Marble Madness

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Have you heard the news? Marble is a hot right now, and I’m here for it. I feel like there’s a real minimalist, design-y element to it, despite the fact it’s so fluid and organic and decidedly not designed. I suppose to love affair started when I started using my very beautiful mug that was an impulse buy from Caribou Coffee (pictured above) and has become my favorite. Rather than black and white, it’s more of a beige and smoky gray. I cherish it. I think it reminds me a bit of birch trees too.

Sadly the mug is no longer available otherwise I’d buy 10 more so I could have one with me always.

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Top Row:
Teething Necklace — Mama & Little, Macbook Sleeve — UniqFind, Ring Cone — Etsy

Second Row:
A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead, Jewelry Dish — Etsy, Notecards — Target

Third Row:
S’well Bottle — S’well, Boots — Dr. Martens, Dipped Mini Bowl Set — Leif Shop

Last Row:
Fine Paper — Paper Source, Kid’s Shirt — House of Ninoh,
Faceted Cheese Board — Gathered Home

Sweet Boy

ALEX-MAY-8I have a big backlog of photos, so I thought I would do a big share. These are photos from almost two months ago (!) that I have only just uploaded. I’m delighted to report that I’m all caught up (for now).

Doing some maintenance on my ever-growing collection of Alex photos made me realize how quickly he’s growing. I could also remember specific days, and how maybe… “Oh that was a good day” or “Oh, that was a tough day.” But what stands out to me most is that those tough days are in the past. We don’t have to live them again. There are still more ahead, but each day we become more experienced too. ALEX-MAY-15

I think we’re currently experiencing the dreaded 8 month sleep regression *and* a nap transition where he’s going from 3 naps to 2. While reading up on it, I was reminded of the 4 month sleep regression he had, which then lead to a month-long cold, which caused multiple loooong wake ups every night. That was a dark period. I felt like I didn’t want any more kids after dealing with that.

But like all things, it passed, and now Alex is nearly 8 months, and despite the occasional hiccup, he’s quite dreamy. He’s super fun and energetic. We’re taking swim and music classes this summer, going on tons of walks, and despite the unpredictability in sleeping, he does take longer naps, which means long breaks for mom. I think back to how harried and exhausted I was in the beginning and that time is so far away. I feel 1000% more in control of my day than I did then, and that alone does great things for my state of mind.ALEX-MAY-21ALEX-MAY-27ALEX-MAY-28I’ve also learned that it takes a long time (at least in my case) to be OK with being a stay at home mom. When Alex needed me for every single thing, that was incredibly draining and demoralizing. It was also tough having such a dependent little baby while the days were dark and cold. I think I’ll have my next baby in the spring.ALEX-MAY-33ALEX-JUNE-2ALEX-JUNE-10This boy is the sweetest little thing. Despite the struggles (which become farther apart as he gets older!), my heart EXPLODES every time he smiles at me. When Alan hands him off to me at night to feed him before bed, I hold his little body and smell his head and just think I’ll take like 10 more of these please.ALEX-JUNE-27ALEX-JUNE-38ALEX-JUNE-65I never knew I could enjoy summer SO MUCH until Alex came along, and I realized recently it’s because having a baby makes everything new. You pretty much have to keep busy all the time, and go places, and try new things. And even though he’ll never remember going to the north shore or music class or checking out the neighborhood brewpub on Father’s Day, we will cherish these early days with our sweet boy.ALEX-JUNE-71

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

RHUBARBCOBB-24RHUBARBCOBB-8My sister Addie and I present our *first official* collaboration which incorporates her knowledge on local cultivation and my desire for an art direction/photography project. Addie keeps a large garden out at the Royce family farm, which she and my dad tend to. We’ll be dedicating a post in the future to the farm and its beauty. For now I let Addie take it away:

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

PREP: 20 min | TOTAL: 55 min

This cobbler recipe is so simple and fast, and so customizable. The recipe originally calls for blueberries, but since it’s not quite that season yet, I decided to go with strawberries and rhubarb which are both really abundant right now in Minnesota, and I had a ton of strawberries from my garden. RHUBARBCOBB-1RHUBARBCOBB-12.jpgRHUBARBCOBB-11

You could make this same recipe all summer long and switch out the fruit depending on whats in season and you’d have a different dessert every time. One tip would be to adjust the amount of sugar and lemon in the fruit filling depending on how sweet/tart the fruit you’re using is. People typically think of crisp or pie when they think “strawberry rhubarb” but a cobbler is just as easy and feels reminiscent of strawberry shortcake. RHUBARBCOBB-16RHUBARBCOBB-19RHUBARBCOBB-21I already had buttermilk on hand which is really the only ingredient you will probably have to go out of your way to buy. The biscuit topping only calls for 1/3 of a cup, so use the leftover buttermilk in salad dressings, smoothies, pancakes, homemade ice cream, etc.

Ingredients

Filling
6 cups fruit (I used about equal parts of strawberries and rhubarb)
1/2 cup sugar (you may want closer to 3/4 cup sugar to mellow out the rhubarb)
1 tablespoon cornstarch (more or less depending on how soft and juicy your fruit is)
A pinch of salt
Zest of one lemon Juice from half a lemon

Topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Milk to brush on top of the biscuits
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Method

Pre-heat the oven to 375.
For the filling:
In a large bowl, mix together sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add fruit and mix. Add lemon zest and juice and mix. Once everything is evenly coated, pour into a 9×13 pan. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the filling is getting bubbly around the edges. This may take longer for starchier fruits.

For the topping:
While fruit filling is baking, combine flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut butter into small cubes and work into the dough with your hands. Shortly before the filling is ready, add the buttermilk and the vanilla and stir to combine. Turn the dough out onto a board and form it into a rectangle. Cut 6-8 even pieces and shape them into biscuits.

Pull fruit mixture from the oven and increase the oven to 425. Arrange the biscuits on top of the bubbling mixture. Brush the tops of the biscuits with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Return the pan to the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops of the biscuits are golden brown.RHUBARBCOBB-26RHUBARBCOBB-28

Cool the cobbler for a few minutes and serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

(Recipe adapted from Alexandra’s Kitchen)

No Justice, No Peace

PROTEST-10Yesterday, as everyone is probably (hopefully) aware, the officer who killed Philando Castile was found not guilty on all accounts. When I learned this, I had a deep feeling of anger in my gut. When the murder happened last summer it was just another reminder that institutional racism breeds everywhere, even in our seeming liberal utopia. I’ve sat on the sidelines through everything, comfortably pontificating on Facebook, feeling the outrage, but not enough apparently to get my legs moving. I knew I had to go out and protest this, though. These times are not for standing idly by. They are for action. And I’m sorry that it took me so long to show up.PROTEST-16PROTEST-11PROTEST-21PROTEST-22PROTEST-24PROTEST-27PROTEST-38PROTEST-41PROTEST-43I especially loved seeing people bringing their kids out. When Alex is older I want to get him involved. I want social justice to be a part of his life.

🖤✊🏻

Summer Wardrobe for Baby

Summer is upon us, friends! It’s going to get into the 90s tomorrow and I suddenly realized this week that I have a whole bunch of baby clothes with long sleeves and closed feet. Not a good look for hot temps. That was actually a fun realization because I legit love to buy baby clothes. Gosh. Alex is better dressed than I am x1000. Like the spring “capsule”, I went with a lot of basics for everyday wear but peppered it in with a few really fun/cute/statement pieces. Here is another typically colorless collection that I tried hard to keep in the gender neutral realm but it might be my own bias against “girly” clothes that makes this lean more towards the “boyish” side. And how dumb that those signifiers are present so early on, right? Ughhhh.

Sidenote: the very concept of a summer wardrobe for baby is kinda laughable, especially since babies are the one demographic who can get away with wearing basically nothing all the time. In fact, many times I tell Alex “you don’t have to wear pants, but I think you’ll be more comfortable this way.” But, we have places to go this summer and Alex aims to impress.

p.s. Spring Wardrobe for Baby still has a few pieces that’ll be super fun and cute for summer.

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Top Row
Shorty One Piece — Gap , Scout Sweatshirt — Kid + Kind,
Striped Unisex Onesie — Goat Milk Organic

Second Row
Baby Singlet Bodysuit — Cotton On, Flora Pant  — Rylee and Cru,
Wild and Free T-shirt — Sweet Pea and Co.

Third Row
Triangle Print Bermuda Shorts — Zara, Campground Romper — Spearmint Love,
Marl Shorts — Gap

Bottom Row
Be Kind Onesie — Savage SeedsSaltwater Sandals, Cactus Onesie — Rocky Raccoon

 

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