Have you guys seen Kinfolk,a magazine and journal dedicated to the companionship that comes through getting together over some food?
You know I love cozy intersections, and I can't resist the meeting place of human connection and eating -- so fundamental and so artful, too! I also admire the simple and unfussy aesthetic of the dining events they feature, but better to quote their manifesto here; it's much more eloquent than I.
--"Every element of Kinfolk – the features, photography, and general aesthetics – are consistent with the way we feel entertaining should be: simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived. Kinfolk is the marriage of our appreciation for art and design and our love for spending time with family and friends."
And there's this video.
Heart achingly pretty, yes? I'm going to watch it now, during my girls' naps, with this little bird chirping away in the tree next to my window. I hope you all enjoy, too.
Okay, and there's this video, too.
There are more videos to behold in the online journal. I'm in love with all of them, so far. There are recipes, useful products and intimate moments. Yes, this is one of those things I'm going to savor for a while. It's so good that if I weren't in such desperate need of sleep, I'd stay up all night reading the whole thing! (Thank you, nursing baby, for tempering me.) This won't be the last time I reference Kinfolk, and you may recognize some Ask features from it, as well!
I love Jeana Sohn's Bap Story. I've done a full feature on her, but today am focusing on the food! We're going to pick a recipe to try for the weekend; any suggestions?
I've also featured this blogger before, but this her flickr page, dedicated only to her breakfasts, aptly called The Breakfast Project. Don't these look yummy!
Jennifer Causey, the wildly talented photographer behind the Makers Project (more on that another time), also runs Simply Breakfast:
(images) I'm officially hungry.
Lastly, Beatrice Valenzuela's blog is so, so pretty and full of food inspiration! She is also a shoe maker of the yummiest adult and children's shoes.
I love her home and all the drinks she makes. and that she puts them in jars!
We recycle all our jars for cups. We started doing it because I wanted to move away from plastic after Nona was born, the jars were being bought anyway, AND jars have lids, which is great for kids. Lids make it possible for a beverage to be taken in bags, cars, on walks, pierced for straws, used to freeze things, store in the fridge without spills.
Spice jars are the perfect size for a toddler, too; the long, slender jar is just right for their little hands, and the smaller openings are perfect for their little mouths. And aren't they just so pretty? Gotta love it when cost-effectiveness, good health, practicality and beauty come together! The jars remind me of being a little girl in my grandmother's kitchen during canning time with the smells, aprons, the high ceilings and the light pouring in from three sides. She'd take a jar or two and make coke floats for us. such nice memories. Beatrice also did a home tour recently with Apartment Therapy. and the names in this house? Beatrice, Ramsey, and Astrid! Are they kidding us? No, they aren't. love it.
In addition to all the yummy links, here is a list of some deliciously edible names:
Ume (japanese for plum)
Umeko (plum blossom child)
Luumu (plum again. I like plums)
Eple (Norweigan for apple)
Omena (Finnish for apple)
Anzu (Japanese for apricot)
Pomme (French for Apple)
Prune (the big one in France, at the moment)
Also see my post on Spice and Herb names for many more of that flavor.
And from today's inspirations:
What about these food bits? Will you try a new recipe this weekend?
How do you feel about the names?