Sunday, June 26, 2011

Things will be kind of quiet around here for the next few weeks as we are out and about enjoying summer.  Hope you are enjoying yours as well!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lupine Love

All flower photos taken by Evan.  I still can't believe I was lucky enough to marry a mountain man who loves flowers and takes killer pictures.  Lucky lucky me.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tiny Bunting

I whipped up some bunting the afternoon of our party. I have been wanting to make some for years, and even have fabric set aside, but I never have gotten to it.  This was a quick fix and took 5, maybe 10 seconds to make.  It was as simple as cutting triangles out of fabric and sewing them onto a piece of ribbon.  No hemming or mad skills required.


And for easy storage, I just wrapped the bunting around an empty toilet paper roll.  Smart!

just a few more things:

::  our neighborhood ice-cream truck has come out of hibernation and I had forgotten how funny it is that they play Christmas Carols out of the loud speakers on top of the truck.  Which makes perfect sense.  Because during Christmas it's usually chilly...just like ice cream...so...you should buy some?  Okay.

::  we have been house-sitting for our honeymooning friends this past week and they have a cat.  Who was pregnant.  And who had KITTENS last weekend (!!).  Mao-Mao (the mama cat) is doing great and her 4 kitties are so so cute.  And I've been told I can have first dibs...

::  in answer to an enthusiastic comment about peanut butter pie, here is the recipe I used.  Yum yum.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pie Party 2011

Last night we gathered together some of our pie-enthusiast friends and had ourselves a little pie party.  Which was probably the most delicious idea I have ever had (also the easiest, "hey will you come over to my house for a party and bring all the food?!").

There were even prizes for the best pies!  This is Liza with her bubble prize.

p.s. These are Gesso's buddies, Sergio and Omar.  They didn't get any pie.  Or prizes, for that matter.

Friday, June 17, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' over at Soulemama for all to find and see.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A picture of some muffins that were really tasty

I wrote a to-do list on Monday that is four pages long.  Things are going to be busy busy for the next few weeks and I am one of those weird-o people that can't leave home with an unfinished project on my desk.  Or a messy house.  Because then I think about it while I'm gone.   It's kind of a problem.  Hence the list.

This afternoon I am tackling my mending pile.  Because while I really like to sew, mending seems like such a chore and doesn't often get done.

Blueberry muffins were on the list too (those I can handle no problem!).

Some good happy things:

::  the elderly man in line behind me at the post office telling me that he liked my (purple sparkly) toenails.

::  receiving a pineapple in the mail from our landlords (who live in Hawaii now).  It was delicious.

::  another week of 70 degree weather.

::  finding some pink and green plaid cupcake liners at the store.  Which means I need to add cupcakes to the list.  I wonder what goes best with plaid??  Chocolate or vanilla?  (I'll let ya know)

::  coming home from the thrift store with a fresh pile of books.  I can't wait to actually have time to read them outside with a juicy popsicle in hand!

Hope you are having a happy Wednesday!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Good Morning Mountains

The mountains are finally waking up after a big snowy slumber.

Wildflowers are peeking,

snow is melting,

rivers are RAGING,

and we are happy.

So so happy.

 (did you see Gesso's big grin?)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Confessions of a Rhubarb rookie

I'm not quite sure how I've gotten this far in life without tasting rhubarb.  I keep trying to blame my parents, but it is quite possible that it was offered to me and I just didn't want to try it (read: pickiest eater in the universe).  In any case, my life is now complete.  Rhubarb--you complete me.

Let me back up just a bit...

Last week Evan came home from work with a giant bag of rhubarb.  I stared at him in confusion.  He stared at me right back.  And then he told me to make something with it.  But it looked weird.  Like red celery.  And I wasn't about to waste butter and sugar on red celery.  Eww.

But then I did.

And I am so glad.  

This Rhubarb Crisp tastes just like summer.  I've already made it twice this week.  And I'm planning on making it again on Sunday.  Try and stop me.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp:
       recipe from cooks.com

4 c. rhubarb pieces (about 1 lb.)
2 c. sliced strawberries
1 c. sugar
1 1/3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. old fashioned oats
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. butter, melted and cooled

In a large bowl, combine rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, cinnamon, and 1/3 c. of the flour.  Transfer to a greased 13 x 9 baking dish.

In another bowl, combine remaining 1 c. flour with brown sugar, oats, nutmeg, and butter.  Blend well to create the streusel.  Sprinkle streusel mixture over rhubarb mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Serve with vanilla ice-cream.


 Dear reader, are you a rhubarb junkie?  Are there any recipes I need to try?  Because we still have LOTS of rhubarb (and enthusiasm).

Monday, June 6, 2011

Family Portraits with Gesso are very tricky (and a little bit funny)

Good enough.    What part of 'look at the camera' does he not understand?  Sheesh!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wall Flowers

I started these wildflower drawings shortly after moving here last Spring.  I didn't know anyone, didn't have a job, or a puppy, a husband to hang out with all day, or really anything to do.  It was weird.  And so one windy afternoon, I drew a Lupine.  And I felt much better.

Twelve wildflowers later, and this place feels more like home every day.  I've met so many wonderful people, I have a puppy (!!!), and I've almost fully adjusted to Evan being gone to work all day (He's kind of my favorite person ever, so I like him to be around all of the time.  We are still trying to figure out a way for him to not work at all, but I'm afraid we might get hungry...)  And as I was lying in bed the other morning, still a little fuzzy in the brain, I had the most wonderful thought: these flowers are my metaphor for blooming where I'm planted.  Not that I'm claiming to have fully bloomed here (I still don't even have a cowboy hat!).

And now that this 'series' is finally complete, I am excited to put away my pencils for a while and move onto something else.  I'll let you know when I know what it is :)

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