Monday, August 10, 2009

biscuit lips and lemonade kisses...

today i am grateful for...

biscuit aftermath

1. inching closer to perfecting a biscuit recipe, as every good southern woman should. my first batch was too heavy and chalky. this one was a tad too sweet, but awfully close. nothin' a little butter and jam couldn't help...


josh's photos

2. the wunderkind josh goleman, for hand delivering our wedding goodies... a stack of polaroids tied up in ribbon. the reel from our wedding film. dvds with all the photos and the actual film. and contact sheets with his hand markings of his edits. i love seeing his artistic process and kind of want to frame them all!

3. my sweet eddie for setting up our printer and scanner!!!! i haven't had one of these, really ever. i sort of remember how to use them from art school days... but i am definitely going to be a bit rusty. and i am so grateful for momma stelling, who gifted us with this new toy!


lavender mint lemonade

lavender mint lemonade 2

4. fixin' lavender and mint lemonade. oh my. tastes like summer a thousand times over. and today is one of those no-relief-from-the-heat kind of days. where the sun slaps your face and makes the sweat drip into your eyes. but we've got a ceiling fan breeze and a cold drink in our hands.

5. organizing my address book and labeling envelopes. in fact, i need to go sip some more lemonade and tackle more thank you letters. the list is long and way overdue. we have many folks to thank, so i must pick up where i left off...

9 comments:

Emerson Merrick said...

gotta try art of simple cooking's cream biscuits! divine!

"hi, i'm ginnybranch stelling and i love love." said...

i tried! i need them to be a bit fluffier and fatter. mine turned out a little puny.

Mary said...

can you share your lavender mint lemonade recipe? please : ) it sounds and looks like heaven.

JC said...

I think the best biscuit of recent memory I've had was at Char No. 4 in Carroll Gardens... You should go there for brunch for "research."

Caroline said...

The recipe in Joy of Cooking is pretty foolproof. If your biscuits aren't puffing up as much as you'd like there are a couple things you can try to troubleshoot: stir more gently than seems necessary (to make them lighter and flakier-- I only stir until just combined and don't really knead), let your dough be a little on the moist side, almost to the point of being difficult to work with, and make sure your oven is hot enough when you put the biscuits in (the steam created by the heat of the oven hitting the moist dough will help them rise).

Rosa said...

lavander and mint lemonade?...I will try it! xxx

Ruta said...

everything looks positively lovely. especially the lemonade.

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE that first photo... the plate the cookie cutters... FAB!!!

Anonymous said...

Ok, we don't know each other and have nothing in common except for the search for the perfect biscuits. I searched for years and had given up until I tried this simple recipe, I t is a Quick Mix by Suzanne McMinn from "chickens in the road" 5 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup baking powder, 1 tsp salt, she says to use cream of tarter but I don't notice a difference without it. Sift or stir until well combined. Use 1 cup mix 1/4 cup butter (yes, butter half a stick) 1/3 cup milk. Cut in butter till crumbly, stir in milk, knead a few times and pat out, don't overwork it! I cut them into triangles. Bake in a preheated oven at 450 for around 10 minutes. Till golden these are so light and fluffy and no strong baking powder taste. This mix also makes great pancakes and garlic cheese biscuits, (she has other recipes to make from this mix on her blog) and leftover oatmeal muffins(my own recipe). Please try them they are divine!
Michelle

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