Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bees! (Well, Bee Cookies)



I'm falling deeper down the rabbit hole... or would it be bee hole? That doesn't sound right. Anyway, I'm all up in this beekeeping thing. I'm now involved in two beekeepers' clubs, one of which is just getting started, and for last night's meeting I volunteered to bring refreshments for everyone. All 75 of them.

I could have just brought Chex mix and bottled water, but what would have been the fun in that? As the only member in this charter club that does not have bees (yet!), I felt like a little more effort would be well played.

So a little more effort I gave.


Every time I attend a bee class or a beekeepers' meeting, I come away feeling so much more 'in the know' and at the same time so humbled by what I still don't know. One thing I'm feeling good about, though: I feel like I'm ready to place my order for my bees and hives. I can't wait until October!

But until my order is placed and Spring brings my bees, I'll just settle for a hives' worth of bee sugar cookies and a bunch of new beekeeping friends!

Find the cookie cutters I used here

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Long-Awaited Endings, New Beginnings

Our August wrapped up with a monumental, long-awaited conclusion to a drama we've been wrapped up in since buying our house. It's finally 99% over. We can breathe. We can celebrate. We can raise our eyes to What Comes Next and start laying in a course.

What a perfect way to begin September. How apropos that the physical turning of a calendar page has us metaphorically turning a life page, too.



Welcome September! Everything will come in due course, but for now, we celebrate!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

While Sissy's Away...







...Henny will play.

I've been asked a few times how Henry is handling having Sissy back at school. Does he miss her? Sure! Was he sad to drop her off? Not really... though he was disappointed that he has to wait one more year before he gets to start going to school too.

And also I'm asked: What does he do with the majority of the day to himself?

My answer: Whatever he wants! And boy does he make the most of it.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Right Now :: And She's Off!


Ready or not, First Grade, here she comes! She's feelin' good about it, too.


Right now I'm remembering just how much one can get done when your morning starts before 6:30am... and how hungry Little Brothers can get when breakfast is eaten before 7am. I'm also remembering just how quiet and kinda empty the house, car, and day can feel when school starts up.

One thing is for sure: we are looking forward to the end of the day when we get to come back together and hear all about the new adventures being had by our big First Grader...


...and just look at her. You know she's gonna have some adventures this year.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Prepping



The monumental task of purging, organizing, and choosing the clothes that will be worn on the first day of school is now under our belts. New notes have been made for school lunches, fresh batteries are in the alarm clock, and the backpack is packed.



There will be an on-time bath and tuck-in (so help me), and there will be a fresh batch of breakfast cookies waiting in the morning... the morning my biggest Little wakes up a First Grader.

*sniff*

Revamped Breakfast Cookies
Makes about 14 biggins 

1 stick room-temp butter
1/2 cup room-temp lard or coconut oil
1/2 cup sucanat, rapadura, or dark brown sugar
2 cold eggs
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp real vanilla
1/8 tsp almond extract
1 cup whole what flour (whole wheat pastry flour OK)
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2-ish cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
1/2-ish cup unsweetened coconut (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a stand mixer or handheld mixer beat butter and lard/coconut oil with sugar until very fluffy (this will take around 4 or 5 minutes). Add cold eggs one at a time (mixture will thicken), then add maple syrup, vanilla, almond extract, and salt. On the side combine dry ingredients (leave chocolate chips and coconut out for now, if you're gonna use 'em). With your mixer on LOW slowly add dry ingredients in about three batches, then add the chocolate chips and/or coconut.

Spoon or scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are browned and center seems set. They will spread out significantly, so give them room!

Cool completely and store in the fridge.



Saturday, August 22, 2015

Weekending :: Coffee on the Porch


I'm starting my weekend off right- coffee on the porch. From here I can see all the raw outdoor spaces that will someday be fantastic and I can dream out all their details. I can also hear my kids through their shrouded windows playing with the cat. I can see the sunrise. I can watch my chickens forage in the garden. I can sit and get my day started slowly.

Happy weekending.