House Plant Portrait No. 2

June 11th, 2013

Here’s my second house plant portrait! This one is of my little Haworthia plant. The only way to make a Haworthia cuter than it already is, is to pair it with a chubby little owl. The original painting is for sale in my Etsy shop right here. I created it with gouache, ink, and a little bit of oolong tea, because at some point I absentmindedly started dipping paintbrushes into my tea mug instead of my water cup.

House Plant Portrait No. 2

House Plant Portrait No. 2

House Plant Portrait No. 2

House Plant Portrait No. 2

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Hot Pink Peonies

June 7th, 2013

Last week I got an email from Flower Muse, a flower farm in California, asking if they could send me some of their peonies for artistic inspiration. Who could say no to that?! An armful of hot pink single bloom peonies showed up at my door yesterday, and they’re some of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen, much less had sitting in a vase on my table!

The peonies arrived in perfect condition with their buds tightly closed, and within a few hours the petals magically opened. Below there’s a little animation I made of the progression from bud to bloom, so you can savor the full peony experience with me. What amazing flowers! I took a bazillion photos of these lovelies, and of course I grabbed my sketchbook to try to capture their beauty on paper.

single bloom peonies

single bloom peonies

single bloom peonies

single bloom peonies

single bloom peonies

Flower Muse sells a huge variety of flowers at wholesale prices right from their farms. Their blog is great too. Check out the peony farm post! I loved seeing where these gorgeous flowers came from.

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Homemade Strawberry Jam

June 4th, 2013

My grandma (aka Grammy) makes the best jams. Whenever we visit she pulls out a selection of homemade jams to spread on hot fresh biscuits every morning. Oh yum. A few years ago she taught my mom, sister, and I how to make jam. It was a lot easier than I expected!

I decided to make jam with all those strawberries we picked. It was my first time making jam without adult supervision, and it turned out great. This jam is scrumptious on bread (especially on Grammy’s bread), but I like it best dolloped on greek yogurt or icelandic style skyr. The super sweet jam perfectly compliments the sour tangy yogurt. The jam recipe is below. I think I’ll try making blackberry jam later this summer. Mmm.

Giveaway Winners:

Wow! Thank you to all of you who entered the tea towel giveaway and left so many sweet comments for me. I loved reading each one. The giveaway winners have been randomly selected—congratulations to Crystal and Naomi! I’ve emailed you both to get your towel preference and addresses.

I wish I could give you all tea towels! As a consolation, you can use the coupon code OMG10000 to take 20% off all tea towels from now through June 11th. (Offer valid only on witandwhistle.com.)

Okay, now back to the delicious jam…

easy strawberry jam recipe

easy strawberry jam recipe

easy strawberry jam recipe

easy strawberry jam recipe

easy strawberry jam recipe

easy strawberry jam recipe

easy strawberry jam recipe

Quick & Easy Freezer Strawberry Jam
(recipe paraphrased from the Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin box)

2 pints of strawberries (cored)
4 cups sugar
1.75 oz box Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin
3/4 cup water

containers with tight fitting lids for storing jam

Wash and rinse your storage containers.

Smash the cored strawberries with a potato masher, until you have exactly 2 cups of crushed strawberries. Pour the crushed berries into a large bowl and mix in the 4 cups of sugar (it has to be exactly 4 cups*). Let berry/sugar mixture sit for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir 1 box of pectin and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir the pectin mixture into the fruit mixture. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved (about 3 minutes).

Pour the jam into the prepared containers. Leave 1/2″ of space at the top of each container to allow room for the jam to expand in the freezer.

Seal the containers and let the jam sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Then store the jam the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year.

* There’s a version of Sure-Jell fruit pectin that’s designed for reduced sugar and sugar free recipes. I’ll probably try one of those recipes next time. It seems silly to add so much sugar to strawberries that are already perfectly sweet!

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Strawberry Picking

May 30th, 2013

Daniel and I went strawberry picking last weekend. The weather was glorious, and there were so many perfectly ripe berries that I felt guilty only filling one bucket and leaving the rest behind. Strawberries are God’s solution to my insatiable sweet tooth, and Daniel nearly had to drag me out of the field because I kept seeing “one more good one” I needed to pick.

I can’t get over the fact that delicious food grows right out of the dirt ready for us to eat. It’s magical if you take a moment to really think about it.

Next week I’ll show you what I made with these ruby red beauties!

strawberry picking

strawberry picking

strawberry picking

strawberry picking

strawberry picking

strawberry picking

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Giveaway! (Closed)

May 28th, 2013

Over the weekend I hit 10,000 sales in my Etsy shop, and I can’t quite believe it! Years ago we went out with friends to celebrate my 40th sale, and I never imagined Wit & Whistle would grow this much! Thank you all so much for your generous support and encouragement over the years. I want to give away a couple tea towels to celebrate this milestone!

wit and whistle tea towel giveaway

Enter by leaving a comment below. Just say hello, or if there’s something you’d like to see Wit & Whistle do in the future, whether it be a new product or something here on the blog, I’d love to hear about it. Two winners will be chosen next Tuesday (June 4) and each will receive the tea towel of their choice. The prizes will ship worldwide.

If you’d rather not take your chances with the giveaway, use the coupon code OMG10000 to take 20% off all tea towels from now through June 11th. (Offer valid only on witandwhistle.com.)

wit and whistle tea towel giveaway

wit and whistle tea towel giveaway

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