Saturday, September 26, 2009

On Such a Saturday as Today

Autumn is giving a slight hint that she has arrived. The weather has turned cooler, but with it has also come rainy, dreary days. A nudging reminder that I needed to pull out the fabrics I bought and begin sewing Charlotte some fall dresses.

There were also some extra mommy duties to do like picking Rose up from a slumber party early in the afternoon. The swishy windshield wipers were my companion as I made the 30 minute trip on curvy roads out of town.

The idea for tonight's supper came from Everyday Foods. The recipe was tweaked and given our own personal doctoring. We used baby beef ribs, included 1/2 cup red wine, and beef broth using canned tomatoes. Slow cooking in a covered pot at 300 degrees for about 4 1/2 hours seemed good to us. Very tasty, which fit our course of the day and provided the comfort food our souls craved on such a Saturday as today.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Should I or Shouldn't I?

This was the question weighing heavily on my mind.

Since Alan made a visit home this past weekend, I humored him by baking a Chocolate Meringue Pie. I regretted not packing it up to send back with him. It was staring me in the face, absolutely pleading with me to have a piece yesterday afternoon.

I took some comfort in the thought that I would also be imbibing green tea without any sweetener as the "yes I should" won out; along with the fact of it being only a little, teeny slice of pie.

I ate the pie slowly, then I quickly downed the tea, as if it was an antidote.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rose is bitten by the photography bug

A new 4-H photography club we were planning on attending in the park this afternoon, was unfortunately canceled due to rain.

"Resting in the Blue Rockers"

Since Rose is engaged with her camera quite a bit these days, I thought it would be fun to share some of her recent photos of our weekend at the beach.

This girl has fun shooting various angles and subjects. She named this photo,"Polka-dots Blowing in the Breeze."

Future instruction can only improve a rapidly growing interest.

Thumbs up to her long-armed self images too!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mortar and Pestle

While scrounging around in my kitchen cupboards the other day, I found an unexpected treasure, my mortar and pestle. It was like finding a twinkle in the night sky....

It crushed the dried oregano hanging in my pantry so beautifully, before it was tossed into the red beans and rice....

I felt as if I was kissed. The most fascinating part, the little lip on its porcelain edge.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sea Magic

The grand finale of saying goodbye to our bathing suits and our beach towels before they are packed up until next year; we are leaving bright and early (the car is already packed) to stay in the little cottage by the sea this weekend.

Already I am hearing the gusty calls of the gulls and sensing the lively sea breezes brushing my hair with it's rigorous breath.

I will behold September sunrises and delight in our mist- damp suits dancing in the wind, as a morning's cup of coffee is being savored while sitting in a blue rocker on the porch. It's divine magic to me, and I find myself being hushed in the ocean's clamor and aroused in the sea's quiet.

Here's to a happy weekend to all!

These are past photos from May's trip.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Hot Pepper Jelly

Tucked amongst the large cookbooks in the antique pine cupboard in my kitchen is a unassuming little cookbook. It was purchased when I was still considered a "young" homemaker. Many of the recipes have been tried at one time in years past. I have revisited the charm and treasure of this little cookbook this weekend. And the added splotches and splatters of wear from its use only give it extra definition.

A bumper crop of green peppers from our county friend was crying out to be made into a something extra good.

A blue ribbon vote has been given by all the tasters whom have tried it. Just pull out some crackers and cream cheese and top it with a smear of this jelly and watch it disappear. I am considering making another batch today. Maybe there are those who would appreciate receiving a little jar of this jelly at Christmas time, I am thinking.

But first I must finalize prep for tonight's dinner guest. Witt is bringing home the girl who, and I quote, " Mama, I believe she is the one".

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The end of my day looked like this

Keep in mind my previous posts about outside dining and this post will line up beautifully. What gave this particular one extra bounce was a picnic at Witt's place.

Simple, simple supper that boxed up with no trouble. Quiche, salad, and sliced cucumbers in vinegar. For an appetizer we spread a cracker with cream cheese and topped it with pepper jelly.
*Target* carries the most amazing Italian sodas. We buy them and they are stored on the pantry shelf to reappear as the golden slipper for special times, such as an evening picnic. We have tried several different flavors, but tonight it was lemon.

We reclined on a blue blanket that mimicked the earlier blueness of the beautiful skies we have lived under this week. My trusty vintage picnic basket provided a tad of ambiance.

We took the time to visit the rose garden and to smell the sweet scent of the roses.

And we picked some apples atop the high branches of one of the several trees. These trees were heavily pruned this year, therefore, the apple crop was miniscule compared to last year's abundance. These shall make a nice Sunday dessert.

What simple gifts lead to the peaceful ending of a day.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Late Summer Memory

These late summer evenings are downright seductive, therefore, we bear with the mosquitoes to be outside as much as possible. Charlotte did her part by setting the dining table.

Thankfully, spaghetti sauce was made yesterday morning and set in the crock pot to simmer as we went about our afternoon activities. Charlotte's ballet lesson was at 5:00, and upon arriving home to the smell of red sauce cooking the remainder of the dinner preparations were much easier.

As the sun set, a coolness settled over us and my husband suggested a fire. The girls hurriedly managed their baths, donned their pjs, and returned with a wire clothes hanger and a bag of marshmallows.

I love memories that linger. This morning's greeting of the fireside seatings made me happy.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

back home

Jumping for joy to be back home from the Green Mountain State.

So many photos I could share, but it might be like sitting down to a slide projector presentation of someone's family vacation. Just suffice it to say the main place of our travels took us to an enchanted land of beauty, and out of this world verdancy.

School has officially opened in my home and we are getting acclimated to new schedules. It's rather lined up as a Jekyll and Hyde existence right now. Great excitement of newness, yet a tugging of what we are leaving behind in the flavors of summer.

at the shore cum amica mea

So it was that on Thursday afternoon we headed out to the beach, two young girls (Charlotte and her friend), me and my friend, and Rancher, ...