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In 30 days of beauty on 04/09/2010 at 12:06 pm

Joining the Friday ritual here.

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In 30 days of beauty on 03/26/2010 at 12:00 pm

 

joining the Friday ritual here

p.s. I’m desperately seeking gardening advice today!

spring honeys

In 30 days of beauty, baking on 03/23/2010 at 12:51 pm

If you’ve only been visiting here for the last week, you probably think that this blog is about food. If that bores you, thanks for bearing with me. It’s just that I want this space to actually reflect the seasons of our home and right now, we’ve been bitten by the baking bug. So there you have it.

We welcomed the first day of Spring with a little cookie experiment that ended surprisingly well. (Many previous ones, have not). If you’re looking for an indulgent, yet light as a feather cookie, look no further. I’ve aptly dubbed them “Spring Honeys”. When you taste them, you won’t believe they’re egg and dairy-free cookies either!

SPRING HONEYS: DAIRY AND EGG-FREE COOKIES – makes about 2 and a half dozen
1/3 cup of margarine (I can’t eat dairy, so I use Willow Run Soybean Margarine, but of course, you could use butter)
2/3 cup honey
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp applesauce
1 tsp baking powder
1 and a half cups all-purpose flour

THE TOPPING:
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Pre-heat oven to 375º. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon for the topping and set aside. In a large bowl, soften  and then beat butter or margerine for 30 seconds. Add honey, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Beat. Add applesauce and baking powder. Beat. Add flour. Beat. Drop rounded teaspoons on a greased cookie sheet (I use parchment paper instead) about 2″ apart. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. When you take them out of the oven, the tops will still be a bit moist and cakey but if cooled on a wire rack, they’ll firm up.

slicing sunshine

In 30 days of beauty on 03/22/2010 at 12:08 pm

Scrubbing.
Slicing sunshine.
Slow dinners beneath the new crimson umbrella.
A mini greenhouse.
Pots of petals.

What does Spring look like at your house?
p.s. Weekend blogging over here.

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In 30 days of beauty, toddler activities on 03/19/2010 at 12:01 pm

 

 this week I’m playing along with the Friday ritual here

p.s. Thank you all for your very kind words yesterday about the new layout and be sure to check out today’s additions to smitten at the bottom of the page. Good stuff!

day fifteen: nesting

In 30 days of beauty on 03/11/2010 at 2:28 pm

 

I’m nesting. The urge begins to stalk me about this time every year and 2010 is no exception. Only this year, I’m more focused. More determined. Convinced that less means more. More space. More time. More us. So as I scurry from one corner to the next, purging, clearing, and scrubbing, I remind myself of the goal. It’s not a clean house. It’s more time. These posts have helped me to prioritize and gather steam for the task. Thought I’d pass them along.

20 tips for finding your routine with kids – Tsh | simple mom

how to reclaim your attention – Leo | zen habits

intentional cleaning – Jamie | steady mom

Maegan is simplifying as well and at least, for a time, will be closing her shop, Madeleine Bea. Her prices are unbelievable! Tiptoe over and take a peek at her beautiful soaps and scrubs.

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day fourteen: lemon poppyseed cookies

In 30 days of beauty, baking, recipes on 03/04/2010 at 8:55 pm

These dairy-free lemon poppyseed drop cookies have become a family favorite. They freeze wonderfully and I actually prefer them cold instead of straight out of the oven. Try them. You won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup margerine (I use Earth Balance)
1 cup applesauce
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon zest
2-1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup poppy seeds

Cream together both sugars, margerine, and applesauce.
Add remaining ingredients.
Mix well.
Drop SMALL spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Makes about 3-1/2 dozen