Monday, December 12, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Yesterday was a telecommute day because of the snow and rain this area experienced. The drive home Tuesday evening while slow and intense, had its moments of beauty as the snow swirled wildly. The real reward was waking up to a frosted wonderland. The first sticking snow of the season. A lunchtime walk along country roads was a delight.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Some details from the back of an old French songbook. I found this when cleaning out a closet at my mom's. She had it saved at the bottom of a stack of towels. I love the style and the old four color printing. The bottom detail shows how the background was made. It looks like a jumping off point for personal explorations.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
WW Cinnamon Raisin bread from Salt of the Earth Bakery and Restaurant is a most delicious treat.I had grand plans for it, luscious overnight custardy French Toast in thick slices. The loaf was so good that we just ate it toasted with fresh butter. We had it for breakfast and desert for lunch and desert for dinner. You get the idea, it was just irresistible. Overnight FrenchToast or Custard French Toast come closest to how my mom made french toast.
3 eggs, beaten yellow and frothy
1 tsp. sugar for each egg used
1 tsp. sugar for each egg used
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. milk
1 c. milk
4 slices sweet or sour dough French bread, 1 inch thick
2-3 tbsp. butter
2-3 tbsp. butter
It is important to let the bread soak up all of the mixture. If the bread seems to be dry in the middle add another egg and a 1/4c milk and sugar. Once the bread is fully saturated carefully transport to a heated skillet with melted butter. Adjust the heat so that the bread toasts but doesn't burn. Serve with more butter and dust with powdered sugar to finish. The best weekend breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on your mood.
Monday, September 19, 2011
New to the Clarkston market this year is Nature's Pace Organics an organic farm owned and operated by Katie and Jacob. Their delightful blog charts the enthusiasm and commitment they bring to whole living. For great variety and wonderful quality produce their booth is always worth a visit. The head of lettuce was the centerpiece of a very tasty recent summer salad.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
It was a garden plant that was always there in the background. A bunch of Gaillardias blooming profusely from July into August were always part of the little garden at the family cottage. They were part of impromptu bouquets made for the big round oak table that dominated one end of the central room.One of the best things about Gaillardias is their long season,often blooming for months. They are tough, hardy plants, returning for decades, increasing each year requiring little water or special soil. Gaillardias are a wonderful native wildflower, sometimes known as Indian Blanket or Firewheel. I like the firewheel name. They blaze away all summer.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Cooks.com looks like a great choice. I plan to try it this weekend when we have family home for the holiday. The other recipe that looks like a winner is the potato and yogurt dish with dill seed.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Siberian iris are slimmer more refined than Dutch iris, like ballet dancers on point. These came from my grandparents yard to our yard where I grew up. Then they were divided and moved with my parents to a townhouse downtown. They were divided again when they moved to a suburban apartment. Another division occurred when mom bought a condo in a small neighboring town. Now I have divided them again and they are in my perennial border. This June I'll take a clump to the plant trade.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Raw kale lightly coated with olive oil
Right out of the oven Crisp and Delicious!
Eat More Kale is a command that I recently spotted on a circular car bumper sticker. Well I wasn't so sure I wanted to eat kale at all, let alone more. My gardening, farming son has been singing its praises to my very unreceptive ears. I always thought of kale as an interesting but certainly inedible garnish. Its other purpose I thought was to make interesting garden borders or accents. And that was it. On my son's last visit home he brought two gorgeous bunches of kale grown at Eaters Guild Farm. It was time to confront my prejudices. He had mentioned something about making kale chips and that they were delicious. Since he claimed it was a simple recipe, easy and quick, I thought why not. A hasty internet search returned results from AllReciepes.com, Smitten Kitchen, and Epicurious to name a few. The basic preparation method is the same and each offers a special twist. A video how-to is even available on YouTube I used the AllRecipes.com version for my first try. The resulting kale chips were fantastic. Crunchy, crispy and very flavorful, I plan to EAT MORE KALE.
Eaters Guild Farm is a Michigan supplier to Whole Foods. Everything you ever wanted to know about kale is available here. Whole Foods has an amazing section of kale recipes. Eaters Guild Farm has a CSA membership available and they sell at the Holland Farm Market and the South Haven Market. Get some kale.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Papersource, the company that published the calendar had some ideas for how to use the patterned sheets after the month was over. I decided to make little blank journals that would fit nicely in a pocket, backpack, or purse.