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Blossoms in Every Direction

As I prep for the National Stationery Show next weekend (follow me on Instagram to shadow my trip!) a few topics have been blossoming. Here’s a little highlight of my favorites these days…



Already a huge fan of the gorgeous illustrations from Rifle Paper Co., this interview with Anna Bond, aka The Queen of Cards, found on the USPS Life in Letters blog is not to be missed.


Fountain Greetings, the company that does the writing for you, now sells beautiful gifts with each card they write. Although it might be a bit of a cheat, at least someone is writing a card!


As I have mentioned in past posts, written recipe cards and cookbooks hold a special place in my heart. This beautifully written article in the NY Times exemplifies the importance we may find with each card, doodle or smudge, connecting us with a moment in time.


Now that National Handwriting month and the Write_On campaign has come to an end, don’t stop writing. Local letter girl, Gina Sekelsky, has found a way to inspire us to keep up the writing with this Love Your Letters Challenge!

National Parks

A little sneak peak of this week’s photo shoot for a collaboration with Lizzie Garrett Mettler from Tomboy Style which has recently become the unique The Reed boutique, blog and travel guide site. See more later in the month! Congrats Lizzie!

Lastly, for those of you still in need for a few ideas for Mom’s Day…


…you can find lots of them at All for the Boys such as these crown printables, making all Moms feel like a Queens for the day! For you local folks, if you are still looking for Mother’s Day gifts…



…come visit me and other local makers at this Saturday’s Makers Market at my favorite local boutique, Mille. And be sure to drop those letters in the mailbox today! No mom should be without a Mother’s Day card this Sunday. Enjoy the new blossoms!


Anise & Smudges

I love traditions. Every year after Christmas I look forward to the arrival of Grandma Sally’s Springerle cookies which she consistently makes in the early part of the new year. Being a crisp cookie topped with anise seeds, Springerle is often not for everyone and is definitely an acquired taste. But over the years I’ve become a huge fan, especially knowing the beautiful cookies were made in my mother-in-law’s kitchen!

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So last month when Sally asked me if I would like to take part in her tradition, I jumped at the chance to learn the ins and the outs of Springerle. I knew the cookie is not a quick one to make –  you let the dough chill for a day and then wait another day for the cookie shapes to dry before baking – but Sally was ready for her students, Beatrice included.

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 Sally has been creating Springerle for years having made these cookies as a child with her mother. It was a German tradition her biscuit-loving relatives had brought over from Europe. Sally takes pleasure in the three day baking process and also the sentimentality behind this traditional, Winter cookie.

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As Sally and I began rolling out the dough, pressing the cookie mold, and cutting the shapes so delicately, I couldn’t help but notice her cookbook close at hand. This book was far from any ordinary cookbook. What I found was more of a well-loved and well-used cooking journal of sorts. Handwritten notes were both taped onto the pages as well as written on the actual pages of the cookbook. Detailed reminders of ingredients to buy for next season, notes on the quality of the dough, the dates and amount of cookies baked, which molds were used and general baking suggestions could be found throughout the pages. This was so representative of Sally, not only thoughtful in her baking but also one to write everything down.

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Of course, aside from the cookies, after we finished molding our gorgeous biscuit shapes, Sally did not let us depart without a Springerle recipe card which she hand wrote herself, of course. I can only imagine the smudges, added notes and baking suggestions which will be added to this new recipe card for years to come as I continue the tradition with my own children. Thank you, Sally, for both old and new traditions and the value you give towards handwriting in your life.

Two Oranges

On New Year’s Eve my friend Alison brought our family a thoughtful hostess box full of goodies, including two oranges and a recipe for Orange Cake. She mentioned this was her most recent “go to” cake – Lucky us! Now to give you a little back story, Alison is always whipping up something new in her kitchen. While I’ve printed dozens of e-mailed recipes we’ve exchanged, I’ve received only a few written ones over the years.


A few days later I baked my first Orange Cake and nearly burned the house down. However, with more winter “vacation” days back at home than expected (thanks to temperatures way below zero) I ended up baking quite a bit. Now, I can’t get enough of this insanely spectacular cake. Aside from the fresh taste and spongy, dare I say moist, texture, I think of Alison every time I make this yummy circle of goodness. I see her letters, I see her abbreviations, her one typo, her unique “a”‘s, and her all-lowercase letters. I think of her kitchen and all the calming effects it has on each visitor. I also think of her kindness and for taking the time to write down one of her recent “keepers” which is now part of my permanent collection. It’s kind of amazing what a simple written recipe will bring out of an individual, a little window into their world; a piece of themselves to another through writing. So transparent yet moving. 


So as I baked two Orange Cakes yesterday, one for a coffee date with a group of friends and another for a Ladies evening gathering, I decided to include a few written recipe cards (lucky for me I had some on hand!) for anyone interested. In the end, the cakes were a hit but even more so, my friends were delighted to take home a new recipe. I don’t assume they’ll think of me every time they make the cake but I know I’ve given a part of myself, my love of Orange Cake, my love of baking, and my love of writing to each one.

P.S. To check out the origin of the Orange Cake head to elana’s pantry. yum yum.

we love our Mothers

Mother’s Day is only two weeks away. So I thought I might share some ideas which hopefully will be passed on to the fathers, husbands or in-laws in your lives.

First off, I can’t more strongly suggest gifting your mother this Phone Pouchette from russell+hazel. I know, I know, I’m preaching technology but just listen…

phone1This has become my go-to when it comes to note taking outside of the home. And it can easily act as a purse with the interior slots for business or credit cards. Handsome and functional. And for a mother (no mention of names) who misplaces her phone from time to time, you will always know where your phone is ringing and where you last scribbled out an appointment or two.

My mother tends to subtlety “hint” at what she might like for Mother’s Day. Lucky for me, she’s in need of stationery!!! Love that kind of research.

Peacock Feather Pattern Flat Notes-set of 8

These Peacock Feather Pattern note cards from Michelle Brusegaard are lovely for a note to a loved one.

letter1I grew up near the Walker Art Center so my mother was known to reproduce art pieces which spoke to her (once she even painted a canvas orange and stuck a piece of toast right in the center of the painting). This lovely Mekko Note Card from MARA-MI reminds me of a piece she would have replicated.


My mother-in-law, also a Walker fan, would easily enjoy sending these Piet Note Cards to any one of her lucky friends.

mom2I don’t know a mother who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive these Valencia Note Cards which scream spring has arrived.

(All three MARA-MI cards can be found at their flagship store in Stillwater or their sister store, russell+hazel, in Minneapolis.)

coral letterpress notecard

I’m crazy about this elegant, letterpress Coral note card from Fig & Tulip.

Here’s a little something to help send off a letter in style…

imm living arcadian pig stamp

Mad about the pig stamp from imm living. I mean, come on? I would find excuses to use this cute little Wilbur on any rainy day!

Here’s an idea. Not only surprise the mom in your life with an unexpected trip but plant the airline ticket in this handsome Traveler’s Notebook from Baum-kuchen. An unforgettable Mother’s Day gift, no doubt.

journal_akolamarketThe beautiful selection of journals from Matta are covered with archive fabrics filled with market paper. (Why not pick up a scarf before you click off the site!)

Most mothers these days have some sort of stress on their minds. You can help by gifting her a Massage Pen from Kikkerland with an actual vibrating massager at the tip! (now 20% off site-wide with coupon code MOMSDAY13)


For the mom who likes to keep an orderly desk, the slick acrylic pen and pencil holder from Russel+Hazel makes your writing utensils look like art.

Copper Foil Recipe Cards - product images

Why not send your adult daughter a few family recipes on these copper foil recipe cards from Yellow Owl Workshop?

Sometimes a few words is all a Mother needs to receive. Which is why Shanna Murray illustrated decals is a wonderful gift for any mother figure in your life!

Of course no gift is complete without a card…

Make it! Blooming Mother’s Day Card

I love this Blooming Mother’s Day Card from Moomah. It’s a little DIY project, possibly a perfect card from a grandchild!

Rosy Blooms Mother's Day Card

Rosy Blooms from Rifle Paper

Lipstick Mother’s Day

Lipstick Mothers Day from rocket ink

I Heart Mom from Gold Teeth Brooklyn

But when it comes down to it, we feel the written expression is the most authentic and meaningful. A Mother of any form or nature will cherish this reminder of love.

Edible Keepsakes

Last August we sadly said ‘Ciao Ciao’ to our dear friend and babysitter, Amy, as she headed to Florence for her freshman year abroad. (Of course we had to send her off with a journal and international air mail in hand!)

Over the past seven months we’ve written letters, received postcards from her travels, emailed and skyped with Amy. She’s even blogged about her adventures overseas. But when we really miss her, we make her family’s hummus.

It was a sticky July afternoon when Amy stopped by with not only some rockin’ homemade hummus but a handwritten recipe attached.  A girl after my own heart. So last week when Ollie and I were wishing she was close by we decided to break out the chickpeas and feel a little more connected with our far-off friend.

In the midst of the lemon juice and garlic scraps lay Amy’s handwriting. It was almost as if a little part of her spirit was right there with us. And it made me think of all the other recipes I’ve held on to from friends and family which I’ve saved over the years, written with their own writing.

Often after I enjoy a meal at my mother-in-law’s, Sally will mail the recipe of the dish she made especially if one of the boys ate it up as well. Her Smoked Salmon Frittata has become one of my faves. Her writing is always simple yet lovely, a teacher’s touch.

Speaking of homemade hummus, my childhood friend Theresa, who now lives in Des Moines, makes everything she can from scratch. So, of course, after she brought this appetizer for a girl’s weekend up north I asked her to send me the recipe…If not for future making, it’s a memory of our time. I have flashbacks of grade school notes whenever I see her writing which has not changed one bit.

And there is always the annual Holiday Baking with my mom. The sugar cookie recipe has been used for years now and although we probably know it by heart, every December I  thumb through my recipe folder to find mom’s handwritten recipe. It wouldn’t be a baking marathon without it somewhere in the middle of the mess on the kitchen island.

All of this talk about handwritten recipe cards got me thinking. Why not send your Aunt  who makes an unforgettable flourless chocolate cake a recipe card in the mail so she can share her baking secrets? Or your friend from college who made the wacky spice mix to sprinkle on popcorn? Not only will you accumulate some tasty recipes but you will also hold a keepsake to treasure for years to come. Every time you make that dish you will be reminded of the person behind the words however far they may be from your kitchen island. Although I print off many email recipes sent from friends, the handwritten ones bring an emotional level to each dish we create in our home.

P.S. Miss you Amy. Love your hummus (we added olives this go around, Oliver’s fav).