We can do big, hard things. This is sort of becoming a mantra at our house. Though most of our big things are small things and our hard things are not-so-hard things, but they are for us. You know, things like saying good-bye to mom before getting on the bus to school, or planning ahead and using a calendar, or saying no instead of overcommitting. And then there are other big-hard things like making a cheese board for a party. Ask me to design a whole house, and I’ll leap with glee. But ask me to create a winter cheese board, and I’ll sweat faster than a cold block of cheese in a warm room. Read more
I haven’t done a gift guide in a couple years. But this year I have a couple ideas for you—from the cook to the fella to the tiny human to the stocking and the minimalist, aka the person who would prefer little to no physical gifts (it’s me!). A couple notes for the 2019 Gift Guide. I’ve included asterisks* next to items we own and love. I’ve also included notes on where to buy locally for my Twin Cities friends. If you’d prefer to buy used, search for these items on eBay. I bought Kev’s used present there this year. (I hope you’re not reading this, Kev.) And, if you want to read my tangled up thoughts on gifting and minimalism, check out this post. Here’s to figuring out how to wade through this holiday season—preserving the best things and revising the rest.
Gift Guide for the Cook
SMEG Juicer | Enamel Loaf Tin* | Enamel Colander/Bowl (Purchase locally at The Foundry Home Goods) | Butter Bell | Honey Pot* | Dinner Bell | Emerald Dutch Oven* | Matte Black Kettle (Purchase locally at Show and Tell MPLS) | The Huckle & Goose Cookbook* (Purchase locally at Moon Palace Books or Mager’s and Quinn) Read more
We’ve always kept our Christmas tree simple with colorful ball ornaments. They appease my need for simplicity, Hal’s need for color, and Kev’s need, well, he doesn’t have many needs in regards to all this hubbub. While the jingles jingle over the speakers, we decorate the whole house within a couple hours. It all comes down just as easily. There’s a lightness and a brightness to the look of it all, to the ease of it all. Of course, that stands in stark contrast to the very hard parts about this season, which is why I try to keep this side of things simple. Simple like these DIY Nordic Wooden Ornaments we added to the tree this year. Read more
I’m short. And now I’m short and pregnant. Finding comfortable clothes when I’m not pregnant is difficult. It’s especially difficult in the winter when I have to also consider pant length or find a tailor to lop off the bottom half. (I really should learn how to hem.) Now I’m short and pregnant during the entirety of winter. I was pregnant with Hallie during the summer months, when you can skip pants for flowy, stretchy dresses and stretchy workout shorts with Kev’s big shirts. I only bought a couple of items that pregnancy. When this bump popped (and it popped fast this time around), I had nothing to wear. I proceeded to buy and return a lot of items in an effort to create a Minimal Winter Maternity Wardrobe. Read more
It’s finally come time to start sharing the Pinch of Yum Studio design (!!). If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, you can catch up with this post from August. Design is a whole lot of talking about design, like months of it, and all of a sudden it just takes shape overnight, which is what is happening right now. As I type, the drills are drilling along to Michael Bublé and Adele in the background. The IKEA kitchen is going in. (Not by my hands, though I’ve put together my fair share of IKEA projects for the studio, a favorite pastime of mine.) I’m excited to share the final reveal next month. But before we jump straight to the finale, I’m sharing the Pinch of Yum office renderings today. (NOTE: all sources and details will be posted in the final reveal posts.) Read more
If you’ve been around since the beginning, you’ll remember when this blog was exclusively a baking blog. Eventually, my pants got tight from all the testing, because baking takes a lot of testing. And I got grumpy that my pants were tight. So, I cooled it on all the baking and turned my attention to dinnertime, which was a gaping hole at our house, that and designing our home, which made me really happy. But now that all my pants are all fitted with a stretchy elastic band and the doctor says to eat 300 extra calories a day, I’m bringing back vintage Faux Martha for a second, turning this place into a bakeshop. On the menu this week: Grand Cru Apple Beer Bread. Read more
How realistic are your expectations of yourself? Hmmm. Do you over plan and underdeliver? Uh-huh. Are you met with the feeling of failure when you don’t live up to your expectations? Uh-huh, yes. How many hours are allotted in your day to complete these expected tasks? Hmmm. Do your expectations exceed or fit within that given timeframe? Ugh, you got me there.
These Swig Pumpkin Cookies were on my list to-make last year. You know, October 2018. Here we are on the last day of October 2019, after a whole lotta cookie testing, and the cookie in my head finally slid out of the oven and onto the blog. Just in time. Expectation barely met after completely underdelivering last year. Hmmmph. Read more