26 January 2014

painted hearts + pancakes

Painted hearts, pancakes . . . plus some chicken enchiladas! The end of January always has me kicking into creative high gear, because my birthday's lurking just around the corner. And it's not just my birthday - it's my sister's birthday and her daughter's birthday - a big celebration for us. So that means I'll head up north to the farm this upcoming weekend and we'll all just hang out with each other - make some good food, devour some cake. We don't really exchange big gifts, we mainly just give each other little things that we've made or pass on good books that the other person has "just got to read right now."

Valentine's Day is just around the corner as well. I really like the holiday when I keep myself shielded from all the marketing that surrounds it. When I keep it to homemade, simple valentines and buy my chocolate at least a week before - and avoid the panic of the romantics who forgot their sweethearts until the day of - well, it's a lot more fun that way.

The cat has figured out where all of my creative energy is "roosting" these days - she's keeping a close eye on all of my stuff is a nice way of putting it - as long as she keeps her paws out of my paints!

I found a great pancake recipe here. I followed it exactly, but subbed coconut milk for buttermilk and added a teaspoon each of cinnamon and vanilla. And I highly recommend this enchilada recipe, it was easy to put together and something different from our usual evening dinners.


  1. Your cat is so handsome, mine won't co-operate for photos ever. You are very talented with your drawing and painting. My sister's birthday is in March, unfortunately she is in Australia and I'm in New Zealand, so we don't get to spend the day together. You are lucky you and your sister can :)

    1. Thank you, Julie. I can't believe the cat sat still for that photo!

  2. Jillian, your watercolors are beautiful - have you studied art? I love the turquoise color of the yarn and used in the paintings. Working on a knitting project last night, I just thought that I need a pretty light blue skein of something in my stash. We had pancakes also this weekend - banana, coconut, and flaxseeds made with leftover whey from some cottage cheese. Good way to start a cold Sunday. The knitting project looks great - and way above my skill level, though I did start something new this weekend.

  3. Happy birthday, a little early :) I'm so excited for this new year for you! It will be wondrous. You're right on the Valentine's Day--keeping it simple and homemade is always a good idea. We're having a little VD party for the little ones--should be a riot of pink balloons and a dance party :)


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