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What Our Children Will Remember

Thursday, December 12, 2019

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by Caroline Snider



Slowly, slowly making a home out of this old girl. Sometimes, when it’s quiet for a moment, I like to think about what our children will remember of this home when they’re old and grown and gone from its walls.
Maybe it’ll be the way the floorboards warped and groaned from 250 years of tiny feet running across them. Maybe it’ll be the way the whole world turns white for as far as the eyes can see when the snow falls steadily overnight.
Maybe it’ll be the way the floorboards warped and groaned from 250 years of tiny feet running across them. Maybe it’ll be the way the whole world turns white for as far as the eyes can see when the snow falls steadily overnight. Or maybe, just maybe, it’ll be the half-inch gap surrounding the fireplace in the nursery, and that if you smoosh your face right up to it real close when you’re supposed to be napping, can be used to call to your Mama in the kitchen below, and how it also serves as an excellent place for stuffing your prized possessions repeatedly and then crying fitfully when they can’t be rescued with the end of an old coat hanger for the third time that day.

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Local Support

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Words & Photography
by Holly Morgan


These vegetables were grown miles from our home by a woman who had a grandchild the same time I had Fern. At the apple orchard they will pull out a pocket knife and slice an apple for Bodhi to feed the goats near the barn. Our weekend coffee stop is at the cafe where Michael and I were married.
I had been taking for granted the privilege and additional value of being a “regular” at some of my local businesses and markets. Exchanging familiarities, watching families grow, sharing favorite recipes, and showing up in a way that supports each other’s livelihood. These vegetables were grown miles from our home by a woman who had a grandchild the same time I had Fern. At the apple orchard they will pull out a pocket knife and slice an apple for Bodhi to feed the goats near the barn. Our weekend coffee stop is at the cafe where Michael and I were married. Businesses, and PEOPLE who truly are an integrated part of our lives. Get to know/support your neighborhood farmers, baristas, shop owners, etc.

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Holiday Artwork

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Words & Photography
by Katie Hartman


I’ve been saving his holiday artwork every year cause I just can’t seem to part with them...from that handprint Santa who has long since lost his eyes, to the paint splatter wreath...Just small reminders of days past, full of paint-filled messes and chubby baby hands.
I’ve been saving his holiday artwork every year cause I just can’t seem to part with them. They are all my favorites, from that handprint Santa who has long since lost his eyes, to the paint splatter wreath, even that adorable extra gluey Christmas tree. Just small reminders of days past, full of paint-filled messes and chubby baby hands. Memories we’ve made together that I never want to forget.

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Dried Orange Garland

Monday, December 9, 2019

Words & Photography
by Brit Strawbridge



How pretty are these?! I’m trying to find new ways to decorate and bring Christmas cheer into the house without spending an arm and a leg on cute wintery Christmas decorations (I can’t even go on Anthropologie’s website right now). So we tried our hand at dried oranges for a garland and ornaments, and I love how they turned out! The imperfection of them all make me love them so much more!

Dried Orange Garland

1. Preheat oven to 250°
2. Slice oranges 1/4" thick and pat to dry.
3. Line a baking tray with parchment paper OR put an oven safe cooling rack on a baking tray and line up orange slices.
4. Bake for 3 hours, flipping after each hour.
5. Remove from baking tray and let sit for 2-3 days to fully dry and harden (otherwise the flesh will tear when you stitch it).
6. Poke two holes with a tool similar to a thick craft needle (you can even puncture with a knife and make the hole bigger with chopsticks or something!).
7. Thread your choice of twine through one hole and back in the opposite side (so they lay flat when hanging).
8. Leave enough string on either end for hanging.
9. Hang anywhere around your house and enjoy the beauty of your labour!

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Banana Coffee Caramel Upside Down Cake

Friday, December 6, 2019

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by Melanie Lionello



I partnered with JURA Australia to create this delicious cake that I am *head over heels* for, using their gorgeous fresh espresso. It's sticky, sweet, morish and warming, and is perfect served warm with a dollop of cream.

Banana Coffee Caramel Upside Down Cake
Serves many

Ingredients (for cake)
1 and ¾ cup plain flour
1 cup brown sugar
125g butter
1 and ½ tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup JURA espresso coffee
2 level tbs milk (40mL)

Ingredients (for caramel)
75g butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
2-3 bananas, peeled and sliced in discs

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 160C fan-forced.
2. To make cake: place butter and brown sugar into a stand mixer fitted with the paddle.
3. Cream butter and sugar until light and creamy. You may need to scrape down bowl. Add each egg one at a time, and beat until combined. Then add all remaining ingredients and beat until just combined.
4. To make caramel: Whisk together butter and sugar while butter begins melting until it thickens. Set aside.
5. Line a round 22cm cake tin with baking paper and place banana discs into the bottom. Pour over caramel. Then spoon in bake batter, smoothing out evenly.
6. Bake for 50-55 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Let the cake sit in the pan for 10-15 minutes before carefully turning out on a plate to slice and enjoy.
*You can make a double batch of caramel for extra topping if you like.
 

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