October 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Two years ago we got some mint and lemonbalm from Mr. E’s mother. We planted them at the foot our our grilling station. I wanted to let them grow in peace for a year before gathering any to be sure(r) that I wouldn’t kill them by over-harvesting. This year, I guesstimated, would be safe, so, nothing but to it!
Now we have some extremely local herbs!
October 20, 2014 § Leave a comment
Perhaps it was the cold temps, perhaps it was the fall flu season starting, but I’ve been functioning with less than a full battery pack for a while. On top of that, my laptop battery actually died. While the mechanical battery has been replaced, the human one is still putting at 42% efficiency. Hopefully the rest of the month will be better.
It’s taken me a long time to post September’s special dinner, but finally, here it is. For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. This time we chose Tastes of Anglo-Saxon England by Mary Savelli.
The starter was a hot root vegetable and cucumber soup. Yes, boiled cucumber! We used our own heritage cukes, supermarket onions plus local turnip and carrots. The soup also had a little beer in the broth. The mix was unusual, and improved from adding a little sour cream. The main course was fish cakes with buttered beets – yum! – and a dollop of sour cream, which Mr. E added to the recipe. As dessert Mr. E made baked apples stuffed with a mixture of pears, peach, honey, breadcrumbs, butter and cinnamon. To make it really rich, we topped it with a splash of thick cream. Ahh!
I decided to keep the table bare so that all of that gorgeous wood would show to its benefit. Bamboo placemats are in no way Anglo-Saxon, but I’m no purist, and they go nicely with the wood colors. Simple glasses and white bowls won’t detract from the fancier plates. A fast and free wild flower / leaf bouquet topped a cork hotpad.
Apart from the soup, which tasted a little funny to our modern palates, the dinner was great. Especially the dessert!
October 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
It’s indisputably fall. Time to get out my beautiful peeled willow wreath form.
I used a gorgeous golden ribbon, some rust red grosgrain and an orange chiffon ribbon from my stash. I love ribbons; I keep a random collection around for quick temporary projects like this.
The wreath is temporary because nothing is glued on; I keep reusing the same $3 wreath form every year. It’s simple and quick to pin the ribbons on and tie a bow on top, and the pins make for a fast dismantle when I want something different.
I love the bright fall colors; the dropping temps take a little effort to get used to.
October 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
You know those photo challenges that ask you to take one photo every month in exactly the same place, with exactly the same subject matter, angle, and all that? I thought it would be a really interesting project, so I decided to do that this year.
I’m taking a picture out of a second floor window towards the woods at midday on the last day of the month, every month, from January 2014 to December 2014. Here’s September 2014:
Some fall color is showing in the woods already!
October 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
Isn’t this paper heart garland inventive?
Upcycled Shakespeare text paper heart garland by Bookity on Etsy.
We don’t hang garlands in our house, because both Mr. E and I are allergic to dust. I really liked the technique Bookity used, though, so I tried it out with two cardstock hearts. I added color but reduced the layers for less bulk.
I haven’t decided what to do with them yet.
September 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
I open my mail near the door where our paper recycling bin is. To keep the letter opener nearby, I placed it on the mantelpiece. To protect the surface, I made a small mat for my letter opener to sit on:
It’s a very good project to use up those fabric scraps. I’ve been on the lookout for small, fast projects like this mat. I could swear my scraps multiply when I’m not looking…!
Any other useful, quick scraps projects you can think of?
September 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
Remember our re-blossoming weigela bush? It’s produced another(!) small cluster of flowers.
May, July – and now September. I don’t have a green thumb to speak of, so I certainly can’t take the credit. It’s all mother nature. I’m amazed and delighted! It’s the weigela that keeps on giving!
This saintpaulia (African violet) is also going through a second bloom:
Apparently you can have your saintpaulia bloom constantly. Maybe I should propagate a few new plants and give it a try…