Nepotism

This week I hired an office manager! I’d like to introduce my first employee ever, Shawn Nichols. She’s amazing, and she also happens to be my mom! I gotta say, it’s a huge bonus to have an employee that loves your baby as much as you do and doesn’t mind changing a few diapers.

Balancing baby and business has been quite a challenge. I’ve been able to keep up with order fulfillment, but I haven’t had time to do much creating over the past 9 months. With my mom taking over packaging, shipping, inventory management, and more, I should be back to my sketchbook soon.

Here’s Fern helping the Office Manager package today’s orders…

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Kidding… the baby is not allowed to drool on outgoing shipments. ;)

Jalapeño Grilled Cheese

I’m always on the lookout for lunch ideas, and when I came across this Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese recipe my mouth started watering. It seemed so complicated though—seeding, stuffing, and roasting jalapenos, cooking bacon—way too much effort for lunch time. So here’s my easy version!

jalapeno grilled cheese

Get two slices of crusty bread. Spread one with cream cheese and the other with mayo. Apply a generous layer of pickled jalapeños and sharp cheddar cheese. Close the sandwich, and butter the top and bottom.

Grill it in the skillet, or toast it in the oven. I preheated my toaster oven to 425 and baked my sandwich for 5 minutes. Then I flipped it and baked for another 3-5 minutes. Once the cheese was melty I broiled it for 2 minutes (flipping halfway through) to brown the outside. Then I ate it, and it was amazing.

jalapeno grilled cheese

I love cheese. That is all.

Seven Years of Wit & Whistle!

Oh my gosh, today is Wit & Whistle’s seventh birthday! It has been such a privilege to run my own business for so long. Thanks a million for supporting my efforts and helping make it possible. This year has been one of the hardest as I’ve struggled to balance motherhood and business, and I’m so grateful you’ve stuck with me through it all!

Next year I might need a bigger cupcake…

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My Christmas in July sale is still going strong! While supplies last all holiday cards are 50% off through the end of the month. (no coupon code needed)

Big Fat Peace Lily

Today seems like a good day to show you my newest houseplant. It’s a massive peace lily, and these days the world needs a big dose of peace more than ever.

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“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” —Psalm 34:14

large peace lily

(I love that this fellow has the scale and aesthetic of a bird of paradise plant, but will thrive in low light!)