my peonies

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I planted peony bulbs in my garden about 3 years ago.  It has taken them this long to develop, establish themselves firmly and grow.  And oh my, how they have grown this year!  A little tip that I learned that I want to share in case you decide to plant your own.  My peony buds were covered in ants at certain times.  I almost got rid of them, thinking that they would harm the blooms.  Quite the opposite, the ants actually eat the sweet nectar of the blooms in exchange for attacking bud-eating pests.  They actually help the peonies to bloom.

And bloom is exactly what they did.  I was able to fill the house with these beauties, and if I could bottle the sweet aroma and and insert it here, I most certainly would.

And because I can't help but shoot with film, I captured the peonies on Polaroid film~

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When I photograph with Polaroid film, I always get the feeling that it will live on forever.  Far beyond my years.  Only time will tell.

kindred spirits

Have you ever met someone and immediately felt like you've known them forever?  The more you talked, the more you realized that you had so much in common?

And what was meant to be a quick stop to grab coffee, turns into a conversation of thoughts, dreams, challenges, and hopes for the future?  Trading stories, backgrounds, and creative outlets.  Laughing at our own insecurities, but relishing in our potential to collaborate.  Realizing that we are indeed, kindred spirits.

Thanks, Molly.

in the kitchen

undefinedundefinedundefined In the kitchen with my mom, and we found ourselves baking walnut brownies.  I have so much to learn, but she is such a wonderful teacher! Really simple recipe (adapted from here based on what we had):

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

And here is what to do:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking pan, in our case, a cast iron skillet!
  • Melt the butter over low heat. Pour into large mixing bowl and stir in cocoa powder, sugar, flour, and vanilla. Mix in egg whites and half of the walnuts.
  • Spread evenly into the baking pan (or cast iron skillet).
  • Top the brownies with the 2nd half of walnuts.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool in pan for 30-45 minutes before cutting.

And of course, adjust as you see fit - based on what you have.

Warning: These are so good, we have made them twice in the last three days!

my weekend

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In keeping with my theme of simplicity for this year, these are a few captures from my weekend.  Very relaxed as you can see!   I even enjoyed a little breakfast in bed.   It's safe to say that I have given up on trying to keep socks on my baby girl's feet.  Apparently, they are too tempting and must be taken off at all costs!

And the white outside the window?  Yes, that would be snow, my friends.   To say that I am ready for spring is an understatement.  I'm ready to venture out with my camera and capture all of the springtime goodness.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend as well~