Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
and you will find it. Sara Teasdale
I love landscape oil paintings. It's what I'm always looking for when wandering through antique stores. I actually majored in Music and Art in college. I never did become an artist or a musician though. Instead, I began a career path in historic and environmental preservation, which to me is kind of the same thing. Like the arts, it's a passion for beauty in its most soulful, natural and creative forms.
I found this landscape painting a few weeks ago. It was exactly what I was looking for. Something lovely. I love those pink blue skies.
My little painting cost only $20. It comes without a frame and there are a few scratches here and there. But for me, the heart of whomever created this painting is very much still in tact. And that's what makes it so lovely.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
We are hoping to finish our picket fence this weekend. Building this picket fence has been more time consuming than we realized - like everything else. This is hubby cutting some spacers so that the pickets line up evenly.
Hubby is building us a beautiful fence ; ) Hopefully we'll have pictures by the end of the weekend!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I clipped some lavender from one of our newly planted lavender plants last evening. I couldn't resist as the lavender smelled so much like summer.
I gathered it up with a ribbon and hung it from our bathtub faucet. We've been working day and night on our picket fence (by this weekend we should be done!) and a nice soothing bath is the perfect thing to look forward to at the end of the day.
I also love to put lavender sachets in our pillowcases. In aromatherapy, it's known to be a wonderful sleep aid, helping to provide a deep and restful sleep. It's also just a nice calming fragrance to go to sleep and wake up to.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I love how an everyday meal at home can be transformed just by eating in a new location. Since our dining patio isn't quite done, we've been eating on the porch or out in the yard.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
We went to the Saturday Market this morning and I got three gorgeous bouquets of fresh cut flowers. I've become friends with the flower farmer as not only am I a loyal customer, but we're pretty much neighbors, as the crow flies that is.
Monday, July 6, 2009
As I write, I can hear the faint sound of the cherry canons off in the distance. The farmers around here use them to deter the birds from feasting on their deliciously ripe fruit. I like hearing the canons. They make me think of cherries, cherry pie and the sweetness that summer brings.
Last year a friend of mine gave me several pounds of organic cherries from her farm. She was trying to find a good cherry pie recipe to give to her customers at the farmer's market and asked me to do a little recipe testing for her.
It was the first time I had made a cherry pie, the first time I used a cherry pitter and the first cherry pie I think I really liked. Maybe it was because I had made it from scratch, or perhaps it was because I knew that each cherry had been lovingly grown by my friend. Either way, it was a darn good pie. Below is the recipe that won our taste test.
FRESH CHERRY PIE
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Favorite 9-inch double pie crust (for lattice top).
4 Tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
4 cups pitted organic cherries
1/4 teaspoon real almond extract
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients and let stand 15 minutes. Pour into pie dish, add lattice top and bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown.
We believe the magic combination of both the almond and the vanilla extract made this recipe stand out from the rest. So yummy!
Happy Cherry Season!