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yay! pizza

June 24, 2011

I think it’s a bit obvious, but I’m not much of a blogger.  And to be honest, I really don’t like writing or reading what I’ve written.  I  much prefer a photo.


The container garden plants aren’t doing too well.  The watermelon succumbed to my brown thumb. And the zucchini succumbed to squash vine borers, despite multiples attempts to save them.  And the rosemary crapped out during this recent heat (hotter) wave. But the tomatoes and basil are doing well.

basil harvest


look at these beauties


garden pizza


success with greens

June 3, 2010

Last night’s dinner of colcannon and 40 cloves of garlic chicken involved quite a bit of dicing and chopping.  It was my first foray into cooking with leeks and kale, both of which I am happy to say I enjoyed.  Thanks to Jess for sending this recipe to me.  I subbed kale for the cabbage & omitted the nutmeg.  It was delicious and I am glad to have more ways to work greens into my diet. Also, I cannot wait to enjoy the leftovers. I mean, look at that pool of butter in the middle. So decadent.


I’ve also been fairly successful with the plants in the front of the house.  There is a nice fragrant smell when you walk up the sidewalk and lots of the plants are flowering, including the lantanas that I planted barely a month ago and thought had died from neglect during my surgery recovery.  There are at least 3 different colors of lantana bloom and I think they’ll look really nice when they completely fill in the window bed and start intermingling.   And they’ll require much less help from me once they’re larger and established.  The butterflies love them and the cat loves to watch the butterflies out the front window. Most of our lantana are sterile, due to their inclusion on several invasive species lists, but I must have accidentally thrown unsterile pot into the cart at the nursery, because the plant below definitely has the berries necessary for propagation.


And in crafting news, sign up for Doll Quilt Swap 9 started this week.  There’s a handy little form this time around, but participants will be chosen by lottery, so even the early birds aren’t guaranteed a spot.  I have to admit, I’ll be super bummed if I don’t get to participate.  Researching your partner is so much fun.  I love pouring over the Flickr favorites and coming up with a color palette and design.  It also doesn’t hurt that I have received two amazing quilts from folks assigned to me.

doll quilt swap 9

christmas wrap up

December 28, 2009

Didn’t take as many photos this year since the Mister and I spent a quiet holiday at home with our menagerie of furry monsters, but I did manage to get a few shots of the peppermint bark before I packed it up and sent it away.  Actually, we have a few more parcels of it in the fridge that I need to find homes for.  I wish candy shipped better.  Anyway, it was a really simple recipe and I got to smash things with a hammer, which is always fun.

peppermint bark

Much happier with the Christmas wreath than the Autumn/Thanksgiving wreath.  I think my best results are achieved when I use less ingredients. All I need was a wreath form, some yarn, grosgrain ribbon & a few fake poinsettias.

christmas wreath

Despite the kitten in the Christmas tree incidents, I did manage to get some ornaments on the tree for a few days. I made sure they were all kitten-safe, so that we didn’t have any injuries, to the cats or the ornaments. Took ’em back down as soon as possible, because not only do we have our own little rambunctious kitten to contend with, but his sister is here for a visit.  If it’s even possible, she’s more of a terror than he is.

donut muffins

February 13, 2009

donut muffins

These muffins are just perfect. The muffin is delicious and fluffy but the powdered sugar adds just the right amount sweetness to make them absolutely divine.

cake bites

January 6, 2009

Growing up my mom always made baked goods for our teachers & neighbors. That must be where I got my need to share baked goods love with my friends & coworkers each Christmas. Last year it was lemon poundcake, which is a tried & true recipe for me.

cake bites

This year, however, I wanted to try something new. Inspired by Bakerella’s, adorable Cupcake Bites, I decided to try to make some of my own. They did not come out as planned, but I like them non-the-less. They were a big hit with recipients and delicious, to boot. However, they were pretty time intensive and I won’t be making them again anytime soon.

Ingredients: Chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream frosting, candy bark & rainbow sprinkles.