Primitive Pleasures {March}

He is risen! {happy Easter to you all…}

I’m enjoying the glorious warm weather of Southern California and the company of my SoCal family and friends, so Primitive Roads will be dormant for the coming week. However, I did want to leave you with a few things to spark your creativity, challenge your soul, and feed your stomach.

Enjoy this March edition of Primitive Pleasures {if you’re new, hop over to February’s for an explanation}. I’ll be back next week celebrating the release of Shauna Niequist’s new book, Bread and Wine.

Primitive PleasuresHomemade

My mom and I have developed a serious addiction to Sally’s Baking Addiction – a food blog that features a soon-to-be-married gal’s mouthwatering photos, reliable recipes, and kitchen inspiration. My mom sent Tim and I a batch of Soft Baked Monster Cookies which were incredible and then she teased me with photos of the Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookie’s she whipped together. She then went on a Sally’s Baking Addiction rampage and made Oatmeal Lemon Creme Bars, Caramel Snickers 7 Layer Bars, and Skinny Banana Blueberry Muffins {all of which I was able to sample yesterday – oh my…}.  One thing I love about SBA is that all the recipes turn out looking exactly like her photos.


Afternoon tea is a lost art. Even in it’s simplest form, serving tea with small sweets and savories is hospitable, warm, and gracious. I grew up going out to tea and throwing tea parties so seeing this post about Cucumber Sandwiches {a popular tea sandwich I originally disliked but have grown to love} brought back good memories. Marie does a wonderful job of explaining and illustrating this delicious tea classic.

I adore granola. Something about the nutty, crunchy, sweet combination just does it for me. Making your own granola is so easy and so customizable. Design Crush collated a Grouping of Granolas that is totally mouthwatering. Plus, she included my recipe for Gingerbread Granola!

Soul Stirrings

Jamie Harper‘s heart for God and for women is evident in all that she writes over at Brown Paper and Strings. Read this and be assured that you are seen!

For those who have been burdened by the notion that their marriage just isn’t Christian enough, Heather King of Extraordinary Ordinary has some truth you need to hear!

Do you know what I expect? When you tell God that you feel like you’ve been run over by a truck and you are only able to say that much, I think He sits down with you, on the ground and He waits. Isn’t that what you would do if it were one of our kids? And then they’d find their energy again and wouldn’t you respond like lightening, putting your hand under their arm, lifting them up?

{read the rest here}

Some very true observations about us twenty and thirty-somethings by Elizabeth Hyndman.

The Creative

I’ve never met Katie of The Cardigan Way in person, but I like her a lot! She recently launched the Cardigan Way shop which has some of her Lovely Lines {book quotes} printed for decor purposes. I’m hoping she comes out with notecard versions soon… {hint hint}.

One of my next craft projects is making one of these food passports for Coeur d’Alene!

Have a wonderful week!

I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer of HopefulLeigh.

9 thoughts on “Primitive Pleasures {March}

  1. Those recipes from Sally’s Baking Addiction sound amazing! Therefore, I am going to stay far away from them. I don’t need the temptation. :)

    Thanks for linking up with What I’m Into!

  2. Wow, thank you for ALL the kind words about me, my website, and my recipes! That really means a lot to me. You and your mom have made a few of my very favorites. including those Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies. I love those :)

  3. Emily! I know I’m a few days late…we powered down for the last several. BUT. I still want to taste-test all of your fantastic-looking baking {coming to the Carolinas anytime soon??} and I totally agree that afternoon tea is a lost art. We always went to teas growing up, too! And of course, you’ve been to England, right?…. I love everything about it…we even had tea for our afternoon wedding reception nine years ago. I would have it every day if I could {sometimes, I think I was born in the wrong era/country}. If all that weren’t enough, you were too kind to mention my shop. As soon as I finish this research paper, I’ll be on it! The food passport is precious — and it would be such an easy thing to do! I’m pinning it for later {so good at pinning for later…}. And I’m dying to read the link for 20- and 30-somethings, but my computer is slow… So I will look forward to it in a few minutes, I suppose. :)

    Happy week to you!

    1. I reread that and meant, “As soon as I finish this research paper, I’ll be on top of getting some notecards going…” Yay!

    2. I didn’t blog last week and it was a needed break! I hope the Carolinas are in my future soon… And, I had the best scone I’ve ever had in the Cotswolds – glad you understand my love of tea. {what a great wedding reception idea!}

  4. Emily I so enjoyed reading this post. Thank you for your kind words about my cucumber sandwiches. You inspired me and made me excited about tea again. I am so glad to find a fellow connoisseur in the arts of tea. I enjoyed reading your blog and hope to visit you here again!

    God Bless
    ~ Marie

    1. Thanks Marie. Your blog totally re-inspired me in the tea department as well. I want to infuse that ritual into my weekly routine.

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