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baking cake

strawberry shortcake cake, in three layers

Monday, July 2, 2018

I made a similar cake over on Handmade Charlotte last week, and then decided to try it again, this time with 3 layers of cake for a slightly ‘fancier’ presentation. It was a win – the cake layers are thin (which I prefer on a shortcake), are made of cake instead of biscuit-like (which I also prefer), and are piled with cream cheese whipped cream and strawberries. I…

dessert ice cream

chocolate chip cookie ice cream

Friday, September 15, 2017

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears, And true plain hearts do in the faces rest; Where can we find two better hemispheres, Without sharp North, without declining West? Whatever dies was not mixed equally; If our two loves be one, or thou and I Love so alike that none do slacken, none can die. -John Donne, The Good-Morrow This past week I found volumes A-F…

ice cream summer

raspberry crème fraîche ice cream cake

Thursday, August 3, 2017

‘Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.’ – Henry James I have to agree with Mr. James here; summer is magic. With my littles at home and days filled with swimming, reading, long walks, trips to the library, canoeing, hammocking, lego building, and not homeworking, I am entering August on tiptoes, knowing there are only…

cake

crème fraîche cake with roasted berries and white chocolate buttercream + a le creuset giveaway

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My children are curious ones, often on tip-toe or climbing up onto kitchen stools, trying to figure out what I’m always doing in the kitchen. Sometimes they jump in and help: throwing on their little aprons and grabbing spatulas and whisks, and other times they are content with just peeking into bowls and moving on. I find their interest in that space constantly ebbs and flows, and the…

drinks

rhubarb lemonade

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I took a much needed trip to Winona last weekend – my husband surprised me for Mother’s Day and sent me to a bed and breakfast, along with my old college roommate (and still dear friend), Kate. Kate and I lived together for several years in Winona, so we spent most our time walking around the Winona State University campus feeling nostalgic and dreamy, and catching up on…

baking

blueberry, almond, and plum crumble

Monday, August 24, 2015

This Is Just To Say I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold -William Carlos Willams I couldn’t resist posting that Williams poem to go along with a recipe involving plums. I’ll never forget reading it for the first time in my 9th grade English class, and becoming…

summer

no-churn mint ice cream

Sunday, August 16, 2015

“The weeks stood still in summer. The trees’ blood rose. Now you feel it wants to sink back into the source of everything. You thought you could trust that power when you plucked the fruit; now it becomes a riddle again, and you again a stranger.” –Rainer Maria Rilke In between squirt-gun fights and the jingle of bells on kid-sized bikes there is the faintest whisper, a warning.…