hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week
My camera is broken. I feel a little sheepish admitting the heartache I feel over it. The thing is, sure, I use it for my work both here and on etsy. I need it for my upcoming art exhibit. I want it because I love to document. But, more than any of that, my camera is daily creative outlet that is really important to me. You know.
I have been talking about, thinking about, dreaming about cameras a lot this last week. I can’t afford a new one and I just keep waiting for the perfect answer to emerge. It’ll come.
In the mean time, Margot is now the member of our family with a camera.* And, at the suggestion of a reader (Whitney!), this week’s nuggets come from her unique, hilarious perspective.
The photos in this post are taken by or directed by Margot Bea. And she helped me with the commentary which was one of the funniest experiences I have had as of late. She’s a great kid, that one.
:: We go through an unreal amount of bread in our home and, no matter how much I make and buy, at least once a week we find one lonely heel where we thought the loaf should be. Consequently, I have been searching, tweaking, hoping for a perfect, quick, healthy, quick, very quick biscuit recipe. And, beloveds, I am there. And it is good.
Supa Quick Whole Wheat Honey Biscuits The Whole Family Loves
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons ground flax (optional)
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter
1/2 cup milk
Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and ground flax in a bowl. Cut in butter. In a separate bowl, whisk honey into the milk. Add honey milk and stir until just mixed. It’s pretty dry so, at this point, I just get my hands in there to form a dough ball. Divide dough into 12 biscuits and bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Easy. Delish.
:: We took Margot skiing last weekend, her first time on real skis with hard boots and oh my. I found myself teary more than once at the total happiness and beauty of the day.
She skied on our backs when she was one, on strap-on skis when she was two and, now, at three, she’s skiing.
It was awesome and completely exhausting in the most wonderful way. I was a ski instructor in college and worked a lot with three year-olds. It is quite cool to teach my kid to ski. And, holy holy, what a proud mama I was. She was spirited and fearless. And, after two bunny hill runs, she was skiing begging me to “just move please mama because I want to go really fast.”
These photos by Andy and Gramma Joan, assisted by Ruby.
:: I transcribed Margot’s birthday card message to her bff, Owen, on his third birthday:
Happy Dear Owen,Happy Birthday. That stick really did hurt. I love you.
:: I love her interest in photographing her everyday favorites and activites. She will often aim her camera at Ruby and me and I’ll grab Rubes close and hold still anticipating her sweet delayed button press. Instead, her camera migrates away from her family subjects and toward a bowl of salt.
“Margot, how about this photo?”
“Awe! That’s my favorite headband! It’s just adorable!”
“That’s just you and Juicy. You are changing Ruby’s diaper at Owen’s birthday party. Or something.”
:: Margot sang the caption for the following photo like a poem in a shrill high squeak.
I am in the swing
but there are no toys out there
and we’re siiiiiii i i i i i ngiiiiing
:: Not sure if I’ve mentioned this here before but Andy is sweet nut. Me, I’m more savory. So, he makes dessert a lot more than I do. We often (usually) have a container of cookie dough in our fridge so he can make a small batch in the evenings after dinner. Dude knows his cookies. And while Margot and I made these heart-shaped lovelies on Valentine’s Day, he was directing from the couch.
:: You’ll have to wait for next week’s mama digs to learn why we are dancing in these photos. It’s a good, crazy story that caused Margot to exclaim, “Let’s dance! Turn on 123!”
:: Still life with half-eaten apples, mama’s boot and dog ear.
:: Customized cookie for dad. Message by Margot. I love this happy dear thing she has going. It’s so jolly.
Happy hump day out there.
* edited to add: Margot’s camera is a Kodak Easy Share CD22. It appears they aren’t made anymore.