Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What's Inspiring You?

See that light shining through the cheesecloth in the back of this shot?  That's honest-to-goodness sunlight!  Yes!  Daylight savings did not disappoint.  I was able to set up and take many, many still life shots all Sunday afternoon while the sun poured in through this upstairs southwest window. This particular photo is for a backlit assignment in Kim Klassen's Be Still--52 class.

I want thank the many folks who tried my lemon cookie recipe over the weekend!  I received loads of notes on Facebook and Instagram, comments here on the blog, and emails and texts about the cookies.  I'm so glad that you all love them as much as I do!  They are about as easy to make as cookies get, and the taste payoff is extraordinary.  I even saw photos of some other people's cookies, and they were gorgeous!  Nothing like bonding over baked goods.  It truly takes a village to bake a biscuit.

I'll have more recipes very soon.  In the meantime, I wanted to share a few inspiring links:

~Click--A print and digital magazine by photographers for photographers.  These women make a seriously gorgeous product.  Plus, they're running a fun photography contest from now until April 15.  Get clicking!

~Sarah Raven--This is a link to her YouTube channel.  I learn so much from her gardening videos.  Champion of heirloom varieties, she is a gardening goddess . . . and a brilliant teacher.  Plus, just getting to peek at the grounds of her farm makes me want to try new ideas in my own little piece of earth.  

~Thomas McGuane--This link will lead you to an NPR interview with Montana writer Tom McGuane.  Mr. Magpie heard the interview yesterday, told me about it over a quick lunch at Becky's Diner today, and I've just been listening to it and reading the transcript tonight.  It's definitely a worthwhile listen, especially for fellow readers and writers.  "I think there's only one interesting story," says McGuane, ". . . and that's struggle."  I have to say, after years of writing and teaching writing, I agree.

If you have a moment, let me know what's inspiring you this week.  I'd love to hear what you're up to.  


  1. In this moment, this photo. The softness! Thank you.

    I need to bookmark your cookie recipe. I made a cheesecake a while ago that called for orange zest & I was surprised how much orange flavor it added. Now my eye lights up when I see zest of some sort in a recipe.

    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I feel the same way about zest! I'm thinking I need to make a lime version of these cookies, since I love the lemon ones so much. Ooh, and cheesecake flavored with orange zest sounds like heaven on a plate to me! :)

  2. Loved visiting Sarah Raven and also think I would enjoy Click, THANKS!
    The cookies were delicious. I shared at my tea group and they loved them.
    Your photos are just gorgeous with each and every post.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Sarah Raven link. She is such an inspiring person. And I'm thrilled that your tea group liked the cookies! I think they're really good for tea. I made some chocolate ones recently that I'm loving with tea, too. Will post the recipe soon!


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