20 items to add to your travel journal

July 30th, 2014

20 items to add to your travel journal

A few weeks ago, Baby Niklas pulled his first book off our bookshelf. (Now it’s one of his favorite activities.) I went to pick the book up, figuring it was one of his board books of rhymes, airplanes, or colorful pictures. Boy was I wrong! He’d selected Yellowstone Day Hikes.

Martin smiled. “Well he is your son, Katie!”

It’s true. I love to get out. And travel journaling is one of my favorite types of records to keep. The easy-open binding of Gadanke’s travel journal (pictured above) makes it easy to hang onto mementos like these.

Print this list and take it on your trip, so that you’ll think more about grabbing paper bits from life.

20 items I always add to my travel journal:

1. Ticket stubs from museums, symphonies, plays, and tourist attractions

2. Transportation tickets and receipts

3. Maps

4. Brochures

5. Postcards (The photos are always so much better than anything I can snap.)

6. Photographs of us as a group

7. Photographs of us individually, capturing something that intrigues or relates to the person being photographed

8. Business cards from favorite restaurants

9. Food wrappers

10. Doodles of things I found interesting

11. Cool stickers

12. Receipts from cool shops or of food and souvenirs

13. Photo of an interesting meal or snack, preferably with someone holding it!

14. Tag from the souvenir t-shirt

15. A note on the exchange rate, price of gas, or other comparisons

16. Coasters (especially in Germany!)

17. Photographs of the area we’re visiting, capturing people just doing their thing

18. Itineraries

19. Airline tickets

20. Event schedules

How about some inspiration for memory keeping on the go? Peek in Tina’s travel journal to France, Elizabeth’s travel journal to the USA, and my travel journal to Spain. What adventures! 

Personalized housewarming stationery

July 28th, 2014

easy housewarming card tutorial

The watercolors have a permanent place on our dining table these days. You’ve been warned. They’re such an easy way to personalize paper goods and add a little color, no matter your skill level.

step 1 creating personal stationery

We wanted to give our new neighbors a housewarming gift, starting with a welcome note. I used:

embellish a card with watercolors

Quick little stripes with one color. Then quick little stripes with a second. The stripes don’t have to be perfect. I actually think that’s part of the beauty of them.

how to personalize stationery with watercolors

I suppose it goes without saying. A little note and a bottle of wine – they go a long way.

Fabulous cookbooks

July 25th, 2014

fabulous cookbooks

I thought I’d show you a few corners of our house in the airplane hangar. It’s been a while since we’ve looked around up here. This corner of the kitchen is popular with both Niklas and me. I like it because it’s home to all my favorite cookbooks. He likes it because – well – probably because he’s not supposed to be there! He’s torn a few pages out of my favorite cookbooks. I think he’s amassing a collection of recipes to surprise us with. “Look Mom and Dad! I made dinner!”

1. Joy of Cooking – Hands down, this is my go-to cookbook these days. If we get a new vegetable, I turn to this book. If we want some ideas for how to eat the chicken breast in the fridge, this cookbook knows.

2. Wine Bible – Like a couple of geeks, we love what we’ve learned from this book. It’s a fabulous reference for any bottle of wine or wine region of the world. If you’re interested in knowing a bit about wine, this book has done wonders for us.

3. The New York Times Cook Book – I snagged this cookbook at the library book sale for $1. Is it good? I think it will be. I honestly haven’t tried anything yet. Niklas thinks the book itself tastes pretty good, though.

4. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone – I learned how to cook with this book, so it’ll always be dear to my heart. Awesome vegetable recipes. Brilliant bread ideas. The foods in this book often take a little longer to make, but they’ve always been well worth it.

5. Food to Live By – This cookbook taught me how to make my own macaroni and cheese. It focuses a lot on fresh, local food. It’s a go-to for us each summer, especially when we have fresh berries.

6. Primal Cravings – And this is where I learned how to make grape gelatin and awesome meatloaf. Isn’t it funny how cookbooks carry memories with them? If you’re trying to avoid wheat but don’t really know how to make it happen, this cookbook is a great tool. Again, that meatloaf!

7. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian – I lugged this cookbook to Germany and back. It’s by Mark Bitman. His kitchen is tiny. He’s awesome. You just know his cookbooks are going to be, too.

8. A Baker’s Odyssey – If you want to make amazing international desserts, croissants, and dinners that include a crust, this cookbook is for you. Fabulous instructions, cultural history about food, and a classic recipe from my hometown are all inside.

9. Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book – My mom gave me this cookbook for my first Christmas as a new wife. I still remember fondly how hers had bits of powdered sugar and tomato paste stains on various pages. What a classic.

10. The New Moosewood Cookbook – This vegetarian cookbook is excellent. The recipes are plentiful and realistic. The carrot cake is amazing. And this cookbook taught me that lentils can taste good… really good.

Guten appetit!

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