Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Oh, Easter. I know this was quite a while ago, but I'm having issues organizing my digital-life and my farm-life - oh yeah, and my professional-life. Phew! 
Easter was a fun, relaxing day - baskets, church and lunch with family followed by naps and some quality time with the cough made it quite a perfect day.
The days of matching bunny ears are gone for my large one, but the two little ones are hanging on to their Easter memories and traditions... Love all three of them...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekend Jam, Band of Horses - The Funeral

We are headed to Coachella this weekend (which is a TOTAL bucket list accomplishment, by the way) and among the many bands I'm excited to see, there's these guys.
I may or may not post a music video everyday this weekend… I'm a little excited...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's that time of year again!

Baseball season is hands down one of my absolute favorite times of the year. Gorgeous nights at the ballpark watching my kids compete after weeks of practice, enjoying the other families, forming friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. 
 Kyle is playing softball for the first time this season, and I'm not gonna lie, sister is rockin' it! She's a totally natural. She's obsessed with playing catcher. I just love watching her.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Arcadia Edible Garden Tour

Our home will be on the Arcadia Edible Garden Tour on May 10th!
Get tickets here:
We are getting ready for the big day - working on our beds and making sure everything is growing and in tip-top shape this spring!

p.s. - Kyle took most of these photos, didn't she do great??

Thursday, March 6, 2014

On the plot this spring...

in the garden this spring:
Bell Pepper
Sweet Pea


Everything is just getting off the ground here in our glorious Phoenix Spring ~ will post more photos of everything once it's filled in a bit...

Monday, February 17, 2014

in front of the lens...

I was recently IN a styled photo shoot for a magazine that I work for.  It was really fun and spring-y, and was also totally weird being the one photographed instead of the one behind the lens…
Here are a few iPhone snaps, will post some of the pro photos when they are available!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Oatmeal cream pies

I made these cookies for my family a few weeks ago, and they are BY FAR one of the most delicious confections I've whipped up in my kitchen. I've made them twice and each time they are better than I remember.  Here's the recipe:

Cookie Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 generous cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups quick oats

Filling Ingredients:
2 teaspoons hot water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare cookies like any other basic cookie.  Cream butter and sugars together until fluffy.  Add in molasses, vanilla and eggs.  Mix until incorporated.  Slowly add flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon, then stir in oats.
Drop onto baking sheet in large uniform tablespoons. Bake until set, but don't overcook as you want a chewy cookie, about 10 minutes.

While cookies are baking, make the filling.
In a small bowl, dissolve salt in the hot water.
Combine marshmallow cream, shortening, powdered sugar and vanilla in mixer.  Beat on high until fluffy, then add in the cooled salt water and mix well.

After cookies have cooled, assemble into these sweet little pies.

adapted from: baked perfection

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