It’s Monday (December 21, 2020)

Happy Winter Solstice!

We took a mini field trip to the Mission Santa Clara. If you’re in California, you may know that fourth graders do a project on the California Missions. Luckily this one is only about 20 minutes away. It’s located at Santa Clara University.

And since we were already in Santa Clara, we had to get takeout from Orenchi Ramen. They’re known for the tonkatsu broth. And their noodles are really nice and springy.

We also had Korean food last week. It was kinda to celebrate the last day of school for 2020. We have been distance learning since March! It’s been quite a feat. The whining, the constant distraction from other websites like the Epic ebooks, the forgetting to press the “Turn in” button on the google classroom document although the assignment has already been completed, the online PE lessons, the artwork and science projects, the online presentations and tests. How this will all continue when we go into 2021 with no end date in sight!







One of these amazing treats that friends from Seattle sent to us! There’s peanut brittle, homemade walnut fudge, peppermint bark, pistachio biscotti, and English toffee

Last week:

I read:

A Promised Land – Barack Obama

The Forgotten Smile – Margaret Kennedy

I posted:

Favorite Book Covers #amonthoffaves

Furia by Camille Saied Méndez

Favorite Things [Holiday Edition] #amonthoffaves

My Year in Books 2020

Favorite Things [Daily Life Edition] #amonthoffaves

Library Loot (December 16 to 22, 2020)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date


  1. That is a pretty pizza. Very delicate and colourful. And how clever all those sweets look. I have worked out how to make fudge now, although it doesn’t reach the temperature 116 degrees? More like 110. I am sure it would burn if I heated it any longer. It doesn’t look as good as the one in your picture though.

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      1. Ha ha first time was microwave fudge, with dried cranberries, without beating it afterwards. It was a bit crunchy. Then I decided to heed the advice about beating it like mad while it cools to stop the crystals forming (also with cranberries). That was better, and it boils over so easily in the microwave you might as well make it on the hob.


  2. That mission is gorgeous! I think I may have been there as a child (or it may have been another mission…it was a long time ago!). And the sunny skies are making my long for the warmth!

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  3. We visited the missions while we were in San Antonio and thought they were beautiful. Then we visited the mission in Santa Barbara and were blown away. It’s gorgeous. We need to visit the Mission San Luis Rey now that we’re near San Diego but I’m not sure if it’s even open right now.

    Enjoy your week! Happy holidays!


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