Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I am fortunate to live in a University community, which means I have access to fabulous ethnic restaurants. The DH and I are both adventurous eaters, and we love exploring new places. Having said that, one place we go to repeatedly (and there aren't many repeats for us) is a Turkish restaurant. Of course, one of the highlights for me is the Turkish Tea.Turkish Tea is made and served in stacked teapots. Hot water is made in the larger pot, and a concentrated tea in the smaller pot on top. The tea is served by pouring some of the concentrate into a glass cup and then diluting with water. It's a very visual feast!
Friday, February 20, 2009
- Walking in the sunlight
- Flower-spotting adventures; I'm happy to report we saw our first crocus blooming this week!
- Eating blueberries I've frozen from summer picking
- Cutting branches (quince this time) and forcing them to bloom inside; mine now have fat green flower buds. I expect them to bust out with flowers soon.
- Looking at seed catalogs
- Planning a camping trip with the girls and a week-long bike tour with the hubby
- Forcing bulbs in pots and enjoying their beauty and aroma. (See hyacinth photos. The first hyacinth flower peeked out at me on Wednesday. Potted daffodil bulbs will bloom in a few weeks.)
This is actually my favorite image of the set; I like the blurred lines
And more to come!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Do you have jewelry from a family member that you love? Or something that you've re-purposed? I'd love to hear about it!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The setting is London and Guernsey (an island in the English Channel) in 1946, just after WWII. The story unfolds via letters, a format that I love. Juliet Ashton, a main character, is a writer (from London) with an adventurous spirit and a deep, deep love of books. (She called off an engagement over books! My kind of gal!) She forms a relationship with a book club in Guernsey and decides to tell their story about the Nazi occupation.
I found the book to be very witty and funny, and at the same time very serious. The subject matter is a tough one - the nightmare of Hitler's actions. The authors don't let the reader off the hook. While much of the book is light-hearted, it's anchored in the very real need to survive atrocities. And some people didn't. In addition, the authors don't make it easy to form clear lines of good and bad, even among the German soldiers. Oh, and there's a love story, too!
I am always grateful about a book that opens my eyes to history and challenges my perspectives. This one did just that.
The book left me with a deeper sense of the importance of thinking for one's self. Read this book. And thanks to MEP for the recommendation!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
- Squash soup (Soup made by the DH with squash and pumpkin, both from the local CSA)
- Blood Orange Hearts
- Sprouts with rosemary butter on honey-wheat bread. (The DH grew the sprouts, too. He's a one-man sprout industry in the winter.) Aren't those sprouts just the cutest?!!?
- Pesto Puff Pinwheels (Pesto also made by the DH, from basil we grew. The pesto freezes soooo well!)
- This course and the scones were served with Hurricane Herbal from Tea G. Unfortunately, this blend is discontinued.
- Treacle scones with butter, the real deal
- Dates stuffed with pecans (and toasted - so simple and YUMMY!)
- Blood orange sections
- Brie and strawberry jam in puff pastry cups
- Chocolate-covered almonds rolled in matcha. These were tasty, but next time I will use dark chocolate. I used semi-sweet. I think dark chocolate will pair even better with the matcha.
- Served with honeybush tisane
Friday, February 13, 2009
- Honey whole-heat bread (I made this from scratch a week earlier and froze it, tho purchased bread will work fine)
- 4 oz cream cheese (I used "light" cream cheese; it was also the softened kind, which I find easier to work with)
- 1.5 Tablespoon honey (I used local, wildflower honey; you can adjust the amount of honey to your taste - I go lightly on the sweeteners)
- Zest of a blood orange, some in tiny shreds and a few longer pieces for garnish
- Dash of ground ginger powder
Mix the cream cheese, honey and ginger powder. Stir in the blood orange zest (use as much or little of the zest as you prefer). It's good to make this a few hours ahead, so the flavors can meld. When you're ready to make the sandwiches, thinly slice the bread. Cut into heart shapes and reserve the cutoff pieces for another use. (I gobbled them immediately.) Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the bread and add a heart dimple in the corner. If not serving immediately, cover with a lightly damp cloth and store in an air-tight container.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.
Only in the awareness of the present,can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup.
Only in the present, can you savor the aroma,taste the sweetness,appreciate the delicacy.
If you are ruminating about the past,or worrying about the future,you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.
You will look down at the cup,and the tea will be gone.
Life is like that.
If you are not fully present,you will look around and it will be gone.
You will have missed the feel,the aroma,the delicacy and beauty of life.
It will seem to be speeding past you.
The past is finished. Learn from it and let it go.
The future is not even here yet.Plan for it,but do not waste your time worrying about it.
Worrying is worthless.
When you stop ruminating about what has already happened,when you stop worrying about what might never happen,then you will be in the present moment.
Then you will begin to experience joy in life.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I recently learned to make this cute little cupcake bag and gave it to my sweetheart niece for Valentine's Day! My other sweetheart, the DH, didn't think it would work too well for him, though he did contemplate wearing it as a hat.
The bag is fast to assemble and is padded. Perfect for a busy toddler. It's cushy and bright and just so cute. Almost as cute as the little one below. Sweetcakes taught me to make it, of course!
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
Recessionistas. A friend sent me this link, b/c she thinks it fits us! We LOVE going to consignment stores and resale shops. I very seldom pay full-price for any clothing. And, if I can find a gem that's second-hand, well even better for the planet! Buffalo Exchange rocks!
Restyling clothes. On the same note as above, I love how the author of the Angry Chicken blog restyles clothes. Just brilliant! I've yet to try this, but I'm on the lookout for a potential.
Fat Quarter Month. Sew, Mama, Sew! is running a month of Fat Quarter projects and related info. A fat quarter is a different way of cutting the fabric and can be useful in many situations. A fat quarter is 18 x 22 inches, instead of 9 x 44. Read this for more info.
Philigry. I don't know how to knit, but Philigry inspires me nonetheless!
Spooners. Do you know what they are? I didn't, but I think they're fun!
Don't drink this before a drug test. In bizarre news....just read it yourself.
Now it's your turn. I'm in the mood to go exploring. It's COLD outside and I'm feeling a bit cooped up (tho I did go for a great walk yesterday in 18 degrees). Help me beat the winter blahs by leaving me a fun link to check out, tea-related or otherwise.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
*Images from corbis.com
Sunday, February 01, 2009
First, check out the wonderful packaging. Orange is my favorite color, and red is definitely in my top 5.
Can you feel the anticipation building?
Red mittens! These are made from felted wool sweaters. Just sooo cool. And, very warm!
The insides are snugly and soft, since they're lined with fleece.
Thank you very much!