Monday, March 28, 2011

Pancakes and Transfer Ware

One of my favorite things to look forward to over the weekend is pancakes! Or french toast - basically anything bread-like combined with real maple syrup! Hubby made these spelt walnut pancakes and I think they may be my favorite recipe. He added fresh pear on top. 

My mom flew up from California last week and while she was here, we took a drive into Portland. My shopping goals were some good nursing tops and some pants. She dropped me off at Marshalls while she drove laps around the parking lot to soothe the babies to sleep. It had been over six months since I'd been shopping. 

I came out half an hour later with these plates - eight dinner and eight salad. I didn't even try on clothes. 

They're the same pattern as my brown transfer ware (here). I thought the blue would be nice for spring and summer...and all the yummy culinary goodness that comes with these seasons - hello morel mushroom pizza, fruit salad, mescalin greens and oh, insalata caprese.

Spelt Walnut Pancake Recipe:

2/3 cup stone ground corn flour
1 cup spelt flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp raw sugar
1 tsp salt 
2 eggs - separated
1 1/2 cup milk 
2 TB melted butter

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Whisk wet ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk egg whites separately in another small bowl until frothy. Combine together with dry ingredients in large bowl - throw in handful of walnuts. 

I want to thank everyone for your comments and e-mails. It really means a lot to me to hear from you. Unfortunately, it's become quite challenging to keep up with correspondence as I'd like. I pretty much always have a baby in my arms (I'm holding sleeping Margaret as I type with one hand right now!).

I also wanted to say that I'm still reading blogs which I can do with one hand and a mouse! I'm just not able to leave comments so much (but I do write very long chatty comments in my head!). 


Friday, March 25, 2011

Bath Time

One of my favorite times of the day is bath time. At first I bathed the babies separately by putting them in this bath that sits inside our claw foot tub. 

Because they both love playing and splashing in the water, I recently started to use these little newborn bath chairs so that they could enjoy bath time together.

It's so sweet to see them splash around together.  

Monday, March 21, 2011


If there comes a little thaw, 
Still the air is chill and raw, 
Here and there a patch of snow, 
Dirtier than the ground below, 
Dribbles down a marshy flood; 
Ankle-deep you stick in mud 
In the meadows while you sing, 
"This is Spring." 

-Christopher Pearce Cranch 

I just love the imagery of in the meadows while you sing. 


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dining with Daffodils

Daffodils are out! At least at our local grocery store. There's nothing that makes the dining room brighter than a dozen are so smiling daffodils. 

We spend a lot of time in our dining room. We enjoy our meals there of course. Since we expanded the table, we've also been using it for many other pursuits. The large flat workspace has proven great for sewing projects, wrapping gifts, sorting through piles of paper in preparing our taxes, and Mike even used it recently to assemble a poster for a work conference. 

However, the most wonderful thing about the expanded table is that there is plenty of room for two bouncy chairs! This allows us to be able to sit down to meals - together - much more often. Although this has always been important to us, it became harder to do with two newborn sweetie pie babies. xo 

The babies gaze up at the chandelier as if it were a large mobile.  When their interest begins to wane, we adjust the dimmer which creates different sparkles and hues. With all that gazing, I've had to put 'dust and clean chandelier' on my to do list. 

Happy daffodils (even the grocery store variety) to you! 
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