The tulips I brought back from Amsterdam last year are all in bloom, except for 3 Allium bulbs that I lost to greedy rabbits. I picked all white bulbs and got big surprise when a few of the carefully picked white bulbs turned out to be a bright sunny yellow! That is OK. Oh well, […]
Whether we love it or hate it, it needs to be done. Laundry. Washing. Some of us are lucky enough to just fill the laundry basket and someone else does the washing. And the ironing. Some of us do it all ourselves. I am one of those. Partly by choice and partly by force. Laundry […]
Recette de Chocolate Chip Cookies par Eva Bakes : It's no secret that I'm not vegan. I respect those who are and understand their reasoning. We recently had some friends come over for dinner, and one of them was dairy and soy free. She also happens to love dessert, so I wanted to make something that we...
Stars Shining bright above you~Night Breezes Seem to Whisper..:"I love you"~Birds singing In The sycamore tree~Dream a Little Dream..of me~Say Nightie Night and Kiss Me~Just hold me tight and tell me you'll miss me~While I'm alone and blue as can be~Dream a little dream of me~Stars Fading..but I linger on dear~Still craving your kiss~I […]
Blue is a natural for the great outdoors. There's the deep blue sea, and sea glass skies, the blue bird's wing, and a myriad of blue hued blooms. No wonder it makes us so happy when we bring it inside! I get a natural high when blue meets my eye. Here's a mini montage of Summertime Blue. Hope it does the same for you. . . .It's so sweet o […]
an old crib now sits inside my corn crib….it seems appropriate so now here i sit on a crib, holding a baby inside, in my new corn crib studio i love it i can see a glass of wine and a romantic dinner out here i see garden plans and farm plannings i see peace [...]
My daughter was very excited to tell me a couple of weeks ago about a subscription service she had signed up for. You get a box every month containing samples and full size products that are all organic and non toxic and echo friendly. She lives in America. As we discussed this we agreed that often we want to try out something new, but then never find it on […]
Last week I had three pound cakes on my kitchen counter. Hubs and second son love cake, a well documented fact on this blog, and I love baking. Still, a chocolate pound cake stacked on a coffee pound cake, atop a rum pound cake, may be a bit much. Even then, I'm toying with the idea of a mocha glazed walnut poundcake or perhaps, one riddled with nutty […]
The original recipe calls for halibut, but you know how hard it is to find good halibut in my neck of the woods, and when I do find it, it's cheaper to go out to dinner. So instead, I used Alaskan cod here. A nice, firm, mild white fish. Love its versatility. I am a chimichurri lover from way back. That gorgeous herby pesto from Argentina that I make fr […]
Heehaw, heehaw, heehaw. Do you really think that you can get that mama duck to follow you for a half mile? Honestly? Give it a try, but don't hold too much hope. Dear Friends, AWOL here. I know it, but I've had lots and lots of work to do and am just beginning to breathe easier. I sent in my entire manuscript, glossary, bibliography, author's […]
Tree blossoms. The yards are blanketed in them.+And the rhododendrons - they are late coming to spring's party - but they are here. They're pretty fleeting. One swirl of the Minnesota winds and they scatter. But everything is fleeting, isn't it? The days I thought I would never be able to walk through my home without stepping on a lego or a mi […]
- Would You Care To Join Me For Lunch? -This picture was submitted to "Black & White Wednesday", an event created by Susan at "The Well-Seasoned Cook". It will be hosted on the 26th of June by Lynne "Cafe Lynnylu" (click here in order to see who is hosting the next roundup).
At just on 5 months old (20 weeks), Snookums rushed into my Studio shortly after I let the girls out of the coop and headed straight for Kiep's old nest box on one of my art tables. After a lot of inspecting, scratching, packing and organising the grass neatly, she settled down to the serious business of laying. For the fact that it was her first egg […]
If you don't see me posting quite as often in the next couple of months, it only means I'm outside enjoying our far-too-short Wisconsin spring and summer. My schedule is always more hectic during the spring and summer with a busier work schedule, many more yard chores, al fresco entertaining and my favorite summer sport - golf with my husband. It […]
When June Bloom Day, the invention of my friend Carol of May Dreams Gardens rolls around, the brilliantly sunny days are greeted by lilies and lots of them. Years of adding and spreading, click here for a how to on bulblets, have made for some spilling swaths in the Lawn/Meadow. I chuckle at the Verbena […]
Chores as usual...windy, a little chilly. Got half of the lawn mown before class. As my students were leaving there were several BIG birds flying overhead with huge wingspans. At first we thought they were hawks. But no.... Turkey Buzzards. I have never seen them land on the barns before. Finished mowing the lawn after lunch....then spent some time readi […]
Quelques morceaux de poisson dans une sauce tomate bien parfumée sont au menu aujourd'hui. Un plat rapide à faire et délicieux car, quelquefois, il faut savoir se faire plaisir sans passer sa journée en cuisine. Utilisez d'autres variétés de poisson ou même un mélange de plusieurs sortes, il n'en sera que meilleur!Pour 4 personnes:4 morceaux d […]
“My tummy grumbles for that!” my youngest son said as he pointed to the jar of Granola I had made on whim the night before whilst he was tucked up in bed. There’s something nice about a big glass jar of granola sitting perched on the kitchen counter - don’t you think? I’m not sure what it is? It’s probably linked to my obsession with food and lifestyle mag […]
…yes, I do! Hotter than a jockey’s saddle, but hey! It’s New York. So very different from my first visit! Trees with leaves! And the banner, above? Some of the roses on my friend’s terrace. I do have some other … Continue reading →
The summer has been an unbearably hot one, and we have been staying away from the stove and oven as much as possible.I'm not complaining, because I actually love all this sunshine and warm weather. but our poor lawn is almost turned to hay!Today we woke to some rain and a much cooler day.I had made a pulled pork in the crock pot and was planning to mak […]
I should have a sign "Under Construction" on my blog like they do on websites in progress. My kitchen has been torn apart for the past few weeks and has a few more to go before completed. The only place that looks decent right now is the garden. Henryi and Miss Bateman blooming together both Type II's Geranium Magnificum Krinkled White P […]
It's been a crazy time. We've been searching for a new receptionist at the clinic, and I seem to be the most computer savvy of the group. Scary, that. But anyway, it falls to me to put the ad in craigslist. A simple part time receptionist job, paying a mere $10 per hour, and I got over 200 responses the first day. After plowing through the first 30 […]
Polenta con mais, sugo ai funghi e olio al tartufo I had two corn cobs that I had no inspiration on how to prepare, so after going through Plenty the book of Yotam Ottolenghi, I came across an interesting idea…using fresh corn to make polenta. Why not? This intrigued me so I decided to use his [...]
This month in Secret Recipe Club my assignment was a nice blog Feast on the cheap and Mary Ann and Mariel (Mother and daughter) have a lot of lovely recipes and finally I choose this Orange curd puff pastry tartlets because I love lemon curd and I wanna try this orange curd and was really amazing and all loved here.Im sharing with Orange Curd Puff Pa […]
Beautiful wintery days continue, clear skies, sunshine, happy moods. And the trialling of the BBQ continues to see what can be cooked in this no-fuss, not too much washing up, sort of a way. If you haven't see it already, take a look at Part 1 of this BBQ series to see Grilled Fennel with Lemon and Parmesan and Grilled Broccoli with Preserved Lemon. Roa […]
Scotland. Land of whisky, lochs and tartans. Land of the Edinburgh festival, mountains and Macbeth. Land of bagpipes, kilts and sporrans. Land of Sean Connery, Billy Connolly and Braveheart. There are many things that we routinely associate with Scotland, but amazing food is not always one of them – in fact, for many, a [...]
As I read the May issue of Bon Appetit, I noticed one mention after the next of little, old Austin. I thought: what are we, Portland? Clarks Oyster Bar was noted in Dish of the Moment regarding shrimp toast; in a list of uses for hot sauce, the Michelada was inspired by one from a dive bar in Austin; and in the Good Health section, there was a story about ou […]
PAVLOVA Blueberry, Lemon Curd with Limoncello, Greek Yogurt Gidday Mates! This past weekend we celebrated our friend Chip's birthday, as well as my new BBQ grill with a "Down Under" Party. The idea started with "shrimp on the barbie" and grew... Read more
HI, Here's the finished iris. I'm going to check it over and hope to frame both of the little paintings tomorrow afternoon. I've got a class at ESO in Belle Haven in the morning.We are going to paint summer flowers. So far I have hydrangeas,purple and blue lace cap, orange day lilies, and hot pink bee balm. I'm picking them from my yard/g […]
¿Habéis oído hablar de Degustabox? Yo lo oí por primera vez el mes pasado, y con lo que nos gusta en casa probar cosas nuevas no lo dudé ni un instante. Degustabox es una empresa que prepara y envía cajas con productos nuevos, recien lanzados al mercado, de reconocidas marcas. Se trata de cajas muy completas, que incluyen entre 8 y 12 productos, y que puede […]
Morning Call20x16 Oil/CanvasSoldMorning Call was loosely inspired by my lovely bantam rooster Vincent who, in real life, has an interesting shock of orange feathers on either side of his comb reminiscent of the pageboy type hairstyle worn by a young Vincent Van Gogh. His hearty crow announces each new day.
Preparing yummilicious food really IS child's play... you don't believe me? It's just about recognising where you stand in the list of skilled pastry chefs... no use working with a Pierre Herme recipe when really, your experience doesn't extend beyond...
I open the magazine and show Mazy the photo of herself. She cocks her head to the left as if to say, “Huh. That’s me. What am I doing in there?” Then she smiles a full, see-my-molars grin. Of course. She always smiles; she’s a golden retriever. Columbia Living published another recipe spread of mine: “Simple Salads & Sandwich Spreads.” YEA! Seeing my wo […]
When I saw this recipe on Bunny's Warm Oven, I immediately thought: annual potluck. Maybe it's because it has some similar components to the Blueberry Crumble Cake I made for last year's potluck. I love blueberries. Who am I kidding? I love custard and crumble too. Not to mention that it looks delicious. So, I couldn't resist.We have […]
From hereDo you know who the Barefoot Contessa is? If you have Foxtel or cable you may have come acroos her, otherwise in Australia you are unlikely to have any clue. She is Ina Garten, who began her food career with a gourmet food shop and catering business and now has many cookbooks and a TV cooking show.From hereIna Garten lives in the Hamptons with he […]
We’ve been experimenting with more dishes that call for chicken thighs. I confess that chicken breasts will always be my favorite, but in truth the thighs have more flavor. I think the aroma of chicken roasting in the oven with kalamata olives and lemons smells like comfort food. From start to finish this takes about 45 minutes, which is relatively quick for […]
These are tasty, quick to make little treats that give a sense of wholesomeness with the use of strawberry jam/preserves and old-fashioned oats. Easily substitute your favorite jam variety for the filling!
This morning, strolling the market, I noticed the foraged Spring things have finally made their way to town. Tonight we will enjoy fresh morels in cream on our own hand cranked pasta, and tomorrow a rabbit, nettle and potato soup. We had a full day of clear bright sun today for the first time in weeks, and it completely filled the kitchen, putting a definiti […]
AMOUR. Ce sentiment qui nous bouscule, qui nous chatouille, qui va puiser au plus profond de nous-même cette sensation qu’on appelle la vie. L’amour de son conjoint pour qui chaque sacrifice est un acte naturel, l’amour de sa maman à qui les têtes blondes offrent le plus beau des bisous, mais également l’amour du produit […]