The fall pumpkin obsession continues…in the form a deliciously moist and rich tasting spiced pumpkin bread. This sweet quickbread reminds of the date-nut bread my grandma Bridget always served my sister and I when we visited her, not so much the taste but the luscious texture. Grandma would serve it with a proper smear of cream cheese, but I switched that up with homemade soy labneh (so many uses!) and it’s so satisfying with a warm cup of tea in the afternoon.
It feels good to be here in this space again. My comfort space of writing and eating and sharing my creations with you. I don’t know where the time has gone since my last post but I’m glad I can say I made an appearance here in the month of September. My favorite month, harvest month, blood moon eclipse month, apple foraging month, the MOFGA Common Ground Fair Month, wrap me up in a warm blanket and give me a hot beverage month. Glorious September! She came so quickly and is gone too soon…..
Slowing down and savoring late summer (or trying too) with this summer fruit tart with local apricots and nectarines, wild foraged blackberries and garden lavender…
Cold creamy chocolate deliciousness to cool you down in this summer heat! Those famed cool island sea breezes seem to have blown far away lately. I can’t keep enough of these pops in the freezer…
I shared a recipe for our favorite summery water kefir flavor, hibiscus lemon ginger, on my wonderful friend Kirsten Rickert’s journal today. Please click over to read the recipe and see more images. Kirsten’s journal is filled with many beautiful creative holistic crafts, home-school lessons, sustainable children’s fashion editorials, and much much more. Stay a while and explore all the goodness she shares so openly. Thank you Kirsten!
Mister and I have made a summer resolution to rise extra early and get out of the house. Our first day of practicing this resolution was to go strawberry picking as soon as the farm opened up. There’s only so much time left for these sweet summer babies. We froze some for smoothies, ate a whole bunch out of hand, and used the rest in this scrumptious pie. I love this no-bake filling because you taste the freshness of the just picked berries. It’s heavenly with coconut ice cream, which I made, but was not ready at camera time.
The strawberries are in! The strawberries are in! These ruby hued jewels have heralded the arrival of beloved summer on our island. Yesterday was the first day for pick-your-own strawberries at one of the island’s farms and we promptly made our way to their organic fields for our first taste of local berries this season. It was a beautiful foggy grey day and the mist rose up from the farm fields as we walked to the strawberry patch. Iley picked a few, but mostly ate a lot, and I was happily reminded of a favorite childhood read, Blueberries for Sal. But thankfully, no bears were involved in our picking adventure.
Lilac scones as promised! This whole week the lilacs have been in peak bloom and, I’m not gonna lie, it smells amazing around here. I kind of want to put these delightful blooms on everything and in everything. So I thought what better way than in scones. I’ve been craving a good scone and this was the perfect chance to bring these two desires together.
I cannot understand why my arm is not a lilac tree – Leonard Cohen
My love affair with flowers reaches well beyond the garden or vase and onto my plate. I love flowers for their beauty, yes, and for their purpose of attracting pollinators to our garden, yes, but when they also nourish our bodies, all the better. I’ve been seeking out blooms of the edible variety to grow in our garden for years now. And to my delight I’ve discovered that the lilacs trees that were already growing in the yard are edible.
Last year our rhubarb plant did not survive the previous winter so we planted a new one and took extra care to protect it this past winter. I was so happy to see it sprouting up through the earth this spring. It is thriving and we can already see that it has multiplied into a few other plants. So today I cut my first few stalks of homegrown rhubarb! And, of course, to celebrate this feat, I made a cake. Yeah, you’re not surprised by that fact, are you? There’s always a good excuse for cake!
Well, I had high hopes of posting this recipe before Mother’s day, but alas, mama life kept me from doing so. I think the wait is well worth it though. This moist spiced carrot cake is good any day anytime, like for dinner, as we ate it. Don’t judge.
This month has been whizzing by. Sometimes I feel as though I can’t keep up. Multiple birthday celebrations, readying the garden, busy in the workshop with wholesale collabs and freaking out about getting my tax work in on time. (I did by the way) When it all gets too much, we just need to slow down and make pancakes, ya know?