linky love: june 9 edition

what I’ve been reading on the interwebs lately…

On Parenting

  • I recently read this post, namely the “prayer” at the end of it, tonight and totally laughed out loud and teared up too. Finding out we’re having a girl freaks me out in many ways, and excites me in others. But God forbid we even end up outside a Hollister. No ma’am! Of course, she’ll grow up shopping at thrift stores and sale racks, so hopefully she won’t even know Hollister exists. 🙂
  • While I’m on the parenting streak, my husband shared this wonderful post from Kevin DeYoung with me the other day. I really want this for my kids: “I want them to look back and think, ‘I’m not sure what my parents were doing or if they even knew what they’re were doing. But I always knew my parents loved me and I knew they loved Jesus.'”
  • I really like the flavor of parenting suggested in these posts: one rule and lowering the standard. I do not want to be the parent that makes my kids hate the rules or life under our roof, but at the same time, I want them to know how important it is to love God, love others and be a responsible person. I tend to be a very structured, “rules based” person and I want to avoid burdening my kids with a list of do’s and don’ts. basically, I want them to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with their God…not impossible, right? Right. And who wouldn’t LOVE family devotion time more if donuts and cocoa were part of the gig? :raising my hand:
Food
  • These brownies are amazing. With or without the cinnamon and a dash of cayenne tossed in. Oh. mother. Thank you to my friend Bethany for ruining my chance of the cottage cheese being eradicated from my thighs for a while. 🙂
  • I started a batch of Kombucha the other day, thanks to another friend giving me a starter for it. Kyle swears he will not drink anything that has a jellyfish looking thing that some people call a mushroom (but isn’t of the mushroom family at all except for it being healthy bacteria, which could be called fungus I guess). I’m trying to convince him that the result will be a slightly sweet, fizzy drink that will refresh him and help his innards, but I’m not sure he buys it. We’ll see if it turns out! I feel so crunchy making something like this. lol.
  • And I guess I’m on a chocolate kick ’cause i tried these amazingly simple and utterly delicious fudgesicles the other day. Yeah. They will be a regular staple in our summer freezer for shiz. I am going to knock the sugar content down a little next time – they were a bit sweeter than I prefer. I have cute mini popsicle molds that are the perfect size for a tasty little treat after a meal or on a sunny summer afternoon.
Blogs I recently started following:
  • 101 Cookbooks – pretty crunchy, organic-ish, homemade food. I <3.
  • A totally cool concept: Dear Photograph. Taking a picture of a picture from the past in the present. I want to do this but I don’t know where I could…I don’t live near or in any of the houses where I grew up. hmmm…shall ponder. thanks to laura dye for linking it on HER blog!
  • another fabulous photog friend, Katy, is keeping up on her blog and has posted a ton of ADORABLE baby shoots this week. Oh. my. gosh. I wish I could fly her here to take pictures of my little miss taylor when she arrives! picture.me.foto I mean seriously, who doesn’t love a baby in a SUITCASE?! See?
by the fabulous katyhersey of picturemefoto
and with that, I leave you, dear readers. Tonight Kyle and I are taking engagement portraits for his sister Sarah and her awesome fiance’, Ryan in St. Paul. My head is BURSTING with ideas…hopefully we’ll have time and the right conditions to capture what’s in my head through Kyle’s fantastic lens/shutter ability. 🙂 I’m creative director, he is the technical skill. we make a great team. like peanut butter and jelly…its just right.

linky love

things I’ve bookmarked or come across this week – maybe you’ll be interested too!

happy Thursday!

linky love: cooking/baking blogs

A friend recently asked me to link my favorite cooking and baking blogs, which I am happy to share! 🙂

smitten cake
  • Smitten Kitchen – this is my top, go-to, most-trusted site. Deb researches the heck out of her recipes, does it all from a tiny NYC apartment kitchen, uses as few bowls and gadgets as possible (yay for less mess!) and has a penchant for really amazing recipes including fresh fruits and vegetables. I’m definitely smitten. 🙂 So is Kyle. I found last year’s birthday cake for him on this site and unless he begs me for a repeat, I plan to make this one for him this year.
  • Brown-Eyed Baker – Michelle’s blog is full of decadent treats and very delicious baked goods. Even just looking at her pictures I gain a lb. or two. Good stuff.
  • Noshings – a very well rounded recipe and baking blog with offerings like brioche caramel rolls (oh. my.) and her take on sloppy joes. I approve.
  • Joy the Baker – Joy is funny, creative and has incredible recipes for delectable bakery items. On my current “try very soon” list from her recipe archive is lemon cornmeal breakfast cake. She also shares vegan and vegetarian meals and recipes, which is a fun break from the typical American fare. I really love her offerings!
  • The Kitchen Sink – I like this one a lot – Kristin is originally from Minnesota. So every once in a while she’ll reference something unique to MN and I feel all warm and cozy inside. Like “awww – she’s talking about home”! 🙂 Both baked goods and savory dishes make it on to her pages…and everything I’ve tried, I’ve liked.
  • Tasty Kitchen Blog – the Tasty Kitchen site is something like All Recipes for Ree Drummond fans. 🙂 Many cooking/baking bloggers contribute, as well as lil’ ol’ home bakers/cooks like me and you. My favorite posts are the recipe collections. They will pick a theme like chocolate cookies and then link photos and recipes for about 30 different variations on that theme. It’s brilliant. Grill recipes, cake recipes, ice cream recipes, you name it – they’ve done it or will. I <3.
  • A Cozy Kitchen – the recipe blog of two friends: Adrianna and Caroline, A Cozy Kitchen is another blog of tastiness. Well rounded with baking and cooking options, these two have fun posting new things often. It’s another great one!
  • Healing Cuisine – my friend Elise started this blog. It focuses on really healthy eating with an emphasis on mostly raw, sugar-free, gluten-free, soy-free recipes. Lots of lean protein and veggies, along with tasty smoothies and surprise treats fill up the pages of this colorful blog. Try the quinoa apple salad – one of my faves.
chocolate peanut butter spread: smitten kitchen
chocolate peanut butter spread: smitten kitchen

Other cooking websites I rely on:

  • Epicurious – this site includes recipes from the magazines Bon Appetit and Gourmet. Definitely a more upscale, inventive recipe source. For our epic Christmas feast last year, I used many recipes from this site, or tweaked recipes I found here to suit what I was going for with the meal. Well-tested recipes and I can usually get all the ingredients at my local small town grocery store, avoiding a trip to the “big city”. 🙂
  • All Recipes – in a pinch or when I’m trying to find an “old recipe” I have in my head but can’t find easily. These aren’t always the best tested or accurate recipes, but if I’m trying to concoct something, the recipes are usually a very good place to start. I combined two recipes I found here for our favorite fish tacos.
  • Food Network – not my first go-to, but there are a lot of great recipes on here. My all time favorite turkey brine came from Alton Brown…bless his overly detailed soul.

So there you have it, folks. All my favorite cooking and baking resources in one, nice list. What are your favorites? Where do you go for reliable and delicious recipes?

linky love

today I’ve come across a bunch of wonderful things that I just must share!

beautiful plate with a Mr. Darcy quote on it. I can hear and see Colin Firth deliver the line…can’t you, fellow P&P lovers? I totally printed the photo and am putting it in a frame on the shelves above my bar tonight.

adorable crocheted headwrap loveliness! I am NOT crafty in this way at ALL, but I have some awesome friends who are and have offered to make me one or two of them after I begged on Facebook today. 😉 Conventional headbands give me a horrible headache, so I thought this would be perfect, besides being freakin’ cute!

a beautiful post with a lovely thought about God waiting to bless us us. I have only met Jenny once, but she’s a sweet woman and I love reading her blog about their family life and her creativity. Having a dear friend find out she’s expecting this week after 2 1/2 years of trying, this blog post brought a smile to my face and a lump in my throat. The verse Jenny used at the end of her post is one that God gave me in a time of waiting and wondering if and when He would do something big in my life. I ❤ Isaiah 30:18.

homemade granola bars with GINGER? Yes. please. I like the formula of this recipe so you can tweak and add things as desired. I do a lot of tweaking when I cook and bake. A lot.

dark chocolate and orange scones. Yeah, I’m definitely making these to take to MOMS group on Tuesday. Can’t wait to try them!

And that’s all she wrote, folks!