this morning

we woke up this morning to our new neighbor, mister woodpecker. i think his jump-off is the electrical pole across the gravel road. i can deal with that, especially when his peck peck pecking has such a nice earthy tone that's so in tune with his birdie friends.

it feels like we're on vacation was the first real thing eggboy said when he woke up.

i think this is why people like farms, was my thought as i headed to the kitchen to capture the delicious light that pours in on a cloudy day like today. it's supposed to snow later.



i call it: ikea meets grandma meets farm meets the prettiest dinner bell ever in all the land*.

it still needs some shelves, running water, my vintage pyrex collection, basil and rosemary for the hanging pots, and some ballsy men in gas masks to come in and rip up the 1970s laminate flooring that's hiding asbestos (dear lord).

we're starting to think about other rooms in the house now, which suddenly don't seem so daunting now that we're close to being dunzo with the kitchen. as much work as this has been and will continue to be, it's all so fun because it's like playing house but in real life!

*my dinner bell's name is esmerelda, she was a graduation gift from my dad, she's got enough overtones to last a century, and there was a time when i'd sit in a practice room with her for hours practicing orchestra music.

yesterday, some cool dudes came from south dakota to shoot a video for ota + pollen. having that scheduled was a good kick in the rear to really get things going on the kitchen last week. it was a super fun shoot!! they helped me style my matcha green tea peeps by biting off their heads ever so artfully, and the day ended over bigass steaks. i don't think i was as awkward in front of the camera as i thought i'd be (or maybe i was??), although when they asked me to list all the things i like to make, i found myself in a forrest gump situation, listing off every kind of cake i could think of. layer cakes. mini cakes. cupcakes. bundt cakes. upside down cakes. oops.

speaking of cake, i have a ton of cake research to do today (of the ombre kind!), so off i go, but first, some links:

son lux released an ep and one of the tracks features lorde. it's almost too much to handle, it is just so good. it's what i'll be listening to on repeat until further notice.

all of the above photos were edited with the vsco film 05, which includes the choice film of my youth: kodak gold... such nostalgia...

also on the subject of photos, i have been really loving the ones over on vegetarian ventures and dolly and oatmeal.

miso + coconut on a chicken is a combination i need to experience on the asap.

dave barry's manliness manifesto is pretty wonderful. eggboy is using it as a guide for how to grill steak.

the kitchen renovations of a couple cooks and smitten studio have been huge inspirations for eggboy and me.

speaking of a couple cooks, its co-author sonja shared her cancer story this week and it is amazing in the most unexpected way. 

i need this grapefruit in my life.

i don't know what my instagram feed looked like before i started following cococakeland and i don't wanna know.

cat curling.

happy friday, everyone!!!





king cake

you guys! eggboy and eggdad broke out the most insane carpentry skills this weekend to build the prettiest butcher block countertops ever in the world. they are so thick and sturdy and (almost) ready for all the tasties i simply cannot wait to make. today the plumbing and my new massive sink go in, right beneath a window that looks out to the farmstead, so i can make faces at the eggs while i wash my vegetables. these guys really shouldn't have done such a good job with the countertops because now i see myself delaying their planting season by requesting custom tables, vanities, and cheeseboards. (or maybe i should get off my bum and learn how to make a cheeseboard myself. i think that is what a real farm girl would do? eggsister is always doing cool wood crafty things, i think i'll take a clue from her.)

we are officially back in the market for wallpaper. the toile samples we've had taped up just aren't cutting it. i'm thinking it might be fun to get wallpaper with maps all over it? or a massive wall-sized comic strip? i don't know. life would be so much easier if willy wonka wallpaper was for real. any suggestions?

oyoyoy, i am so excited for the farmhouse kitchen. aside from the wallpaper, there are still a number of things to do, like figure out a range hood and rip up the carpet, but after experiencing these countertops this weekend, it feels so much closer to being finished. i wish the farm wasn't so far away from all of you so i could have everyone over for the inaugural high tea, complete with crumpets and marzipan.

speaking of marzipan: i took a little liberty with my king cake decorationsis it awkward to have a no sanding sugar policy? i fear i've offended some mardi gras die-hards, but tell me, is it so bad to want marzipan on everything? you can get the recipe over on food52 and use sanding sugar to your heart's content. please celebrate mardi gras with a little extra oomph this year so you can make up for the fact that egg and i will be spending the holiday caulking and sanding.

how were all of your weekends????? and did you eat waffles????





we made the five hour journey to ikea this weekend. i think i love that place more than pie. it is so worth the trek. i mean i really miss being a bike ride away from an ikea, but at least now we get to make a fun weekend trip out of it complete with drive-through egg mcmuffins and a san fermin/son lux concert, you know? 

eggboy and i officially have about half a dozen wildly successful ikea voyages under our belt, so i think this means that we can safely cross off any comparison to liz and criss in this regard and i am just too smitten with this realization. somehow we were plopped on the same ikea wavelength and each time we go to that store it gets better and better. we get in early, we get out before we're too crabby, and in between a few wonderful things always happen:

1. we share meatballs and he always lets me have the last one. 

2. if there is an extra cute dessert (especially one covered in marzipan of a pretty color), i obviously get it and bounce up and down excitedly and basically improvise a short broadway show about it at our table and he never gets embarrassed. (and yesterday it was a mini princess cake and omg it was the cutest thing ever ever everrrrrrrr!@!!!! jazz hands!!!!!!!)

3. we usually agree on aesthetics and if we don't, we stay calm and logical. if necessary, we spend an appropriate amount of time with, for example, hektar, getting to know him, envisioning how he would get along with our kitchen, meeting his family. we're not afraid to decide at the last minute to buy a twin set of mini hektars instead of the papa hektar that we had originally planned on.

3a. we keep receipts incase mini hektars need to go back. 

4. by the time we get to the kitchen accessories and i have to do that thing that i do every single time which is debate whether or not i need a pony shaped cake pan, he usually has an idea for a song lyric and will happily hang out with the mountains of tupperware, finding words that rhyme, while i decide for the "final" time that no, i do not need a pony shaped cake pan. 

5. egg is real good at calling me out on wanting to impulse buy things that i'll never use, so on the rare occasion that he does support a random thing i found and suddenly had to have, i know it's for real. 

6. and on the even rarer occasion that we both stop dead in our tracks in front of a really cool thing that is about to be sold out, we grab one. even if we have no idea where we will put it. (because planning out our lighting is officially my least favorite thing, because i have no idea how to light a house, because can someone come over and do it for me? and not crush my filament lightbulb dreams like this new york times article just did?)

...which is all to say that our ikea trip has made me even more excited about our farmhouse facelift and it has given me the motivation to whine less when eggboy suggests that instead of watching house of cards we go and sand some cabinets. 

and speaking of our home, a little thing i wrote about living in the country has been published in the kinfolk home issue and i am so excited i could poop. i talk about elk and eggs and how my concept of home has changed since moving here from the city. the issue officially comes out next week!

ok, i am off to go browse wallpaper and possibly make chocolate mint meringues. or rosewater meringues.