strawberry oatmeal pancakes

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ” – Henry James It’s a delightful exercise, I think, to meditate on which English words you think are most beautiful. J.R.R. Tolkein famously asserted that “cellar door” rolls off the Anglophone tongue most melodiously. Linguist…

babies & berries

In the spirit of strawberry season, my cousin Stephanie sent me the following two photos. They depict her and my cousin Jon’s incredibly cute children, Ella and Ryan, posing with a basket of fresh and local strawberries, handpicked in Montague, MI. I think we’d all gain from celebrating the season’s harvest with the kind of…

summer lovin’

As I start to pack up for next week’s move to Ann Arbor, I’ve decided to get as much use out of my family’s food processor as possible before it’s too late (this college kid’s kitchen appliance collection is limited to a can opener and a cheese grater, I’m afraid). A tip from Amy Piersma…

the heart-seed berry

“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.” – Dr. William Butler, 17th century English writer, writing about the strawberry Strawberries have officially taken over market stands all across Michigan, and so it is only appropriate that the Sprout Diaries acknowledge and appreciate this incredibly lovable summertime fruit. Before proceeding…