Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Pandemic Pantry Craft Room Style

A man may work from dusk to dawn, but a woman’s work is never done.

My pantry is a never ending work in progress.   Taking stock of what I have, making a list of what I need, purchasing items, labeling the expiration dates, updating the inventory list, adding items to the pantry shelves.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Pandemic Pantry Update

She pulls from a shelf certain rare spices and sugars that her successor is unlikely to use. Insulating the jars with softbound books and sheafs of cooking notes, she packs them in a carton that came to this kitchen holding boxes of Italian pasta. She examines the fanciful designs on a container of sugar imported from Turkey, a favorite finish for the surface of cookies: bearclaws, butter wafers. The large, faceted granules glitter like bluish rhinestones; children always choose those cookies first. She wonders if she will be able to get this sugar anymore, if borders will tighten so austerely that she will lose some of her most precious, treasured ingredients: the best dried lavender and mascarpone, pomegranate molasses. But in the scheme of things, does it matter?

She comes upon her collection of vinegars, which she uses to brighten the character of certain cakes, to hold the line between sweet and cloying. She takes down a spicy vinegar she bought at a nearby farm; inside the bottle, purple peppers, like sleeping bats, hang from the surface of the liquid. Greenie used it in a dark chocolate ice cream and molasses pie.

Julia Glass, The Whole World Over

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Simply Homemade ~ Victorian Greeting Card

 I have been making cards this morning.  One needs to find something quiet and still to do in this heat.  It is entirely too hot to work in the garden.  I rose early this morning to water the garden and discovered that it had rained sometime during the night. I joined the flowers in a happy dance!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Plant a Garden - Feed a Bunny

 I've had this little bunny sign for years.  In the spring and summer, it hangs on my quilt cupboard.  This morning, the little saying on the sign rang true in technicolor.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Let's Visit in the Garden

 It's a beautiful day to visit the garden.
Would you care to join me?

Roses, roses in pinks and reds.  I think my favorites are the pink ones and then I see the red ones.  I cannot decide which I prefer.  Can you?

Thursday, July 16, 2020

My Coronavirus-Free Visit to Idaho

Today I visited beautiful Idaho.  I didn't have to jump on a plane or ride for days in a car.  I opened up Marilyn Moseley's beautiful book and experienced so much of Idaho's beauty that it feels like I was there.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Cheery Cherry Season

The market is full of delights in July: fresh vegetables, berries, red cherries for pie!

~Louise Weaver/Helen LeCron
 "A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband with Bettina's Best Recipes", 1917

 Oh I do love cherry season!  Cherries are as delicious as they are beautiful... and usually very expensive.  I wait until they are on sale and then indulge to my heart's content.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Keeping Pests Out of the Garden Organically

When I say pests, I mean bugs, insects, creepy crawlies and the like.  And they are not welcome in my vegetable garden.  I will make exceptions for bees, butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, and praying mantis (and the occasional spider).

Because of Lilah Rose and grandchildren who visit, I want to ward off pests naturally.  No Orkin man or regular bug spray for us!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

In the Garden ~ Bunnies Bunnies All Around

Bunnies, bunnies, all around and not a carrot in sight!

My husband took these photographs of the baby bunnies in our zucchini patch with his GoPro camera.   We have counted four bunnies in and out of the nest.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Cottage Garden Variety

Green has never been a favorite color of mine until now. Everything is growing up green and I'm loving it!