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.



I think the raised waffles from smitten kitchen ( are completely perfect. Light and airy and don't give me that heavy-air-in-my-stomach feeling that most chewy waffles give me.

Jennifer says: May 03, 2017 at 03:03 PM

Lovely, sweet photos as always! Your blog always provides a boost and respite to my day. Thank you!

I'm also currently awaiting my Friday delivery of a gorgeous quilt kit. So looking forward to spending time working on such a fun and beautiful project.

The waffles look delicious. In terms of flour, there can, unfortunately, be a bit of variance. I typically use the King Arthur Flour standards, which has served me well. I mostly weigh ingredients, but it can cause problems as some bakers, like Ina Garten, weighs flour very differently, and as such, when I use her recipes I know to use a different weight for flour. So here's the deal. King Arthur claims that their unbleached AP flour weighs 4.25oz per cup. Ina Garten is more like 5oz per cup. You can see where the problem lies. You need to know how the author measures flour. As a result, I will often use 4.5 oz per cup as a starting measure until I know more about the recipe and its author.

Bottom line is that you can legitimately claim 2/3 lb of flour is anywhere between 2 1/6 cups (which would be about 2 cups + 2 2/3 T - but I would use 2 cups 3 T for simplicity) to 2 1/2 cups.

The easiest solution is to actually weigh the flour, if you have a scale. They are inexpensive and I use mine all the time. In fact, they are great if you are down to your last bit of yarn and you need to calculate remaining amounts of scraps. :)

If you do NOT have a scale I would go with the middle of the road as a starting point on your waffle recipe. This is measuring flour at about 4.5oz per cup. Doing that yields slightly more than 2 1/3 cups. Since flour varies quite a bit with humidity, your flour may easily weigh differently than ours does here in sunny SoCal. So, this is probably a safe bet to start. Then if the batter seems a bit thin, just add a touch more flour and gently incorporate it into your batter. Next time you'll know if you need to go with 2 1/4 cups or 2 1/2 cups, or if 2 1/3 was best.

Good luck with your waffles. I hope they turn out well.

And thank you for all the joy you provide with your gorgeous photos and wonderful blog posts that make so many of us smile. :)

Taryn B says: May 03, 2017 at 03:43 PM

The essential overnight waffles from Smitten Kitchen are amazing. Like no other waffles. They're luxurious, light and crispy. You just have to make them in advance. Sometimes I mix them in the morning then have breakfast for supper. With real whipped cream and berries. Yum.

If you didn't write a word, I would still come here to see the photos.

I enjoyed all your lovely images. I hope you didn't cut off too much of Mimi's hair! :-) Your lilacs are just a bit ahead of ours, but I envision gathering a massive bouquet soon of deep purple, lilac and white lilacs for my table. Bliss! I enjoyed the snippets of the doll house.. fun fun. Now I want a birdcage for mine! I got some neat photos of the Camas in bloom on my way to Multnomah Falls.. just posted them on my blog today. Have you see them? You'd love them. Let's hope the weather stays beautiful longer.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

I wish my yarn work looked as lovely as yours; if it did I'd be better at it. And do more of it.

Sure wish there was a waffle photo. I bought a pretty red waffle iron for Christmas Day brunch. Our daughter made waffles. I have yet to use it. The best waffles every were served to me at Beatrix in downtown Chicago. I've never had better. The sour cream recipe sounds simple easy and delicious.

Jennifer, you're good to know. :) My daughter is a pastry chef, I call her for such problems. You saved her this time. Thank you. I do have a food scale because she said I should.

I don't remember the last time I home-fed that many people! Y'all must have had so much fun. Good food + good folk = an amazing time.

Your photographs make me want to live in your town. Then I remember why I came back to Texas. :) It's all wonderful.

That one picture of all the people around the table made me think of Norman Rockwell's painting. I think it was called "Freedom From Want." Love the flowers in the hair and the dancing and tucked under a quilt in a chair. You have a wonderful life. I pray your daughter will remember all these things.

lovely! that picture of all the people around the table is so vivid! So: rhubarb custard pie

Recipe please!!!!?!!!!!!?!!!

If it's anything near the Sourcream Apple Pie you posted before, my Husband's FAVE, I really want to know about this rhubarb custard pie!

Thanks :)

and God bless your beautiful family and home!!!

OH hi! So I think I just found it!!

oh thank you for posting it before!!!

Beautiful, will you share where you found the beautiful white dress? Lovely, all of it!

Colleen says: May 03, 2017 at 07:35 PM

This is my favorite waffle recipe, from Joy of Cooking:

I like it because it's simple and doesn't require any planning. The waffles come out light and crispy. I've never dared to use a whole cup of butter but a half-cup makes them amazing...they're a treat so why not?!

Now I want waffles! :)

Hi hi! Coming to your blog is always the coziest nicest part of my day. And today's images did not dissappoint. A yeasted waffle is the best waffle. The Smitten Kitchen one is aces. It s the same recipe as in Cooks Illustrated, which is also based on Marion Cunningham's waffles. And truly they are divine. I would recommend adding a bit more sugar and doubling the vanilla. As since these are left out on the counter, they can have an almost sourdough taste. But it is that recipe that I win the yearly day after Christmas Waffle Off competition in my family.

It's glorious outside at the moment isn't it. The garden is constantly full of birds and great tits are nesting in the nest box. Blissful. Love the lilac, I passed a tree this morning on some public land and wondered if I dare pinch a bloom or two. Scales are definitely a good idea, you can get flat ones, just a disc really, that slip into a drawer. You can put your bowl on them and weigh directly into the mixture. Plenty of rhubarb here too, I've been making Nigella's Rhubarb Shortbread which is absolutely divine. Recipe here if you fancy it. CJ xx

Looking at your third photo reminded me of the utterly delightful Brambly Hedge books. If Amelia isn't familiar with them already, she may find them a real treat now! (see

The photo that gave me the biggest chuckle was the one where Mimi was getting ready for her haircut by the fellow with the cool 'do :D

Google "waffles of insane greatness". It's my only ever waffle recipe and I make them all the time.

Your blog posts always make me happy. My favorite waffle recipe is Bobby Flay's buttermilk waffles. If you want them crispy (which I always do), don't put as much batter in the waffle iron, and accept that they will be misshapen. :)

The doll house looks just as cozy as your real house - now that is talent! Loving the Beatrix Potter inspired blanket. May Day photos of Mimi are so beautiful! Really, all of your pictures are a visual feast, thank you.

Have you posted the pattern you're using for your sweater? I'm nearly ready to buy yarn for my next project and crochet would be a nice (and faster) change from the knitting I've been doing.

Also, every single one of your photos is simply lovely, as usual.

Mary Lines says: May 04, 2017 at 07:59 AM

300 grams is 2 cups - google it.

Lucille says: May 04, 2017 at 08:25 AM

Hi Alicia: I just finished a brand new library book, "On Turpentine Lane" by Elinor Lipman. I didn't want it to end, it was so good!!

Wonderful snapshots of spring! I really want a heart-shaped waffle maker, and that recipe looks fabulous. Can't wait to see the photos of your waffles :) xxx

Carline Anthony says: May 04, 2017 at 11:29 AM

I love your quilt kits and in looking in my stash, I notice that I have quite a few of those kinds of prints. If you are interested, let me know. I live in Vancouver, WA so probably not far from you. If you send your email, I will forward a picture.

Lovely photos! Looks like busy but perfect and happy times!

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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.