Shauna’s Goat Cheese Biscuits

Hi there strangers. I’m reviving the blog for a hot second to bring to you the much-requested recipe from the fabulous Shauna Niequist’s book – Bread and Wine.

In her book, she notes that she adapted this recipe from the biscuits served at Art Smith’s restaurant Table Fifty-Two, so let’s all give them a big thank you for bringing these into the world as well.

And without much further ado…


Goat Cheese Biscuits


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 6 tbsp cold butter, divided
  • 4 tbsp goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place a 10-inch cast-iron pan into the oven while it’s preheating. (Note: I don’t have a cast-iron pan, so at the recommendation of a friend, I used a 10-inch round Pyrex dish and it worked just fine – although I did notice it took about 10 minutes longer to bake. Because we don’t pre-heat Pyrex.)

Pour flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Cut 4 tbsp of butter into the flour mixture, then stir in goat cheese and yogurt until evenly moistened. Add an extra tablespoon of yogurt if needed.

Remove the hot skillet from the oven and place a tablespoon of butter into it. When the butter has melted, divide the batter into 12 biscuits (it will be super sticky – have fun!), each about the size of a golf ball, and then nestle them into the pan. Generally a ring of 9 around the outside and 3 in the middle works well.

Brush the tops of the biscuits with one tbsp of melted butter. Bake for 14-16 minutes (or if you’re using a Pyrex, more like 24 minutes…) until browned on the top and bottom. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the grated Parmesan cheese.



The Nursery!

I finally got around to taking some better photos of the new nursery (aka, taken with my point and shoot Nikon and not my iPhone, but still not taken with my dSLR because I’m just that lazy), and figured I’d post them on the blog.

I’m completely in love with how this room turned out, since we actually spent very little money getting it together. Most of our investment was in paint and smaller decorations. Hand-me-downs are a wonderful, wonderful thing!

The diaper changing area. I’m glad it looks so lovely, when you think of what will actually go on there. The dresser was a hand-me-down from one of my husband’s aunts – I’ll post a “before” photo of it later on in the post. So grateful for Scott’s blood, sweat, and tears that were poured into getting this painted and freshened up!


A gift from my sister-in-law. I wish I were organized enough to have neatly typed up the directions on how to make wipes and laminate them!


Our mobile, a gift from Land of Nod, one of my favorite children’s stores on the face of the planet.


The view when you first walk into the nursery. I love that all my childhood books are here – I can’t wait to walk down memory lane when I read them to our son.


Le Cyclone Cycle tray was a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law. Blue cow print from the internet. Bicycle was a bargain from a gigantic antique store in Quechee, Vermont. Eric Carle prints are actually flash cards, which I’ll show more of later on in the post.


Keeping some lotions tucked away but easy to grab. In an effort to brace ourselves for the launch into new parenthood, we took a lot of classes, one of which being infant massage and soothing techniques. Can’t wait to see if they work!


Extra swaddlers and burp cloths right next to the rocker.


Boppy, at the ready!


We’re still saving up to buy a nice, cozy recliner/glider, since we want it to be more of a regular item of furniture that can still be used once we’re doing having babies, so in the meantime, we stole this out of our living room. It’s an antique maple rocker that was my great-grandmother’s, and I had it re-padded and re-covered several years ago while I was interning at an interior design shop. The footstool isn’t hugely visible, but that was something I found at a garage sale for 25 cents (yes, cents!) and re-covered with some fabric I had laying around. The white side table I’ve had since I was a pre-teen. Chalk another victory up to quality, classic furniture that will stand the test of time!


It never ceases to amaze me how gray the room looks in these photos. It’s actually much more of an aqua/green. But I digress.

Framed print of Max from Where the Wild Things Are was actually a free printable from the internet meant to be a coloring page. Frogs are another Eric Carle flashcard. Abstract painting is one I did several years ago that tends to float around our house. The stuffed Aardvark is one of my favorite gifts – from Land of Nod of course. He’s going to live on the shelf until the little boy is old enough to snuggle with him.


Love this little quote sign that was a gift from a sweet friend of mine.


Close-up of my little “inspiration board” that I’m keeping next to the rocker for the long nights to come. Pretty photos, family photos, things that make me smile, or make me downright laugh. (Yes, I have a “got milk” bumper sticker on there. Seemed appropriate, since I’ll be breastfeeding.)


Some dried hydrangeas from our yard, and our “honey-moon” that we actually purchased in Stanardsville, Virginia while on our honeymoon.


Our beautiful crib. Another hand-me-down, which Scott spent many hours sanding down and re-painting. And of course, Brinkley, my usual photo-bomber. He looks so handsome, doesn’t he?


A makeshift mobile. The bird cut-outs are another gift from Land of Nod (are you sensing a theme here?) that I then hung in some simple embroidery hoops.



We have managed to get ready for this child with only buying newborn mittens. Every other article of clothing was a hand-me-down. It’s handy having a boy when you already have three nephews and a best friend with two boys! This is one of my absolute favorite hand-me-downs. I normally don’t get into Pooh or other cartoon-themed things, but if you could FEEL how soft and snuggly this little wrap is, you would curl up into a little ball and die too. I can’t wait to cuddle our boy in this.


Can’t leave out the diaper bag! Which is actually not a diaper bag, per say, but a friend of mine recommended it to me for that purpose and I’m thrilled, since it’s pretty enough to be still be used once I’m past the diaper bag phase. From Stella &  Dot.


So here are those flash cards I mentioned earlier. I got the pack on clearance sale at Anthropologie for $6, and there are so many that I would love to frame and have on the walls that I’ll probably wind up rotating them out. It’s pretty much my personal secret to decorating on the cheap, finding things that aren’t necessarily meant to be decorations and using them as such.


Here are some “Before” photos of this lovely nursery.

The crib is sitting in our garage with other miscellaneous stuff, waiting to be painted. It was lovely in black and brown, but just didn’t go with the general theme we wanted.

The photo of the dresser gives you a good idea of what color the walls were and what the dresser looked like prior to Scott re-painting it. It also gives you an idea of what this room of the house had been used for since we moved in a year and a half ago, which was to store all the random stuff we didn’t know what to do with.

And finally, just a picture of a fraction all the hand-me-downs we got. Never turn down hand-me-downs my friends, they’re awesome!



And that’s that! This post wouldn’t be complete without a huge thank-you to all the friends and family that were so generous to us, with gifts and hand-me-downs. You are so very appreciated!

T-minus 8 days and counting till the due date!

Hope you enjoyed the photos!

Butternut Soup

In case it wasn’t obvious – I’ve taken quite a hiatus from blogging, for many reasons that I’ll discuss with you if you’re interested. But the main reason for this new post is simply because I had so many people asking for this recipe, it was easier just to type it out and post it here!

This recipe is husband-approved even though it’s vegetarian, and goes mouthwateringly with some buttery biscuits.


Butternut Soup

(adapted from the Pampered Chef “Harvest Cream Soup” recipe.)

1 lb butternut squash, chopped into 1-inch pieces

2 leeks (white and light green portions), chopped in half lengthwise, and then into 2-inch pieces

1 lb (3 cups) baby carrots (or regular carrots, chopped into baby carrot sized pieces)

3 small gala apples, peeled and quartered

1 tbsp olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced (or more – I love garlic)

salt and coarsely ground black pepper

2 (14.5oz) cans (or 4 cups) vegetable or chicken broth

1 can (12oz) evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine squash, leeks, carrots, apples, oil and garlic in a large mixing bowl; toss to coat. Spread vegetables in a single layer in a large baking pan (I use a large jelly roll pan with the 1″ sides, but if you were desperate you could probably use a 13×9 and just stir the vegetables while they’re baking), sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Bake 40-45 minutes or until the mixture is tender and golden brown (don’t worry if some edges are a little burned – it doesn’t affect the soup).

In a blender or food processor, combine several scoops of vegetables with a portion of the broth. Word to the wise – never fill your blender more than half full when blending soup or other hot liquids, or you’re asking for soup all over your kitchen. Not good, especially when working with piping hot veggies.

Blend until smooth, transfer to a large soup pot, then repeat with the rest of the mixture and broth until you’ve used both up. Another word to the wise – the veggies won’t blend unless they’re mixed with broth, so make sure to portion out your broth accordingly. The quantities can be rough while you’re blending, because it’s all getting mixed into the same pot.

Add evaporated milk into the soup pot with the mixture; mix well. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

And serve! (Preferably with yummy, buttery biscuits.)

Side note: This makes a LOT of soup. About 6-8 healthy servings, depending on how much you eat. But, it freezes beautifully. I usually have it for dinner that night, leave one portion for the next day’s leftovers, then ladle the rest into mason jars for another day. Just treat it like a can of soup after thawing and heat it up.

One last side note: I discovered that I apparently had posted the original Harvest Cream soup a couple years ago, but that was prior to me tweaking it. Don’t use that recipe. Use this one. So much better with apples!

Enjoy, friends!

In case you missed it…

I always love when Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn does kitchen tours. Seeing a sneak peak of how someone else functions in their kitchen is always interesting to me, because a kitchen really is an intensely personal thing.

This past week they featured the author of one of my favorite blogs, Smitten Kitchen, and gave us a look inside how this popular writer makes the best of a super tiny kitchen.

It’s so refreshing to see a kitchen that doesn’t look like it walked straight out of a magazine. Is it terrible that I find her “mess” inspirational?

Check it out here. Love it.

Apple Vinaigrette

I feel that it is my moral obligation to share with you a vinaigrette I discovered this past week when I made it for Thanksgiving #1.

It’s a simple recipe, modified from the recipe I found here.

Mix up all the ingredients, and drizzle them over a bed of baby spinach, fresh apples, and pecans.

You’ll die.



  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped apple

And if you feel that it is your moral obligation to have seconds, well, I certainly won’t judge you. After all, we’re having it at Thanksgiving #2. Again.

Bag Love

I usually don’t get caught up in those special offers stores do, where if you buy $50 of merchandise you get a free bag, or some such thing.

However, I was at Barnes & Noble the other day, and spotted this bag which made every fiber of my year-long-Christmas-obsessed-self tingle with happiness.

Requirement? Buy any two items, get the bag for $10.

And heaven help me if I didn’t buy a greeting card and a magnet so that I could have my discounted bag.

I’m still trying to figure out who is the winner here.