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mother’s day gift guide | for the cook, gardener, and crafter

This is going to be my first mother’s day with a baby. We’re currently in Kyoto, and I just watched her learn to crawl on the tatami mat of our machiya, and, around the same time as learning to crawl, she’s also developed an awareness of object permanence. By which I mean, for the first time, she cries when I leave. Cries when she sees me if she’s in someone else’s arms (save when she’s meeting new friends for the first time, then she’s happy to be passed around!). And, stupidly, I’m surprised. I work. And I’m not fun. I’m a terrible clown; that’s dad’s province. So sometimes I wonder if she’ll like me. And then when she cries for me, reaches for me, snuggles up to me to sleep I realize that being mom & loving her is enough. I don’t have to be the funny one. It’s okay if I work. She loves me like I love her: unconditionally, no matter what.

I teamed up with Mother magazine (find an interview and photos of Eula & I in our Tennessee home here!) and Amazon to put together this gift guide for all different sorts of moms. We have gifts for the gardener, gifts for the crafter, and gifts for the cook (that would be me!) Though I am partial to my copper watering can…

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quick & simple | sherry chocolate pot de creme

sherry chocolate pot de creme

The past few years my focus as a cook has shifted, settled. I’m most interested in recipes that are viable for everyday home cooks with full lives—that’s the sort of recipe my cookbook will be full of. Sure, it’s fun to turn out something that takes all the pots in your kitchen and a week to prepare every now and again (or is it?), but as a working woman and now a working mother, the reality of how few hours there are in a day is one I’m intimately acquainted with. This dessert is the best of all the worlds: few ingredients, 10 minute prep, and shockingly wonderful. It’s just pure magic, and it’s definitely going to be a fixture on the tables at our retreats and in my home until I make everyone sick of it because I haven’t stopped craving them since I made them.

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upstate new york guide & hudson woods home

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I’m excited to introduce the first of many inspiring interior features to come along with a little weekend travel guide for the Hudson Valley / Catskills area of upstate New York from our trip there this past November. When we had a chance to hop up to Hudson Wood’s beautiful modern cabin for a stay courtesy of Brick and Wonder, an agency that curates the most amazing real estate in the world, the stuff dreams are made of, no joke. Give them a look for more dream homes than I can handle, and follow them on Instagram for constant inspiration. I hope to have the chance to photograph more of their interiors—a girl can dream. We, obviously, jumped at the opportunity as a) it made a perfect first trip away from home for Eula & a quiet get away as a family with lots of fires and farm stalls and b) look at this house. We even managed to catch the very last of the fiery autumn leaves. The home is full of furniture and objects by local makers & artisans, and the space itself is a modern take on a cabin in the woods with walls of windows and an open kitchen & living area. Find interior photos, and a link to sources for the furniture, goods, and appliances in the house, and a long list of our favorite spots, eats, and shops in the area for a weekend upstate! Either that or you could just hole up here, build a fire, and never leave…
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