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Spring-induced bliss is happening here (or, possibly a pollen-induced stupor).

I am liking April a whole lot.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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

 

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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

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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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simple things

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Some random snaps from around here lately.

This time of year requires huge amounts of high energy output, ironically, during a time that I more naturally would rather rest and focus inward, on nurturing myself, tending to my home and devoting a little extra time to family and friends. It’s always been sort of therapeutic for me to look through the recent photos I have taken. I think it gives me a chance to linger on the small things that I enjoy so much, and which usually get lost in the busyness of the day.

The simplest nothings are often the best parts of the day.

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a little catching up

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetSome of you may have noticed the shop has been closed for a while. I am planning on reopening soon, and though I don’t have a date set yet, I have been aiming for around the middle of the month (which is just about here now I guess, right?).

For the second half of September we took some real time off and headed out on a camping road trip. It was a great break from our routines, and a needed rest from the constant work we both are doing. We had a fun, beautiful, adventurous journey through parts of Oregon and I hope to share a little bit of it here at some point. Since our return I have been hard at work on a few projects, and have also been making my best effort to build inventory for the upcoming holiday rush. A production style work flow tends to work really well for me, and I have had a nice groove going on in the studio. It has felt great to return fresh, and I feel like some needed changes are really coming together.

Here are a few snaps of some of what’s been happening in the studio. I should mention that part way through our trip our camera lens went on the fritz and had to be sent in. So until it returns this week, photos are from my iPad/iPod.

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october_sewing_0I hope you all are enjoying the change of season. When we left for our trip I was clinging so tightly to summer, not ready for it to go. This year in Oregon though, fall seemed to arrive almost overnight, on the day of the equinox. Since our return, I have really embraced this new season. With autumn comes a certain kind of rest and a new vitality. An interesting, enlivening combination.

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It’s still summer guys. Enough with the jeans and sweaters and leather boots already! Aren’t you hot in all those layers, pretending that it’s fall?

It’s been a little bit amusing to see how with the start of school, everything changes overnight. It’s been really warm here, but I saw a girl in tights with an ear flap hat today and more than a few people with jackets and jeans and new boots.

Certain sounds – like crickets, the rustle of leaves and flocks of red winged blackbirds; smells – like fennel, coriander and ripe tomatoes; signs of change – like golden brown grass and fawns nearly void of spots as their winter coats start to fill in… so many little observations form to create a feeling almost like nostalgia for me in these late summer days. I’m not quite ready for fall yet, but once it truly arrives I’m sure I will be. For now we’re still cooking outside, eating outside, and being outside whenever we can. There are still camping trips to take and cold swims to be had.

 

It’s hard to let go of summer.

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Happy weekend!

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31st july

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August is so close; just about here. The season is changing. The blueberries are almost cleaned out, both by discovery by birds and the simple fact that they are done producing for the  year. But the tomatoes are coming on fast and the bullfrogs fill the night air. It’s always a little bit bittersweet, when the nights start to get longer again and the ground begins to look parched and worn.

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