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08.30.2016
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When I asked Olive what type of cake Henry might want for his birthday, I should have predicted her answer. We are all about sparkles and sprinkles over here, so it came as no surprise that we would celebrate with sprinkles. They may not be the most manly thing, but Olive was happy, and Henry didn’t care as long as he had two fists full of cake at all times.  I was actually pretty excited that she decided on sprinkle cake because I have long since wanted to try making Molly Yeh’s Funfetti cake. I remember when she first posted it 2 years ago, so I didn’t waste anytime searching her archives. Molly really breaks down her trial and error
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08.28.2016
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Another week, another Distant Kitchens post! This week we have tackled Cherie Bevan and Tass Tauroa’s Baked Lemon and Rhubarb Tart from their book The Cook and Baker. Erin is lucky enough to have this lovely book, which pays homage to her homeland, New Zealand! As we flipped through the book, we started to realize how many unique kiwi recipes there are. She kept naming things that I had never heard of, but wanted to know more. Part of our goal of Distant Kitchens is not only to create a community of bakers and cooks, but also to pay tribute to different cuisines from this beautiful planet we cozy up on. While the recipe we picked from Bevan and Tauroa’s book might not
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08.25.2016
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I admit, I’m not good with the salad thing. I’ve been trying to make up some large salads at the beginning of the week that would last a dinner and a couple lunches, but I fail most of the time. It seems that there is never any food in the fridge when we are hungry and not feeling like making anything.  How do moms do it? I’m still trying to figure it out. Give me baking, and I will have tons on the counter, but when it comes to meals, I’m the first to admit that I’m a novice. I’m trying! I really am, but the fact that I remember that I have to make dinner at 5:00 always has me
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08.23.2016
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It rained this week! Like all-out-poured-down-rain the entire day… Cats, dogs, hippos, and unicorns. It rained it all down on my front lawn, and you can be sure that I was dancing in it. We have been in drought conditions all summer long. The leaves are changing and falling already. Our grass is brown, hard and prickly. Being able to count the amount of times it has rained this summer on (less than) one hand is a pretty terrible thing!  Rain, Rain, don’t go away. Please come back another day! In this heatwave of a summer, we have been eating so many cold fruits and veggies and trying our damnedest to keep the oven off (although, baking pies without an oven is pretty
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08.18.2016
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It was a Farmer’s Market first birthday for Henry, surrounded by family, friends, and fresh food! We couldn’t have asked for a better day to party hard in our front yard for all of Rideau Lakes to see. Luckily it wasn’t the hottest day, and I had been watching the shade move around yard for a solid month now. Needless to say, I knew the exact dimensions of shade each tree produced between the hours of 2-4 because my kids and I are pastey white humans who are afraid to look at the sun! We ate, we sang, we played bocce and croquet, and we showed all our Henry love in the most perfect way. Henry was soaking in all
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08.16.2016
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Here we are with our second post of the Distant Kitchens series! Erin and I were so thrilled with the response we received from our first post which featured an adaptation of Richard Bertinet’s Peach and Rosemary Almond Tart. If you are just tuning in for the first time, you can read more about the series on both our blogs (Stacy/Erin). In short, Distant Kitchens is about exploring the nuances and differences of how the same recipe can be adapted, tweaked and styled by different people from around the world.  On to our exciting second recipe! My life is full of everything birthday this past week as my baby turned one! I must say, I am in complete denial, but I guess time must
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