Melt

I’m not gonna lie. This week was rough.

At the start of the week we were still pretty snowed in and severely bored. The strangest thing about it was that despite having so much time on my hands I did almost nothing with it, and I felt exhausted. It was like having nothing to do was more taxing than actually being busy. I felt guilty for not being productive or creative but unmotivated to really do anything about it. Too much free time is dangerous…

On the other side of things, when I finally did have work to do later in the week, I found myself getting frustrated and breaking down over small details not going perfectly. I was mad at myself for getting mad. Like, what gave me the right to get upset over practically nothing when I had absolutely nothing else to focus on.

I am pretty good at talking myself out of my own spirals and luckily all it took that day was a quick drive in the car to clear my head (with lots of tears) and a few minutes of a Netflix comedy special. And of course comforting hugs from my husband.

I finally finished the order, a cute Valentine’s Day themed cake and macarons for a local shop’s Galentine’s Day flower crown making and cake event. If you’re local to Port Angeles, definitely check out Amma’s Umma. They have such a cute collection of ethically made and fair trade items, and their proceeds benefit multiple adoption charities.

Photo credit goes to Amith Dutta of @lensandlegends

Photo credit goes to Amith Dutta of @lensandlegends

Photo credit goes to Amith Dutta of @lensandlegends

Photo credit goes to Amith Dutta of @lensandlegends

What I made this week

Really the only thing I put any effort into was making this week were the macarons for the order. I hadn’t done them in my home kitchen since I first started learning how to make them a couple of years ago and I was nervous they wouldn’t turn out right. I’m used to making them for work in a professional kitchen and baking in a convection oven. Thankfully they turned out beautifully. Crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. I filled them with some raspberry buttercream and a lemon curd center. Quite delightful if i do say so. The hand painted details are always my favourite part and I went ham with the Valentine’s theme.

I use a version of the Ladurée recipe. It’s one of the oldest macaron recipes out there and I’ve found it to be very reliable. There isn’t a recipe online directly from Ladurée, but the link above has the same measurements and basic instructions as one of their pastry books. They are tricky little things and I’ve found that the best way to master them is practice.

Now that the snow is melting and the roads are clear my hope for the week ahead is for a return to my routine. Here’s to getting back on track!

Snow fall

The best part about this week was sitting in bed Thursday morning with the curtains drawn open watching the snow fall. My husband and I were nestled close, our dog Maeby was snoozing on the end of the bed. I took in the beauty of the moment and was so grateful for my tiny family.

I really did not get up to much this week. At the start I was on a serious cleaning and organizing kick. I cleaned out my laundry/storage room and have had an ongoing pile of things I need to take to Goodwill. The pile may or may not still be in my living room…

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What I made this week

I did get a hankering for chocolate chip cookies (how could I not) and whipped up a batch on Friday night. I based my recipe off of none other than Joy the Baker’s brown butter chocolate chip cookies. I left a few things out ( I didn’t have any pecans or molasses on hand) and substituted 1/4 cup of the butter for 1/4 cup of peanut butter, and I suggest you do the same. And if you do, DO NOT skip browning the butter. It is literally the best thing.

Here’s to staying warm and not going crazy inside my house.

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My view on Thursday morning.

My view on Thursday morning.

Winter winter.

This week I’ve found myself longing for warmer temperatures and time outside. Just when I thought there was a peak of spring the forecast is calling for snow. Don’t get me wrong, I love our Washington weather, but something about this winter has me uhhgg-ing a lot.

When it is actually warm and sunny in these parts I like to do what I call photosynthesizing. This calls for me sitting in a chair on my front porch contently absorbing all the warmth of the sun. No other activity required. Glorious.

I did get to participate in a lovely styled shoot this week with a new acquaintance, Kinzie from Wandering Love Collective . We met out at Lake Crescent Lodge greeted by chilly temperatures, tiny snow flurries and a closed down Lodge. She still managed to put together a sweet picnic set up on the shore of the lake for her models despite it all, and I was very glad to be part of it. Full details coming soon.

What I made this week:

In the search for inspiration for this blog I spent a bit of time over on Joy the Baker’s site and obviously couldn’t have left it without picking up some recipes. I made the lamb meatballs with orzo from her site and it was absolutely delicious. Just the right amount of something different to break up my usual dinner routine (there’s only so much chicken I can stand to eat).

I also made the most out of some blood oranges that I bought with high hopes of eating, but came to terms with the fact that oranges are not easy/enjoyable for me to consume. I love the flavor of them, but eating them is cumbersome. So, I juiced them, added sugar and vinegar (I used 3/4 white wine and 1/4 apple cider) and made my first batch of shrub. Hopefully mixed with some seltzer (and maybe gin????) it will give me the illusion that I’m on a beach in Italy photosynthesizing.

Styled shoot with Wandering Love Collective at Lake Crescent.

Styled shoot with Wandering Love Collective at Lake Crescent.

The snow really is beautiful, and my pup loves to stick her face in it which is adorable and hilarious.

The snow really is beautiful, and my pup loves to stick her face in it which is adorable and hilarious.