Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fresh Corn Salad

I recently overheard someone say that traveling without kids is a vacation, but traveling with kids is a trip. How true it is. We left Baltimore last Wednesday at 1 pm, an hour later than planned, and our first stop was at 1:20 pm at an elementary school still within city limits. Baby Lydia was screaming for milk, so we pulled over and I fed her while Justin took Evelyn to the playground. That early stop set the tone for our trip. Many stops, feedings, and potty breaks later, we decided to stay at a hotel shortly after midnight. The next morning we enjoyed a hot breakfast and a swim in the pool, then continued on to reach our Michigan destination around 3:30 pm. A ten hour drive took us 27 hours, but we were not upset. The best plan when traveling with kids is to have no plan. We played at the rest stops, ate good food and snacks, and marveled at a random zucchini plant at one of the rest stop gardens. We enjoyed each others company, although Evelyn was rather up and down about being in the car for so long.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Farm Dinner in the Spring

As I leaned against the counter slipping dark skins off of silky blood red beets, it suddenly hit me that not everyone loves to cook four course dinners for three strangers. Sure, it benefited the farm, but there are certainly less time consuming ways to support a neighborhood farm.

About a month ago, I had the privilege of planning a four course dinner, sourcing all of the vegetables from Whitelock Community Farm, and cooking the meal, which Justin served to three diners at the farm. They earned this dinner by donating the highest amount for a fundraising campaign we ran last year, and their prize was this dinner.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother's Day Weekend

This was my third mother's day (excluding the one when Evelyn was in the womb) and it just may have been the best. My in laws were in town, and they bought us a night at a bed and breakfast downtown. It was strange to just drive a few exits down the highway to have a little getaway, but at the same time it was fun to be a tourist in our own city. This was my first night away from Evelyn EVER, and it was wonderful.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Birthday Pancakes

I am a distracted person these days. I've had this recipe, photographed and all, sitting for over a month. Between my two-year-old, my pregnancy, my house, and my two part time jobs (nanny two days a week and write note cards for a real estate agency), there is little time to pursue my hobbies.

One of my favorite things to do is be alone. In moderation, of course. I cherish the mornings when I can get up before Evelyn and sit in quiet solitude with my breakfast, coffee/tea, and Bible. These are the mornings when I feel like I can take on anything. Sometimes, though, I am just so tired that I sleep until Evelyn wakes up.

Friday, January 30, 2015

My Grocery Stores

Do you ever think about the grocery stores you shop at and what they say about you? I wonder if you, like me, have multiple stores that you frequent at different times throughout the month. Or maybe you're a loyal customer to just one store. Let me tell you, I go to four stores throughout the month, and two stores about every other month. And each store has its own personality.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Turning Two + Pumpkin Cheesecake

Evelyn turned two on October 20th. It's hard to believe she used to be a tiny, helpless baby when now she runs, jumps, speaks in sentences, and has a true personality. For her birthday party, I decided to go with the toddler trifecta: bubbles, balloons, and birthday cake. You really can't go wrong with that.

Except instead of a traditional birthday cake, I wanted to make something that everyone would want to eat. So I decided on pumpkin cheesecake (recipe below). I knew one would not be enough, so I planned to make two. Then I wondered, maybe I need more? I decided ahead of time to pull the double chocolate cookies I had made previously out of the freezer to serve with the cheesecake. Then the night before, I thought we might need more dessert. I whipped up some chocolate lavender cupcakes. Needless to say, I was maybe looking for excuses to bake new things I hadn't tried before.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Farm Dinner

I recently had the delightful opportunity to cook a four course dinner for my friends and neighbors. Last year at the Whitelock Community Farm Annual FUNdraiser (which you can attend this year, coming up on November 8th!), they bid on and won a dinner for two at the farm.

I enjoyed planning the menu around produce available from the farm as well as making it fall inspired. And since I know Courtney and Jonathan, I knew which ingredients to avoid and which to embrace, for example, nuts are out, and cardamom is a sure thing.

The Meal