i had a blog post, almost (on books). and, then school was cancelled, again (brrrr). so, instead of words, i give you a recipe. a recipe for shredded slow cooker beef tacos to be exact. the kind of cooking that is great for slowed down snow days or days so fast you can’t find time to cook.
this is a post about toast. toast and friendship, really. friendship and comfort and care, to be exact.
i’ve always been a toast girl (when it comes to carbs, it has nothing to do with pasta, for me, and everything to do with the bread – and, yes, ok, french fries. so french fries and french bread and we are all good). my early memories of toast entail my young and beautiful mother ever so carefully concocting a magic mixture of cinnamon and sugar and sprinkling it, like fairy dust, out of a tiny glass teddy bear onto warm buttered toast. i think the taste of love and care was always stronger than the sweet cinnamon and sugar. while making toast is a small task, i always felt cinnamon toast on a school day to be a grand gesture. to this day, my, still gorgeous, mom turned grandma makes the same cinnamon sugar toast every tuesday for my littles. i think nigel slater said it best when he said, “it is impossible not to love someone who makes toast for you.”
my other young memory of toast is with my grandma hilda. i can’t quite pinpoint exacts, but i know she always made toast and cheese. not grilled cheese. not toasted cheese. toast and cheese. a piece of toast in the toaster, spread with butter and than topped with slices of cheddar cheese. when i am at my worst and feeling in a very bad way, the only thing i ever want to eat is toast and cheese with a cup of tea. i think the ritual of making toast and cheese, along with the aromatic memory, comforts and sustains me more than the food itself. many a days, over the past few years, i’ve only been able to manage toast and cheese and tea. it wasn’t just food for the stomach, it was food for the heart. toast toasting and my grandmas wise words, suddenly, dancing around in my head. with each bite, i chewed on a bit of wisdom. warm substance for my soul all from a piece of toast. the last time i was at my grandma’s house, she made me a piece of raisin toast with cheese. i had forgotten about that combination. but now, whenever i make my cheese toast with cinnamon raisin bread, i’ll be instantly transported to my grandma’s kitchen in colorado. standing there with my sister, eyes darting back and forth between the beauty of the majestic un-moveable mountains to the beauty of a 5’1″ warrior of woman who’s story and strength are just as un-moveable and majestic to me.
doesn’t this picture just make you happy. it works for me on a thursday lovelies!
we are talking books today. books and cupcakes, to be exact (that’s what all the sprinkly goodness is about above) and honestly, these are two of my favorite things. i like buying all types of books, but cook books are right up at the tippy top. especially ones that are visually pleasing. yummy recipes and yummy food photos = success!
at the moment, i’m swooning over trophy cupcakes and parties!
the book is written by, the darling, jennifer shea who is a mom, business owner and, now, author. jennifer owns 6 cupcake shops in the greater seattle area, called trophy cupcake + party. you can read more about her journey to success here (don’t you just love reading about others journeys and advice? there is always something to learn, yes?).
business. baking. books. it’s all pretty great. sweet, really.
especially for someone who really likes to bake. that’s me. baking is my jam. it just makes me happy. when i’m stressed or just feeling out of sorts i love to bake it out. to hear the clank of chocolate and smell it melting in a pan is sometimes the best medicine and somewhat meditative for me. and while some find the measuring gruesome, i find it to be a welcome guide. i love the preciseness of it.
and, i should mention that this book precisely has a lot more to it than cupcakes.
click thru for a peek inside + to see what i mean :
anyone who knows me, knows i la la love tea. if you’ve been reading for awhile than you likely know this too.
after receiving my pretty new glass tea pot (+ my sweet porcelain mini vases pictured above) from not on the high street, i decided it was high time to dedicate a post to a well loved daily ritual of mine. the images were not how i imagined them, but once i got my camera out i just went with it and i love the way it all turned out. it’s a ode to tea of sorts. but lets talk details . . .
find out my favorite teas, accompaniments and how this american makes the perfect english cuppa (so my friends say)
we have been making a lot of green drinks around here. of course, it’s the new year and everyone is cutting this and that and everything out of their diet. i’m not good at that. i never have been. but, like I told you earlier this week, what am good at is adding good things. and adding lots of fruits and vegetables is a good thing. i love vegetables but i don’t always find it easy to eat several servings a day. what i do find manageable is to drink them in a yummy smoothie. my current favorite combo is:
+ spinach : a big handful
+ cucumber : a quarter of an english cucumber
+ pear : one half
+ banana : one half, frozen
+ mango : one handful, frozen
+ chia seeds : about a tablespoon
+ rice milk : to desired consistency
+ ice : one small handful
its good. my kids love it, kind of good and there was no bribing or brainwashing them into believing it was hulk juice. it’s really one of the only smoothies that i don’t put almond butter or yogurt in and i have to say i like it all the more.
do you love to smoothies? i’d love to hear your favorite combos.
i also love this green smoothie, that i wrote about last year, and when i want a non-green smoothie this recipe is my go to.