Yearly Archives: 2008

produce

It’s probably boring to look at pictures of produce, but here you go anyway. I’m just so proud of our garden…sniffle
Beets


We finally got some nice fat beets! I was a little worried they would be weird and scrawny, but they’re nice and plump :)


And we have insane amounts of cucumbers. I can’t keep up with these. And there are only so many ways you can eat a cucumber. The zucchini, while copious, is easier to manage, since there seem to be many options for it. I’m sure I’ll be sick of zucchini bread by the fall, but my pregnant lady baked goods cravings are causing me to really love it right now. I’m going to try this Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread recipe for an alternate option. It looks ridiculously tasty.

Produce
Oh, and green beans are going nuts out there.

swiss chard

Swisschard


Oh, the garden is starting to burst at the seams. I thought I might document some recipes that I make as we gobble up all of this produce. Here is the first one, for the abundance of Swiss Chard we have. Although this recipe hardly makes a dent, it is pretty tasty… I used shallots instead of leeks, since I had some on hand. I did not photograph the final result as it was consumed rather quickly.


Swiss Chard and Leek Tart

little artist

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Painting1


Alot of art is being made around here lately, of the toddler variety. Clara loves to color and paint (although sometimes painting does result is some sort of tantrum) It is very cute to watch her,  since she gets very intense and focused when she is “rawing” or “ainting” 

blueberry pie baking

Blueberries



My favorite pans to use are the old metal ones. Some of the ones I have are my grandmothers, and I love to think of all of the pies that were baked in them over the years.


Piepan



And speaking of grandmothers in the kitchen, here is a great little “receipt” or recipe book that I inherited that belonged to my great-great grandmother, Nellie. Some of her scrawl is hard to interpret, and of course there are no temperatures or cooking times, so it should be fun to try to make some of the treats in here. Mostly it contains recipes for baked goods, but there are some interested pickled things as well, such as Green Tomato Pickles and Watermelon pickles.


Recipebook


Day at the river

Riverrocks



River


 We had a great afternoon at the river today, swimming and rock collecting. It was about 100 degrees here, so it was so refreshing to just float around in the cool water. It’s so serene and lovely where we go…the perfect summer day.

Sorry to have been away for so very long…I have been ridden with nausea and fatigue, due to the BABY in my belly! Yes, we’re expecting baby number two, and this one is making me feel pretty sick, so I’ve just been lying low, trying not to barf, and taking lots of naps.

On Sunday , we went to an awesome Earth Angels gallery event in Warwick, NY which is about 1/2 hour away. I got to meet some artists that I really admire, and saw absolutely amazing work. There were tons of people there; Julie Arkell, Nicole Bowen, Jody Battaglia, Nicol Sayre, etc, etc. I was too shy to take any pictures, but I’m sure if you check out Jen’s blog, she’ll have tons of info and pics in the next couple of days.

I did buy two of Nicole Bowen’s critters; They were too cute to possibly resist.

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Nbbunny2

Nbbird

Here is our crazy tree peony in bloom. I think I post pictures of it every year, but it continues to amaze me every year, getting more and more humongous blooms!
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Peonybloom 

Unfortunately it rains every year, right after it blooms and some of the blossoms break off, but they look lovely inside… They brighten up my dreaded dishwashing experience.  I HATE most all kitchen activity right now. The dishes make me want to hurl; I nearly wretch every time I open the fridge…blech!

Peonybloomsinside

Despite dreading the kitchen, I did manage to dust off my apron and bake something today. Blackberry Crumb Bars from the latest Everyday Food. They’re in the oven right now. They do NOT make me want to wretch. The love of baked goods has not been affected!
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Getting ready!

The time has arrived! (and this year I am actually looking forward to it) Time to get going with the spring cleanup in the yard & garden, and get ready for veggies and flowers.
We inherited a big ‘ol cottage perennial garden with our house, that someone had put alot of time/money/love into. But it had been neglected for a couple of years, and then when we moved in, we were a bit overwhelmed by it. Then we had Clara, and we neglected it for a couple of summers. SO, this year, we are ready to make it our own.
We’re going for a "potager" or a kitchen garden, with veggies, flowers and herbs. We set up a little shelf in our basement with grow lights and we’re starting all sorts of veggies & herbs from seed.
We’re going to keep some of the perennial beds, but I’d like to take out one, and make it an annual cutting bed, with zinnias and snapdragons, etc. Here are just some pics of the past few days…preparing, playing, etc. And a couple of random shots from the week.

Peonybuds
Tree Peony buds…this will be beautiful really soon!

Boots
Trusty gardening boots!

Gardenapril5
Here it is…bare on April 5th. Just finished raking everything out. Still alot more to do. We’ll plant some peas tomorrow. Soon some of these beds will be packed with perennials, and it will be a jungle. It always starts growing so, so fast, and before you know it, you’re overwhelmed and can’t seem to pull weeds fast enough!

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Clara’s wee rake next to mine… 

Raking
She seems to prefer mine :)

Playing
collecting

Gardenbunnies
little bunnies in a pot

and some non-garden related pictures:

Ukelele
Clara and Jay and a ukelele

Cookie   
Oh, and a cookie. I tell you, I may have a baking addiction. Do I need an intervention?? It’s ok, raking burns mega calories. And I just invested in some workout dvd’s…ha!

Eggs
I hope that everyone had a lovely Easter! This was Clara’s 2nd Easter, and she was really aware of what it was all about this year. She was an expert egg-hunter, toting around her little basket and squealing wih glee. Very cute. She managed to inhale her chocolate bunny’s ears in, oh, about 30 seconds flat. I had to intervene! It was a really nice day. Makes me want to have more kids…She’s growing up so fast already! Around the holidays especially, I always imagine a whole herd of kiddies, having a great, rowdy time. Just warm, fun chaos.  We’ll see!
Lemoncake
And here is a last image of baked goods for a bit. I am saying farewell to sweets for a few weeks, to sort of cleanse my body of sugar. Nothing makes me happier than baking. I absolutely love it. But there are not enough people around here to eat what I make. (Another reason for more kids!)  So, consequently, I am consuming all I bake. Very dangerous for the waistline. Needless to say, this is a Meyer Lemon Poundcake. I used this recipe, but reduced the sugar a bit (since Meyer lemons are sweet) and added a bit of vanilla extract. Really, really good. I have never had Meyer lemons (living on the east coast, they are rather scarce..at least at my grocery stores!) So I was really excited when I found them. I’d like to try to make some Marmalade as well. oh, but that would be sugar. poo.

Some random pics from this week…

Pwillow

My new little Erzgebirge figure, welcoming Spring, carrying a pussywillow

Strawberrytart

First batch of tasty strawberries resulting in a strawberry tart

Fern

just a little spot by my desk

Good morning…

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