We had a good summer. Mike and I got engaged (!!!) and took Baby P on vacation to Maine. Every year we go to Vinalhaven, a sweet little island in the middle of Maine. My dad runs the best restaurant in the world there, Salt. If you ever happen to be in Vinalhaven, go eat at Salt.


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Lemon loaf cake!


Hi! Summer is finally starting to wind down. Finally. This was the hottest summer I can remember. This is a sweet, quick summery cake. First you make the cake, which is a light lemon loaf cake, and then you make a simple glaze and pour it over the hot cake. When the cake cools, the glaze hardens on the top of the cake and it’s such a perfect dessert. My mom made this when we were younger, and I like to think about Baby P growing up eating it too.  Continue reading

Jam Bars!


Because it’s summer and I can’t stop using the oven, here is a delicious recipe you can make using jam. Or fresh fruit, since it’s summer and all. If you use fresh fruit, chop it up, toss in a few tablespoons of cornstarch and a few tablespoons of sugar, then spread over the crust like you would with jam. I used jam here, but added in a handful of cherries I had in the fridge that a certain kid refused to eat. I tossed them in cornstarch and sugar and almond extract and mixed them in with the jam. Continue reading

New Toy!

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I got a new toy! We went to a wedding recently and they had an instant camera for their photo booth option, and I was pleasantly surprised by how great it was. After the wedding I did some research, and settled on the Instax Mini 50S by Fujifilm.

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I chose the 50S because it has a self timer, and I wanted to be able to use it to take family portraits. Continue reading

Yard Tea


It’s summer, and I love cold drinks. I’ve been making iced tea like nobody’s business! I’ve also been making tea from plants and herbs from my yard, with a revolving cast of characters depending on what’s growing/in bloom.


Today’s tea was made of raspberry leaf, yarrow, lemon balm, sage, bee balm, two types of mint. Continue reading