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Just a quick stop to mention a couple new small items in the shop. You can click the images to learn more.

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And to wish you all a great weekend!

I’m looking forward to finishing up some totes I’ve had in progress for what feels like forever, planting in the garden, and just taking some time to chill out.

Take it easy friends xo

eggs and greens

 

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eggs and greens are a match made on earth.

 

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I learned something new last week. A crustless quiche is one of the easiest, tastiest, most satisfying meals to throw together. And it’s equally suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Pretty much perfect, right?

With springtime eggs and greens in abundance, this is an affordable, nourishing meal that even my not-so-egg-friendly man enjoyed quite a lot.

 

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My friend Amber‘s chickens have been laying on the regular again, and I’ve been so lucky to have received quite a few eggs from her recently. They are seriously the best eggs I have ever had, and I’ve had a lot of fresh eggs! Her chickens are no doubt happy, healthy girls.

Our garden doesn’t offer a whole lot this time of year, but we can always depend on kale. It loves the cooler weather and is super delicious and abundant right now.

 

On the day I made this quiche, we were even lucky enough to share this meal with my chicken keeping friend.

 

No-crust kale, cheese and mushroom quiche

2 Tbs of butter

1/2 – 2/3 large red onion

12 ounces kale, chopped

5 medium crimini mushrooms, chopped

7 fresh eggs

3 cups grated cheese (I used pepper jack)

1/4 tsp sea salt

fresh thyme and black pepper to taste

 

In a large sauce pan or skillet, sautée your onions in butter until soft, then add your kale. Sautée the kale until brilliant green and softened.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, beat your eggs.

Add grated cheese.

Add the onion and kale mixture.

Add chopped mushrooms, salt, thyme, pepper.

Combine well.

 

Pour the mixture into an oiled 10 inch pie pan.

Bake for about 30 minutes – until the eggs are set.

Let cool for 10-15 minutes.

 

This meal is even more delicious with toasted sourdough… recipe coming soon.

 

And just for fun, cuz I’m like that :) whoever can first name the leafy plant coming into the top of the frame on the kale image above (2nd from top) – I will send you a gift! :)

Hope you all had a great weekend xo

 

Update: It’s an artichoke! I’ll be in touch soon, with those of you who guessed.

PS asonomagarden, your email doesn’t work so please get in touch if you’d like to receive your gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

vernal equinox

equinox_6a_pruneThe Stanley Prune is starting to flower. Maybe we will have our first fruits from this tree this year. There were tiny bees – which I think were mason bees – buzzing around the new blossoms today.

feb25_apricot_blossom_0Flowering apricot. The prettiest pink.

equinox_5The first of the sugar snap peas, with so many more to plant! We’d like to grow more of these than ever this year.

equinox_2One single tomato seed has sprouted. Just today.

equinox_6We have been hitting the weeds hard the last couple weeks. This is the best time, while the ground is soft and they are relatively small still. They grew like crazy this year, with our mild winter.

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Winter was pretty mild – even for here – and spring has been coming gradually and gracefully. I am so grateful for this time of year, with warmer, longer days; meals outside again, with fresh herbs at an arms length; coffee time in the sunshine; camp fires in the yard; digging in the dirt. I feel like an emerging young plant – sort of sleepy still from the dark of winter, yet bursting with life and ready to bloom. I won’t even start with my excitement for summer!

 

Happy Spring friends, even if it doesn’t quite feel like it yet where you are.

xo

 

march 3 // shop update

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A bunch of new pouches and clutches have been added to the shop. Highlighted above are a few of my personal favorites. Have a look if you like! Many of them are one of a kind.

I’m especially excited about the woven leather pieces, and am working on more.

 

today!

Hello from today! I am feeling pretty spunky today, and everyday lately. I turned some kind of corner last week or so, after a short period of feeling uncharacteristically low, and I am pretty sure it has a lot to do with sunshine, warmth and all things spring. On the central Oregon Coast, spring is moving in. The spring peepers are singing us our evening song again, cherry blossoms are cheering up the roadsides, and the days feel endless in comparison to the dark, short days of just a few weeks ago.

But I didn’t really come here to talk about spring. Just couldn’t help it I guess. Really I came to say that a couple new things are in the shop this week.

 

The Tablet Mat / Mouse Pad:

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and finally available, the iPad Satchel:

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Maybe next time I’ll come back with some photos of spring. And soon I will have a handful of new items to share as well. xo

stoking the creative fire

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This year has been off to an unusual start. Sensing back in time, it even feels a little rocky, and yet at the same time, life has come to feel more peaceful and balanced than I have maybe experienced in years. The year closed with a mix of machine malfunctions, frustrations with certain aspects of my business, the suffocating mess my studio had become through months of heavy work, and a pile of other little irritations, all of which mounted to a general feeling of burnout. I don’t use that word lightly, and I think I really know what it means now. It’s no fun, and yet if taken advantage of, it’s sure a great catalyst.

So I have been spreading out my wings, shoring up the deficiencies in my life, dedicating time to art and design, brainstorming over collaborations with my partner, learning new skills, brushing up on old and unused skills, and generally trying to round out each day with a flow that includes doing what gets my creative fires burning. I feel like this is going to be a kick ass year – every year feels like it’s going to be amazing, really – but the feeling of this year has a spark that I haven’t felt the likes of in quite some time.

Anything you all are feeling for the year? New inspirations, aspirations, motivations? It helps to look forward now and then, and feel around for the right direction to go.

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After a long period of dormancy, the Meadow + Mark shop has finally ‘reopened’ !

I’ve started small, but have been slowly adding new things, (seems like a rate of about 1 item a day this week), so check in now and then if you feel so inclined. There is likely to be a mix of vintage, one of a kind hand work, and supplies from my studio as I work to clean it out of excess.

I have always had a bigger plan for M+M, which I think may finally be shaping up (excitement contained!). I hope to be able to share something with you all in the next few months.

Have a great day! It’s feeling so much like spring here.

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