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What the…? September 17, 2008

So, what the hell have I been up to? Well, lots…really. But, most of it seems out of the realm of this silly little blog. Kids back to school. Me back to work. Lots of decluttering and cleaning. Saying good bye to dear friends. Thinking about my aging parents and the meaning of life. Anger over the Republicians obvious manipulation of the gullible population.Things like that, but this blog isn’t about that stuff.

What I’ve been reading:

The Various Flavors of Coffee by Anthony Capella. Pretty fun. I love coffee and historical fiction so this is a natural.

Recent Favorite Cookbook:

Gourmet Indian in Minutes by Monisha Bharadwaj. Great. I made Eggplant paulao last night in about 25 mins and it was yummy. Now if I could only make Nan bread.

Book I can’t believe I’ve been using:

Kim Lyon’s Your Body, Your Life by Kim Lyon. Kind of embarrassing, but I do like her exercises. She convinced me to buy some small weights. I want nicely muscular arms.

Book on the way:

The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory. Yippee, it is on it’s way. Ms. Gregory is a favorite.

I’ve been craving a really good berry cobbler all summer. I thought I was going to get on at the Plate and Pitchfork dinner, but the “buckle” they served was made with filo dough and had exactly two black berries in it (Phaaa!). So, last week I made this and it was fantastic:

And, finally, just because it is funny and a spotted belly is a good thing:


Dragonflies and change August 31, 2008

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Dragonfly on a rock-

absorbed in

a daydream

~ Santoka

So happy about my move to WordPress. It’s pretty here.

Change is in the air in so many ways- I started working part time, the kids are about to go back to school and the air tastes and feels of Autumn. The veggie bounty continues to flow from our CSA, Growing Wild Farms. The first local tomatoes arrived and it is heaven! Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil- what more do you need?

vegtable bounty from Growing Wild Farms

vegtable bounty from Growing Wild Farm

For one thing, a nice cat. Tommie moved in with us- friends found him and he needed a home. He is a real sweetheart- we all love him- well, except our older cat.

For another thing, Dragonflies. August is their month. We have been enjoying these wonderful creatures as they fly around the garden. They- unlike most insects- seem to look at you. One day I was standing in the garden and a reddish dragonfly was flying around me. I put out my hand and it landed on my thumb! Just this past week, I found the most beautiful book on dragonflies at the library. A Dazzle of Dragonflies by Mitchell and Lasswell– it is stunning! The scans of the dragonflies are amazingly detailed and there is information on both the natural and folkloric history of dragonflies.

I’m starting to think about making crafts again, but there is still much to do outside. Stay tuned.