While I was waiting for her, I came across a French bakery in the area. I bought a pain suisse for breakfast and came back to buy four more pastries to take home.

Pain Suisse

4. Minimalist Baby: Cut the Clutter, Enjoy the Child

This article is incredibly refreshing. I am trying to be a minimalist with my daughter even it makes people think we live in a cave. We don’t need a baby walker, a fancy playmat, a fancy baby gym, swing, etc. I keep a crate in the living room that holds her toys, blankets, diapers, and wipes. We keep all her stuff on a craft cart that holds her clothes, blankets, more diapers, and other toiletries. I borrow books from the library. Going minimalist with her helps prevent clutter in the house, but it requires us to be creative. I purposely bought a bare baby gym with the intention of hanging and changing up different types of toys, pictures, and other noisemakers (i.e. rattles, bells, etc) as she grows up. I also believe we interact with her more because we are raising her with less.

5. Miniature Christmas Trees

I thought this was the year to finally get a Christmas tree, but the space I wanted to put the tree has been occupied by my brother-in-law’s stuff. I tell myself that Christmas comes and goes. For years we never decorated our place for the holiday season because we preferred going out to a garden or the mall to enjoy the decorations. But this year is different, the places we would go to are not doing any holiday decorations. To have some sort of holiday feel, I picked up a miniature Christmas tree and decorated with $5 fairy string lights. As far as space goes, it sits on top of the side table.

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