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Happy 4th Anniversary To Us!

Posted on September 18th, 2014 by Susanna

The fourth anniversary materials are either flowers and/or fruit. We chose flowers.


Dan cut out a 4 from some cardboard, I gathered flowers from our yard and we attached them to the cardboard with hot glue. There was a moment when it was cheesy and very hippy-like, but I’m fairly pleased with how it turned out. There are black-eyed susans, white wood aster, goldenrod, rose hips, and purple coneflower, among others. #mostlynatives



If you can’t get enough of our silly cheesyness, check out our Year 1 and Year 2 and Year 3 photos!

Happy Third Anniversary To Us!

Posted on September 29th, 2013 by Susanna

It’s that time of year again…our awkward yearly anniversary photo. This year we were too busy to even remember our anniversary and we didn’t get around to taking our photo until 11 days later.  Oh well, we’ll make it up next year!

The options for Year 3 materials were leather or glass. I think you can probably guess why we picked glass…

third anniversary

We didn’t quite have the focus right on this one, but it’s goofy so I wanted to share it anyway…

third yearIn case this isn’t enough silliness for you, you can check out our Year 1 and Year 2 photos!



Happy Second Anniversary to Us!

Posted on September 23rd, 2012 by Susanna

2nd anniversary2 pillow

Keeping with the tradition we started last year of making a number out of the traditional gift material and taking a photo with it, this year I made a pillow with a quilted two. I used fabrics from Dan’s old gingham and striped boxers and flannel pajamas. We had a bit of a flannel theme this year, which wasn’t totally planned.


Catering a Bridal Shower

Posted on June 24th, 2012 by Dan

Lemon Water

Yes, it was my older sister’s bridal shower, but we’re considering it our first catering gig still!

My young sister, Jenny, is the maid of honor and is traditionally tasked with throwing a bridal shower. We were excited to plan the whole thing and I think we did a great job.

The theme: Tea Party.

She worked decorations, teas, invitations, etc, and I happily organized the menu. Keeping true with a traditional tea party, we had 4 different tea sandwiches, each on their own bread, scones and some desserts.

This was a fun and enlightening experience in menu planning. I baked all 4 types of bread, came up with the sandwich types and assembled the day of (with lots of help from Susanna and Jenny’s bf, Justin).


The sandwiches:

Tea Party Sandwiches

  • Grilled Eggplant, Tomato, Basil on Ciabatta
  • Hummus Vegetable on Whole Wheat Bread
  • Cucumber Dill on a Dainty Tea Bread
  • Chicken Salad on Sunflower Flaxseed Bread
Tea Sandwiches

This post would be enormous if I put the recipes for each sandwich, so I’ll make a separate post with the recipes, more pictures and the bread.

To prepare for this all, I made all the breads the day or two days before. Each bread (except the ciabatta) was made in this awesome lidded bread pan, especially designed for making a square tea sandwich.

Table Setting

Cinnamon Raisin Scones

Here’s the full menu:


  • 4 different types of teas
  • lemon water
  • cucumber lime water


  • Grilled Eggplant, Tomato, Basil on Ciabatta (vegan)
  • Hummus Vegetable on Whole Wheat Bread (vegan)
  • Cucumber Dill on a Dainty Tea Bread (vegan)
  • Chicken Salad on Sunflower Flaxseed Bread (vegan bread)


  • Cinnamon Raisin Scones (vegan) with lemon curd (vegan) and clotted cream
  • Raspberry Almond Thumbprint cookies (vegan)
  • French Macarons (vegan)
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries

The chicken salad, chocolate strawberries and the clotted cream for the scones were the only three items in the entire menu that weren’t vegan/vegetarian. For an audience where the only two non-meat eaters were Susanna and Jenny, I think that’s pretty good!

The day before the party, Susanna and I got a new lens! The 50mm f1.8 AF/S G.

We’ve been having a lot of fun practicing with it and getting some great shots. Here’s some of the macarons from the party. Susanna also took all of the photos from the party with this lens.


Chocolate Mint French Macaron

Summer Berries

Posted on June 19th, 2012 by Dan

No, it’s not summer yet.

Tomorrow brings the onslaught of 100°F days, dry dry gardens, and empty rain barrels.

sour cherries, blueberries, raspberries

But I’m celebrating summer 1 day early with my summer berries. I picked up 2 pints of sour cherries, blueberries and raspberries. They’re bursting with color and smell amazing. I just couldn’t stop myself from getting home, washing them all and snapping some shots in pretty bowls, while simultaneously trying not to eat all of them at once.

I really struggle with such gems this time of year. In my mind, nothing is a good enough application for these delicious morsels. I have tentative plans for some of them, but need to quickly decide on some other uses.

Anyway, hope these photos made your mouth water.

I heart the Mountains

Posted on June 1st, 2012 by Susanna

Dan and I took advantage of a four day weekend opportunity and went away to Frostburg and then backpacking in West Virginia. It was a trip filled with pink lady’s slippers, red efts, and sore feet.

Strawberry Sorbet

Posted on May 28th, 2012 by Dan

Late spring means local, delicious  strawberries in Maryland. For Mother’s Day we brought bread and strawberry sorbet to my sister’s for dinner. The sorbet was bursting with flavor, bright red and crazy fragrant. The texture was just perfect. It reminded me of the strawberry popsicles that we would get at amusement parks. Full of intense flavor, these homemade delights almost seem artificial, though they are as simple and natural as they come.

strawberry sorbet

This recipe is straightforward, from the Ezra Pound Cake blog, and very easy to make. As a reminder, the mixture needs to be cold before putting in the ice cream maker in order to get tiny ice crystals for a smooth result. I made a double batch for our dessert with 6 people.

I love spring!

Posted on May 6th, 2012 by Susanna

peonylily of the valleyroseoak gallCamassiapeony

Little Joe

Posted on April 20th, 2012 by Susanna

Our lovely little yellow orchid has started to bloom again, it’s a Dendrobium yellow chinsai ‘Little Joe’ that we got from the Orchid Show last year.Dendrobium yellow chinsai 'Little Joe'



Posted on December 10th, 2011 by Susanna

My dear sweet cat that I’ve had for 16 years enjoying his pot of catnip:

sharing with The Paper Mama