My favorite reusable food storage from The Fauxmartha

There’s a couple rules of the trail. One of them—leave no trace. I know this from Kev, who likes to backpack. There’s a deep respect of the land when you get that high up, that somehow loses its translation this low down. It’s convenient down here. Maybe too convenient? We never meant to build that trash heap. But like the sci-fi landscape in WALL-E or the ominous pages of May’s National Geographic, we seem to have built a mighty large heap. I know this from personal experience. Tuesday’s. Trash day. My trail—where I roll the recycling, organics, and trash bin from the garage to the end of the driveway.  Read more

Holding a Strawberry Slab Pie from The Fauxmartha

This is an ode to Martha Stewart who taught us that stamping patterns in your pie is a very good thing. I fell in love with her in high school. I was well before my time. And by well before my time, I mean, I was interested in domestic things like kneading rolls and making banana bread long before domestication (adulthood). My friends never really called me cool, but they often called me Martha or Betty Crocker.  Read more

Job Opening The Fauxmartha

Thank you for the warm responses on yesterday’s post, The Horse Named Hustle. I love the conversation going on over there and imagine more conversations will bloom from it, like the idea of trying to have it all. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, thank you for being here. Thank you for contributing some of your life to mine. It’s life giving and shaping to me. As promised, here we go. This is like trying to clumsily say fiancé out loud for the first time or buying your first house. Am I adult enough for all of this? Of course not. In that same vein, I can’t believe I’m saying this. I’m hiring. A left brain to be exact. If you know of someone that would be a great fit, would you pass this along? Or, if this position sounds like a good fit for you, consider applying. Details below. Read more

The Horse Named Hustle by The Fauxmartha

At the start of the year, I mentioned that this is the-year-of-the-pivot for me (see this post and that post). Something needed to change. It felt silly and premature to share it when I shared it. I had no idea what the outcome would be. Maybe I’d sign off from this space. In fact, I thought that would be the outcome. Maybe I’d swim towards interior design. Maybe I’d apply for other jobs outside my home. I love watching a good backyard makeover take place, to see the process over a period of time. For better or worse, I’ve decided to share this one, too. If for nothing else than to document my oscillating feelings, and look for a common pattern. I usually find my answers there.  Read more

Room at the Palihouse from The Fauxmartha

I fell in love with the Palihouse Hotel a couple years ago after seeing it on Instagram. I studied every last nook and cranny of the design I could find online to get inspiration for our home. Their use of color, contrast, and mixture of old and new is so well done. I don’t have a category to file this post under (yet), but it’s too good not to share. I think you might want to steal some of these ideas for your own home. Read more

Chocolate Cookie Cake from The Fauxmartha

“On our 10th anniversary, we should get a canoe,” I said to Kev just before getting married. Here we are, living in the land of 10,000 lakes on our 10th anniversary, and a canoe seems like the most accurate prophesy as to where life would take us. We were living in Dallas at the time (a canoe-less place), getting ready to move to Chicago for his graduate program when I said this. I’m not sure where the canoe idea came from.
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Easy summer dessert Blackberry Bourbon Fool from The Fauxmartha

When Hal (age 4.5) goes to the library, she adds books to the bag as if she were the first person in line at a bustling estate sale. First come, first serve. We always manage to go to the library at an off time, so her biggest competition is a nearby baby gnawing at the corner of a board book. I cut her off when the bag gets too heavy to hold. She scans the books, and we’re back in the car before the leftover air conditioned air feels like heat.  Read more

My favorite enamelware from The Fauxmartha

One of the most common questions I get—where do you buy enamelware? I’ll tell you all my enamelware sourcing details in a second. But first, I want to tell you why I love it so much. It’s so beautiful, so functional, and so light and compact to store. It’s also so easy to clean. So, so, so. Can you tell how much I love this stuff? I even opted to use the baking dishes exclusively in my cookbook instructions, though the pan sizes are a touch non-traditional. It performs so very well, I don’t own any traditional casserole dishes anymore. (I’ve been slowly replacing things for the past 5 years.) You’ll find a lot of enamelware at vintage stores, which is a testament to how timeless and durable these kitchen items are. If buying vintage, check for chips and rust before using in your kitchen. Read more