Up the road a bit from our condo in NH there was this brown barn. The roof was frosted with a layer of icy snow, and on one side you could see that the warmth of the sun had caused the snow to melt ever so slightly. Just enough, in fact, for the sheet of snow to slide down around a foot or so.
But instead of the snow breaking and falling to the ground, this whole roof-side portion of snow stayed intact and simply curled down off the edge of the roof.
I kept meaning to take a picture, but I was always either the one driving, or we were on the other side of the road and I couldn’t get a clear shot.
But one day I was actually thinking about it before we got to the barn. Bill was driving, and we were heading from Black Mountain back to the condo.
I got one shot. The one above. It’s not entirely in focus, but you can get the idea.
On the second day of our little vacation, we got up early, I cooked breakfast for everyone, and then Bill and the kids headed to Wildcat. The kids were signed up for all-day lessons, and Bill was also scheduled for a private 2-hour lesson that afternoon.
I stayed at the condo and relaxed.
Sorry I’ve been off the radar for a few days. We went to NH and I thought where we were staying had wireless access but the only place it did was in the game room/clubhouse, and I didn’t spend any time to speak of in there, except for a few minutes yesterday morning and again last night.
I’ll write more later – but I just wanted to check in and say hello, I’m still here, sort of!
The other day Alex participated in a bunch of fun races (not part of a swim meet) for all the kids in swim classes and on the swim team with Envious Swimming. The kids competed against other kids around the same age/ability level. Alex was happy because he got “one of each kind” of ribbon. (Don’t have the actual ribbons yet, but he’ll have four.)
Bill’s birthday was last week, and when I asked him what he wanted for dinner, he asked for crab cakes, seaweed salad, some kind of fish on the grill, and tiramisu.
We also had sauteed asparagus, steak, and a simple garden salad.
But Bill said the crab cakes were his favorite part of the meal.
So here’s how I made them.
Well, it was nice while it lasted – the warmer temperatures, I mean.
Today we’re back to winter – very cold, very windy.
Unless you’re living in one of our little winter gardens, and then it’s warm and humid and not at all windy because Bill is duct taping the big gaping hole in the plastic.
I’ll try to remember to take winter garden pictures later – we’re putting our seedling onions and broccoli out there during the warmest part of the day. And some of the greens we were growing in there are coming back to life, or just deciding to sprout more leaves, now that it’s warmer.
For now, gotta get going, got stuff to do, places to go, and all that.
Talk to you later….
Remember yesterday, the fish with the fungus?
Well, I’m sorry to report that the fungus was too aggressive. I kept checking on Fire through the day, and the fuzzy white areas kept appearing. By the end of the school day, he was hanging out at the bottom of the tank, sort of leaning against the side. He was still breathing, but he wasn’t doing well at all.
Anyway, this morning I will bury Fire in the compost bin where we buried Bluey a few days ago.
It has not been a good week for fish here. Or for Alex.
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know (or might be peripherally aware) that we’ve got a small variety of pets. Three cats, a lizard, a 55 gallon tank of assorted freshwater little fish, and one betta, or Siamese Fighting Fish.
The betta belongs to Alex, and there have been a succession of bettas over the years….
Or, in this case, it’s a Clementine-Almond Tart.
And yes, it’s supposed to be French Fridays with Dorie, not French Saturdays, but, well, if you’ve read my last post, I figure you understand why I didn’t get to writing this and posting it yesterday afternoon.
Anyway, I decided to make the tart with clementines rather than oranges simply because that’s what I had on hand.
Got a surprise yesterday.
A nice one.
Now, earlier I’d picked up a few things for the family for little Valentine’s Day gifts. Some M&Ms for the kids, a little pink stuffed hippo for Julia, a Beyblade for Alex. And a bag of Willie Wonka Heart-shaped Gobstoppers for Bill. He loves that stuff. And I figured I’d make a nice dinner, so I picked up stuff for that as well.
Really, I want to know.
I recently made an apple strudel, which, strangely, I'd never made before.
And tomorrow I'm planning to make Baklava, which I've never made before, either.
I know, shameful, huh?
So it occurred to me that there are probably other things I SHOULD have made at some point but haven't.
And I'd like to rectify that a bit.
What do you think is missing from my repertoire?
Or, from this blog, anyway.
(Sometimes foods I've cooked never make it to the blog for one reason or another - sometimes due to horrible photos, or no photos at all, or me being lazy.)
Anyway, I'd really love to hear some ideas, suggestions, wishes, whatever, about something you'd like to see me make and post about.
So...let's hear it!
I think my recent fun playing with phyllo (or filo) dough got me wanting to make something else with it.
I’ve wanted to make apple strudel for a while now. Odd that I’ve never made it before, but you know how easy it is to get stuck in a rut. You know, a non-phyllo rut.
I’m sure it happens to everyone.
Anyway, last week, I decided to climb out of my rut and make some strudel….
These are my cute, but rather shaggy children.
Or, rather, these were my cute, but rather shaggy children.
Well, they still are my children. And cute. But the shagginess is no more.
And no, I have no idea why Julia is making that face. She’s six. That’s all the explanation I’ve got.
So yesterday, after Natalie and I baked the pound cake, we trekked down to my sister’s house to return Natalie and her share of pound cake, to bring snacks to the chickens, and to tame the crazy hair on my kids’ heads.
As always, it was entertaining.
Here’s the second part of Chocolate Baked Good Day with My Awesome Niece Natalie!
Part one is here.
Okay, so here we’ve got all our ingredients measured out and ready to go: flour, milk, sugars, eggs, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, vanilla, and butter.
Time to put it all together!
It’s been ages since I made cheese.
And, despite some missteps along the way, I’ve missed it.
So, finally, I carved out some time last week, gathered my milk and starters, rennet and cheesecloth, and jumped back into the game.