Easter weekend! Spring is in full bloom here in Portland and the predicted week of rain turned out to be rather sunny, the best prelude to the holiday weekend. We will be celebrating the birthdays of two sweet girls, planning for our upcoming trip to Europe, and having an Easter brunch on Sunday. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
1. The photo story Swedish Dads by Johan Bävman really struck a cord with me. When Elena was born, I had several pangs of regret that we weren't able to take advantage of the generous maternity and paternity benefits that we left behind in Europe. Yet Marcus carves moments out of every day to spend with Elena and I love being able to observe their blossoming father-daughter relationship.
2. My clothes have a lot of stories behind them. The dress I picked up from a boutique in Berlin, the vintage coat from Tokyo, my favorite shoes from Amsterdam, accessories from Rome, and many more pieces from less glamorous places. Yet it all feels so mish-mash and lately I have been wishing I could start anew. While I probably won't throw the whole lot out anytime soon, I've been thinking about attempting a capsule wardrobe and loved this post about streamlining your wardrobe.
3. Our CSA has been overflowing with sunchokes, also called Jerusalem artichokes, the past weeks. I first tasted the knobby root vegetable a few years back and am most familiar with it in heavier forms, such as a mash. With the spring weather, we wanted something fresh and light. This recipe for Jerusalem artichokes and orecchiette fits that descriptions, with plenty of flat-leaf Italian parsley, lemon zest and a generous amount of parmesan.
4. A few of my favorite motherhood-related links: this post on breastfeeding // these recipes for the young eater // this tour of Montreal children's store Commes Des Enfants