When We Spring Too Early

  This topic has been weighing on my mind a lot lately, so I’m going to write it out. Humans have a tendency after long cold winters (like the one we just had) to crave fresh, green, growing things and fresh fruits. Except, Mother Nature generally needs time to produce these things. As in, several … Continue reading

Celebrating 2013

So we haven’t updated this in a loooong time. But sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. As does the fact that more often than not this year, I’ve forgotten to take pictures, to take my camera somewhere, to capture in digital format all the wonderful things I’ve seen and done. And that’s okay. … Continue reading

Make Extra Pancakes

So… we got a puppy last weekend. We rescued her from a shelter down in NYC, who in turn had rescued her from a shelter in Kentucky. Her name is Sweetie (the name she came with) and she is a 3 month old sheltie. She loves running around like a crazy dog, cuddling, chewing on … Continue reading

That weird time between winter and spring

Yeah, I would say right now definitely qualifies as that weird time between winter and spring. Especially since winter is not acting like winter and is sometimes acting like spring. Except when it’s acting like winter. It’s weird. The other uncool thing about this time of year is that we often crave fresh veggies and … Continue reading

De-Commercializing Valentine’s Day

I know it’s a bit late for this, but honestly I’ve been working a lot and doing lots of homework lately, so consider this an admonishment for next year. My parents are florists, so I grew up with the hectic, crazy, stressful time that was Valentine’s Day every year. I can’t complain too much, because … Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies…yum! For me, there are certain foods that have memories attached to them, and this chocolate chip cookie recipe is one. My mom, has this recipe memorized by heart, enough said right. She can whip up a batch in a matter of minutes with hardly using any measuring cups, which I have yet to accomplish, I measure … Continue reading

Pancake Days

This winter has been weird. Not much snow, lots of warmish, spring-like weather. So warm in fact, I had to go check on my spring bulbs today to make sure they weren’t coming up early (they weren’t). But it’s getting closer to maple sugaring time (usually the end of February around here), and while I … Continue reading

Eating Simplicity

A few days ago I read a brief post on Offbeat Home (a fun, domestic-centered version of Offbeat Bride) entitled, “Don’t use January to beat yourself up.” Although the article itself didn’t exactly go into much detail about just how to avoid wallowing in the guilt of unkempt January resolutions, the sentiment struck me all … Continue reading

A need for knoephla

Knoephla soup. Do you know what it is? If you grew up in North Dakota, like I did, you probably have at least heard of it, if not eaten it. (It’s pronounced “neff-lah” by the way.) It’s a delicious soup from the Germans from Russia tradition. What? You’ve never heard of Germans from Russia? Here, … Continue reading

The Joys of Cabbage

No really. Have you ever had properly cooked green cabbage? Not red, not Savoy, not Napa. Good old-fashioned, turn-into-sauerkraut pale green cabbage. Not boiled to death or steamed. Cooked properly, so that the flavor is nutty and a bit sweet but green at the same time? And the texture is tender, but not mushy? You’ve … Continue reading