“Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.”

-Edward Abbey

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Sunday morning I was up before the sun to bake. I poured myself a cup of tea, turned on the morning news and padded around the kitchen in my pajamas. My hands became sticky with dough as hot oil bubbled on the stove, waiting eagerly for a puffed donut ready for frying.

Sunday morning we hosted brunch to benefit Seattle Tilth. We gathered with community, ate, savored the leisurely pace of a weekend morning, and celebrated the abundance of seasonal, local ingredients while supporting an organization that champions sustainable and local food systems. This was the first of what I hope will become monthly gatherings, featuring food by local cooks and benefitting local organizations.

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Edward Abbey said that “sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.” These brunches are my little way of taking action, serving, and raising awareness. It is my sincere hope that friends and strangers will join me at the table lured by the promise of a delicious brunch and will leave full and happy and more conscious of where our food comes from and how to eat responsibly._DSC3575-2

Let me know if you’d like to be added to the email list for future brunches. In the meantime, here’s the menu from this morning, which would make a lovely Christmas morning meal if you ask me. Some of the recipes are originals and some are from other sources. If something sounds particularly good to you let me know and I’ll share the recipe with you.

TO SIP

mae james french press

green juice

A LITTLE SOMETHING

chocolate pumpkin teacake

glazed donuts

cream scones + pear preserves

EAT UP

honey baked grapefruit

kale and leek strata

roasted roots + smoked saltIMG_2358_DSC3599-2_DSC3576-2_DSC3522-2

And now for the giveaway! I made these lovely linen napkins for brunch. They were such a hit that I’ve decided to make another set and give them away to a lucky reader. The giveaway is now closed. A winner has been selected at random and will receive a set of handmade linen napkins oh so soon. Just follow me on instagram or get a friend to follow my blog (and comment below letting me know you did so). I’ll randomly select someone next week who will receive a beautiful set of 8 linen napkins just in time for the holidays. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!_DSC3588-2