Friday, July 31, 2009
I was surprised how it made the whole table engaged with each other. Rather than everyone disappearing behind big menus to each pick our own oversized entrees, we all worked together to coordinate appetizers (which ones looked the best?), meals and especially desserts (I want chocolate! no, not white chocolate!).
Because there were 4 adult appetites (3 adults and a tween!) we guessed there would be plenty to share with my 4 YO niece...and of course there was more than enough.
After supper, we repaired to HomeGoods to do some shopping. Mother found herself a ceramic chicken cookie jar (all I will say is it's huge, and brightly colored), I found some pillows and my sister found some shopping bags. I love that store. Their lamp selection is so fabulous.
It was a fun evening. Happy Birthday, Mother.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Good friends and good food on Friday evening (after I went to spin class, thank you very much). And I made cucumber salad on Saturday, and made one trip in the car to get a few groceries.
Today, I made zucchini bread. And grilled a hanger steak - if you haven't yet, it's the most tender steak I've ever sliced. It's also called the butcher steak because for a long time it was the butcher's secret. And I grilled the leftover zucchini to go with my steak.
Isn't it amazing how a little chemistry can change the zucchini below (top) ...
Too, I read more of my Monster of Florence book (a serial killer case captivates an American author who moved to Florence after becoming successful) and started the reorganization of the studio. Of course, I was distracted by marinating the hanger steak. And then I was sidetracked by making the zucchini bread. Then I needed to water the peppers and tomatoes. And drop off some of the cucumber salad, zucchini bread and a fresh tomato for my mother.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
When one is given a gift of cucumbers, and has on hand an onion and sour cream, one consults the Internet for a recipe to use these ingredients (possibly because one has gotten up late, walked the dogs, had coffee, read and hasn't yet gotten cleaned up to go out).
And after mixing sour cream, cider vinegar, celery salt, chopped dill, a touch of sugar and some grated onion...
...one has sour cream cucumbers a la 1956. Yum!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The tail light is one I like.
And I love this one because it's my best friend since age 7 or so and her 8 year old. For two hours he snapped pictures with us and we all had fun.
And I will submit this one because I love it. It looks all b&w, but if you look closely, there are some bits of wood that are brown. I didn't have to do anything much to it except crop it a bit.
In other news, the squirrels and some sort of minuscule black dot looking bug have attacked the tomatoes, the eggplant is going great guns, the jalapeno is covered in peppers but the pimento has yet to cough one up, and there are several grape tomatoes turning red so that if the @#$% squirrels don't recognize them for tomatoes, I will be able to eat them tonight.
And in our lifetime section, today is my sister in law's birthday.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Link to all my Photowalk photos: http://mollyfair.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=8960694&AlbumKey=JRcha
If you see any you like, or you have suggestions to make one better (next time), please leave a comment.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Yellow legs here was much more curious than her flibbertigibbet harem leader. He ran and hid and led us on a merry chase.
Still, it was a fun way to end the day - my memory card filled up and I hadn't brought a back up.
Hope you had a fun Saturday, too!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Idly, I wondered who that crazy lady was and if I could smack her.
But I went to the personal trainer. Only 6 more weeks of my package is left. Budgeting and planning season is upon me. I decided to manage expectations.
"We are entering the part of the year that I put in a lot of time at work."
"We're doing overhead flies today. Start with 30 lbs. And 15 repetitions. Super set."
"You know, like Tuesday, things come up late in the day. Last minute."
"Goodgood. Now, we're doing underhand rows. Underhand. Underhand."
"I'll probably miss a lot in the next few weeks."
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The second is with the edges burned. The difference is subtle.
It's time to put in a plug for the site...it's JessicaSprague.com. She teaches digital scrapbooking but in order to do that she teaches photoshop and work flow. I can't recommend it highly enough. The prices are reasonable, you get free product and the lessons are forevermore available to you as references. And, she shows you where to look on the web for additional textures and brushes. It's been a great experience so far.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I love the metal piece below. See the crown on top?
The next two are either side of the front porch. First, the right...
and then the left.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Well! My favorite peanut butter, Peter Pan Peanut Butter With No Sugar Added, will be leaving the market as soon as the inventory runs out. I emailed my grocery store chain, and the manager of the store I frequent called me at my office yesterday. Can you believe it? Customer service is still alive.
Above is the shed that was in the picture I showed you on Monday or Tuesday, the one with Olivia in it. Yesterday I learned about adding textures...and this is what I came up with. When I looked at it this morning, I could believe it was scanned and only the lacy thingies added (they come with the frame).
When I was young, this was the honey house, where the honey was separated from the comb, and put in jars. It smelled wonderful. It's also where there was a box of books that had the Time Life series on the moon landing, and I would spend hours looking through those books, completely mesmerized. It seemed everything was possible then.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
But more importantly, this is like putting my art on the fridge when I get home from school! That's why I like it so much!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I never promised the story went with the photo!
Monday night I was walking the dogs. If you've been here before you will have found it hard not to know I have golden retrievers. Sweet, loving, loyal, steadfast, make love not war, and could you please scratch my belly goldens. Gus and Cotton.
As we turned the corner on the second block of our walk, a neighbor was opening their garage door. Suddenly their dog came boiling out of the garage, took one look at Cotton and laid into her. She screamed. I screamed. We spun in circles. I'm not sure what Gus did, but he refrained from making it worse. I was convinced Cotton was mortally wounded based on the snarling, growling and the other dog's grip on her neck.
Suddenly it was over, and the other dog hadn't broken her skin. Her thick fur helped I'm sure. She was shaking and looking for the other dog. We got out of there and I continued an abbreviated walk to give her time to calm down and hopefully not associate walking on her leash with negative feelings.
What's that? Gus? What did Gus do, you ask? I'll tell you. When the other dog was removed, Gus calmly looked and him did his biggest, deepest "WOOF. WOOF." But only the two. That's all.
Cotton seemingly bounced back with no ill effects. The last test was doggie run around today. I wanted to be sure she didn't get defensive in the jostling that inevitably goes with dog play.
Now. Here's the question. In this instance, what makes a good neighbor?
What should I have done and what should she have done?
Okay - so the photo is dressed up from the day 2 lesson from the Jessica Sprague class. We received complimentary House of 3 frames, stamps and word art - they are my current favs! The border on the photo, the ornate frame around the word celebrate, the word celebrate - all are House of 3 and came with the class. Great, yes?
And, look at the color of the frame around the word celebrate. Did you notice that it's the same blue as the blue in the T-shirt on the First Nephew? And the word celebrate is the color of the rail he's leaning on? Yep, learned how to do that in lesson # 2 using the color picker.
I love it when I finally start getting it.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
You may have seen this once or twice before since I took it last year, but isn't it fun with the border and word art? And I finally know how to resize for the web.
This is a shed that, at one time or another, all my siblings and cousins peeked in. It's fun to see it starting over with my niece!
Monday, July 6, 2009
So before taking off for the 4th of July fish fry, I looked up a recipe for home made tartar sauce. And found one with capers - I love capers - but it did call for chopped dill pickle. So it made me think, what if I leave out any pickles? I can substitute dill and cider vinegar. So I did. And I didn't have tarragon so I left that out too. And I didn't have Tabasco, but I did have Jalapeno sauce.
It was a hit. How do I know?
There's none left!
Original Recipe from Epicurious.com
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickle (I replaced this with a stem of chopped dill and 1tsp of cider vinegar)
3 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 tablespoon drained capers
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon (I left this out)
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (I used jalapeno sauce)
Whisk all ingredients together, season with salt and pepper, and refrigerate for 1 hour and up to 2 days.