Monday, September 29, 2014

buttermilk apple cinnamon muffins

I know it's going to be a good day when it begins with batch of muffins. The house smells terrific, and it takes care of both breakfast and snacking for my kids throughout the day. We pass Indian Creek Orchard every day to go home, so there is no shortage of apples in our house this time of year. With some leftover buttermilk in the fridge,  I decided to try it in my usual muffin batter... I think streusel would be the perfect addition next time. Which will probably be tomorrow, since they didn't even last an entire day! And I don't eat wheat- so that's just kid eating going on!
2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup of brown sugar or maple syrup
2 eggs lightly beaten
1/3 cup of melted butter
1 1/3 cup of buttermilk
1 large apple cored and diced (no need to peel)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of sugar for top or batch of streusel

-Preheat over to 375 degrees
-Mix dry and wet ingredients separately and then combine just till mixed
-Add apples at the end
-Pour into a well-greased muffin pan 
-Top with sugar or streusel and bake until golden
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Friday, September 26, 2014


This back to school/work schedule has the tendency to overwhelm a lot of us. There are tons of little colds and coughs that seem to be going around and I'm on a mission to keep my immune system super strong. I'm healthier than I've ever been- and want to avoid being under the weather at all costs. So I'm upping the self-care and bringing back my green smoothie habit. I let it slide over the summer. I was eating so much raw and fresh produce, it seemed redundant. Now- it's time again to be juicing and throwing lots of kale into the blender. Just got replenished my chia seed supply too! How about you? How are you taking care of yourself during the transition into a new season and rhythm? Or maybe I should ask- what healthy habits would you like to begin this fall?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Along with the fall equinox comes my son's birthday. He was born 16 years ago (and a day or two)! My first child. It's been the most rewarding job imagineable... What an extraordinary and unpredictable journey motherhood is. This weekend was a celebration of what a beautiful young man that baby boy has grown into. The candles on his cake were the very same ones from his first and sixth birthday. I know you're not too surprised given how sentimental I am, right. As he blew out the flames, I felt my chest expanding with the now familiar mama ache that grows from a mingling of love, pride and longing. Love for this wonderful guy that is so much a part of me, but very much his own person. Pride in his brilliance, sensitivity and maturity. Longing for time to slow down. Wasn't it just yesterday that he was putting a fistful of his first birthday cake (apple juice sweetened carrot cake) into his tiny mouth? Everyone always tells you how fast it flies - but you don't know they're right until you're saying it yourself to a new mom. So just treasure every hard, bumbly and precious moment. And celebrate. Everything. Because one day you're strapping them into their car seat and before you know they're taking the wheel. Gulp.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

horsing around

When you deeply love someone, their passions have the power to take hold of you, too. I maintained my city girl status for the entire first year of my daughter's horse obsession. But something happened as we began the fall season of lessons... horses started trotting into my thoughts. I found myself doodling them in the same way that she does. And then this week in the midst of painting something for a completely different project... this lavender beast cantered onto the page.
 And the next day, my break time included this silly one:
 Obviously, this happy face has inspired me!
 So, today- I went with it. Carving an image is my favorite way to capture something I love... and a great way to get a jumpstart on holiday gifts. I foresee a lot of horse printing for December.  Here is my first horse stamp...
 She's sweet and gentle. Have a great weekend!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Laura's Knockout Knits

I'm going from "quiet" in my last post to shout... because I'm so thrilled for Laura Nelkin! She's one of the most talented women I know- and also happens to be my dearest friend. Last week her first book, Knockout Knits, was published- and she launched it locally on Friday night with great fanfare... and a very special cake!
 It's a beautiful thing to witness someone you adore in a moment of success and triumph... and as her "official" photographer of the event, I saw the celebration both through the lens of love and also with the objectivity of documentation.
This book is a perfect example of who Laura is- inspirational, clear, funny, innovative and totally clever. We learned to knit on the same day... well, she caught on a little more quickly, as you can guess! And it's been a beautiful ride watching her grow into the sensation she is today. I still prefer my sewing machine, but Knockout Knits and the chill in the air is calling me back to my needles. The projects start out simple and accessible, with skill- building intrinsic to each pattern. From sweet boot toppers to complex lace...

With the holidays insight (shhhhh! I didn't say that!), it's nice to have a book filled with gorgeous accessories to knit up as gifts. My daughter and her best friend are campaigning for the Cha-Ching mitts on the cover. We shall see... mine does have a winter birthday coming up! Check out Laura's post today for more pics of the event... including the Cha-Ching girls!
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Thursday, September 11, 2014


The rain came this morning. It's soft, gentle and steady. I feel the same way. I'm easing back into my rhythm. In all of my years of blogging, I've never allowed myself so much room to step back and put my focus elsewhere. This book demanded nothing less, and I'm so pleased that I gave myself permission. When we offer ourself time to concentrate our energy, rather than scatter it in the many directions pulling us, a window opens- a view is revealed that we couldn't see when we were busy responding to every email, every call, each invitation. There was unanticipated space for reflection, as I channeled my efforts in one main direction. I loved this. As busy as I have been- one focus created a built in "slowness" that had felt impossible to achieve in my typical multi-tasking days. I'm examining this right now as I paint... because next week- I will return here in my more frequent posting style. And I intend to incorporate some this feeling of ease into my blogging rhythm. We shall see... Either way- I've missed you so! Pin It

Thursday, September 4, 2014

breakfast for one

 My nest is empty today, as both children head off to do their own work of growing and learning. It's quiet. The dishes are done, beds made and laundry rolling. I've been writing all morning. My book is in the final homestretch, and I'm reveling in the unfamiliar productivity of daytime hours. My favorite part of this morning was breakfast. I didn't eat until two other breakfasts, lunch-making, a school bus and long car ride had passed. But when I opened the refrigerator and asked myself what I wanted... mmmm that was FUN! And delicious...
Really, a fried egg makes everything better! I placed one on a warm tortilla and topped it off with homemade salsa verde (tomatillos are in season up here!), roasted sungolds tomatoes and grated locatelli cheese. It was simply divine! I think I'll do it again tomorrow!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

here we go

 Yesterday we said farewell to summer with all of our favorites: swimming at the creek, badminton at the barn, lunch at the lake and ice cream for dinner. Today we woke up with an alarm clock... the pencil sharpening days have begun!
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Monday, August 25, 2014

summer's end

Happy Monday from the beautiful and chaotic last days of summer, last days of school vacation, last days of book #2 photo shooting. It's all compressed into a wonderful jumble, and instead of resisting I am most definitely flowing with it. I keep hearing myself say"It's all good". And you know what? It truly is... we're squeezing in every last bit of work and play possible. Hope your August is ending well, too!
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

proof of...

Good times. Playing in the dirt- in a white shirt no less. Squeezing lots of fun into these last weeks of summer vacation (and final days of Grandma's visit).  Hope you are too!
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014


 So it turns out that planting potatoes in vintage mailboxes works quite well... and the hunt for treasure is as exciting as digging for gold.
My mom could have let them grow a little bigger, but small guests inspired an early harvest.
After the entire mailbox was dumped out to look for strays, one child claimed to feel like a paleontologist. My daughter, always quick with words, said perhaps a "potatologist".

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