Friday, October 29, 2010

Chugg a chug

Caught up on my blog reading today and stumbled upon this quote by writer Elisabeth Elliot, while reading latest and greatest from The Happiness Project:

"When you don't know what to do, do the thing in front of you."

I've been busily preparing, in random steps, for selling handmade items in Dec. and forward. It's a lot to juggle and know what to do first - do I focus on my labels when i haven't actually finished a piece yet? I have  tendency to get overwhelmed with the details as well as finding the energy to keep doing and making (when I've spent hours keeping up with life (kiddies, house, etc.) It's all part of a dance, isn't it? Instead of getting overwhelmed, I need to just do what is in front of me, re-evaluate, and see what's next (or how much energy remains).

Looking at this face, how can I not be inspired and loving this life o' mine?!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Good start

On this dreary, late to work day, I saw this bumper sticker and it made me smile.

I Love My Hot Wife Decal Sticker
By Cafe Press

What's not to love?!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Setting the tone

As I'm working on my items for the craft sale in December, I've started my fabric selection. I'm working on editing now instead of later.

I love the mix of old and new. I'm still in love with orange and blue combinations. Lots of popping colors.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall is in the air...

Surrounded by fall loveliness, I find myself catching my breath at all the beauty, color and stillness.

Enjoying a fall fest

Swiss chard a-growing

crates of pumpkin glory

Morning glories in their glory

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

To the Rescue

Gayla from You Grow Girl comes to the rescue for green tomato options. I have them wrapped in newspaper and in brown bags in the kitchen.

I can't wait to make some of the following

A Glut of Green Tomatoes: "

When it comes to dealing with an end of season garden glut I have one rule: everything roasted. I am yet to find a vegetable or fruit that doesn’t benefit from this treatment. I thought I’d tried it all and there were no more surprises left. I was wrong.

Last weekend I pulled out almost all of our tomato plants in all three gardens. I left in a few that had fruit that had some hope of developing a bit further before it gets too cold. There’s green tomatoes and there’s green tomatoes that are too green. I prefer to try and get them as developed as they can be before packing it in for the year. And before anyone mentions the hanging the plant upside down indoors trick; I simply don’t have the space. My neighbor tolerates a lot of my little gardening eccentricities in our shared hallway space: overwintering plants, bags of soil, stacks of terracotta pots, jars of tomato seeds…. For the record, he keeps a life-sized cutout of John Wayne in that same shared space. It was there a good month before I stopped suffering a miniature heart attack every time I walked into the hallway. For that reason alone I think we’re fairly even, but full-sized tomato plants hanging from the ceiling might be pushing things too far. I know where the boundaries of social decorum lie and I try to respect them. Most of the time.

But I digress. As I always do. Back to the tomatoes. In short, I have a lot of them and am in the process of making my famous green tomato chutney as I type this [ed. I wrote that a few days ago. The chutney is done and I have already given half of the jars away as gifts!). I did not intend to can them this year; I just don’t have the time. It’s funny how you can forget what 2 pounds of chopped tomatoes plus miscellaneous ingredients looks like until it is there in front of you. I had it in my head that I could just make it and stick it in jars in the fridge rather than canning. I do not have a fridge that big or the appetite to eat it all quickly enough. So canning it is.

Unfortunately, (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), one batch does not take care of all of the green tomatoes I’ve harvested. What to do with the rest? I love fried green tomatoes, but that’s a lot of fried stuff. I’m spending an inordinate amount of time sitting on my ass these days. The only part of my body getting exercised are my typing fingers. I do not need to introduce several pounds of fried tomatoes to my digestive tract right now.

And then I remembered my glut rule: everything roasted. I adore roasted tomatoes but had never tried roasting green tomatoes. If green beans are delicious roasted with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt then surely green tomatoes would benefit from the same treatment?

In conclusion: they do and then some. It’s a revelation!

Instructions are simple:

Cut 2 lbs of green tomatoes into wedges. Cut cherry tomatoes in half or leave whole. Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Roast in an oven preheated to 300°F for about 40 minutes to an hour.

Store in the fridge.

Over the weekend I also slow roasted a few bulbs of hardneck garlic. We ate the test batch of green tomatoes on bread with the garlic and some goat cheese. REALLY, REALLY Good.

You should do this immediately.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Everyone could use a little in their life

I'm talking about POSH, of course. In preparation for my travel, I enjoy reading books that have that particular city/region as the backdrop or as a character. As well, I scour the web for dining reviews and stores. For food, I rely on: Jane and Michael Stern. I first discovered them while listening to my other 'friend' Lynne Rossetto Kasper on Splendid Table - a must for my food podcasts. (*SIDE NOTE: Through my google search, I just found out that Jane and Michael have divorced. So sad.)

I love Design Sponge's City Guides. It's one of my first stops (after booking hotel and flight).

For my trip to Chicago, I stumbled upon POSH. The store, so sweet. A visual joyland. All the items are beautifully displayed and you feel like you peeked into this whimsical land.




I loved being surrounded by the vintage and new. Quite inspiring.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Too early

Our front landscaping needs a complete overhaul. It'll require lots of cash and time as many of the bushes are leftover established shrubs=long root systems. I purchased a Pee Gee hydrangea from Herring Run's Native plant sale. This was to go where our raised bed is. So, we had to move the raised bed and therefore lost lots of plants. too early.

Green tomotoes

I need to research green tomato recipes. I plan on wrapping in newspaper so they ripen.

Too early carrots

Oh little carrot.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Oops..there she goes

Time has slipped too quickly. Not in a groove yet. Fall is here. We need to turn the heat on and change to down comforters. Love the season of apples, crisp air, school and learning, new routinues, soups and seasonal cooking.

Just what I needed this morn. The Storque had lots of tips from the When I Grow Up Coach. Good reminders. I need to start chanting some of these daily.
  • Be you
  • Trust your compass
  • Embrace the optimist
  • Surround yourself with love
  • Know what you need and get it
  • Enjoy where you are.
I'm breathing better and even cheery.

outdoor patio
Habana Outpost in Brooklyn, NY