Monday, June 22, 2009

Saturday: Pick strawberries.

Sunday: Make strawberry honey butter.

2 cups strawberries

1 cup honey

4 sticks butter at room temperature

Combine strawberries with 2 tablespoons of the honey.

Bring to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes, until thickened.

Let cool completely.

Add remaining honey.

Combine all ingredients in stand mixer and blend until completely incorporated.

Monday: Make English Muffin Bread to hold strawberry honey butter.

2 ¼ teaspoons yeast

1 cup flour + 1 ¾ cup flour

1 Tablespoon sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 ¼ cup warm (not hot) water


Combine the yeast, 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, and water in stand mixer bowl. Mix for three minutes. Add the remaining flour and mix until fully blended.

Butter a 1 ½ or 2 quart casserole dish well and dust with cornmeal. Add dough and arrange evenly. Sprinkle with cornmeal.

Cover with a light towel and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until bread roughly doubles in size. Some time midway, preheat oven to 400F. Remove the towel and bake until top is golden, about 30 minutes.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

She sells sea shells...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The first nursing necklace I ever made was for Timmy.

He went from nursing to driving very quickly, but I hear he still remembers his necklace.
The self-portrait project continues...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fajita. Fun to say, fun to eat.

Juice of two limes

3 tablespoons broth

¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

¾ teaspoon ground cumin

1 onion – thinly sliced

1 green pepper – thinly sliced

1 red pepper – thinly sliced

1 yellow pepper – thinly sliced

1 lb chicken tenders

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine lime juice, broth, cumin, and red pepper.

Soak veggies and chicken in mixture. (We do ours separately to accommodate the vegetarians.) You can let it marinate in the fridge ‘til you’re ready, or just start cooking if you’re hungry.

Cook in a wok or frying pan. Sprinkle with garlic powder.

Serve with:



Salsa/Hot sauce

Sour cream

Shredded cheese

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Somebody else might just have scrolled right by this description. Not Rowan.

She ran for the camera.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

I think this looks like fun.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Ok, Jon, I know I said I was projected out, but don't we need one (or two...) of these?

A view from the porch swing.
Things are happening.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

This would be a very cool way to pretty up the concrete in our pool area....

(Don't worry, Jon, I'm all projected out. For now, anyway.)
Here's an easy recipe that'll put the basil growing in your garden to good use. We make a big batch of it to keep in the fridge, ready to toss on some pasta whenever someone's hungry. The recipe as written makes enough for about 3 boxes of pasta, so if you don't have the stream of hungry people coming through your house that we do, you might want to make a smaller quantity.

Sundried Tomato Pesto

12 ounces freshly grated parmesan
18-20 ounces sundried tomatoes in oil
4 cups fresh basil leaves
6 large cloves garlic
4 tablespoons pine nuts

Combine ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade. Process until mixture reaches a smooth consistency and all ingredients are approximately the same size. (We don't have a food processor, but a hand blender does the trick.)

Add pesto to pasta, then add hot water to desired consistency. For one box of pasta I use about 1/3 of the pesto and 1/2 - 3/4 cup water. Garnish with some combination of grated Parmesan, pine nuts, and basil if you want to be all fancy like that.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Today I worked on some photos for SG4K. (Maybe you've seen the very informative flier regarding SG4K that's floating around the intornets?)

I'm not sure I captured just what they were looking for, unfortunately. My contact was extremely exacting. (Let me just pause to say that I do so hope it's quite obvious which definition I mean in this case: 1 : tryingly or unremittingly severe in making demands 2 : requiring careful attention and precision)

I must say I was surprised by the sad news about the potholders. One would think an item with such a plethora of uses would be a top seller. It does sound as if the situation is well in hand, however, and I'm beside myself with excitement about the possibility of a button!