this week in my kitchen

I’m linking up for another fun week of peeking in each other’s kitchens! You can check out the rest of the great blog hop over at Beauty That Moves.

honey butter popcorn - sparrowhopes.com:: love our whirly pop! for a little change of pace I made some yummy honey butter popcorn… it never lasts long! ::

superfood salad - sparrowhopes.com:: another spin on the superfood salad. J’s family is here visiting us (hurrah!) and they brought a little americana with them… N is loving it! ::

black forest cake - sparrowhopes.com:: black forest cake, made by my wonderful mother-in-law to celebrate our sister-in-law’s birthday ::

sparrowhopes.com - pizza night:: friday night is pizza night ::

poached egg and toast - sparrowhopes.com:: since living in the UK I’ve developed a deep love for runny eggs ::

maple tamari salmon - sparrowhopes.com:: grilled salmon with a maple tamari glaze, adapted from here. try it, I think you’ll love it as much as we do ::

grilled asparagus - sparrowhopes.com:: grilled asparagus. why does everything taste better cooked over charcoal? ::

whole wheat cheddar crackers - sparrowhopes.com:: whole wheat cheddar crackers to celebrate N’s last Steiner playgroup before the summer break. love those dear mornings together ::

oven yogurt - sparrowhopes.com:: found ourselves with an abundance of milk and decided to have a go at making yogurt. seriously easy and tasted great! we’ve changed our milk order to have an extra 2 liters delivered each week so we can keep up the practice, yum! and yep, we have a milkman… isn’t that fantastic?! :) ::

homemade breakfast - sparrowhopes.com:: simple delights. homemade yogurt with homemade granola, local raspberries and raw honey. bliss. ::

beans and rice - sparrowhopes.com:: weekly beans and rice, the variations are endless ::

chocolate pavlova - sparrowhopes.com:: chocolate pavlova with strawberries, whipped cream and nutella. you can find the recipe here. ::

It has been a busy few weeks getting ready for guests, wrapping up the end of term activities with N, and catching up with friends before we all head in various directions over the summer. Good, full days that leave you tired out in the best ways. J’s parents and brother and sister-in-law arrived this past weekend for a two week visit. It is such a blessing to have family that will travel all this way to spend time with us. And little N is beside himself to have so many loving adults at his beck and call. They’ve all flown over because tomorrow J officially graduates with his PhD in Ethics and Practical Theology. He earned his degree last fall, but put off the actual ceremony until this summer because his family all wanted to be here to celebrate, and July is a much nicer time to visit Edinburgh than November. This is such a big day in the life of our family. We’ve been working our way to this moment for over ten years now, in three different countries, on two continents. Pretty surreal to officially no longer be students, as one or the other of us has been working on graduate degrees since we got married! I, for one, could not be a prouder wife. It’s really something to get to walk along side your best friend on such a long, and sometimes difficult journey, and to now be on the other side together. This is a milestone that I want to savour, and having family here to add to the festivities makes it all that much sweeter. Little N (who is not the biggest fan of doctors) proudly walks around cheering for ‘Dada Doctor Teacher’. He’s worked out that J isn’t the kind of doctor you visit when you’re sick, but is still trying to sort out, what, exactly, it is that Papa does all day. To quote a friends’ precocious little one whose father is also a theologian, “He’s a doctor, but not the kind that helps people.” :)

this moment

camping - sparrowhopes.com

A Friday ritual (one day late!). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
~Amanda Soule

this week in my kitchen

I’m linking up for another fun week of peeking in each other’s kitchens! You can check out the rest of the great blog hop over at Beauty That Moves.

sparrowhopes.com:: we’re loving the artisan bread experimenting going on around here, next up… sourdough ::

pea soup - sparrowhopes.com:: fresh pea and tarragon soup ::

banana bread in the woods - sparrowhopes.com:: banana bread in the woods ::

wheat berry salad - sparrowhopes.com:: wheat berry salad ::

baked oatmeal - sparrowhopes.com:: baked oatmeal, modified a bit from this lovely recipe ::

It has been such a nice week here in Edinburgh. Lots of warm sunny days, the chance to hang our laundry outside to dry, and plenty of impromptu picnics with my boy in the back green. We even managed to sneak away for an overnight camping trip in the Blinkbonny Woods. There is something really soul nourishing to have the time and space to quietly keep the rhythms of the home going… cooking, cleaning, hanging laundry on the clothesline to be dried. Sometimes these tasks seem so mundane and ordinary. And then, every once in a while I’m able to go through these movements with a centeredness that can only be received as a grace. Breathing in fully the ordinariness of life and being able to rejoice in it. The gentle flow of water on my hands as I wash dishes, feeling the sun warmed clothes as I fold them, and sweeping off our front path with N beside me sweeping away with his little broom. I want to drink in these moments deeply and store them away for the days I feel harried or tired or bored with the repetitive rhythms of life. I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on remaining in the moment when so many moments seem the same. I want to lean in to the sameness, there is comfort to be found there. My prayer is to savor this ordinary time, as I know these sweet, simple days at home with N are really very fleeting.

tea parties, rummage sales and tractor rides

Edinburgh is a city of endless possibilities. Always something to do and somewhere to go, it really is lovely. It can also all be a bit overwhelming. Especially for an introvert like me. The older I get the more of a homebody I’ve become, and when it comes right down to it a day spent nestled snuggly in our quiet little home with my two loves is hard to beat. But, every now and then I get the urge to delve head first into some of the wonderful festivities always on offer in Edinburgh, and I think we managed to strike the perfect balance over a recent long weekend. It all began on a Friday night when a dear friend and I headed off to join in the fun at the Edinburgh Etsy Craft Party. All over the globe on 6th June crafters of all sorts gathered together in groups big and small from 7-10pm in their local time zone to celebrate the love of making. This is just the sort of unknown social situation I would typically shy away from as I didn’t know a soul involved, but on a whim decided to go and thankfully my good crafty pal was able to come along as well. The craft party in Edinburgh was so amazing. Check out the link from the organizer’s blog to get a play by play of the night. We were met at the door of the fab Haven cafe with a glass of bubbly and THE MOST generous goody bag I’ve ever received at such an event. You can see all the goodies here. We then proceeded to have a very relaxed and restorative evening filled with great conversation, yummy nibbles and a chance to release some creative energy embroidering fantastic old black and white photographs. It was a blast! So excited to get more involved with this group as I currently have plans underway to reopen my little etsy shop… Really excited about it and this group further inspired me to jump back into the world of handmade loveliness. More info on my plans in the weeks to come so stay tuned!

etsy craft party - sparrowhopes.com:: crafting away stitching a little photo for N… he adores pandas ::

Then Saturday morning we found out about a great FREE festival at one of the big local parks that was taking place over the weekend. N’s teacher from our weekly playgroup was performing a sweet little puppet show and since N is her superfan we knew we had to go. Much to our surprise this festival was huge, with way more to see and do than we had planned for. So, we chucked our plans for the rest of the day and decided to take our time and while away a Saturday browsing antique stalls, listening to great indie bands, eating yummy street food and just generally enjoying ourselves far too much. It was bliss. We also managed to time our bus journey home just right and missed the huge deluge that began as we reached our flat and didn’t let up until the next day. It felt just right to come home and cozy up under some quilts with a movie and some popcorn after tucking N in bed. Great day.

sparrowhopes.com:: N found some very special treasures at this stall, including a teeny tiny brass iron, pot and water-can, and a vintage compact mirror. All for £2. J wanted to try and haggle the price, but out of his deep love for me and recognition of my complete inability to emotionally handle haggling, he simply paid the vender for our trinkets. That, my friends, is true love. ::

sparrowhopes.com:: I couldn’t believe how many different types of musical instruments were up for sale. We almost came home with some bongos, but couldn’t work out how we would fit them on the bus along with the buggy… ::

sparrowhopes.com:: Love the flask with the deers. Also, the Las Vegas flask is classic. Las Vegas is the city I’m most often asked about by random Brits in the grocery line. Go figure. ::

sparrowhopes.com:: Oh I do love a good glass jar ::

sparrowhopes.com:: Glass jars and enamel ware… this vendor was speaking my love language. ::

sparrowhopes.com:: Love these old school water bottles ::

sparrowhopes.com:: my musical boys, getting into the spirit of the festival ::

As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one weekend, Sunday found us heading out to Craigie’s farm after church for their open day. N seriously loves animals, and tractors, and people watching, all of which were readily available at Craigie’s. He was pretty much ready to move in with the chickens, he thought those hens had quite the set-up.

craigies farm - sparrowhopes.com:: saying hello to the pony ::

craigies farm - sparrowhopes.com:: highlight of the day… riding on the tractor ::

craigies farm - sparrowhopes.com:: sneak peak. Craigies is where we go berry picking each year… looks like the strawberries are nearly ready for us! ::

craigies farm - sparrowhopes.com:: the piggies! ::

craigies farm - sparrowhopes.com:: checking out the chickens, N was deep in conversation with the little black hen at this point ::

craigies farm - sparrowhopes.com:: the flyer for the open day advertised cow milking. luckily for all involved it turned out not to be a real cow. N wasn’t fazed in the least. ::