January 3, 2017

maybe a little crazy


We’re kicking off the new year by taking an almost threenager on multiple cross continental and oceanic flights. It’s about time to introduce him to the place where we planted the seeds for our family to grow.

We’re hoping the USA is still standing when we get home.

We remain dubious.

But ever vigilant.

Peace and love for 2017. And action instead of complacency.

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February 3, 2016

the important thing

The important thing is to keep reassessing.

Where do you want to be?

Where are you now?

How do you move the two closer together?


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January 2, 2016

2015 in review

Hi friends,

In 2015:

I started buying hand-rolled salted butter.

I’ll never go back.



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August 13, 2015

March in the Garden

Since we bought our house we’ve done a few thing on the inside to make it ours. We’ve painted a couple rooms and built a bookshelf. But largely this spring and summer have been about the garden.

Here are a couple pictures of the backyard to give you an idea of where we started.

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Starting in late March, we pruned back our lilac bushes. These things are very overgrown. I was taught that lilac bushes should be pruned once they get more than 1-2 inches in diameter. Most of ours are currently more like 8-10 inches in diameter, and have dead branches. So we’re slowly pruning them back to encourage new growth, and to hopefully bring them back to full health. Because lilacs are my favorite.

march in the garden

We’ve come a long way since March. Stay tuned to see how things have progressed.

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June 18, 2015

Going on in May

Oh hi, old blog. I’m so very far behind on updating you. I have all sorts of garden progress photos to share and what not. But here’s what we did in May.

reading books sour dough morels garden beds hiking 1 sick cuddles hiking 2 onions


enjoying husby’s well earned week of vacation

hiking through a nearby state park. We went to forage for morels, and while we didn’t find any there, husby did find some in our neighborhood. Despite not finding any on our hiking trip, we did enjoy the beautiful views of the lake we were hiking near and the ice cream that we finished the afternoon with.

visiting friends in Philadelphia. It had been far too long since we’d seen many of these friends, and it was fun to introduce them all to Cheeks, as well as get caught up again.

moving all our furniture out to the house. We still had a couple weeks that we stayed in our apartment, but by the end of the month we were completely moved into the house. Now to figure out where everything goes.

digging up plenty of garden space, and filling beds with seed potatoes, onions, cabbage, broccoli, kale, radishes, and many other veggies.

baking sour dough with a renewed passion. I find the long fermented bread isn’t as hard on my stomach, and I’ve been using a mildly modified version of the Tartine country bread recipe with beautiful results. And after a few months of regular bread baking, my sour dough starter is really starting to develop it’s flavor. Just in time for jam season!

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