Favorite books for my little girls

My girls and I love some reading time.  I'm so glad that they both inherited my book nerd love for all things literary.  My girls are about 1-1/2 and 5 years old.  So during our reading time, we usually flip-flop between a board book, regular book and a chapter book.

Here are a few of our current favorites:

This one has been a consistent favorite for both the girls at any age.  When the day has a bit too much bickering, this is a crowd favorite that everyone can agree on.

Who does not love some Dr. Seuss?!  My girls have started to narrate some of the favorite parts.  It is super cute.

This is our first chapter book that we are reading at bed time.  Firecracker has no interest at all.  But Little B is hooked.  Plus, I love reading them out loud as it is a throw back to my own childhood.

These board books are Firecracker's consistent favorite. They are well loved and have survived the test of time with two teething babies.  I love that they are short, making them perfect for a little's short attention span, and that they pack well into a purse, diaper bag, etc.  These are the sure-thing books that I pull out in waiting rooms, airports, etc when I am about to have a fussy, melt-down toddler.

Our Chalkboard - Summer List of Fun

Last summer, I created a similarly themed board that Little B would show anyone who came over.  She was very proud to point out each thing that could be checked off the list.   So for this summer, I thought we would do it again.  I always wonder if it is little things like this that my girls will remember as their childhood memories.  Plus, it just makes me happy every time I walk by it.

Happy summer of fun!

Blueberry Almond Crisp

This is the perfect answer to an intense pie/cobbler/crisp craving.  Yes, that is a thing. Well, at least for me, it is a thing.  I often craving that beautiful mix of fruit and nutty, doughy goodness.  And let me tell you, this dish hits the spot!  In fact, it is so good that it was really tough to get a photo of this bad boy before forks dived in to gobble it up.  We did not even bother with plates.

Blueberry Almond Crisp
  3-4 cups blueberries
1-1/2 cups almond flour
1 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.   Place all the blueberries in baking dish.  In a separate bowl, mix together all of the remaining topping ingredients.  Crumble the topping over the blueberries and place the baking dish into the oven.   Let it all bake for about 45-50 minutes.  Check it half way through to make sure the top isn't browning too quickly.  If so, cover loosely with foil over the top to protect it while it finishes cooking.  When done, let it cool just a bit and then grab a spoon (or fork) and dig in.  This crisp is good with ice cream, whipped cream, or plain.