Friday, December 24, 2010
After being home for an early Christmas last week, we got really used to having the cats around. When I was growing up, we always had a cat (or two) and I spent so much time sketching them and watching them take naps. My parent's cats have such hilarious personalities. This is Kelly. I love how she is stoically posing on the steps.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
It was fun to whip this little stitchery from Sarah Jane up for Alyssa's third birthday. I changed the colors to reflect Alyssa (blonde hair, etc.)...it is really a darling idea. I've been inspired to remember to keep my eyes open for other patterns in books, my own sketchbooks, wherever, to make into embroideries. (these are for individual gifts and not for resale, so no worries about copyrights and such.)
Friday, December 10, 2010
She prepares such interesting recipes (Green Olive Gnocci? Brown Butter Tortelli? Ahh!) while providing an appetizing natural ingredients alternative to white flour and sugars. I'm a fan of her baked goods recipes, but as I'm writing this, I'm thinking of her Golden Tomato Sauce and Homemade Bouillon and want to try those too. Her Cherry Tomato Couscous has been on rotation in our household since last summer—truly, how can you go wrong with ripe cherry tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas and couscous tossed with olive oil, lemon and lime juice? These are the times I particularly miss my lemon tree. Oh, those lemons were delicious!
Her blog is a treasure trove but I'm especially hoping I'll find one or two of her cookbooks under the Christmas tree this here. Yum.
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I was hoping to be part of the Sketchbook Project: 2011 but found out about it too late. This seems like a nice alternative, though. :)
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
This was our lunch one day on the honeymoon. We decided to eat a big dinner and make our lunch an Italian bakery + coffee one. (By the way, this is one of the many ways I know I married the right guy--he was completely for this nonsense.) So we ate and mmmed and awwwed our way through nutella heaven. It was quite nice, actually.
My aunt used to call these Templeton holidays in honor of the rat in Charlotte's Web. On these particular days, we could eat ice cream for breakfast and cookies for lunch. I wish that was a lifestyle one could subsist on, but alas.
Tonight I'm waiting on a chicken pot pie in the oven; my very first, actually. I'm so jaded and biased towards my mom's heavenly pot pie, I've never attempted to make my own. I mean, why try if you've already had the best? But I decided T's birthday was worth pulling out Jamie's Dinners and giving it a go. I took out bits here and added bits there and think it will turn out quite nicely. The smell in our house right now is pure heaven.
Well, he'll be home in a minute so I'll sign off for now.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you've probably noticed an inordinate amount of sky and cloud pictures. I've been taking them since I was a little girl and can't seem to stop. I just love the glory of the sky. Today I came across a woman who has captured her photographs of the sky onto silk and made them into scarves. They are beyond lovely. Scrumptious and amazing all rolled up into one.
Go visit her over here.
Monday, December 06, 2010
It's been fun making little gifts here and there for the kids this year for Christmas. I'll start taking pictures and posting them soon enough. Promise.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
We went to Morro Bay on the 'moon and oh, it was beautiful. Cold and windy and some days rainy but we still managed to get our fill of biking, running, hiking, shopping, and enjoying the beauty. One day we went over to Montana de Oro state park (about 20 minutes from where we stayed) and were awed as we drove into the park by the eucylyptus groves--amazing! The sand dunes and the hiking trails all had these incredible views of the cobalt blue ocean. It was so breathtaking. On our last day there, we went back at dusk and there were so many bunnies out nibbling on plants. Very sweet. And so perfect.
We're already scheming on when to go back.