Homemade Pickles

July 10th, 2014

I made pickles last week! I think homemade pickles are so pretty floating around in their jars with all that dill. Don’t you? I followed this simple refrigerator dill pickle recipe, but I had to wing it a bit on the measurements. The recipe doesn’t go into much detail about things like how the heck you should measure cucumber spears in cups, or how big the heads of dill should be. My pickles aren’t bad, but I wish they were saltier, and next time I will err on the side of using way too much dill rather than too little.

Have you ever made pickles? Do you even like pickles? If you don’t like pickles, wouldn’t you still make them just to see all those pretty pickles bobbing around in a jar?

homemade pickle recipe

homemade pickle recipe

homemade pickle recipe

homemade pickle recipe

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Lucerne, Switzerland

July 8th, 2014

Here are the last of my travel photos, this time from lovely Lucerne! As we walked around exploring this gorgeous city we took plenty of breaks to refuel at bakeries and chocolate shops along the way. There was a bakery on almost every corner, no joke. We were in heaven!

The ornate architectural detail of the buildings in old town Lucerne was astounding, and we stayed at a hotel smack in the middle of it. We spent plenty of time relaxing on the rooftop deck, which was the perfect spot to watch and listen to the city below. A marching band wound its way through the streets, canons fired occasionally from a nearby castle, street musicians wandered, and the clip-clop of horses’ hooves on cobblestone won’t be something I forget anytime soon.

Our last morning in Switzerland (just hours before our flight home was leaving Zurich) the weather finally cleared up, so we rushed to catch the cog train to the top of Mt. Pilatus to see the jaw-dropping view. It was such a strange feeling to be standing on a mountaintop so high that the clouds were below us. After snapping a few photos we had to rush to catch the next cable car down, but our quick trip up Mt. Pilatus was totally worth the mad dash to make it to the airport on time!

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

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Sketchbook 7.3.14

July 3rd, 2014

I’ve been sketching some new everyday card designs!

Sometimes if I can’t quite picture a design in my head before I draw it…

Amanda Wright || Wit & Whistle || sketchbook

I have to draw it twice (sometimes more) before it turns into something I like.

Amanda Wright || Wit & Whistle || sketchbook

Elephants are cute, but do those look like peanuts or footprints to you?

Amanda Wright || Wit & Whistle || sketchbook

I’ve also got a little something in the works for people who want to send a handwritten note but don’t have much to say.

Amanda Wright || Wit & Whistle || sketchbook

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Lake Como, Italy

July 1st, 2014

After tearing ourselves away from Mürren, Daniel and I headed to Lake Como—my first time in Italy! We got there a bit later than we anticipated, so we really only had one full day to soak it in. Even on a tight schedule Italy was every bit as dreamy as I had imagined. We wandered the streets of Bellagio and Varenna, ate delicious food, explored the Castle of Vezio, and took a cooking class at Ristorante Il Caminetto where we enjoyed the generous hospitality of Chef Moreno and his family.

After squeezing all that into just one day, there was still one more thing I needed to do. Find the perfect gelato shop! Just as it was getting dark we rounded a corner and spotted a glass case filled with those impossibly high, perfectly squishy-looking gelato piles. You know, like this. I promised myself back in high school that I wouldn’t taste the gelato available here in the states until I first visited Italy and tried the real thing. I kept that promise, and it was worth the wait to relish my first cup while wandering Bellagio’s jasmine scented streets. Gelato really is silkier and creamier tasting than regular old American ice cream (unless the gorgeous scenery was just brainwashing my taste buds).

Based on our short visit, Italy totally lived up to the hype, and I hope I get to see more of it sooner rather than later!

Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

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The chicks are here!

June 26th, 2014

After much anticipation my baby chicks are finally here, and they are the most adorable little fuzz balls. They’re so fragile and wobbly that I’m a little paranoid about their well-being, but so far so good! I decided just to get three for now—a blue Orpington (Millie), a Barnevelder (Roberta), and a Speckled Sussex (Margo).

A while back when I was doing some chicken research I saw a photo someplace of chicks wearing cupcake liners as tutus, and I immediately knew I had to make a chicken ballet video when my girls arrived. Surprisingly 1 day old chickens don’t take direction well, they get pissed when you make them wear cupcake liners, and they’re terrible ballerinas… so the ballet didn’t turn out exactly as I planned.

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