I feel a little bit quiet right now. In the eye of the storm.
So here are some photos from a quiet midday, still in my pajamas, while making cookies for the kids to come home to. I hadn’t planned on photographing this. But once I got everything out and fired up the oven, I remembered that I had told myself to pick up my camera more. I have been missing it, missing just shooting for myself. My kitchen and I were the only subjects around. It just kind of happened.
Looking at these, knowing I have them, makes me feel good. This is a big part of my life as a mom. Hair in a bun, working from home, no make up on, comfy pants, cooking something up for the kids, appreciating the quiet. This is a story that hadn’t been told for me yet.
Random thoughts that came up when looking at these:
I wear aprons when I cook because I have a bad habit of wiping my hands on my clothes. Better to wipe on the apron. I also hate washing clothes. I also don’t mind wearing a dirty apron.
My kitchen is small and my black cabinets soak up all the light. (We painted them with chalkboard paint when we did some home renovations back in 2007.) Cooking for six isn’t easy in here. Cooking for entertaining is nearly impossible. That counter is my only real working space. If I had a bunch of money it would go towards the kitchen. Knock out a wall, bring in an island, create a more functional pantry, have a few open shelves…
Anything in bulk that I can put in a jar, I do – because my pantry is tiny and overflows onto the top of the fridge. No flat space goes to waste. And jars are beautiful.
Brown eggs are beautiful, too.
Pyrex is also beautiful. I have been collecting Pyrex for at least ten years. I don’t have a lot, but the pieces I do have, I got cheap, and I love.
Most of the things in my kitchen have been purchased second hand. I love scouring thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales for beautifully worn in bowls and containers.
A huge jasmine bush blooms just outside that kitchen window. A great idea that the previous homeowners had. All white carpet was not.
That little red pan on the stove sits there semi-permanently. It is the pan I fry eggs in every morning.
I have a scrabble tile rack above my sink. One word to remind me. The word used to be SMILE – but the E fell into the disposal awhile ago. Now the word is SLIM. That works for me, too.
But not until after I eat some cookie dough.
Unrelated PS –
For Japan with Love has raised over $55k. THAT IS AWESOME!
I will be making final decisions on a graphic designer this week. Thank you to all who have applied.
Love. Just love.
your face is adorable
I just love reading your posts and seeing your photography.
i love this tara.
(i used to have those pj pants too! i wore them until they couldn’t be worn anymore.)
and you make me miss my nose-ring.
I am always one of those people who feels like every thing has to be just so. I love to know that its an art to have a lived in home. Your home is perfect. And please…more cowbell. Please.
Inspired. :) Inspiring. :D
You are gorgeous! No makeup? Are you kidding me? I don’t think you could pay me to post a pic of myself on my blog with no makeup…but that’s exactly why I admire you. Love this post.
Miss T…only you could make cookie dough and an apron look so cool. And I love finding old glass and pyrex bowls, too. The best :)
these are extra extra beautiful. i was just thinking today that i wanted to get back to more “real life in the moment” type shots.
we too put all of our flour, sugar, beans, grains, nuts and such in glass jars – both those from the bulk bins and those that come packaged. i’ve found i eat so much more of them when i know they are there!
your kitchen oozes with charm.
lookin good winfrey. miss you.
these photos just spoke to me. i had to comment. i love your kitchen. i feel so much love and worn in happiness just looking at these photos. hope that’s not weird…haha.
You are lovely. Great post. I am sneaking a spoonful of cookie dough out of the fridge now…dough that hasn’t made it’s way to a pan…and probably never will. :)
I loved seeing a peek into your day.
I love quiet.
darn it. I know “it’s” didn’t need an apostrophe.
Love, love this. I was just thinking today about how much I love just silence sometimes when I’m home alone just doing my “mom” stuff. These pics represent those kinds of times perfectly. Thanks for the reminder to capture them!
i. am. so. in. love. with. these.
Love your honesty, your words, you are such a beautiful soul, thanks for always inspiring me :D
You’re beautiful, Tara! And I love reading your blog! It’s so personal and great. Your photography is lovely
These are fuggin adorable. You are most beautiful just like THIS.xo
I love your quiet. And your kitchen. And this post. Really looking forward to seeing more of “you” through the eyes of your new designer. Good luck with the decision on who best to capture your vision.
Love this post, love your glasses, love the yellow pyrex bowl and awesome turquoise hand mixer. Absolutely love “more cowbell” written on your chalkboard cabinet. XO
Love these pics… and just have to say that you have killer eyebrows Tara!
I love everything about this post. Your self portrait is fantastic too. I have a love affair with pyrex (and I only buy what I find super cheap) and a kitchen that is also too small for preparing meals for my 6 ;-)now I want to see the finished cookies
Total treat today! Thanks for the beauty of this personal collage.
i love that even though you don’t have much space….i don’t either….that you keep beautiful things around you! i can learn from this…i tend to keep things barren thinking it will seem like i have more room…..when i actually love things comfortable and lived it! ……i love pyrex too ;)
amen for aprons. Mine looks extra silly right now sitting high on this preggo belly, but it does the trick. =) I love cooking in the kitchen pics, random pyrex, and my 1981 oven that is just like the one I grew up with. =) awesome post.
Absolutely more cowbell!!!! I. Love. And I’m so jonesin for those kitchen cabinets!
Just love these. And love all your random thoughts. Really love “more cowbell” written on your cabinet – is that from the SNL skit with Christopher Walken?? Love it :)
I think we could be friends.
I love this post AND… I am SO RELIEVED to hear that I am not the only one who likes to remain without makeup and comfortably lounging in my jammies.
My mother gives me grief (as an adult and mother myself)… “wouldn’t you be more comfortable if you got dressed?”… to which I reply “NO, actually I am quite comfortable, really!” NOTE: we also disagree on bed-making… she thinks it is “inviting” to crawl into a bed that is made – while I find an unmade bed MUCH MORE INVITING because it is already ready to climb into!)
LOL! at the scrabble tile demise…..way to go with the flow!
LOVE your kitchen. Mine is small too (lived with it for 28 yrs.) and when I saw your pics, I thought it’s ME!! I do love your chalkboard cabinets – so unique and YOU use them!!!!
Quiet is good. I think we could all use more of it. This is a beautiful post, very inspiring! You are a true artist!
I love every single one of these shots. Absolutely love them.
And your glasses? I covet them in the worst way.
Love these photos!! The color in your kitchen just pops w/ the cabinets black.
Your kitchen is laid out just like ours was in Corona, CA! AND the same window view…kinda spooky when I saw this, as it looks like our house did! (we moved outta state in ’02 though)
I love your chalkboard cabinets…
I love your neckline…very strong but also graceful
I love your jars…
and I love a peak inside the every day lives of people…thank you!
You are absolutely gorgeous Tara. Inside & out. A fabulous glimpse of your day to day xxx
Pretty sure that this is my favorite post ever…love every single little detail that you documented.
LOVE….thanks for the pics! And hey lookin’ good….not too shabby for still being in your jammies I say! Also SLIM made me SMILE so I guess it’s still works as SMILE! :)
So beautiful. Your kids will treasure this story… It is such an inspiring reminder to make more photographs like these for our little people.
this made me so happy Tara…thank you for sharing a bit of your day. I agree that a bit of QUIET is so enjoyable
I love you!!!
I don’t know you, never seen you in person, and yet I feel like we could be friends. Weird. Your posts about family and motherhood are so raw, i guess it’s just so easy to relate. Thanks for being you. :)
Totally random, but opening this post and seeing that yellow Pyrex bowl (especially filled with the ingredients to make cookies) made me smile. I have the same one – it was my grandmother’s, and we used it together to make chocolate chip cookies when I was small. When she passed away that was the one thing of hers that I absolutely had to have, and now my 5 year old and I use it together (ONLY for making Chocolate chip cookies!) I swear making them in that bowl makes them taste better :)
I love chalkboards and so your cabinets are speaking to me…literally.
I love these photos of real life, but honestly couldn’t get past that first pic of the bowl and ALL THAT BUTTER. I want that cookie recipe.
And what about an IKEA island for the middle of your kitchen?
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