As can be expected during the final week of November, in the USA, the following photos mainly consist of FOOD.
Happy Thanksgiving week!
Tuesday, November 26th
I got to cook my Romanesco Broccoli today. Unfortunately as I sat down to my snack I noticed lots and lots of little black boiled bug carcasses in amongst the swirls. Ah well. It looked pretty, anyway.
Wednesday, November 27th
Yup. I made cookies today. Are we surprised?
Thursday, November 28th
Happy Thanksgiving! We had homemade cranberry sauce. So easy!
Surprisingly, I also went outside for a bit (though not for long! It’s COLD over in Spokane!), and found these very photogenic grasses.
Friday, November 29th
I made mini Apple pies tonight. In Mason Jar lids. I learned the idea from this blog: Dessert for Two
Saturday, November 30th
I made a giant cookie to send to my nephew. He’s turning 3. :)
Sunday, December 1st
Tomorrow’s Macro Monday shot, taken today.
Monday, December 2nd
What do you get when you have a cookie snack while wrapping Christmas gifts?
Well, what you get is a mess, actually.
While test driving a car I happened across this magical little rhubarb farm. I want to live here.
Nothing better than an unexpected harvest!
When I first got the news that I would be a part of the community garden in Edgewood, I was thrilled. I drove out to the site to check it out (had only done drive-bys up until this point), and to find my own little plot.
This is what I found that day:
Not too spectacular, no. But it had potential!
I went back a few days later to weed it, add steer poop, and get a few seedlings in the ground:
It’s crazy too look back at these photos from just a few months ago and see how different it looks out there!
This is what we’re dealing with now:
Literally. These are peas in a pod.
Here are a few of my favorites:
This month’s color for Eva Ricci’s group is purple.
I give you my purple harvest from today.
This is what I get for not thinning my carrots when they were small.
They all band together to form this Mutant Carrot from Planet Manure. Aaahhh!!!
…I think it’s looking at me.
As part of the Blogathon, the participants are encouraged to participate in “theme days.” The purpose of these days is many-fold; they get us to try something new (a video blog post), meet fellow Blogathoners (guest posting), as well as keep us engaged and motivated (5 favorite apps, haiku day).
Needless to say, I have been negligent this year about participating in any of these. Our haiku day was set for this past Monday, and I am now offering you my belated haiku, today.
northwest hot summer sun
helping my garden to grow
plenty of scrumptious treats
So far the majority of my harvesting has been of the underground (literally) variety. beets, radishes, carrots, and onions.
Blogathon posts of June 29th:
I got my garden planted today!
Can’t say that it looks like much now, but give it a few weeks!
I have several types of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions, carrots, spinach, and zucchini. Oh, and in a communal growing area I planted the Cinderella pumpkin.
What is the weather like in your neck of the woods? Have you gotten your garden in the ground yet?
I have wanted to try this for some time now, and so when I came across a magazine article with well described steps I thought I’d give it a try!
Even though I knew that it was going to consist primarily of eggs and sugar with a little butter thrown in for good measure, I wanted to follow the recipe to the letter since I have never made this type of this before.
This is my typical MO when trying any new recipe, really. I like to get a feel for what each ingredient does before I try to replace that ingredient with something ‘healthier.’
I’m proud of how it turned out. There are a couple things I will know to do differently if I make this in the future.
It was much more time consuming than I expected it to be, but it was a fun process; first the doubt that the steps would actually work, then happiness when the custard started solidifying and the meringue began to fluff like they were supposed to.
I think I added too much lemon juice to the custard, which ultimately resulted in a less firm center then I would have liked, so next time I will have to watch out for this. And I don’t think I whipped the custard long enough before baking it, longer whipping would result in stiffer peaks, which would in turn look cooler. :) Things to remember for next time.
If you feel inspired to try this out for yourself, I followed the recipe in Fine Cooking Magazine, April/May 2012 edition.
And it was delicious! So delicious. I think I might go have another piece now.