When I was a graduate student in Rhode Island, it was pretty normal (to me at least!) to be watching t.v. while wearing multiple layers, at least two pairs of socks, sometimes a hat and scarf, covered in blankets with a snuggly calico cat snoozing away in my lap. Graduate students don’t get paid much … Continue reading Remodelin’
A tomato revelation
Hello, friends! It's been too long. All the grand plans we had of taking the month of June to pack, completing a few outdoor projects at the new house in July, and then leisurely moving in went straight out the window. We had to move in to the house in the middle of June. Packing accelerated … Continue reading A tomato revelation
Little Rum, Little Love
Exploring vacant land options, looking at existing houses, and thinking about all of the what ifs, how-tos, and complications of all of it has been an all-encompassing distraction. This has been like planning the biggest, most expensive wedding ever--not good for work productivity or any other aspects of life outside of this crazy event. Thankfully, we … Continue reading Little Rum, Little Love
2017–a whole new year!
A few weeks ago, I was sitting on the sofa in our near-empty living room--the sunlight reflected off the wood floors and every little noise seemed amplified. It was quiet and early morning, one of the last mornings in a place that had been our home for over 5 years. Over Christmas and well into January, … Continue reading 2017–a whole new year!
Shortbread cookies with limoncello icing
December! In fact, it's Christmas day...how'd this happen? This year just disappeared. I know I've said in previous post that the days, weeks, or months have flown by, been a blur, and this hasn't more true than the last couple of months. But, people, it's Christmas time!! Sweets, baking, family, friends, and a time to … Continue reading Shortbread cookies with limoncello icing
A turkey walks into a bar…
Uh, it's almost Thanksgiving! This month is almost over--and it's a complete blur. The month started with a work trip and ends with a fun trip to spend time with our close friends, with the shock of the election in between. Everything else is a bit fuzzy and happened quickly. I haven't posted much this month … Continue reading A turkey walks into a bar…
Ginger Molasses Cake
Well, after today, the sun will set before 5:00 p.m. and the days will get ever shorter until mid-December. It’s rainy and grey today; it is the kind of day that is best spent curled up with the pets, a cozy blanket, and a hot mug of tea. And, if you have cake, well, that’s … Continue reading Ginger Molasses Cake
Cookbook Sunday Dinner: Eggplant barigoule
Well, October has reached it's end and with it, my tour through Heritage. There are still quite a few recipes I'll give a try, desserts and a whole section on cocktails, but, for now I'll wrap up my cookbook Sunday dinner with eggplant barigoule. Barigoule, it turns out, is a Provençal dish that is traditionally made with artichokes, … Continue reading Cookbook Sunday Dinner: Eggplant barigoule
Cookbook Sunday Dinner: Heritage, week 3
Happy almost the end of October, y'all! For this week's Cookbook Sunday dinner, I made a modified version of Sean Brock's recipe for crispy fried farm eggs with fresh cheese, pickled mushrooms, watercress, and red-eye vinaigrette. Like the previous recipes, it's a long one, with many steps and a delicious ending. Thankfully, many of the … Continue reading Cookbook Sunday Dinner: Heritage, week 3
Spicy, tomato goodness plus eggs!
The days are, sadly, getting shorter as autumn firmly settles in and winter isn't far behind. The evenings and mornings are chillier and the Seattle mist is becoming more frequent and more like rain. Life around here has been a little hectic, and it's not likely to calm down anytime soon, especially with the holidays … Continue reading Spicy, tomato goodness plus eggs!