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huckle & goose

It’s been many months since I typed in this little space of mine. I’ve really missed it. If there’s anyone still reading out there thanks for sticking around and I’ll be back for a few updates in the next couple weeks.

The biggest news (and what’s been keeping me extra busy) is an exciting new venture that’s my heart and soul. For years, my sister-in-law and I, both passionate about food, have wanted to start a business. There was no shortage of ideas, business plans, or talking about our ideas and business plans, but it was never the right time for any of them.

Then, about 2 years ago our family started eating seasonally, almost exclusively, and it’s completely shifted the way we think about food and I guess you could say, life. It made us more intentional, more patient, more grounded. And we began to notice that our bodies and palates craved the food grown close to home, in its time. I haven’t had a strawberry since June and I’d rather skip the giant tasteless ones at the grocery store and wait until May… for the tiny red ones that burst in your mouth and taste of the earth they grew in and the sunshine and spring all at once.

And then there are kohlrabis and garlic scapes, Romanesco cauliflower and Luobo radishes… but what the heck do you do with those? We had shelves full of cookbooks and Pinterest boards full of recipes, but in the beginning, a lot of our market spoils… spoiled in the fridge. We searched endlessly for a meal planning website that could help bridge this frustrating gap. There wasn’t one, so we started one. Because farm to fork should be simple.


Huckle & Goose launches this spring, but in the meantime, follow our behind-the-scenes adventures on Instagram and Twitter (@hucklegoose)!


^ a sneak peek of the shopping list feature designed by the brilliant minds of Cast Iron Design!

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nothing gold can stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

by Robert Frost

We sat under the cherry trees for hours yesterday before the rain came and soaked in the magic. These little blossoms are so fleeting!

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spring list

Spring is here! These are a few things we’re planning on doing this season…

Visit Lincoln’s Cottage

Picnic under the cherry blossoms

Shop at the farmers’ market opening weekend

Roap trip to Philly

Visit Mount Vernon Estate

. . . . .

photo from lovetaza

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I know it’s March and normal people everywhere are wishing for signs of spring, but frankly, this winter has been kind of a poor excuse for a winter. No sledding, no snowmen, no snowball fights. Lame. For eighteen more days I’ll keep hoping DC gets heaps of snow. But in the meantime, we’re reading this magical book and this poem – isn’t it enchanting?

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Out of the bosom of the Air,
Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
Descends the snow.

Even as our cloudy fancies take
Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
In the white countenance confession,
The troubled sky reveals
The grief it feels.

This is the poem of the air,
Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
Now whispered and revealed
To wood and field.

photo credit / jen huang

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a party for pickle. with just us. it was a happy day.

We wanted to spend Lincoln’s birthday together – just the three of us – to soak it all in. We started new traditions – played with balloons in the morning, made funfetti pancakes, looked through photos from the past year, opened gifts, danced with our party hat on, ate grilled cheese sandwiches with pickles, and lost count of how many times we sang the birthday song. Oh and there was a Linky-sized cake involved too. He tasted the chocolate, made a face, then proceeded to use it as body paint and had the time of his life. I think he likes birthdays.

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six birthday gifts you can send in an envelope

As much as I like birthdays and snail mail, I’ve done a not-so-good job of combining the two. This year, as much as possible, I want to send friends and family cards and a little something tucked inside that will make them feel special. This is especially fun if they live far away so they know you’re celebrating with them.

one – a garland they can hang up during their birthday week to remind them you’re thinking of them. The one pictured is from Target (Spritz brand) for $3 or so. But you can make one too!

two – a $5 gift card to their favorite cupcake, doughnut, macaron, or any sweets shop paired with a candle.

three – for the gamblers at heart – a wish for a lucky year and a scratch ticket. :]

four – a tiny envelope of confetti. Maybe paired with some celebration instructions – like “dance to [insert favorite dance song] and throw confetti” or “toss and make a wish”.

five – the possibilities with these mini Moleskine notebooks are endless. You can fill them with instructions for a scavenger hunt around their city, favorite shared memories, inspiring quotes, a fun birthday quiz with a secret message… Do you guys have any fun ideas? Maybe an idea for a future post. :]

sixballoons! You can write thoughtful messages on them too.

P.S. You’ll have to increase the postage by a bit on some of these.

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birthday candle round-up

Lincoln’s birthday is this week! (Um, anyone know where this year flew?) To celebrate, it’s birthday week on the blog all week! First up, my favorite candle brands. Because drugstore candles just don’t do a pretty cake justice.

1. Tops Malibu – These gold sparklers come in heart shapes, star shapes, letters and numbers to spell names, ages, years, etc.

2. Creative Candles – Celebration candles come in 15″ (!) and 6″ tapers and a whole range of colors – even gold and silver. Find them here, here, here and here.

3. Tag – Tapers in great colors and digits too! Find them here and here.

4. Caspari – Multi-colored packs of tapers. Find them here and here.

5. Wilton – Wilton’s Happy Birthday and digit candle picks have good type and my favorite blend of colors. Find them here, here and here.

6. Mole Hollow Candles – Beautiful beeswax candles in earthy, natural colors.

7. Big Dipper Wax Works – Beeswax short tapers and multi-colored digits.

8. Papyrus – I couldn’t find Papyrus candles online, but I’ve found silver and gold metallic candles in-store.

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christmas day

Our Christmas was beautiful and cozy, and it was so much fun seeing Lincoln experience everything for the first time even though he didn’t have a clue it was the best day of the year. We had croissants and jam for breakfast, listened to carols (and obsessively watched this flash mob in Romania), sipped hot cider with cinnamon sticks, opened gifts, played games, and ate a delicious dinner followed by chocolate fondue.

A little post-Christmas depression started setting in this morning, but thankfully, the miracle of Jesus’ birth means that Christmas is never over. I have to remember to be grateful for that every day.

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a christmas prayer

Dear Jesus,

It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.

These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.

The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?

Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.

Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.

Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.

This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.

Your Children

by Max Lucado

photo credit: timrobisonjr

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