Here is a new tea towel in my shop. I love pretty kitchen towels. They are hand printed with a baren from three of my blocks in some of my favorite colors. I printed another of flowers and birds but I didnt like the placement. So I need to give that another whirl. See I have been working on some stuff.
Every Christmas morning we take a photo. This years was particularly hilarious. I end up taking at least 20 with only one maybe two that are usable. The rest are blackmail photos for when they are older. Crying during the photo is usually a given. This year it was notably absent. WHEW! Thank you for all your holiday wishes by the way. I hope I have a better blogging year in 2013. I wish you all out there a great and happy new year!
I may get one of these beautiful amazing mobiles so I need to get finished drawing and carving. So I can print. My friend Kim makes these for a shop in NYC called the Joinery. So go get one if you are there!! Also visit Jikits her lovely blog!!
I was over at the make it easy blog and he was blogging about a cute japanese film called bread of happiness. After watching it I got a little bee up my butt to make some home made bread. Cherry pecan chocolate whole wheat. It rustic but good toasted up with butter. Where were you? Oh and if you click on the link his post has a link to watch it free on the interwebzzzzz.........................
Sometimes I just cannot believe how fast the time flies 3 going on thirty. Some scenes from his birthday. I made spiderweb cupcakes brownies and caramel apples. The apples turned out thin. I needed to let the caramel cool more but I was in a rush and well you know what happens. They were still good though. Some of the kids carved pumpkins too. It was a good party.
As much as I love Etsy. I do have some gripes about it especially concerning their plant section. I originally thought it was supposed to be geared toward the small independent business the backyard farmer if you will. This is what we are. Our nursery is run by two people my husband and me. Yes we have a ten day shipping policy but its only us and we have two children as well as my husbands first job as a business analyst. Some people understand this and some dont. The gripe about Etsy is concerning other growers that dont label their shops properly like having multiple shops that dont reference that information. Yes we have complained and there has been no resolution to it. I do not begrudge anyone the potential to earn and make money. We all need it to live. I am against it when they are an ebay superseller and are clearly not a small business. I guess the magic of Etsy has probably been over for a while when it comes to small handmade businesses. It does still work for some and it is working for us still but I just wanted to put that out there. thesucculentgarden.etsy.com
If only all our moments could be like this. In all honesty I am a little blogged out and super super super stalled in all creative endeavors. Its been so hot that virtually all creative cooking has come to an almost halt. I hoping now that a little bit of coolness has returned I will feel more invigorated. I make a lot of the same things so I get bored posting them and if I am bored I think YOU will be bored. So there it is......................
Whenever I eat an egg salad sandwich I always think about my time in Oxford England and it makes me a little nostalgic. I was there 21 years ago on a study abroad program. There was a little shop across the street from the examination hall and I would buy the half round breads hollowed out and filled with egg salad and sprouts. Oh to be a young woman again but just for a moment.
It has been so flippin' hot I cannot stand it. I have been dying to cook though and not just put together salads. So I made beef meatballs. I used ground sirloin italian seasoned bread crumbs grated cheese salt pepper and an egg. Sometimes I throw fennel seeds or crushed fennel in to give it a sausage flavor. Anyway I mix everything together in a bowl and then roll them up into balls. I fry them in a big pan with a little olive oil as the beef I use isnt that fatty. Once they are browned all over i throw diced onions and chopped up garlic and then let that cook down a bit. I finally add a big can of crushed tomatoes and basil and a little more salt and pepper with some shakes of dried italian herbs and a hit of red wine. I let that cook on high until it starts to bubble up and then put the lid back on and turn the heat down and cook for as long as I can preferably until the meat becomes soft so at least for 45 minutes. Otherwise the balls can be a little tough. So they are perfect on soft soundough rolls split open with sauce and a salad. I wish I had some now.