Three kids holding baskets of blueberries in front of a blueberry patch.

1. This past week, we took the kids on an impromptu afternoon excursion to pick blueberries (if you’re local, it was at Soergels). They had so much fun! Each of the kids picked an overflowing quart of blueberries… you might wonder what I baked, but our kids are plowing through them, eating them by the handful! If some are left, I will probably make blueberry muffins or blueberry crumb bars.

Two boys sitting at a counter eating blueberries laid out on paper towels.

2. When summer started, Joseph said he wanted me to teach him to cook a few things this summer. First on his list was tacos, which we tackled this week! He read the recipe himself, got all of the ingredients, measured, and did the actual cooking on the stove. He was SO proud!

Boy standing at a stove cooking ground beef with a wooden spoon.

3. Dominic has had a loose tooth for at least a couple of weeks now and last Friday, he woke up on the morning we were set to leave the hospital, wiggled it with his finger, and it fell right out. He was so excited! The nurse gave him a little cup to keep it in until he got home :)

Little boy sitting in a hospital bed holding a cup.

4. I finally finished Demon Copperhead last week! So many of you said you loved it, and probably an equal number told me not to read it; it was too depressing. It started very slowly for me, but once I got about halfway through, I plowed through it. I’m so glad I finished it… It was a fantastic and wonderfully written story, albeit tragic, heartbreaking, and eye-opening. Next up: Malibu Rising! I needed something much lighter next :)

5. This article warmed my heart so much >> He Wanted to Pet Dogs for His 100th Birthday. Hundreds Lined Up.

6. You may have seen an email go out yesterday with the annual BEB reader survey. I would be so appreciative if you could take a minute or two to fill it out and share your input with me! You can do so here >> BEB Survey

7. One morning last week, while I was staying at the hospital, I literally woke up to the most wonderful smell of freshly brewed coffee. It reminded me of that old Folgers commercial (from the 80’s, I’m dating myself!) where the son comes home for Christmas and makes coffee after he comes into the house and the mom wakes up sniffing coffee, then comes downstairs, “Peter!” I swear every Christmas special we had recorded on VHS tapes when I was a kid had that commercial in it lol!

8. Speaking of coffee, can we talk about how you love to make yours? I just don’t enjoy black coffee; there are some cold brews and hot coffees that I’ve tried at coffee shops that I really like, but I just can’t seem to replicate anything at home that I think tastes very good. If you’re not a black coffee drinker, how do you make your coffee at home? What types of creamers or flavorings? Either cold brew or hot! I need guidance :)

9. Have you watched any new TV lately? We are catching the new episodes of Jack Ryan (Amazon Prime) and Endeavor (PBS Masterpiece), both really, really good!

10. TGIF! Judith always looks so comfortable and content when she sleeps!

Dog sleeping on a couch.