Friday, July 31, 2009
I'm loving the BBC series, "Lark Rise to Candleford" which is on our local PBS station every Sunday. I read those books by Flora Thompson in the 1980's and was transported to a gentler world (it seemed!). One thing I started doing was making "griddle scones" for my children. Here is the official recipe from the BBC website, originally from the cook mentioned below!
8 oz self-rising flour
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The last shirt of summer.....
This was yesterday's quick sewing project. Such fun! A man's dress shirt ($2.00 at Salvation Army Thrift Store) is transformed into a peasant blouse for US! The easy-to-follow tutorial is here!
We can always enjoy one more white top on hot summer days! [Or, if you really get lucky with the shirt you find, it could be a lovely exotic (no, not Hawaiian!) colorful print which would be a great tunic for autumn!]
Yesterday, the library let me know that the book I had on reserve was in! I am enjoying it very much! It is a mystery in England in 1950. The sleuth is an 11 year-old girl. So far the plot has included poison ivy and a cucumber patch (in their kitchen garden) so I feel right at home!
NOTE: click here to see the collage bookmark I am using, LOL!
***********************************************************************I may bake these today, I can't remember where I came across this recipe, somewhere on-line.
I have rosemary in the garden of course.
Recipe of the month: Rosemary Cookies ( by popular demand!)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 teasp vanilla
1/2 teasp baking soda
1/2 teasp cream of tartar
2 cups flour
1 tbls. chopped fresh rosemary
Optional....lemon zest, 1 Tbls.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients except rosemary. mix thoroughly Add rosemary at the last. roll dough into small balls and put on cookie sheet. Press with the bottom of a sugar coated glass to flatten. bake 10-12 minutes. cool on rack.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Monday used to be "wash day".....probably Tuesday was ironing?
Which ever day....I have to share the news about a new ( to me) "starch" product. It is Mary Ellen's Best Press! Lavendar scented clear starch alternative. It leaves clothes crisp but not stiff.....no residue on the surface of the iron (one of my pet peeves with regular starch). The lavendar scent is light and wonderful....if you can't have the scent of the great outdoors from hanging out on a clothesline, this is the next best! And there is the added bonus of no aerosol can to deal with....just a refilable spritzer/spray bottle!
As far as I know, large sewing centers like Hancocks and JoAnn and quilting websites offer this product, as does Amazon.com.
[Summer clothesline watercolor by Lila.]
Sunday, July 26, 2009
"Blessings"......she is a graceful Willow Tree figure by Susan Lordi. She reminds us of our granddaughter who usually wears her lovely hair just like this! We were blessed with the gift of this figurine by our friend Karen. Thanks again, Karen!!!!!
I am blessed, I am lucky, I am a winner!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This is my studio tonight....as always, in transition, becoming better and making me feel more at home there. Yesterday, my friend Paula helped me with rearranging some of the things and building some shelves to help store others.
Now, on an adjoining wall is my new shelf unit. Thanks to Paula, and the zip ties we had it assembled in no time! The top shelf is level and holds baskets. The bins are on the slanted shelves and I can see the contents more easily! I love it!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Right after Tuesday's wonderful rain, which lasted for hours that morning, this is how the garden looked.
With a little help Tuesday evening from the stronger person who lives here, the vines were soon standing upright, and re-inforced with bamboo supports. [below]
Caught in the act! I was so excited to see a pollen-laden bee actually working in my squash blooms. Bees seem scarce and may be endangered....what would happen to our food supply then?
Of course, if these guys wander from blossom to blossom we may have 2 kinds of squash mixed...this will be fun to check on! [Just hoping they don't add the cucumber pollen to that mix!]
Posted by Lila Rostenberg at 11:23 AM
These patterns are still available in PDF files for $3.00 each on their website.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
A brief history of a tomato....
Young tomato plants are set out in the garden in early May. Here a week later, May 21st, they are happy.
The plant on the right side is the Cherokee Purple, heirloom tomato. [Click on photos to see more detail.]
June 11th, we have blossoms and 2 "babies"!
June 18th, they are so cute....but no more have formed.
A month later, July 16th, while treating the garden for poison ivy, the now large, heavy tomatoes are harvested. They are beginning to turn from green to dusky red.
That evening, the largest one is sliced to reveal beautiful rich red flesh and a heavenly scent and taste! [Shown here with basil which was added to the lettuce on the BLT that was enjoyed moments later!]
Note: the vines are beginning to produce, but none of these newer tomatoes will be as carefully watched as these first two "babies"! [We will be eating the smaller of these, in the background above, with our supper tonight!]
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Before I can eat these tomatoes....first from the garden, I have to sketch them in my watercolor garden journal! Cherokee purple tomatoes due to become "Basil BLT's" for supper tonight. That is fresh basil for part of the lettuce on a BLT!
Last night's baking project was PLUM KUCHEN. I read several recipes on-line then adjusted them for what I had in the pantry. I can tell you that my version used turbinado sugar and for part of the all purpose flour (always unbleached!) I used spelt flour. So this could be healthy, right???? Of course, I had to make a watercolor of one slice....love the red violets and ruby jewel tones that appear when the plums are baked this way!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Sweet Success! Is this not gorgeous????
The rays of the early evening sun striking the freshly baked tart and bowl of organic, whole milk French vanilla, cream top yogurt which will set it off nicely! [ Scroll down for the earlier part of this post where there is a link to the recipe!]
OK, I'm baking this today. I have been tempted for weeks and now it will happen.....(partly due to the 6-day steroid pack to help heal my poison ivy...I have LOTS of energy and I'm hungry!)
This rustic strawberry tart will be our dessert tonight! It is a Woman's Day recipe .
Another fresh painting this weekend.....
The daylily is from out front garden and the little wooden bird figure was from my last trip to a flea market. I love how he poses so perfectly in my still life!
The Delft pieces are from Holland, Michigan (small pitcher) and the Netherlands (tiny house vase). In spite of using real objects I paint for joy and whimsy! [for instance adding the beets which were not on the table, LOL!] Have a wonderful Sunday!