Thursday, May 28, 2009

FLowers and Cheese

This post is a little delayed, but better late than never. As we get closer to the official start of summer I'm hankering for some outdoor time and some simple food. Here's what i came up with....
This should probably be the second pict, but oh well. Above is some homemade bread that I used some of the leftover whey in from the homemade mozzarella below. Dipped in some deliciously garlicky olive oil it was divine.

And yes, you heard me correctly, I made mozzarella. I was actually fairly quick and easy. I used this kit which my husband smartly gave me for my b-day. This is just the beginning of my cheese making forays. I've actually since learned to make Ricotta which is even easier and homemade withorganic milk, beats store bought any day! Cheese and veggies  = simple and soooo good!
And I started some planting on our little deck which allows us to dine al fresco in a garden like atmosphere. This picture is actually from several weeks ago. Some Miracle Grow soil paired with a whole lot of rain has these guys all at least twice the size of what see here already.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Spring has Sprung..but it Feels Like Summer

We've been having some April showers recently but instead of bringing May flowers it looks like we're getting temps in the 80s this weekend! Here's a little citrus colored and flavored warm weather inspiration.

An image from Easter

Here's how it all started

And after some careful pith removing and slicing they looked like this

Then a lot of boiling, a healthy dose of sugar and a little help from this recipe left me with some really delicious natural candy. I love how the candied citrus peels look in the vintage looking glass bowl with clementine colored flowers!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Stitched Together

OK, so this post is a little late but this was my V-day present to the hubby.  And yes, in case you are wondering, it look EXACTLY like us. 

I use pieces of our old clothing for the appliques. This is something I'd like to do more of, re-purposing clothes, linens etc that I already have. The back of the pillow is made from one of Bill's old sweaters.

I logged in quite a few hours putting this baby together but in the end was quite pleased. I think he liked it too.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Uh...yummmmm we didn't actually eat dessert first but since the pict appeared first when I uploaded it I'll leave it there. This is apparently a famous American treat called Icebox cake. My Mom always made a different kind of icebox cake that I love. It consists of chocolate pudding layered between gram crackers and topped with Coolwhip.

This one is equally as good and actually has much more of a cake consistency. You but those very thin, old fashioned chocolate cookies and layer them between home made whip cream. The box has the recipe and shows it in a log form but I decided to make two individual "cakes." I also opted to add a little almond extract to the whip cream which turned out to be the right thing to do. You have to let it sit in the fridge for at least 8 hours but you can also make this the day before serving. This is where the magic happens. Somehow those crispy little cookies become cake and it looks and tastes like you bakes many tiny layers of a really good chocolate cake.

I topped with strawberries that I cut up ahead of time and let sit in the fridge with a little superfine sugar to draw out their juice. It was slightly reminiscent of an Oreo flavor in the end but way better! (and I love Oreos!)
Our actual meal (and this was our Valentines meal. We usually cook at home on V-day and go out another night.) consisted of the best asparagus I've ever had. I feel  slightly guilty buying it out of season, knowing it was shipped here from somewhere far far away, but this stuff was so tasty and actually sweet it was well worth the guilt. Here they are slightly pan sauteed in olive oil and salt. That's all.
And the most complicated, but still surprisingly simple part of the meal was seafood risotto. Awesome. Enough said. Contact me if you want the details.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Nuts about Partying

This little critter is now available in the shop. There are only three and one is already taken me. I think it'll look precious in a certain little girl's nursery.

Friday, January 30, 2009

You've Gotta Protect Your Files

Sometimes a girl's just gotta whip up a pretty little laptop sleeve for her iBook before a pending business trip. Especially if the one she had (and liked) was somehow puked on by the precious little kitty in the previous post. I used some Leftover curtain fabric I had in my stash with a really soft green flannel for the inside. Between the two layers I added some extra padding in the way of felted wool. I finished her up with a little pink handstiching...and voila! I just have to keep this one out of little kitties reach.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Totally Necessary

Seeing as we've been having a pretty cold winter here I had to make this discrete, matelesse bean stuffed tube to keep the chilly drafts at bay. This door that leads to our deck is framed a little less than perfectly and when the wind is a whipping you can really feel it coming through the bottom.
As a precautionary measure I also felt it necessary to crochets a little cap for my little cat. I think she really appreciates it despite the look on her face. And don't worry, it ties around her neck in case she feels the need to shake it off :)