Flour and Flowers | A Kitchen and Garden Blog


Happy Thanksgiving

I am thankful for…

A place at this table.

A huge network of love and support.

Food glorious food.

My amazing, incredible, beautiful little family.

What are you thankful for?


Welcome Back! I’ve Missed You!

Loyal followers,

I’m so sorry that I’ve neglected you for so long.  It’s been an unexpected(ly wonderful) year, and I just haven’t had the time or the energy to keep up with my blogging duties.  Honestly, I haven’t been doing much that you’d want to hear about, anyway – cooking and gardening took a back burner to my new life’s work: building a baby.  Here’s what I’ve been up to since you last heard from me:

It’s hard to do anything other than sit and stare at the little monkey; you can practically watch her grow.  But I’m going to try, just as I’m going to try to start cooking again, and wearing clothes other than pajamas, and using words instead of just cooing.  Motherhood is weird (awesome, unbelievable).

On with the flour and flowers!


Mamma Purple

Happy New Year! Won’t 2013 be grand?

One of my (many) New Year’s Resolutions (they’re more like… guidelines, really) is to get this blog off the ground and running strong, which of course primarily means that I have to keep posting.   So what better way to start off the new year and the new pace than with a New Year’s Post?

2012 was a pretty great year.  I won’t go into the details – you’ve seen most of the exciting bits here – but it surpassed my expectations.  I have big plans for 2013, most of which involve reading, cooking, or gardening, but I’m not going to go into details there either because I don’t want you to hold me to anything. :)  But the past week has held promise, and I’m looking forward to infinite projects, goals, book lists, recipes, friends, family, trips, stay-at-homes, food, kitties, and much, much more for 2013.

Here are a few snippets of my holiday season for you, since I’ve been a bit off the ball. A look back at year’s end, if you will:

First, Reenie enjoying the Christmas tree.  Can you find him?

Then, a light and brief snow flurry, with some of the biggest snowflakes I’ve ever seen. (We didn’t have a white Christmas, but we did have snow the day before, snow and ice the day after, and more snow two days later. All of which disappeared from the ground within an hour after the actual precipitation stopped.)

And finally, a home-made peppermint “mocha” in Hubby’s new, incredibly beautiful pottery coffee mug made by Cousin Bootsy.

Plus, I hinted at this earlier, but I was given a pasta maker attachment for my KitchenAid for Christmas, which I tried out in an undocumented lasagna attempt (mostly successful) this weekend, and which I promise I will be trying again in an actual, documented adventure that I’ll share with you. (I’m planning to make spinach linguine and butternut squash ravioli! But not at the same time.)

A very smart person once told me that the best way to stick to your resolutions was to tell everyone, so you’re held accountable.  (Clearly I’m not following through on this, but it was very good advice.)  What fun-filled or thrill-seeking plans have you made for your new year?  Any exciting (or necessary) resolutions?

Happy New Year, everyone.


‘Twas the Thursday Before Christmas (a hot chocolate and cookies story)

It’s almost here – the impending family, friends, food coma, and gift wrap extravaganza that is Christmas. And in our time of frantic shopping, wrapping, planning, decorating, baking, preparing, I thought I’d share a calm moment of bliss.

Nothing could be more holiday-appropriate than peppermint hot chocolate with under-baked chewy chocolate triple-gingerbread. So take a quick break from your high pressure schedule and cozy down with a warm drink, some cookies, and a loved one. Take a moment to appreciate a few smooth creamy sips before the sugar rush kicks in and you slam back into the ever-hectic Now.

If you’re feeling decadent, you could even pull out that milk frother you bought years ago but have only used twice. When’s a better time than the Thursday before Christmas?  ―When all through the house every creature is busily shuffling tissue paper and curling ribbons, counting labels and triple checking the list to make sure no one is missing.

Holiday Sculpability – Etsy Shop Back Online

It’s that time of year again – trees up and lit, cocoa restocked, wrapping paper piled high in the corner, and Claybabies!

I know you’ve all been anxious since Sculpability has been bereft of critters for many months, but your long wait is over!  It’s Christmas, and the Claybabies have returned!

Check out the Etsy shop, or let me know if you have any ideas or requests.  I’m a bit particular about what I’ll make (things that can be interpreted into round shapes work best), but I’ll give it a shot or counteroffer!

Happy (day before) Thanksgiving!

It’s been a busy week, and I haven’t had time to get a real post together for you today, so I’ll just share the pretty new books I got at our Friends of the Library book sale this past week.

I promise I’ll put something good together for Friday, when we’re all sitting around like fat (happy, totally satisfied) slugs, digesting copious amounts of delicious food.


Chalkboard Contact Paper and Loose Leaf Tea

I discovered chalkboard contact paper sometime last year, on Shelterrific, who in turn apparently got it from ModFruGal, who I don’t follow but I clearly should. (Remedying that right now…)

Chalkboard paper comes in 18″ by 6′ rolls, like all contact paper, and you can cut it down to any size you want.  At first, I used it to label things. Lots of things. I labeled my clear counter-top containers that you can already see through, and can probably already tell what’s in them (maybe overkill?). I labeled my canning with the contents and can date (definitely not overkill – who the heck can remember when you canned something?). I labeled the coffee in the freezer so we could tell the difference between hazelnut and regular, because I know a few people who are militantly opposed to flavored coffee (with good reason) and I would hate to incur their wrath inadvertently by failing to properly distinguish.