Our sweet Piper woke us up at 5 AM Easter morning, ready to begin the day’s festivities. Bleary eyed (and a bit bewildered), Will and I reminded her of the early time. We managed to get another hour or so of sleep after that, snuggled together like canned sardines in bed. Eventually, Rowan woke up… Continue reading Easter & notes on our week
This morning we smelled orange blossoms as we walked down to the lake. My neighbor’s tree is a mix of hanging fruit and heady flowers. I picked one up that had fallen to the ground and showed Rowan, who said it smelled like honey. Later, we found a tall dandelion growing in the patch of… Continue reading Small pleasures
This morning Rowan and I sat under the camphor tree and played with some of his favorite toys. We waved good morning to a little boat on the lake. In a few minutes, it sailed quietly out of sight. We noticed the big moving van parked across the street. People were hard at work carrying… Continue reading Monday morning
Tuesday we ate fish sticks and salad for dinner with homemade dressing. Afterward, the children perched over the table as I gathered ingredients to make strawberry crumble. We followed the recipe from the illustrated children’s cookbook Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street by Felicita Sala. Piper sliced through two boxes worth of local strawberries, and Rowan… Continue reading Strawberry crumble and cinnamon roll dreams.
Saturday afternoon we popped in to see the new bakery opening downtown, Honeycomb Bakery. The children ate warm toast and apple butter, Will had a thick slice of avocado toast topped with locally grown pea shoots and sliced peppers, and I relished a warm slice of freshly baked challah slathered with chocolate hazelnut spread and… Continue reading Local Joy
We spent the afternoon in the kitchen yesterday, putting together a delicious recipe for burnt eggplant with tahini included in Yotam Ottolenghi’s book Plenty, and later on a favorite mushroom and barley soup from Mark Bittman. I roasted the eggplant until its skin wrinkled and turned black in patches, then scooped out the soft flesh… Continue reading In our kitchen, yesterday.
We are beginning to see the fruits of our work in this season’s garden. We went about planting more seriously this year. Will built two raised bed gardens and dug a patch in the ground for larger plants to have room to grow as well. We started seeds indoors at least a month ago, hardened… Continue reading gardens and fermented soybeans
Our sweet girl turns three today. We were all buzzing with energy last night, wrapping presents in leftover Christmas paper for Piper to open this morning during her party. This morning we woke up earlier than usual; Will snagged a pavilion by the playground and set up decorations, which included a pinata and various Dora… Continue reading 3 Years
I’ve spent the greater part of the afternoon looking through old pictures stored on our portable hard drive. I’m amazed at how long we have been together, and how we have grown and changed in the past five years. Three houses, our wedding, Piper. When I first graduated and moved to Lakeland in 2010, Will… Continue reading Looking back
Lately I’m eating hummus and sprout sandwiches, vegetable soup with kale and strips of Nori, chunks of organic watermelon for breakfast, and raw almond butter slathered onto perfectly ripened bananas, all the while pining over reruns of Nigella Bites, which are awfully delicious tributes to full fat cream, Bearnaise, puddings, Crème fraiche, and—forgive me—rare steaks,… Continue reading Abandon