A Month in Pictures

I've been eager to post an update for weeks.  My bucket is overflowing with things to share- lots happening this spring.

Outside the windows of our cozy little abode, the grass is green, the air is warm and the birds are reminding us that it's "that time of year."  (a scene right out of Bambie)  The poppy and alyssum seeds are sprouting and little buds are popping up all around the rose bushes.  The bay tree outside my bedroom glass door is probably one of the most spectacular visions with it's puffy, creamy yellow blossoms against the shiny, deep green leaves.  And, the birds are up at dawn waking the neighborhood while the critters are busily bustling around on the telephone wires, in the trees and along the fences.

Aside from watching the action outdoors, I've been in the kitchen baking away.  Mostly baking hundreds of cookies.  My life in pictures..

Star Cookies

Star Cookies

Cookies for Riverdale's Prom

Cookies for Riverdale's Prom

Ginger Chocolate and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ginger Chocolate and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies

But it's not all about cookies!  Some days it's also about DIY homemade aprons.  A shout out to my home economics teachers who taught me how to sew!

myaprons_jpg

Since I couldn't find aprons to suit me, I put my trusty ol' Hobbie sewing machine (the one I paid a $1 for at a garage sale) to work, and made my own.   I was fortunate to come across an exceptional bit of cloth (hemp / linen mix) in the perfect oatmeal hue. 

I've put my aprons to good use and did a little more baking.

Bear Claws Before

Bear Claws Before

Bear Claws After

Bear Claws After

Boston Brown Bread Baked in a #10 Can (Coffee Can)

Boston Brown Bread Baked in a #10 Can (Coffee Can)

Hazelnut Brownies

Hazelnut Brownies

I also made my second batch of homemade hand and body cream and a derby bourbon pecan pie.

DIY Hand & Body Cream

DIY Hand & Body Cream

Derby Bourbon Pecan Pie

Derby Bourbon Pecan Pie

And, fed my Weck jar obsession.  (more almond milk)

And, fed my Weck jar obsession.  (more almond milk)

Spending Time with Justin in the Kitchen

Spending Time with Justin in the Kitchen

Poppy Before

Poppy Before

Poppy After

Poppy After

Watching the flowers grow..

Mother's Day at Prasad with Julian (Jules)

Mother's Day at Prasad with Julian (Jules)

Peonies from Jules

Peonies from Jules

Same Peonies Now

Same Peonies Now

For the past couple of years Justin and I have attended the Lake Oswego Art Show to browse the work of local artists.  This year we brought home a horse painted by our favorite artist.

My Horse

My work..

My Little Pastry Case

My Little Pastry Case

Mango Upside Down Cake & Mexican Mocha Cupcakes

Mango Upside Down Cake & Mexican Mocha Cupcakes

Swan on the Lake - my version of an eclair

Swan on the Lake - my version of an eclair

Birthday Cupcakes for an Event

Birthday Cupcakes for an Event