Friday, January 29, 2010

Sometimes I forget to look at what I like about our house. I see what needs to be cleaned or what I'd like to replace or what project has been sitting way longer than I would like. I'm using my camera a bit lately to help me see what I don't want to take for granted. What makes our house OUR house.

Ok, so to take this picture I had to dodge the very big pile of flooring that's been sitting in the (unfinished) hallway off the living room for an awfully long time. Who cares? I have a swing and a pillow pile! And so so many memories of happy people in this spot.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I made these at Rowan's request the other day. It had been a while, and I had forgotten just how delicious they are.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

1 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup cooked sweet potato, mashed and cooled
1-2 Tablespoons milk or cream
melted butter
brown sugar

Preheat oven to 450.

Mix dry ingredients.

Using your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture until it feels like coarse meal.

Stir in the sweet potatoes, then add milk a bit at a time until the mixture can be gathered into a ball.

Knead briefly - about 10 times - just til it comes together nicely.

Pat to 1/2" thick on floured surface.

Cut into rounds with top of a glass; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Brush the tops with butter and sprinkle (generously) with brown sugar.

Bake 8-10 minutes.

(Makes about 12 biscuits using a standard drinking glass. They'll go fast so you may want to double the recipe.)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

There's something nice about seeing a reflection of just a tiny bit of your house.

Especially when you and Dagny took all the food out of its storage space and piled it in the hallway so you could paint while Jon and Andrew pulled up a bunch of the tiles in the kitchen so they could fix the floor.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

From the middle of November through the middle of January we celebrate. We celebrate Dagny's birthday, Thanksgiving, Jon's birthday, Winter Solstice with our family, Christmas with my side of the family, Chanukah with Jon's side of the family, New Year's Eve, Rowan's birthday, and Andrew's birthday. Streamers go up and come down in November, a tree and stockings appear and disappear in December, more streamers go up in January.

Today the streamers come down. And I will build a fire and bake bread and make soup and celebrate the everyday.