Tuesday, June 9


My recipes are a mess. I have this big binder, where I basically stuff every recipe we like in all sorts of different forms. There's magazine pages, print-outs off the computer, index cards, and my personal favorite: my chicken scratch style handwriting on envelopes and scrap pieces of paper. While I do love the randomness of all of this, it is really hard to find anything. On my "do whenever I have time" list (ha!) is to organize all the recipes. I would love to have something pretty, something personal with all of our family recipes in it. I would like lots of photos, naturally, so I have been trying to take photos as we make our favorites. I found this really neat photoshop template where the recipe page is all laid out for you, you just add in your photo and type in all the specifics. I like the idea of working on it (and maybe printing it) a page at a time, that way you could always add to it.

The other morning, one of the first official mornings of summer break, we made pancakes. I used to be a pancake mix girl--those are just so easy. Then, one day we wanted pancakes but didn't have any mix. Out came the old faithful Better Homes and Gardens's Cookbook. Come to find out, pancakes from scratch are really not that difficult, and I usually have everything that we need to make them. I always have lots of help on pancake day. It is hard to divvy up the tasks to keep my assistants feeling like that they are all helping equally, but we usually manage to find a job for everyone.

Buttermilk Pancakes

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Combine all the dry ingredients, set aside. Combine the egg, milk and oil. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir gently until just combined. Cook on a greased griddle or heavy skillet. Ada and I like our pancakes with fruit, so we add that in a few pancakes as we cook them. We've made blueberry, blackberry and raspberry pancakes--all delish! Serve up with butter and pure maple syrup.

*If you don't have buttermilk (who has buttermilk on hand, anyone?) put 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice unto a measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1 cup and stir.

Happy Tuesday to you, gather your assistants and make some pancakes!

Tuesday, June 2


A few weeks ago, our whole family was in the wedding of our dear friend Sarah. I was a bridesmaid, the girls were both flower girls. (You can only imagine how pumped they were to be flower girls!) Before Sarah left on her honeymoon, she gave me her bouquet to enjoy while she was gone. Her big, beautiful, flat out amazing bouquet. She asked me to take a few pictures of it because she forgot to. Of course! Pictures!

I took some "regular" pretty pictures of it in Ada's room, on the bathroom counter, in the "hangar". (The hangar is what we like to call our quonset hut. Hangar sounds like we might own some sort of aircraft. Really, the quonset is really a big storage building that resembles a large can on its side.) The hangar always has the most beautiful light, and it is often my most favorite place to take pictures. After taking tons of photos of this beautiful bouquet, I had an idea. Sarah and I had messaged back and forth about what she wanted done with this bouquet, and we talked about drying it. The problem with drying flowers is that they are never as beautiful as they were were when they were alive. I think I dried my wedding bouquet only to throw it away later. I suggested that photos of the flowers would be way better than a dusty dry bouquet anyway.

I didn't tell Sarah my actual plan, but I just went for it knowing she would be ok with it! I took snippers to that bouquet and cut all the heads of those beautiful flowers. Roses, peonies, ranunculus, succulents. It felt so awful to do it, but I knew it would be worth it!

Now for a few pictures. For kicks, first here is a photo of my assistant. This girl loves flowers, and she tells me she wants to be a florist and a chef when she grows up. This gives you a little peek into our setup in the quonset: a ladder, some barn wood, the flowers.

Here's just a few photos we took. I took so many pictures of these flowers. They were so so pretty.

Thank you so much for trusting me with your bouquet Sarah! It was the most fun I've had in a while!