May Days

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Sun, moon, flowers, stars. The days come and go with rain and clouds and warmth and then more rain. Today the sky couldn't be more blue, and the sun in shining brightly. Amelia's sitting on the back driveway in her slip, "reading" the directions for the new game I just bought for her. Andy is going to make soup, and I'm going to try to finish crocheting my sweater. The rain is supposed to return tomorrow or the next day, so maybe I'll even get to wear it. I have a pile of paperwork on my desk — forms for day camps and summer ballet and swimming lessons. It's already May, and these things will be here before I know it.

I've been busy lately, rushing from one thing to another, and it feels good to sit in the warmth of the sun and read. I finished All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and Bleeding Heart, both library books, and I really liked them both. Perfect library books, actually. I got some new pillows for the front porch, and swept the porch like crazy, and generally cleaned things up, and spent a few hours in the front yard chairs before the next round of rains came, and it was so great to just sit and listen to the birds sing and hear outdoor noises again.

I have rhubarb in the refrigerator and am hoping to collect myself enough to make a rhubarb custard pie tomorrow. I also got a heart-shaped waffle maker and can hardly wait to try these sour cream waffles. Now to just figure out how many cups of flour are in 2/3 of a pound (2 + 1/6 cups, I think?). Do you have a favorite waffle recipe? I'm looking for something thin and crispy, not poufy or soft.



BY far the BEST waffle recipe ever, ever, ever is this one - they are yeasted, come out crispy and airy and completely amazing. You'll never go back to anything else. AND, the prep the night before means you can have the batter on the griddle in 60 seconds. Do it.

I love the recipe in Joy of Cooking, but think that the important trick for crispy waffles is to let the iron heat up really well before and between each waffle made. (Using a buttery batter helps too.)

Oh these days you are telling, how precious stories! Im so in love with that little doll house...

I had a chuckle about the cool dude hairdresser as well. I wish I'd had a bed like that when I was a child. xox

Hi Alicia,
I can't offer you any waffle recipes I am afraid. Instead I have a question. My family and I live in Australia and I am a teacher. We will be living in Edmonton, Canada for all of 2018 as I am doing a teacher exchange. (Very exciting). I am trying to fit in a trip to Seattle and Portland amongst other planned Canadian travels during the year. If we were to come in late March - Spring Break - what would the weather most likely be doing? Would there be an ideal time to visit. We are accustomed to heat of course. Any advice would be welcome.
I have been admiring and enjoying your blog for so many years now. I love each new post. Your love of and joy in life and your family is tangible and heart warming.
Kindest regards,

Catherine says: May 05, 2017 at 06:00 AM

I LOVE that the dollhouse has a dollhouse!

This is the recipe my mom has used as long as I can remember - it is not poufy, and if you cook it until the wisps of steam from the iron stop, it's crispy. Leftovers freeze and toast nicely. It comes from the Golden Anniversary Edition of either the Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook OR the Betty Crocker - I can never remember which it is. All of her grandkids request it regularly. With chocolate chips, of course.

"Oh Boy! Waffles!"

In large bowl, mix:
2 1/4 c flour
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 TBS sugar

In separate bowl, whisk:
2 1/2 c milk
2 eggs, well beaten
3/4 c veg oil

Add liquids to dry, whisk, and cook on hot waffle griddle until browned.

Beautiful photos! Looks like you had a May party! Fun! Lovely to see all the flowers on the girls hair. I use a recipe for waffles from my husband's mom who lives in Iowa: Beat well 2 eggs then add 2 cups buttermilk, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 cups flour (half wheat, half white), 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 6 Tablespoons oil.
Beat till smooth. Makes 8 waffles. If too thick, may add a bit more milk. Heat iron awhile you prepare the waffles.
I got my kit today!! Hurray!! The fabrics looks beautiful, thank you!!! xoxo!!

Kerry Lucas craftykestrel says: May 05, 2017 at 10:47 AM

I have blog envy. I love reading your blog and looking at your amazing photos. Thank you for all your hard work. x

I LOVE this waffle recipe:

We have "Waffle Wednesday" every week at my house. :)

Beautiful pictures. You are talented. The top in the magazine in the first picture also looks pretty. Can you tell me what magazine that is?

Hello Alicia,
...once again I am overwhelmed by your lovely photos. It is always such a pleasure when you post something new. I was especially happy to see the shot in your last posting of the dogwoods blooming which warmed my heart and reminded me of being back home in Pennsylvania. Here in Germany they are very rare and I can't recall seeing one more than one or two times.
I wanted to ask you about the blanket you are crocheting... is that 'Pickles' yarn you mentioned quite a while back? I do love the colors so much! ...and I can hardly wait to see your finished Sweater!
As for the 'grams' recipe... consider buying a digital scale if you do use recipes with grams often. No topping that in accuracy. Other than that try 2 Cups for 300gr of flour which I believe in this case should be weighed sifted. I myself use a buttermilk recipe and find them to be light, crispy and just plain delicious.
What occasion was celebrated where all the girls wore flower wreaths? Mimi's is just so lovely <3
Until again, wishing you all the best,

Christine says: May 07, 2017 at 03:55 AM

Such beautiful pictures!!!! I really love seeing the doll house. I bought my daughter one just like it for her birthday. I have been showing her pictures from here to give her ideas. I also had your IG photos up on the computer because I was looking for doll house pictures. My daughter comes over to the computer and goes "Is this Posie Gets Cozy?" She is a fan too.

I used to have a favourite waffle recipe! It was called Andy's waffles, and was on your sister's (I think) blog. But of course I never wrote it down - I do recommend it though! =)
I have never quite found something to replace it, but my favourite for crispy waffles is the overnight yeast raised waffles on the Smitten Kitchen blog - they are so easy to make and come out beautifully crisp without the fuss of separating eggs.

I know your daughters adopted but when ever I see pictures of your daughter and husband I think it's crazy how they resemble each other. Love watching your family life. Thank you for sharing it.

Wherever did you find the adorable Scandinavian stove for the dollhouse?

This is my very favorite waffle recipe. Quick to make, and the buttermilk gives a wonderful slightly sour flavor that contrasts beautifully with maple syrup!

Crispy Buttermilk Waffles

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Whisk in buttermilk, then 6 tablespoons melted butter.

Heat waffle iron, and brush lightly with oil. Pour batter into waffle iron and cook until waffles are golden brown and crisp on both sides, 5 to 6 minutes.

Serves 4.

From Epicurious/Bon Appetit, March 2009

Suzanne says: May 08, 2017 at 02:09 PM

Should I be amazed that the floorboards in your doll house are painted a gorgeous gray? I should not be, but I am! If only the gray floorboards in my own real house shone so! One tiny bit of lovely in a whole lot of loveliness. Have a beautiful day.

I love this one for more Scandinavian style waffles:

1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup milk
3 large eggs
1 stick melted butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 cups flour

Whisk together sugar, milk and eggs. Add the melted butter stir in baking powder, vanilla sugar, cardamom and flour. Whisk until smooth and lump-free. Let it stand for 15 minutes.

I need a heart shaped waffle iron!

Agreed on the waffle greatness: the Fannie Farmer-Marion Cunningham-smittenkitchen overnight yeasted waffle is amazing!

Google "Yeasted Overnight Waffles". I think they were in the NYT a couple years ago. SO incredible... crispy but tender and a little sour flavored. You mix the batter the night before and then it's ready in the morning. SO good!

My 11 year-old said, "Okay, I'm living there!" when she saw the dollhouse. Where on earth do you find such things?! She also said, "That's (insert sister's name) as a baby" when she saw A under the blanket (she's 17 and still hides under blankets). Also, that's my hairdresser (well, not him exactly). I have lived all over the world and that's still my official hairdresser joint -- and always will be!

Catherine says: May 09, 2017 at 09:21 AM

Love your photos! Thank you for sharing.
Happy May!

Ann Marie says: May 09, 2017 at 10:28 AM

I just found your blog (I know, late to the party as usual) by finding the article in Hallmark Mag from 2008! I am an art teacher, and we were thumbing through old magazines looking for collage items.

I about burst into tears when I saw the photo of that clip in your daughter's hair. Isn't it funny how some images will just hit you like that? Then I scroll down and find out your daughter and mine are both named Amelia!

Thank you for the inspiration! I'll be a subscriber!

I think I could stare at that sweet little dollhouse for a ridiculously long time, it is just so cozy and perfect. Those sour cream waffles look really good, I think I will give them a go soon. We love waffles at our house! I saw some news that made me think of Andy - has he seen that there will be a Psych holiday reunion movie in December? There was a bit of happy dancing when we read that, haha!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.