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posted on: 4.12.2014

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"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."


there are moments everyday when i catch them looking out the windows. for the last few months they've looking longingly waiting for spring to come and lately the weather has enticed us to get out there and enjoy it.

around here

posted on: 4.11.2014

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we're packing up and preparing for our trip to florida! we leave very early sunday morning and are attempting to drive straight through. i'm a little nervous since last years car ride was a nightmare. hopefully with our children being a bit older and easier to occupy and with driving the first 6 hours while they are sleeping (please let them sleep) it will go a bit more smoothly. since i was quite young we have traveled to florida every year for spring break which meant we usually spent easter in the car. instead of easter baskets my mom would make us "car bags", filled with books, tapes, snacks, and other small treats to keep us occupied. in keeping with the tradition i've packed car bags for the kids to help us get through. using smallfry and everything emily's diy's as a guide i quickly sewed up a miffy inspired bag to hold everything. wish us luck! i will take comfort in knowing that as bad as it gets there are palm trees and the beach waiting for us on the other side.

homemade pasta

posted on: 4.09.2014

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many years ago i spent my days slinging coffee beverages. everyday, for five years, in fact. the memories held in that coffee shop remain close to my heart. i met my best friends there, i grew up there, became a woman, worked through pain and self discovery, i met my husband there... i served a multitude of people over those years and some of them came to be close friends. one of these was a man named jon. after a trip to italy, jon became an espresso lover and i was happy to deliver his dose every morning. at the time, the world of coffee had been overtaken by complex drinks filled with syrups and whipped cream and resembled something more like dessert than a morning cup of joe. a customer who enjoyed the purity of espresso was rare and the opportunity to share a moment at the bar between us was treasured. jon and i developed a game of "reading" his espresso, where after pulling his shot, jon would look into the crema and read a fortune of sorts. waking up earlier than everyone else and being pleasant sometimes before i'd even had a cup of my own wasn't always easy (my former customers can attest to this) but folks like jon made it better. they gave me something to look forward to every morning.

when my time was up at that coffee shop and i made the very difficult decision to move on, jon came in for one last espresso reading. as a thank you he brought with him, a pasta maker. that pasta maker is my favorite kitchen tool and i am forever grateful to him for it and for the gift of his friendship.

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pasta dough
from michel roux

- 1 3/4 c. flour
- 1 large egg
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp. cold water

put the flour into a mound on a clean surface and make a well in the middle. put the egg, egg yolks, water, olive oil, and salt into the well. using your fingertips, mix the ingredients in the well together, then gradually draw the flour into the center and mix. when the dough has come together, knead 4-5 times with the heel of your hand. then roll it into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour. divide the dough in half, rewrap one portion, and roll the other throughout a pasta machine. starting on the widest setting, roll through the machine, narrowing the setting by one notch each time until the dough is 5/8 in. thick. roll through once more to prevent shrinkage when cutting. fit the appropriate cutter onto the machine and use according to your machines instructions for the particular pasta you'd like. lay the strands on a sheet of lightly floured parchment to prevent tangling.

to cook the pasta, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. add the freshly cut pasta and cook for about 1 1/2 minutes until it is al dente. we ate ours with asparagus, a poached egg, lemon butter, and shaved reggiano.

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posted on: 4.08.2014

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"a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."


the moments that made up a quiet morning in our home.

wanted: odette ny

posted on: 4.03.2014

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friends, odette new york just released her new collection, torne valley, and it is oh so very good. for the last three years i have been wearing the same necklace almost daily from odette's athene divinus collection. the very fact that a necklace that looks so delicate has withstood the test of two children pulling and chewing on it speaks to the quality of her work. i am not much of a jewelry wearer, save for my another feather rings and a few necklaces but i've been looking for another everyday necklace and i'm thinking it may be in this bunch. ahem, and i think i have a birthday coming up...(hint hint, wink)

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cheapside

posted on: 4.02.2014

some friends are opening a new breakfast / lunch / coffee spot and we stopped by a few weeks ago for a plant consultation and to tour the space. with stark white walls and floors set against wood tables, benches, and bars made from reclaimed wood the restaurant epitomizes the simplicity, minimalism and functionality of scandanavian design. all of the interior wood is reclaimed tongue and groove longleaf yellow pine from a factory in Hamilton, Ohio and the patio fence will be made from red cedar coming from a farm in Moscow, Ohio that was previously an artisanal crafts school that offered green woodworking, blacksmithing, and raku pottery. the story and the respect for the materials that make up the restaurant along with the light that poured through those windows on what was a cold day make me want to live there. coming from tested restaurant owners who breathed life into a cincinnati staple, the rookwood, the same thought that went into the design of the space will surely be put into the menu. expect food and coffee that echoes the design of the space, ridiculously good in it's simplicity.

knowing that they wanted to keep the space clean and modern but also wanted to bring some life in we settled on some beautiful succulent filled ceramic vessels for the tables and a few for the walls. i'm thrilled for fern studio to a part of what these talented guys are doing and can't wait to share photos of the finished space. the kids approved as well! thank you robin mckerrell photography for grabbing your camera and snapping these great photos of cheapside's biggest fans.

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