Yearly Archives: 2010

The Fair!

This weekend, we went to the the fair…cows, funnel cake and other fried things, angry disheveled chickens, facepainting, quilts, prizes, and more fried things. Fun!

Cows
Funnelcake
Angrychicken
Facepaint 
   Plasticcow 
Lilwalkin

 
  

La Ratte

Laratte

Wondering where everyone was earlier this evening, I rounded the corner in the garden and discovered they were digging the first potatoes. We have La Rattes! (les rattes, plural?) So excited to have scrumptious little fingerlings. We planted tons of these, so they should keep us fed for quite awhile.

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(dress in focus, not potatoes. Meant to do that! It's a cute dress, though!)

day ‘o baking

So yesterday, I was home alone for a whopping 3 1/2 hours. Gasp! The girls were at Nana's, and the goal was to get some work done. But man, all I wanted to do was bake. When I get the house to myself, I have the uncontrollable urge to make cakes.  But I settled in with some Miss Marple (!!) and my needlefelting. In true biddy fashion. I am a little old lady at heart, if you didn't already realize that.
So today I decided to get this baking out of my system. Kiddies and all. Actually they have been pretty good all day, despite my neglect.

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(those are plums…they look like egg yolks!)

Nectarinecake 
 

Plumcake
I made a Nectarine Tea Cake, which I froze, and a Plum Upside Down Cornmeal Cake, both of which are from the book Rustic Fruit Desserts, which my sister got for me as a gift many months ago, and I'm only just now trying some recipes!  I think before the day is out I might try the Lemon Rhubarb Buttermilk Bundt Cake as well. Because there was still rhubarb at the farmer's market!

weekend…

Lilriver 
  

Clararun

Lilriver 

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sunflowers

There is a gorgeous field of sunflowers down the street. We pass it everyday on our way to summer camp, and there are always tons of cars stopped, with people taking pictures. Such a lovely sight. Funny how such a thing can bring together random, busy people, all willing to stop on the side of the road to appreciate a simple thing of joy and beauty. This field reminds me of my trip to France, after my senior year of high school. Liz was there, too. There were fields of sunflowers and fields of lavendar everywhere.  If we ever get a farm, a field of sunflowers will surely be a necessity.

Sunflowers 

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inspiring healthy salad

Thought I would share this lovely, healthy salad recipe from Cynthia Lair. Her book, Feeding the Whole Family, really inspires me to eat healthier! All of the recipes in there are delicious. I keep turning to it again and again over the past year or so. 

I've been making this salad for lunch and I'll eat it for a few days. Kale (or Swiss Chard…of which we have an abundance), Fennel, Red Cabbage, Peppers, Wild Rice, Gorgonzola…yummy!

The recipe is here, Emerald City Salad.

Kalesalad 

*Pretty excited that it rained this morning, considering that I forgot to water the garden last night. One less thing to do. Because it seems to take me more and more time to do less and less lately.

*Maybe this has something to do with the 19 month old who is crying at me, right now, as I type this. Everytime I start to do something, it seems she wants my attention.

*Which brings me to my felted animals. People have been emailing me, wondering if I have ceased to make them for all eternity. I have not. I would love to get back to work! I daydream about cute little chipmunks and kitties in party hats. I can't wait until I can sit down, uninterrupted, full of undisturbed inspiration, and get back to being creative. I am shooting for this week! :) Yes! Thinking positive.

*Although baby is still crying, hanging on my leg.

 

as the weekend approaches…

Summerquilt 
 I can't wait to spend a sunny summer weekend with my family.  We're planning on going to the farmers market, to get our usual load of goodies, heading to the river and relaxing with good books and some yummy food, swimming. Maybe a little bit of tending the garden, (although at this stage, it's got a mind of it's own).

 

Arugula Love

I love Arugula…and I'm the only one around here who does! I love it's peppery, spicy bite, even though sometimes it may burn a bit, it's a good burn. As my wee crop dwindles with summer approaching, I plucked tons of it, and decided to make Arugula Pesto. It is delicious, so I thought I'd share, in case you've never made it before, and are a fan of the potent leafy green. It's actually not so potent in the pesto. It just leaves a hint of peppery-ness, and I think it rivals regular old basil pesto.

Arugulapesto 

Arugula Pesto
(adapted from Michael Chiarello's recipe on foodnetwork.com)

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4 Cups packed fresh arugula
3-4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/4-1/2 C olive oil
3 Tbsp walnuts
1/4 C freshly grated parmesan (optional…sometimes I skip the cheese)
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
salt & pepper
 
Boil a large pot of water and briefly blanch the arugula (15 secs). Immeditely plunge into a bowl of ice water. Drain and squeeze out as much water as you can with your hands. Put arugula, garlic, walnuts, in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Stream in olive oil and blend for 30 seconds. (The original recipe called for 1 Cup of olive oil…I thought it was waaaay too much. Just add it until it reaches a consistency you like) Add the lemon juice and cheese, and pulse to combine. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Will keep for one week in the fridge.
 
So good. Today I mixed it in with some potatoes and green beans for a lunch of Arugula Pesto Potato Salad and Green beans. If you add it to mayo, you can mix it up with some chicken and have killer chicken salad, or just use it as a sandwich spread. I also had it mixed in with my scrambled eggs this morning. Deliciousness.

garden goodies

So thrilled that it's that time of year again, where the garden starts giving us gifts of yumminess. Here is our first little bowl of treats, some Arugula, Snap Peas, and Lettuce.  There is sooo much arugula and lettuce, out there. It never looks like alot, but it always is more than you think. Good thing I like Arugula.

Bounty

And a tasty seasonal lunch was made…

Arugulasalad

Popping back in here to say hello! No need to explain my absence. If you read my blog, you know I am a bad blogger. I have a love/hate relationship with the internet. Sometimes I just need to break away!

Speaking of breaking away, my husband and I went away this weekend for our anniversary, and stayed at a snuggy little Bed and Breakfast. It was a gorgeous old home, and while the front was added in 1927, the original house was from 1820, with low ceilings and thick walls and windowsills, and lots of nooks and crannies. Totally my cup of tea.

Chimneyhill 

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They also have Alpacas, which were a hoot. If we ever get a place with more land, they may be worth considering.  They're so comical, with their messy mop of wool/ hair. AND you can felt their wool. hmmm…

Alpaca

 Since I'm lucky enough to be married to a guy who shares my nerdy obsessions, we spent the afternoon at the Mercer museum, where Henry Mercer amassed a collection of 30,000 objects representing daily life before the Industrial Revolution. Then he built a 6 story concrete castle to house them, which is fascinating in and of itself. 

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There was ALOT to look at. I have a billion pictures on my camera, mainly of objects that I thought to myself "oh, I should start a collection of THOSE!"

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I'm thinking shoe forms, sewing shears, butter molds, butter paddles, candy molds, haircombs, the list goes on. I need to amass my own enormous collection, so my mother can come over and say "how do you DUST all of that?"