Primitive Pleasures: what balanced out the rustic this month

There’s this blog that I really love called Cardigan Way. Katie, the lovely author behind the blog, and I connected over a shared love of Eustace from The Chronicles of Narnia. She is also a pastor’s wife, loves literature, and has a keen sense of style. As I was catching up with all the truth, goodness, and beauty on Cardigan Way the other day, I came across her January Goodness post and loved it. It’s a retrospective of what she’s been into for the past month.

Primitive Pleasures is the Primitive Roads take on a “what I’m into” post.  So, here goes a lot of good things that got me through the rustic moments of February…

Primitive Pleasures February


February was my turn to provide a meal for the elder’s meeting at our church and Tim’s birthday, both of which gave me reasons to make cupcakes. I have 5 cookbooks specifically dedicated to cupcakes, but I went for recipes I’d made before from one of my favorite food blogs – Annie’s Eats. She makes a ton of delicious things, however, the cupcakes are unreal. {My photos don’t do them justice…}

Annie's Eats Cupcakes

One of the things Tim and I miss most about California is really good Mexican food. Since my word for this year is intentional, I decided to push past the intimidation and start making Mexican food at home. I’m addicted to bean and cheese burritos so my first project was refried beans. The first recipe I tried {Crockpot Refried Beans} was a huge success. We also enjoyed the Sweet Corn Chicken Enchiladas and Baked Tacos from One Good Thing.

Baking is an outlet for me and when it’s cold, it seems like I really need an outlet for my winter blues. I made Joy The Baker’s Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls twice, Rosemary Lemon Sugar Cookies, and Martha Stewart’s Cream Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. Maybe my best baking discovery this month was the PERFECT chocolate chip cookie: Alton Brown’s Chewy – tender, chewy {because of bread flour} and chock full of chocolate chips. Just wow.



My friend Kristina is doing a month of craft therapy on her blog The Blissful Bird. She made the cutest cross-stitched likeness of her and her husband. I’m inspired to break out my needle and thread.

I made another version of the Paper Bag Christmas Card for Valentine’s Day {plus I made my first ever video tutorial} and then saw this Paper Bag Book variation and can’t wait to adapt it for upcoming holidays.

CraftedLovely Ideas

I’m spatially challenged, but my mom was able to replicate this awesome way to braid your scarf.

In and effort to fight back against the cold on a trip to Chicago last week, a friend and I held the first Humidity Saturday. We went to the Garfield Park Conservatory and enjoyed the warm, damp air, earthy smells, and greenery knowing it was below freezing just beyond the glass walls. I enjoyed it so much, I’m looking for ways to do it in Idaho. Even a day where you turn up the heat to 80 and wear shorts in your house would be a huge tre

Lovely IdeasRead

My new job offers me plenty of travel time to read. Some of my favorites from this month were Grace For The Good Girl by Emily Freeman, Losing It by Erin Fry, and Death Comes To Pemberley by P.D. James. {a note on that last one – not necessarily my favorite Jane Austen sequel, but worthwhile for the interesting way James developed the character’s life after Pride and Prejudice}

It’s fitting that I stumbled upon a couple awesome posts on marriage this month since 1. it’s the love month and 2. I was participating in a collaborative series called How To Maintain Your High Maintenance Marriage.

Closing Thoughts

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Enough said.

Downton Abbey as a Metaphor for Church Life by Adam McLane {who we are so excited to host at CBC in April!}

Speaking of good things to watch, it’s time for Psych Season 7 premiere! Time to sign off…

I’m linking up to What I’m Into at HopefulLeigh.

9 thoughts on “Primitive Pleasures: what balanced out the rustic this month

  1. Emily, you are too kind. And I am SO glad you did the Primitive Roads version! My mouth is watering {and I just ate}. Could you please come to NC and bake something? I would return the favor, but…my baking repertoire is limited. I so enjoying following along on your trip to Chicago through your instagram posts!

    I recently bought Grace for the Good Girl. I’d love to know how it is. It’s in my stack, but I’m progressing v-e-r-y slowly through it these days. Good to know about the sequel you mention. Have you read the Second Mrs. Darcy? It’s been awhile, but I think I enjoyed it! My mom actually bought it in England…so that counts for something, right?

    And finally, have saved Lizzie Bennett for watching SOON and SO heading over to the Downton/church post. Fascinating. Loved this post!

    1. I’m hoping that my job will take me to the Carolinas soon :) So far, I’ve had people to visit in all my locations.

      Primitive Roads will have a review of Grace for the Good Girl next week {hopefully…}. I must say, it was fantastic! I haven’t read that sequel but will absolutely check it out. I’ve really enjoyed Amanda Grange’s novels from the perspective of Austen men.

  2. Eustace! That’s fantastic. ;)
    I don’t normally like sequels but quite enjoyed that P. D. James one. Am also keen to read Emily Freeman’s book so it’s good to see an endorsement. :)

    1. Emily Freeman’s book is wonderful – there will be a more detailed review up next week. Thanks for stopping by, Adele.

  3. You have 5 cupcake cookbooks- that is amazing. I’m much more of a cook than a baker but I truly appreciate people who put so much effort into their baked goods. Wasn’t the Psych season premiere so good? I was soooo relieved about Henry.

    Thanks for linking up with What I’m Into!

    1. It was so fun to compile this post, Leigh – I’ll definitely do it again.

      I was SO relieved that Henry pulled through…

  4. There’s just something special about homemade cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies, so far as I’m concerned. It’s a great family activity, something even children can help with, and everyone loves eating the results.^

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